first_imgMexico Andres Guardado reveals Arsenal target Hirving Lozano turns into ‘an evil monkey’ on the field Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 09:46 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Andres Guardado Hirving Lozano Mexico Dirk Waem Mexico While “El Chucky” is getting more and more acclaim, his teammate says the family man has a different alter ego Arsenal and Liverpool target Hirving Lozano already has one famous nickname, but his Mexico teammate Andres Guardado is hoping to make another stick.Known as “El Chucky” since his days in the Pachuca youth system, reportedly for hiding under the sheets and scaring his roommates on away trips, Guardado has taken to calling Lozano “el mono diabolico” – the evil monkey. It’s a total contrast to the type of person the soft-spoken Lozano is off the field for Guardado, but there’s no mistaking his on-field force.”He really cares about his family. He’s a person who is calm, joyful, happy. He’s a very good friend to his friends. Anybody who knows him has a special affection for the person he is,” Guardado said on a special about Lozano airing on Fox Sports in the Netherlands. “To talk about Chucky Lozano is to talk about nobility, to talk about personality and to talk about how when he puts on the soccer uniform he’s true to the Chucky Lozano nickname because he’s an evil monkey.” 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 🇲🇽 | @AGuardado18 over zijn landgenoot @HirvingLozano70.De hele documentaire over Chucky is vanavond om 22.00 uur te zien op @FOXSportsnl 5. pic.twitter.com/aO1h88Fa8n— PSV (@PSV) 27 de diciembre de 2017Guardado also called Lozano a “mean evil monkey” in an Instgram caption after Mexico’s 3-3 draw with Belgium in November. Guardado scored from the penalty spot in that contest while Lozano entered and scored twice for El Tri.The special also features Lozano’s wife, who extolled his vritues as the father of two children.”He’s a very responsible father, very loving. He plays with the kids a lot. He’s exceptional. He’s a very great person,” she said. “He’s a very calm guy, he’s a very happy person. He’s always smiling. That’s something I like a lot about him. He’s also a fighter. He’s very responsible. Very, very, very responsible.”On the field, as Guardado notes, he’s anything but tender. Whether he’s more like the doll or more like a wild animal, Lozano put fear in opponents all throughout 2017. The 22-year-old moved from Pachuca to PSV in the summer transfer window after helping Tuzos to the CONCACAF Champions League title. There was little adjustment period with Lozano entering the winter break with 11 league goals scored, good enough to tie him for the Eredivisie lead.PSV returns to league action Jan. 21 after spending time in Florida during the break. Lozano’s next match with El Tri likely will come in the United States with Mexico set to play a pair of March friendly matches with a full squad during the FIFA dates.last_img read more

first_imgSerie A Inzaghi: VAR has cost Lazio seven points Tom Webber 06:14 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) MarcoParolo - cropped Getty Images Serie A Lazio Internazionale v Lazio Internazionale The Serie A side had a penalty overturned against Inter following a VAR referral, leaving an annoyed manager to rue the use of technology Simone Inzaghi believes the video assistant referee (VAR) system has cost Lazio seven points in Serie A after they were denied a penalty upon review in a 0-0 draw against Inter.Official Gianluca Rocchi initially awarded Lazio a 61st-minute penalty when Milan Skriniar’s block of a Ciro Immobile cross ricocheted against his arm.However, following a VAR referral, Rocchi overturned the decision and Inzaghi’s side missed out on a chance to score a potentially decisive goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After the system worked in the favour of Fiorentina and Torino in previous Lazio matches, the frustrated coach feels it is not applied consistently, though he acknowledged the right decision was reached this time around.”With the two points form today, we would’ve had an extra seven points this season without VAR,” Inzaghi told Mediaset Premium.”Lazio haven’t been lucky with VAR. With seven more points we would be higher in the table.”I agree it wasn’t a penalty, but the fact remains there have been decisions in our favour where the VAR was not even checked, so it’s inconsistent.”I’ll be honest, I don’t like this technology. I prefer the Europa League, where there is no VAR.”Anyway, we deserved to win.”| FT Inter 0-0 LazioNothing to separate the two teams after 90 minutes and the points are shared. The points tally after half the season stands at 41. #InterLazio #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/ujQt2DiU1s — Inter (@Inter_en) December 30, 2017 The draw left Inter without a win in four Serie A matches and dealt a blow to a title challenge that looked certain after a 16-game unbeaten start to the campaign.Coach Luciano Spalletti offered a differing view of VAR and contradicted Inzaghi’s claim that Lazio should have left San Siro as the victors.”Just look at the positive things [VAR] has done. You can’t compare the right and the wrong decisions,” said Spalletti.”If I really wanted to, I could show him the chances. We had as many as Lazio and [goalkeeper Thomas] Strakosha was very good, but I’m only interested in my team.”last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Kolasinac limps off with injury after Barry challenge Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 01:16 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sead Kolasinac Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal West Bromwich Albion The Arsenal wing-back came out second-best in a clash with the West Brom man, and had to be taken out of Sunday’s match Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac was forced off with an injury in the first half against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The Bosnia & Herzegovina international was caught by a challenge from Baggies midfielder Gareth Barry, and was unable to continue at The Hawthorns. Kolasinac was subbed off in the 37th minute, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles taking his place on the flank. