TagsTransfersAbout 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.”
Barcelona 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 say
Arsenal 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 say
TagsTransfersAbout 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.”
It’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.
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.
Just 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.
Lionel 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 more
Barcelona and Sevilla have reached an agreement for the transfer of forward Munir El Haddadi to the Andalusian club pending a medical and contract.Goal previously reported the 23-year-old Munir, who was in the last six months of his deal with the La Liga champions, was intent on joining Sevilla this summer when his deal expired after rejecting contract offers from Barcelona.However, the Andalusian club were hopeful of sealing a deal for Munir in January and Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde also voiced his desire to see the situation resolved by the close of the window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It seems Munir has taken a decision and, evidently, the club have also made a decision,” Valverde said in a news conference on Wednesday. “We want a solution as soon as possible. If that can be this month, even better.” The two La Liga sides have now done just that, coming to an agreement for Munir to join immediately, with Barcelona announcing they have received a €1,050,000 fee.”The club would like to thank Munir El Haddadi for his dedication and commitment and wishes him all the best for the future,” Barcelona said in a statement. Munir had spent the last two seasons on loan at first Valencia in 2016-17 and then Deportivo Alaves in 2017-18 after making his Barcelona debut as an 18-year-old during the 2014-15 campaign.The forward featured 16 times in the league in his career for Barcelona, scoring four times, before heading out to Valencia where he played in 33 La Liga contests, scoring six times.A loan to Alaves followed the next season and saw Munir improve on his strike-rate, finding the net 10 times in 33 La Liga matches, starting 28 of them.Entering the last year of his contract, there was no loan for Munir to begin the 2018-19 season, and he played just seven times for Barcelona, scoring once in the league.However, Munir had not played for the club since a start in the Champions League against Tottenham, with Barcelona having already locked up the top spot in their group.A Spain youth international, Munir has been capped once for the senior side, coming on for a 13-minute appearance against Macedonia in 2014.In addition, Goal understands that Munir’s acquisition will make a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata less likely.Sevilla had met with Morata’s representatives over a potential deal but found the proposed loan move too expensive.While Morata was in the fame, Goal understands Munir was always the club’s preferred option.In addition to Munir, Sevilla also announced Friday an agreement had been reached for Ajax centre-back Maximilian Wöber.Like Munir, the agreement for the 20-year-old defender is pending a medical and agreement over a contract.