Month: November 2019

Young Legends’ League launched

first_imgIndian Football: MFA and 8one Foundation launch Young Legends’ League Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:30 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Young Legends' League Debabrata Majumder The launch of India’s first structured league for 6 to 12 year-old kids was announced on Tuesday, 29th September.. The Young Legends’ League (YLL), a first of its kind football league, which will provide a platform for children aged below 12 years to play competitive football every weekend, was launched by The Mizoram Football Association (MFA) and 8one Foundation on Tuesday. Paving the way for structured development, the league will also be aided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).The 5-a-side league will take place in Champhai, the football-obsessed district of Mizoram which has produced several talented players such as Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lalchhawnkima, Lalruatthara and Robert Lalthlamuana. The league will feature over 500 matches, with each team playing more than 30 games over a period of six to eight months, making it the longest football league in India. Every YLL team will have a squad consisting of ten players (including one female player), ensuring they get as much on-field exposure. Young Legends' League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Announcing the Young Legends’ League, Lalnghinglova ‘Tetea’ Hmar, Secretary of Mizoram Football Association, commented, “The Young Legends’ League will look to provide competitive football matches to children below 12 years to hone their footballing acumen and skills. We intend to increase the time children spend with the ball so as to inculcate both technical and social skills, which in my opinion, is the best way to ensure holistic development of an individual. MFA believes in giving exposure to young talent, steadily helping develop players by giving them a platform to showcase their skills.” The MFA has signed a 10-year MoU with the 8one Foundation for the Young Legends’ League, which will see both the parties organize YLL in Champhai till 2027. Varun Achreja, Founder, 8one Foundation, said, “Our aim is to leverage YLL as a community mobilizing tool that ensures the involvement of everyone in Champhai to execute this league and contribute to the development of kids through football. The initiative will emphasize on disseminating information related to education, nutrition, health as well as stress on the benefits of working collectively in a team.”Young Legends' LeagueThe All India Football Federation (AIFF), has lauded the work of MFA and 8one Foundation in strategizing such a concept. “It is encouraging to see that the Mizoram FA, 8one and Football Solutions are the first to work towards a sustainable and organic league that follows our Baby Leagues concept to maximize competitive engagement through the year. The ideal and philosophy for Champhai to now have a long-term, self-sustained and intensive youth calendar will speak for itself 6-8 years from today,” remarked Richard Hood, Head of Player Development at the AIFF. MFA and 8one Foundation have also partnered with ISL club North-East United FC (NEUFC) who have prior experience of scouting in Champhai. The first edition of Young Legends’ League will be held at Chhangphut Ground, Champhai, Mizoram, starting from the 11th November 2017 to 23rd July, 2018. Each match will be played for 40 to 60 minutes with matches taking place on a weekly basis.last_img read more

Basel 1 CSKA Moscow 2

first_imgBasel 1 CSKA Moscow 2: Substitute Dzagoev inspires comeback win Jamie Smith 05:47 11/1/17 Alan Dzagoev Getty Images Basel and CSKA Moscow are level with six points each in Group A after the Russian side came from behind to win 2-1 in the Champions League. Alan Dzagoev came off the bench to help keep CSKA Moscow’s Champions League qualification hopes alive by inspiring the Russian side to a 2-1 comeback win at Basel on Tuesday.The Swiss champions knew they would be guaranteed a place in the knockout stages with two games to spare if they beat CSKA at St Jakob-Park and Manchester United avoided defeat at home to Benfica.Basel they looked on track to make it three Champions League wins in a row when Luca Zuffi opened the scoring following a tight 32 minutes by neatly lobbing a prone Igor Akinfeev, after the Russia goalkeeper had denied Mohamed Elyounoussi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player CSKA were heading out but half-time substitute Dzagoev, not deemed fit enough to start the match, equalised after 64 minutes, beating goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik with a sumptuous finish to level the scores.And the visitors went on to complete a stunning turnaround and win the game, Pontus Wernbloom lashing in a fine drive shortly after he wasted a glorious chance by heading Dzagoev’s cross wide.CSKA and Basel are now level on six points with two games to play in Group A, but the Swiss side remain in second spot on ahead of their home game against United on matchday five – a 2-0 win in Russia giving them a superior head-to-head record.Dimitri Oberlin went into the match with three goals in as many Champions League appearances for Basel and the 20-year-old had the first opening after nine minutes, firing off-target at the end of a powerful 40-yard run.Basel continued to patiently probe and Renato Steffen cut inside off the right flank, only to fire straight at Akinfeev with attacking colleagues in better positions.A clever corner routine saw Taulant Xhaka thump a volley into the chest of defender Viktor Vasin after 29 minutes but CSKA conceded from the hosts’ next attack.The best move of the game at that stage saw Oberlin tee up Elyounoussi and, when Akinfeev saved from close range, the ball looped up kindly for Zuffi to lift a 20-yard finish into the empty net.Basel’s goal woke up CSKA and Vitinho immediately rifled wide, but the striker then should have done better when he shot straight at Vaclik from Georgy Schennikov’s left-wing cross.HT | FCB 1-0 @PFCCSKA_enBasel take a deserved lead into the half time break. #FCBCSKA #FCBasel1893 #UCL pic.twitter.com/GFC7piedcF— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) October 31, 2017Viktor Goncharenko sent on Dzagoev for Vitinho at the interval and he was instrumental in a move that led to Konstantin Kuchaev slamming over from 10 yards two minutes after the restart.Akinfeev plunged to his right to push away Zuffi’s low free-kick and the goalkeeper had to parry away a firm Elyounoussi drive as Basel tried to wrap the match up.Those saves proved key as the impressive Dzagoev then made a decisive impact.When the ball broke to Dzagoev in the area via a kind deflection he sold Vaclik a superb dummy and cutely chipped the helpless Vaclik to equalise with 65 minutes played.Dzagoev was now running the game and Wernbloom headed his terrific cross just wide but the Sweden international made amends with 12 minutes to go by netting the winner.A deflection was again crucial as Wernbloom’s pass rebounded straight back to him, the midfielder thumping a superb first-time finish into the bottom corner.ГООООООООООЛ!!! #БазельЦСКА pic.twitter.com/XhXEiEUKQC— ПФК ЦСКА Москва (@pfc_cska) October 31, 2017Basel felt they should have had a penalty when Schennikov appeared to drag Steffen down in the box, but referee Milorad Mazic was unmoved and the hosts could not force an equaliser, leaving Group A finely poised with two games left. read morelast_img read more

