10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna director Marco Di Vaio admits they’re hiring a psychologist to work with the players.The Rossoblu sit third from bottom with just 12 points, though earned a credible draw with AC Milan in midweek.“Bologna are thinking about bringing in a figure who can help work with the players on their minds and mentality,” Di Vaio told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.“He’d be a psychologist more than a mental coach. The last few weeks have been full of pressure and tension. “It’s not always easy to challenge oneself.” last_img

a month agoEx-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting ban

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star Sturridge could face another betting banby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is in even more trouble regarding betting offences.The Englishman, who is now in Turkey with Trabzonspor, could be facing another ban.Per The Sun, the Football Association is appealing the decision that saw Sturridge get a fine and a six-week ban for breaching betting rules.If The FA are successful, it is possible that Sturridge will get an even lengthier ban.The Association believes that Sturridge should be made an example to ensure that players do not even think about placing bets related to games or transfers that involve themselves.Sturridge told his brother Leon to bet on him signing for Sevilla in the January 2018 transfer window. last_img read more

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Man Utd keeper loaned out

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has joined Belgian club KV Kortrijk on loan until the end of the season.The 22-year-old made nine league appearances during a loan spell at Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal during the fist half of the season, and would have been United’s fourth-choice keeper behind David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant had he stayed at Old Trafford. Pereira, who was born in Switzerland but has played for Portugal at Under-21 level, has previously had temporary spells at Rochdale and Belenenses of the Portuguese top flight as well after graduating from the Reds’ youth team.  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? He was much admired by former Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho, who had commented Pereira could become “the Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation”. The stopper joins midfielder Matty Willock in making a loan move away from Old Trafford on deadline day.Willock joined Crawley Town for the remainder of the season earlier today, having also spent the first half of the campaign away from the club. During a temporary stint with St Mirren the 22-year-old made 13 appearances north of the border, but now links up with Crawley who sit 16th in League 2.However, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has apparently turned down a number of loan offers after only playing 34 minutes of football since Claudio Ranieri replaced Slavisi Jokanovic at Fulham.Huddersfield Town are reported to be one of the clubs who contacted Fosu-Mensah over a potential switch, but the defender is now expected to stay at Craven Cottage.Marouane Fellaini also is expected to secure a move out of Manchester though, having been spotted at an airport in Brussels.United have agreed a £10 million deal with Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng, and the Belgium international is set to sign a three-year deal after falling out of favour under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But the Reds did tie down Anthony Martial to a five-year contract on Wednesday after the Frenchman has put in a number of impressive performances in recent weeks. Spain goalkeeper De Gea is apparently also close to committing his future to United and could sign a long-term deal soon.last_img read more

Ohio State’s New Hire Has A Special Relationship With Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's benchLINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leaves the field after the win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Ohio State has a new defensive coach.Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes announced today an addition to their defensive staff – longtime NFL assistant Bill Davis.Davis’ specific role on Ohio State’s staff will be determined following the 2016 season, but you have to think he will, in part, help replace the void left by Luke Fickell, who’s leaving for Cincinnati. He spent this past season as an “analyst” for the Buckeyes.Meyer has a special relationship with Davis, as they met while playing football at Cincinnati. He was actually the best man in Urban and Shelley Meyer’s wedding.Fun fact: Davis was the best man in Urban Meyer’s wedding. We’ll need some photos, @spinnershells. pic.twitter.com/LDJSX7iNHI— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 21, 2016You can bet Urban and Bill will work well together next year.Ohio State is currently preparing for its College Football Playoff semifinal contest against Clemson. The Buckeyes and the Tigers are set to kick off at 7 p.m. E.T. on New Year’s Eve. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

