Eriksen & Son happy at Spurs amid contract rumours

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Eriksen & Son happy at Tottenham amid contract rumours Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 02:02 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eriksen Dele Son Getty Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Everton Tottenham Hotspur v Everton The pair played a key role in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Everton on Saturday, and have expressed their contentedness in north London Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son have emphasised how happy they are at Tottenham amid talk that they could each be offered new contracts.Son and Eriksen sparkled as Spurs thrashed Everton 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday, the South Korean scoring once and assisting another, while the Dane wrapped up the victory with a fantastic strike in the final 10 minutes.Son’s goal marked his fifth in a row at home – he is only the second Spurs player to achieve such a feat, after Jermain Defoe in 2004 – and he confirmed afterwards that he is content in London, though he is in the dark over reports of a new deal. 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 “I haven’t heard any special comments about that,” he told reporters. “Although I’m having a great time here, I don’t believe that is what I can talk about at this moment.”I’m learning a lot at Tottenham, so I’d like to focus on Tottenham and my performances for now.”Eriksen, meanwhile, has enjoyed a productive season under Mauricio Pochettino, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists in 28 appearances in all competitions.Heung-Min Son Tottenham“I am happy to be at the club and have nothing negative to say about it [Tottenham] at all,” he said.“Everyone is really very pleased with the win and how we played was very good so it’s on to the next game. I think it gives us a lot of confidence to play like we did.”While Son was awarded Man of the Match for his performance against Everton, Harry Kane’s brace saw him become Spurs’ all-time top Premier League goalscorer, and Eriksen lauded the England international after the encounter.“Sonny is flying and so is Harry,” he added. “It’s enjoyable to watch and enjoyable to be in the same team with them.”Congratulations to Harry for breaking the record for Spurs. It’s always a big achievement and to do it in so few games as he’s done is fantastic and of course Sonny with how he plays, it’s a big thing to play in the team with them both.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur Eriksen & Son happy at Tottenham amid contract rumours Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 02:02 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eriksen Dele Son Getty Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Everton Tottenham Hotspur v Everton The pair played a key role in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Everton on Saturday, and have expressed their contentedness in north London Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son have emphasised how happy they are at Tottenham amid talk that they could each be offered new contracts.Son and Eriksen sparkled as Spurs thrashed Everton 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday, the South Korean scoring once and assisting another, while the Dane wrapped up the victory with a fantastic strike in the final 10 minutes.Son’s goal marked his fifth in a row at home – he is only the second Spurs player to achieve such a feat, after Jermain Defoe in 2004 – and he confirmed afterwards that he is content in London, though he is in the dark over reports of a new deal. 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 “I haven’t heard any special comments about that,” he told reporters. “Although I’m having a great time here, I don’t believe that is what I can talk about at this moment.”I’m learning a lot at Tottenham, so I’d like to focus on Tottenham and my performances for now.”Eriksen, meanwhile, has enjoyed a productive season under Mauricio Pochettino, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists in 28 appearances in all competitions.Heung-Min Son Tottenham“I am happy to be at the club and have nothing negative to say about it [Tottenham] at all,” he said.“Everyone is really very pleased with the win and how we played was very good so it’s on to the next game. I think it gives us a lot of confidence to play like we did.”While Son was awarded Man of the Match for his performance against Everton, Harry Kane’s brace saw him become Spurs’ all-time top Premier League goalscorer, and Eriksen lauded the England international after the encounter.“Sonny is flying and so is Harry,” he added. “It’s enjoyable to watch and enjoyable to be in the same team with them.”Congratulations to Harry for breaking the record for Spurs. It’s always a big achievement and to do it in so few games as he’s done is fantastic and of course Sonny with how he plays, it’s a big thing to play in the team with them both.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Balotelli is growing up… at last!

first_imgLigue 1 Balotelli is growing up… at last! Ligue 1 social Robin Bairner 19:00 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Balotelli, Nice Getty Ligue 1 PSG Nantes v PSG Nice v Αμιάν Nice Αμιάν Nantes The Italy international took time to reflect on how he’s grown since his arrival in France, while Neymar took the time to pay tribute to Haiti Ligue 1 returned after a three-week Christmas break this weekend, though some of the major stars were absent for their sides. Neymar, for example, missed Paris Saint-Germain’s Sunday night trip to Nantes due to injury, while Mario Balotelli managed only a few minutes at the end of Nice’s win over Amiens.Balotelli might be yet to start a game in 2018, but he showed with a couple of Instagram posts that he has lost none of the humour that makes him a big favourite with the fans.On Wednesday, he posted a video of him receiving treatment from a member of Nice’s staff. Balotelli is positioned in a vulnerable position, with the physio apparently providing some painful treatment to the Italy international’s hamstring. 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 “Isn’t what you guys are thinking, I swear!!!” he said. Despite those Instagram hijinks, Balotelli is a far more mature man than he was when he spent time in England with Manchester City and Liverpool. That was reflected in a cartoon the forward posted on Thursday.In it, a young Mario is stood with a quiver full of fireworks with a house on fire in the background, reflecting the damage that he did to his apartment when with Man City. Below is a similar picture, but in this one Balotelli is a bunch of arrows and has fired them consistently at the centre of the target.It is a sentiment that tickled the Italian, who clearly found it reflective of his career.Unlike Balotelli, Neymar has managed significant action this year, even if he missed out on Sunday. Indeed, he caught the headlines with a clever balancing act after scoring a penalty against Amiens in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek, taking his boot off and balancing it on his forehead.He gave little away about it, though.“Those who know @jcelsomoraes will understand my celebration,” he said. “Congratulations brother, best wishes.”The Brazil ace has been putting his brief time off to good use, though, reminding his Instagram followers of the Haiti earthquake of 2010 that continues to hamper the country. “January 12, 2010: earthquake in Haiti (230,000 dead, 220,000 injured). 8 years later, Handicap International and I continue to support Haitians. I truly hope to be visiting Haiti very soon,” he said.Meanwhile, he posted an image of his time off over the Christmas period with his son.Young team-mate Kylian Mbappe posted a similar image of himself looking relaxed in the back of a car with younger brother Ethan.The week finished off on a philosophical note from Neymar, who continues to come under unprecedented scrutiny from all quarters since me moved to PSG from Barca in the summer.“There are people who will like you, and people who will hate you even if you are the best person in the world,” he said. “Don’t blame yourself if so-and-so thinks you’re boring. People can find what they want, it doesn’t change who you are!”They might have missed out at the weekend, but both Balotelli and Neymar expect to play full roles for their sides as they tackle Monaco and Dijon respectively.last_img read more

