Transfers Arda Turan in talks to join Istanbul Basaksehir from Barcelona, says president Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 20:50 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers İstanbul Başakşehir Barcelona Primera División Süper Lig The Super Lig side’s chief confirmed interest in the Barcelona midfielder and is optimistic of concluding the deal Arda Turan is in talks over a transfer from Barcelona to Istanbul Basaksehir, according to the Turkish club’s president.The midfielder is yet to make an appearance for the Liga leaders this season and the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool has increased speculation he will leave this month.Goksel Gumusdag has now claimed he has met with Arda in Barcelona and the player has confirmed he would like to join the club, who are top of the Turkish Super Lig, with discussions over a deal firmly underway. 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 spoke to Arda Turan face to face in Barcelona,” he said via Basaksehir’s official website. “He wants to come Basaksehir. I saw his passion and he told me his goals. After that, we met with Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau.”Barcelona’s approach is positive about this transfer. We would like to sign Arda, despite the high cost. Our two sponsors are willing to help with the transfer process.”I understand the media are excited and I’m so excited too, but we have to wait. We have a couple of steps to go in order to finish the deal.”Arda joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in 2015, and Besiktas, Everton and Chicago Fire have also been linked with the 30-year-old.Ernesto Valverde’s side could offload a number of players this month following Coutinho’s arrival for a reported €160 million and the return to fitness of Ousmane Dembele.Gerard Deulofeu has been linked with a move to Inter, while Aleix Vidal has been tipped to rejoin Sevilla and Rafinha is wanted by Celta Vigo.
Tottenham Hotspur Spurs star Kane matches Drogba record while reaching 150 club goals Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:19 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The Tottenham talisman was on target again in a meeting with Crystal Palace and now has as many London derby efforts to his name as a Chelsea legend Harry Kane’s remarkable strike rate at Tottenham has seen him hit two more notable landmarks on the goal front.With two Premier League Golden Boots secured in as many years, the England international is chasing down an impressive hat-trick this season.He leads that particular chase at present, with another effort added to his tally during a meeting with Crystal Palace. 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 Spurs needed inspiration from somewhere as the clock ticked down at Selhurst Park, and their talismanic frontman duly provided it as he snatched a dramatic winner.His 24th strike of the season has edged him back in front of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and three clear of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who is in Carabao Cup final action this weekend.While continuing to set the standard in the 2017-18 campaign, Kane has also enhanced his reputation as a man for the big occasion.Few sides have been able to contain him down the years, but London rivals have found it particularly difficult to keep him out.Nobody has managed more goals in derby clashes than Kane, with his record now matching that of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba — with that landmark reached in considerably fewer games than the Ivorian.23 – Harry Kane has scored 23 goals in 34 London derbies in the Premier League – equalling Didier Drogba’s total in the competition (23 in 64). Capitalised. pic.twitter.com/g0Y6PC1egx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018Kane’s late effort against Palace was also notable for having lifted him to 150 club goals, with that total reached in just 266 appearances.He remains the go-to man for Spurs when they need somebody to provide a spark, with no player in the Premier League having earned their respective side more points than Spurs’ No. 10.14 – Harry Kane’s goals have been worth more points to his club than any other player in the Premier League this season (14). Valuable. pic.twitter.com/7GjF5NVFJj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018Spurs will be hoping that Kane can maintain his standards over the coming weeks, with an important run of games set to see them face Rochdale in the FA Cup, Huddersfield in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League.
England Eriksson: Why ‘tired’ England will never win the World Cup Chris Burton 19:39 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) England World Cup Premier League The former Three Lions boss believes global glory will remain elusive for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break England have been warned by Sven-Goran Eriksson that they will never win the World Cup for as long as the Premier League refuses to introduce a winter break.The Three Lions will go in search of global glory once again this summer, with Gareth Southgate the latest man to be charged with the task of delivering on expectation.There is slightly less pressure on the current boss than Eriksson faced during his spell at the helm, with the Swede having worked with the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ between 2001 and 2006. 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 He suffered two quarter-final defeats on a World Cup stage and fears England will struggle to progress much past that point while players continue to be pushed to breaking point domestically.Eriksson told The Offside Rule Exclusives : “In 2006 I thought we should win it, I thought there wasn’t any team better than us, so that was a huge disappointment.”He added on the class of 2018: “I think they have a good chance and I’m positive they will do well. They have a lot of new young players who are doing great in the Premier League but they need luck with injuries.“That’s always a big problem for England, that and tiredness. I’ll say it again, they will never win the World Cup if there isn’t a winter break.”Pressed for any advice he would offer to Southgate, Eriksson said: “Do it your way, use your head, don’t listen to other people and don’t read the press.”Eriksson has spent time in domestic and international management since leaving the England post, with Manchester City, Leicester and Mexico among the sides he has worked with.He is now 70, but there remains a desire on his part to stay in football and he has not ruled out taking ownership of a team at some stage in the future.“I will probably go into football in another way. Maybe on TV,” he explained. “Then I think about buying a football club somewhere, not in England, it’s so expensive.“It won’t be in Sweden either because of the rules about club ownership. But, I am planning something which is going to be on a very low level in another country.“I’m not quite ready to slow down. Football has been my life and I miss it. I miss the Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the adrenaline in the body goes up, it’s just not the same watching it on the TV.”
