Deschamps: Griezmann stays in Spain

first_imgTransfers Griezmann is staying in Spain, that much is clear – Deschamps Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:29 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Manchester United Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Primera División Videos The Atletico Madrid forward is staying in La Liga, according to his national team manager France coach Didier Deschamps said one part of Antoine Griezmann’s club future was clear – the Atletico Madrid forward is staying in Spain.Griezmann is expected to announce his future before his nation’s World Cup campaign begins against Australia on Saturday.The 27-year-old is linked with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona, but he may yet remain at Atletico. 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 Meanwhile Manchester United was heavily linked with Griezmann last summer, with some reports stating their interest has been rekindled this year.However, Deschamps appeared to put an end to talk of a move to England, as he said at a news confernece on Monday that the forward was staying in Spain.”There is talk about their [Griezmann and Lyon captain Nabil Fekir’s] futures,” Deschamps told a news conference.”It’s not ideal but I won’t be able to have ideal conditions anyway.”But Antoine will remain in Spain, that much is clear, so no worries.”Barcelona are reportedly ready to trigger Griezmann’s €100 million release clause.However, the move is no sure thing and La Liga’s president declared his belief this week that both Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at their respective clubs in the Spanish captial for the upcoming season.last_img read more


first_img* The 2005 Asics National Touch League for the Opens and 20’s has been played and won, and the general word around town is that it was a big success. With great matches, close finals, upsets here and there, generally alright weather and no judiciary’s it was one to remember. * Yesterday (Tuesday) was the transition day between the Opens and 20’s tournament and the Seniors, with the younger ones recovering enough to board planes or buses for the drive home (I don’t envy the flight attendants or the bus drivers), while the Senior rocked into town and ventured down to the fields for a training run or for the Managers meetings. * From all reports the party night at the Greenhouse Tavern for the Opens and 20’s was awesome, with Traddy (Tony Trad, Aussie Mens Open Coach) and his band `Xparte’ rocking the Greenhouse and bringing in the crowd. The Touch crowd certainly knows how to party and Traddy and Xparte will be looking forward to another big night at the Greenhouse as the Seniors come to town. * Well, yesterday was our `break day’ in Coffs Harbour, so we slept in until 7:30am (when you’ve been getting up at 6am each day, 7:30am is a sleep in), had breakfast as group, all the tournament staff hitting a great restaurant on the foreshore, before spending our `break day’ squeezing a little bit of shopping between field set ups, computer work, registration sheets and two managers meetings. Gotta love the whole concept of a `break day’. * The players and spectators at the 2005 Seniors NTL observed a minutes silence before the kick off today to pay respects for Dave Jackson and Keith Sambo, both South Queensland Sharks representatives, who have passed away in recent months. Dave was a former Australian Senior representative and Keith, an Aboriginal liaison Officer, who worked tirelessly to help develop Touch in the Northern Territory. * For the Seniors it’s not just an NTL title on the line, but also selection for the 2005 All Nations Championships in New Zealand. * The 2005 Asics NTL Opens and 20 Years competition has obviously finished and here are the top scorers for each division: Mens Open: Joel Willoughby (Southern Suns) 12 Shane Duell (Cobras) 10 Michael Rogers (Cobras) 9 Shannon Hough (Sharks) 9 Womens Open: Rachael Holdern (Suns) 13 Brooke O’Brien (Cyclones) 10 Renee Wright (Cyclones) 9 Sharyn Williams (Sharks) 9 Sarah Spacie (Cobras) 9 Mixed Open: Aaron Jones (Mets) 12 Hayley McDonald (Mets) 10 Megan Smee (Mets) 10 Russell Cox (Scorpions) 9 Adam Fahim (Scorpions) 9 Mens 20 Years: Gian Guerra (Cyclones) 10 Alyd Owen (Suns) 9 Anthony Cowan (Eagles) 8 Scott Buckley (Mets) 8 Womens 20 Years Alyce Hulbert (Sharks) 14 Kristy Brennan (Sharks) 10 Sarah Hopkins (Hornets) 10 Ali Briginshaw (Cobras) 9 * Congratulations also to the Player of the Finals and Player of the Series winners: Womens 20’s: Player of Final- Melissa Tyack (Sharks) Player of Series- Jarah Jennings (ACT) Mens 20’s: Player of Final- Scott Naughton (Southern Suns) Player of the series- Ricky Morris (Northern Eagles) Mixed Open: Player of the Final- Tony El Takchi (Mets) and Megan Smee (Mets) Player of the Series- Riki Best (Sharks) Amy Fong (Sharks) Womens Open: Player of the Final- Louise Winchester (Mets) Player of the Series- Sharyn Williams (Sharks) Mens Open: Craig Pierce Medal for the Player of the Final- Ben Robinson (Sharks) Player of the Series- Drummayne Dayberg (Sharks) A big congratulations to the South Queensland Sharks, who not only claimed the Womens 20’s and Mens Open title but six of the twelve awards on offer here! The chase is on for the other Permits in the race for overall Champion. Make sure you keep an eye on the Seniors results for the 2005 Champion Permit. * ATA would like to send a special good luck wish out to Peter Topp (ATA National Technical Manager and Deputy CEO, and also Bill Ker, retiring CEO, who are on the team list for the ACT over 45’s. We’re all hoping you can struggle through that old injury Toppy and that the ACT Mens need to call Bill off the bench to play.) * Finally, in the last of the NTL news, if you’re keen to promote your teams results/achievements at the NTL through your local newspapers, please contact Rachel Moyle at she can organise media releases and photographs to be sent to these media outlets. In other non-NTL related news… * A new Sports website has been launched with Touch getting a gig! Sports News is aiming to provide all the latest news and stories from the sports world. Rachel Moyle has been given the opportunity to write a fortnightly piece on the world of Touch and the first one is up on the site! It’s an introduction to the Touch Footy scene for all those keen on sport, so make sure you check it out. Simply go to the above mentioned website and click on the Touch feature story on the right hand side of the page. * The NSWTA will be holding their referee grading night on Saturday April 30th. Make sure you check the NSW Touch website for all the information. * The Queensland Touch Association will be holding their Country Cup on April 3rd, check out their website for all the tournament information. * The deadline for applications for the Victorian Team Titles has been extended, check out the Victorian Touch website for all the info * The TouchWest 2005 Be Active State Championships has been dominated by Brothers, who took out both the Mens and Mixed Open competitions. Southern repeated their Super League efforts in winning the Womens Open. The Northern Men lived up to their dark horse tag and joined their Womens team in the Open Finals. For all the info see By Rachel Moyle,