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old has made 17 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal this season, scoring one goal and adding four assists. Kolasinac joined the Gunners in the summer on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke.   Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: Bale returns to Real Madrid XI but Cristiano Ronaldo is rested Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Copa del Rey Gareth Bale Numancia v Real Madrid Numancia Primera División The Welshman was a second-half substitute during El Clasico last time out and has been handed a start in the Copa del Rey this evening Gareth Bale has returned to the Real Madrid starting XI for the club’s Copa del Rey clash against Numancia.The Welshman was named in Zinedine Zidane’s squad ahead of the fixture, having overcome calf and hamstring issues.Bale damaged his calf in a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on September 26 – a match in which he scored a stunning goal – and consequently missed two months of action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Wales international also sustained a thigh issue but made his return in the previous round of the Copa del Rey against Fuenlabrada at the end of November, providing a glorious assist moments after his introduction.Another calf problem then consigned Bale to longer on the sidelines, although he featured in Madrid’s Club World Cup triumph in December, and he gets the chance to prove his fitness in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.Bale is one of the few senior stars on show for Zidane’s side at Numancia, with young talent including Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Borja Mayoral included in the starting line-up.Ronaldo, along with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, has been excluded from the squad to face the second-tier team in the first leg of the round of 16 at Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos this evening.Karim Benzema also misses the tie, having suffered a hamstring injury during Real’s 3-0 Clasico defeat at home to Barcelona in their last outing.Zidane is marking the second anniversary of his appointment as Madrid’s head coach, with the Frenchman under pressure because of the 14-point defecit between themselves in fourth and rivals Barca in first.Here’s tonight’s starting XI to face @cdnumancia!#RMMovistar #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/nFCGIXSgRa— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) January 4, 2018ALINEACIÓN |Ya tenemos a los once guerreros que disputarán el #NumanciaRealMadrid#VamosNumancia#NosGustaLaCopa#LaCopaQueNosHizoGrandes pic.twitter.com/W5dshJOhQW— cdnumancia (@cdnumancia) January 4, 2018Real Madrid XI: Casilla, Carvajal, Nacho, Vallejo, Theo, Ceballos, Llorente, Bale, Vazquez, Asensio and MayoralReal Madrid subs: Navas, Varane, Casemiro, Acraf, Isco, Kovacic, TejeroNumanica XI: Munir; Carlos, Medina, Dani Calvo, Ripa; Dani Nieto, Sierra, Pere Milla, Diamanka; Larrea, Higinio.Numancia subs: Perez, Manu del Moral, Nacho, Fernandez, Valcarce, Etxeberria, Mateulast_img read more

first_imgArsenal Wenger handed three-match touchline ban for referee rant Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest FA Cup The Arsenal manager was charged with misconduct by the Football Association following a meeting with West Brom and must now serve a suspension Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a three-match touchline ban as a result of his actions in a Premier League meeting with West Brom.The Gunners boss was charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) following a contest at The Hawthorns, and he must now serve a suspension as well as pay a fine.Wenger’s first game in the stands will be Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, while he will also be absent from the dugout for a Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie with Chelsea and a Premier League date with Bournemouth. 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 A statement released by the FA read: “Arsene Wenger will serve a touchline ban for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was charged with misconduct.“It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [05/01/18] at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday [31/12/17] was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee.“He was also fined £40,000.”Arsene Wenger ArsenalGAMES WENGER WILL BE ABSENT FOR Date Opponent Competition Jan 7 Nottingham Forest FA Cup Jan 10 Chelsea Carabao Cup Jan 14 Bournemouth Premier League Wenger had been angered by the match officials against West Brom after seeing his side concede a late penalty.Mike Dean pulled up Calum Chambers for an alleged handball, which allowed Jay Rodriguez to convert from the spot and snatch a 1-1 draw for the Baggies.Wenger took his protests from the touchline to the referees’ room afterwards, and has now paid the price.He had vowed to contest the charge and was still standing by his comments while on pre-match press duty on Friday morning.Wenger told reporters when quizzed on his outburst: “I’ve nothing to add, I maintain what I said. We can spend all day talking about things that aren’t important, but we want to see big games, with important players and see them refereed by top professionals.”I try to serve this game with honestly and integrity. When I have something to say, I say it.”I had a huge influence on them [referees] becoming professional, so that’s why I think I am allowed to be demanding.”Imagine, I am 21 years in the game and what I’ve seen and heard in corridors – I’m surprised and shocked to be charged.”last_img read more

