TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Al-Ahly signing Mahmoud: I rejected transfer advice from Liverpool ace Salahby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEgyptian midfielder Mohamed Mahmoud has revealed he rejected advice from Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah when choosing his next club.Mahmoud has just left Wadi Degla for Al-Ahly – turning down three major European clubs in the process.The 20 year-old said, “I declined three offers from Europe, I received offers from TSG Hoffenheim, FC Basel and Ajax, but I chose Al-Ahly.”When I received the offer from Basel, Mohamed Salah advised me to choose them, even before I talked to Al-Ahly.”Mahmoud decided to remain in Egypt for the benefit of his career development.
Month: October 2019
a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: We must keep heat on Liverpoola month agoMan City boss Guardiola: We must keep heat on Liverpool
Man City boss Guardiola: We must keep heat on Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told Liverpool they’ll keep up the pressure as they target a third successive Premier league title.City earned a hard-fought 3-1 win away to Everton after league leaders Liverpool beat Sheffield United to keep up their 100% record.”We knew Liverpool won again and the gap was eight points, so big,” the City boss said.”So we won three points and it’s five in September, with a lot of points to play for.”We know which team we’re playing [in the title race] right now, they are seven victories in a row, champions of Europe and playing good football. “This is our rival and we know we can’t drop too many points because last season they lost just one game.”The season is long, we have to keep going and be there, maybe we can push them a little bit more and try to make the third Premier League in a row.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
25 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder tells Henderson: You must improve25 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder tells Henderson: You must improve
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder tells Henderson: You must improveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has told Dean Henderson to cut out the mistakes if he wants to be an England star.The Blades goalkeeper was left distraught when his second-half blunder at Bramall Lane on Saturday gifted all three points to Liverpool.Wilder said: “He has the raw qualities. As you have seen here, he makes big saves, but he has to learn from experience and he has to grow.”This is a big season for him individually. It is up to him how he develops. He has got first-class coaching from our point of view.”He has got team-mates that think a lot about him and as a manager, I do as well. He is an outstanding young goalkeeper but a lot will be down to how he takes it on to the next level.”He has proved himself at every level. He has come back from mistakes. He made a huge one last year against Leeds and came back and contributed and he made a couple in a high profile Championship game against Aston Villa and came back.”So that is the reaction, but from my point of view I don’t want him to make mistakes and he can’t afford to make mistakes to drag himself out of a hole.”First and foremost, he has to cut that out, because as with all the top goalkeepers that play, mistakes are very few and far between.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
4 days agoPochettino calls for unity amidst Spurs downturn4 days agoPochettino calls for unity amidst Spurs downturn
Pochettino calls for unity amidst Spurs downturnby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to see unity from his players.The Argentine manager knows the club is going through an uncertain period.The futures of many senior players are in question, with their contracts set to run out in the summer.But Pochettino believes the squad must stick together to achieve anything this season.He told reporters: “It is not the moment to talk [about transfers], when the time arrives we are going to take that decision in one way or another.”Now is the time to stay all together, all of the squad, with the staff and the fans and try and change the atmosphere.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Video: Duke Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft PicksVideo: Duke Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks
Duke NBA Draft PicksThe NBA has been good to Duke’s men’s basketball program. Or maybe we should say: the Blue Devils have been good to the NBA. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the program, Duke has produced 54 NBA Draft picks. That’s really, really impressive. With the 2015 NBA Draft taking place last week, and three former Dukies getting selected, the Blue Devils have released a cool “Duke in the NBA” video, celebrating Coach K’s draft picks.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has labelled Lionel Messi the greatest footballer of all time, while admitting he did not enjoy his meetings with the Barcelona wizard in 2018.The Argentine, alongside current Juventus man Cristiano Ronaldo, has dominated the game over the last decade, breaking countless records with his club while also becoming the first man to win five Ballons d’Or.Messi or Ronaldo has been a constant source of contention amongst some football fans, with endless debates generated over the question of who is the best in the world. 