Report: West Ham 1 Liverpool 4

first_imgWest Ham 1 Liverpool 4: Salah, Matip and Ox humble the Hammers Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 03:23 11/5/17 Salah - Cropped Getty Images Boos rang round the London Stadium as Liverpool consigned West Ham to a 4-1 Premier League defeat, leaving Slaven Bilic’s side down in 17th. Mohamed Salah netted a brace to inspire Liverpool to a 4-1 Premier League win which left Slaven Bilic facing the wrath of the West Ham faithful.Saturday’s dismal defeat leaves the Hammers languishing a point and a place above the bottom three and the London Stadium crowd let their feelings be known at both half-time and the final whistle.Salah opened the scoring in the 21st minute as he and the returning Sadio Mane, making his first start in a month, embarked on a devastating counter from a West Ham corner, 13 seconds elapsing between the taking of the set-piece and the ball nestling in Joe Hart’s net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Joel Matip’s first of the season also arrived from a corner, this time in more conventional fashion three minutes later, as the defender converted the rebound after Hart’s save from Mark Noble’s deflection.Manuel Lanzini halved the deficit 10 minutes into the second period with a fine finish, but any hopes of a Hammers comeback were effectively snuffed out 55 seconds later as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired home a rebound past the luckless Hart for his first league goal for the Reds.There was little sympathy for the beleaguered Bilic from Liverpool, who wrapped up a resounding success with Salah’s 12th strike of the campaign, lifting Jurgen Klopp’s men back above Burnley into sixth.15 – Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 15 goals in all comps this season (12 goals, 3 assists), more than any other Liverpool player. Vital. pic.twitter.com/9lFxj98Z8N — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 4, 2017 The in-form Andre Ayew came into this clash with three goals in his past two outings and he almost added to that tally in the ninth minute.Lanzini’s throughball deflected kindly into the path of the Ghanaian, who lifted his effort over the onrushing Simon Mignolet only to be denied by the outside of the post.To further rub salt into the wound, two corners brought two Liverpool goals in the space of three minutes, the first of which arrived following West Ham’s own attacking set-piece.Salah poked the cleared ball onto Mane, whose searing pace took him away from his toiling chasers, and the Senegalese returned a pass to Salah for a composed finish under Joe Hart.The Egyptian was involved in the second, too, as his low corner was deflected goalwards by Noble where Hart could only parry back into the danger zone and Matip tapped home.02:37 – Liverpool’s first and second goals were separated by just two minutes and 37 seconds. Quickfire.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 4, 2017 West Ham thought they were back in it when Lanzini held off the attentions of Joe Gomez to chest down Ayew’s cross and loft a calm finish past Mignolet, but with celebratory bubbles still in the east London air, Liverpool were level within 60 seconds.Roberto Firmino fed Oxlade-Chamberlain, who saw his initial effort well saved by Hart but the winger reacted quickest to smash home his second attempt.Lanzini was more wasteful as the Hammers sought an equally rapid response, firing over with just Mignolet to beat and Javier Hernandez headed over before Firmino shot wide with Liverpool sensing a killer fourth.That duly arrived 15 minutes from time as Salah controlled Mane’s pass and rifled a left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner, sealing a marvellous outing for Liverpool and a devastating one for Bilic and West Ham. Key Opta stats: – Liverpool have scored eight goals in their two Premier League trips to the London Stadium, the same tally as the Hammers have scored in their last nine there in the competition.- Since moving to the London Stadium in August 2016, West Ham have lost more games at their home stadium than they have won (W9 D4 L11).- In fact, since the move, only Swansea (44) have conceded more goals at home in the Premier League than West Ham (41).- For the 14th time under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have scored 4+ goals in a single Premier League game – only Manchester City (16) and Tottenham Hotspur (16) have done so on more occasions in this period. read morelast_img read more