first_imgPerth Glory v Adelaide United A-League Review: Adelaide pile the misery on Perth, Wanderers in clinical mood Ryan Benson 00:24 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) adelaide-cropped Getty Images Perth Glory v Adelaide United Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers Adelaide United Brisbane Roar Perth Glory Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Perth Glory have now shipped nine goals in two A-League matches after Adelaide United beat them convincingly on Friday. Adelaide United bounced back from their shock defeat to Brisbane Roar by winning 3-0 at Perth Glory, who slipped out of the top six.Glory went into the match hoping to put their 6-0 battering at the hands of Sydney behind them, but Kenny Lowe’s men were well beaten once again.It took the visitors just 10 minutes to break the deadlock, as Daniel Adlung broke free and finished confidently, with Baba Diawara almost making it 2-0 shortly after. 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 United were made to wait for their second, but it did eventually arrive 19 minutes from time, as Nathan Konstandopoulos opened his A-League account with a curling finish, before Johan Absalonsen – who set up the second – capitalised on a goalkeeping error to round things off late on, moving the Reds up to third.2 – Johan Absalonsen is the first @AdelaideUnited player to score a goal and provide an assist in a single @ALeague game since Bruce Djite (2G, 1A) vs City in April 2016. Clinic.— OptaJason (@OptaJason) January 5, 2018Western Sydney Wanderers replaced Glory in the top six by inflicting a 2-0 defeat on Roar, who suffered a third loss in four.Roar started off the better side, but Wanderers were simply more effective in front of goal, with Oriol Riera tapping into an empty net just before the half-hour mark, before Mark Bridge secured a clinical triumph on the stroke of half-time at the end of a flowing move.Clean sheet and three points away from home #WSW #BRIvWSW pic.twitter.com/suOHfwZAIR— WS Wanderers FC (@wswanderersfc) January 5, 2018last_img read more

first_imgTransfers ‘We won’t sell Vidal’ – Heynckes says Chelsea target is going nowhere Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 18:44 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) arturo vidal - cropped Bongarts Transfers Chelsea Robert Lewandowski Al Ahli v Bayern München Al Ahli Bayern München Club Friendlies Bundesliga Premier League The Chile international midfielder had been linked with a reunion with Antonio Conte, but the Bundesliga side are adamant that they will not sell Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has denied the club have received a bid from Chelsea for Arturo Vidal and has ruled out selling the player this month.The Premier League champions have reportedly lined up a £33 million move for the Chilean in an effort to bring him to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who won three successive Serie A titles with Vidal at Juventus, has spoken in glowing terms of the 30-year-old in recent weeks and in December admitted: “I’d always want him with me.” 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 Heynckes, however, insists Bayern have no plans to sell any players before the end of the season.”There’s no contact between Chelsea and Bayern,” he told a news conference on Saturday.Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich“We won’t sell Arturo Vidal or any other player during the winter market.”Bundesliga leaders Bayern are spending some of the mid-season break in Qatar and will play Al Ahli in a friendly match later on Saturday.Heynckes does not expect Robert Lewandowski or Mats Hummels to be involved due to minor injuries but could give a start to new signing Sandro Wagner, who joined from Hoffenheim on January 1.”My players have been really excited to travel to Qatar. It’s great fun with the players,” he said.Open the gate, boys  #packmas pic.twitter.com/OT4GoBipof— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 6, 2018″Robert Lewandowski has brought his injury from the first half of the season with him here. I hope he can train again with the team on Tuesday.”Mats Hummels has had adductor problems during the winter break.”Wagner has been well received. He can become an important player. Before, we had no alternative to Lewandowski.”last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona team news: Dembele makes first start since September Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 22:07 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Getty Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Levante Levante Ousmane Dembélé The France international had been out with a hamstring injury for much of the first half of the season but returns to the XI at Camp Nou Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been named in the starting XI for his side’s Liga clash with Levante.The €105 million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund has not started for the Blaugrana since suffering a hamstring injury against Getafe in September.But, after coming off the bench against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey in midweek, he starts alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou. 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 Ernesto Valverde is without the suspended Sergio Busquets as his side return to league action following the winter break, meaning Ivan Rakitic will be deployed in a deeper midfield role.Barcelona XI GFXGerard Pique is only a substitute while Samuel Umtiti remains out with an injury, which allows Thomas Vermaelen to continue alongside Javier Mascherano at the heart of the Barca defence.Valverde’s side kick-off six points clear at the top of the Liga table while a victory would see them move 17 points clear of rivals Real Madrid ahead of the Blancos’ visit to Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta, Dembele, Messi, L.Suarez.Subs: Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Digne, D.Suarez, Gomes, Arnaiz.last_img read more