first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Queensland Branch is seeking applicants for a Game Development Officer position (GDO) to be located in the North of the State in Townsville or Rockhampton. The GDO will service the surrounding region to improve touch football competitions and provide quality experiences for participants.Remuneration will be in the range of $30-$45K plus super.Applications addressing selection criteria must be sent via email to by Friday 17th November 2006. A full job description can be obtained by opening the attachment provided. JOB DESCRIPTION GDORelated Filesqt_gdo_position-pdflast_img

TFA World Cup Referee Squad

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to congratulate the following referees on their selection in the TFA World Cup Referee Squad for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup:Nicholas Altin David Baggio Victor Baptista Robert Bowen David Brown Nathan Budge Scott Campbell Damien Carlson Annabelle ConnollyAdam Cooper Brett Freshwater John Frost Indra GarnerWilliam Greatbatch Samantha Hacon Luke HeckendorfMack Hoverman Renee Janes Peter Jones Mark Kelly Christopher Knott Michael LandsbergMatthew Lavery Dale Lawrence Giancarlo Leung Phillip Lowe Scott MarshJo Mason Richard McIllroyLuke McKenzieBarry McNamaraSally MelzerPeter MillingtonBen MortonMarcus MullerChristopher MurrayVictor NaumovskiBeau NewellBernard O’DonohueJustin ParsonsTimothy PearsonMatthew PrendergastChristopher SchwerdtAaron SearstonAmanda SingleKim Skelly William SladeAnthony SmithBradley SmithJames SteinbergPaul SullivanJohn TaylorGregory TaylorPaul TesorieroTerri ThomasAnton Van RensburgJosh VernonAdam VickeryRebecca WardMichael WattDenise WeierAlex WongRelated Filestfa_world_cup_referee_squad_announcement-pdfRelated LinksWorld Cup Ref Squadlast_img read more

