Transfers Watford sign Deulofeu from Barcelona for €13m Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Watford Premier League Barcelona Having spent time on loan at Vicarage Road last season, the La Masia graduate has opted for a longer stay in the Premier League Watford reached an agreement to sign Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis from Barcelona , both clubs confirmed on Monday afternoon.The Spanish forward joins the Hornets for a fee of €13 million (£11m/$15m) plus an additional €4m (£3.5/$4.7m) in performance-related incentives. The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Premier League side, while the Blaugrana made sure to include a clause that will see them receive a percentage of any funds received from a future transfer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” Watford Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website .“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”A versatile forward, Deulofeu scored on his debut with Watford after arriving on loan in January and went on to make seven appearances for the club.Raised in Barcelona’s world famous La Masia academy, the Spain and Catalonia international made his first-team debut for the Liga giants in August 2011.✍️ | #GerardsBack 🙌 @gerardeulofeu #watfordfc pic.twitter.com/Lof1vAmWGs — Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) June 11, 2018 The winger has since gone on to pick up a good deal of experience despite his relatively young age, spending time Everton, Sevilla and AC Milan before being bought back by Barca in 2017.Having missed out on the call-up for Julen Lopetegui’s Spain side for Russia 2018, Watford will be keen to see their latest aquisition hit the ground running after a full summer of rest ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
TouchWest and Garnduwa will visit indigenous communities north of Broome late this week, offering Touch Football coaching and resources in areas that might otherwise miss out on sport and recreation participation opportunities.Aaron Appo – a Brisbane based indigenous coach and former National League representative, will visit One Arm Point, Djarindjin, Lombadina and Beagle Bay on Thursday and Friday, along with TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford.For four years, Appo and Bamford have combined to coach the Barbarians Men’s Open team at the National Touch League – both also being former players with the team.Appo also oversaw the selection of indigenous Australian teams that toured New Zealand in 2008. TouchWest has looked to provide opportunities to indigenous communities throughout WA, with State Manager Matt Bamford pleased to be able to work with Garnduwa to bring Touch Football to communities in the Kimberley.“It’s great that Garnduwa are able to facilitate our involvement in Kimberley communities. Their support along with that of both the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Australian Sports Commission gives our sport far greater reach beyond Perth and major regional centres”, said Bamford.Appo, originally from Darwin, is equally excited about the chance to visit the communities.“I’ve had plenty of involvement with promising indigenous kids from all over Australia, and it’s fantastic that we have the chance to give indigenous people in some of Australia’s most remote locations the chance to play Touch Football”, says Appo.The visits this week also come just ahead of the Grand Finals for the Broome Touch Association, taking place this Saturday at the BRAC Ovals.Thanks to Matt Bamford for providing the article content.Related Filesmedia_release_080609-pdf
To view stories on two of Australia’s Touch Football representatives, Sarah Spacie and Bo De La Cruz, please click on the following links. http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2010/01/13/spacie-gives-rivals-a-hard-time/http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/01/21/117611_ntsport.htmlThe Valley Times also ran a story on Thursday about the seven Canterbury Bankstown players who are representing Australia in Auckland. Please click on the attachment below to read the story.The New Zealand Herald also has two stories on the Trans Tasman Series in Friday’s edition, with feature articles on Michael and Janelle Cavanagh and Carla Hohepa. Please click on the following links to view these stories. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10621542http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10621544&pnum=0Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the Trans Tasman news including Tour Diary entries from members of the Australian teams. To view the 2010 Trans Tasman Series website, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6976-0-0-0&sID=155406Related Filesfull_page_photo-pdf
There were plenty of stories about Touch Football in the media throughout the month of September, from articles on the National Youth Championships and Trans Tasman venue announcements, new summer seasons starting and the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships and State of Origin Series. To view the stories, please click on the link below. Touch Football Boost For CoastThe Sunshine Coast will host numerous Touch Football events from 2012 to 2015 in what is expected to be a multi-million-dollar boost to the economy.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2012/09/10/touch-football-boost-coast/ Our $10 Million WindfallIt is a $10 million touchdown for the Sunshine Coast.Touch Football Australia has announced Stockland Park at Kawana will host a number of Touch Football events from 2013 to 2015.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2012/09/11/our-10m-windfall/ Hills Sports High Win State ChampionshipsHills Sports High School’s girls’ touch football team scored 48 tries in six games to win the NSW Combined High Schools Open State Champions last week.http://blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/hills-sports-high-win-state-championships/ Trans Tasman To Return To MudgeeThe best touch football players in the world are coming back to Mudgee in 2014 for the Trans-Tasman Touch Football Test Series.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/309347/trans-tasman-to-return-to-mudgee/?cs=1485 Kicking Off Summer Touch Football FunThe next generation of north shore Touch Football players will be able to perfect their skills in a new junior summer competition at Artarmon.http://north-shore-times.