Mexico to face Bosnia in San Antonio

first_imgMexico Mexico to kick off 2018 against Bosnia & Herzegovina in San Antonio Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 04:18 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani dos Santos Mexico Dean Mouhtaropoulos Mexico Friendlies El Tri will continue their preparations for the World Cup with a friendly at the Alamodome Mexico will kick off 2018 with a friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Jan. 31 in San Antonio, the Mexican federation announced Thursday.Dabblebet’s World Cup odds hereEl Tri will be returning to the Alamodome, where they most recently earned a 2-0 win over Curacao during the Gold Cup in July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The friendly does not fall during a FIFA window, meaning the roster will likely only feature players from Liga MX and MLS.It will mark the second match of a stateside swing for Bosnia & Herzegovina, which also will face the United States on Jan. 28 in Carson, California.The two sides last met June 3, 2014, at Soldier Field in Chicago, with Bosnia & Herzegovina earning a 1-0 win.last_img read more

Luan in no rush to join ‘world’s best’ Ronaldo at Real

first_imgTransfers Luan considers Ronaldo to be world’s best but is in no rush to join him at Real Madrid Alberto Piñero 20:51 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Luan Gremio Getty Transfers Real Madrid Real Madrid v Grêmio Grêmio FIFA Club World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo The Gremio forward is preparing to face the Blancos in the Club World Cup final, a side he rates highly and has been heavily linked with Gremio forward Luan is looking forward to facing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Club World Cup final but insists he is no rush to join him at Real Madrid.The 24-year-old Brazil international has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in world football on the back of his displays for club and country.Luan starred for Gremio as they secured the 2017 Copa Libertadores crown and is now being heavily linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs – with La Liga rivals Real and Barcelona leading the chase. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Any transfer talk must wait for now, though, with there no desire on the part of a highly-rated frontman to leave his current surroundings.“I’m not in a hurry to move to Europe,” Luan told Goal.“The ideal moment is yet to come.”Luan’s focus at present is locked on a meeting with Real for the right to be considered the finest club side on the planet.A heavyweight encounter has been billed as a possible audition for the Samba star, as he seeks to further enhance his reputation in the eyes of the watching world.He will, however, be gracing the same field as some of the most decorated performers in the game.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Al JaziraReal talisman Ronaldo will be the main attraction, with Luan admitting that he considers the Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner to be the best in the business.Quizzed on comments from Gremio coach Renato in which the ex-Brazil international stated that he considers himself to have been better than Ronaldo, Luan protested: “I didn’t see Renato play!“Well, Cristiano is an amazing player, not only inside the pitch, but also off it. He’s a role model, an example.“He is the best in the world. I’m excited to play against him in the final.“It’s the game of my life. It’s going to be difficult, but we have a chance of beating Real Madrid.”While Luan is relishing the opportunity to lock horns with Ronaldo, he admits that it was the 32-year-old’s namesake and a Barcelona legend that he looked up to growing up.He added: “My idols were Ronaldo Nazario and Ronaldinho.”Both of those Brazilian icons graced the grandest of stages in Spain, with Real and Barca, and it could be that Luan follows in their illustrious footsteps at some stage in the near future.last_img read more

