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.
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin’s FAU team is fighting an uphill battle on the road against Oklahoma today. The Owls are sizable underdogs against the Sooners in Norman, Okla.FAU’s first drive of the game was a promising one, but it was eventually stalled by a bad call by the referees.An Owls’ wide receiver was called for a penalty on a block that sprung a big catch-and-run.The penalty was incorrectly called, though.Check it out:Trash call that killed FAU’s drive. He blocked the defender from the front, not the side. pic.twitter.com/zmmgmJ2cFg— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 1, 2018That’s tough.FAU and Oklahoma are playing on FOX.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season wrapped up on Monday night with the College Football Playoff national title game. Clemson shocked the college football world when it dominated Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide to the tune of a 44-16 win.Both Clemson and Alabama were picked as the favorites to make the title game and both programs held up to their preseason ranks. However, several other programs did not.While Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban held to their standard, several coaches were left asking what happened to their 2018 season. One college football fan compared the preseason AP Poll with the final AP Poll to find out which programs were overrated.Here’s the top five:WisconsinMiamiAuburnMichigan StateStanfordWisconsin was a popular College Football Playoff pick, while Miami was expected to keep pace with Clemson in the ACC this season. Neither of those two things happened as both program suffered through sub-par season.You can see the full list of overrated and underrated teams here.
ATHENS, GA – AUGUST 30: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs got a massive boost to their recruiting earlier this week with a commitment from five-star Kendall Milton. After picking between some very impressive programs, we now have a clearer idea of what led him to pick Georgia.Speaking to DawgNation, Milton’s father, Chris Milton, said that the school’s dedication to the family was a big factor.“They took the time and effort to let us know about that they did the homework about the family… And it has been consistent with how they’ve acted since I first met (RBs coach) Dell McGee on Buchanan’s (High School) campus.”Chris also said that Georgia came across as a school that could serve as a “stepping stone” to “somewhere else” – a pretty clear nod to his son’s NFL potential.“There are some programs in the country you can go to and you can go, ‘You know I play college football,’ ” Chris Milton said. “There are other programs where you can say ‘You know, I play D-1 ball,’ and then there is a handful of programs that you go to where you go to and you can say, ‘This is a stepping stone because you are going somewhere else,’ and this is one of those programs.”Georgia’s success in getting players—especially running backs—into the NFL is well-documented. Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel are just a few of the Georgia star backs to parlay their college success into NFL stardom. Milton is the No. 22 overall prospect in the country in the Class of 2020. Per 247Sports, he is the No. 4 running back in the nation, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of California.Over the past two years of high school, Milton has rushed for over 2,800 yards and 50 touchdowns.Will Kendall Milton be the next Georgia running back to become an NFL star?[DawgNation]
Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 21:23 IST India will be hoping for a strong start to their AFC Asian Cup campaign when they take on Thailand in Sunday’s opener (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be hoping for a strong start to their continental campaign on Sunday in Abu DhabiIndia last defeated Thailand in 1986 while their recent meeting in 2010 ended in defeatIndia will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goalsUnderdogs India will look at their impressive results in recent months for inspiration when they open their AFC Asian Cup football campaign against Thailand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.With the continental showpiece event being expanded to 24 teams for the first time from the earlier 16, the Indian side have a real chance to make it to the knockout rounds, which will be a first after their runners-up finish in 1964.Both in 1984 and 2011, India were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage.The two top sides from each of the six groups made up of four countries as well as four third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16.India head into the continental tournament after goalless stalematesIndia, playing in their fourth Asian Cup, are entering the tournament on the back of a goal-less stalemate against World Cup-winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi’s China and Oman in the lead-up to the tournament. They lost narrowly (1-2) to Jordan in their third big match ahead of the Asian Cup.Fixtures, full schedule, date, time and venuesThese results were preceded by a 13-match unbeaten run in international friendly matches and the Intercontinental Cup at home last summer.Constantine’s players will also be keen to improve upon the disastrous performance of the country in 2011 edition when it badly lost all its group matches.Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisementIf India beat Thailand on Sunday, then a draw in the remaining two matches — against hosts UAE (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14) — could be enough for them to qualify for the knockout round.Defensive discipline key for India at AFC Asian Cup Defensive discipline will be one of the key factors for India against a Thailand team that scored a lot of goals at the ASEAN Football Federation Championship.India are placed 97th in the FIFA charts compared to Thailand’s 118, but rankings will hardly matter in the continental showpiece. In fact, India are the second highest-ranked team in the group after the UAE.Historically, India and Thailand have played against each other 24 times with the South East Asian nation winning on 12 occasions. India have won five times while the remaining seven were drawn.India’s head-to-head record against ThailandBut the two sides are more or less unknown quantities as they have played very few matches against each other in recent times. The last time the two sides played against each other was in 2010. Thailand won both matches — 2-1 and 1-0.The last time India beat Thailand was way back in the 1986 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur.On the eve of match, Constantine said that he “can’t wait for the match to begin”.Asked about Thailand losing to Oman a few days ago while India drew with the West Asian country, Constantine said, “They are different teams with a different set of players. Oman were trying out different players, and so were Thailand.”India will look to their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri to get them the goals, but the recent form of his strike partner Jeje Lalpekhlua could be a cause for concern. The Mizo, though, has it in him to produce impressive performance.He has evolved his game according to the needs and is one of the most important players we have in the team – @chetrisunil11Name @jejefanaiSquad Number 12Position Striker#BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigers pic.twitter.com/VJpJAISxXvIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019Sandesh Jhingan has spearheaded the defence well and he will pair up with Anas Anas Edathodika at the heart of the backline. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been in top form as the last defensive bulwark.Constantine will look forward to his first-choice wingers, Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary, to supply enough deliveries upfront for Chhetri and Lalpekhlua.President @praful_patel is in Abu Dhabi to support the #BlueTigers for their first @afcasiancup match tomorrow! #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/M4iS59exEUIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 5, 2019For Chhetri, this will be his second appearance in the Asian Cup after the 2011 edition. He is the only player in this team to have played in the 2011 tournament. Goalkeeper Gurpreet was in the 2011 squad but did not play a single match.On the other hand, Thailand’s best result in the continental championship came in 1972 when they finished third. Since then, they have failed to overcome the group stage hurdle in all the five occasions they qualified for the final round.advertisementThailand have come into the tournament after failing to defend their AFF Championships title, losing to Malaysia in the semifinals but that team did not have four key players who were based abroad.But head coach Milovan Rajevac, who guided Ghana to quarterfinals in 2010 World Cup, named all the foreign-based players for the Asian Cup to strengthen the Thailand team though Belgium based goalkepeer Kawin Thamsatchanan was ruled out last week due to injury, which may turn out to be a boon for India.The South East Asian side still have captain and striker Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin — all plying trade in Japan’s top-tier J League.The 30-year-old Dangda, who currently plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League, is the only surviving member from Thailand’s last Asian Cup appearance in 2007 when the country played host to the tournament.Midfielder Songkrasin is currently a Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo player in the J League while full-back Bunmathan plays for Vissel Kobe on loan.A lot of travelling fans — the Blue Pilgrims — have already landed here to cheer for India. A lot of expatriate Indians are also expected to throng the Al Nahyan Stadium to support their team.Also Read | India will not take any team lightly, says Sandesh JhinganAlso Read | Bhaichung Bhutia wants Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Sandhu to lead from frontAlso Read | Gurpreet Singh says India will take one match at a timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs ThailandFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow Asian Cup footballFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Stephen Constantine AFC Asian Cup 2019: India open campaign against Thailand in Abu DhabiAFC Asian Cup 2019: Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.advertisement
With PM Narendra Modi, 2019 has 15 biopics. Why is Bollywood in love with real stories?Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre. Vibha Maru New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 19:56 IST From PM Narendra Modi to acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Bollywood is obsessing over biopics.PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the Indian Prime Minister, is dominating conversations from drawing rooms to newsroom debates. The Omung Kumar-directed biopic is the latest in the long list of biopics that Bollywood has planned for itself this year. 2019 has 15 biopics in the pipeline, with two of them – Manikarnika on Rani Laxmibai and Thackeray on Bal Thackeray – already been released. We are now looking at the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The number of biopics in 2019 is a straight double from what we saw in 2018. In the coming days, we have big actors from Ranveer Singh and Hrithik Roshan to Deepika Padukone and Janhvi Kapoor, all starring in biopics.But why the sudden interest in biopics? Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre and why filmmakers see such huge potential in these films.BOLLYWOOD’S ‘MOB MENTALITY’Seeing the blockbuster performance of past biopics, like Neerja, Dangal, Dhoni: The Untold Story and more, it is a given that biopics have become the new success mantra that filmmakers swear by. But this also shows that Bollywood is probably running out of fresh ideas. But more than that, it reflects the Hindi film industry’s mob mentality, as director Vikram Bhatt rightly pointed out earlier today.”There are some stories which people even don’t know about but still they watch it. I have been directing films in Bollywood since the last 26-27 years and before that, I was assistant director for 10 years. So in my journey, I have witnessed mob behaviour like this and the trend of biopics is a result of the same.”advertisementHe went on to say, “If a biopic works, people start making biopics. If comedy films work, then people start making comedy films and then if action films start working, they make action films. So it’s a phase and we have to see how long this phase lasts.”‘LACK OF REAL-LIFE HEROES TODAY’Cinema is a reflection of desires and what better than picking a real-life rags-to-riches story and showing it on 70mm! More than feeding the drama, cinema looks to inspire people and since we lack inspiring heroes in this age, filmmakers are flipping the history pages to dig out role models from the past.As Tigmanshu Dhulia, who directed athlete Paan Singh Tomar’s biopic, said, “I feel the society is lacking heroes at the moment, and that is why directors are going in the past to get a hero. The current generation is lacking a hero, an inspiration.”Tigmanshu is currently working on two-three ideas for a biopic. He said, “If I reveal the name now, people might just jump on it. But there are two-three biopics on my mind.” But that trend is not quite true, given that we have biopics coming up on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and Super 30 on Anand Kumar starring Hrithik Roshan. Both of these are ‘common’ heroes, from today. So is the charm of a readymade story at hand that entices filmmakers?READYMADE STORYThe storyline of any film is its key and the most difficult element. It’s the core factor that can make or break a film. And, for a filmmaker, half the job is done when they have a story in hand. Even better if it is picked up from real life.Also, since these stories have been in the public domain for a long time and have been revered by people, biopics have become a sure-shot way of success.FILMMAKERS CASH IN ON FAN BASE OF THE CHARACTERS THEY ARE MAKING BIOPICS ONThis factor mainly comes into play in case of sports and politicians’ biopics. As was seen in the case of films like Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and more. Apart from the general audience, fans of these sports icons throng the theatres to see their story come into life on 70 mm, in turn benefiting the filmmaker. The same is true for filmmakers when they choose to put on screen the story of a political leader. Take PM Narendra Modi biopic, for example. The film is being released on April 5, less than a week before India goes to polls, and political parties all over the country are knocking on the doors of the Election Commission to get the release of the film deferred. The fear? PM Narendra Modi, the biopic, can sway votes in favour of the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.advertisementSTARS’ LOVE AFFAIR WITH BIOPICSFrom Ranveer Singh in 83, Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, Ajay Devgn in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Aamir Khan in Osho’s biopic – the list is long and consists of almost all A-listers. And why not? Immortalising a character on screen ends up working in favour of the actor too. In Padmaavat, for example, Ranveer Singh’s fantastic performance as Alauddin Khilji got him laurels from all over the world. Such was his performance, that for a long time after the film was over, Ranveer was addressed as ‘Khilji’ from media interactions to social media. If playing a negative character can get Ranveer the opportunity to be identified as the person he played, imagine what a role like that of Kapil Dev (if done well) can do. Aamir Khan showed the same level of expertise with Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal.Will the trend of biopics last long? Or will Bollywood eventually grow out of the phase? Guess we will have to wait and see.ALSO READ| Vivek Oberoi as Narendra Modi chants Ye Desh Nahin Mitne Dunga in first song from biopic. Watch videoALSO READ| Abhishek Bachchan to romance Taapsee Pannu in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Sahir Ludhianvi biopic?ALSO WATCH: Abhishek signs Sahir Ludhianvi biopicGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Aamir KhanFollow Deepika PadukoneFollow Ranvir SinghFollow Janhvi Kapoor