first_imgUnited States WATCH: USMNT defender Lichaj scores stunning brace against Arsenal Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 01:32 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Lichaj Nottingham Forest Arsenal Shaun Botterill United States FA Cup Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest Arsenal Videos The Nottingham Forest right back recorded the first two-goal performance of his career as the Championship side shocked the Gunners Eric Lichaj picked quite the time to record the first brace of his professional career — and did so in spectacular fashion, to boot.The U.S. national team defender scored a pair of first-half goals — including a stunning volley from 18 yards out — as Nottingham Forest shocked Arsenal with a 4-2 win in the FA Cup third round Sunday.It was the first two-goal game for Lichaj, who entered the match with just seven goals over 254 appearances in all competitions playing for Aston Villa, Lincoln City, Leyton Orient, Leeds United and Forest. 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 1 – Eric Lichaj has scored two goals in a single game for the first time ever in English football. Stunned. #NFFCvAFC — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2018 As Forest lined up a 20th-minute free kick Sunday at City Ground, the 29-year-old right back made a run toward David Ospina’s goalmouth and headed home a Kieran Dowell service from point-blank range to open the scoring.Upset alert? #USMNT international Eric Lichaj heads Nottingham Forest in front vs Arsenal. https://t.co/viXWisANDn — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 7, 2018 While Per Mertesacker drew Arsenal level just three minutes later, Lichaj restored the Forest advantage with a memorable strike a minute before halftime.Collecting a half-clearance at the top of the penalty area, Lichaj chested the ball down and sent a swerving volley into the top corner.👀 Where did THAT come from, Eric Lichaj?! https://t.co/uxEr55dJGU — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 7, 2018 And Forest never surrendered the lead this time, as the Championship side had penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell sandwich a Danny Welbeck strike to seal the upset.The historic triumph saw Arsenal lose its third-round matchup for the first time since falling to Sheffield United in January 1996, seven months before hiring Arsene Wenger as manager.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Giuseppe Marotta: Juve star Dybala not for sale Ante Jukic Last updated 1 year ago 13:59 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paulo Dybala Verona Juventus Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Cagliari v Juventus Juventus Serie A Paulo Dybala The Italian side’s chief was asked what he thought his star was worth following Philippe Coutinho’s blockbuster move to Barcelona Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said the Italian champions have no plans to part with star Paulo Dybala, despite continued transfer speculation.Manchester United have been linked with a move for Dybala, who dropped out of Juve’s starting XI last month, sparking doubts over the Argentina international’s future in Turin.After Philippe Coutinho’s blockbuster sale to La Liga giants Barcelona, Marotta was asked what he thought Dybala was worth before Juve’s 1-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The January transfer window is about repairing your squad and fortunately we are covered in all departments,” he told Mediaset Premium .Dybala EMirates EN“We haven’t put a price-tag on Paulo, so it’s difficult to make an assessment. We have no intention of putting him on the market.”Dybala was forced off with a hamstring injury in the 50th minute as Juve won in Sardinia, having only just worked his way back into the starting XI.Manager Massimiliano Allegri says he doesn’t yet know how bad the injury is , but has also stepped out in recent day to send a warning of sorts to club’s who are looking at the Argentine. “ He cannot play centre-forward for a big club , where the distance to goal is much shorter,” the Juve boss told reporters. “Just look at his best goals for Juve, they’re often when he’s running from deeper positions.”The Serie A side now have two weeks off before getting back into action on Jan. 22 with a match against Genoa in league play, giving Dybala and extended period to heal ahead of their next match.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Wenger denies Arsenal bid for West Brom defender Evans Jamie Smith 04:49 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonny Evans West Brom Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea PAS Giannina Premier League Super League 1 Arsène Wenger West Bromwich Albion Manchester City The Gunners boss is keen to make moves in the January transfer window, but has not made an approach for the former Man Utd centre-half Arsene Wenger denied Arsenal are close to welcoming another new face to the Emirates Stadium following reports he is keen on a move for West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.Evans, a long-term reported Arsenal target, continues to be linked with leaving West Brom, who have not won in the Premier League since August.Arsenal have already bolstered their defensive options in the January transfer window by bringing in Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina, although Wenger has suggested the 20-year-old could be sent out on loan. 