Canada fighting for respect with Gold Cup run

first_imgJohn Herdman couldn’t help but smile. It was seemed to be a moment, in a way, he’d been waiting for. Not the moment, but a moment, one where it appeared what he was trying to build with Canada was starting to take shape.It didn’t happen in a match or even on a field, but in a press conference room in the bowels of Bank of America Stadium as Canada prepared for the country’s third and final group stage match of the Gold Cup. They’d just lost a tight 3-1 battle to Mexico days prior.”We lost, but we learned,” Herdman said, a familiar trope. 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? But it was what defender Doneil Henry said that resonated just as much, if not more, than the performances thus far this Gold Cup. It felt like it mattered just as much as the 7-0 shellacking of Cuba that soon followed or the 4-0 smashing of Martinique that preceded it. “We end this path with respect, especially in Concacaf, changing the face of football in our country forever,” Henry sat up and stated with conviction. “My journey with the national team started at 18-19 years old when I got called into my first camp. The sense of professionalism maybe, the pressure to win [wasn’t there]. Now we have players playing at their clubs, top-level football, young signings who are exciting around the world.”We want to really take this seriously and put our country on the map for men’s football. I know what it’s like to play in Europe, and they look at a Canadian player as less than a footballer. My job is to help our country and leave this jersey in a better place when I’m done with the national team, knowing I was a part of changing the culture here.”One of the first conversations I had with John was about what the culture was like before, and I couldn’t tell him because we didn’t have a real mentality or anything that you would want to know about Canadian football. Right now, we know what we have here in this country and this is a great time and a great place to start showcasing what we can bring to international football.”Moments later, Herdman responded: “I think that’s what I envisioned, that someone could speak that passionately and clearly about why they wear that jersey. I’m not sure I’ve heard that before.”Canada Gold Cup 2019For the past several years, there wasn’t much reason to take pride in the performances of Canada’s men’s national team. They’ve been to the World Cup just once, in 1986. Since winning the Gold Cup in 2000, they’ve made it out of the group stage just four times in nine chances. Herdman’s predecessor, Octavio Zambrano, lasted less than one year on the job, leaving behind a program scrambling for some kind, any kind, of identity.Enter Herdman, who took the job in January 2018. He’d moved on to the men’s team after a seven-year stint with Canada’s women’s squad, widely regarded as one of the top programs in the world. He was given total control, from the senior men’s team and all national youth sides from the under-14 level.From the offset, his goal has been to build a culture, and that building process has coincided with rise of some of the top young stars in the country’s history. There’s Alphonso Davies, who made the move to Bayern Munich last year. There’s Jonathan David, who joined Lucas Cavallini in netting hat-tricks against Cuba. There are MLS stars like Mark-Anthony Kaye and Jonathan Osorio and European-based attackers like Junior Hoilett and Cyle Larin.The players are there, and they have talent, but the idea of hosting World Cup 2026 hangs over everyone’s head. All that’s needed is a plan, and Herdman believes moments like Henry’s statement and the ongoing Gold Cup run are pieces of a big puzzle that ends with one thing: respectability.”This isn’t just a day-by-day or tournament-by-tournament. We’re looking at 2026,” he said. “My federation made a commitment which was an eight-year contract. That’s the reality. When I signed for the project, you know as a coach that it’s fickle, and if I’m not the right man, then I’m not the right man, but I’m working my ass off and my staff are connecting this country.”We’ve been in every MLS club, every province, I’ve worked with every U15 player in the country. We’re doing things a little bit differently where we’re connecting our country in a way so that if I eject out tomorrow, I’ll know I’ve done something a little bit different and left it a little better than I found it.”Canada Gold CupThat path continues on with the Gold Cup. Canada’s victory over Cuba sends the team to the knockout stages, where they’ll face either Costa Rica or Haiti in the quarterfinal round. It’s a match that presents a benchmark for Canada. It also presents a chance to earn another look at Mexico, and Henry says Canada will “make it right” if they get another crack at El Tri.Knockout round success is the next step. If Canada ever hopes to catch up to the likes of the USA, Mexico or Costa Rica, or even teams like Panama and Jamaica, they’ll have to prove it in these types of situations. This is how you prepare for World Cup qualifying and this is how you earn respect on the international stage.Is the 2019 Gold Cup too soon for Canada? Maybe. Is there more work to be done before Canada can truly count themselves as a legitimate threat in Concacaf? Almost certainly. But Herdman says there is a level of belief in this program that better days are ahead, and they may not be as far away as many think.”I wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning if I didn’t believe that was possible. We just take it every game at a time. We work back from the final, and we’ve done our planning to see the USA in Chicago. That’s what a coach has to do. I have to look that far ahead and work back from that moment. It’s just a game at a time now.”He added: “If we are ever going to catch up or overtake Mexico or the USA, it’s got to mean more to us than them when we get into those big moments. A lot of people are clear on the meaning, and that really does galvanize the group. There have been some tough moments where we haven’t been able to cross that cavern, we just haven’t been able to cross that in the past. That’s clear, and we’ve got the talent, so there are no excuses any more.”last_img read more

