Day One at the 2004 Australia Cup was…very testing. An early start compounded by lightning, thunder, hail and driving rain and what I believe were gale-force winds was…interesting. While I normally enjoy a day of good solid winter weather with a bit of storm action, today was not really the ideal day for it. With the wind sending people running to stop team tents from blowing away and the photographer cringing when his camera crashed to the ground, the players took the fields for the first day of matches. A visit from ASDA (Australian Sports Drug Agency) to do some random testing, was a timely reminder for all players about the importance of returning the required ASDA forms and following the ASDA guidelines and requirements that apply to all players. While the weather cleared a little over lunchtime, the afternoon was twice as bad. Our afternoon stroll to the shops for some lunch turned more into a fight for survival against wind and rain threatening to send us flying across the fields and into the ocean. (okay, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic, but credit needs to be given to the players, coaches, selectors and referees braving the conditions.) Markers, jackets, tents, flags and hats were flying left, right and centre, but the competition went on (minus tournament director Jon Pratt who was last seen past the trees, down the creek, looking for those missing field markers.) Last year’s Men’s Champions, the ACT, fought out a tough 6-6 draw with Tasmania, signaling a tight tournament for the Men. They finished strongly with a 6-3 win over SA and an easy win over the Victorian 30’s. Tasmania also finished well after the first day, a 6-5 win The Victorian 23’s laid down the challenge to their Open Men before going down 6-3 in a good match. The SA Men started the tournament well with a 13-2 win over NSW Country and a 10-4 win over the Victorian 23’s. While the Senior teams will play all teams in the round matches, they will have their own finals series and it already looks as though it will be tightly fought between the Victoria, NSW Country and Elwood Park senior sides. In the Women’s division it was last year’s Champions, Victoria, who had a strong round one win, 10-0 over the Elwood Park Seniors (EPTA Seniors). They continued to establish themselves with another 9-2 win over the ACT. The NSW Women look like they will challenge the Victorian Women after a 7-4 win over SA. A bye on the first day meant not a lot was seen of the NSW Country Women. The NSW Country 23’s will no doubt be very tough to beat with their side including several past and present Australia representatives. They started the tournament with two easy wins 11-2 over Vic 23’s and 12-0 over the EPTA Seniors. Tomorrow certainly promises another day of great competition. The SportingPulse draw, results and statistics can be found using the following link: AUSTRALIA CUP DRAW AND RESULTS 2004 All Australia Cup stories can also be found on the ATA Australia Cup homepage. AUSTRALIA CUP HOMEPAGE 2004 By Rachel Moyle, email@example.com
@Eden_RichardsThe Men’s Elite Eight has been blown wide open with three teams sitting equal at the top of the competition standings after two days of competition at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour. The Queensland Cowboys remain top of the standings on for and against, but the Queensland Titans and the New South Wales Mets are breathing down their necks after going unbeaten on day two. Many thought the Cowboys might go through the tournament unbeaten in their quest to win back-to-back titles, but they suffered a shock defeat early on day two. In the process the Titans reminded everyone that they are the real deal, pulling off a one-touchdown win against the competition favourites in the entertaining Round 4 clash. That 9-8 win has helped the Titans finish the day in 2nd position, just above the New South Wales Mets.These two sides will play each other early on day three, with the winner likely to secure a top-two finish and bragging rights heading into the finals series. The loser will put themselves at risk of missing the finals, with the 4th-placed New South Wales Mavericks and the 5th-placed New South Wales Scorpions both believing they are worthy of a finals appearance. The Mavericks and the Scorpions both sit on 10 competition points but they had mixed days in the Coffs Harbour heat. It was a day of positives for the Mavericks, with the team securing an important win late in the day against the Queensland Broncos, with that win sky-rocketing them into the top four. On the other hand, the Scorpions will be kicking themselves after failing to secure a win on day two. All their hard work on day has now come undone and they can forget about a top-two finish. The Scorpions day two was much like that of the teams below them, with the 6th-placed Broncos and the 7th-placed Alliance both having shockers. In a day of huge importance, the Broncos and the Alliance could only achieve a draw and a loss in their Round 4 and 5 matches. It leaves both sides six points out of the top four and each will need a miracle if they are to make the finals.But things could be worse and this is proven by the struggling New South Wales Rebels. The Rebels are having no luck in this year’s competition, remaining winless at the bottom of the table after five matches. On a more personal note, Cowboy Shaun Francis leads the tournament in touchdowns scored, tallying up 12 to his name. He will look to add to this number tomorrow when the Cowboys kick off the day against the Mavericks at 10:40AM. Related LinksElite 8 Men Day 2