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 And Wenger, whose side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, claims Arsenal are not closing in on Evans, who has also been linked with Manchester City.”No, I cannot give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anybody,” the Frenchman said in his post-match press conference.”We signed a Greek boy [Mavropanos] who looks quite good in training but, apart from that, we have not done anything.”Will we be out there to do something? Yes, we will.”Arsene Wenger Arsenal Nottingham ForestWenger had to watch from the stands due a three-match touchline ban as holders Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round for the first time in his 22-year reign.But the 68-year-old denied his absence from the dugout was a factor as managerless Forest completed a famous 4-2 victory at the City Ground.”No, I wouldn’t say that,” said Wenger, whose seven titles make him the FA Cup’s most successful manager. “I just think that we were not good enough anywhere, not at the front and not in the middle or at the back.”We paid for it and they looked sharper, had more chances and that’s all I can say. Nottingham Forest had an outstanding performance today. We couldn’t fault any individual performance from Forest today.”It hurts very much. We’ve won the FA Cup three times in the last four years. On the other end, we don’t win the FA Cup every year. It’s a difficult competition to win. Of course, it hurts very much to go out in the third round.”On having to watch the game from the City Ground’s directors’ box, Wenger added: “Bad. I hate it.”last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Juve tell Liverpool of Can talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:01 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Juve tell Liverpool of Can talksJuventus have informed Liverpool of their negotiations to sign Emre Can on a free transfer, claims Tuttosport .Can is out of contract at the end of the season and Juve have offered the Germany international a five-year deal to move to Serie A.And, in an attempt to tie the deal up as quickly as possible, Juve have told Can’s current club of their talks as they try to avoid missing out on the midfielder. 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 Origi keen on Wolfsburg dealDivock Origi WolfsburgDivock Origi has admitted that he is open to a permanent transfer from Liverpool to Wolfsburg.The Belgium international moved to the Bundesliga on an initial loan deal in the summer and has since scored four goals for the club in 15 games.He said: “I think everything’s possible. I focus on the here and now. I have a good relationship with Liverpool, but feel really well here at Wolfsburg. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, and talk we’ll see what’s next.”Read the full story on Goal! Coutinho paid part of his transfer feePhilippe Coutinho LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho agreed to pay part of the £142 million fee that sealed his move to Barcelona from Liverpool, according to The Times .The Brazilian, who will be introduced by the Spanish club on Monday, is believed to have paid about £9m out of his own pocket and will have to dish out another £2.5m in the future.The controversial leak by Nike last week resulted in a change of the terms of the British record deal.Madrid would have offered £177m for CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho LiverpoolReal Madrid were willing to offer £177 million for Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho before he agreed to join Barcelona in a £142m move, Mundo Deportivo reports.However, it is unclear if Los Blancos were just looking to increase the price tag to throw off their Liga rivals and slow down the transfer process.Coutinho had made it clear that he had been interested in leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, who will be formally unveiled on Monday.Pep asked City to prioritise Alexis over Van DijkVirgil van Dijk Jurgen KloppPep Guardiola asked Manchester City to prioritise a deal for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez over any possible move for Virgil van Dijk, according to reports ( via Metro ).Van Dijk completed a £75 million transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the window.The Gunners want £35m for Sanchez but City could sign the Chilean on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season.Liverpool looking to speed up Keita arrivalNaby Keita Luca Waldschmidt RB Leipzig Hamburg Bundesliga 892017Liverpool are hoping to accelerate Naby Keita’s arrival from RB Leipzig after the departure of Philippe Coutinho, according to The Telegraph .The Reds have already secured Keita in a £57 million deal that would see the 22-year-old midfielder arrive over the summer, but the club are now willing to pay more to add him this month.Although Keita would prefer to join Liverpool this winter following RB Leipzig’s Champions League elimination, the Bundesliga side want to keep the Guinea international as they look to qualify for next season’s competition.Liverpool won’t make Lemar move in JanuaryThomas Lemar MonacoDespite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool not be making a move for Monaco star Thomas Lemar this January, Sky Sports reports.The big-money departure of Coutinho has left a gaping hole in the Reds’ attack, but the report suggests that Lemar