Arsène Wenger Arsenal apathy worse than ‘Wenger Out’ displays – Carragher Goal 17:32 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The empty seats at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday were more damning than the marches of a year ago, according to the ex-England man Arsene Wenger should be more embarrassed by the apathy coming from the Arsenal support than the demonstrations to get him sacked last year, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.It was evident how many empty seats there were at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as the Gunners tackled champions elect Manchester City, and while some of these were doubtless caused by the inclement weather conditions, the Sky Sports pundit argued that it was indicative of the situation at the club.Arsenal, who lost the fixture 3-0, find themselves sixth in the Premier League standings, eight points from a Champions League spot next season, and having just been beaten by City in the League Cup final. The Europa League stands as their last chance of glory this term. 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 While fans called for the head of Wenger this time last year, now they are voting with their feet, which Carragher finds even more damning.“Last season there was anger from supporters and marches against Arsene Wenger, which I thought were a disgrace,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But I think tonight was worse. The Arsenal fans are not actually interested. They didn’t turn up.“There were a few boos at the end but it wasn’t the anger of last season. Now it’s almost like resignation, just waiting for the manager to go.“How sad is that? That very few, if any, Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger as the manager next season.“This man is a legend in the English game. But they have to change it, it has to be done.“There’s no way the end of this season should be about this man being hounded out and going through that in empty stadiums.”Indeed, Carragher believes that an announcement should be made imminently to allow the veteran Frenchman to bow out in style.“Make the decision now and give this man the send-off he deserves for what he’s done over 20 years, not what he’s done over the last five, six, 10 years,” he said of the former Monaco boss, who has not lifted a Premier League title since 2003-04.On Thursday, Arsenal looked well off City’s pace, conceding three times in the first half then having a second-period penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved.
Manchester United No more excuses, Mourinho needs to prove himself worthy of Man Utd in 2018-19 Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Performances like Saturday’s won’t be forgiven much longer and United fans will soon turn on their manager if next season follows the same script It has been a 2017-18 campaign in which Manchester United have undoubtedly progressed under Jose Mourinho.Their second place finish in the Premier League says much about their increased durability, and as they look to make that next step and truly compete for a league title again they head into the new season in far better shape than they were 12 months ago.Yet Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea was just the latest reminder that all is not well at Old Trafford, and if Mourinho doesn’t hit the ground running in 2018-19 then sympathy among the United fan base will be in very short supply. 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 Most fans have been accepting of Mourinho’s need to do things his way despite the obvious drawbacks. The football is far from easy on the eye, and the cup final defeat was just another example of a game in which supremely talented players were either stymied due to tactics, given almost no time to impress because of selection, or, worse still, not called upon at all.Without the returning Romelu Lukaku among their starters, United had no direction in attack. But rather than change his plan tactically to play to Marcus Rashford’s attributes, Mourinho simply threw his hands in the air afterwards and cursed Lukaku’s refusal to put his body on the line for longer than the final 20 minutes.He told reporters afterwards: “When a player tells you he is not ready to play, when a player tells you that he’s not ready to start the game, then the question is ‘How many minutes do you think you can play?’ But how can I convince a player who tells me that he’s not ready to play. That’s nonsense.”It is far from the first time he has decried the lack of commitment of a player who would not commit to playing through an injury, and from the look of Lukaku’s movement when he did enter in the 73rd minute the Belgian was barely mobile enough to have made an appearance at all.The perception of disharmony this type of behaviour presents does nothing to help him in his task to buy credit with United fans.The vast majority of those who had made the trip to Wembley on Saturday headed for the exits within seconds of the final whistle, so distressed were they with their team’s inability to put together anything resembling a fight in the first half. By the time the United players went up for their medals you could practically count the number of Reds watching on.While it’s normal for supporters to be downbeat about a cup final loss, the biggest frustration for United fans right now is that their team are not playing to their potential and that is due in large part to the decisions made by their manager.Mourinho blasted Chelsea’s long-ball football afterwards, insisting: “They only played long balls for Giroud to flick and then Hazard to get second balls in individual actions, but when you play against a team so predictable it’s quite easy to adapt to it.” That assessment failed to address the fact that he had in part allowed the west Londoners to play exactly that way by handing them the initiative with his negative approach to the opening stages.It’s the same old story. Jose never accepts responsibility and was looking in every other direction for a potential fall guy. He was attempting to pick fights with the media, moaning at Antonio Conte’s tactics and even blaming his striker for being injured.But if he chooses