McAteer: Firmino more important to Liverpool than Salahby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jason McAteer believes the club would suffer more if they lost Roberto Firmino to injury, compared to Mohamed Salah.The latter suffered a niggle against Leicester City, with fans concerned that he would miss game time after the international break.But McAteer believes if they do have to miss an attacker through injury, Firmino would be the more impactful loss.McAteer told The Racing Post: “People have questioned Liverpool’s strength in depth and I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Manchester City’s, but there is cover in key areas.”Take one of their star players out of the team and inevitably it has an impact – it would at any club. But Jurgen has been able to tweak things and bring in different players and look where they are.”The one player I think is indispensable going forward is Roberto Firmino. Forget Sadio Mane or Mo Salah, it’s Firmino who makes the whole thing tick going forward. I think if Liverpool lost Firmino it would have a bigger impact than losing Mane or Salah.”Look at the Super Cup against Chelsea where Liverpool produced two completely different halves of football, the first without Firmino and the second with him. He’s a more important part of the attacking jigsaw than anyone else.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd tell Solskjaer plans to bring in four new signingsby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they plan to bring in four new signings next year.United have struggled to score goals this season and The Times says the board is willing to remain patient with Solskjaer as they acknowledge the scale of the task at hand in rebuilding his squad.The Norwegian has held meetings with the club’s hierarchy and they will be looking to make four signings next year, including a centre forward.United made three signings this summer, with Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James heading to Old Trafford. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona will seek to tighten their grip on first place in the Primera Division on Saturday when they play host to Celta Vigo.The Catalans go into the fixture fresh from thumping away wins against Espanyol (4-0) and Levante (5-0) and having had the rare luxury of a full week to prepare for the fixture.Thereafter, they will have a couple of weeks off before meeting Getafe in La Liga, but in order to enjoy the festive period as fully as possible, they must overcome midtable Celta. 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? Game Barcelona vs Celta Date Saturday, December 22 Time 5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports 2. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 2 Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Roberto, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Thomas Vermaelen suffered a fresh injury setback this week while Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined. On the plus side, Nelson Semedo is fit and gets a starting berth.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, L. Suarez, Dembele.Subs: Cillessen, Alena, Brandariz, Coutinho, Miranda, Arthur, D. Suarez. Position Celta squad Goalkeepers Ruben Blanco, Alvarez Defenders Araujo, Costas, Roncaglia, Cabral, Alonso, Mazan, Mallo, Vazquez Midfielders Lobotka, Yokuslu, Radoja, Beltran, Jensen, Sanchez, Mendez, Boufal Forwards Sisto, Mor, Hjulsager, Gomez, Aspas, Eckert Celta have a full squad available for this encounter with the exception of the suspended left-back David Junca. Celta starting XI: Ruben Blanco; Mallo, Araujo, Costas, Mazan; Mendez, Yokuslu, Jozabed, Boufal; Aspas, Gomez.Subs: Alvarez, Beltran, Cabral, Hjulsager, Lobotka, Sisto, Kevin.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona have been made hot 1/8 favourites with bet365. A draw is priced at 8/1 while a Celta win is a long shot at 20/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview They may have one last outing of 2018, but Barcelona’s thoughts are already drifting towards the future.On Thursday, it was confirmed that they will sign Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia in the January transfer window to reinforce their defence, while the Camp Nou side have also been tipped to pounce for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Barca have kept three successive cleansheets in the Primera Division, but the spine of their squad remains paper thin and needs reinforcing.At the other end of the pitch, though, Lionel Messi continues on his merry way, having shone once again last weekend in a 5-0 destruction of Levante. The Argentine’s hat-trick carried him over the 50-goal barrier for 2018 – a figure he has achieved in eight of the last nine years – and means he has won more top-flight matches than any other player in the club’s history.“I don’t know how to label him. I don’t know how to answer the most repeated question,” head coach Ernesto Valverde said, clearly having run out of superlatives for the South American, who finished only fifth in the recent the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting.“He’s the one who makes us play, who gives us amazing goals … we just have to enjoy him.”Indeed, so prolific has Messi been alongside strike partner Luis Suarez, the duo have accumulated more goals than both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this season.Celta’s task is to somehow find a way of halting this juggernaut, but the Galicians are confident.“The game comes at a good time because we’re in the middle of a good run of results and play, despite the recent draw against Leganes,” midfielder Jozabed Sanchez said. “Additionally, in recent years we’ve been able to make things difficult for them.”Celta may be undefeated in their last three league matches, but the likes of Huesca, Villarreal and Leganes do not measure up to the size and quality of Barca. Indeed, the last time Celta faced one of the league’s big guns, they went down 4-2 to Real Madrid at home. Barcelona, therefore, remain hot favourites – particularly with Messi in such fantastic form.
