Pau Lopez: Nkono is like a father to me

first_imgPrimera División Thomas Nkono is like a father to me, says Espanyol’s Pau Lopez Shina Oludare Chief Editor Nigeria Last updated 1 year ago 23:23 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pau Lopez Getty Primera División Espanyol v Sevilla Sevilla Espanyol The 23-year-old admits the African goalkeeping great has played a significant part in his footballing education at RCDE Stadium GOAL EXCLUSIVE     By Shina Oludare      Follow on Twitter  Espanyol’s Pau Lopez has described Thomas Nkono as a father figure who he has learnt a lot from.The Spaniard returned as Budgerigars’ first-choice goalkeeper after completing a season-long loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur last season.Lopez who is a leading figure in Quique Sánchez Flores’s squad boasts of 19 games under his belt this season. 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 Loading…Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona, the 23-year-old says he told his inspiration from 61-year-old Nkono – who is an Espanyol legend having featured in over 300 games and currently a member of club’s management.Lopez on legendary Thomas Nkono“Nkono is a legend of the club and everybody is learning from him,” Lopez told Goal.“For me, he is like my father and my mentor in sports. I have learnt a lot from him and I appreciate him a lot.“He is an inspiration to grassroots footballers in club and Spain as a whole. Also, he is a very important mentor to learn from.”Espanyol are 14th on LaLiga log with 24 points from 20 games, and they will lock horns with Leganes in their next fixture at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Sunday.last_img read more

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Spurs handle Newport County

first_imgTottenham 2 Newport County 0: Lamela strike helps Spurs to fifth round Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 2/8/18 erik lamela - cropped Getty Images Erik Lamela scored his first goal since 2016 as Tottenham saw off Newport County in their FA Cup fourth-round replay. Tottenham eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Newport County in Wednesday’s replay at Wembley.The League Two side shocked Spurs by holding them to a 1-1 draw in the initial fourth-round tie but they could not spring another surprise, as an own goal from Dan Butler and an Erik Lamela strike sealed the home side’s progress.Mauricio Pochettino, in his 200th game in charge, left the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli out of the starting line-up but handed defender Toby Alderweireld his first start since November 1. 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 Newport boss Michael Flynn, who was rewarded with a new contract in the hours before kick-off, watched his side produce a bold early performance in London until Butler’s unfortunate own goal sapped their confidence.Lamela’s first goal in 504 days made the result safe before half-time, allowing Spurs to cruise through the second period and secure an away fifth-round clash with Rochdale of League One.200 – Mauricio Pochettino is overseeing his 200th game in charge of Tottenham in all competitions, winning 109, drawing 47 and losing 43 so far. Cherished. pic.twitter.com/OHZTs8WWzo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2018Newport started in much the same way as they did in Wales, with their high pressing leading to half-chances through a Robbie Willmott free-kick and a header from Padraig Amond, who scored in the first meeting.Danny Rose sent a volley into the side-netting as Spurs began to increase the pressure, and they got the breakthrough in fortuitous circumstances 26 minutes in, as Butler turned Moussa Sissoko’s low cross into his own net.Joe Day was helpless as the ball escaped his outstretched leg but he made a superb double save to keep the score at 1-0 just past the half-hour mark, beating away Lamela’s volley before blocking Son Heung-min’s effort on the rebound.But Lamela had better luck three minutes later as he scored his first goal in 17 months, slotting a clever finish past Day from 12 yards after Son had burst towards the box and played him in.504 – Erik Lamela netted his first goal for Tottenham in 504 days, since scoring against Gillingham in the League Cup in September 2016. Back.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2018The second half proved to be something of a procession, with Spurs bossing the ball but showing little urgency in attack, although Fernando Llorente was close to turning Lamela’s cross goalwards and the Argentine winger was denied by another good save from Day.Frank Nouble had proved a troublesome figure for the home defence on Newport’s rare forays forward but he was unable to fashion any clear chances on Michel Vorm’s goal, and substitute Christian Eriksen came close to a third for Spurs when he drilled Rose’s cross wide.Llorente made a mess of Lamela’s delightful chipped throughball and volleyed another chance wide, meaning his wait for just a third Spurs goal goes on, while Alli clattered the crossbar after being played clean through by Eriksen.Pochettino’s side almost conceded late on but Vorm denied Amond from close range, as Spurs ensured a trip to Rochdale on February 18, with Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal now the focus of their attention.Key Opta Stats:- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 home games at Wembley (W10 D2), scoring 32 goals and conceding just six.- Spurs have kept clean sheets in each of their last four home games in all competitions. They last kept more consecutive shutouts on home soil in September 2013 (six).- Tottenham have benefited from five opposition own-goals this season in all competitions, more than any other English league side.- Erik Lamela’s last goal came against Gillingham in the EFL Cup in September 2016.- Son Heung-min has been directly involved in 15 Tottenham goals in his last 13 home games in all competitions, scoring eight and assisting seven. read morelast_img read more