to adapt the same approach next season then the United fans will not stick with him unless he delivers in a big way. They need to push all the way in the title race, and arguably win it, for him to keep justifying his tactics and his attitude. There can be no more days like Saturday, no more nights like Sevilla.Mourinho’s insistence on doing everything his own way with complete disregard for the consequences and firing broadsides left, right and centre when it all goes wrong is not in keeping with the United way. He may have been given the backing of the board to keep doing what he’s doing, with executive vice-chair Ed Woodward admitting last week that results matter little to the club’s commercial entity, but as soon as he loses the fans he will need to go a long way to win them back and make his continued position at the club tenable.While it should be appreciated that he has moved the club in the right direction, now is the time for him deliver on the greatest stages. United need actions now, because all the words are becoming predictable, tedious and damaging. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Messi talks Griezmann into Barca move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Primera División Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Messi convinces Griezmann on Barca moveLionel Messi has convinced Antoine Griezmann to move to Barcelona, AS claims.The striker has been offered new terms at Atletico Madrid and would stand to earn more if he stays at his current club.The call from Messi is seemingly too much to turn down, however, with the report suggesting the Argentine has said the Barca dressing room are waiting for the Frenchman with open arms. 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 Milan offer Fellaini contractAC Milan have offered a three-year deal to Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to The Times.The Belgium international is out of contract this summer, though he remains hopeful he can stay at Old Trafford.The Red Devils are set to speak to the player next week regarding his future, though Milan are hopeful he can be tempted to Italy.Willian fuels Conte rift rumoursChelsea forward Willian has fuelled reports that he has fallen out with manager Antonio Conte.Willian, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, had to wait until the 89th minute before being brought off the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup final.And in an image posted on Instagram after the match the Brazilian chose to block out Conte with a series of emojis.Read the full story on Goal!Arteta wants full control of transfersMikel Arteta wants a big say in who Arsenal sign and the power to veto recommendations from the club’s recruitment department, the Daily Mail claims.The former Gunners midfielder is in the process of finalising negotiations on a deal to become Arsene Wenger’s successor, which includes power over transfers and his own backroom staff.Wenger’s level of control at the club will not be afforded to any new manager coming in as Arsenal move to a different management model, but Arteta wants to be able to put his own stamp on things should he take over at the Emirates.Vieira agrees deal to manage NicePatrick Vieira, fresh off the back of being linked with the vacant Arsenal job, has agreed to take over from Lucien Favre at Nice, l’Equipe reports.The French outlet claims negotiations are at an advanced stage and the former Gunners icon could be announced as the Ligue 1 side’s new boss in the coming days.Ashley ups Newcastle price to £400mA proposed takeover of Newcastle United is on the brink of collapse after owner Mike Ashley once again upped his asking price, the Mirror reports.Businesswoman Amanda Stavely has been pushing to finalise a deal for over six months, with Ashley’s latest price hike – from £320m to £400m – leaving the 45-year-old wondering whether to put any more time in to what has been a perplexing episode.Should the deal fall through, the future of highly regarded manager Rafa Benitez will almost certainly lie somewhere other than St. James’ Park, with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg the latest to be linked with an interest.Chelsea accept defeat in Pochettino chaseMauricio Pochettino has held positive talks with the Tottenham hierarchy over his future at the club, leaving Chelsea to accept defeat in their pursuit of the Argentine, the Telegraph reports.There had been doubts over whether the overachieving manager would remain with the Lilywhites after admitting that he would be speaking to owner Daniel Levy about the direction the club are heading in.Talks are said to have progressed well, however, and more are planned, with the London side seemingly confident the 46-year-old will sign a new deal worth an estimated £8.5 million per year.Wilshere offered to PSGJack Wilshere’s representatives have offered their client’s services to Paris Saint-Germain, l’Equipe claims.It has been said that the midfielder wants to extend his stay at Arsenal but is unhappy with the incentivised deal being offered.The 26-year-old’s agents are shopping him out to potential suitors but the report states that new PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to want to sign him.Leicester want Barca’s MarlonLeicester are hopeful of sealing a deal for Barcelona-owned centre-back Marlon, according to The Sun.The Brazilian, 22, is currently midway through a two-year loan spell at Ligue 1 side Nice, who have the option to buy at the end of that term.The Foxes, however, are said to be willing to meet the same figure – €20 million (£17.5m/$23.5m) – Barca are demanding, but have the advantage of being able to offer better wages than the French club.Spurs keeping tabs on Boca Juniors starTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will keep close tabs on Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios as the World Cup, The Sun claims.The Boca Juniors star is said to be a prospective target for the Spurs manager, who is looking for a new defensive presence to shield his backline.Pochettino is hopeful that a relatively cheap deal can be struck – around £25 million ($33.5m) – and that Barrios’ presence will help his countryman Davinson Sanchez