Josh Sargent’s Bundesliga career got off to a flying start in December, and the teenager does not look ready to slow down just yet.After scoring seven goals in 12 appearances for the Werder Bremen Under-23 side, Sargent got his first-team career off on the right foot when he scored in his senior debut with a tap-in against Fortuna Dusseldorf three weeks ago.Now in just his third appearance in the German top-flight, the 18-year-old striker has scored his second goal for Werder Bremen in a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig. 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? After not getting off the bench midweek in a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, Sargent made the most of his opportunity in his club’s final game before the Bundesliga winter break.The United States international entered the match in the 66th minute with Werder down 2-0 to Leipzig, with the opportunity for his longest runout as a professional.The teenager wasn’t involved in his club’s opener, as Max Kruse managed to bring his side back into the match just a minute after Sargent’s entrance.However, Sargent got in on the action for Werder’s second goal.Sargent initially held the ball up near the midfield line and laid it off. The ensuing pass was delivered into the path of fellow substitute Yuya Osako, who got in behind the defense.Osako then pulled a pass back into the path of the onrushing Sargent, who hit a left-footed finish off the post and into the net to level things at 2-2 in 77th minute.THE AMERICAN HAS TIED IT! 🇺🇸💪Josh Sargent’s 2nd Bundesliga goal in 3 games brings Bremen level at Leipzig! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V9xm2OZylR— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 22, 2018Unfortunately for Sargent and Werder, Bruma would re-establish the lead for the hosts off a cross from Marcel Halstenberg. That finish would be the winner, as RB Leipzig came away 3-2 victors.After his goal against Dusseldorf, Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt attempted to play down expectations for the teenager, telling reporters: “We all must be careful what we expect from him. If he makes five, six Bundesliga appearances until the summer, it is a good a year for him.”With two goals in three appearances and a half season to go, it looks as if Sargent has a good chance of reaching that mark as he continues to make a case for continued involvement in the Werder first team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened his Manchester United reign with the club’s most productive attacking performance in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson.The Red Devils have endured a rather humbling fall from grace since an iconic manager slipped into retirement back in 2013.David Moyes struggled to fill the shoes of a fellow Scot, while Louis van Gaal won few admirers with his brand of football. 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? Jose Mourinho briefly threatened to return former glories to Old Trafford, as he landed three trophies in his debut campaign, but the Portuguese soon lost his Midas touch.He was relieved of his managerial duties earlier this week, with Solskjaer appointed in his place on an interim basis through to the end of the season.The Norwegian saw his tenure get off to a dream start on Saturday as United swept to a 5-1 victory over Cardiff .Marcus Rashford set the tone with an opening goal inside three minutes , and the Red Devils did not look back from there.Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who bagged a brace, also got in on the act against the Bluebirds.Not since Ferguson’s final game in charge over five years ago have United been so prolific in the final third, with Solskjaer laying down an impressive early marker as he seeks to follow in the footsteps of a coach he tasted Treble success under in 1999.5 – Man Utd have scored 5+ goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match in charge in May 2013 versus West Brom (5-5). Gunnar. #CARMUN pic.twitter.com/uc9jYCKv0C — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018 United and Solskjaer still have plenty of work to do if they are to salvage their season, but they could not have got a new era off to a better start.They remain sixth in the Premier League table for now, but belief and positivity is flooding back.An eight-point gap will need to be bridged if they are to force their way back into the top four, but that challenge now looks slightly less daunting.This is, however, not the first time that a United boss has burst out of the blocks.In fact, four of the five men to have taken the reins since Ferguson left have enjoyed goal-laden openings.Moyes saw United hit four on his bow, Mourinho three, Ryan Giggs four during a brief spell as caretaker and Solskjaer now has five to his name.The Red Devils will be looking to prove that their performance in South Wales was no flash in the pan, while building further momentum, when they play host to Huddersfield on Boxing Day. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane praised Virgil van Dijk for his impact at the club, saying the Dutchman had proven to be one of the world’s best defenders.Van Dijk was signed by Liverpool from Southampton for a reported £75million in January, putting him under pressure to deliver.But the 27-year-old has starred under Jurgen Klopp, whose team hold a four-point lead atop the Premier League. 