About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspirationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Paqueta is delighted with his move to AC Milan.The former Flamengo midfielder formally completed his move last week.”Kaka was one of my idols and my dream is to do as well at Milan as Kaka did, even if it’s probably not right to make comparisons. I’d simply like to do my job as well as I possibly can.”Paquetà will wear the Number 39 jersey and begin training with Milan ahead of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus on January 16.He will be unveiled by Milan on Tuesday.
Tottenham boss Pochettino: Toughest time in five years hereby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino concedes they’re in crisis after their defeat at Brighton.Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.Pochettino said: “Hugo Lloris’ injury had massive impact on the game. It was so early in the game. To concede so early and losing our captain it had an emotional impact on the team. We tried to find solutions, a different way to play but it was impossible. It’s a very difficult moment.”I want to say thank you to the fans, it was a big effort to the fans and we put out that performance. We were at the top together but now we need to get more. It is not easy.”On how to improve, he added: “After five and a half years this is the first tough time we are having. There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.”I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate the situation but we need to work. There is always the possibility to make us stronger.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirementby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has retired from international duty with Scotland.Steve Clarke’s side are not going to qualify for Euro 2020 through the conventional route, but are set to play in a Nations League semi-final play-off in March, which could have given Snodgrass the chance to create a legacy for his country.Despite that, the West Ham man has hung up his Scotland boots at the age of 32, taking to Instagram to confirm that he would be stopping at 28 caps. He said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream.”It’s now the right time for me to step aside, though, and retire from international duty and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd veteran Matic facing Inter Milan dilemmaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Nemanja Matic is wanted by Inter Milan ahead of the January market.The Serbian midfielder has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and has been an unused sub five times already.He is ready to quit Old Trafford but would like to stay until the end of the campaign to finish off the remainder of his contract, says The Sun.Inter chief Antonio Conte is desperate to add another midfielder to his squad after an impressive start to his reign.He has made the ex-Chelsea ace, who is seen as a cheaper option than others around Europe, his top transfer target.It is understood talks have already begun between Matic’s representatives and Inter over the possibility of a deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Frankie Amaya took a deep breath as the seconds ticked away before the first selection of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. He knew there was a good chance he could be the first player chosen, but he wasn’t taking anything for granted. He watched the countdown, nerves building up, and just when he thought the agony would be stopped by the sound of his name being announced, FC Cincinnati called a timeout.”It was the longest four minutes of my life,” Amaya told Goal as he recalled the roller coaster of emotions that peaked with him eventually being taken as the first player in Friday’s draft in Chicago.Amaya has enjoyed a rapid rise in recent months. He has quickly gone from a respected, but not highly recruited youth player, to U.S. Under-20 national team player, to professional. Along the way he started in a Concacaf final, and now he can call himself a top draft pick. Not bad for a player few outside of Southern California had heard of just six months ago, a player who wore the same suit on draft day that he wore to his high school prom just eight months ago. 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? In the fall, Amaya was a freshman at UCLA, and he began his college career with an injury. He eventually recovered well enough to earn a call-up for the Concacaf U-20 championship in November, but he was still catching up to the rest of the group, which included several pro players.Amaya didn’t start in the group stage of the tournament, but eventually he won over U.S. coach Tab Ramos with his skill and tenacity. The teenager earned a starting role in the knockout rounds, and put in an outstanding performance in the USA’s 2-0 victory against Mexico in the final.”