settle in with the London side.Fekir to Liverpool 99 per cent doneLyon star Nabil Fekir’s move to Champions League finalists Liverpool is 99 per cent done according to French TV station Canal+ (via the Mirror .)Liverpool would surrender around £60 million ($81m) in order to land the France international.Everton hopeful of Rooney departureEverton hope Sam Allardyce’s departure from the club doesn’t change Wayne Rooney’s opinion over a move to MLS, reports the Mirror .Conflict with the now ex-Toffees boss had driven Rooney to seek an exit, with a deal nearing completion with D.C. United.There is speculation Rooney may wait until a new manager is hired to make a final decision but Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wants Rooney’s wage off the books and hopes he departs the club.Atletico target VardyDiego Simeone has identified Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy as his preferred replacement for Antoine Griezmann, reports the Mirror .Simeone was impressed by Vardy’s performance against his club in the Champions League last season and thinks he can compliment Diego Costa up top.However, Leicester do not want to lose their man and are in talks with Vardy over a new deal.Gunes hints at Liverpool move for TaliscaBesiktas manager Senol Gunes has revealed that the Turkish club won’t be signing Anderson Talisca from Benfica and hinted at a Liverpool move for the player.Gunes said the Brazilian, who has spent the last two seasons on loan from Benfica, could become a rival to former Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun, who moved to Everton over the winter.Reports have also linked Talisca to Wolves and Manchester United over the past few days.Read the full story on Goal! Juventus to renew Bellerin interestJuventus are ready to return once more for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, according to the Daily and Sunday Express .The Serie A champions have had an interest in the Gunners defender the last few summers but have been rebuffed by the London club.While Juventus will not meet Arsenal’s £50 million ($67m) asking price they believe the Gunners will be willing to listen to other offers.Vrsaljko to Manchester United’s first summer targetManchester United is hoping to complete a £35 million ($47m) move for Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko, reports the Mirror .Negotiations are already underway with Atletico over the defender with Jose Mourinho hoping to reinforce his backline.Marsch a candidate for RB LeipzigNew York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is being considered for the now open RB Leipzig job according to Bild .Former manager Ralph Hasenhuttl departed the club on Friday after failing to agree a new deal.Marsch was linked to the Red Bull Salzburg job in 2017, and has made playoffs each of his three seasons in charge of the MLS side.Fellaini moves out of homeMarouane Fellaini has moved out of his home in Cheshire, possibly signaling the end of his career with Manchester United, reports the Mirror .Fellaini, who can leave on a free this summer, has rejected multiple contract offers from the Red Devils this year as they have offered him only a one-year deal.And the midfielder packed up his home before joining his team-mates in London for their 1-0 FA Cup loss to Chelsea.Navas leaving options openReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is not committed to remaining with the capital club next season, reports Don Balon .Navas has not liked how the club has been linked to other goalkeepers during the last few seasons.Juventus, in the market to replace Gianluigi Buffon, could be in the mix for Navas’ services and the Costa Rica international may listen.Everton join Zaha raceEverton are the latest Premier League club to join the hunt to sign Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, according to the Sun .The club wants to make Zaha the key piece in their new manager’s tenure, with the new boss expected to be Marco Silva.Palace are expected to fight to keep the Ivory Coast international however, and are willing to offer fresh terms for him to remain.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal star Mkhitaryan launches bizarre ‘Mickitoy’ Chris Burton 17:25 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal Premier League WTF The Armenian playmaker is offering his fans the chance to purchase their own version of him, with an interactive doll set to hit the shelves Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expanded his portfolio away from the football field by launching his own toy.An iconic figure in his native Armenia, the 29-year-old is giving a loyal fan base the opportunity to buy into his world.A large number of sportsmen and women have chosen to head down a fashion path when branching out from their chosen profession. 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 Clothing lines and fragrances have proved popular, while the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo have even moved into films and cartoons.Mkhitaryan has opted to head in a slightly different direction with his latest venture.The Gunners star is releasing the ‘Mickitoy’ into the marketplace, with an interactive doll supposedly modelled on his image.He has chosen June 1 to launch the product as that is International Children’s Day in many countries.Mkhitaryan is clearly proud of his effort, even if his promotional video is a little cringe-worthy.NOW in Mankan shops ARM. Online orders coming soon #mickitoy On the Int Children’s Day, I wish every kid to be blessed with a bright future. pic.twitter.com/zq8z9GhJBd— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) June 1, 2018The product is likely to prove popular in Mkhitaryan’s native Armenia, where he is a national hero, while sales may also spike in north London.Arsenal supporters will be hoping that their classy midfielder is back to his best in 2018-19, with an untimely injury having stunted his progress at Emirates Stadium following a January move from Manchester United.He will have a new manager to impress when he returns for pre-season training, with Unai Emery having been handed the baton following Arsene Wenger’s departure after 22 years at the helm.