2014 State of Origin game times

first_imgThe countdown is on until the 2014 State of Origin Series, to be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September 2014. Please see below the times of the games:FridayGame One1.00pm – Women’s 30’s (Field One), Men’s 35’s (Field Two)1.50pm – Men’s 30’s (Field One), Women’s 35’s (Field Two), Men’s 45’s (Field Three)2.40pm – Women’s 20’s (Field One), Women’s 40’s (Field Two)3.30pm – Men’s 20’s (Field One), Men’s 40’s (Field Two), Men’s 50’s (Field Three)4.25pm – Mixed Open (Field One), Men’s 55’s (Field Two)5.20pm – Women’s Open6.10pm – Men’s Open SaturdayGame Two8.00am – Women’s 20’s (Field One), Men’s 40’s (Field Two), Men’s 35’s (Field Five)8.55am – Men’s 20’s (Field One), Men’s 30’s (Field Two), Men’s 50’s (Field Five)9.50am – Mixed Open (Field One), Women’s 30’s (Field Two), Women’s 40’s (Field Three), Men’s 45’s (Field Four), Women’s 35’s (Field Five)10.45am – Women’s Open (Field One), Men’s 55’s (Field Two)11.40am – Men’s Open (Field One)Game Three1.30pm – Men’s 40’s (Field Three), Men’s 35’s (Field Four)2.25pm – Men’s 20’s (Field One), Women’s 20’s (Field Two), Men’s 30’s (Field Three), Women’s 30’s (Field Four), Women’s 40’s (Field Five)3.20pm – Mixed Open (Field One), Women’s 35’s (Field Two), Men’s 45’s (Field Three), Men’s 50’s (Field Four), Men’s 55’s (Field Five)4.15pm – Women’s Open5.10pm – Men’s Open Stay tuned to for all of the links to the live streaming of field one games of the 2014 State of Origin Series.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC) and State of Origin Series (SOO). The Touch Football Australia, NYC and SOO websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps and #SOO2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps and #SOO2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksSOO Game Timeslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd must emulate Liverpool with £100m move for Koulibaly – May

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd must emulate Liverpool with £100m move for Koulibaly – Mayby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United should spend £100m on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to David May.Koulibably has emerged as United’s prime defensive target, but Napoli are not letting him leave on the cheap.But May says the money would be justified given Koulibaly’s talents, citing Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool since his world-record move last January.Former Red Devils star May told 888sport: “If you look at United over the last God knows how many years they’ve always gone out and broke transfer records if need be.”They did with Rio [Ferdinand], [Angel] Di Maria, [Paul] Pogba, [Romelu] Lukaku. They allegedly pay [Alexis] Sanchez half a million a week.”If you want the best players then you have to pay top money for them. City do it.”Liverpool did it with Van Dijk and just look at the transformation.”They spent £70 million on a goalkeeper, which is a hell of a lot of money but what that gets you back is guaranteed Champions League football and the possibility of winning the Premier League.”The amount of money United earn then to spend £100m on a defender….so what?”Real Madrid will spend it. Barca will. Chelsea and City will.”If it guarantees you a much better defence then go ahead and spend it.”If Koulibaly becomes available – and there are rumours that he is interested with a fee of £90m – then I’m sure Ole would say he’d be a great signing for Man Utd.” last_img read more

a month agoClub Brugge keeper Mignolet: The hard option was leaving Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Club Brugge keeper Mignolet: The hard option was leaving Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSimon Mignolet says he took the hard option leaving Liverpool.The Belgium international joined Club Brugge this summer after getting fed-up serving as back-up to Alisson.And he says staying and earning his wages at Anfield would have been the easy option.He said: “However, that was the easy option: seeing out remaining two years [of my contract] at Liverpool, making good money at a top European club and being a free agent the age of 33.”But another two years on the bench, that wasn’t in me.”I have been at the end of my patience for the past six or seven months.”The minutes I have already enjoyed with Club Brugge, the qualification against Kiev and Linz, I have not felt that in the last two years.” last_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southampton