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first_imgLigue 1 Balotelli is growing up… at last! Ligue 1 social Robin Bairner 19:00 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Balotelli, Nice Getty Ligue 1 PSG Nantes v PSG Nice v Αμιάν Nice Αμιάν Nantes The Italy international took time to reflect on how he’s grown since his arrival in France, while Neymar took the time to pay tribute to Haiti Ligue 1 returned after a three-week Christmas break this weekend, though some of the major stars were absent for their sides. Neymar, for example, missed Paris Saint-Germain’s Sunday night trip to Nantes due to injury, while Mario Balotelli managed only a few minutes at the end of Nice’s win over Amiens.Balotelli might be yet to start a game in 2018, but he showed with a couple of Instagram posts that he has lost none of the humour that makes him a big favourite with the fans.On Wednesday, he posted a video of him receiving treatment from a member of Nice’s staff. Balotelli is positioned in a vulnerable position, with the physio apparently providing some painful treatment to the Italy international’s hamstring. 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 “Isn’t what you guys are thinking, I swear!!!” he said. Despite those Instagram hijinks, Balotelli is a far more mature man than he was when he spent time in England with Manchester City and Liverpool. That was reflected in a cartoon the forward posted on Thursday.In it, a young Mario is stood with a quiver full of fireworks with a house on fire in the background, reflecting the damage that he did to his apartment when with Man City. Below is a similar picture, but in this one Balotelli is a bunch of arrows and has fired them consistently at the centre of the target.It is a sentiment that tickled the Italian, who clearly found it reflective of his career.Unlike Balotelli, Neymar has managed significant action this year, even if he missed out on Sunday. Indeed, he caught the headlines with a clever balancing act after scoring a penalty against Amiens in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek, taking his boot off and balancing it on his forehead.He gave little away about it, though.“Those who know @jcelsomoraes will understand my celebration,” he said. “Congratulations brother, best wishes.”The Brazil ace has been putting his brief time off to good use, though, reminding his Instagram followers of the Haiti earthquake of 2010 that continues to hamper the country. “January 12, 2010: earthquake in Haiti (230,000 dead, 220,000 injured). 8 years later, Handicap International and I continue to support Haitians. I truly hope to be visiting Haiti very soon,” he said.Meanwhile, he posted an image of his time off over the Christmas period with his son.Young team-mate Kylian Mbappe posted a similar image of himself looking relaxed in the back of a car with younger brother Ethan.The week finished off on a philosophical note from Neymar, who continues to come under unprecedented scrutiny from all quarters since me moved to PSG from Barca in the summer.“There are people who will like you, and people who will hate you even if you are the best person in the world,” he said. “Don’t blame yourself if so-and-so thinks you’re boring. People can find what they want, it doesn’t change who you are!”They might have missed out at the weekend, but both Balotelli and Neymar expect to play full roles for their sides as they tackle Monaco and Dijon respectively.last_img read more

Umbro reveal Diskerud’s Man City transfer

first_imgTransfers Diskerud’s Man City transfer revealed by UK sports company Umbro Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mix Diskerud NYCFC 060216.jpg Brad Penner Transfers Manchester City New York City MLS Premier League The United States international has left New York City FC, signing with its sister club, though it seems unlikely he will ever play for them Mix Diskerud appears to have left New York City FC to sign with the MLS side’s sister club Manchester City.The United States international had spent the previous season on loan with IFK Gothenburg of Sweden’s top league. He had another season left on his contract with NYCFC but that deal has been terminated.The contract, which is for four-and-half years, was announced by Manchester-based apparel company Umbro. Neither NYCFC nor Manchester City has made an announcement over the deal. 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 However, despite signing the contract, it is unlikely the 27-year-old Diskerud will ever suit up for the Citizens.ESPN reports he is not set to train with the first team and is likely to be sent out on loan, perhaps before the end of the January window. The report states that the loan will not be to another club owned by City Football Group.A similar situation occurred with Aaron Mooy, who moved from Melbourne City in Australia to Manchester City on free transfer in June 2016. Mooy never played for the Citizens, going on loan to Huddersfield Town, then in the Championship, for the 2016-17 season.Mooy then was sold to Huddersfield for €9.1 million following the season.Delighted to report the news that @MixDiskerud will further be cementing his relationship with Umbro in our hometown, as he proudly continues his footballing development with a 4,5y Manchester City FC contract. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/JEYJdjoTPZ — Umbro (@umbro) January 27, 2018 Diskerud joined NYCFC from Rosenborg of Norway’s top division and spent two seasons in MLS. However, he struggled in the U.S. and eventually fell out of NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira’s plans.The midfielder moved to Gothenburg in 2017 and had his most productive season in years with the club, scoring five times in 29 Allsvenskan games.Diskerud has suited up 38 times for the U.S. national team, but has not played for country since March 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgTransfers Diskerud’s Man City transfer revealed by UK sports company Umbro Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mix Diskerud NYCFC 060216.jpg Brad Penner Transfers Manchester City New York City MLS Premier League The United States international has left New York City FC, signing with its sister club, though it seems unlikely he will ever play for them Mix Diskerud appears to have left New York City FC to sign with the MLS side’s sister club Manchester City.The United States international had spent the previous season on loan with IFK Gothenburg of Sweden’s top league. He had another season left on his contract with NYCFC but that deal has been terminated.The contract, which is for four-and-half years, was announced by Manchester-based apparel company Umbro. Neither NYCFC nor Manchester City has made an announcement over the deal. 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 However, despite signing the contract, it is unlikely the 27-year-old Diskerud will ever suit up for the Citizens.ESPN reports he is not set to train with the first team and is likely to be sent out on loan, perhaps before the end of the January window. The report states that the loan will not be to another club owned by City Football Group.A similar situation occurred with Aaron Mooy, who moved from Melbourne City in Australia to Manchester City on free transfer in June 2016. Mooy never played for the Citizens, going on loan to Huddersfield Town, then in the Championship, for the 2016-17 season.Mooy then was sold to Huddersfield for €9.1 million following the season.Delighted to report the news that @MixDiskerud will further be cementing his relationship with Umbro in our hometown, as he proudly continues his footballing development with a 4,5y Manchester City FC contract. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/JEYJdjoTPZ — Umbro (@umbro) January 27, 2018 Diskerud joined NYCFC from Rosenborg of Norway’s top division and spent two seasons in MLS. However, he struggled in the U.S. and eventually fell out of NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira’s plans.The midfielder moved to Gothenburg in 2017 and had his most productive season in years with the club, scoring five times in 29 Allsvenskan games.Diskerud has suited up 38 times for the U.S. national team, but has not played for country since March 2016.last_img read more

‘It’s not fair to compare Salah to Messi’ – Gerrard

first_imgMohamed Salah ‘It’s not fair to compare Salah to Messi’ – Liverpool legend Gerrard Ben Valentine 06:16 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Porto v Liverpool Porto UEFA Champions League The Egypt international scored a superb individual goal for the Reds in their thrashing of Porto, leading to more comparisons with the Barcelona star Steven Gerrard came away impressed with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after his “moment of magic” against Porto, but doesn’t think it’s quite fair to compare him to Lionel Messi.Liverpool ran rampant in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, with hat-trick hero Sadio Mane leading the way in their 5-0 win.Roberto Firmino and Salah also got into the act, with the Egyptian winger’s goal arguably the highlight of the contest. 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 After a James Milner shot hit the post, Salah pounced on the rebound, chipped it over Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, headed it to himself past a diving Diego Reyes and then put it into the empty net to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead.And that goal left Reds great and current under-18 manager Gerrard impressed, who also thought Porto were simply overwhelmed by the Premier League side’s attack.“Liverpool have had too much aggression for Porto. They look like they can score every time they go forward,’ Gerrard said on BT Sport .“And we’ve seen a moment of magic from Mo Salah.“It’s not fair to the kid, though, to compare him to Messi.”Wednesday’s win was a long time coming for Liverpool, who had not been in the knockout rounds of the Champions League since the 2008-09 season, when Gerrard was a starring member of the Reds cast. Salah’s goal was his 30th in all competitions this season, as he became the first Liverpool player to achieve that feat since Luis Suarez in the 2013-14 season. Only Harry Kane has more goals in the top five European leagues this season than Salah.It was also Salah’s fifth straight game in all competitions with a goal, with the second leg set to take place at Anfield on 6 March.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_imgMohamed Salah ‘It’s not fair to compare Salah to Messi’ – Liverpool legend Gerrard Ben Valentine 06:16 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Porto v Liverpool Porto UEFA Champions League The Egypt international scored a superb individual goal for the Reds in their thrashing of Porto, leading to more comparisons with the Barcelona star Steven Gerrard came away impressed with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after his “moment of magic” against Porto, but doesn’t think it’s quite fair to compare him to Lionel Messi.Liverpool ran rampant in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, with hat-trick hero Sadio Mane leading the way in their 5-0 win.Roberto Firmino and Salah also got into the act, with the Egyptian winger’s goal arguably the highlight of the contest. 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 After a James Milner shot hit the post, Salah pounced on the rebound, chipped it over Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, headed it to himself past a diving Diego Reyes and then put it into the empty net to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead.And that goal left Reds great and current under-18 manager Gerrard impressed, who also thought Porto were simply overwhelmed by the Premier League side’s attack.“Liverpool have had too much aggression for Porto. They look like they can score every time they go forward,’ Gerrard said on BT Sport .“And we’ve seen a moment of magic from Mo Salah.“It’s not fair to the kid, though, to compare him to Messi.”Wednesday’s win was a long time coming for Liverpool, who had not been in the knockout rounds of the Champions League since the 2008-09 season, when Gerrard was a starring member of the Reds cast. Salah’s goal was his 30th in all competitions this season, as he became the first Liverpool player to achieve that feat since Luis Suarez in the 2013-14 season. Only Harry Kane has more goals in the top five European leagues this season than Salah.It was also Salah’s fifth straight game in all competitions with a goal, with the second leg set to take place at Anfield on 6 March.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Wenger ‘not worried’ about Arsenal future