Touch Football Australia’s Victorian Branch has been awarded the Supporting Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years from the Victorian State Government.The grant will benefit the development of Touch Football in Victorian regional areas. $1.5 million has been allocated by the Victorian Government from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget for regional and rural sport. TFA Victoria will use the funds from its grant to employ a part-time regional Game Development Officer to manage a specific area. The new position will be responsible for the development of Touch Football in the region through schools, current affiliates, establishing new affiliates, encouraging the development of referees and coaches, and maintaining facilities. TFAVictoria State Branch Manager David Brady said two regions are currently being considered. “Both have good potential for growth for two years. We’re just finalising partnership arrangements,” Mr. Brady said.Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich played a pivotal role in securing the grant.Ms. Goodrich believes that the grant will be of great benefit to Touch Football throughout regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne. “It will be a big support because at the moment we’ve got a lot of volunteers doing work in that location. The volunteers will now be able to access resources from the State Branch office to assist them,” she said. The new TFA Victoria Regional Game Development Officer will be based in the specified area and employed locally, which will support the community. The level of service to the developing regions of the State is sure to be improved by the location of the GDO in the rural locality.“If our staff live in metropolitan Melbourne, it is difficult to get to a country affiliate so we might go out there only three or four times a year. But if we’ve got someone centred there in that area for the whole time then we would expect to get a lot of growth participant wise,” Goodrich said. The opportunity for the promotion of Touch Football to country areas is one of the key reasons that the grant was awarded.Sport and Recreation Victoria Project Officer Tom Forsell said the more regional participation, the better. “Currently Touch Football is predominantly Melbourne-based but having someone that can go and deliver sessions in the country, whether it’s school-based stuff or club-school links, will really improve the ability of the organisation to start getting more country kids playing. All the projects that we fund are looking at increasing the participation rate and giving people more of a choice,” Forsell said.TFA Victoria has been extremely proactive in seeking funding in numerous areas, and Branch Manager David Brady is confident that two more key project grants will be awarded soon.“With the extra funding from the State Government, and with several other grants in the pipeline, we will be in a position to access extra staffing support from the parent body. What we’re trying to do is to pool our resources in the right direction. We have experienced quite a substantial growth, as evidenced by our Schools Championships, and the number of affiliates that come on board. We’ve had two new affiliates in the last financial year, which is fantastic. We have had a lot of new enquiries about the sport and the game so we are on our way to establishing our niche in the Victorian sporting landscape for the future,” Brady said.The first grant Touch Victoria is awaiting notification on is a Participation In Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR), State and Regional grant, funded by VicHealth. VicHealth’s charter is to ‘build opportunities for people to be informed, learn new skills, have greater access to activities that promote good health, and share healthier environments’.The sport of Touch Football seems a perfect fit for this criteria.The second grant is part of the Victorian Government’s Future Directions Project, which is also funded through the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Budget. These two grants would help TFA Victoria fund Touch Football in the other identified regional area as well as continue the expansion of the sport in metropolitan Melbourne. Nick Mooney, TFA Victoria Operations Manager is in the process of formalising the strategic and development plans to drive the game forward amongst juniors and in new affiliates in Victoria. The grants are a sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football as a sport of choice for Victorians.Australian football is still the dominant code in Australia’s south east corner, with 300,000 Victorians currently playing the game, however Touch Football is promoted as a complement to the game, rather than a competition. Touch Football is predominantly a summer sport in Victoria and affiliates are establishing strong links with Australian football clubs. “We find that it’s a good cross-training sport for a lot of football players to keep fit in summer,” David Brady said. With the increased support from the Government and continued partnerships with other sports, Touch Football in Victoria is going from strength to strength.