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southamptonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe says they’re trying to reach the level of Southampton.The Cherries meet Saints on Friday night.Howe said, “Southampton have always traditionally always produced their own players, their academy has always been so important to them, you see the amount of players they bring through.”That’s something we’re trying to improve on – and of course the infrastructure here – the training ground, the stadium.”We definitely want to improve on them and get closer to their level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football man

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football manby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Milan lost four of their first seven Serie A games before the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.“For us, it was a particularly difficult start to the season. The second part will be more positive for Milan,” the goalkeeper told ANSA.“Pioli will bring positivity and tranquility. We must work and get to grips with his ideas quickly so we can be ready as soon as possible to face our next few matches.“He’s a football man who has a lot of experience in Serie A, someone who knows Italian football very well.“In all of us, there’s the desire for redemption and to do better from now on. So far we haven’t lived up to expectations and we also hope to improve quickly for the fans.“I’m always optimistic. Our objective must be to win every game. After that, we’ll take stock in May.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoEx-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be working

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be workingby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton says he would love to be working during the 2019/20 season.The Englishman was sacked the day after keeping Brighton in the Premier League at the end of last term.He said: “It is always difficult adjusting because you are doing something you haven’t done for four-and-a-half years and, of course, for periods before that.”In between jobs, I have had short breaks. It is something you don’t want to happen.”If I had a choice, then I would still be working. What you have to do is make the most if it.”I’m someone who generally has not found it too difficult to keep busy .”I think you sometimes have to go outside your comfort zone and this is a really good opportunity to watch a lot of games.” last_img read more

Photo: ‘Disappointed Michigan Fan’ Presented Mark Dantonio With ‘Play Of The Season’ Award

first_imgMichigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fan Chris Baldwin has become a household name – simply for his reaction to the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year. Last week, he was back on television, commiserating with fellow UM fans.ESPN, during it’s College Football Awards show, actually had Baldwin present the “Best Play of the Year” award to MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. Jalen Watts-Jackson, the player who scored the game-winner for the Spartans, shared a cool photo of the moment on Facebook. At last night’s ESPN Awards. Glad they flew Chris Baldwin out for the show from Ann Arbor. He’s a good sport.Posted by Jalen Watts-Jackson on Friday, December 11, 2015In the end, the play wound up getting Michigan State into the playoff. It also might have knocked both Michigan and Ohio State out.[]last_img read more

Video: Oakland’s Max Hooper Runs Into Stands To Hug Father After Senior Day Win

first_imgMax Hooper hugs father after Senior Day win.Vine/Chris VanniniOakland’s Max Hooper is one of the most unique players in all of college basketball. The Golden Grizzlies’ gunner has hit 102-of-229 shots this season, and every single attempt has come from beyond the three point arc. On senior night against Detroit, after scoring 12 points in a 108-97 win, Hooper ran into the stands after the game to see his father Chip, who suffered a stroke in October and has been battling cancer for years.This is one of the most touching college basketball videos you’ll see this year.Video of Max Hooper going into the crowd to see his dad.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 27, 2016ESPN has longer video of the emotional moment here.Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free-Press wrote a great story about Max and his father after the game.“It’s something we both embody, that will, that we won’t be denied,” Max said. “Him being here tonight is such a moment. You can’t replicate this moment. It comes around once in a lifetime. He didn’t promise me but said I’m going to be at a game. I believed he would.”Oakland finishes the year 21-10, and second in the Horizon league heading into the conference tournament.last_img read more

Leonard Fournette Posts Photo That Perfectly Sums Up His Decision To Skip Citrus Bowl