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/kicking-off-summer-fun-touch-football-northern-suburbs-touch-association/ Touch Time Drawing NearThe days are getting warmer and daylight saving will soon be here, which can mean only one thing of importance – the Touch Football season is about to kick off again.http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2012/09/12/touch-time-drawing-near/ Hughes is all heart ahead of OriginHe’s had heart surgery four times and only eight weeks ago crawled from the Touch Football field after suffering another attack.http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/hughes-is-all-heart-ahead-of-origin-20120919-2677e.html Port Girls Help Blues Triumph In State Of OriginNSW may not be able to win a State Of Origin series at National Rugby League level, but in touch football, the Blues rule the roost.http://www.portnews.com.au/story/353916/port-girls-help-blues-to-triumph-in-state-of-origin-touch/?cs=257 National Touch Champs Heat UpThe CHS 18s boys had a thrilling start to their National Touch Football campaign, taking down the New South Wales Development Squad 13-2.http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php?s=touch+football Nationals Touch Down In Port MacquarieQueensland sides are expected to dominate at the National Youth Touch Championships in Port Macquarie this week.http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2012/09/18/nationals-touch-down-in-port-macquarie/ National Touch CompMore than 500 competitors have descended on the Mid North Coast for this year’s Touch Football National Youth Championships.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/14895801/national-touch-comp-video/ Canterbury Touch Footy Family ReunionThe Canterbury Bulldogs Touch Football Association is encouraging young people to join a new junior competition it will hold later this year.http://express.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/canterbury-touch-footy-family-reunion/ Nick Makes State Touch TeamTalented young middle Nick Ellems will travel to Brisbane at the end of October to compete in the national touch championships after securing a spot in the state primary school boys’ 12 years Touch Football team.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2012/09/12/nick-makes-state-team/ Manly Battlers Give Benji Marshall A Run For His MoneyThey are the northern beaches amateur football team including a yardman, a landscaper, a teacher and some keen schoolboys who matched it with rugby league superstar Benji Marshall.http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/hollering-for-a-marshall/ More in store for touch starsQueensland open women’s coach Kath O’Brien is confident there is more success ahead for Toowoomba’s Touch Football stars.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2012/09/24/more-store-touch-stars/ Rocky Junior Touch Players Get Spots In State TeamsMorning Bulletin, 26/09/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: Rockhampton junior touch players have gained selection in Queensland teams after dominating at the state junior touch championships recently.A large contingent of Rockhampton players represented Central Queensland teams at the Brisbane-based championships. While all the CQ teams performed well, the under-16 girls were the only ones to make a final, falling only at the last hurdle to South West. The side was almost a duplicate of that which represented Rockhampton at the Junior State Cup earlier this year to be crowned state champion in its age division. Included in the side were Maddie Black, Breanna Donovan, Holly Norris, Taleah Tennyson, Lydia Ogden and Tamika Upton, who proved their worth on the field to secure positions in the Queensland team to contest the national championships in coming weeks, while Megan Dash and Ellie Gambling were also selected as shadows. Other Rockhampton players named to represent Queensland at the national championships were Liam Grant (under-12), Riley Cross and shadow Harry Griffin (under-14) and Riley Neaton and shadow Damon Moore (under-16 boys). The junior competition will break for school holidays and start again on October 13. Origin Success For Touch Reps Sunshine Coast Daily, 24/09/2012TOUCH FOOTBALL: Sunshine Coast players Justin Otto and Peta Rogerson helped the Queensland open men and women’s teams to victories in the State of Origin Series at Port Macquarie at the weekend.Australian representative Rogerson, 30, captained the state women’s team to its first series triumph since 1999.Her side secured the title after winning Saturday night’s deciding fixture 3-1.Queensland’s Open Women’s Team Chronicle (Toowoomba), 24/09/2012Queensland’s open women’s team has ended a decade-long drought in the State of Origin touch football series in Port Macquarie.The Maroons were forced to come from behind to defeat New South Wales 3-1 in the deciding third match on Saturday night.NSW took a 1-0 lead into the break but Queensland stormed home with three second-half touchdowns to wrap up the division.The experience of Toowoomba players Lauren Potter, Emilee Cherry and Nikki and Gemma Etheridge was invaluable with Cherry named player of the series.Captain Peta Rogerson told the Touch Football Australia website it had been a fantastic team effort.“It’s not all about doing the flashy stuff down the line,” she said.“Touch games are won through excellent defence and some good rucking.