Daniel Sturridge in line for Liverpool return, says Jürgen Klopp

first_img“He is important to us and I could have taken him to Leicester in midweek but I can only select 11 players and Daniel would not have started. So we took a responsible decision. Rather than take him for 10 or maybe 20 minutes from the bench, we thought it was better to leave him behind so he could train twice and get better physically. We had Dom Solanke and Danny Ings for the bench and the more Daniel trains the better he gets, so that was the only reason for it.”Sturridge is making his way back to full fitness after injury, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to be struggling to adapt to Liverpool’s demands following his move from Arsenal and was unconvincing in his first start for his new club at Leicester, whereas Mohamed Salah has slotted straight in and has scored three league goals already. According to Klopp there is no big secret: the Egyptian was able to hit the ground running thanks to arriving so early in the transfer window.“You should never take things like this for granted but I’m not surprised by how quickly he has adapted,” Klopp said. “He had a whole pre-season, so it is not as if he has had to settle in in a minute, which is what people are now expecting of Ox. He has been working with us for many weeks, so it’s no problem for him.“You cannot say he was cheap at £38m but he’s a very good player, one we were always convinced about. You could see his potential in his first game at Watford. It was really physical and maybe a few people had doubts but he played better than anyone could have imagined. He was a kid when he was at Chelsea. Now he is more mature and everything is better.” Jürgen Klopp news Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Daniel Sturridge could feature for Liverpool at Leicester City on Saturday despite not being selected for the trip to the King Power Stadium in the Carabao Cup.Jürgen Klopp insists the striker is still an important part of his plans and that a pre-season chat between the pair centred only on Sturridge’s role at the club and not his desire to play elsewhere. “We had a good talk and it was not a case of him asking when or where he could go. It was about what we planned for this season,” Klopp said. Jürgen Klopp backs Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite dismal display Share on Messenger Daniel Sturridge Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Read more Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Vulnerable channels and 20 zones: the tactics behind Guardiola’s title win

first_imgManchester City Because they were so terrified of leaving Henry or Eto’o free, defences did not push up and full-backs did not move into midfield. The effect was to create more space in midfield for Lionel Messi dropping off as a false nine and for Xavi and Andrés Iniesta advancing from midfield (not to mention the complication of Dani Alves’s surges from a notional right-back position).City have exploited the same basic idea slightly differently but the importance of those channels between the centre-back and full-back is seen in the way Guardiola, as he did at Bayern, has the City training pitches marked out in 20 zones. In principle no more than three zones in the same horizontal line and no more than two zones in the same vertical line should ever be occupied.If a player moves into a zone that means four in the same horizontal line are occupied, one of the other three should move, ensuring the man on the ball always has two or three passing options. But what is also significant is that dividing the pitch in such a way emphasises the importance of those channels between full-back and centre-back.Last season one of the great strengths of Chelsea was the way their structure controlled those channels, their 3-4-2-1 system providing both two holding midfielders (N’Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matic) and two players who were in effect inside-forwards (Eden Hazard and Pedro or Willian), who operated in awkward pockets in which they fell outside the natural zone of the opposing centre-back, full-back and holding midfielder. Topics Manchester United in the 60s weren’t as good as this City side The system brought two wins and a draw but perhaps because the attacking six frequently found themselves strung out in a line as the forwards tried to drop off to create space for Silva and De Bruyne to burst into, it never resurfaced after a switch to 4-3-3 brought a 6-0 win over Watford and a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace in quick succession.The role of Fernandinho in protecting the back four is crucial, particularly on those occasions when both full-backs have been given licence to attack. But there have also been times when the full-backs, Fabian Delph in particular (and most notably away against Chelsea), have tucked inside, with the corresponding centre-back moving wider, occupying precisely those channels De Bruyne and David Silva try to attack at the other end of the pitch.That is useful as a way out from the back – and Ederson’s calmness in possession has been a major feature, notably at home against Tottenham when he bypassed the press with a string of accurate long passes. It also gives City protection against the counterattack; although, as the Champions League games against Liverpool suggested, perhaps not enough.City’s domination of the channels at one end of the pitch has been their triumph; their failure to do the same at the other end has been their undoing. Reuse this content It is a simple enough idea but, as Thierry Henry explained on Sky, it remains potent at the highest level. The idea of disruption, of existing in the pockets that elude the marking structure, was at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.“If you stand between the right-back and the right centre-back and [Samuel Eto’o] or me does the same on the other side, suddenly you hold four players alone,” Henry said. “Just from you being high and wide, and then coming back in, you are actually freezing four players because we are threatening to go in behind.” Share on LinkedIn Ottmar Hitzfeld, the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich manager, used to speak of the red zone, a central area of the pitch just outside the penalty box. Control that, he believed, and you controlled the game. If in your half you denied the opposition the ball in that space, they were forced wide and while crosses can be dangerous they are a low percentage route to goal.At the other end a player with time on the ball in that zone was a major threat, able to shoot or slide balls through the defence. As teams have become increasingly adept at plugging the red zone – often with the use of two holding midfielders – the danger area has shifted. Manchester City, notably, target the area on the edge of the Hitzfeld red zone, the space between the central defender and the full-back.An awareness of the vulnerability of that area is not something particularly new. In a 4-4-2 a forward with any level of tactical awareness would try to exploit it. Perhaps the centre-back and the full-back both think the other is covering and the forward is left unmarked. Or perhaps both mark the one player, leaving space elsewhere. Or if one marks the forward he can move into the other defender’s zone, disrupting the defensive structure. Read more What Pep Guardiola must do to make Manchester City even better Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Pep Guardiola has the Manchester City training pitches marked out in 20 zones. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pep Guardiola features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Share on Messenger Guardiola had Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva operating in “free eight” roles from the start of last season, to all intents roving inside-forwards whose forward runs would exploit those channels. The big difference with Chelsea, though, was that City maintained out-and-out wingers (in the modern sense of the term) rather than wing-backs.Guardiola did toy with a back three at the start of this season, although that seemed to be a way of getting Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus into the side in a 3-3-2-2 (or perhaps even 3-1-4-2) rather than Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1.last_img read more

