Month: October 2019

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl admits Soares not in his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl admits Soares not in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Cedric Soares is not in his immediate plans.The 27-year-old has been unable to force his way back into contention and has been challenged to prove his worth as he competes with Valery and Ramsay.“After his injury it’s always the same, if the guys who play in your position do it well you are out and you have to wait,” said former Red Bull Leipzig coach Hasenhuttl.“At the moment he stands behind. If he gets a chance he must show he deserves to play.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea warned Hudson-Odoi will become next Sancho

first_imgChelsea warned Hudson-Odoi will become next Sanchoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the club are risking Callum Hudson-Odoi becoming the next Jadon Sancho by allowing him to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Sancho has excelled since leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.And Cascarino believes Hudson-Odoi could make Chelsea regret selling him if he is given the opportunity to play at Bayern.He told The Times: “Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi should tell Chelsea all they need to know.”The 18-year-old is clearly a special talent and they should be doing all they can to stop him joining one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”Transfer fees are obscene for teenagers but Chelsea should look farther down the line.”Just look at Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.”Manchester City let him leave and now he is starring for the Bundesliga leaders domestically and in the Champions League.”Chelsea must resist the temptation of selling Hudson-Odoi this month and try and persuade him to sign a new long-term contract – his value and ability is likely to only increase.”There aren’t many players who can skip past players and deliver such brilliant crosses as he did against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.”He set up Alvaro Morata for both goals and was comfortably the best player on the pitch.”Chelsea have had little success in establishing their academy players in the first team, which should make them even more determined to keep Hudson-Odoi.”They know how important it is to their fans to have a home-grown player star for the first team – just look at how the supporters adored John Terry.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chant

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chantby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has earned a new chant!The Red Devils teenager scored his first senior goal for the club against FC Astana to get his team a 1-0 win.And the crowd were sufficiently hyped for the academy product’s performance, as evidenced by the new chant.The chant goes like this: “Ma-son Greenwood’s dynamite,”He scores them with his left foot and he scores them with his right.”United fans will be hoping they can bring out the chant in the near future as Greenwood gets more chances to impress with the first team. last_img read more

Nebraska The “Most Knowledgeable” Fan Base, Per Brett McMurphy’s Coaches Poll

first_imgBrett McMurphy head shot.Twitter/@McMurphyESPNEvery fan base wants to be the loudest and most-dedicated, but they pride themselves on knowledge of the game as well. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy polled college football coaches on the subject this week, and he released his top five today. Nebraska fans were a resounding No. 1, according to the poll.My weekly @ESPN coaches poll was most knowledgeable fans. Nebraska was overwhelming choice at No. 1 pic.twitter.com/sMRinGSfqt— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 14, 2015Nebraska fans already had a reputation for being great fans, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.last_img read more

The 16 Most Powerful Fan Bases In College Football

first_imgCFB Fans geographically on a map.CFB Fans Twitter/@bryonhoulgraveTwitter/@bryonhoulgraveAfter the second-ever College Football Playoff was played out this past December-January, we now know who the most powerful college football team is in the country – Alabama. But what would the results be if it came down to fan bases?College football – the most popular amateur sport in our country – has hundreds of fan bases, and many of them are monstrous. There are really only a few dozen, however, that are unwavering in their support, win or lose. We’re here to highlight the top 16.We’ve taken into account program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of other factors. Our list features teams from all five major conferences – along with one independent. You can guess which one.Without further ado, the 16 most powerful fan bases in college football.Get Started: No. 16 – Oregon >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

ESPN’s 538 Says Ohio State’s 2016 NFL Draft Class Is The Best In Modern History

first_imgFiveThirtyEight chart about 2016 Ohio State draft class.ESPN 538Ohio State fell a little bit short of breaking its own NFL Draft record this past weekend. The Buckeyes had 12 players selected in the 2016 Draft; the record is 14 by OSU in 2004. That’s not stopping one outlet from proclaiming OSU’s 2016 NFL Draft performance as the “most impressive in modern NFL history,” though. ESPN’s 538, a statistics-based website run by stats guru Nate Silver, has detailed why the Buckeyes’ 12 NFL Draft pick class is the best in the history of the modern NFL Draft. Ohio State’s draft class is the most impressive in modern NFL history: https://t.co/ByzZmWHtpd pic.twitter.com/a9BjM3iDXZ— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) May 4, 2016The Buckeyes’ quantity of draft picks isn’t the best ever, but their quality is, 538 says. But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength.Ohio State’s 12 picks had a total “draft value” of 151.2, the most since Notre Dame in 1946, which had 16 picks and a draft value of 170.4. The previous best draft class in modern NFL history was Miami’s in 2004. Ohio State’s 2016 class beat the Hurricanes’ total draft value by 31.7 percent. That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth.You can read 538’s full explanation here.last_img read more