“They did an excellent job and they just built on different things in the three games.”The Queensland open men were also victorious but NSW still clinched the overall Origin series with seven division wins to six.Maroons Touch Up BluesCourier Mail, 24.09.2012The Queensland Men’s and Women’s Touch Football teams created history at the weekend by winning their respective State of Origin titles in the same year for the first time. Queensland were pushed to the third and deciding game in both divisions at Port Macquarie but proved too strong. Queensland’s women’s open series win was their first since 2002. What will go down in Maroon touch footy folklore, however, was the men’s open win. Coming up against a NSW side which had 13 of the 16 Australian representatives from the trans-Tasman series, not many backed Queensland to even be competitive. After Queensland won the opening game 7-6 and NSW hit back in Game Two, the Blues led for most of the decider before the Maroons took the lead with two minutes to go. “Not many people expected us to win,” Queensland captain Nathan Jones said. “We have a young team with plenty of enthusiasm and belief.” Despite losing the two top divisions, NSW claimed the overall series with seven division wins to six.Dalby Girls Excel In National Contests Dalby Herald, 28/09/2012Three young Dalby girls were selected to play Touch Football in the National Youth Championships held at Port Macquarie last week.Teams from across Australia, and one from New Zealand, battled it out in four intense days.Kaitlyn McDonald and Sarah Rathmell played on the South-West Queensland Swans team, finishing the competition in a commendable fourth place out of 17 teams. Miss McDonald said she loved the experience of playing in the competition for her second year.“I really enjoyed playing against the New Zealand team, and meeting people from all over Australia,” she said.“It’s good to see where we rank on a national level.” Swans coach Terry McSweeney said the Dalby girls performed extremely well.“They represented our region extremely well and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls,” Mr McSweeney said. “They really went above and beyond what was expected.” Laura Gleeson, who played on the Queensland Secondary Schools Sports team, was thrilled with the team’s victory after being announced as the overall winners of the girls’ division.Miss Gleeson said she has been playing touch since she was four years old.The 2012 National Youth Competition marked her third time competing nationally. “The competition is at a much higher level at Nationals,” she said.“It’s really fun and you get to know the other girls.” Having Just Signed On For His 31st Year Central Western Daily, 28/09/2012Having just signed on for his 31st year of touch football in the City of Orange Touch Association open men’s competition, Frank Ostini and the mates he will line up along side couldn’t have picked a better team name.”We’re The Relics this season,” Mr Ostini laughed.”We have had lots of names but that’s what we’ve gone with this year.”Originally playing with his under 18s Orange CYMS teammates in the early 1980s, Ostini said he and the rest of The Relics keep coming back for two simple reasons.”It’s social and it’s a bit of exercise,” he said.”We got a team going when I was a 16, 17-year-old and we’ve just gone on with it from then.”It’s cool to watch the young kids laugh at you before you go out there and beat them.”We might not have the speed any more but we have the experience.”Mr Ostini isn’t the only one having fun with touch football in 2012-13.City of Orange Touch Association president Kevin French said people keep coming back year after year to play touch football because they love it.And this summer people are loving the game in their droves.Mr French estimated in total, encompassing both junior and senior competitions, close to 2500 people competing in nearly 250 teams will play touch football in Orange this summer.”I think with mixed it’s the family side of things,” Mr French said.”It’s competitive without being ugly. It’s competitive on the field but once the game is over everyone is having a joke and a laugh.”Also for ex-footballers that love the game but can’t handle the knocks anymore, it’s a great way to keep playing.”It’s for the love of the game.”The women’s first grade competition has doubled while the men’s top grade will be similar to last season numbers wise.The mixed competition has also had numbers explode.”The family side of the game has gotten some extra teams this season. We’re really at capacity,” he said.”It’s to the point where we’ve had some sides we just can’t take.”The City of Orange Touch Association season begins on October 9 with mixed touch while October 11 is when the opens touch season begins.Graham Will Head Bathurst Touch Once MoreWestern Advocate, 21/09/2012THE Bathurst Touch Football Association have held their annual general meeting ahead of the 2012-13 season with Stuart Graham returned to the president’s job for another season.Graham will lead the club into the summer months along with committee members Bronwyn Davey (vice president), secretary Rebecca Gavin, treasurer David Weekes and representative co-ordinator Mandy Scott.Alex Faulkner (senior) and Mitch Dwyer (junior) will act as referees’ directors, with Faulkner running the junior competition and Davey in the role as publicity officer.The upcoming season commences on October 29 and will run until February 12 next year with the traditional Christmas break.Finals will be held from February 25.Players wishing to register can do so via website www.bathurst-touch-football.asn.au with nominations to come to a close on close Friday, October 12.Registration days will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 6pm and Monday, October 8 from 5pm at the association’s Learmonth Park clubhouse.Nomination fees have been set at $800 for senior teams or $400 for juniors playing in senior competitions.Grades will include juniors, a women’s competition on Monday nights, mixed competition on Monday and Wednesday nights, men’s on Monday and Wednesday nights as well as over 30s on Wednesday nights.Potential representative players are being sought for the Coolah Veterans carnival to be held on the weekend of November 3-4.To be eligible for the carnival women must be over 30, with up to three men over 30 and the rest over 35.The State Cup will be held on the first weekend of December in Port Macquarie with players also being sought for that event.The Junior State Cup will be staged in late February.All enquiries regarding the association competitions or representative carnivals can be directed to Graham (email@example.com or 0408 869 657) or Faulkner (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0466 548 759).Get Your Team Registered NowNewcastle Herald, 08/09/2012Touch Football has all of the thrills of rugby league but without the spills.The aim of the tackle-free game is to break through the opponent team’s part of the field and place the ball down in the touchdown zone.Teams comprise up to 14 players, with a maximum of six (some local rules allow seven) players on the field at any time, with unlimited substitutions.The game starts with a “tap” on the half-way line.The rules