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? Mane, who has seven league goals and an assist this season, said Van Dijk’s fee had been forgotten thanks to his performances.”It’s been a big, big impact. We’ve all seen it. Of course at the time he signed people were thinking that the club had overpaid for Virgil,” he told reporters.”But since then everyone has forgotten about the fee because his form has been so good.”He’s done such a great job for us back there. I am so happy to have him as a team-mate.”He’s one of the leaders. You can see it in every single game. He has proved he’s one of the best defenders in the world.”Passion. pic.twitter.com/wLAObDoa5P — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 22, 2018 Van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool during their 2-0 win over Wolves on Friday and Mane was quick to top fun at his team-mate. “I said to Virgil: ‘Finally, you have scored in the Premier League for us!’” Mane joked.“It had been a long time. Everyone is happy for him and he’s such a good player that I’m sure that more goals will follow for him.”Liverpool got a bit of help on Saturday with Crystal Palace taking a win over Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp’s men now hold a four-point lead atop the Premier League. They’ll be back in action quickly, with Newcastle up next on Boxing Day and a clash with Arsenal to come on December 29 to close out 2018. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he warned his players that they “should never be outworked” before Saturday’s thrashing of Cardiff City.The Red Devils claimed a 5-1 win in south Wales courtesy of two goals from Jesse Lingard and one each from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial.It was the first time since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 that United had scored five in a Premier League match, and marked an ideal start to life for Solskjaer, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho on Wednesday. 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? It was put to Solskjaer that this is the first league game in 2018-19 in which United had outrun their opponents – they covered 104 kilometres compared to Cardiff’s 99 – and the former Norway star stressed that such work rate is a minimum requirement.”One of the things I talked about is that a Manchester United team should never ever be outworked,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what team you play: you should run more than them and then your skills will give you a chance of winning again.”I said the same to these lads as I do back home in Molde: ‘Just work harder than them, enjoy yourselves, pass it forward, run forward, if you lose the ball I don’t mind as long as you work to win it back’, and they did.”When you’ve got players like this with quality, they’re always going to create chances.”There’s quite a few [positives]. The attitude and application of the boys when you go out there and see them, the attitude has been fantastic. The dressing room, the way they approached this game, because it’s been a difficult week for everyone and to get the focus and perform as well as they did impressed [me].”Now we can settle down and play, because that was key today. The first 15, 20 minutes, we know the energy of the crowd, we knew they were going to come long, first balls and second balls.”Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was left to rue what he described as Sunday-league defending as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season since a 5-0 loss to Manchester City in September.”I thought we started the game quite well but to concede a goal like that was Sunday league, really,” he told BBC Sport .”It was very disappointing the way we conceded those goals. You can’t keep shooting yourselves in the foot like we did.”Having said that, if you told me at the start of the season that we wouldn’t be in the bottom three at Christmas, I’d have taken that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham need to be focused despite rumours linking the Argentine to Manchester United.The Spurs boss has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford next season after Jose Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday, and is yet to rule himself out of the job.Tottenham’s press officer angrily interjected during his news conference on Thursday to stop further questions about the rumours, but reporters again probed Pochettino after his side’s thrilling win over Everton on Sunday. 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? “A lot [of] rumours happen. I don’t want this guy to get upset again [pointing to Spurs press officer]. We need to be focused. We will do our best to try to be successful,” Pochettino said.The speculation is sure to continue until the end of the campaign as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has only been appointed on an interim basis until then, meaning United are yet to appoint a permanent successor to Mourinho. Zinedine Zidane, who is out of work after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, has also been linked with the job, while rumours have emerged that Real could look to hijack United’s bid for Pochettino and take him to the Santiago Bernabeu.Many onlookers have pointed to Pochettino’s past at Southampton, where he refused to be drawn on speculation that he would leave for a bigger club, only to move to White Hart Lane in 2014.A move to either the Liga giants or the Red Devils would surely be hard for Pochettino to turn down, but Spurs fans will be hopeful he sticks to his word and steers them to a fourth successive top-four finish.His side certainly showed encouraging signs in their first outing since the aggressive rumours emerged, claiming a 6-2 victory at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.Spurs face Bournemouth and Wolves at home next on Boxing Day and Saturday respectively before travelling to Cardiff City to round off a busy festive period.