first_imgArsenal Wenger ‘not worried’ about Arsenal future with silverware in his sights Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:41 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Southampton Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup The long-serving Frenchman has grown accustomed to seeing others discuss the length of his Gunners reign and is happy to stay out of the debate Arsene Wenger is “not worried” about his Arsenal future, with his focus locked on the present and the pursuit of silverware.The long-serving Frenchman has spent over 21 years at the Gunners helm, with considerable success enjoyed during an iconic reign.Questions have been asked of his suitability to the job in recent years, though, with FA Cup triumphs papering over the cracks of Premier League decline. 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 Wenger was, however, to earn a two-year contract in the summer of 2017 and is happy to continue letting others debate how long he has left in north London.“That is not my worry,” he told Sky Sports when quizzed on his future.“When I came here in 1996 on October 1 I was not worried about how long I was going to be at the club, I was just worried about the next game and trying to win it.“It happens that I’m still here, but overall there is only one desire, and that’s to do as well as I can for the team.”Wenger could counter his critics with another trophy on Sunday, as Arsenal prepare to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.Pressed on whether victory at Wembley would make the 2017-18 campaign a success and justify the faith shown in him, the 68-year-old added: “I don’t think like that.Arsene Wenger future not worried“After winning a trophy you want to win every single competition, we want to do well in the Premier League, we want to do well in the Europa League, we wanted to do well in the FA Cup.“After that you have to leave the judgement to other people. We are here to serve the club, and the club then has to judge if the work we do is good enough or not.”While reluctant to be drawn on the value of a Carabao Cup win, Wenger admits that he is eager to get his hands on a prize which has eluded him throughout his tenure.“Yes! Of course,” he added.“I haven’t won it, but I must say as well that over the years I have always used the League Cup for the youth team, and we always had good young players.“It has changed a little bit now, we are in the final, and it’s a good opportunity to win a trophy. You have so many teams in the Premier League who fight for trophies, and like everything you want to win.”last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal Wenger ‘not worried’ about Arsenal future with silverware in his sights Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:41 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Southampton Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup The long-serving Frenchman has grown accustomed to seeing others discuss the length of his Gunners reign and is happy to stay out of the debate Arsene Wenger is “not worried” about his Arsenal future, with his focus locked on the present and the pursuit of silverware.The long-serving Frenchman has spent over 21 years at the Gunners helm, with considerable success enjoyed during an iconic reign.Questions have been asked of his suitability to the job in recent years, though, with FA Cup triumphs papering over the cracks of Premier League decline. 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 Wenger was, however, to earn a two-year contract in the summer of 2017 and is happy to continue letting others debate how long he has left in north London.“That is not my worry,” he told Sky Sports when quizzed on his future.“When I came here in 1996 on October 1 I was not worried about how long I was going to be at the club, I was just worried about the next game and trying to win it.“It happens that I’m still here, but overall there is only one desire, and that’s to do as well as I can for the team.”Wenger could counter his critics with another trophy on Sunday, as Arsenal prepare to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.Pressed on whether victory at Wembley would make the 2017-18 campaign a success and justify the faith shown in him, the 68-year-old added: “I don’t think like that.Arsene Wenger future not worried“After winning a trophy you want to win every single competition, we want to do well in the Premier League, we want to do well in the Europa League, we wanted to do well in the FA Cup.“After that you have to leave the judgement to other people. We are here to serve the club, and the club then has to judge if the work we do is good enough or not.”While reluctant to be drawn on the value of a Carabao Cup win, Wenger admits that he is eager to get his hands on a prize which has eluded him throughout his tenure.“Yes! Of course,” he added.“I haven’t won it, but I must say as well that over the years I have always used the League Cup for the youth team, and we always had good young players.“It has changed a little bit now, we are in the final, and it’s a good opportunity to win a trophy. You have so many teams in the Premier League who fight for trophies, and like everything you want to win.”last_img read more

Pochettino claims 100th Premier League win

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino joins elite group with 100th Premier League win Joe Wright 02:21 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mauricio pochettino - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town nly five managers have managed a century of victories faster than the Argentine, who reached the milestone on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino reached 100 Premier League wins as Tottenham manager in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Wembley.Two goals from Son Heung-min secured all three points for the home side and moved them into third place in the table, a point above Liverpool, who face Newcastle United in their game in hand.It was Spurs’ third straight win in the Premier League, and marked 11 games unbeaten since folding to Manchester City shortly before Christmas. 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 former Argentina international has now managed a century of wins in England’s top flight in just 197 matches, which matches ex-Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish’s efforts.In doing so, the manager enters an elite group of bosses who have managed the mark with such speed.Only six managers reached the milestone in fewer games. Jose Mourinho leads the way, having won 100 of his first 142 matches, ahead of Alex Ferguson, who needed 162 contests to get a century of victories.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has reached 100 Premier League wins as a manager in 197 games – the joint-6th quickest alongside Kenny Dalglish. Only Jose Mourinho (142), Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179), Rafa Benitez (181) & Claudio Ranieri (187) reached it in fewer games. Ton pic.twitter.com/MqKt3yKHXE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is next on the list (179 matches), ahead of Rafa Benitez (181) and Claudio Ranieri (187). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino joins elite group with 100th Premier League win Joe Wright 02:21 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mauricio pochettino - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town nly five managers have managed a century of victories faster than the Argentine, who reached the milestone on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino reached 100 Premier League wins as Tottenham manager in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Wembley.Two goals from Son Heung-min secured all three points for the home side and moved them into third place in the table, a point above Liverpool, who face Newcastle United in their game in hand.It was Spurs’ third straight win in the Premier League, and marked 11 games unbeaten since folding to Manchester City shortly before Christmas. 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 former Argentina international has now managed a century of wins in England’s top flight in just 197 matches, which matches ex-Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers boss Kenny Dalglish’s efforts.In doing so, the manager enters an elite group of bosses who have managed the mark with such speed.Only six managers reached the milestone in fewer games. Jose Mourinho leads the way, having won 100 of his first 142 matches, ahead of Alex Ferguson, who needed 162 contests to get a century of victories.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has reached 100 Premier League wins as a manager in 197 games – the joint-6th quickest alongside Kenny Dalglish. Only Jose Mourinho (142), Alex Ferguson (162), Arsene Wenger (179), Rafa Benitez (181) & Claudio Ranieri (187) reached it in fewer games. Ton pic.twitter.com/MqKt3yKHXE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is next on the list (179 matches), ahead of Rafa Benitez (181) and Claudio Ranieri (187). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mane makes Champions League history