are simple. While attacking, you have to run forward and pass the ball backward.Defenders only need to touch the ball carrier to stop the attacking team. That touch must be made “with the minimum force necessary” on any part of the body, the ball or clothing.After making a “touch”, the defending team has to go backward behind an imaginary defensive line, about five metres away from where the touch has been made. The ball carrier has to perform a “roll ball” on the exact mark where the touch was made.The attacking team has six touches to score. The sixth touch, dropping the ball or any infringement of the rules results in a changeover, and the attacking team becomes the defending side. It is a game of evasion, without the big knocks.Maitland Touch Football Association is one of the largest country/regional touch football associations in NSW.Competitions are open for men’s teams, women’s teams, mixed teams, family teams, junior boys’ and girls’ teams, catering for beginner, intermediate and experienced players from around the Hunter.Games are played at Maitland Park, at the corner of Park and Elgin streets, Maitland.Students’ Fun Day At Touch Gala Touch FootballDaily Examiner (Grafton), 07/09/2012Close to 800 students will converge on Yamba Sporting Complex for the Primary Schools Touch Gala Day today. Organised by the Yamba Touch Association, the mixed event, which is in its 12th year, encourages students across the Lower Clarence to participate. President Tim Ryan said the main aim of the day was for schoolchildren to have fun.“We’ve got about 76 teams of around 10-12 players each coming along,” Ryan said.“They’re split into teams of Years 3/4 and Years 5/6, and are mixed by gender as well.”The gala also incorporates sport studies students from Maclean High School.“All games are officiated by about 45-50 students from Maclean High School as part of their studies,” he said.“We get calls in the beginning of the year asking if it’s going to be on. It’s a great day out.”While the competitive streak is well and truly alive in the students, winning isn’t everything when it comes to Gala Day.“We’ve designed it so the smaller schools can compete with the larger ones,” Ryan said.“We do what we can to try to even out the teams as much as possible, so the overall winner is more likely to be the most consistent team.“It’s all about making sure the kids enjoy themselves and putting on a great day.”Games start at 9.45am. Competition To Stay HereNewcastle Herald, 08/09/2012Maitland Touch Association was so successful in hosting last year’s NSW Hornets Regional Championships that it has won the right to host the event for the next three years.Association adminstrator Beau Newell said Maitland’s event had received “good feedback from different clubs”, and the association had been praised for its organisational skills.Hornets Regional Touch is the regional body of touch football for the Hunter and the western areas of the state.It is an affiliated regional body of NSW Touch Football Association and Touch Football Australia.The annual tournament attracts some of the best NSW regional players and teams.This year, it will take place at Maitland Park on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.Maitland Touch Association said a record number of clubs and teams were expected to participate in this year’s event.Teams from all Touch Football Australia-affiliated competitions are invited to attend. Email email@example.com.Kirwan High Dominate Schools Touch CarnivalTownsville Bulletin, 04.09.2012Kirwan High have dominated the North Queensland All Schools Touch Football Championships, winning four of the five divisions over the weekend. Kirwan won the Year 8 mixed, 15-years girls, 15-years boys and open boys divisions to improve on the three trophies won last year, but were knocked out of the semi-finals of the open girls division by eventual winners St Margaret Marys College. The all-girls school featured heavily in finals across the weekend, going down to Kirwan in the Year 8 mixed and 15-years girls divisions. Teams from Cairns, Mackay, Charters Towers, Ingham participated in the weekend-long event, and featured prominently in the finals matches on Sunday but the Townsville teams were just too strong.Championship convenor John Morris, who is also the touch excellence program co-ordinator at Kirwan High, said the event had run smoothly and was a good preparation for the Queensland All Schools tournament in Brisbane next month. He said teams from St Margaret Marys, Ignatius Park, Kirwan and Gilroy Santa Maria would travel to the tournament and had strong histories of good performances at the statewide championships.Morris wished to thank the referees who took control of up to eight games each on a busy day on Saturday. Staying In TouchNewcastle Herald, 04/09/2012Multi-talented Lambton teenager Chloe Cheney has narrowed her sights on Touch Football after gaining selection in the Australian under-18 train-on squad.Fifteen-year-old Cheney has been invited to train with the 30-strong national squad, which will be cut to 14 for a trans-Tasman series in New Zealand in January.Cheney has been to three training camps so far and is loving the experience.”It’s really good,” she said.”They are great coaches and you learn so much.”The call-up to the train-on squad has encouraged the Lambton High School year 10 student to focus on Touch Football despite her potential on the netball court.Cheney, who plays with the Wests club, has captained Newcastle junior representative sides since under 12s but is unlikely to play netball next season.”I think I’m just going to stick to Touch Football at the moment, that’s my top priority,” she said.”I enjoy it a lot more and I’m getting heaps more opportunities in Touch Football.”Cheney is in her second year of competition with Manly Warringah club playing in the NSW Touch Association league.She travels to Sydney to train and play twice a week and this year she has represented Manly in the under 16s and 20s.Her next major assignment is with the NSW Combined High Schools side to compete in Sydney at the Australian all schools touch tournament from September 17.Caitlin Moran (Cardiff), Nakia Davis-Welsh and Tanisha Stanton (Hunter Sports) also won spots in the team.Cheney, who first played touch in under 10s, will back up in October with the NSW under-15 schools side at the all schools