[Amaya] has excellent control of the ball under any circumstance,” Ramos told Goal. “And then he has a good change of pace to get away from a defender and then can make the good pass with good timing. He makes a really good effort defensively too, and he doesn’t get enough credit for that. I think he has all the qualities to be a great player.”Amaya admits that the experience of beating Mexico in the Concacaf U-20 final helped instill a new level of confidence in him, one he feels will help him make the transition to the pro level.“That game meant the world to me honestly because I wasn’t really the best player on that team,” Amaya said. “I worked really hard during the camp to earn my spot and I just want to thank Tab for giving me the chance to showcase my skills on a team with mostly pros.”A final you always have to play your best game,” Amaya said of his showing against Mexico. “My family is Mexican-American so it gave me a little more motivation. They were all wearing U.S. shirts back home and I didn’t want to let them down. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up. I didn’t want to go home a loser.”Not only did Amaya go home from that tournament a champion, he also thrust his name squarely into the conversation for a Generation Adidas contract, and MLS came calling soon after. During that time, FC Cincinnati had already begun to scout him as a potential draft target.”He’s a fighter. He’s not the biggest guy on he field, but he has that fighting spirit and you can tell he has a desire to get better,” FC Cincinnati technical director Luke Sassano told Goal. “He has that commitment mentally and he’s getting better and better.””A lot of people think that I can’t play defense but I’m just a work machine,” Amaya said. “People are more talented than me, but I don’t think anyone on the field is going to work harder than me, offensively and defensively. I like to get in tackles and stuff like that even though I’m a small player. I like to challenge every ball.”Now Amaya will face the challenge of fighting for playing time in the professional ranks. FC Cincinnati knows it must take its time with him, but Ramos believes Amaya is already good enough to see playing time in the pros.”Sometimes we invest in some South American players that come who are young but take a little while,’ Ramos said. “(Ezequiel) Barco is an example. Those guys cost a lot of money and I think we have guys like Frankie that I think, for me, are every bit as good. They just need an opportunity.”Ramos gave Amaya that opportunity in November and Amaya made the most of it. Now, Amaya is eager to get his pro career going. He believes he has the ability to succeed, even if he admits his rapid rise in recent months is more than he could ever have expected.”I’m not going to lie, I didn’t see this coming,” Amaya said. “I worked hard my whole life. I knew something would happen, but I didn’t know all this would happen so fast.”It’s all hard work, and now I just want to start playing. Being a pro is something I’ve always dreamed about and I’m ready to give it my all.”
Cardiff City must abide by the January 31 transfer deadline as they attempt to bolster a “pretty sombre” dressing room.The Welsh club are still coming to terms with the disappearance of the plane carrying Argentine striker Emiliano Sala on Monday.AdChoices广告Sala, who became Cardiff’s record signing last week after agreeing to join from Ligue 1 side Nantes, was confirmed by French authorities as one of two people aboard a Piper Malibu that vanished en route to the Welsh capital. 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? The search for the aircraft carried into a third day on Thursday but hopes of a positive outcome continue to recede.Football matters have, understandably, been a secondary consideration but Cardiff CEO Ken Choo admitted the club are trying to bring in new players before the window closes in a week’s time.He told talkSPORT: “From the club’s perspective we are managing this situation but we have another department that has to continue with looking at transfers.”I am multi-tasking three or four jobs at once, it’s really difficult physically and mentally to cope in a situation like this when we have to segregate our minds to look for Emiliano, to help the family – and the club is trying its best to provide the most care for the family and give them the information that is factual.”We are trying to co-ordinate with the authorities and yet we are still running a business which continues, we still have to meet the [transfer] deadline.”We have spoken with the Premier League on how tough it is for us to cope given there are eight days to go and we have been watching Emiliano Sala for months and we got it over the line finally.”We have eight days to go and we don’t really know how to cope in this scenario, we have to meet the deadline, the bottom line from the Premier League is that you have to meet the deadline like everyone else.”24th January7.50am update.We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.Further information released when available— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019 Cardiff are 18th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of Newcastle United.Choo added: “I went to see the first team yesterday to ensure the manager is fine, the coaching team is fine, the back-office staff are fine and the players are fine.”I spoke to