Watford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind themby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney is urging supporters to get behind the players.Deeney says the players remained confident that they could still have a good season, but said fans needed to be a bit more patient after the change of head coach from Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.”We can’t panic yet. If we start panicking what does that transmit?” said the skipper.”Obviously there’s quality there [in the team], but the main quality that’s needed now is hard work and resilience and not to fold because as you saw tonight at half time, some fans were a bit iffy and it’s six games in. There has to be a sense of realism.”We’re not spending £50 million on centre halves, we’re not paying people 200 grand a week. We’re still Watford, we’re still learning, we’re still building, but when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together and that’s where I think we’re getting a little bit lost in the connection between fans and players.”Don’t get me wrong, lose 8-0, you deserve to get battered, we all do. We take that on the chin, but at the same time when we win, be with us.”We’re growing and ultimately changing manager, you’ve got to find your best team and best formation and we’ve got a lot of attacking talent now, so how you mould that and get everyone playing and clicking at the same time. It’s difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Carragher: Alexander-Arnold capable of playing in midfieldby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Trent Alexander-Arnold is capable of playing in the midfield in the future.Alexander-Arnold’s delivery from the right flank has become a consistent and dangerous weapon for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past few years, but despite that there is still a belief that the youngster will one day move into midfield.”He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done,” Carragher told Viasport.“If you talk about [Kylian] Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.“He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar.“His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists.“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player.”He has more quality now that Liverpool ‘s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.“But at the moment you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Gallardo deserved FIFA nominationby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is full of praise for Marcelo Gallardo.The River Plate coach is being linked with Ernesto Valverde’s job at Barcelona.And Pep told TNT: “What Gallardo has done with River is incredible, at the level of results, giving them consistency every year despite the fact that players leave and he continues to be … there are things that I cannot explain much, we are nominated as three coaches for the best of the year and he is not there. “It seems that there is only Europe, I do not understand how he is not nominated and not only for a year also for what he has done, I hope one day I can face one of his teams, it would be very nice.”
Real Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympicsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits he’d be open to playing for Spain in the 2020 Olympics.Spain have never usually opted for such veteran players to make up their Olympic squads, but this seems to be something Ramos is really keen on.El Mundo reports that this would be a dream for the centre-back.”If the chance to go to Tokyo comes up, it would be tremendously exciting for him,” is the view of those close to the player.Spain have already qualified thanks to the Under-21s’ performances at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship and each competing nation is permitted to include three over-23s in their Olympic squad. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Jurgen Klopp is not worried that Liverpool have lost momentum in the last week as he insists the squad do not discuss the situation at the top of the Premier League table.The Reds lead the way after 21 matches, but their advantage over Manchester City was cut to four points last week as they lost at the Etihad Stadium.A further defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup has hinted at a wobble in Liverpool’s so far outstanding season, yet Klopp is keen to leave those defeats in the past – along with the team’s prior good work and any talk of how the Reds’ position compares to previous campaigns. 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? “Statistics from the past have no relevance in the present. It’s always different – that’s what we’ve said,” Klopp said ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. “We don’t think about the season before or 20 years ago.”Our season so far is really good and now we have to carry on. It’s not important what has happened so far – it’s only a basis. We have to use it. That’s what we try to do.”Two weeks ago, everyone was so excited about the distance between [Liverpool and City] and stuff like that.”Now we’ve had two games which we’ve lost. It’s not nice, but it’s not a real problem. These games are gone as well. We have to prepare for Brighton and go there and try to do our best again.”We only talk here [with the media] about the distance and the points and stuff. We never do that during the week, because it’s just not relevant. We have to train as well as possible and prepare the next game.”Klopp claims Liverpool will approach the title run-in in the same way they have tackled previous challenges, such as qualifying for the Champions League last term.”These are normal challenges and now we go for the big stakes. This is how it is,” he said. “The less games you have, the better it is because you have all your points. You play each other or not, it’s normal.”Every year is the same. Last year we fought for the Champions League, everything was fine and Chelsea found their feet and made it really difficult at the end. There’s nothing on top of that, just the normal thing.”You have to stay completely focused on yourself. We try to do it and so far it has been pretty easy for us to stay focused. That’s what we have to show again.”There’s no game in the Premier League where you can count the three points before you play the game. I like that. That’s good.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Germany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a “sporting accident”.The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Low’s treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later. 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? Nevertheless, Low plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.”I’m feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks,” Low said in the DFB’s statement.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.”Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. “Bundestrainer Joachim Löw wird bei den kommenden beiden EM-Qualifikationsspielen gegen Belarus und Estland durch seinen Assistenztrainer Marcus Sorg vertreten.Alle Infos https://t.co/2LgDS81354 pic.twitter.com/hB2lUokOyR— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) May 31, 2019Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Low’s absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.He added: “The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.”Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway.”Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.