Douglas Costa faces lengthy ban and Juventus fine after red card for spitting

first_imgShare via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Nicky Bandini Reuse this content Share on Twitter Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)He’s off the mark! @Cristiano won’t care that it’s probably the easiest goal of his career. He is up and running and his three-and-a-half game drought (!) is over. It’s @juventusfcen 1 – @SassuoloUS 0. Up and running! Subscribe – https://t.co/YbI6T6O8MU #CR7 #Ronaldo #Juve pic.twitter.com/IXWfTcdRI2September 16, 2018 Topics Share on Facebook Juventus Share on Pinterest Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)This is going to be a huge story in world football. Douglas Costa spits in Federico Di Francesco’s mouth during the #Juve and #Sassuolo game. pic.twitter.com/IXyYDClct8September 16, 2018 “Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen,” Allegri said. “We mustn’t fall for provocation. The game was winding down, we had it in the bag and, instead, we stopped playing as a team, everyone wanted to dribble a bit. Then the other team gets back into the game, some players get irritated and that sort of thing happens.” Allegri added: “It’s only right that [Costa] is fined and he certainly will be. I was surprised by his reaction. We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long.”Ronaldo needed three-and-a-half games to break his duck for Juventus but Allegri said he never had any doubts about the Portugal forward.“Was there any anxiety? Not on my part,” said Allegri. “You just have to see the first three games and how close Ronaldo went to scoring,” he said. “He was a little too hasty and eager to score again today, but football takes away and it gives, and the ball bounced off the post and right into his path.”Juventus, chasing an eighth successive Serie A title, have 12 points, three ahead of Napoli while Sassuolo are on eight after their first defeat of the season.“I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high,” said Ronaldo. “I really wanted to score, so I’m happy.”Ronaldo could easily have had a hat-trick but missed two more good chances and also had a penalty appeal turned down. He volleyed wide from six yards out and also missed when the rebound landed at his feet as João Cancelo’s shot was saved by Andrea Consigli.center_img Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo for €100m at 33? Indulgence or Juventus masterstroke? news European club football Share on Messenger Serie A Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said the winger Douglas Costa will be fined by the club after he was sent off for spitting at a Sassuolo opponent on Sunday, marring a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club.Costa, who faces a lengthy ban, was dismissed for spitting at Federico Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player. Read morelast_img read more

Newcastle forward Calum Green cited for allegedly biting opponent

first_imgShare on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Read more Newcastle, who are at the bottom of the Premiership despite winning their past three matches, face losing Calum Green for the rest of the season after he was cited for allegedly biting the Sale hooker Rob Webber last weekend.The incident occurred in the 22nd minute at St James’s Park when Green was held in a headlock by Webber, who has received a citing commissioner’s warning for that act, at a ruck. Sale claim that Green responded by biting Webber on the hand. Share on Pinterest It was reported on social media that the bearded man, who was wearing a Warriors training jacket, aimed several punches at a spectator sitting a few rows in front of him. Others tried to restrain him before he was led away by stewards and told to leave.“We are aware that police are investigating an incident at Saturday’s match against Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate in which a supporter wearing club replica kit was ejected from the ground for allegedly throwing a punch,” Worcester said in a statement. “We are cooperating with Bristol and Avon and Somerset police in their investigations.“We take a zero‑tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour. We are a family club and subscribe to rugby’s core values, one of which is respect for others.”The supporter has been banned from all Worcester home games while the investigation is being conducted. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Rugby union Support The Guardian Webber complained to the referee, Craig Maxwell-Keys, who reviewed the incident and did not find anything in the video evidence to justify a red card. Andy Blyth, the citing commissioner, who had access to more camera angles, did, and Green will appear for a disciplinary panel on Wednesday.The second-row has started all of Newcastle’s 17 Premiership matches this season and has missed only two league games in the past three campaigns. If found guilty he would face a minimum ban of 12 weeks, before mitigating factors, rising to 24 weeks or more if he was deemed to have acted with premeditation. Whatever, he would miss the Falcons’ last five games in their battle to avoid the drop.Worcester – the club immediately above them – have banned a fan who is being investigated by Avon and Somerset police for allegedly throwing punches in the South Stand at Ashton Gate during the match against Bristol last Saturday. Sale Share on WhatsApp Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action Newcastle Show Reuse this content Hide Topicslast_img read more