Atletico chief: Griezmann will play in Barcelona

first_imgAtletico Madrid director Miguel Angel Gil Marin has seemingly ended the mystery surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s next move by stating that the France striker will be playing in Barcelona. Griezmann announced at the end of the 2018-19 season that he was drawing the curtain on his five-year stay in the Spanish capital. But while Barcelona have long been mentioned as the team closest to clinching his signature, a potential move is still shrouded in doubt. 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? Griezmann endured a rough reception from Camp Nou during Atletico’s last visit to Catalunya, while there has been precious little movement on talks since the Liga campaign came to a close and the striker dropped his bombshell.That seeming hesitation threatens to allow other teams to make their own approach, with Manchester United one of the teams reportedly interested in the player. But according to Gil Marin, there is only one feasible destination for Griezmann. “I am very certain where Antoine will play, we have known since March,” the director explained to Movistar Plus’ Toros on Wednesday. “It is in Barcelona.”Part of the motivation behind such a delay lies in the details of Griezmann’s Atletico contract, which was renewed amidst great fanfare and with a video produced by none other than Gerard Pique last summer. Under the terms of the deal, the 2018 World Cup winner is subject to a release clause worth a whopping 200 million if he moves away from the Wanda Metropolitana before July 2019. From July 1, however, that figure drops drastically, with Barcelona or any other suitor able to complete the transfer for a comparatively budget-friendly 130m. Recent comments from Griezmann, however, suggest that he is running out of patience with the Blaugrana and could even consider a move elsewhere. “As I said, I know where I want to go,” he explained to reporters following France’s 4-0 defeat of Andorra on Tuesday.”I am also keen to get this over with as quickly as possible. I don’t know if I will stay in La Liga.”last_img read more

‘Newcastle can be Arsenal stepping stone for Vieira’

first_imgNewcastle could prove to be a “stepping stone” for Patrick Vieira, says Ray Parlour, with the legendary former Arsenal midfielder expected to head back to north London in a managerial capacity at some stage.The Frenchman is among those being linked with a high-profile vacancy at St James’ Park.With Newcastle having been unable to agree fresh terms with Rafa Benitez, they find themselves back in the market for a new coach. 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 Various targets have been mooted, with the likes of Jose Mourinho and David Moyes among them, but no decision has been made as yet.That means that Arsenal icon Vieira could be returned to the Premier League from a spell at Nice, with former team-mate Parlour of the opinion that a move to the Magpies would make sense.He told talkSPORT: “I’m surprised by the news.“I always tipped him to be the Arsenal manager one day. I’d love to see him back at Arsenal, but this could be the stepping stone, who knows.“He was a fantastic player, a really intelligent guy. He knew exactly what he brought to the table every game and he never let you down, he could handle the pressure.“Not all great players become great managers, but I could always see him going down that road.“To take over from Tony Adams as Arsenal skipper, that was a big loss for us because Tony was a big, big player at centre-half, but Patrick did a wonderful job. He was skipper for about eight years and everyone looked up to him.”Patrick Vieira ArsenalParlour is not the only former colleague of Vieira in north London to have talked up the World Cup winner’s claims to the role on Tyneside.Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lee Harper is another who feels that a man cut from the same cloth as Arsene Wenger could be a success in a demanding post.He told Love Sport Radio of Vieira: “He was a really, really nice guy so, given his experience in the Premier League, you can’t see why it wouldn’t work if he went to Newcastle and gave it a go.”He’s had plenty of managerial experience too which should set him up somewhere like that.”I don’t see why [he shouldn’t do it]. He’s done some groundwork in management and it would be a good fit. It would be a good challenge.”Newcastle are a big club with a great fan base, something Patrick would thrive on.”First and foremost, he’s a nice guy and you want to see nice guys do well.”Harper added:  “He is a winner and he will demand that whoever plays for his team has that mentality and strength. He will be driving people on.”I do believe he will be more of a Wenger type [of manager] because he is quiet off the pitch. He will have plenty of technical aspects to his training sessions.”He is a quiet guy but that doesn’t mean he won’t tell people who need to be told – because of his winning mentality.”last_img read more