will not be filling it, this winter at least.Indeed, Monaco have already insisted that the France international, who is also thought to be a target for Arsenal, would not be leaving the club in January.Liverpool not interested in MahrezRiyad Mahrez Leicester CityDespite rumours that Riyad Mahrez would be having a medical with Liverpool on Sunday, Sky Sports have claimed that the Reds have no interest in signing the Leicester City star.While Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new attacking option to replace Philippe Coutinho, it is thought that Mahrez would cost well more than the £49 million being reported, and Liverpool are not interested in the Algerian in any case. Reds delay Woodburn loanBen WoodburnLiverpool will delay Ben Woodburn’s loan to Sunderland after the club sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, The Daily Mail   reports. The youngster was set to go on loan to Wearside, but Coutinho being sold and Mohamed Salah’s recent injury mean he may be needed at Liverpool. Klopp: Coutinho was insistent on exitPhilippe Coutinho Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolJurgen Klopp conceded Philippe Coutinho made it known to everyone, including his team-mates, that he wished to leave Liverpool to join Barcelona, making it impossible to keep him at Anfield any longer.”It is with great reluctance that we – as a team and club – prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho,” he told the Liverpool’s official website.Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Rudy welcomes Bayern interest in Man Utd and Liverpool target Goretzka Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 23:45 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Leon Goretzka, Schalke, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Bayern München v Werder Bremen Schalke 04 v Hannover 96 Schalke 04 Bundesliga The midfielder has been linked with a switch to the Premier League but Sebastian Rudy is not opposed to the Bavarians making a move Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy has welcomed Bayern Munich’s interest in Leon Goretzka.The Bundesliga club have a long-standing interest in the midfielder, but face competition to sign him from numerous clubs in England, reportedly including Manchester United and Liverpool.Out of contract at the end of the season, the player is available to start negotiating terms over a Bosman move and Schalke are hopeful that he will announce his intentions for the future imminently. 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 Although he would provide extra competition for Rudy’s position in the Bayern midfield, he remains hopeful that the 22-year-old will sign.“It’s normal that Bayern have good players and want to add more,” he told TZ. “Reinforcement of the squad is always good. We have to think as a team because it’s about team success.”Rudy, meanwhile, has admitted it is his aim to be part of the Germany squad for the 2018 World Cup.“I want to attack the second half of the season and improve myself – and my game,” he said. “Everyone here wants to play. There’s great competition in my position but I’m hungry to come out on top.“The World Cup is a big goal of mine. For that, I will have to be at my best. But I’m optimistic that it will come together this year and I’ll earn my ticket.”Rudy has played 21 times this season but has featured increasingly rarely since Jupp Heyneckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti in the autumn.last_img read more

first_imgAmérica Club America sanctions Darwin Quintero for booting ball at reporter Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 03:56 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Oribe Peralta Darwin Quintero Club America Julio Dominguez Cruz Azul Ronaldo Schemidt América América v Atlas Atlas Liga MX The Colombian will face disciplinary measures after a ball he kicked came inches from a television reporter doing a live shot Club America announced that it will sanction Carlos Darwin Quintero internally after the winger appeared to kick a ball at a reporter during a training session Tuesday.ESPN reporter Marcelino Fernandez was broadcasting live from the corner of the training field when Quintero sent a ball in his direction. It narrowly missed the reporter, who continued on with his live shot. Though Quintero denies any malice, the Mexico City club has elected to sanction Quintero after debate about his intentions took hold on television and social media Tuesday night. 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 “Club America informs that the player Darwin Quintero will be sanctioned internally after the unfortunate action he carried out during yesterday’s training, which doesn’t represent the values of this institution,” read a club statement released Wednesday. “The club laments what happened and offers an apology to the reporter Marcelino Fernandez of ESPN and his crew, as well as anyone who may have been offended by what happened.”The club did not mention what the exact sanction will be.Quintero said he and his teammates were playing a far more innocent training ground game and never would’ve set out to hit Fernandez.”At no time did I shoot the ball to hit him,” Quintero said. “We were betting on who could hit the tree because at this angle it was really hard to hit it at the reporter from that angle. Before you say something, you should investigate better.”The Colombian winger started the first two matches of the Clausura but was left on the bench in Sunday’s match against Pumas. He entered the scoreless draw in the 84th minute. America hosts Atlas, which has lost all three matches thus far, on Saturday. Quintero’s starting spot already is in question after America signed Andres Ibarguen in the offseason and also brought in forwards Jeremy Menez and Henry Martin.Quintero has been linked with moves to South America and MLS but is likely to stay on with Las Aguilas through the Clausura.