Video: Tempers Are Flaring At Michigan-Wisconsin Already

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Week 7 of the 2018 college football season has been a crazy one, with several teams going down in major upsets.We now have No. 12 Michigan hosting No. 15 Wisconsin at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. to cap the day. It should be a good one.The Wolverines are leading early, up 7-0. Tempers are already flaring.Check out what happened at the end of this touchdown run by Michigan:Karan Higdon had a little something extra for Andrew Van Ginkel after getting the TD pic.twitter.com/xtDzFEQZQP— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) October 14, 2018That’s a bully move.Michigan and Wisconsin are playing on ABC.last_img read more

Nebraska Has A Massive Recruiting Weekend Coming Up

first_img Here is every player expected to make the trip to visit Nebraska football this weekend.This list is subject to change, of course, as other players could make last minute trips. Here’s who we know is expected for the event, as of today.Via the Lincoln Journal Star:QB Peter Costelli – Three-Star – Mission Viejo, CA – Unofficial VisitRB Sevion Morrison – Three-Star – Tulsa, OK – Official VisitWR Ajou Ajou – Three-Star – Brooks, AB (Canada) – Official VisitWR Zavier Betts – Four-Star – Bellevue, NE – Unofficial Visit – NEBRASKA COMMITWR Omar Manning – Three-Star (JuCo) – Lancaster, TX – Official VisitOT Alex Conn – Three-Star – Derby, KS – Unofficial VisitOT Turner Corcoran – Four-Star – Lawrence, KS – Unofficial Visit – NEBRASKA COMMITOLB Choe Bryant-Strother – Three-Star – Norcross, GA – Official VisitOLB Malik Reed – Three-Star – Chandler, AZ – Official VisitDB Tamon Lynum – Three-Star – Orlando, FL – Official VisitNEBRASKA OFFICIAL VISIT JUNE 21st – 23rd #GBR 🌽🔴 pic.twitter.com/MKgeVUSvcx— Chóe Bryant-Strother ²² (@ChoeBryant) June 11, 2019That isn’t the only recruiting action for the school this week either. Linebacker Devyn Curtis, a three-star player from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee, is on campus today.Don’t be surprised to see some serious movement around the Huskers program over the next few days.[Lincoln Journal Star] Shot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flag.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: The Nebraska Cornhuskers flag after a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska is set to host its “Big Red BBQ” this weekend, which will bring a number of commits, as well as Husker recruits, to campus. It is a big opportunity for Scott Frost to add to his recruiting efforts over the next few years.Six players are set for official visits, according to multiple reports. In addition, Nebraska will have some existing commits coming to town, which can’t hurt in its recruiting efforts, as well as some recruits on unofficial.The Huskers currently have three players committed in 2020. The class ranks No. 73 in the country, but it is very early.Nebraska is coming off of a cycle in which it inked the No. 18 class in the country, so I wouldn’t worry much about the rankings yet. This weekend could go a long way towards bolstering the class.last_img read more