Champions League? Europa League? Who can still get what and how

first_imgfeatures Europa League Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day Share via Email Twitter Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Gonzalo Higuaín seals victory over Watford and a top-four place for Chelsea. Watford can reach the Europa League by winning the FA Cup final against Manchester City on 18 May. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Facebook Read more Can the fourth-placed team end up in the Europa League?In theory, yes, but not this season. It happened to Tottenham in 2012 because Chelsea won the Champions League, guaranteeing a place, and finished outside the top four at a time when England had a maximum of four spots. Now the Premier League gets up to five berths and the fourth-placed team miss out only if English clubs win the Champions League and Europa League but neither finish in the top four. That cant be the case this season. With the 38th and final round of matches left to play in the Premier League season, the unthinkable prospect of an extra 39th outing remains on the table.The sensible permutations are simple. A win for Manchester City and the trophy will continue to adorn sky blue ribbons for another year. Any mistake, and Jurgen Klopp’s side can grab a first title in 29 years. Guardiola will be expecting a routine win away at Brighton and Klopp will equally anticipate three points against Wolves at Anfield, but what about that elusive 39th match?The 2018-2019 Premier League handbook states that in the case that the title “cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the Board.”For everything to be equal on Sunday evening Manchester City will need to lose 4-0 at the Amex coupled with a 4-4 draw at Anfield. Both teams would finish on 95 points, with a goal difference of +65, and 91 goals scored.There is a precedent for this absurdly fantastical turn of events. Sort of. Guardiola hasn’t been immune to a hammering as City boss, overseeing the club’s 4-0 defeat to Everton in January 2017, while a trip back to the winter of 1983 would find an FA Cup occasion that did, in fact, see Brighton demolish City by a scoreline of 4-0.For Liverpool, meanwhile, the mere mention of “4-4” conjures up memories of a Premier League classic in which the Rafa Benitez-led Reds were on the receiving end of Andrei Arshavin’s brief dalliance with genius.Last month Klopp declared the 2018-2019 season as being “absolutely crazy”. Well, Jurgen, we’re about to find out just how crazy. Benji Nurick What happens if Arsenal finish outside the top four and win the Europa League?They go into the Champions League group stage and Manchester United go into the Europa League group stage. The second Europa League spot will go to Wolves or Watford depending on the outcome of the FA Cup final.What happens if Chelsea win the Europa League?They are in the Champions League anyway, so unless Spurs finish fifth and win the Champions League, there will be three English teams in the Europa League.What if Watford win the FA Cup?Beating City would earn them a spot in next season’s Europa League group stage. Seventh-placed Wolves would miss out on European football because only seven teams can qualify and Watford have finished outside the top seven.A win for Watford would also see the Premier League’s highest-placed side who have not qualified for the Champions League begin their Europa League campaign in the second qualifying round, which starts on 25 July. Manchester United are scheduled to play a friendly against Milan in Cardiff on the same day.And if Manchester City win the FA Cup?Seventh-placed Wolves will go into the Europa League second qualifying round. Who have qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League?Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea have secured their places in the group stage by virtue of confirmed top-four finishes. Tottenham hold the final top-four spot and will confirm their qualification – also for the group stage – as long as they avoid defeat by Everton. Even if they lose, Arsenal would need to win at Burnley and overturn an eight-goal deficit in goal difference to overhaul them. Premier League Champions League Thank you for your feedback. Show Hide Pinterest Can five teams go into the Champions League?Yes. If Arsenal finish outside the top four but win the Europa League they will be in the Champions League. If Chelsea win the Europa League only four English clubs will be in the Champions League, other than in the unlikely event that Tottenham end up fifth, and then win the Champions League.How many clubs qualify for the Europa League?That depends. Ordinarily it is three, with the Premier League’s fifth-placed finishers and the FA Cup winners going into the group stage and the Carabao Cup victors starting in the second qualifying round. But that drops to two if an English team win the Europa League but finish outside the top four because the Premier League gets a maximum of seven places in Europe.So can any club say for certain they will be in the Europa League?Only Manchester United. If they finish fifth they go into the group stage. If they finish sixth – which gets a Europa League place because Manchester City won the Carabao Cup but will be in the Champions League – their entry date will depend on who wins the FA Cup. Arsenal are guaranteed a Europa League place if they do not end up in the Champions League. Share on LinkedIn Topics Quick guide What would it take to force a play-off for the Premier League title? Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Rugby World Cup: four players who can light up semi-final weekend