Mexico stayed alive at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Raul Jimenez’s first-half goal had put Gerardo Martino’s side ahead at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.However, Bryan Ruiz’s controversial second-half penalty drew Costa Rica level and a shoot-out followed despite chances for both sides. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save late in extra time and again in the shoot-out, denying Keysher Fuller to claim a 5-4 success.¡A SEMIFINALES! @CocaColaMx y @PoweradeMx te dejan el marcador final del duelo Costa Rica en la Oro.#PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/zITjoseeJl— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 30, 2019Despite a lively start by both teams, there were few chances at either end until Costa Rica threatened just after the half-hour mark.Celso Borges stepped up to curl a 25-yard free-kick just wide, before the midfielder later hit the post, although the move was flagged offside anyway.Instead, Mexico took the lead just before half-time through Jimenez.Jimenez’s initial strike after a Rodolfo Pizarro cross from the left was blocked, but he produced a composed finish from inside the area to make it 1-0.Costa Rica found a way back into the game early in the second half after a controversial penalty decision.Luis Rodriguez was ruled to have brought down Joel Campbell, who was about to shoot, although replays showed he got the ball and any contact appeared to occur just outside the area.Still, Ruiz made the most of the chance from the penalty spot, converting to bring Costa Rica level.That seemed to bring Mexico back to life as Jimenez forced a fine save from Leonel Moreira before also shooting wide in the 62nd minute.In what was an end-to-end finish to the 90 minutes, Mexico almost found a winner through substitute Carlos Rodriguez, who hit the crossbar from close range.The chances continued in extra time, the best falling for Jonathan McDonald, whose powerful low strike was well saved by Ochoa in the 108th minute.Jimenez had a penalty saved to begin the shoot-out but Mexico recovered, Randall Leal missing the target before Ochoa superbly denied Fuller. What does it mean? Mexico find a way, but only justIt looked like Martino’s perfect record at the helm was coming to an end as Mexico fell behind in the shoot-out. However, after seven wins from as many games under Martino heading into their meeting with Costa Rica, Mexico found a way again.Ochoa steps up at key momentMexico only got to penalties thanks to Ochoa, who did well to deny McDonald in extra time. The goalkeeper then delivered the key save in the shoot-out, diving to his right to deny Fuller.Martino mistake for MexicoThey edged into the semi-finals, but Mexico will need to find a way without Martino in the last four. The coach picked up his second yellow card of the tournament during extra time and is suspended.What’s next?Mexico will face surprise semi-finalists Haiti on Tuesday, while Costa Rica look ahead to a friendly against Uruguay in September. read more
Tottenham have completed the £25 million ($30m) signing of 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, the club confirmed on Thursday.Sessegnon, who will wear the number 19 shirt for Spurs, has signed an initial five-year deal with the club having the option to add an extra year.Josh Onomah, the 22-year-old midfielder, has joined Fulham from Spurs as part of the deal, signing a three-year contract also with the option of a one-year extension. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sessegnon came through Fulham’s youth academy after initially joining the club back in 2008. He started training with the first-team as a 15-year-old and made his debut in the 2016-17 season.The following year was when he really came to the fore, playing in all 46 of Fulham’s Championship games and scoring 15 goals in the league as he was eventually named the Championship Player of the Season. He made 35 league appearances as his side were relegated from the Premier League last season.He has moved between left-back and left-wing during his time at the Cottagers, and seems likely to take an attacking left-back role with Spurs. He will replace Danny Rose who, though he is yet to find an exit from the club, has been told he is free to leave by Mauricio Pochettino.With Tanguy Ndombele joining earlier in the window for a club-record fee and Giovani Lo Celso arriving on an initial loan deal from Real Betis , it has been a productive window for Spurs with three of Pochettino’s key targets secured. Jack Clarke was also signed from Leeds, but was immediately loaned back to Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion chasers.They could all feature in the squad to face Aston Villa at home in Spurs’ Premier League opener on Saturday.Onomah, meanwhile, is a Tottenham academy graduate and made more than 30 first-team appearances following his debut in early 2015.Capped for England at six youth levels, he is used to Championship football after two loan spells there in the last two seasons, with Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday.He will be hoping to feature on Saturday as Fulham face Blackburn Rovers in their first home game of the season, having tasted defeat in their first game back in the second tier.Fulham were beaten 1-0 at Barnsley on Saturday, thanks to an early goal from Luke Thomas.