Paul Pogba’s “big announcement”, which had fans excited on Sunday was the launch of a new app called Pogmoji.The Manchester United star had used his “caption this” tweet – posted on Tuesday after Jose Mourinho was sacked by the Reds – to tease the announcement that was scheduled for 7pm GMT (2pm ET).Pogba’s new app allows users to customize their photos. 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? Pogba was criticised for his post, which featured a photo of him smiling, on Tuesday, most notably by Gary Neville who responded, “You do one as well.”The Frenchman had a long-running rift with Mourinho, who removed him as vice-captain after Pogba hit out at the Portuguese’s tactics. New interim boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has a better relationship with Pogba, having coached him in United’s youth set up before he moved to Serie A giants Juventus.The Norwegian’s reign at Old Trafford got off to a blistering start when his side won 5-1 at Cardiff City on Saturday, closing the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to eight points after the Blues slipped up against Leicester City, losing 1-0.United face Huddersfield on Boxing Day in Solskjaer’s first match at home, and Pogba will be hoping to continue his return to the starting 11 with another three points. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is adamant Liverpool will slip up in the Premier League title race, declaring an upset is all but inevitable for the Reds.Hodgson’s prediction comes after he masterminded Palace’s shock 3-2 win over Manchester City on the weekend which handed Jurgen Klopp’s side a four-point gap as league leaders.Liverpool remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League this season after 18 games and pulled past Wolves 2-0 as City surprisingly dropped points. 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? Though the Reds now have some breathing room at the top, Hodgson stressed City shouldn’t be worried about the current situation, noting Klopp’s men will slip up sooner or later. “I don’t think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play,” Hodgson said.“One of those is going to be against Liverpool, but even without that game the chances are that Liverpool will go somewhere and something like this will happen.”Someone will beat them against the odds, there is a long way to go yet and there will be an upset somewhere along the line.”Klopp, who is yet to win silverware with Liverpool, certainly isn’t getting ahead of himself despite Christmas history favouring the Reds.”Somebody said the last four times the that was first in the table at Christmas won the league, but was it ever such a tight race?” Klopp said.Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren isn’t banking on his side slipping up anytime soon however, recently calling on the them copy Arsenal’s Invincibles and go the entire season unbeaten. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Luke Shaw said Manchester United’s demolition of Cardiff City is how the Premier League giants are “expected to play”, though the left-back insisted Jose Mourinho’s efforts should not be forgotten.Mourinho was sacked by United on Tuesday and the arrival of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer liberated the Red Devils, who hammered Cardiff 5-1 on Saturday.United were at their free-flowing best as they scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s final match in 2013. 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? “We moved the ball quicker,” Shaw said. “The goals we scored were just magnificent. Rash’s [Marcus Rashford’s] free-kick helped settle the nerves.”Then we carried on from there. They scored a goal but we didn’t change anything. We carried on playing and the third goal was an amazing team goal.””Under any circumstances, that’s how Man United are expected to play,” Shaw continued. “At times [under Mourinho] it didn’t happen. But the team were very good [against Cardiff], very quick getting the ball forwards and I think we were more clinical.”In games before we’ve had a lot of chances that could’ve maybe ended up with a scoreline like that. It was nice to get the five goals, which we haven’t done for a while, and hopefully we can push on from here.”Gaffer already taken my place in Pogs new celebration #MUFC pic.twitter.com/YNVSPfwdRu— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) December 22, 2018Mourinho’s two-and-a-half-year tenure came to an end with United sixth and 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool.The Portuguese won the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield in his first season in charge before United finished second and 19 points behind Manchester City last term.Shaw