first_imgLeonard Fournette celebrates with LSU fans after beating Florida.BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 17: Leonard Fournette #7 of the LSU Tigers walks off the field after defeating the Florida Gators 35-28 at Tiger Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Leonard Fournette is skipping the Citrus Bowl, and today he had a perfect response to critics: a picture of his daughter.Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey have come under fire for skipping their respective bowl games to focus on NFL Draft preparation, despite support from the teammates and coaches that many argue they are letting down. Fournette has heard that criticism loud and clear, and doesn’t care, because his decision is about more than just him.In response, he tweeted a pretty perfect message this afternoon, featuring a picture of his young daughter, Lyric.Only person I owe something too…..— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 20, 2016Leonard Fournette has dealt with injuries virtually all season, and while LSU would obviously love to win the game, the stakes are pretty low. The Tigers are not playing for a championship, and Ed Orgeron is not coaching for his job. The team also has a more-than-capable replacement in Derrius Guice, who was a first-team All-SEC performer this year, despite splitting time with Fournette when he was healthy.On Fournette’s side, aggravating his injuries can only hurt him, especially considering he is likely to be the first running back taken. Considering how short the shelf-life for running backs is at the next level, his desire to be as healthy as possible heading into his NFL career is easily the best choice for he and his family. And for LSU, winning or losing this Citrus Bowl does little to alter the trajectory of the program.last_img read more

‘Lampard should take Mourinho with him at Chelsea’

first_imgFrank Lampard has been urged to consider bringing in Jose Mourinho alongside him if he does end up taking the managerial reins at Chelsea, with Tony Cascarino suggesting that an experienced head will be required.Having spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge during his playing days, the former Blues midfielder knows all about life at Stamford Bridge.Lampard is, however, just one season into a coaching career that he opened at Derby in the summer of 2018. 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? He is now being mooted as the leading candidate to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea should the Italian decide to head home and replace Massimiliano Allegri at Serie A champions Juventus.Lampard would be a popular appointment among supporters, but Cascarino believes a dream team with former boss Mourinho taking on an advisory role could serve the Blues even better.The ex-Chelsea striker told talkSPORT: “I was always told, and I think it’s spot on, that if you’re a young manager you should get someone in upstairs who is very experienced, someone who knows how to speak to directors and owners.“The obvious candidate, because he’s out of work, would be Jose Mourinho.“The trouble is, we don’t know where Jose is with his relationships, because he has broken a few. His relationship has been severed with Chelsea and I don’t know his relationship with Frank Lampard.“But I’d like to feel he would assist someone who he helped develop in his career and won things with. He’s the sort of person you would want in above you.“Could I see that happening? No, because of his relationship with Chelsea and the way he was sacked in his second stint with the club.Frank Lampard Maurizio Sarri“But you need someone who goes in above Frank with huge experience, who can deal with board room, deal with the issues from the owner and just be a buffer for you in many different ways.“All the staff around Frank are all relatively new to these roles.“Jose is going to have to find himself a way back in. He’s said he still wants to be a manager, but Frank needs someone who has experienced a hell of a lot.“A Carlo Ancelotti, a Claudio Ranieri, even his uncle Harry Redknapp – someone of that stature who might not be working who he can employ and have above him to help him.“Not a director of football, more as a guide, someone who is going to lead him and nurture him in management.“This is still a learning curve for Frank Lampard and a hugely experienced guy who has been around the block can be very helpful to you.“It’s a weird one, I’m throwing Jose out there which seems a no-goer. But I’m talking about having someone upstairs who would make your job a lot easier with the owners and directors, having someone who is batting your corner.“I was using Jose as an example, but the problem in that example is Jose.“I don’t even know where Frank’s relationship is with Jose, I was just giving an example of a type of people who could come in above him.”Mourinho, who has been out of work since leaving Manchester United in December 2018, has expressed a desire to take on a new role this summer, but it is expected that he will seek to return to the dugout as a leading man rather than an assistant. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Antuna enters El Tri XI for final