first_imgUEFA Champions League Mane makes Champions League history for Liverpool’s ‘Fab Three’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:28 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Liverpool Real Madrid Champions League final 260518 Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané Real Madrid Liverpool African All Stars The Reds forward was among the goals in a final encounter with Real Madrid, allowing him to join Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in double figures Sadio Mane’s goal against Real Madrid saw Liverpool make Champions League history, with three players reaching double figures in the competition.Mohamed Salah has been the undoubted star of the show for the Reds in 2017-18, but the Egyptian forward was forced off against the Blancos inside half-an-hour.An unfortunate shoulder injury robbed Jurgen Klopp of his 44-goal frontman, but Mane and fellow ‘Fab Three’ member Roberto Firmino remained on the field. 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 The former got Liverpool back into the tie in Kiev after a remarkable mistake from Loris Karius gifted Karim Benzema and Madrid the lead.After Dejan Lovren rose above Sergio Ramos to nod a corner into the six-yard box, Mane stuck out a boot to turn the ball past Keylor Navas.That effort, on the grandest of stages, was the Senegalese star’s 10th in European competition this season.Salah and Firmino have also hit that mark this term, with Liverpool making continental history as a result.10 – Liverpool are the first team in history to see three players score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mané 10). Trio. #RMALIV pic.twitter.com/L95krx8QXO — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 26, 2018 Mane was not able to savour his effort for long, though, as a stunning overhead kick from Gareth Bale shortly after stepping off the bench restored Madrid’s lead.He is, however, the first player from his country to have netted in a Champions League final, and can take pride in that.1 – Sadio Mané is the first Senegalese 🇸🇳 player in European Cup/Champions League history to score in a final. Critical. pic.twitter.com/3QzdvV0isz — OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 26, 2018 Goals had been expected in Kiev as two attack-minded sides locked horns, and neither disappointed after a cagey opening. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_imgUEFA Champions League Mane makes Champions League history for Liverpool’s ‘Fab Three’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:28 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Liverpool Real Madrid Champions League final 260518 Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané Real Madrid Liverpool African All Stars The Reds forward was among the goals in a final encounter with Real Madrid, allowing him to join Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in double figures Sadio Mane’s goal against Real Madrid saw Liverpool make Champions League history, with three players reaching double figures in the competition.Mohamed Salah has been the undoubted star of the show for the Reds in 2017-18, but the Egyptian forward was forced off against the Blancos inside half-an-hour.An unfortunate shoulder injury robbed Jurgen Klopp of his 44-goal frontman, but Mane and fellow ‘Fab Three’ member Roberto Firmino remained on the field. 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 The former got Liverpool back into the tie in Kiev after a remarkable mistake from Loris Karius gifted Karim Benzema and Madrid the lead.After Dejan Lovren rose above Sergio Ramos to nod a corner into the six-yard box, Mane stuck out a boot to turn the ball past Keylor Navas.That effort, on the grandest of stages, was the Senegalese star’s 10th in European competition this season.Salah and Firmino have also hit that mark this term, with Liverpool making continental history as a result.10 – Liverpool are the first team in history to see three players score 10+ goals in a single Champions League season (Salah 10, Firmino 10, Mané 10). Trio. #RMALIV pic.twitter.com/L95krx8QXO — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 26, 2018 Mane was not able to savour his effort for long, though, as a stunning overhead kick from Gareth Bale shortly after stepping off the bench restored Madrid’s lead.He is, however, the first player from his country to have netted in a Champions League final, and can take pride in that.1 – Sadio Mané is the first Senegalese 🇸🇳 player in European Cup/Champions League history to score in a final. Critical. pic.twitter.com/3QzdvV0isz — OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 26, 2018 Goals had been expected in Kiev as two attack-minded sides locked horns, and neither disappointed after a cagey opening. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lineker: World Cup perfect for England youngsters

first_imgEngland World Cup is perfect platform for England youngsters, says Lineker Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England World Cup The England legend insists that the Three Lions chances of winning the tournament are low – and should look to give youth a chance Gary Lineker has ruled out England sparking a surprise and winning the 2018 World Cup, encouraging Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to give youth a chance during the tournament.England play their first match of the World Cup on Monday against Tunisia, although expectations are relatively low among fans with Brazil, Germany, France and Spain the more traditional favourites.An experienced England side failed to progress from the group stage in 2014 and two years later flopped against Iceland at Euro 2016, but Southgate has given youth more opportunity since he took the helm last year. 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 “I personally would lean a bit toward the younger players, the ones that have had a bit of success in tournaments. Just to give them the experience. Perhaps sell it to the English public as a learning curve for our boys,” Lineker told Goal at BBC media day.“Let’s not get over expectant, we’re not going to win it or anything. We are going to see how it will go. It will be a great chance for these young players, mixed with a bit of experience obviously.“We are on the cusp of being a very, very good international side. It’s probably, realistically a bit too soon. If we got to the quarter-final, that would be a great achievement with what we’ve got.“But looking behind it, looking in four years’ time, then we are going to be super competitive. I think this is a great opportunity to bring in the likes of [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, terrific young players who have performed really well this season. And just give them a go. What do England have to lose?”Lineker suggests that England’s biggest weakness compared to other countries is the dearth of truly top stars in the team but insists improvements have been made and it won’t be long before Southgate’s team are able to establish themselves as a major force on the international stage.“We are lacking world-class players, that is what you really need to be successful at a World Cup. We have been through a period of time where we did not produce enough world-class players. We had Rooney, who was probably the only world-class player of his generation,” he said.“Now we’re starting to get there again, with Harry Kane and young players like Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli. Players like that doing really well, Kyle Walker doing brilliantly at Manchester City. We are starting to get one or two players who could become world class.“But ultimately, to be successful, we need more and you can see that happening because we have got so many great young kids coming through. But it’s probably a couple of years too soon.”The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14last_img read more

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first_imgEngland World Cup is perfect platform for England youngsters, says Lineker Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England World Cup The England legend insists that the Three Lions chances of winning the tournament are low – and should look to give youth a chance Gary Lineker has ruled out England sparking a surprise and winning the 2018 World Cup, encouraging Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to give youth a chance during the tournament.England play their first match of the World Cup on Monday against Tunisia, although expectations are relatively low among fans with Brazil, Germany, France and Spain the more traditional favourites.An experienced England side failed to progress from the group stage in 2014 and two years later flopped against Iceland at Euro 2016, but Southgate has given youth more opportunity since he took the helm last year. 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 “I personally would lean a bit toward the younger players, the ones that have had a bit of success in tournaments. Just to give them the experience. Perhaps sell it to the English public as a learning curve for our boys,” Lineker told Goal at BBC media day.“Let’s not get over expectant, we’re not going to win it or anything. We are going to see how it will go. It will be a great chance for these young players, mixed with a bit of experience obviously.“We are on the cusp of being a very, very good international side. It’s probably, realistically a bit too soon. If we got to the quarter-final, that would be a great achievement with what we’ve got.“But looking behind it, looking in four years’ time, then we are going to be super competitive. I think this is a great opportunity to bring in the likes of [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, terrific young players who have performed really well this season. And just give them a go. What do England have to lose?”Lineker suggests that England’s biggest weakness compared to other countries is the dearth of truly top stars in the team but insists improvements have been made and it won’t be long before Southgate’s team are able to establish themselves as a major force on the international stage.“We are lacking world-class players, that is what you really need to be successful at a World Cup. We have been through a period of time where we did not produce enough world-class players. We had Rooney, who was probably the only world-class player of his generation,” he said.“Now we’re starting to get there again, with Harry Kane and young players like Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli. Players like that doing really well, Kyle Walker doing brilliantly at Manchester City. We are starting to get one or two players who could become world class.“But ultimately, to be successful, we need more and you can see that happening because we have got so many great young kids coming through. But it’s probably a couple of years too soon.”The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14last_img read more