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Why De Gea is awesome for Man Utd but awful for Spain

first_imgWorld Cup Why is David de Gea awesome for Man Utd but awful for Spain following Ronaldo blunder? Kris Voakes in Kazan Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) David de Gea Portugal Spain World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Spain David de Gea Portugal v Spain Iran v Spain Manchester United Premier League The Spain goalkeeper has made a habit of falling short of expectations for his country of late, but what is behind his downturn in form? How many rare errors can somebody make before the word ‘rare’ no longer applies?David de Gea, the absolute model of consistency when pulling on a Manchester United shirt, has suffered the kind of run of form playing for Spain that would see many a fellow goalkeeper thrown to the lions.Mistakes will always punctuate the career of a number one but it is generally the frequency that is considered the ultimate barometer of a keeper’s value. And while on that scale De Gea is possibly the greatest club goalkeeper of the last five years, he is rapidly developing a reputation at national level for failing his side with too great a regularity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The high-profile error which saw him spill Cristiano Ronaldo’s speculative effort into the back of his net in the 3-3 World Cup draw against Portugal on Friday is far from the first from the 27-year-old when donning Spain colours in recent times.In March he misjudged the bounce on Nicolas Otamendi’s header for Argentina, allowing it to go between his separated hands as he dived. Then in the warm-up clash with Switzerland earlier this month he failed to hold Stephan Lichtsteiner’s tame cross-shot and Ricardo Rodriguez tapped in.After that error he had told the Spanish press: “Better now than in Russia.” But that not only glossed over the problem, it also did nothing to address the mistakes he had also made in La Roja’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign in France when he was last on the big stage.With a matter of minutes remaining against Croatia, and Spain destined for top spot in their group, De Gea conceded at his near post to Ivan Perisic when attempting to block with his feet rather than dive towards the strike. And in the very next game he got caught in two minds dealing with Eder’s free-kick and his bungled stop allowed Giorgio Chiellini to sweep home Italy’s first in the Spaniards’ 2-0 quarter-final loss.Whether judging De Gea in the present context or the historical big-game context his record at international level has not been good enough. He has made three vital errors in the last four national team fixtures, three in three in tournament matches.David de Gea Giorgio Chiellini Italy Spain Euro 2016Spain’s new coach Fernando Hierro has insisted that De Gea’s place is not up for grabs ahead of their second Group B clash with Iran in Kazan on Wednesday though, telling the media on Monday: “I see David being very calm and he has all our confidence in full. Players need confidence and support at all times and my decision is clear.”That backing came against the backdrop of concerted negative opinion from the Spanish media in relation to De Gea, particularly one scathing attack from AS’ Alfredo Relano who decried comparisons between the United number one and Spanish legend Iker Casillas.The tone there is quite pointed given that Casillas was for so long the captain and leader of Real Madrid, the club De Gea very nearly joined in 2015 and to whom he has been linked constantly over the three years since.With each inexplicable error that has occurred since then there have come the questions as to whether it is a mental issue, with his head being filled with the Madrid talk rather than the fundamentals of his job. Yet he has turned in season after season of exemplary work for United in that time, and it is in that environment that you would expect his concentration to be most affected if that were truly an issue.David De Gea Iker Casillas SpainIn the national team setup there ought to be no such issue, but it is here where he has come unstuck. Some in Spain have spoken of De Gea’s hyperopia – farsightedness – as being a contributory factor in his dip in form, but again that doesn’t explain why it would affect him at a far more frequent rate when playing for Spain than with United.The theory that he just doesn’t feel quite as comfortable playing in front of Spanish audiences might just be the most compelling. De Gea spoke of a distaste for the way the press in his homeland treats him after his error against Portugal.“I don’t feel much support from Spain,” he told reporters. “My own criticism is bad enough. I would have liked them to defend me more in a difficult moment in my life, with an issue from outside the game.”The lack of support on home turf surrounding the 2016 case in which he was accused of sexual assault may well have left a mental scar, one which has created a feeling of unease whenever he dons the Spanish jersey. It would certainly explain why there has been a very different David de Gea keeping goal for his country from the one wowing the world with his club.Jose Mourinho David de Gea Manchester UnitedWhatever the truth of it, United are not about to let De Gea’s difficulties with Spain cloud their judgement of him.“It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us… Player of the Season, fantastic performances,” United manager Jose Mourinho told RT after Friday’s game. “But that happens to the best. The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there, not afraid, confident to go and ready to help the team.”And that is what Hierro and Spain are banking on. The hope is that against Iran and in potentially five more games to come, it will be the David de Gea of Manchester United between the sticks rather than the pale imitation they have had in goal of late.last_img read more