first_imgMexico attacker Uriel Antuna has gone from not being on the Gold Cup roster to starting in the final.After being added to the roster as an injury replacement before the tournament for Jorge Sanchez, Antuna opened the Gold Cup with a hat trick against Cuba. While he didn’t start El Tri’s semifinal victory over Haiti, he came on as a substitute and had a positive impact off the bench.Other than Antuna’s inclusion in the starting XI, El Tri manager Tata Martino has left his squad unchanged for the final against the United States at Solider Field. Guillermo Ochoa, who has started all but one match of the Gold Cup, is in goal with Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo in front of him. 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 Moreno is starting consecutive matches for the first time this tournament after missing the first portion with an injury. That leaves Nestor Araujo on the bench once again. It’s a Clasico Regio group of fullbacks with Rayados left back Jesus Gallardo and Tigres right back Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez on the other side. Rodriguez has not excelled in the knockout round, leading fans to advocate he be replaced by Fernando Navarro, but Martino is sticking with the player he’s started at the spot in the majority of matches so far.In the midfield, Andres Guardado captains the team from the left side with Jonathan dos Santos again starting on the right. The LA Galaxy midfielder had been locked in a back-and-forth battle with Monterrey midfielder Carlos Rodriguez for the spot but started all three knockout round matchups.Alongside Antuna up top is No. 9 Raul Jimenez and Rodolfo Pizarro. Pizarro typically plays a more central role with his club but has adapted well to the winger role Martino is asking him to play. That said, Pizarro still has drifted into the middle of the field as well to try and create chances when the opportunity presents itself.El Tri are yet to lose a single contest in the Martino era, which began in January, but face a United States team that has allowed just one goal during the course of the Gold Cup.GFX MX USMNTMexico XI: Ochoa; Rodriguez, Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo; Dos Santos, Alvarez, Guardado; Antuna, Jimenez, Pizarrolast_img read more

Over €500m changing hands: Atletico’s crazy summer of transfers

first_imgWhen Atletico Madrid were stunned by Juventus in the Champions League last season, surrendering a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their last 16 tie to lose 3-2 on aggregate, it looked like the end of Diego Simeone’s chances of leading the Rojiblancos to glory in Europe’s top competition.While rumours of the manager leaving for Inter circulated, the departures of out-of-contract defenders Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran loomed, while Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona was a matter of when, rather than if.His band of brothers, who had claimed the Liga title in 2014 and reached the Champions League final twice in three years, were falling apart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But there has been no wallowing in that disappointment on the red-striped side of Madrid this summer.Their response to a flurry of key departures has been a deluge of big signings – all with a significant profit of over €100 million (£90m/$112m) raked in. Their capture of Portuguese sensation Joao Felix has grabbed the most headlines and is perhaps the most exciting signing anyone has made over the entire summer so far.The 19-year-old’s talent is evident but the problem he was presented with when deciding where to move next was his specific position, as a second striker, and the specific system he was playing in at Benfica.Only one top level European team plays the same 4-4-2 that Aguias employ and only one top level European team was going to be able to play him in his best position – Atletico Madrid.Thus, a move to the Wanda Metropolitano was the perfect outcome for both the player and the club, with an attacking recruitment such as Felix well needed after Diego Costa’s difficult return and Griezmann’s eventual, and controversial, move to Barcelona for a well-debated €120m (£107m/$134m).Joao Felix is the youngest player in history to score a hat-trick in the Europa League ⚽⚽⚽— Goal (@goal) July 3, 2019The history Atletico have in producing and developing strikers is unrivalled too. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao have all taken their game to another level thanks to the Rojiblancos.“Historically, Atletico buy young players to develop them here. Like what happened with [Jan] Oblak, [Jose] Gimenez, Lucas Hernandez when they came through from youth teams – or Griezmann,” Simeone said before the €126m (£113m/$142m) deal was announced.“We want a talented guy who can absorb our ideas.”Felix is not the only youngster Atletico have picked up either.Ivan Saponjic, who has followed his team-mate from Benfica to Spain, is a 20-year-old striker with much less first-team experience but he has impressed at youth level with Serbia, helping them win the Under-20 World Cup in 2015.Defender Renan Lodl, a 21-year-old Copa Sudamericana champion, also arrives from Athletico Paranaense with his eyes on the starting left-back role after Filipe Luis’ release and Lucas Hernandez’s record-breaking €80m (£68m/$90m) move to Bayern Munich, while 24-year-old centre-back Mario Hermoso is a €29m (£22m/$28m) arrival from Espanyol.Atletico Madrid XI GFXMarcos Llorente is another exciting project, the 24-year-old midfielder having arrived from city rivals Real Madrid with plenty to prove, while forward Nicolas Ibanez, at the same age, will not play at the Wanda Metropolitano until next season having returned to Mexican side Atletico San Luis on loan.The collective arrivals of Saponjic, Lodl, Hermoso and Llorente cost just €87m (£78m/$98m), with Ibanez arriving for an undisclosed fee. That’s significantly less than the fee for which Griezmann has left – a fee which could yet increase as Atletico prepare to take Barcelona on in a legal battle over the transfer.Add to that the profit made by selling Rodri to Manchester City, who activated the midfielder’s €70m (£63m/$79m) release clause, and Atletico’s net spend is looking very impressive indeed.Atletico Madrid statement:”We believe the €120m fee is insufficient to meet its rescission clause, since the commitment of Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona was closed before the clause was reduced from €200m.”— Goal (@goal) July 12, 2019Rodri, 23, arrived from Villarreal last summer for a €20m (£18m/$22m) fee, plus bonuses, and has been replaced efficiently by the recruitment of both Llorente and Hector Herrera, the 29-year-old arriving from Porto on a free transfer.Herrera brings experience to their list of ins, as do Felipe and Kieran Trippier. The former is well-needed central defensive recruitment, arriving for a €20m (£18m/$22m) fee from Porto, while full-back Trippier adds athleticism and attacking intent for just €22m (£20m/$25m).While the England international has his critics, he is certainly an upgrade on the departing Juanfran – while also being six years his junior. Throw in the fact that Atletico have earned over €40m (£36m/$45m) from the offloading of Luciano Vietto, Gelson Martins, Roberto Olabe and Joaquin Munoz, all deemed surplus to requirements, and it is no surprise Simeone goes into the new season with optimism despite a changing of the guard.“It’s a difficult transition we’re going through, but we face it with hope,” he said, with more arrivals still a possibility given the reported interest in James Rodriguez and David Neres. “It is a challenge and today we have to face it because we are losing senior guys who have given a lot to the club.“We are looking for Atletico to compete again as they have done so far. For seven and a half years, we were second, third, first, second. It’s not easy.”It will not be easy to gel together a new band of brothers, but Simeone is the perfect man to do it.For all their incredible transfer dealings this summer, keeping him in the dug-out could be Atleti’s best bit of business.last_img read more