competition in Brisbane.Summer Of Touch FootballCanberra Times, 02/09/2012Touch Football ACT (TFACT) is launching its summer of touch with new competitions at a range of locations. With afternoon and evening competitions taking place in the north, south and central suburbs of Canberra, you’ll find a touch football location that suits your needs this summer. The competitions are open to adults and children. Boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 10 can take part in the junior competitions. Junior and adult competitions will be conducted at Dickson and Wanniassa on Mondays and at Amaroo on Tuesdays. A new women’s competition will also take place at Dickson. Junior competitions will run on Wednesdays at Kippax. The Family and Community Find Thirty Every Day competitions for juniors and adults will run on Friday evenings at Boomanulla Oval, Narrabundah. Adult competitions will take place on Monday to Thursday evenings at Deakin and a junior competition will be conducted on Thursday afternoons. Registration for all competitions closes on Friday, September 28. The TFACT Super League competition involves the four clubs – Canberra City, Belconnen Riteway Phoenix, Tuggeranong Vikings and the Woden Eagles. It takes place on Thursday evenings at Deakin from October 18. This is the premier touch football competition in the ACT – go along and see the action. TFACT will be nominating teams for the National Touch League Championships at Coffs Harbour with selection trials to be held in November. For more information, phone 6212 2880 or visit www.acttouch.com.auRelated LinksTalking Touch
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl on West Ham defeat: I never expected things to be easyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was left frustrated after their defeat at home to West Ham.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.”The result was not what we like to see,” the Austrian began. “It was a difficult first half, and so we made a few changes to our shape at half time.”We pressurised more, and that’s where the goal came from. But that isn’t enough in the Premier League, because we gave away the lead too easily.”We have to take one step at a time. It’s no surprise to me that this job isn’t easy.”We see that it’s all about hard work. When we do that we have good chances.”We were quicker with our decisions in our previous two games, but tonight we passed backwards and sideways too often.”It’s very important that the fans stick with us, and I would like to give them more exciting moments. I think they understand what we’re trying to build here, and I appreciate their support.”The team is disappointed tonight, but I know they gave everything. It’s a shame we didn’t take a minimum of one point, because I think that was possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bohemians whiz Ali Reghba to be offered terms by Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAli Reghba is set to be offered terms by Leicester City after impressing in trials.The Daily Mail says Reghba scored twice from open play and also won a penalty during the Under-23s’ 3-0 win over Swansea on Monday night.The 19-year-old striker plays for Irish side Bohemians, who are working on a compensation package ahead of letting the starlet join Leicester. No complications are expected.Reghba is a Republic of Ireland Under-19 international who worked his way through the grassroots of Irish football.He is keen to take the next step in his career and could now become Leicester’s first signing in the January window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Spurs star Jenas: Eriksen was unrecognisableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham Hotspur star Jermaine Jenas has criticised Christian Eriksen for his performance against Olympiakos.Eriksen’s wish of leaving the club this past summer was not granted and he will become a free agent at the end of this season.And Jenas has slammed the Dane’s lack of effort in Greece as Spurs blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2.“He’s unrecognisable tonight,” Jenas told BT Sport. “He’s had a couple of moments where the manager has had a look and you can tell he’s thinking “we need to get him off here.“You have bad games as players, he has had many great games for Tottenham over the years but he’s sticking out like a sore thumb with how bad he is playing tonight. “He’s getting the simple things wrong and that’s the worrying thing. He just looks shattered.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic admits lack of Chelsea minutes ‘very frustrating’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUSA captain Christian Pulisic admits his lack of playing time at Chelsea is “very frustrating”.The 21-year-old USA international was an unused sub for the fourth time in five games as the Blues cruised past Brighton to a 2-0 win today.He told NBC Sports: “Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play.”The winger, who played second-fiddle to Jadon Sancho at Dortmund for the majority of last season, was then asked whether Lampard had given him tips on how to get into the side.Pulisic replied: “Not so much.“He said to keep working and I have to improve myself in training and try to get back in the line-up.”Despite hardly getting a kick, he did insist he was enjoying life in the capital.He said: “The city is great, I’ve enjoyed it. It has been good but it has been a change.“There are going to be challenges, I knew it was going to be tough coming here.“It is never going to be easy. I’ve got to grind out. I want to be back and be a part of the team and help the team win games.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mourinho lavishes praise on Liverpool star Van Dijk: Impossible to find one weaknessby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho lavished praise on Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk after the team’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United.Mourinho was a pundit for the game in England and offered his analysis on both teams.When asked about the qualities of Reds centre-back Van Dijk, Mourinho had many good things to say.Speaking on Sky Sports, Mourinho said: ‘It would be unfair to other fantastic central defenders. “In English football, yes for sure. “He has everything and its almost impossible to find [a] weakness in his game.”