DAY TWO QUOTES FROM THE COACH’S BOX

first_imgThe 2004 School Sport Touch Championships are providing plenty of action for Touch lovers. Here’s just a taste of the ever quotable quotes from those on the Gold Coast… “We’re fit as racing snakes.” – Pete Hampson Tasmanian 15 Years Boys Manager – describing his team before competition starts – don’t know what a racing snake looks like, but we’ll take Pete’s word on it! “No Touchdowns scored against us – great defensive play by the whole team – goal for Friday is to keep our clean sheet in defence.” – Qld 12 Years Girls Manager Carol Savidge reflecting on Qld’s awesome performance today. “Played well v Victoria, disappointed with result v WA, made too many basic errors in defence.” South Australian 15 Years Boys coaching staff. “Nothing, not one bit.”- Qld 15 Years Girls Coach Craig Slavin’s answer to my question about how his half time speech was received and what parts the player’s took in – didn’t seem to matter, the girls got up 5 -2. “Another solid performance in warm conditions – still areas to work on in attack and defence…. Francis Katoa and Samuel Clune were great v Qld and Daniel Thomas and Josh Drinkwater shone against ACT.”- NSW 12 Years Boys coaching staff commenting on a good day for the Blues in this division. “We need to look at our drive and defence to turn it around on Saturday…some good patches were spoilt by some lax defence and sideways attack.”- Qld 12 Years Boys Coaching staff on the loss to NSW today. “Shade cloths covering all fields.” – suggestion from Tassie coaching staff to ward off the stifling summer sun -the tournament organisers are good, but not that good! “We’ve started scoring and we’re enjoying it!” – The Tasmanian 12 Years Boys team who could only write “an experience” after day one yesterday, now have a lot more to write about – 6 – Touchdowns in fact – they told us that they’re fast as racing snakes – we should have listened! “Katie Brown got an intercept, youngest in the team, chased by some BIG Qld girls and nearly scored…Tess Dignam great diving touch to win the game for us v Tassie…Zoe Duffy great diving Touch Down v WA…Kimberley Wigg 5 touch downs in 2 days.” – Chris Jones South Australian 15 Years Girls Manager. “Tassie has a huge cheer squad – grand parents, parents, brothers, sisters, friends – all come to the Coast to support our great kids – disappointed not to have won today, but really proud of the way the team never gave up.” Tasmanian 15 Years Girls Coaching staff. “Gutsy 2-1 win over Tassie – great individual efforts from Monique Bolding & Anna Williams …tough v Qld – but we did better than any other 12 years SA team ever, keeping them to 14…Georgia Brown was great.” SA 12 years girls coach Adrian Sim on his team’s fortunes today. “Have you seen a camera, a pair of Oakley’s, house keys, mobile phone, a drink bottle, asthma spray – continuum transfunctioner perhaps?” The constant questions from poor unfortunate souls who lose things and ask our Tournament administration for help in finding these items…silly people, misplacing things…then.. “Has anyone seen the key to the Cooler room?” – Peter Bell to the entire tournament population after the one and only key went missing…. 1 hour later and $50 poorer after having to open the lock by other means, a Manager of a State Team sidles up, fesses up and returns the key…I think that’s a fine…big time! I’m pleased it was the end of the day and Belly was too tired to bother, otherwise the gentleman in question may have spent some detention time in the cooler room! “Plenty of water and no throwing up.” The instruction of one Coach to his team regarding the Dream World excursion tomorrow…. wise counsel indeed! Compiled by Karley Bankslast_img read more

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first_imgThe 2004 School Sport Touch Championships are providing plenty of action for Touch lovers. Here’s just a taste of the ever quotable quotes from those on the Gold Coast… “We’re fit as racing snakes.” – Pete Hampson Tasmanian 15 Years Boys Manager – describing his team before competition starts – don’t know what a racing snake looks like, but we’ll take Pete’s word on it! “No Touchdowns scored against us – great defensive play by the whole team – goal for Friday is to keep our clean sheet in defence.” – Qld 12 Years Girls Manager Carol Savidge reflecting on Qld’s awesome performance today. “Played well v Victoria, disappointed with result v WA, made too many basic errors in defence.” South Australian 15 Years Boys coaching staff. “Nothing, not one bit.”- Qld 15 Years Girls Coach Craig Slavin’s answer to my question about how his half time speech was received and what parts the player’s took in – didn’t seem to matter, the girls got up 5 -2. “Another solid performance in warm conditions – still areas to work on in attack and defence…. Francis Katoa and Samuel Clune were great v Qld and Daniel Thomas and Josh Drinkwater shone against ACT.”- NSW 12 Years Boys coaching staff commenting on a good day for the Blues in this division. “We need to look at our drive and defence to turn it around on Saturday…some good patches were spoilt by some lax defence and sideways attack.”- Qld 12 Years Boys Coaching staff on the loss to NSW today. “Shade cloths covering all fields.” – suggestion from Tassie coaching staff to ward off the stifling summer sun -the tournament organisers are good, but not that good! “We’ve started scoring and we’re enjoying it!” – The Tasmanian 12 Years Boys team who could only write “an experience” after day one yesterday, now have a lot more to write about – 6 – Touchdowns in fact – they told us that they’re fast as racing snakes – we should have listened! “Katie Brown got an intercept, youngest in the team, chased by some BIG Qld girls and nearly scored…Tess Dignam great diving touch to win the game for us v Tassie…Zoe Duffy great diving Touch Down v WA…Kimberley Wigg 5 touch downs in 2 days.” – Chris Jones South Australian 15 Years Girls Manager. “Tassie has a huge cheer squad – grand parents, parents, brothers, sisters, friends – all come to the Coast to support our great kids – disappointed not to have won today, but really proud of the way the team never gave up.” Tasmanian 15 Years Girls Coaching staff. “Gutsy 2-1 win over Tassie – great individual efforts from Monique Bolding & Anna Williams …tough v Qld – but we did better than any other 12 years SA team ever, keeping them to 14…Georgia Brown was great.” SA 12 years girls coach Adrian Sim on his team’s fortunes today. “Have you seen a camera, a pair of Oakley’s, house keys, mobile phone, a drink bottle, asthma spray – continuum transfunctioner perhaps?” The constant questions from poor unfortunate souls who lose things and ask our Tournament administration for help in finding these items…silly people, misplacing things…then.. “Has anyone seen the key to the Cooler room?” – Peter Bell to the entire tournament population after the one and only key went missing…. 1 hour later and $50 poorer after having to open the lock by other means, a Manager of a State Team sidles up, fesses up and returns the key…I think that’s a fine…big time! I’m pleased it was the end of the day and Belly was too tired to bother, otherwise the gentleman in question may have spent some detention time in the cooler room! “Plenty of water and no throwing up.” The instruction of one Coach to his team regarding the Dream World excursion tomorrow…. wise counsel indeed! Compiled by Karley Bankslast_img read more