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Neymar plays down Real Madrid talk: I’m happy with my team-mates Goal Last updated 1 year ago 07:17 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Edinson Cavani Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018 Gettyimages Transfers Real Madrid Neymar PSG v Montpellier Montpellier PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazilian claims to be happy with life in the French capital and says the boos from fans don’t bother him Neymar claims he’s happy at Paris Saint-Germain amid mounting speculation that the Brazilian could be headed for Real Madrid this summer. Goal understands that PSG are prepared to let Neymar join Real Madrid this summer if he helps the club to Champions League success. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims that the rumours around Neymar are an attempt to “destabilise” his club, but there is also plenty of reason to believe that the Brazilian could well be on his way back to Spain.  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 Neymar himself is pleased to constantly have his name linked to the top clubs, he claimed after Saturday’s win over Montpellier that he was perfectly happy in France. “I’m happy with my team-mates and I’m happy at PSG,” he told reporters. “I have good games and numbers and come here to make history and do my best.”Speculation has always existed and will always exist. Since Santos and in my years in Barcelona, ​​all the transfers windows had something with my name.”It’s impossible to stay out of it. But I’m happy because it means I’m a good player, and quality players are always speculated.”One cause of the constant speculation is perceived rift with Edinson Cavani, who passed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to become the club’s all-time leading scorer on Saturday. The two stars have butted heads over who takes the penalties at PSG in the past, and the Brazilian was jeered by fans after striking from the late on in an 8-0 trashing of Dijon, with supporters believing he should have allowed Cavani a chance at breaking the record rather than netting his fourth of the night. But the 25-year-old remains unfazed, and claims the decision for him to take the penalty was down to the manager rather than the players on the pitch. “I’m used to both boos and applause, but I’m happy with the victory in today’s game, which is the most important thing. I think we had a great game.”It’s impossible for us not to know (Cavani record), but the coach defined me as a penalty taker and we have no controversy with that.”We know what happened in the locker room and he decided that, so I have to assume this responsibility.”Of course, I support Cavani and wanted that he can break the record like he did today, but I also know that he would do that some day, because we still have many games this season. I know all my responsibilities and I’m not here to hide, but to assume them.”The 4-0 win over Montpellier pushed PSG’s lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table to 11 points ahead of Lyon’s clash with Bordeaux on Sunday, and the French giants are set to take on Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 in February.last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Manchester United vs Huddersfield: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 16:05 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Getty Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Jose Mourinho hopes his side will serve up a Red Devils victory as a tribute to the victims of the Munich air disaster Manchester United will look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Tottenham when they host Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Saturday.The Red Devils were soundly beaten by Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Wembley on Wednesday, picking up their fourth league defeat of the season in a 2-0 turnover.In Huddersfield, they come up against another side who has punished them this season, the Terriers having won 2-1 in the corresponding fixture back in October. 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 revenge and a desire to bounce back will be on their mind, it will also be a solemn occasion for the club as they commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Game Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town Date Saturday, February 3 Time 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game cannot be watched live on TV due to the fact that it falls within the blackout period, but it can be followed live with Goal here. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Man Utd players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Joel Castro Defenders Lindelof, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Matic, McTominay, Gomes Forwards Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial, Rashford Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both unavailable as they continue to recover from groin and knee issues, respectively. Marouane Fellaini will miss out after suffering a knee injury in the mid-week match against Spurs, while Daley Blind could be in line for a return.Potential Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Pogba, Matic, Lingard; Martial, Sanchez, Lukaku Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Coleman, Green Defenders Smith, Malone, Kongolo, Lowe, Jorgensen, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Hefele Midfielders Whitehead, Hogg, Scannell, Billing, Mooy, Sabiri, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, O’Brien Forwards Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie Huddersfield will be without a number of players for the game, with Danny Williams among those expected to miss out.The Terrier will also have to make do without two long-term absentees in the form of Jon Stankovic and Elias Kachunga.Potential Huddersfield Town starting XI: Lossl; Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Lowe, Hadergjonaj; Hogg, Billing, Mooy; Depoitre, Mounie.