Ohio State CFB Playoff Trophy BannerOne of the country’s top recruiting showcase camps, Nike’s “The Opening,” is currently being held at Ohio State. And you better believe the Buckeyes are going to attempt to take advantage of their opportunity to impress some of the nation’s top recruits. It’s raining in Columbus today, so the showcase has moved into OSU’s indoor facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Unsurprisingly, Ohio State now has a massive banner featuring the College Football Playoff trophy hanging from its wall. Wide receivers, DBs and QBs working indoors under the shadow of this… pic.twitter.com/EfUHluza12— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) May 31, 2015Ohio State definitely knows what it’s doing.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass during overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)To celebrate the return of college football season, Nissan has put together another batch of “Heisman House” commercials. There are seven new spots in total, and most of them feature the newest member of the club, former Oregon Ducks star Marcus Mariota. One, however, specifically pays homage to the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry.In the below clip, former Buckeyes Eddie George and Troy Smith do their best to center a picture of an Ohio buckeye tree. Former Wolverine star Charles Woodson one-ups them moments later. Check it out:You can check out the rest of the commercials on Nissan’s YouTube page. Most are fairly amusing.
Here we go again. A college athlete makes a crucial mistake in a football game and all of a sudden, he has to worry about his safety. Michigan punter Blake O’Neill is currently getting blasted on social media after botching a punt on the final play of his team’s game against Michigan State, which led to the Spartans’ game-winning touchdown.O’Neill is getting death threats and suicide suggestions. Ironically, fans were singing his praises after an 80-yard punt earlier in the day. @blakewoneill good job at blowing that game— Caden Sharpe (@crsharpe01) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill the entire state of Michigan hates you— Cakey (@jaaake_f1) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill What were you thinking dude. Might go down as the worst play in College Football History— Cameron Sanders (@TheRealCamSand) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill pic.twitter.com/scc6XRGTZr— seth (@AkinsZeth) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill why are u such shit— Jibraan (@itsJibby) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill whatever scholarship you’re on I hope you lose it, why couldn’t you just fall in it instead of trying to punt it Blake. Why.— Brendan (@BizarreFratstar) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill you had one job and … pic.twitter.com/c6sZVKsQWk— Chris Benoit (@Krispenwha) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill jump off of a cliff into a pool of spikes and cyanide— Cakey (@jaaake_f1) October 17, 2015#MSUvsMICH #PuntingProblems #Oneill #FinkleEinhorn #Fumble #ouch #CollegeGameday @blakewoneill @umichfootball pic.twitter.com/vEndDCKSFi— Josh Billingsley (@jbills83) October 17, 2015“Blake Oneill spotted being interviewed after the game” @blakewoneill pic.twitter.com/urv8huwuIN— TAE YoSoy (@itsTheAlmighty) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill quit the team— Anthony (2-3) (@anthonytavano18) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill you had one job hahahahahaha pic.twitter.com/badFNQ9Tsg— Oshay Sathe (@HeyManOshay) October 17, 2015S/O to @blakewoneill for losing the game for us pic.twitter.com/T51BQhJUyp— Shane Neal (@Shane13Neal) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill dipshit loser, you might as well cut your hands off— Cakey (@jaaake_f1) October 17, 2015Rare picture of @blakewoneill you had one job pic.twitter.com/TkKZjXAlj7— Josh DeVries (@trealjdbballer) October 17, 2015Most hated man in the world right now @blakewoneill— Jaylen Rutherford (@Jaylen_02) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill pic.twitter.com/w8zYW7llgs— Austin Wetherbee (@WetherbeeAustin) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill A BRICK COULD HAVE DONE BETTER THAN YOU— Tyler (@tgates_) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill I HATE YOU YOU HORRIBLE PERSON YOU COSTED US THE GAME WAY TO GO YOU AUSTRALIAN RUGBY PLAYER pic.twitter.com/uNTtWVsEkI— Brendan (@BizarreFratstar) October 17, 2015. @blakewoneill I hate you. I. Hate. You.— Sean Kenzel (@SeanKenzel) October 17, 2015@blakewoneill way to go, kid. pic.twitter.com/ioYXa587YR— Christian McComas (@christianMACC) October 17, 2015Sad to see. Let’s hope O’Neill keeps his spirits up through the insanity.