VT League Finals

first_imgIn a big day of Touch Football action, the league will play its elimination finals, semi finals and grand finals on Saturday in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Women’s elimination finals will start the day at 1.00pm, with the Casey Cougars taking on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks, while the Eastern Falcons will go straight through to the semi finals. The semi finals will be played at 3.00pm, with the winner of the Cougars versus Blacks game playing the team that finished the season on top of the ladder, the Melbourne City Lions. In the second semi final, the Eastern Falcons will meet the second placed team of the season, the Bayside Vipers. The winner of the two semi finals will progress through to the grand final to be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s elimination finals will be played at 2.00pm and will see the Melbourne City Lions play the Casey Cougars, while the Bayside Vipers will meet the Eastern Falcons. The winners of these two games will face the Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Western Dodgers in the semi finals at 4.00pm, with the two sides finishing the season in first and second places respectively. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm and will be followed by the official presentations at 8.00pm. The day will also feature the ‘Dash for Cash’ and a high ball competition which is open to all and is sure to entertain. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria and VT League websites:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgIn a big day of Touch Football action, the league will play its elimination finals, semi finals and grand finals on Saturday in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Women’s elimination finals will start the day at 1.00pm, with the Casey Cougars taking on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks, while the Eastern Falcons will go straight through to the semi finals. The semi finals will be played at 3.00pm, with the winner of the Cougars versus Blacks game playing the team that finished the season on top of the ladder, the Melbourne City Lions. In the second semi final, the Eastern Falcons will meet the second placed team of the season, the Bayside Vipers. The winner of the two semi finals will progress through to the grand final to be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s elimination finals will be played at 2.00pm and will see the Melbourne City Lions play the Casey Cougars, while the Bayside Vipers will meet the Eastern Falcons. The winners of these two games will face the Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Western Dodgers in the semi finals at 4.00pm, with the two sides finishing the season in first and second places respectively. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm and will be followed by the official presentations at 8.00pm. The day will also feature the ‘Dash for Cash’ and a high ball competition which is open to all and is sure to entertain. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria and VT League websites:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.aulast_img read more

TWC 2015 Countdown Clock Starts Now!

first_imgStart the clock. Set the compass and get set for what is shaping as the biggest Touch World Cup and showcase of the sport on record. This week marks the 12-month countdown until the commencement of the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup (TWC) to be held in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The international festival of Touch Football will take place over one week from 29 April to 3 May 2015. In just one-year’s time, the Touch Football world’s showpiece event returns to these shores and will be in full swing; the first time the Touch World Cup has returned to the Australia since 1999. Over 100 teams have expressed interest in taking part in the event with close to 30 member nations from across the globe. To mark this key milestone, Host Nation of TWC 2015, Touch Football Australia is pleased to launch today the official Touch World Cup website at the link below.www.touchworldcup.com Administered by TFA the site is the central hub of news and information keeping the international Touch Football community abreast of the latest on all tournament details. The site will feature the regular series of event TFA and FIT-generated Memos and Media Releases, feature articles, social media channels and updates and coverage of pre-tournament events and activities from around the world. Not to mention the all important ‘Countdown Clock’ so everyone stays acutely aware of new event information and the fast-closing window of time till tournament tap-off. Fresh from his return from Mudgee with the Trans Tasman Series trophy in tow, the head of TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, was pleased with the development of the site; saying that his and the TFA team’s focus is shifting well and truly to the staging of event on the Coffs Coast next year and meeting key milestones including this. “It’s hard enough to grasp that four years has elapsed since the last Touch World Cup in Edinburgh,” Maguire said. “With the delivery of a number of recent major events under our belt, we are now getting a real sense that the clock is certainly clicking and planning is paramount. “We are mobilising internally and working very closely with the International (body) on the various planning arrangements to ensure we deliver the best Touch World Cup to date,” he said. “Rest assured we won’t leave any stone unturned in our quest to ensure this event befits the sport and the professionalism in which the sport is delivered nationally. “The website is a very important cog in the wheel to keep all stakeholders up-to-date on the latest news, views and previews,” he said. FIT Secretary-General, Bill Ker shared Mr Maguire’s sense and is delighted with the tournament and the new website’s progression. “As we all know, the online medium is very important for conducting key international events like the upcoming Touch World Cup,” Mr Ker said. “Not the least a hub for event news, it’s a key channel for the international community to use as an interactive platform, along with the social media channels to engage with TFA and member nations, in terms of tournament awareness and delivery. “And as a window to the overall event administration we know that TFA as Host Nation will be striving to ensure the site is best practice and engaging for all to visit; enabling users to stay informed and join the conversation and interaction with the international Touch Football community.”Related Files2015_fit_touch_world_cup_event_memo_-_1_5_2014-pdfRelated Links2015 TWC Websitelast_img read more

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first_imgStart the clock. Set the compass and get set for what is shaping as the biggest Touch World Cup and showcase of the sport on record. This week marks the 12-month countdown until the commencement of the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup (TWC) to be held in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The international festival of Touch Football will take place over one week from 29 April to 3 May 2015. In just one-year’s time, the Touch Football world’s showpiece event returns to these shores and will be in full swing; the first time the Touch World Cup has returned to the Australia since 1999. Over 100 teams have expressed interest in taking part in the event with close to 30 member nations from across the globe. To mark this key milestone, Host Nation of TWC 2015, Touch Football Australia is pleased to launch today the official Touch World Cup website at the link below.www.touchworldcup.com Administered by TFA the site is the central hub of news and information keeping the international Touch Football community abreast of the latest on all tournament details. The site will feature the regular series of event TFA and FIT-generated Memos and Media Releases, feature articles, social media channels and updates and coverage of pre-tournament events and activities from around the world. Not to mention the all important ‘Countdown Clock’ so everyone stays acutely aware of new event information and the fast-closing window of time till tournament tap-off. Fresh from his return from Mudgee with the Trans Tasman Series trophy in tow, the head of TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, was pleased with the development of the site; saying that his and the TFA team’s focus is shifting well and truly to the staging of event on the Coffs Coast next year and meeting key milestones including this. “It’s hard enough to grasp that four years has elapsed since the last Touch World Cup in Edinburgh,” Maguire said. “With the delivery of a number of recent major events under our belt, we are now getting a real sense that the clock is certainly clicking and planning is paramount. “We are mobilising internally and working very closely with the International (body) on the various planning arrangements to ensure we deliver the best Touch World Cup to date,” he said. “Rest assured we won’t leave any stone unturned in our quest to ensure this event befits the sport and the professionalism in which the sport is delivered nationally. “The website is a very important cog in the wheel to keep all stakeholders up-to-date on the latest news, views and previews,” he said. FIT Secretary-General, Bill Ker shared Mr Maguire’s sense and is delighted with the tournament and the new website’s progression. “As we all know, the online medium is very important for conducting key international events like the upcoming Touch World Cup,” Mr Ker said. “Not the least a hub for event news, it’s a key channel for the international community to use as an interactive platform, along with the social media channels to engage with TFA and member nations, in terms of tournament awareness and delivery. “And as a window to the overall event administration we know that TFA as Host Nation will be striving to ensure the site is best practice and engaging for all to visit; enabling users to stay informed and join the conversation and interaction with the international Touch Football community.”Related Files2015_fit_touch_world_cup_event_memo_-_1_5_2014-pdfRelated Links2015 TWC Websitelast_img read more

NRL Touch Premiership: ladder update

first_imgThe results from this weekends games were:Men’s:2 Titans v 0 BroncosWomen’s: 8 Broncos v 7 TitansBelow are the NRL Touch Premiership Ladders, as they stand following this weekend’s games.Make sure you get to the next games:Tigers v Knights at ANZ Stadium (21 July 2018)Grand Final at CBus Super Stadium (29 July 2018)last_img