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 for Hazard, only one man has a legitimate claim to that title.”Two G.O.A.T.s (Greatest of All Time) you say? No way. There is only one G.O.A.T: Him, Lionel Messi!” the Chelsea man explained to HLN.”Those two games against Barcelona were not my best memories of 2018. I was happy to play against Barcelona and Messi, but I didn’t deliver what I expected. I was disillusioned.”My three sons were there for the home match at Stamford Bridge. The eldest is a big Messi fan – all of us are Messi fans, actually. He wanted to see Messi that day, because Messi is a special player.”Hazard enjoyed a productive summer in 2018, helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals before ultimately losing out to hosts France.One of the teams the Red Devils upset along the way was Brazil, who went down 2-1 in the quarters thanks largely to an inspired performance in goal from Thibaut Courtois.The much-questioned Neymar was comforted by Hazard at the final whistle, and he admits that he felt for Brazil’s icon after the match.“That was something that came naturally. I didn’t think about it when we crossed each other. I just put myself in his place,” he added. “Everyone expected him to become the best player of the World Cup. It had to be Neymar. Lionel Messi was out of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo as well. The pressure on his shoulders must have been immense.”I know the feeling. But tens of thousands of times bigger than in Belgium, when they expected a lot from me in 2014. The nation, the fans, the journalists. It was Neymar, Neymar, Neymar. It was all about Neymar, Neymar, Neymar.”It was exaggerated hysteria. Have we won? Then it’s thanks to Neymar. Have we lost? Then it’s Neymar’s fault. As if those 22 others in the Brazil squad didn’t even participate.”We did not speak – his English isn’t that good. It was all about the gesture, not about the words. In a difficult moment I wanted to make him feel respected. To comfort him. He is a top player. His moment will come. Maybe at the next World Cup.“ Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Roma branded the accusations made by Francesco Totti in a parting shot at the club “fanciful and far from reality”.Totti officially stepped down as a director of Roma on Monday, bringing an end to his 30-year stay in the Italian capital.Speaking at an explosive press conference to explain the reasons behind his exit , the former captain hit out at the Serie A side for not taking his views into consideration during his two-year stint in the position. 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? “I never had the chance to express myself,” Totti told reporters. “They never involved me. The first year that can happen but by the second [year] I understood what they wanted to do. “They knew of my desire to offer a lot to this squad but they never wanted it. They kept me out of everything. It’s a day that I hoped never would have come.”Roma released a statement on their official website to respond to Totti’s claims, reiterating the 42-year-old chose to resign instead of taking up a new role as technical director – as revealed by American owner James Pallotta last week.”The club is extremely disappointed to learn that Francesco Totti has announced that he has decided to leave the club and not take up the position of technical director of Roma,” the statement read. “We offered this role to him after Monchi’s exit, for which we were awaiting his answer.”We believed that the role offered to Francesco is one of the most senior positions at the club and obviously requires total dedication and commitment, something that is expected of all senior managers within the club.”We were prepared to be patient with Francesco and help him achieve the transition from being a great footballer into a great manager. To demonstrate this commitment to Francesco, the role of technical director was offered to him – a role that we believed he could grow into and one in which we offered to support him in while he adapts.”While we understand how hard it must be for him to take this decision to leave AS Roma after 30 years, we believe that his perception of the facts and decisions made at the club are both fanciful and far from reality.”A month on from Daniele De Rossi announcing his exit, Totti also suggested Romans have been forced out of the Stadio Olimpico since Pallotta took over in 2011.And the one-club man made clear he would consider a return should there be a change of ownership further down the line.The club statement continued: “Regarding the repeated references to a possible comeback with a new ownership, combined with information about interested parties collected by him around the world, we hope that this was not meant to be an inappropriate anticipation of a takeover attempt of the club, a scenario that would be very sensitive as Roma is a listed company. “The club’s investor group have absolutely no intention of putting Roma up for sale, now or in the future. We wish Francesco only good luck with what he decides to do next.”