added: “It’s not very nice when something as big as that happens at the club, but I think we all as players and as a team show respect in what happened. People might be quick to forget what Jose did for United – the three trophies he won – he did a lot.”Obviously, one of the trophies was one we had not won before. He took us to three trophies in one season so those people need to respect him and remember what he did for not only us as a team to win those trophies, but the fans as well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FIFA 20 VERSION!There is nothing that gets a club’s fan base more excited than the prospect of having a wonderkid on their books, a game-changing player who can define the team for years to come and propel them to silverware at home and in continental competition.FIFA 19 is no different, with an astute signing of a young player turning your Career Mode team from also-rans into genuine contenders. There are loads of talented young players from around the world that end up becoming superstars with the right tuition and game time, including many bargains that may even be willing to sign for teams outside the top flight.Goal compiles all the wonderkids in FIFA 19, listing the players with the highest potential rating under 20 in the game. This list is ordered by position, with the players separated into the category of their primary position. For example, Kylian Mbappe’s preferred position is on the wing, so he is listed as a forward, but he’s also the best young midfielder in the game too as he’s just so talented, he can play almost everywhere! 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? PO. = Position(s) CR = Current Rating PR = Potential Rating VA. = Value *Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 19 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career ModeFIFA 19: BEST YOUNG GOALKEEPERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. G Donnarumma 19 AC Milan GK 82 93 £25.5m A Lafont 19 Fiorentina GK 77 89 £10.6m A Lunin 19 Real Madrid GK 76 88 £9.2m C Fruchtl 18 Bayern Munich GK 65 86 £900k M Svilar 18 Benfica GK 67 85 £1.1m A Plizzari 18 AC Milan GK 66 84 £950k W Farinez 20 Millonarios GK 73 83 £4.4m J Biljow 20 Feyenoord GK 72 82 £3.4m B Dragowski 20 Fiorentina GK 71 82 £2.8m F Uzoho 19 Deportivo GK 68 82 £1.4m F Muller 20 Mainz GK 67 82 £1.2m Diogo Costa 18 Porto GK 66 82 £950k O Mandanda 19 Bordeaux GK 64 82 £700k Y Diouf 18 Troyes GK 62 82 £400k S Laiton 18 Auxerre GK 60 82 £350k G Kobel 20 Hoffenheim GK 66 81 £1m L Plogmann 18 Werder Bremen GK 60 81 £350k A Semper 20 Chievo Verona GK 67 80 £1m M Schubert 20 Dynamo Dresden GK 67 80 £1m P Dahlberg 19 Watford GK 67 80 £1m A Muric 19 Man City GK 61 80 £400k L Ingolotti 18 Atletico Aldosivi GK 58 80 £200k Once again, AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best young shot-stopper in the game, reflecting his real-life status where he won Goal’s NxGn in 2017 and finished as runner-up in 2018. Donnarumma’s price in FIFA 19 will probably scare off many potential suitors, but he is the only young goalkeeper who ends up with a rating over 90.Andriy Lunin starts Career Mode on loan from Real Madrid, so is not an option in the first transfer window, but value can be had if you look to Bayern Munich’s Christian Fruchtl or Benfica’s Mile Svilar, who impressed last season against Manchester United in the Europa League despite conceding an own goal.Those two will probably not get into your team straight away, with the vast majority of talented young goalkeepers having ratings less than 70 at the start of the game.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG DEFENDERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. M de Ligt 18 Ajax CB 80 91 £18m T Alexander-Arnold 19 Liverpool RB 78 88 £12.3m D Upamecano 19 RB Leipzig CB 76 88 £10.6m Diogo Liete 19 Porto CB 74 87 £8.4m B Kamara 18 Marseille CB,CDM 71 87 £3.9m A Bastoni 19 Inter CB 67 87 £1.3m Pablo Maffeo 20 Stuttgart RWB,RM 78 86 £11.4m N Mukiele 20 RB Leipzig CB,RB,RWB 77 86 £10.6m Eder Militao 20 Porto RB,CB 75 86 £8.8m J Kounde 19 Bordeaux CB 73 86 £5.7m E Ampadu 17 Chelsea CB,CDM 63 86 £650k M Saracchi 20 RB Leipzig LB 75 85 £8.4m A Hakimi 19 Real Madrid RB,LB 75 85 £7.9m P Restos 19 Bayer Leverkusen CB,RB,LB 75 85 £7.9m J Foyth 20 Spurs CB 70 85 £3.1m M Varnier 20 Cittadella CB 70 85 £3.1m G Itter 19 Wolfsburg LB 67 85 £1.3m F Benkovic 20 Leicester CB 76 84 £8.8m T Herndandez 20 Real Madrid LB,LWB 76 84 £8.4m F Udokhai 20 Wolfsburg CB 76 84 £8.8m Lato 20 Valencia LB,LWB,LM 75 84 £7.9m T Fosu-Mensah 20 Man Utd RB,CB 74 84 £7m I Konate 19 RB Leipzig CB 73 84 £5.3m D Maresic 18 Sturm Graz CB 72 84 £4m Diogo Dalot 19 Man Utd RB,LB 72 84 £4.1m Dodo 19 Vitoria Guimaraes RB 71 84 £3.4m N Perez 18 Argentinos Juniors CB 70 84 £2.9m C Carter-Vickers 20 Spurs CB 69 84 £1.8m N Cozza 19 Montpellier CB,LWB 68 84 £1.5m R Gummy 20 Lech Poznan RB 68 84 £1.6m K Ruegg 19 Zurich RB,CM 67 84 £1.3m L Mai 18 Bayern Munich CB 64 84 £750k R James 18 Wigan RB,CB 64 84 £725k Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most in-demand defenders in world football, but is surprisingly affordable in FIFA 19 – if you have that budget that is! He has a current rating of 80, meaning he’s probably good enough to be a starter at most clubs before getting better and better each season.