Manchester United midfielder Fred has boldly declared that both he and the Red Devils as a collective will be “better than last season” when the 2019-20 campaign gets underway.Improvement across the board is required at Old Trafford.Another testing spell in 2018-19 saw Jose Mourinho relieved of his managerial duties, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed in his place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Norwegian oversaw an impressive resurgence initially as caretaker boss, but results took a slide after he was rewarded with a permanent three-year contract in March.Too many players are considered to have disappointed as United stumbled their way to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, with Fred among those to have flopped.The Brazil international is, however, adamant that, with further fresh faces having been brought on board over the summer, the Red Devils will be more competitive this time around.He told Inside United ahead of an opening clash against Chelsea on Sunday: “My first season was a bit difficult,” he said. “The first year is always a little bit difficult, a year of adaptation, and, moreover, we had a season that wasn’t too strong in terms of the Premier League.“But now I’m more used to the league and I’ve been working hard. I’ve talked to the manager and backroom staff, and this season is going to be better than last season. I’m sure it is going to be very successful.”Fred is determined to ensure that he repays the faith shown in him by Solskjaer.He figured prominently in United’s pre-season preparations, but only after being granted leave in order to get married.The 26-year-old added: “I’m really happy to have got married and, thanks to Manchester United, I was able to get my whole family together with my wife on the day.“That was a really important day for me, for all of us, and I’m very happy.“I had a chat with Mr Ole and he was cool for being so understanding. He was really attentive to my needs and I was allowed to come out of training to go on and get married.“I did end up joining the team a bit late [on tour], but I was already training beforehand, so I’m in shape.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo has criticised the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) process after his team had a goal chalked off in a 0-0 draw at Leicester City in their Premier League opener on Sunday.Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker found the back of the net in the 53rd minute, but the strike was ruled out after VAR intervention, with the technology showing the ball had struck Wily Boly’s arm in the build-up.When asked about VAR after the match, Espirito Santo didn’t dispute the decision, but made it clear he was worried about the process affecting the game – in particular a change in fan behaviour with the Foxes fans celebrating the call against Dendoncker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I didn’t see the images [of Dendoncker’s disallowed goal] – but I trust them. What can we do? [The VAR] has a TV and they can stop the image,” Espirito Santo said to Sky Sports in a post-match interview.”But what I’m concerned about is let’s not ruin the game. Things that weren’t before should not be now.”We have such a nice Premier League product, we cannot lose it. It’s what fans come here for – not to celebrate when [there] is no goal. That is not the real celebration of football. You celebrate when there is a goal. Creating these moments are not good for the atmosphere of the game.”There was one minute, 38 seconds of elapsed time between Dendoncker’s shot crossing the line and play resuming after it had been ruled out by the VAR.Espirito Santo was adamant the VAR process for Dendoncker’s effort was drawn out and reiterated the response from Leicester fans goes against what football is about.”Yeah, [the VAR process is too long],” he said.”And then after, the fans of Leicester with all my respect, they celebrate it – a non-goal. That’s not the mindset of the game.”Wolves continue their Europa League campaign in the third qualifying round against Armenia’s Pyunik on Thursday at the Molineux – having won the first leg 4-0 on the road last week.They will search for their first Premier League win of the season against Manchester United at home on August 19. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ohio State will be wrapping up its investigation into how Urban Meyer handled allegations of domestic violence against his former wide receivers coach Zach Smith from back in 2015 this week. Friday, the man who broke the original story two weeks ago, Brett McMurphy, said he expects Meyer to at a minimum be suspended.McMurphy, just over two weeks ago, dropped a bombshell report on Facebook that suggested Meyer lied during Big Ten Media Days when he said he didn’t know about the 2015 allegations against Smith. Meyer, two days later, issued a statement on Facebook, admitting that he did know about the allegations. He also said he followed proper “protocol” in reporting them to his superiors.McMurphy joined Open Mike with Mike Bianchi down in Orlando on 96.9 and gave somewhat of an updated prediction on what he thinks will happen to Meyer.McMurphy isn’t sure whether Meyer will be fired or suspended – but he said it would “surprise” him if Ohio State didn’t issue any kind of punishment on the head coach.“Everything that I have reported about this throughout the past couple weeks, Ohio State has known about it. They just decided to fire Zach Smith because it went public. So does that mean that they’re embarrassed by this information getting out? Is Urban Meyer ultimately punished for that? My gut – honestly, I have no idea.I wouldn’t be surprised – the only decision that Ohio State ultimately makes that I would be surprised by is if there was no punishment. I would be surprised by that.If he’s suspended for a number of games or if he’s fired I wouldn’t be surprised. If they simply said “we’ve looked at everything, and he’s our coach. There’s no penalty” That would be the only result that would surprise me.”McMurphy was also asked about Jeff Snook’s reporting. You can listen to the entire interview here.Ohio State’s original timeline – two weeks – runs up this Sunday. That said, it’s very possible that we don’t learn Meyer’s fate until next week.