the captain [Sean Morrison] and some of the leaders, the rest of the players. They are trying to cope with the situation, the dressing room is pretty sombre, they are all pretty shocked.”As chief executive I have to pull them together and try to get through this and we have a game to play next week [at Arsenal on Tuesday].”Everyone knows it’s difficult, the players are aware of all the facts but we have to pull up our socks and get on with it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Romelu Lukaku has arrived in Milan to undergo a medical with Inter as he prepares to finally complete his move away from Manchester United.Goal reported earlier on Wednesday that talks between the two sides were ongoing as they sought to reach a deal that would see Lukaku finally link up with Nerazzurri head coach Antonio ConteThe latest comes amid suggestions that the Belgian’s relationship with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken down, with the Norwegian having apparently informed the forward that he would be expected to train with the Under-23s until there was some resolution regarding his future. 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? Conte has tried to sign Lukaku on more than one occasion in the past, having failed to land the ex-Everton man while in charge of Juventus and Chelsea, but it seems he will now finally get his man.Federico Pastorello, the Belgian’s agent, initially posted an image on Instagram of he and the striker on a plane heading for Italy to complete the transfer to Inter.The caption of the post reads: “Ready to take off …. direction Milan 🇮🇹 !!! Inter … we are coming.” And the pair have now arrived in Milan, with Lukaku being greeted by hundreds of Inter fans chanting as name as the Nerazzurri appear all set to beat rivals Juventus to his signature.Inter will pay a fee that will total €80 million (£74m/$90m) for Lukaku, with United also receiving a set percentage of the striker’s next transfer fee as part of the deal.Reports suggest that his former club Everton could receive as much as £5m due to a sell-on clause of their own in the deal which saw Lukaku arrive at United in 2017 for a £75m ($91m) transfer fee.The Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday, but Solskjaer is in no rush to sign a replacement for the 26-year-old and, as such, the club are under no pressure to rush a deal through. After a summer of speculation, that saw Juve enter the race and seek a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala, Inter finally appear to be putting the finishing touches on the deal for Lukaku.That would leave the Italian club with over a fortnight to integrate their new front man into their squad ahead of their opening Serie A fixture against Lecce on August 26.
Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is full of hope that Tammy Abraham will be given the chance to shine as the club’s new No. 9.The 21-year-old looks set to get his chance this season and he has already netted under new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season against Barcelona.With Chelsea unable to bring in a new striker this summer due to their transfer ban, Abraham has been handed the No. 9 shirt, which has often been a burden for previous Blues frontmen in the Premier League era. 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? Andriy Shevchenko, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao are just some of the high-profile names to have worn the No.9 but they all failed to live up to expectations.Sutton joined Chelsea in a £10 million deal in 1999, but lasted just one season as the Blues’ No. 9 at Stamford Bridge before being sold to Celtic.However, Sutton thinks that Abraham will be given more leeway due to his age and having come through the academy as he battles Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi for a starting spot in Lampard’s team.”If you talk about Abraham and the No. 9 jersey and myself and the No. 9, I had the additional issue of going for big money,” said Sutton, who is a columnist for the Daily Mail’s The Verdict pullout. “The same happened for Fernando Torres, Shevchenko, Morata and others.”When you have a big fee, you are expected to have a goal return. Abraham doesn’t have that. That’s evident. He has been nurtured and developed. There will still be an expectation on him to perform, but the fact that Chelsea hasn’t laid on big money for him might help.