Month: October 2019
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl happy with ‘Klopp of Alps’ nicknameby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he is fine being called the ‘Jurgen Klopp of the Alps’ after his excessive celebrations against Arsenal on Sunday.The Austrian was criticised after celebrating the win rather than shaking Unai Emery’s hand.”I ran on the pitch, and when I returned my colleague Unai Emery was gone already,” Hasenhuttl told kicker. “This was an issue over here, and also that I left the technical area twice following our goals. They don’t like it here.”Although Hasenhuttl has been compared to Klopp’s style of football, he admits his celebration style is also similar to the Liverpool boss.Asked about the nickname, he added: “I don’t have a problem with it at all,” Hasenhuttl said. “I guess they draw the comparisons with Jurgen because, just like him, I tend to live the technical area and I am as emotional when celebrating.”But I must control my emotions better here, otherwise those fines will be damn expensive.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Leicester to offer fans free beer and mince pies after traumatic yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City have told fans they have them covered for Boxing Day.Fans will be handed free beer and mince pies ahead of Leicester City’s game against Manchester City on Boxing Day, the club has announced.The gesture from the Foxes is a show of appreciation for the support the fans have shown in one of the most traumatic years in the club’s history.Owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was tragically killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium in October.And at the end of tragic 2018, the club are planning a host of activities before the 3om kick-off.There will be a Fan Village set up opposite the Foxes Fanstore.It will include a live band, fairgrounds rides and face painting for families between 12pm and 3pm. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is full of praise for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Sanchez Flores says Guardiola has changed football in England for the better.”The philosophy I think is really new,” said Sanchez Flores.”When he arrived in England, English football was changing, it was in the middle of some big changes.”Many good coaches are coming here, introducing this idea to touch the ball, but we know the English fans they don’t like to touch horizontal, they like to touch forward, so it’s completely different.”Pep is putting the stamp for this change, this kind of big change, so of course finally he defined a little bit the change.”When he was coaching Barcelona you could see that he’s a clever guy and he’s thinking very well and really passionate with football.”If you look like this, you have the possibility to change a lot. If you have very good players like he has, you have more possibilities to change things, so the ingredients they are really good for him.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon says Manchester United should never have replaced Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Reds struggled to see off Rochdale, 17th in League One, in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, progressing eventually on penaties.Solskjaer’s side were also widely condemned after being humiliated in the Premier League last Sunday, losing 2-0 at West Ham . They now face a tough test against a confident Arsenal side. Former United chief Kenyon said: “If you put me in charge of a great club and you needed to appoint a manager, my first thought would be José Mourinho.“He’s intelligent, he’s relevant and has vast experience. He isn’t outdated. I just think he needs the right club. I’m sure that you’ll see Mourinho be a part of a great club again.”He added: “The key is to give him the adequate structure and organisation to make sure he’s a part of everything.“I was the first to express my disappointment when he left United because I think he could have been a part of that great leadership structure.“No one better than him knows what United represents. José is far from being an irrelevant and outdated manager.”
Liverpool legend Fowler has pop at Man Utd mentalityby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has enjoyed a pop at the mentality of Manchester United’s players.Ahead of today’s clash at Old Trafford, Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “There is something different about this Manchester United v Liverpool clash.”Something significant, something worrying for every United fan.”If I can borrow a phrase from Gary Neville, it feels a tiny bit like The Dog & Duck v… well, the Champions of Europe.”By that I mean simply that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team go into the game KNOWING they are an inferior side. He knows it, his players know it.”As a professional, you just know. You know when an opponent is quality and better than you. I’m not saying that means they’ll inevitably win. But you still know.”And here’s the thing.”When I was at Liverpool, we never felt inferior.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
When you’re 16-11 overall and facing a 12-16 conference opponent, sometimes you have to get creative to attempt to draw fans. That appears to be what TCU is doing for tonight’s game against Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are offering free beach tank tops to the first 200 students to show up at Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center for the “Beach Bash.”Are there even any palm trees in the Fort Worth area?
5-Star ATH Darnay Holmes Teases Possibility Of Nebraska Commitment After 4-Star Teammates Pledge To Huskers
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Calabasas High School has a trio of big-time recruits in the 2017 class – five-star athlete Darnay Holmes, four-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia and four-star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Nebraska’s football program has received commitments from two of those players – Gebbia today and Johnson last month. Could Holmes be next? It’s a possibility. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, ranked the No. 6 player in the class, tweeted the following tonight. Am I next? #GBR pic.twitter.com/3Rx7EasGUB— Darnay Holmes (@DarnayHolmes) April 5, 2016That appears to be a message from Keyshawn Johnson, who played for Nebraska coach Mike Riley at USC. The Huskers’ 2017 class is ranked the No. 28 class in the country by 247 Sports.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tuesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban went on a bit of a rant about satellite camps, recruiting rules and the need for a college football commissioner. While he specifically mentioned that his words weren’t meant as a shot at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, his point didn’t get through. Harbaugh took to Twitter a few hours later, blasting Saban for both his rant and the fact that Alabama’s staff broke recruiting rules.Well, now Saban has responded to Harbaugh. In a quote to ESPN, Saban said that he doesn’t “really care” what Harbaugh thinks or tweets. It’s a strong response.Nick Saban tells @ClowESPN about Harbaugh: “I don’t really care what he thinks or tweets. I say what I think is best for CFB & the players”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) June 1, 2016Harbaugh and Saban are two of the most hard-headed in the profession, so it’s no surprise that neither wants to back down here. We’ll keep you updated.
Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman believes his team need to find greater attacking potency to truly become a force on the world stage again.Portugal won the inaugural Nations League title by beating Koeman’s men 1-0 in Porto on Sunday – Goncalo Guedes firing home decisively with an hour played.Progress to that point required victories over Germany, France and England and represents a considerable resurgence for a nation that failed to qualify for either Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup. 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 while elite performances from the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have laid the groundwork for an exciting era, Koeman does have to contend with a lack of depth in attack.Memphis Depay passed up a glorious headed chance during the second half, one a specialist in the number nine position might have eaten up, and it is clear to their boss where Netherlands’ weakness lies.”We want to go on and push forward. We were not good enough, perhaps that is the case for tonight,” Koeman told a post-match news conference.Trots op Oranje #NationsLeague #PORNED pic.twitter.com/mhzgM3bqdI — OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) June 9, 2019 “But that is putting it negatively knowing the whole campaign we’ve had. We knew we had to be at our best and we were not.”We know we made big steps in one year in the campaign of the Nations League. Against Germany, France, England, Portugal – maybe four of the strongest five or six teams in Europe.”To make the next step maybe we need more time, more offensive strength is really important. To create more chances, to have what we missed tonight.”Portugal, as we expected, were very solid as a team. They are used to playing that way. They have had more time together than us.”They are handsome in front, maybe we missed some of that creativity in our attacking play.”Nevertheless, Koeman was keen to underline praise for his players and the tournament he feels helped to galvanise them.”I think it’s great tournament if you look back through the whole season, if you see how happy Portugal was to win this prize,” he added.”The intensity in the group was really high and the idea to organise the Nations League was a perfect one. We are looking forward to the next one.”
Barcelona complete their tour of Japan with a match against Vissel Kobe at Misaki Park Stadium.The Camp Nou side previously suffered a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Tuesday, with Ivan Rakitic grabbing a stoppage-time consolation for Ernesto Valverde’s men.Meanwhile, they face a Vissel outfit that has a strong Barca connection, with Sergi Samper, Andres Iniesta, David Villa and, as of Saturday, Thomas Vermaelen all on their books. 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 Catalans’ old boys will be keen to show they can still cut it against their former side but have lost their last three in the J-League and hover just above the relegation zone. Game Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona Date Saturday, July 27 Time 10:00am BST / 5:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. It can be streamed via ESPN Deportes+. US TV channel Online stream ESPN / ESPN Deportes ESPN Deportes+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on FreeSports and can be streamed via Rakuten Sports. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports Rakuten Sports Squads & Team News Position Vissel Kobe squad Goalkeepers Iikura, Maekawa, Yoshimaur, Ogi, Ito Defenders Oumari, Watanabe, Osaki, Dankler, Miya, Kobayashi, Nasu, Yamakawa, Hatsue, Hashimoto, Nishi, Fujitani Midfielders Oda, Yamauchi, Yamaguchi, Samper, Iniesta, Goke, Yasui, Nakasaka, Masuyama Forwards Furuhashi, Ogawa, Villa, Wellington, Tanaka Vissel Kobe have been given the week off J-League action and start against Barcelona with their strongest team, with Andres Iniesta at its heart.Former Germany star Lukas Podolski has been struggling with illness lately and misses out.Confirmed Vissel Koba starting XI: Maekawa; Ogawa, Dankler, Miya, Hatsuse; Fujitani, Yamaguchi, Samper, Iniesta, Goke; Villa Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Neto Defenders Semedo, Pique, Todibo, Lenglet, Roberto, Umtiti, Alba, Araujo, Jaime Midfielders Rakitic, S. Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Alena, De Jong, Vidal, Alena, Perez, Collado, O. Busquets, Monchu, Puig Forwards Dembele, Griezmann, Malcom, Abe Gerard Pique will not play in Saturday’s game, with the club confirming he misses out due to a thigh niggle that no risks will be taken over.Luis Suarez is back training in Barcelona after completing his summer holidays, while Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho are among the others who have yet to join up with the squad after international duty.Confirmed Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Araujo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Riqui Puig; Rafinha, Griezmann, ColladoBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are favourites at 1/4 to win the match with bet365. Vissel are 9/1 outsiders while a draw is priced at 5/1.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Barcelona will take the opportunity against Vissel Kobe to meet up with some old friends in the form of Sergi Samper, Andres Iniesta and David Villa, but while the fun side of the match is the reunion, head coach Ernesto Valverde will want to see his players get back to winning ways.The Catalans suffered a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in their opening friendly match of the summer but will expec to come out on top versus a side struggling in the J-League and approaching this game after three successive defeats.It is a match that has been billed as Barcelona’s past against the club’s future, and in the build-up Andres Iniesta has given his verdict on new additions Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann.“De Jong is an exceptional signing, an upward leap for the club, young, very talented and, if all goes well, will be a benchmark for the Barcelona midfield,” the man who got Spain’s winning goal at the 2010 World Cup said.“I have said it before, Griezmann is an exceptional player, who knows La Liga and the team-mates he is going to have at Barca, so everything indicates that his career as a cule will be positive.”Meanwhile, this is a fixture that the 35-year-old is very much looking forward to as it presents an opportunity to reunite with lifelong companions such as Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, who misses the game injured.“On a personal level, it will be a very special match for me, facing former team-mates,” Iniesta, who has only played professionally for two clubs, said. “For us, as a club and as a team, it’s a privilege to be able to play against Barcelona.“It’s a very special game that we will all try and savour; we will try to do things that will help us for our next game, which is the most important one.”Barcelona are now playing in a more structured manner than they did when Iniesta was involved in the years of pure ‘tiki-taka’, and it is this old-school approach from the Blaugrana that the Spaniard is trying to help implement in Japan.“We always try to play football that is attractive and to have our own identity,” he said. “We all want to play well and win. It’s the most difficult thing to do; it requires a process but the club is working on it, working to change results and to gain confidence with good results.”There would be no better confidence boost than to beat Barca.