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first_imgThe results from this weekends games were:Men’s:2 Titans v 0 BroncosWomen’s: 8 Broncos v 7 TitansBelow are the NRL Touch Premiership Ladders, as they stand following this weekend’s games.Make sure you get to the next games:Tigers v Knights at ANZ Stadium (21 July 2018)Grand Final at CBus Super Stadium (29 July 2018)last_img

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri update

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri updateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a call on trialist Samir Nasri.Nasri is training with West Ham as he looks to earn a contract.Pellegrini confirmed a decision is expected soon on a player that could help boost their chances of securing a top-six finish this season.“We are going to take the decision next week.“Sami is working with us very well, he is losing weight, his mentality is to try and have a spot here with the squad, so we will see in the next days.” last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri updateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a call on trialist Samir Nasri.Nasri is training with West Ham as he looks to earn a contract.Pellegrini confirmed a decision is expected soon on a player that could help boost their chances of securing a top-six finish this season.“We are going to take the decision next week.“Sami is working with us very well, he is losing weight, his mentality is to try and have a spot here with the squad, so we will see in the next days.” last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launched

first_imgBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launchedby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have launched their plans to bring PSG star Neymar back to the Nou Camp this summer.Driving the deal is Barca chief Andre Cury, who was crucial in Neymar’s original move from Santos to the LaLiga giants.Neymar has made it clear he is eager to return – and now Barca are putting plans in place to make the deal happen.Radio Catalunya reports Cury met with the player’s minders before Christmas. He has also since held talks with super agent Pini Zahavi, who is part of Neymar’s entourage, along with Alvaro Costa, who is a close friend of the player’s.Neymar wants to return and the feeling is mutual inside Barca where the players and coaching staff would happily welcome him back. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launchedby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have launched their plans to bring PSG star Neymar back to the Nou Camp this summer.Driving the deal is Barca chief Andre Cury, who was crucial in Neymar’s original move from Santos to the LaLiga giants.Neymar has made it clear he is eager to return – and now Barca are putting plans in place to make the deal happen.Radio Catalunya reports Cury met with the player’s minders before Christmas. He has also since held talks with super agent Pini Zahavi, who is part of Neymar’s entourage, along with Alvaro Costa, who is a close friend of the player’s.Neymar wants to return and the feeling is mutual inside Barca where the players and coaching staff would happily welcome him back. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoArsenal defender Chambers determined to be first-choice for Emery

first_imgArsenal defender Chambers determined to be first-choice for Emeryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Calum Chambers is determined to be a first-choice for manager Unai Emery.The England international has begun the season impressively.He said, “I think to establish yourself here, you need to play week in, week out. It’s the same at every club you go to. When you’re playing week in, week out that’s when you really establish yourself to the team and the fans.”That’s a goal I want to push for, it’s one of my aims, so I’ve got to figure out how I can do that. I need to work on things off the pitch to help me achieve that, that’s the aim for this season.”I feel good, I’ve had a good summer, pre-season’s gone well and I’ve settled back in nicely with the lads and the new manager. I’m ready for this season ahead, I’m ready to fight and ready to give everything to this team. I’m excited for the season ahead and what we can achieve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgArsenal defender Chambers determined to be first-choice for Emeryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Calum Chambers is determined to be a first-choice for manager Unai Emery.The England international has begun the season impressively.He said, “I think to establish yourself here, you need to play week in, week out. It’s the same at every club you go to. When you’re playing week in, week out that’s when you really establish yourself to the team and the fans.”That’s a goal I want to push for, it’s one of my aims, so I’ve got to figure out how I can do that. I need to work on things off the pitch to help me achieve that, that’s the aim for this season.”I feel good, I’ve had a good summer, pre-season’s gone well and I’ve settled back in nicely with the lads and the new manager. I’m ready for this season ahead, I’m ready to fight and ready to give everything to this team. I’m excited for the season ahead and what we can achieve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoEverton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s been revealed Everton made a sensational attempt to sign Hungarian and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas.The move is confirmed in Gavin Buckland’s book on Everton in the 1960s “Money Can’t Buy Us Love”.The Liverpool Echo reports the book reveals that John Moores, the benefactor of the Mersey Millionaires, tried to use his financial muscle to sign the Real Madrid magician in 1960, the year Puskas scored four goals in the famous European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park.Moores’ words delivered to Everton shareholders in December 1960 are published:”It is no use people telling us to go out and buy world-class players like Real Madrid can do. The League rules will not allow it.”If I had offered Puskas a £15,000 signing on fee when he left Hungary, and made him a director of Littlewoods at £10,000 a year, I still could not have signed him for Everton because the Home Office would not have admitted him into the country as an alien, the Players’ Union would have objected and the League would have vetoed it too.”The Everton chairman then bitterly fired off his frustrations to Mike Langley of the Daily Express in August 1962.”Real Madrid, with naturalised Hungarians and Argentinians, are almost helped by the Spanish government to build the world’s best team.”Our government has no interest in football apart from taking millions in pools money out of the game and putting none of it back.” last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s been revealed Everton made a sensational attempt to sign Hungarian and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas.The move is confirmed in Gavin Buckland’s book on Everton in the 1960s “Money Can’t Buy Us Love”.The Liverpool Echo reports the book reveals that John Moores, the benefactor of the Mersey Millionaires, tried to use his financial muscle to sign the Real Madrid magician in 1960, the year Puskas scored four goals in the famous European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park.Moores’ words delivered to Everton shareholders in December 1960 are published:”It is no use people telling us to go out and buy world-class players like Real Madrid can do. The League rules will not allow it.”If I had offered Puskas a £15,000 signing on fee when he left Hungary, and made him a director of Littlewoods at £10,000 a year, I still could not have signed him for Everton because the Home Office would not have admitted him into the country as an alien, the Players’ Union would have objected and the League would have vetoed it too.”The Everton chairman then bitterly fired off his frustrations to Mike Langley of the Daily Express in August 1962.”Real Madrid, with naturalised Hungarians and Argentinians, are almost helped by the Spanish government to build the world’s best team.”Our government has no interest in football apart from taking millions in pools money out of the game and putting none of it back.” last_img read more

Michigan State Is Going To Win The National Title, According To Jimmy Fallon’s Puppies

first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

Video: Zeke Elliott Did The Joey Bosa Shrug Celebration After Scoring His 4th TD Of Game

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State just took a 35-21 lead over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fourth touchdown of the game, a 48-yard scamper.After the play, Elliott did Buckeye defense lineman Joey Bosa’s patented shrug celebration, a way of recognizing the star defensive end, who was ejected from the game in the first quarter for targeting.Bosa saw the shout-out, and acknowledged it on Twitter. See you Zeke— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) January 1, 2016Ohio State just intercepted a DeShone Kizer pass, and could put this game out of reach for good.last_img read more

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first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State just took a 35-21 lead over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fourth touchdown of the game, a 48-yard scamper.After the play, Elliott did Buckeye defense lineman Joey Bosa’s patented shrug celebration, a way of recognizing the star defensive end, who was ejected from the game in the first quarter for targeting.Bosa saw the shout-out, and acknowledged it on Twitter. See you Zeke— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) January 1, 2016Ohio State just intercepted a DeShone Kizer pass, and could put this game out of reach for good.last_img read more