Photo: Lane Kiffin’s Pregame Outfit vs. Oklahoma Is Going Viral

first_imglane kiffin's pregame outfit vs. oklahomaThe noon slot for college football’s first Saturday of the season is highlighted by a matchup between Lane Kiffin and Oklahoma.Kiffin’s Owls are set to face the Sooners in Norman, Okla. This game marks the debut of star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.FAU’s head coach enters this afternoon’s game as a big underdog. He actually said on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday that he expects his team to get blown out.Kiffin is looking sharp and ready to win before the game, though.Check out this pregame outfit:Lane Kiffin level ?— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 1, 2018Lane Kiffin is living his best life. @FAU_Football #FAU? #LaneTrain? #TheFAU— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) September 1, 2018That’s quite the pregame look.Oklahoma and FAU are set to kick off at noon. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Alabama Star Plays Down Hype For Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence earned tons of credit for Clemson’s victory over Alabama, and although he rightfully deserved the praise, another star player isn’t sold on the freshman quarterback.In his two games during the College Football Playoff, Lawrence finished with a combined total of 674 passing yards, six touchdowns and zero turnovers.While all the buzz surrounding Lawrence’s draft status can be considered premature, it’s pretty clear that he has all the potential in the world.However, Quinnen Williams isn’t that impressed with Clemson’s quarterback. Despite watching his defense surrender 37 points against the Tigers on Monday, the star defensive lineman believes the majority of the respect should go to the wideouts.Although Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins were phenomenal on the biggest stage, there were several throws from Lawrence that left the audience in awe.This. Throw.— Dear Old Clemson (@DearOldClemson) January 8, 2019Instead of talking about the true freshman in a positive light, Williams took an interesting approach to his postgame comments.“No, they really didn’t do anything that caught us off guard. We knew everything was coming,” Williams told “Trevor Lawrence threw the ball up — it ain’t like he just put it on the money, dropped dimes, none of that. He just threw them up and the receivers made plays. You’ve got to give all the respect to the receivers.”Whether or not Williams wants to admit it, Lawrence might just be a once-in-a-generation talent at quarterback. He finished his season with 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions.As for Williams, he’s projected to be a top five selection in the NFL Draft.last_img read more