first_img Makazole Mapimpi only made his South Africa Test debut last year. Photograph: Harry How/World Rugby via Getty Images South Africa rugby team Thank you for your feedback. He offers something different to the other key players this weekend. He hasn’t got any real flair and you won’t see outrageous pieces of high-risk skill. What you get is a pragmatic precision that puts England into the right areas and play at the right tempo needed. His achilles heel was no-arm tackles and that looks to have disappeared. He has also been accused of some hot-headed behaviour in the past but that is not here and it will be Fou’a Mo’unga, who is the most likely to crack first. Farrell knows his tactical kicking to gain ball back or apply pressure to the New Zealander needs to be on the yen as well, but he will rise to that and thrive. New Zealand have the edge but with Farrell playing at his very best that edge may slowly disappear. Show Not many would open themselves up to look a bit daft by trying something he knew his skills had a small chance of pulling off. He is brimming with confidence and swagger right now – as that attacking threat at the back and second receiver at the front, he is unlike anyone else in the tournament. The other three sides have not got a full-back who offers them so much in those areas. If there is one player England need to subdue for the entire match, it’s him. Michael Cheika linked with move to French Top 14 club Montpellier Reuse this content If he was in your fantasy football team he would be Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne and Tammy Abraham wrapped up into one. Priceless to hopes of Wales winning the World Cup.Finally it’s Owen Farrell. This is the most important game he has ever played in. Without him, England will not win the World Cup. I could have tried to be clever and picked a player from another area of the starting XV to say how important he will be but it would be all noise and no signal. Farrell is that Jenga piece that if you removed on Saturday, it will all fall down. England rugby union team In their quarter-final, hosts Japan finally ran aground against South Africa. Makazole Mapimpi, the Boks’ 29-year-old wing from Mdantsane, racked up his 13th try in 12 Test matches. Cheslin Kolbe is normally the headliner but Mapimpi is a deadly finisher. Opportunities will be few against Wales but the chance of him converting even the slimmest of those is high.The first member of his family to play rugby, he attended schools that had no history of producing players and worked his way through the levels by scorching through defences and scoring tries. The emphasis in the semi-finals will be scoring points against miserly defences. That’s what Mapimpi does.South Africa will have to get the ball to him and players such as Faf de Klerk are going to be pivotal but when you get to this stage it’s high success rates in your kicking and high conversion rates in your attacks that count. That’s his strength. Not 90-metre bursts up field so much but, like a running-back in the NFL, getting those crucial final yards right.They will have to get past Justin Tipuric, however, whose bottomless box of tools will give Warren Gatland’s men options in almost every area of the game. You see it not only his high tackle count and work rate in defence that gives his team a vital link in Shaun Edwards’ defensive plans. It’s also Tipuric’s attacking prowess, in which his sevens background is definitely an advantage: he passes brilliantly and has a loping stride that often catches out a defender. He can also pick lines that get him on the edges of players to bust through or pass out of to break a defensive line. At the lineout he has been used a lot as a jumper and that is in attack and in defence. Topics Hide It can all be cart before the horse in the days preceding such big games as we await the World Cup semi-finals in Japan. Coaches take to front and centre – some by choice, others by the path of convention and process. Perhaps it’s mindgames to distract their opponents or perhaps to allow players the shelter before the show. However, if those coaches have got their planning and peaking right then they will slowly step back into the shadows and it will be their players that step into the limelight. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Facebook Sportblog Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Read more Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Rugby World Cup 2019 Since you’re here… Wales rugby union team Support The Guardian Owen Farrell • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales South Africa’s Stick condemns ‘stupid’ spying and is wary of Wales’ kicking Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email New Zealand rugby union team I think we all want the two semi-finals to be decided by moments of brilliance and not crass stupidity as shown by Sébastien Vahaamahina for France in the quarter finals. I also hope we will be talking about how little we noticed the officials and not how much.I’ve had a look at four players that may be the spark to a victory for their respective teams and I’ll start with the pre-tournament and, in my eyes, still the slight favourites to win the World Cup for the third time in succession – New Zealand and the quite brilliant Beauden Barrett.I first came across Beauden when he was playing for the New Zealand sevens team in 2010. He was young and pretty green but balanced, quick and not afraid to try things. Fast forward to last weekend and one moment that was actually a botched one, to me summed up his approach to the game. The All Blacks were on the attack, had a knock-on advantage and Barrett had just slightly overrun the ball. He tried to do a back heel. He missed the ball but it revealed so much more. Share on Twitter Twitter commentlast_img read more