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s breakthrough season at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp has earned him the prize of the best young full-back in FIFA 19. It’s not quite a trophy, but with an opening value of just over £12 million, you may be able to tempt him away from Anfield to win silverware elsewhere.Wales international Ethan Ampadu is a versatile defender, having already played for his country in midfield, and is available relatively cheaply at the start of the game. If you can sign him in the first transfer window, you’ll be greatly rewarded as he develops into a brilliant talent on and off the ball.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG MIDFIELDERS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. L Bailey 20 Bayer Leverkusen LM,RM 82 89 £27.7m E Barco 19 Atlanta United LM,CAM,ST 74 89 £10.6m C Pulisic 19 Borussia Dortmund RM,LM,RW,LW 79 88 £16.7m H Aouar 20 Lyon CM,LW,CAM 78 88 £14.5m K Havertz 19 Bayer Leverkusen CAM,RM,CF 79 88 £16.7m P Foden 18 Man City CAM,CM 73 88 £7m Riqui Puig 18 Barcelona CM 68 88 £1.6m S Tonali 18 Brescia CDM,CM 66 88 £1.2m A Diawara 20 Napoli CM,CDM 77 87 £12.3m I Sarr 20 Rennes LM,RM,ST 76 87 £11.9m Y Karamoh 19 Inter RM,RW 73 87 £7.5m J Sancho 18 Borussia Dortmund LM,LW 72 87 £5.7m A Davies 17 Vancouver Whitecaps LM,RM 72 87 £5.3m Sergio Gomez 17 Borussia Dortmund CAM,CM 68 87 £1.6m A Gomes 17 Man Utd CAM,LW 66 87 £1.2m A Dabo 17 Nantes LM,CM 63 87 £700k V Tsygankov 20 Dynamo Kyiv RM,LM 79 86 £15.8m Wendel 20 Sporting CP CM 75 86 £10.1m S Berge 20 Genk CDM,CM 75 86 £8.8m Gedson Fernandes 19 Benfica CM 74 86 £8.4m Ferran Torres 18 Valencia RM,RW,LM 73 86 £6.2m Jovane Cabral 20 Sporting CP RM,LM 73 86 £6.6m Paulinho 17 Bayer Leverkusen RM 71 86 £4.1m Kangin Lee 17 Valencia CAM,LM,RM 70 86 £3.1m S Diop 18 Monaco CAM 65 86 £1.1m Alfa Semedo 20 Benfica CDM,CM,CB 76 85 £9.2m Dani Olmo 20 Dinamo Zagreb LM,CAM 75 85 £9.7m M Locatelli 20 AC Milan CDM 75 85 £8.4m Bruno Xadas 20 Braga RM 74 85 £8.4m M Mount 19 Chelsea CAM 74 85 £8.4m G Chakvetadze 18 Gent CAM 72 85 £4.8m A Maier 19 Hertha Berlin CM,CDM 72 85 £5.3m M Cuisance 18 Borussia M’gladbach CM 72 85 £4.8m M Zaracho 20 RC Avellaneda RM,CM,CAM 72 85 £5.3m A Tchouameni 18 Bordeaux CDM,CM 71 85 £3.9m S Ozcan 20 Koln CM,CDM 70 85 £3.4m M Sharapenko 19 Dynamo Kyiv CM,CDM,CAM 69 85 £2m B Woodburn 18 Liverpool CAM,LW,ST 68 85 £1.6m M Edwards 19 Spurs RM,CAM 66 85 £1.2m T Kubo 17 Tokyo CAM,RM,ST,LM 63 85 £700k Bundesliga duo Leon Bailey and Christian Pulisic are well known around the world already and their values in FIFA 19 reflect this. They’re both first-team ready at the start of the game, just like Bailey’s team-mate Kai Havertz, who is the perfect young player to support the attack through the middle.Manchester City’s Phil Foden is available for half the price of the German-based players, and with excellent ball control and passing, he can be a midfield anchor for many years. Most of the midfielders have multiple positions, with attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo capable of playing anywhere across midfield or even in attack. He’s a very affordable option as he starts the game on loan at J-League club Yokohama F Marinos. Oh, and he’s also nicknamed the ‘Japanese Messi’. Who wouldn’t want him in their team?Aside from Kubo, there are number of talented 17-year-olds available at reasonable prices, but they will need plenty of game time to reach their potential. Luckily you can train them in FIFA 19 or even better, give them game time.FIFA 19: BEST YOUNG FORWARDS NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA. K Mbappe 19 PSG RW,ST,RM 87 95 £63.4m Vinicius Junior 17 Real Madrid LW,RW 77 92 £15.4m M Rashford 20 Man Utd LW,ST,LM 81 89 £23.3m P Cutrone 20 AC Milan ST 77 89 £14.1m R Sessegnon 18 Fulham LW,LB 75 88 £10.6m J Arp 18 Hamburg ST 69 88 £1.9m C Under 20 Roma RW,LW 77 87 £12.8m M Kean 18 Juventus ST 72 87 £5.7m Joao Felix 18 Benfica LW,CAM 70 87 £3.2m C Hudson-Odoi 17 Chelsea LW,CAM,RW 68 87 £1.6m P Pellegri 17 Monaco ST 67 87 £1.3m L Martinez 20 Inter ST 79 86 £15.8m F Chiesa 20 Fiorentina RW,CF 77 86 £12.3m J Kluivert 19 Roma LW,RW 75 86 £9.7m Rafael Leao 19 Lille ST,LM 72 86 £5.7m C Kouame 20 Genoa ST,CF 71 86 £4.4m T Weah 18 PSG ST,LW 69 86 £1.9m Brahim Diaz 18 Man City LW,RW,CAM 69 86 £1.9m A Gouiri 18 Lyon ST 67 86 £1.4m W Geubbels 16 Monaco ST 64 86 £900k S Bergwijn 20 PSV LW,RW 77 85 £11.4m K Dolberg 20 Ajax ST 76 85 £10.6m E Mor 20 Celta Vigo LW,RW,ST,CF 74 85 £8.4m T Abraham 20 Chelsea ST 74 85 £8.8m D Rossi 20 Los Angeles FC LW,ST,RW 72 85 £5.3m O Okwonkwo 20 Bologna LW,CAM 70 85 £3.4m M Romero 19 PSV ST 70 85 £3.4m M Maolida 19 Nice LW,ST,LM 70 85 £3.3m J David 18 Gent ST 68 85 £1.6m Matheus Cunha 19 RB Leipzig ST,RM,CF 67 85 £1.4m M Boadu 17 AZ Alkmaar ST 66 85 £1.1m V Supriaga 18 Dynamo Kyiv ST 66 85 £1.2m R Nelson 18 Arsenal RW 65 85 £980k T Chong 18 Man Utd RW,LW,CAM 65 85 £980k M Odegaard 19 Real Madrid RW 74 84 £7.9m E Dennis 20 Club Brugge ST,RM,LM 73 84 £6.2m H Bande 19 Ajax LW,ST 72 84 £4.8m D Solanke 20 Liverpool ST 70 84 £3.5m C Stengs 19 AZ Alkmaar RW 69 84 £2m Leo Jaba 19 PAOK ST,LM 69 84 £2m Han Kwang Song 19 Cagliari ST 68 84 £1.7m E Haland 17 Molde ST 67 84 £1.3m M Sylla 18 Monaco ST 65 84 £990k G Middleton 18 Rangers LW 64 84 £810k J Sargent 18 Werder Bremen ST 64 84 £840k E Nketiah 19 Arsenal ST 64 84 £860k R Brewster 18 Liverpool ST 62 84 £620k R Griffiths 18 Lyon ST 61 84 £500k It’s no