Video: Former Baylor President Botches Interview, PR Woman Comes To His Aid

first_imgJust when you thought former Baylor president Ken Starr couldn’t possibly look any worse, he goes and botches a television interview in the worst kind of way. During an interview with KWTX News 10 Thursday, an answer he gave regarding a victim’s email led to a communications specialist he brought with him to stop the interview, pull him aside and suggest that he use a different response. Starr then sits down and looks to the specialist once again for help before providing the new, scripted response. The entire thing was caught on camera, and KWTX posted the video to its Facebook page.Baylor continues to make things worse for itself, and Starr isn’t helping. He may no longer be president, but the university might have to take it a step further and separate itself completely.last_img read more

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first_imgJust when you thought former Baylor president Ken Starr couldn’t possibly look any worse, he goes and botches a television interview in the worst kind of way. During an interview with KWTX News 10 Thursday, an answer he gave regarding a victim’s email led to a communications specialist he brought with him to stop the interview, pull him aside and suggest that he use a different response. Starr then sits down and looks to the specialist once again for help before providing the new, scripted response. The entire thing was caught on camera, and KWTX posted the video to its Facebook page.Baylor continues to make things worse for itself, and Starr isn’t helping. He may no longer be president, but the university might have to take it a step further and separate itself completely.last_img read more

Suarez stunner gives Barca 10-point edge over Madrid

first_imgLionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored sublime goals as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 in a bruising encounter and moved five points clear at the top of LaLiga.Messi took the initiative on 20 minutes with a trademark moment of brilliance and Suarez plundered a superb volley to double Barca’s lead.Getafe quickly responded with a goal from Jaime Mata but, for all their craft and physicality, they could not claw their way back onto level terms. 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? With Atletico Madrid and Sevilla having played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the day, the result puts Barcelona well and truly in the driving seat at the halfway point in the season as head coach Ernesto Valverde ended a week of speculation over his future with a satisfying, hard-fought victory.Seriously though, how good was this goal? pic.twitter.com/mPDNa1rJhd— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2019Dimitri Foulquier had the ball in the net inside the opening nine minutes only for the referee to award a free-kick to Barcelona for a foul on Clement Lenglet.Barca midfielder Arthur was lucky not to see red for an elbow on Angel Rodriguez before Messi broke the deadlock with a masterclass in quick thinking.The Argentina ace nutmegged goalkeeper David Soria with his first touch before slotting the ball into the empty net from an acute angle with his second.Suarez then doubled the lead with an exquisite volley from the edge of the box that sent the ball screaming to the right of a helpless Soria.Getafe pulled themselves back into the game on the stroke of half-time when Mata bundled into an unguarded net after Rodriguez flashed the ball across the face of goal.Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a superb save to deny Leandro Cabrera with an hour gone, pushing the centre-back’s thunderous header over the crossbar.Mata then got in behind the Barcelona defence with the ball and rounded Ter Stegen but somehow blazed his shot over the crossbar from 10 yards.Messi had a chance to score his second of the night and his 400th LaLiga goal when he burst through on goal with 15 minutes left but his shot was too close to Soria, who saved to tee up a tense finish that saw Barcelona hold on.What does it mean? Title looking like Barca’s to loseThis victory will have felt all the sweeter for Barcelona after Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad earlier in the day and the Blaugrauna are now 10 points clear of their deadliest rivals, as well as being five clear at the top of the table.Dembele drives Barca forwardWhile Messi and Suarez scored headline-grabbing goals, Ousmane Dembele was a constant threat for the visitors and often provided the vital link between midfield and attack with his storming forward runs.Pique and Lenglet ride their luckGetafe exposed Barcelona through the middle of their defence time and again, and it was only Mata’s wayward finishing and Ter Stegen’s acrobatic goalkeeping that prevented the hosts from grabbing at least a point.Key Opta Facts- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 399 goals in his La Liga career and he is one left to reach 400 goals in the competition. – Barcelona have won 10 games at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in La Liga, more than any other Getafe opponent ever.- Lionel Messi (16) and Luis Suarez (12) have scored 28 LaLiga goals this season, more than 16 teams in the competition. – Barcelona have recorded their 10th win at Coliseum Alfonso Perez in La Liga – in eight of the nine previous seasons they won there won the title at the end. – Lionel Messi has scored 13 goals in his last 16 games against Getafe in LaLiga, only Cristiano Ronaldo (23) has scored more goals against this side.What’s next?Barcelona travel to Valencia on Thursday for a Copa del Rey clash with Levante, while Getafe face Real Valladolid at home in the same competition a day earlier. read morelast_img read more

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first_imgLionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored sublime goals as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 in a bruising encounter and moved five points clear at the top of LaLiga.Messi took the initiative on 20 minutes with a trademark moment of brilliance and Suarez plundered a superb volley to double Barca’s lead.Getafe quickly responded with a goal from Jaime Mata but, for all their craft and physicality, they could not claw their way back onto level terms. 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? With Atletico Madrid and Sevilla having played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the day, the result puts Barcelona well and truly in the driving seat at the halfway point in the season as head coach Ernesto Valverde ended a week of speculation over his future with a satisfying, hard-fought victory.Seriously though, how good was this goal? pic.twitter.com/mPDNa1rJhd— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2019Dimitri Foulquier had the ball in the net inside the opening nine minutes only for the referee to award a free-kick to Barcelona for a foul on Clement Lenglet.Barca midfielder Arthur was lucky not to see red for an elbow on Angel Rodriguez before Messi broke the deadlock with a masterclass in quick thinking.The Argentina ace nutmegged goalkeeper David Soria with his first touch before slotting the ball into the empty net from an acute angle with his second.Suarez then doubled the lead with an exquisite volley from the edge of the box that sent the ball screaming to the right of a helpless Soria.Getafe pulled themselves back into the game on the stroke of half-time when Mata bundled into an unguarded net after Rodriguez flashed the ball across the face of goal.Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a superb save to deny Leandro Cabrera with an hour gone, pushing the centre-back’s thunderous header over the crossbar.Mata then got in behind the Barcelona defence with the ball and rounded Ter Stegen but somehow blazed his shot over the crossbar from 10 yards.Messi had a chance to score his second of the night and his 400th LaLiga goal when he burst through on goal with 15 minutes left but his shot was too close to Soria, who saved to tee up a tense finish that saw Barcelona hold on.What does it mean? Title looking like Barca’s to loseThis victory will have felt all the sweeter for Barcelona after Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad earlier in the day and the Blaugrauna are now 10 points clear of their deadliest rivals, as well as being five clear at the top of the table.Dembele drives Barca forwardWhile Messi and Suarez scored headline-grabbing goals, Ousmane Dembele was a constant threat for the visitors and often provided the vital link between midfield and attack with his storming forward runs.Pique and Lenglet ride their luckGetafe exposed Barcelona through the middle of their defence time and again, and it was only Mata’s wayward finishing and Ter Stegen’s acrobatic goalkeeping that prevented the hosts from grabbing at least a point.Key Opta Facts- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 399 goals in his La Liga career and he is one left to reach 400 goals in the competition. – Barcelona have won 10 games at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in La Liga, more than any other Getafe opponent ever.- Lionel Messi (16) and Luis Suarez (12) have scored 28 LaLiga goals this season, more than 16 teams in the competition. – Barcelona have recorded their 10th win at Coliseum Alfonso Perez in La Liga – in eight of the nine previous seasons they won there won the title at the end. – Lionel Messi has scored 13 goals in his last 16 games against Getafe in LaLiga, only Cristiano Ronaldo (23) has scored more goals against this side.What’s next?Barcelona travel to Valencia on Thursday for a Copa del Rey clash with Levante, while Getafe face Real Valladolid at home in the same competition a day earlier. read morelast_img read more