Spurs target Malcom not leaving Bordeaux – Poyet

first_imgTransfers Tottenham & Arsenal target Malcom not leaving Bordeaux in January, claims Poyet Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Malcom Bordeaux Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Nantes v Bordeaux Bordeaux Nantes Ligue 1 Arsenal The Ligue 1 side’s new manager has revealed he has been given assurances that the Brazilian will remain at the club this month New Bordeaux boss Gus Poyet says he has been given assurances that in-demand forward Malcom will not be leaving the club in January.Goal reported last Friday that Tottenham were the latest Premier League club to have expressed an interest in securing the 20-year-old Brazilian’s services.Arsenal were previously interested in signing Malcom this month, though Arsene Wenger last week ruled out the Gunners moving for him in the January transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But while a summer move was not ruled out by Wenger, Poyet has put all suitors on notice that the attacker will not be going anywhere this month.Poyet, who was announced as the successor to the sacked Jocelyn Gourvennec at the weekend, said: “The first thing I asked was if Malcom was staying. I was told yes.”I said OK, now we can continue the discussion.”Malcom had reignited speculation about his future by expressing a desire to play in the Premier League following Bordeaux’s 1-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday.While Bordeaux president Stephane Martin claimed Monday he has no issue with Malcom declaring an interest in playing in England, it was after he first re-affirmed the former Corinthians ace will be remaining at the club through the winter window. “It has been said over and over that Malcom will not leave,” said Martin.”He said he wanted to play in the Premier League someday; it’s normal – what player would not want to play in England?Malcom Bordeaux“There is no problem with Malcom.”Malcom has already matched his output of seven goals and four assists in 33 Ligue 1 games last campaign by scoring seven times and adding five assists in just 19 league games this season, prompting interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.Mauricio Pochettino, for his part, earlier Monday refused to address the reports linking Malcom to Spurs, telling Sky Sports: “That is a rumour and I don’t want to speak about it. “I am happy with our squad. We are open to quality players, but it is difficult in this transfer window.”Meanwhile, Arsenal remain on the hunt for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are nearing a deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.last_img read more

FROM THE REFEREES MOUTH…

first_imgFrom the referees corner… A word from the mouth of South African Zibi Ferreira here for his first International Tournament as a referee (please note this is not a picture of Zibi, but another referee attending the Youth World Cup.) Q: What are your impressions of the tournament so far Zibi? A: “The organisation is huge behind an event such as this, I never realised how big it is. This includes the organisation behind the referees, which is huge. I have also found the tournament and the referees to be extremely professional in the way the referees behave. I have learnt not to be late for a game or late for the bus, you get laughed at!” Q: In what ways is this experience different to tournaments and refereeing in South Africa? A: “Everyone knows what to do and what happens, they are disciplined and organised in getting everything set up, the team meetings, communication and support is awesome. Everyone is very focused, they have a job to do and they want to do it well.” *Please note it has taken Zibi a little while to realise he is not allowed to stroll across the fields when a game is happening, despite the fact he is wearing a referees uniform! Q: What is the atmosphere like amongst the referees? A: “The team support and atmosphere is very positive and enjoyable. Everyone’s supportive, despite the fact that we are from different nations. We’re a team, just like the players that are here competing and I am enjoying meeting so many people and making so many friends.” “Also, despite the fact we are competing for place to referee the finals, there is still such a camaraderie between everyone.” “The coaching that I receive before, during and after the games from people like Jenny Madders is excellent. It is very beneficial for me because I don’t have the same experience or knowledge and we are trying to develop this in South Africa. I want to be as focused and determined as they all are.” Q: What are you going to take back to Touch in South Africa after this experience? A: “I think that from where I came from in South Africa to here, it’s chalk and cheese, there’s so much difference, so much input for the referees. I need to take it in and work on it. It certainly just doesn’t come naturally, I need to keep working very hard after this tournament.” “The games here are so much tougher, faster, intense and more skilful. The Womens and the Mixed are even more so than our Super League back in South Africa. So not only do I take back the experience of this but I also go back 10 kilos lighter after working so hard!” By Rachel Moyle and Zibi Ferreira LINKS: Youth World Cup stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

Big Day Five Ahead At Super Trans Tasman

first_imgDay five of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series is shaping to be the biggest yet, with eight games back-to-back and a lot on the line for the Australian teams. In the Masters divisions, Australia and New Zealand have both won two series each, with Australia claiming the Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s and New Zealand winning the Senior Mixed and Women’s 30’s. The Masters Trans Tasman title rests with the team who wins the third and deciding Men’s 30’s decider, and after two very exciting games so far, the third match will no doubt be an exciting spectacle.Games start at 10.50am NZ time, with each of today’s eight games played on the stadium field. In the Open’s division, Australia needs to take out the Men’s and Mixed games two to level the series back at 1-all after their respective losses yesterday. The Women’s Open team will be hopeful of taking out game two today and taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series after their 6-3 win yesterday. Stay tuned to the www.austouch.com.au website and the Touch Football Australia Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.twitter.com/touchfootyausStay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel over the coming days to see all of the highlights of the Masters Trans Tasman Series and Open’s Trans Tasman Series:www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSuper Trans Tasman Day Five10.50am – Men’s 50’s12.00pm – Men’s 40’s1.10pm – Senior Mixed2.20pm – Women’s 30’s3.30pm – Men’s 30’s4.40pm – Mixed Open5.50pm – Women’s Open7.00pm – Men’s OpenRelated LinksSTT Day Fivelast_img read more