Xherdan Shaqiri considers the title-winning mentality at Liverpool to be comparable to that he experienced while landing Bundesliga crowns at Bayern Munich.The Switzerland international helped the German giants to secure domestic dominance on two occasions during a productive spell at the Allianz Arena.He is now hoping to enjoy similar success in England. 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? Having linked up with Liverpool in the summer of 2018, Shaqiri has helped Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table.Almost three decades have passed since the Reds last took the title, but they are considered to have the collective mindset required to get over the line.Shaqiri told the club’s official website: “I played in Germany and won titles there, so I have experience of it.“It has to be a winning mentality and the players need to be focused.“The mentality is similar [here]. You need to go into games trying to win them and to give everything to do that.“I am pretty sure with the talent we have in the team we can achieve a lot.”Now we need to keep going this hard until the end. To work hard in training, to take the training into the games and to keep going. There is a long way to go, but we are in a very, very good way to be successful.”Liverpool missed the chance to pull seven points clear of the chasing pack in their most recent outing as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester at Anfield.It has been suggested that a stalemate in the snow showed signs of nerves, but Shaqiri considers a point against the Foxes to be a positive result.He added: “I think it was a good point to take in the end, because although we always want to win every game, it was maybe not our best performance this year. So, in the end, it was a draw and we take the point.“Obviously being five points clear is better than four. We wanted to win the game, but every game is very tough to play. Leicester have a good team, were very well organised – you saw that in the game – and it was difficult against them.“So, we take the point and we go forward – we are looking to the next game now. Everything is good, so we will just keep going like this. We are looking forward to the next game on Monday, which is very important to win.“If we continue to stay focused at the highest level, I am confident we are going to [continue to] win games.”Liverpool’s next outing is set to see them travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 26: Florida Gators players get ready before the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida defensive back Teez Tabor is having a great time after his team’s win over LSU.Florida knocked off LSU on a goal-line stand on Saturday afternoon, which means they’ll win the SEC East for the second year in a row. Gators defensive back Teez Tabor is having a blast in the aftermath of the contest, as you’ll see below. Tabor, who also planted Florida’s flag into LSU’s end zone after the win, just posted video of himself and his teammates singing “Bitch I’m From Louisiana” in the locker room. Apparently it’s a song by Louisiana Ca$h.Check it out:We call it the BOOT‼️ pic.twitter.com/4WsSIoeRN5— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) November 19, 2016Tabor and the Gators have a lot more work to do this year, though. They get Florida State next week and Alabama in the SEC title game.
Bayern Munich’s attempts to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were the key reason behind the club’s decision to offer him a new contract worth £150,000-a-week, rising to £180k-a-week with performance-related add-ons.The Blues were under pressure to match the terms offered by the Bundesliga champions but have got the deal over the line to make the 18-year-old one of their highest-paid players.It had been widely understood that Hudson-Odoi would receive £100k-a-week basic, but sources close to the talks have told Goal that the figure is closer to £150k, with the amount still with the potential to rise to £180k. 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 England international will commit to a five-year contract and lawyers are currently going over the paperwork after all parties agreed to the numbers involved.Bayern, meanwhile, are now trying to sign Manchester City star Leroy Sane having publicly stated their interest in Hudson-Odoi on more than one occasion over the last few months.They offered the teenager a sizeable signing-on fee and the No.10 shirt after failing in their January approach which saw them bid as much as £35 million ($44m) for the youngster.Hudson-Odoi’s current deal has less than a year to run, leaving Chelsea fearing that they could lose the talented winger for a cut-price tribunal fee.The homegrown star handed in a transfer request in January and had his head turned by Bayern after growing disillusioned with a lack of first-team chances at Chelsea.Hudson-Odoi has made only 28 senior club appearances in his career to date, while he has two England caps after being brought into the international fold by Gareth Southgate.N’Golo Kante remains Chelsea’s top-earning player by some distance on £290,000-a-week but Hudson-Odoi’s deal puts him amongst the second tier of player salaries at Stamford Bridge.That includes the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, with the £180k figure suggesting that the 18-year-old will be heavily involved in Frank Lampard’s first-team plans.Indeed, Lampard has already stated his desire to keep Hudson-Odoi and he will be boosted by the news that he is willing to stayEden Hazard left Stamford Bridge earlier this summer in an £88m ($119m) move to Real Madrid and while Hudson-Odoi wants the Belgian’s No.10 shirt, Willian seems likely to get the number.However, there is some confusion as Lampard has denied a decision has been made over the situation of assigning Hazard’s old squad number.Hudson-Odoi joins Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount in renewing their contracts this summer as Chelsea focus on keeping their young stars amid their two-window transfer ban.The winger, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on April 23, has returned from his summer holiday and is aiming to be back in first-team action around mid-September.