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Two new Directors on TFA Board

first_imgAt the recent Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting, two new Directors were elected the TFA Board.Hamish McLean and Jim Yeo were both elected as TFA Directors until 2010. The pair will join existing TFA Directors – Michael Rush (Chairman), Mathew Gilbertson and Jane Russo.Hamish has had nearly five years experience coaching both NTL and Victorian representative teams. Hamish has also helped form Parkville Touch as well as the Melbourne City Lions franchise in the VT League.Hamish has also sat on the Executive State Council for Victoria and also has board experience with the Melbourne University Sports Association. Kevin “Jim” Yeo has had a long association with Touch Football. Jim is a retired Level 6 referee who is on the National and NSWTA Referee Panel.Jim has also served on the NSWTA Board as Vice President and Finance Director. Jim was awarded Life Membership to both the Mudgee Touch Association and Hornets Touch for his wonderful contribution.TFA congratulate both Hamish and Jim on their appointment and wish them well with their roles on the TFA Board.last_img read more

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Media Coverage of Touch

first_imgIf you have seen any Touch Football stories in your region that you would like to see on the TFA website, please email them to lauren@austouch.com.au. http://www.ausport.gov.au/media/asc_news/elite_indigenous_sports_funding_helps_young_athlete_pursue_her_dreamshttp://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2010/04/01/gympies-touch-stars-thrive-on-challenge/http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2010/03/24/touch-ref-is-number-two/http://www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au/news/local/sport/general/ashlee-builds-her-sports-reputation/1787288.aspxhttp://www.inverelltimes.com.au/news/local/sport/other/team-of-the-week-north-west-touch-football-side/1789624.aspxhttp://northside-chronicle.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/youngstar-true-all-rounder/last_img read more

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Mixed Open Team – 2019 Touch World Cup

first_imgThe following players have been selected to represent Australia in the Mixed Open team at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28th April – 4th May 2019.MIXED OPEN TEAMJayden BenbowJustin CridlandSimon LangAlex LangbridgeStephanie MaioloPatricia MichaelopoulosJackson MillsHayden MoffattElin MortimerZara NicholasCameron NichollsPaige ParkerCorey RussellMichael SinghKatherine StevensDylan Thompson   Coach: Micheal LovettAsst Coach: Dave NolanAsst Coach: Justin CreightonManager: Ash MewburnPhotography: Glen Eatonlast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We need this amount of points for league title…

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We need this amount of points for league title…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels they’ll need to break 100 points to win the Premier League title this season.Mo Salah scored and teed up Virgil van Dijk to ensure Liverpool will enjoy Christmas at No.1 after a 2-0 win over Wolves.Klopp admitted: “So far it looks like a real special season.“It is up there, to have 48 points mid-December is just crazy.“We know we are good and are in a good moment. But we have to respect the others are good as well and we know we cannot start the party or plan a party for the summer now.“For the moment it is really nice and now we have to make sure we get fresh legs as quickly as possible.”The German added: “Other teams such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are all winning as well.“That is the season, no-one from the top five really drops points and at the end of the season you probably need 105 or so to be champions.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique ready to quit and run for president

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique ready to quit and run for presidentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is preparing to hang up the boots.Mundo Deportivo says Pique intends to retire at the end of next season in 2020.And he plans to contest the presidential election in 2021 against incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu.Bartomeu is aware of Pique’s intentions and knows he will have a fight to retain the presidency.The defender, 32 in February, plans for a coaching team of Xavi and Andreas Iniesta, with Carles Puyol the club’s prime technical director. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoHertha Berlin coach Dardai admits they must wait for Grujic

first_imgHertha Berlin coach Dardai admits they must wait for Grujicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai admits they’ll need to wait for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic.The Serb has missed the resumption of training at Hertha due to an ankle injury he suffered before Christmas.Dardai stated, “Marko has not yet received the green light to train with us.”He will be a topic only for the home game against Schalke (Jan 25).”Grujic is on-loan at Hertha for the season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoFulham table offer for Bordeaux wing-back Youssouf Sabaly

first_imgFulham table offer for Bordeaux wing-back Youssouf Sabalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are chasing Bordeaux wing-back Youssouf Sabaly.L’Equipe says the Cottagers have launched a bid for Sabaly this past week.Bordeaux are now mulling over the proposal, though Fulham are prepared to go higher.The Premier League strugglers have been active in the French transfer market since last season’s promotion.Maxime Le Marchand, Jean-Michaël Seri and Frank Zambo-Anguissa all arrived last summer from Ligue 1. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoSevilla signing Munir El Haddadi: I had no hesitation