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedManchester United are heavy favourites according to dabblebet, who price the Red Devils at 1/6 to win. Huddersfield are rated 18/1 bets, while a draw is available at 13/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho is hopeful that his players will rise to the occasion against Huddersfield on Saturday as Manchester United honour those who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.The club is getting ready to mark the 60th anniversary of the tragedy and there will be a minute’s silence ahead of the game against the Terriers.”I think it should affect [the players] in a positive way,” Mourinho told MUTV.”If we believe they are watching the match I think it’s one more reason for a happy day and for a good performance and a manifestation of United colours.”So yes, of course a minute of silence for them and for the families, but I think they would love happiness, joy, a Manchester United victory, points, goals… I think they would love that.”A Man United victory may not be so straightforward, however, considering Huddersfield upset the Red Devils already this season.Nevertheless, there will be a heightened appetite for glory, particularly in light of their capitulation against Spurs earlier in the week. 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first_imgUEFA Champions League Willian & Mane lead the way in the Champions League Team of the Round Goal 06:55 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Willian Chelsea Barcelona Getty UEFA Champions League Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Basel v Manchester City Porto v Liverpool Real Madrid v PSG Chelsea v Barcelona Bayern München v Beşiktaş Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Sevilla v Manchester United Porto Sevilla Real Madrid Bayern München Beşiktaş PSG Manchester United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Basel Liverpool Barcelona Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Roma It was a positive fortnight for the competition’s Premier League contingent, with Liverpool and Manchester City in particular making a big impressionlast_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State took the ball first in overtime, where J.W. Walsh orchestrated an excellent touchdown drive to set the Cowboys up from the 2. On fourth down, Walsh kept the ball and found paydirt which put the Cowboys up 33-26, which proved to be the game-winning touchdown.AdChoices广告The Oklahoman’s Kyle Frederickson also had a pretty solid view here as well:#OKstate Here’s JW Walsh’s game winner in OT pic.twitter.com/hvdVGTwTak— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 11, 2015last_img read more

first_imgAdChoices广告I’ll get out of the way and let the transcript do the talking. This was Mike Gundy speaking after the Kansas-Oklahoma State game on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to John Hoover for the transcribing.“I just want to start by saying how sorry our staff, the Oklahoma State family and our team is about the incident earlier today. I don’t know a lot of details. At one time, there was some discussion, because of the impact on the families and the people involved, of whether to play the game or not.“Those decisions are made kind of higher than me. I was willing to support whatever direction they wanted to go. I don’t think that that’s something that’s up for discussion at this point, but it was really difficult for our coaching staff, our team and myself, being an Oklahoma State alum. It was a very unfortunate situation, so our thoughts and prayers from all of us go out to the families.“I do want to reiterate that this one incident cannot take away from Oklahoma State University, and it cannot take away from homecoming and the celebration. That’s something that’s very important to us and to me, to make a point that it is a great time of the year. It’s a great weekend and a great day, and there’s a tremendous amount of pride and effort that goes into our homecoming, and that’s why it has been established the way that it is. I don’t want anything to be taken away from that.“We told [our team] the truth. That’s the way we handle situations in our group, with good news, bad news or any news at all. There’s really no comparison to a tragic incident like this morning, but we told them the truth in our pregame conversation before we came to the stadium. Part of the development of young people in our organization is knowing that there are things in our lives that we can control, and there are things that we can’t control.“Today’s incident was something we couldn’t do anything about. There was certainly not anything we could do if we were going to play the game. Our players understand that. My message to them was that a decision was made to play the game so we need to play the game. After that, we need to do everything we can to help the people and the families involved.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

first_imgThis is spectacular.Update: This was actually some members of the OSU pep band who traveled down to Lubbock to play. Still cool of the Raiders to literally stand with us. Tremendous, Raiders. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/z9qvYxDqre— brooke haney (@theBrookeHaney) October 31, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告last_img read more