“It only takes you so far. Chelsea have aspirations but maybe just not as big as in previous seasons due to circumstances. When you are competing with Giroud and Batshuayi, that is a healthy competition. If I am honest, I think that most people want to see Abraham develop.”As a young player at Chelsea, you will be looking at it and saying we are going to get an opportunity. It didn’t happen under previous managers so maybe this is a turning point or it seems to be a turning point.”Giroud is in his 30s. For Batshuayi, he did enough last time for Chelsea fans to have faith in him, but I think Abraham is the favoured one. Batshuayi with something to offer, too.”The likes of Aguero at Manchester City is someone you would take over any of the Chelsea strikers, of course. Abraham has been shown faith in terms of being thrown the No. 9 shirt, which has burdened a lot of players, myself included and other Chelsea No. 9s. Frank rates him highly and he is going to get this opportunity.”Chelsea finished 26 points behind champions Manchester City last season and it is a tall order for new manager Lampard to claw back the gap in a single season as the club operate under a transfer embargo.Sutton thinks that his former club are set for a battle for fourth place once again and he hopes that fans can be patient as the club go through yet another transitional period after also losing star man Eden Hazard.”Do I think they can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool? Absolutely not. I think there is a rung of four clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United who I think will be fighting it out for the other two places in the top four again.“They are not going to compete for the title if we are honest, but Conte won it from 10th, which is amazing stuff. Hazard did carry Chelsea last season, whether we like it or not. Third place and Europa League, people will say Sarri did well, but things weren’t right there.”There were always murmurings behind the scenes. There were questions whether the players liked the manager. There was the Kepa Arrizabalaga incident. It never seemed like the manager was going to be there long term.”It seemed to be one of the worst-kept secrets ever when he left. Now, because of this situation and the transfer embargo, Chelsea have to go again. I think that there will be patience for Frank. He has taken Jody Morris with him.”Chelsea fans will probably accept that they aren’t going to compete for a top-two place this season. That still doesn’t mean that they can’t perform strongly and fight for a place in the top four.”I think it is a season for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era where I don’t look at Chelsea as a team who can seriously challenge for a title.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave at Ohio State, but several Buckeyes fans showed up to the north end of Ohio Stadium this evening to show support for their national title-winning head coach.An “Urban Meyer rally” was planned a couple of days ago by an Ohio State fan who goes by “Tennessee Jeff.” Details for the rally have gone viral on social media and dozens of Buckeyes fans showed up tonight.Photos of the rally are going viral on social media.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit tweeted a message for the Ohio State fans that are there.“Ummmm…..excuse me, woman to the right in the shades..Brett McMurphy, who broke the story, doesn’t work for ESPN,” he tweeted.Ohhh boyyy. Ummmm…..excuse me, woman to the right in the shades..Brett McMurphy, who broke the story, doesn’t work for ESPN. https://t.co/9XLGwcGo4K— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 6, 2018There aren’t that many Ohio State fans in attendance, but there is a notable one: the father of former star running back Ezekiel Elliott.Stacy Elliott had tweeted at the event’s organizer, saying he wanted to show up.@TennesseeJeff1 let me know when is the rally? I want to be there!!! #GoBucks— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 4, 2018Elliott previously said that they stand with Meyer.Nothing has changed We stand with @OSUCoachMeyer #GoBucks !! pic.twitter.com/6sbyVnp631— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 3, 2018So, he showed up tonight:Ezekiel Elliott’s father, Stacy, among the attendees at today’s rally to support Urban Meyer outside Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/c6zRqbCNIc— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, said on Sunday night that the investigation into Urban Meyer should be completed within two weeks. He went on paid administrative leave last Wednesday night.
PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shakes hands with head coach David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinal after they game at Stanford Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’ve hit the half in South Bend. As expected, Notre Dame and Stanford are locked in a tight battle.The 8th-ranked Fighting Irish lead the 7th-ranked Cardinal 21-14 at intermission. Notre Dame scored late in the second quarter to take the lead.Making his second-straight start for ND, Ian Book looks sharp, throwing for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing. He found Nic Weishar and Chase Claypool for scores.Meanwhile, running back Dexter Williams is making his first appearance of the year after serving a four-game suspension. He’s carried nine times for 99 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown.For Stanford, stars Bryce Love and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are doing what they do best. Both have scored touchdowns for the Cardinal.Who will win this game? ESPN’s Probability Index is heavily for Notre Dame.The second half of Notre Dame-Stanford is coming up. You can watch on NBC.A win for the Fighting Irish would almost certainly vault them up a spot or two in the polls.