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla signing Munir El Haddadi: I had no hesitationby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMunir El Haddadi is excited about his move to Sevilla.The former Barcelona striker was presented to local media on Monday.”It is a very beautiful opportunity, as [Sevilla] are a great club and I hope to succeed here,” said the Spanish-Moroccan.”Since Sevilla showed an interest in me, I had no hesitation in coming here.”I have been convinced by the trophies, the fans, [the fact] that they are a great club, and that I know I will enjoy football here a lot.”[My teammates] are very good players and they are at a great level.”I hope to work and help a lot, and to be there when the coach needs me.”Munir went on to talk about the Blaugrana’s decision to drop him from the squad.”When I arrived from my holidays, I told Barcelona that I didn’t want to renew,” he added. “[Ernesto Valverde] told me that he was told by those above him to not count on me anymore,” he added.”I was lucky enough to be able to come to Sevilla sooner [than the summer, where he could have arrived for free].” last_img read more

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a month agoBrighton boss Graham Potter dismisses football buzz words

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Graham Potter dismisses football buzz wordsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is happy to just get on with things at the Seagulls.Supporters have embraced the work of the new man at the helm, keen to see the club push on after a desperately close flirtation with relegation last season.”I didn’t really come in with any expectations other than that it’s going to be a real challenge and it’s proved to be that,” Potter says.”As a coach in this environment, time isn’t something you have too much of. You know that you have to get results quickly, it’s the nature of the game, and then you want to try to improve the club, improve how you want to play.”I don’t want to talk about philosophy or identity, all these big words that sound great, the reality is that it’s the Premier League and you have to be competitive.” last_img read more

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18 days agoAgent of Elseid Hysaj says he’s leaving Napoli

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Elseid Hysaj says he’s leaving Napoliby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Elseid Hysaj says he’s leaving Napoli.The fullback has found himself frozen out this season.Mario Giuffredi told Radio Punto Nuovo, “Napoli could lose him for nothing and it would be a shame because we have an excellent relationship.“We won’t renew, there are no conditions for it and both us and Napoli are aware of that.“I feel it’s also time for him to make a change after four-and-a-half years. There’s no need for any more talk because we’re all in agreement.” last_img read more

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16 days ago​Everton boss Marco Silva expected to face West Ham

first_img​Everton boss Marco Silva expected to face West Hamby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is not in immediate danger of losing his job.With the Blues in the Premier League relegation zone, there are calls for Silva to lose his job.While the club are aware of their precarious position and do not want to persist with a failed experiment, they do not want to make a hasty decision either.The Daily Mailsays Silva will be in charge as Everton take on West Ham in their first game after the international break.Should they lose that game, pressure may mount on Silva to the point where his position becomes untenable.Bookmakers believe former Blues boss David Moyes is the favorite to take the job if Silva is sacked. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Michigan Fan Releases Incredible “From Bo To Harbaugh” Hype Video Ahead Of Ohio State Game

first_imgMichigan Go Blue brick.michigan fan from bo to harbaugh hype videoIn just one year at the helm, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has righted the ship, leading the Wolverines to a 9-2 record and a shot at the Big Ten East title. Naturally, UM fans are ecstatic with the program’s decision to hire him this past offseason. They’re also feeling confident heading into ‘The Game’ for the first time in a long time.One Wolverines supporter – Isaiah Hole of 247 Sports, put together an absolutely incredible hype video that pays homage to both Harbaugh and legendary former coach Bo Schembechler. It features loads of Michigan highlights from over the years.Ohio State and Michigan will meet at Noon tomorrow. It’s going to be a good one.last_img read more

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Toryque Bateman, Alabama OT, Releases Impressive Top 5