surprise that Kylian Mbappe is the highest rated young player in FIFA 19 as well as the teenager with the highest potential. The PSG superstar starts off at 87 rated but can reach as high as 95 – which is better than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s current ratings!Unfortunately signing Mbappe is all but impossible for the vast majority of clubs, so you will likely have to look elsewhere to find your talismanic frontman. Hamburg teenager Jann-Fiete Arp can become an 88-rated striker while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is a brilliant young winger who can also play through the middle.Two young Americans who start off relatively cheap and low-rated are PSG’s Timothy Weah and Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, but both can become an unstoppable force by the time the 2026 World Cup in North America rolls around.
Several primary school teachers will participate in development sessions this month, aimed at enhancing their competence in areas of numeracy and literacy.This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Grace McLean, at the official launch of ‘Camp Summer Plus 2013’ at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on Wednesday, July 3.She said the training will ensure that students, with the assistance of teachers and parents, are able to maximise their full potential.“We have recognised that there needs to be re-implementation of the official reading programme of the Ministry of Education. If it means that we have to forego sections of the curriculum to ensure that our students are developing according to the basic levels of literacy and numeracy that is required before they move on to the curriculum, then we are committed to ensuring that that is done,” she said.Camp Summer Plus, which is in its third year, involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project.A total of 375 grade three students, who are performing below grade level, will receive critical assistance through the programme.Contact: Chris Patterson
Sami Khedira suffered a knock to his knee and was later substituted in the game between Germany and Spain, which has led many people to believe there is a serious issue with his well-being.However, he himself shared that it was just a precautionary measure and there is no reason to worry about anything at all.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Khedira, who is currently a Juve midfielder, provided the assist for Thomas Muller’s goal at the beginning of the second half. He then had a clash with Thiago Alcantara, which is the discussed event. Just a couple of minutes later, in the 53rd one, he was substituted by Ilkay Gundogan, but then went on to calm everybody down via his personal social media.“It’s been a good match against a very tough opponent. We know that it’s never easy against Spain!” Khedira shared in his twitter account, according to Goal. “By the way, don’t worry about my sub: it was only a precautionary measure after I felt a small induration [sic]. But now everything is fine again!”
Mile Jedinak’s second penalty of the world cup helps the Socceroo secure a vital point in their all-important Group C clash against Denmark.The Aston Villa midfielder was on hand to score from the spot for the Aussies after Denmark’s Yusuf Poulsen was adjured to have handled the ball from Matthew Leckie’s header.The penalty was the 11th of this World Cup Finals so far, and also amongst the few given by the newly introduced VAR system.Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from group D George Patchias – September 5, 2019 In Euro 2020 qualifying group D, Denmark hit Gibraltar for six while Ireland and Switzerland played out a draw.The Danes made easy work of…Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, Christain Eriksen gave the Danes an early lead when his well-struck volley found the roof of the net in the seventh minute.And his team appeared to be cruising into half-time but Jedinak’s spot-kick proved decisive as Australia took a point to avoid an early exit from the world cup.Denmark go into their last game against France knowing a point could see them through to the next round, while Australia faces Peru knowing only a win, as well as other results going their way, will do.
Wilfried Zaha has rejected Crystal Palace’s latest contract offer, opening the door for another club to swoop in and snag the highly-rated winger.According to Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace offered to increase Wilfried Zaha’s current weekly wage from €115.000 to €140.000 in an effort to keep their star man. It seems like a decent offer, but it was one that Zaha rejected in an attempt to force a move to a Champions League club.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has been a long-time admirer of the 25-year-old and will look to pounce on the occasion. Palace rates Zaha at €85 million, similar to the price Leicester City tagged on Riyad Mahrez. However, the Algerian is set to join Manchester City for around €68 million and The Spurs are hoping to sign Zaha on a cut-price deal worth around €56 million.Crystal Palace will not let go off its prized asset easily. Zaha signed a new contract last May which would keep him at Selhurst Park until 2022. The Eagles will do anything to keep him. Chelsea are also interested in the in-demand forward, as they are also in the market for a winger.