Reuters MadridMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:28 IST Diego Godin broke down in tears as he announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Godin announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine yearsGodin has played 387 matches for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010Godin didn’t say where he will go but reports suggest that he may join Inter MilanAtletico Madrid captain Diego Godin is leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires in June, the Uruguayan defender said at a news conference on Tuesday, fighting to hold back tears.Godin, 33, has played 387 times for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010, scoring 27 goals – including famously clinching the club’s first La Liga title in 18 years with a header in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in 2014.Godin did not say where he is going, but numerous Spanish media have reported that he is on his way to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.”I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club,” Godin said.Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added: “We are here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend. You have been a vital part of this great era for the club, with your efforts and your goals, like the one which gave us the title at the Nou Camp.”You have fought in a thousand battles and defended the club’s shirt in every game and you have worn the captain’s armband. Wherever you end up, Atletico wishes you a lot of luck. Atletico is your family, the Wanda Metropolitano is your home.”OFFICIAL: Atlético legend Diego Godín will leave the club in the summer after 9 successful seasons. #UCL pic.twitter.com/uQKSh7mDHgUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019© CAPTAINEXAMPLELEADERU RU GUA YO!DETERMINATIONCOMMITMENTLEGEND9 seasons in Red & White#GraciasGodín!#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/jNHZCoAV76advertisementAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 7, 2019In addition to the La Liga triumph, Godin won two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, only to lose both times to Real.Godin’s departure will leave another hole in Atletico’s defence, with France international Lucas Hernandez already agreeing to join Bayern Munich in June after they paid his 80 million euro release clause.Also Read | Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley YoungFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Diego GodinFollow Atletico MadridFollow LA Liga Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine yearsDiego Godin said that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine years when his contract expires in June. He hasn’t announced where he will go but Spanish media have reported that he may be on his way to Inter Milan.advertisement Next
World Cup 2019: Warner, Smith ready for hostile crowds in England, says LangerDavid Warner and Steve Smith will be returning to international cricket for the first time after the expiry of their ball-tampering bans at the World Cup.advertisement Reuters LondonMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 17:19 IST David Warner has been in fine form in the lead up to World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Langer says Smith and Warner could face crowd hostility in EnglandThe duo was banned for a year for involvement in ball-tamperingAustralia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1Australia’s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the World Cup but can rely on their teammates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said.The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and are expected to play vital roles in Australia’s title defence although they will not be in leadership positions.Langer is aware the crowd in England could target Smith and Warner in the May 30-July 14 tournament in England and Wales but said public anger will not be as intense as it was.”We can’t control the crowd. What I do know is… it might heat up but I can guarantee it won’t be any hotter than it was 12 months ago. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Langer told reporters in London.”The boys are well prepared. They’ve paid a heavy price and we’re expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we’re ready for that.”They’re human beings as well and… there’s not too many I’ve met who like being booed or heckled or disliked. We’re going to have to care for them, we’re going to have to put an arm around them and make sure they’re going okay.”Langer was happy with what he saw of the duo in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at home to a New Zealand XI this month, where Smith had unbeaten knocks of 89 and 91 while Warner managed a top score of 39.”I watched Steve batting… in those three practice games, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back,” Langer added.advertisement”Dave’s got that look on his eye, he’s really hungry, he’s a great player… he’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that’s what we ask from our players.”Australia’s World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh considering retirement, may seek BCCI permission to play private T20 leaguesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in EnglandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Steve SmithFollow World Cup 2019Follow Justin LangerFollow Australia national cricket team
Next Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro launched: Price, India launch date, specifications and all you need to knowRedmi has unveiled the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in China. Starting from approximately Rs 20,000, the Redmi K20 offers premium features and flagship-grade specifications without asking a premium. The Redmi K20 Pro is expected to come to India very soon. Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi K20 features a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and no notch.The Redmi K20 base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, starts at approximately Rs 20,000.The India-bound Redmi K20 Pro starts from Rs 25,000.It has been a while since Xiaomi started teasing the Redmi K20 in India. In all those banner advertisements that Xiaomi released just after the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company promised to offer the same Snapdragon 855 chipset at a much lower price. Today, Redmi, which is Xiaom’s sub-brand in China, officially launched the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. And based on the prices alone, Xiaomi seems to have got itself a winner on its hand, especially when compared to other Snapdragon 855 powered smartphones.However, price is just a part of the story and Xiaomi knowns that very well. Hence, the Redmi K20 series is as lavishly equipped as any other premium smartphone in 2019. At the launch event, Xiaomi focused a lot on the design aspect instead of solely speaking about the chipset and performance. Therefore, compared to last year’s affordable flagship offering – the Poco F1, the Redmi K20 series packs a lot more than just specifications. The focus seems to be on delivering an overall premium experience not neglecting the performance by any means.That said, the Redmi K20 series is a phone that is aimed at the mass market. Therefore, specs still matter for the consumer in this segment and here’s a brief of all the technical specifications.Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro specifications:Display: Both the Redmi K20 phones use a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with no notch and very slim bezels. The screen supports DC Dimming and also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementChipset: The Redmi K20 is equipped with a Snapdragon 730 chipset which is closer to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of performance. The Snapdragon 730 comes with Adreno 616 GPU. On the other hand, the Redmi K20 Pro gets the flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Snapdragon 855 is presently the most powerful chipset in the Android universe.RAM: The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro can be equipped with a choice of 6GB or 8GB RAM.Storage: The Redmi K20 can be configured with 64GB and 128GB storage. The Redmi K20 Pro also gets these tow storage variants but it gets another variant that tops out at 256GB storage.Rear camera: For the rear, Xiaomi is using a triple camera system. There’s a 48-megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX586 sensor and F1.75 lens. The secondary 13-megapixel camera is an ultra-wide camera while the third 8-megapixel unit is a telephoto camera.Front camera: For the front, there’s a familiar 20-megapixel camera sitting on a pop-up mechanism.Battery: Both the Redmi K20 phones are equipped with a 4000mAh battery and 27W fast charging.Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro features:–The Redmi K20 comes in three colour variants – Carbon Fibre, Blue and Red. The Blue and Red variants have a unique gradient design that shimmers towards the edges. However, similar to the Google Pixel 3 phones, the Carbon Fibre and Blue variants have red power buttons (the red one also has the red button but it is concealed due to the red colour on the frame.–The Redmi K20 Pro weighs 191 grams, which is lighter than most smartphones with a pop-up camera. Xiaomi says the pop-up camera can be deployed within 0.8 seconds, which is pretty fast. –While the Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that offers top-class performance, the regular Redmi K20 relies on the Snapdragon 730 chipset. This chipset is a successor to the Snapdragon 710 and deliver performance closer to the Snapdragon 835. On AnTuTu, the Snapdragon 730 can get close 218,000 points, which means it can support all the latest games with ease.–Xiaomi knows that gamers will be excited to get this one for lots of gaming sessions and hence, has built-in Game Turbo 2.0. This is part of the software and provides lots of tools for gamers such as screenshots tools, silence notifications, RAM boost and preparing other resources for better performance. One cool feature is the Night Vision mode that enhances darker scenes in a game to the player’s advantage. — The Redmi K20 Pro gets support for 27W fast charging. Xiaomi says that it can fill up the battery from nothing in 50 minutes. This is still not as fast as Xiaomi’s 100W charging but it should be enough for most users.–For those who care, the Redmi 20 series sports a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The Chinese variant also gets NFC for making payments wirelessly.Redmi K20, Redmi K20 prices and availability:The Redmi K20 comes in two variants. The base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which costs 1999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000). The second variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs 2099 Yuan (approximately Rs 21,000).advertisementThe Redmi K20 Pro comes in four variants. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costs 2499 Yuan (approximately Rs 25,000). There’s another variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that costs 2599 Yuan (approximately Rs 26,000 ). One can also get it with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that costs 2799 Yuan (approximately Rs 28,000). The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage goes up for 2999 Yuan (approximately Rs 30,000).As of now, Xiaomi hasn’t announced a date for the Redmi K20’s launch in India. However, given that Xiaomi India is teasing the Redmi K20 extensively, we could see this phone in India probably by mid-June.ALSO READ | RedmiBook 14 launched in China: Starts from Rs 40,000, offers up to 8th Gen Core i7, 512GB SSD storageALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro with Snapdragon 855 launched, India price may start from Rs 25,000ALSO READ | Redmi 7A launched in China, price may start from Rs 5,500 in India: Here’s all you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow androidFollow smartphones