first_imgToryque Bateman seen in a 3 point stance.Twitter/@AndrewSpiveyGCToryque Bateman, a huge 6-foot-8 offensive tackle out of Gadsden, Ala., dropped a top five schools list featuring some of college football’s top programs. The AAC’s Memphis Tigers are the lone “group of five” program that make the cut, and are joined by the Miami Hurricanes, Michigan Wolverines, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and Tennessee Volunteers join Memphis in the top five.He released his list via Twitter this morning.Top schools give God the glory #Top5 pic.twitter.com/88mFV5QAbT— T BATE (@35Reek) July 28, 2016Toryque Bateman took a trip to Michigan last month, and he tells AL.com‘s Drew Champlin that the Wolverines are currently his leader.The 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive tackle from Gadsden City released his top five on Thursday, with Michigan as his leader.“They gave me one of the best visits I’ve taken,” Bateman said. “It was awesome and I had fun the entire time.”Back in June, Bateman rated his Michigan trip as an ‘A+,’ per Scout.“The visit went very, very well,” Bateman told The Michigan Insider. “I had lots of fun and we toured the campus, the facilities and talked to all of the coaches. I just really hung out during the camp to watch other players. Overall, the visit was an A+ and my expectations were very high and they did exceed them with flying colors.”He also plans to head back to Ann Arbor during the weekend of August 6 for the “BBQ at the Big House” recruiting event. While another good trip could be huge for the Wolverines, he does not currently have a commitment timetable.2017 Ala. OL Toryque Bateman told me he plans on going to #Michigan‘s BBQ at the Big House https://t.co/maXznigTtH pic.twitter.com/tYYn1fIOTF— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) July 28, 2016247Sports ranks Bateman as the No. 20 prospect in the state of Alabama, and the No. 43 offensive tackle in the class of 2017. While it isn’t in his top five, and are yet to offer Bateman, the early 247 Crystal Ball voters like him to wind up at Alabama. In addition, the Auburn Tigers, the other power program in his home state, have not offered Bateman either. In the event that the Crimson Tide or Tigers come through with an offer, that could shake up this recruitment.last_img read more

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The 30 highest earning clubs in Europe

first_imgFootball clubs are seemingly just as much about success off the pitch as on it in the modern era.Television deals, sponsorships and prize money ensure football clubs are some of the highest-earning organisations in the world.The publication of the latest UEFA Benchmark report provides an opportunity to review which clubs bring in the most revenue, and how it compares to the previous 12 months. 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? (Figures are for the 2017 financial year)last_img read more

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PSG fined €100,000 by LFP for racial profiling

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have been fined €100,000 over issues with the club’s recruitment practices, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) announced on Tuesday.Ligue 1 leaders PSG were investigated after the team confirmed last November that “forms with illegal content” were used by a recruitment section of the club’s academy.A report by Mediapart and television programme ‘Envoye Special’, following the release of the Football Leaks documents, claimed scouts were requested to document the ethnicity of potential academy signings. 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? General manager Jean-Claude Blanc was among those to give evidence to the LFP’s disciplinary committee, as well as the club’s former sporting director Olivier Letang.PSG conducted their own investigation into player-recruitment practices but their case was closed after finding no discrimination.The LFP, however, confirmed PSG will be fined €100,000 while various members of the club’s staff were also cited.Bertrand Reuzeau, who was director of PSG’s training centre between 2013 and 2015, has been ordered to pay a suspended €10,000 fine.Recruiting agents Marc Westerloppe and Pierre Reynaud were also hit with suspended €5,000 fines, the LFP said.The Parisians are currently 13 points clear of Lille at the top of the Ligue 1 with two games in hand.last_img read more

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Martinez: Hazard fears were wrong

first_imgBelgium head coach Roberto Martinez was pleased Eden Hazard’s big-money transfer to Real Madrid did not prove a distraction as his side cruised to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan on Saturday.Hazard – making his 100th appearance for Belgium – did not score but set up the first goal for Dries Mertens while Timothy Castagne and Romelu Lukaku also netted in what was a straight-forward Euro 2020 qualifying victory in Brussels.LaLiga giants Madrid confirmed the signing of Hazard on Friday, the 28-year-old swapping Chelsea for Spain and signing a five-year deal. 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? Martinez worried that the move may have seen his side take their eye off the ball but that was not to be the case.”The atmosphere was great in the stadium. I was a little afraid that the festivities around Eden Hazard would distract, but that was not the case,” he was quoted as saying by Le Soir.”It’s fantastic for Eden … I hope he will keep the pleasure of playing and will continue to give pleasure to the fans.”It’s great how it has not changed over time.”capsCongrats @hazardeden10 #BELKAZ #COMEONBELGIUM pic.twitter.com/UXUl8wjqCA— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 8, 2019Speaking on his side’s victory, Martinez said Belgium “imposed our game” on the Kazakhs.”Everything worked well … we must emphasise the seriousness and concentration of the group,” he said.”Kazakhstan’s performance against Scotland was very strong but they were not allowed to do what they had in mind.”Martinez also reserved special praise for Castagne following a series of “very good” performances for the national team.”He did what I asked him. His job requires a lot of effort, but he did very well,” he added.Belgium have another home fixture on Tuesday, with Steve Clarke’s Scotland set to visit the Belgian capital.last_img read more

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