Boban hints at Milan stay for PSG target DonnarummaBoban hints at Milan stay for PSG target Donnarumma
AC Milan chief football officer Zvonimir Boban believes goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will remain with the Serie A giants.Donnarumma has been linked with a move away from San Siro, with Paris Saint-Germain among the club’s reportedly interested in the shot-stopper.The 20-year-old has not always had the best relationship with supporters, with the youngster having once been reduced to tears by a banner produced by the home support, who were upset with the talented goalkeeper over a contract dispute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But Boban has suggested the Italy international will be staying in Milan, although he accepted that the situation could change should the player decide he wants to leave.”[Paolo] Maldini said that we are happy to have probably the best goalkeeper in the world, surely the best talent in the world in that role,” Boban told CalcioMercato on Tuesday. “For the moment, he remains. He can change, but it is not said that he will leave.”Donnarumma joined Milan as a 14-year-old in 2013 and has already made 164 first-team appearances.He will be playing for a new manager this season in the form of Marco Giampaolo. The Switzerland-born 51-year-old signed a deal until 2021 with the option of an additional year as the replacement for Gennaro Gattuso, who departed at the end of last season . And Boban thinks the new boss was the right choice to lead the club back to the top of European football. “He is one of the few coaches that makes you clearly understand how he wants to play, in every situation,” he said. He continued: “Giampaolo will find the right path, with the players but also with the game.” Milan finished fifth in Serie A last season, falling heartbreakingly short of a top-four place by ended the campaign just a single point behind rivals Inter and Atalanta. They will be hoping to go one better in new season, while also looking to close the substantial gap on champions Juventus, who finished 22 points clear of them. Despite that fifth-place finish the club are facing a season without European play, having been banned from the Europa League following FFP violations.
ESPN Releases New Bowl Projections Following Week 8ESPN Releases New Bowl Projections Following Week 8
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)Week 8 of the college football season is in the books. It is time for updated bowl projections, and there are some major changes.Ohio State’s loss to Purdue leaves them outside the CFP looking in as of now. The Buckeyes have work to do if they want a shot to make the playoff.Coming off Saturday, ESPN has unveiled its latest bowl projections. As we said, there are changes from last week’s edition.Here are the bowl predictions after Week 8 from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Notre Dame Sherman: Clemson vs. Notre DameCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Michigan Sherman: Alabama vs. MichiganTexas Bowl Bonagura: Texas A&M vs. Iowa State Sherman: Auburn vs. West VirginiaCamping World BowlBonagura: NC State vs. Texas Tech Sherman: NC State vs. Iowa StateAlamo BowlBonagura: Washington vs. West Virginia Sherman: Texas Tech vs. Washington StatePeach BowlBonagura: UCF vs. Florida Sherman: Georgia vs. IowaGator BowlBonagura: Auburn vs. Purdue Sherman: South Carolina vs. WisconsinFiesta BowlBonagura: Oklahoma vs. LSU Sherman: UCF vs. OklahomaRose BowlBonagura: Ohio State vs. Washington State Sherman: Ohio State vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: Missouri vs. Penn State Sherman: Kentucky vs. PurdueSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Texas Sherman: Texas vs. LSUCitrus BowlBonagura: Kentucky vs. Iowa Sherman: Florida vs. Penn StateYou can view their full bowl predictions here.
Referee In Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Game InjuredReferee In Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Game Injured
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 23: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Oklahoma is taking on West Virginia on Friday night with a trip to the Big 12 title game on the line. While the play on the field has been entertaining, there was a scary moment for a referee early in the action.Midway through the second quarter, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was pushed out of bounds into a referee who was watching the sideline. Unfortunately, the referee wasn’t able to get up easily.When he finally did a few minutes later, it was revealed that he had a gash on the side of his face. His ear was also bleeding profusely.It’s unclear whether he stayed in the game, but he looked like he wanted to. Here’s the aftermath:Ref heard Boomer Sooner one too many times pic.twitter.com/abos7nCA8v— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 24, 2018A referee in West Virginia – Oklahoma is being tended to after being run into by a player. Referee has a bloody nose and ear and a gash on his left cheek.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 24, 2018In every football game, players risk their health when they take the field. Fans sometimes forget that referees are also susceptible to getting hurt as well.The score at halftime is 35-28 Oklahoma. Predictably, it’s been an offensive affair with nine touchdowns.The winner will get Texas in the Big 12 title game next week. If it’s the Sooners, they’ll get a shot at avenging their only defeat.