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama football is no stranger to great seasons. Nick Saban is an amazing 127-20 in his time with the Crimson Tide. Even with that consistent excellence, Alabama has only run the table once during his time as head coach.In 2009, Alabama went a perfect 14-0. That year, the Tide pounded Florida in the SEC Championship. In the BCS Title Game, it beat Texas 37-21 at the Rose Bowl.Alabama has gone on to collect four more national championships under Saban. However, the perfect season has alluded the program since.One gambling expert thinks this season will be a great opportunity for Alabama to go wire-to-wire. In fact, he thinks the Crimson Tide will be heavily favored to be unscathed through the regular season. VegasInsider.com‘s Brian Edwards told SEC Country that Alabama football will go 12-0.Alabama has taken some gruff for a weak schedule in recent years, at least by SEC standards. It is aided by the annual game with Tennessee, which has struggled to get out of its own way for years.This year, Tennessee is joined by Missouri, a solid team with a fun offense, but probably not a challenge for ‘Bama. In fact, Edwards projects that the only game Alabama will be less than a double-digit favorite in is at LSU.He has at Alabama -8.5 at this point at the Tigers, and -10.5 vs. Auburn at home. That is the second closest projection.“The only potential hiccup games are at LSU and Auburn,” Edwards said. “I think it’s a two-game season. Now, stuff happens. Maybe they get some injuries or suspensions and that changes things, but I really think it’s a two-game season for ‘Bama.”Two years ago, Alabama was 14-0 entering the College Football Playoff title game against Clemson, and fell to Deshaun Watson and the Tigers. When things ramp up in the post-season, Alabama will probably face some real challenges. As of now, Alabama is -220 to make the College Football Playoff, indicating that oddsmakers are in agreement that there is a very good chance that no one is touching the Tide through the regular season.[SEC Country]
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)It’s important for college football stadiums to be extra careful with their security measures these days, but one major program is facing criticism for what they took away from a female reporter today.Taylor Estes, a college football reporter for 247Sports, revealed on Twitter that security at today’s Texas game took away her pepper spray.Reporters often stay at the stadium for hours after kickoff, meaning they’re forced to walk to their cars without too many other people around. This can often provide for some sketchy situations. Estes says she carries pepper spray with her for security reasons.“Really cool that security at Texas took away my pepper spray before going to the press box when I often walk to my car alone, sometimes after midnight, after games. I asked if they will provide security escorts & was told “Nope” Great way to look out for media’s safety,” she wrote.Really cool that security at Texas took away my pepper spray before going to the press box when I often walk to my car alone, sometimes after midnight, after games. I asked if they will provide security escorts & was told “Nope” Great way to look out for media’s safety??— Taylor Estes (@Taylor_Estes_) October 13, 2018Hopefully this is a situation that can be remedied before the game ends.Texas and Baylor are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Parris Campbell #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate a touchdown during the first half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)After five years in Columbus, Ohio State star Parris Campbell has exhausted his college eligibility, and is off to the NFL.Campbell finished his career on a pretty high note.Obviously, the Buckeyes won the Rose Bowl, knocking off 28-23 in what is expected to be Urban Meyer’s final game.Campbell was very productive against a tough UW secondary, catching 11 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.Ohio State fans will probably remind him best for the incredible game he had in earning his final pair of gold pants.Against Michigan, Campbell was unstoppable, catching 6 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.With his Ohio State football career done, Parris Campbell released a letter thanking Buckeye fans for their support.From Twitter:Leaving, knowing I gave it all I could! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/PTLNi7yN3z— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) January 7, 2019Campbell’s full letter:“Dear Buckeye Nation I would like to thank you for a wonderful 5 years. You guys have supported myself and the entire team through all the ups and downs. Every time I ran out in the shoe I would look up and just be amazed at the fact that at every home game there was 110,000 cheering loud and strong.It was a dream since I was a young kid to be able to become a Buckeye student and football player and to have reached and lived my dream is such a blessing. I couldn’t be more thankful, after a long 5 years I can humbly say that I gave it everything that I had!To my teammates and coaches and all other staff you guys are what made my experience special. The memories and relationships we have created will be truly remembered and greatly missed.I would just like to say to everyone that is a part of the Buckeye Family, Thank you! Thank you for allowing me to be apart and allowing me to leave my mark!I love you all!! Go Bucks”Campbell finished his senior season with 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns.
From his report:After Hugh Freeze and Rich Rodriguez were recently awarded second chances in their coaching careers, Southern Miss may be on the verge of giving Art Briles his.The former Baylor football head coach is on the Hattiesburg campus to interview for USM’s vacant offensive coordinator position, a source has confirmed to the Sun Herald.Briles was fired by Baylor in May of 2016 after the university commissioned a third-party law firm to investigate the school’s handling of misconduct within the athletic department, including allegations of violence against women. The investigation found that Baylor football coaches failed to report complaints against players.Briles’ hiring would be an extremely controversial one, though there is little doubting of his ability to coach a good offense.Stay tuned. WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on as the Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Former Baylor football head coach Art Briles is reportedly interviewing for a new college football job.Briles, 63, was fired by Baylor in 2016 and has been out of college football ever since. His firing came as a result of the Bears’ sexual assault scandal within the program.Patrick Magee of the Sun Herald is now reporting that Briles will be interviewing at Southern Miss for an offensive coordinator job.BREAKING: Southern Miss football set to interview former Baylor head coach Art Briles https://t.co/a4kc5NZMDz pic.twitter.com/2QrzsOuNDa— Patrick Magee (@Patrick_Magee) February 4, 2019