Guardiola: ‘Crazy’ schedule will kill our players

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City’s players should not return to pre-season training until they are totally ready due to the “crazy scheduling of modern football.The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi featured deep into this summer’s Copa America, while Riyad Mahrez’s season ended only last week with Algeria’s victory in the Africa Cup of Nations.City are currently on their pre-season tour of Asia, while their season gets underway as early as August 4 with the Community Shield against Liverpool – a match which could set the tone for what looks set to be another incredibly close-fought season. 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? “Some of them will come on the 29th or 30th; the others will come in three or four weeks,” Guardiola said.“They decide to come back between three or four weeks. I don’t want them to come back when they’re not fit or tired or mentally not recovered from an incredibly tough season.“We cannot forget we started a new season while Riyad Mahrez had not finished the last one.“It’s a crazy schedule and it is going to kill our players! We cannot sustain that for a long time.“They have to breathe and rest and give more quality in the tournaments. They have to rest.”Riyad Mahrez - AlgeriaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed similar concerns, particularly surrounding forward Sadio Mane after his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.After reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and lifting both domestic cups, City played 61 games between August 5 and May 18 last season – an average of more than a game every five days over a 10-month period, with a World Cup beforehand and further international tournaments to follow.Despite the strain, some squad members have been eager to get back into training earlier than scheduled, and Guardiola joked that this was because they were simply so keen to see him.“Some people want to come back a little bit earlier because they want to come back and they are more than welcome,” he said.“I like it! The manager creates incredible training sessions! That’s why they want to come back earlier!“They know to come back because the standard rises every season. They know that if they want to play, they will have to be fit. If not, another team-mate is going to play.”City’s pre-season schedule continues on Wednesday with a game against Hong Kong side Kitchee, before the final game of their Asian tour against Japan’s Yokohama FM on Saturday.Most recently, they lost the Asia Trophy final on penalties to Wolves, following a 4-1 semi-final win over West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jersey Numbers For Ohio State’s NFL Rookies Are Out

first_imgA closeup of J.T. Barrett during an Ohio State game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State will have a lot of rookies playing in the NFL in 2018. The Buckeyes have 13 first-year players on NFL rosters right now, to be exact.Jersey numbers for these rookies have been chosen. Ohio State first-round draft pick Denzel Ward is the latest Buckeye to reveal what number he’ll be wearing in the league.Ward, the No. 4 overall pick, will be wearing No. 21. That’s a pretty great number for a shutdown cornerback.?#Wallpaper of the new uni number for @denzelward of the @Browns #DawgPound pic.twitter.com/sa9bwYApJa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 24, 2018Ward is not alone in having chosen his jersey number. All 13 of the Buckeyes playing in the NFL for the first time have picked their numbers.Here are the update numbers, compiled by Eleven Warriors:PLAYERPOSTEAMCOLLEGE JERSEY NO.PRO JERSEY NO.DENZEL WARDCBCLEVELAND BROWNS1221BILLY PRICECCINCINNATI BENGALS5453TYQUAN LEWISDEINDIANAPOLIS COLTS5994JEROME BAKERLBMIAMI DOLPHINS1755SAM HUBBARDDECINCINNATI BENGALS694JALYN HOLMESDEMINNESOTA VIKINGS1192JAMARCO JONESOTSEATTLE SEAHAWKS7473J.T. BARRETTQBNEW ORLEANS SAINTS165MARCUS BAUGHTEOAKLAND RAIDERS8583DAMON WEBBSTENNESSEE TITANS735ELIJAAH GOINSCBTENNESSEE TITANS1942TRACY SPRINKLEDTCAROLINA PANTHERS9368CHRIS WORLEYLBCINCINNATI BENGALS3547The best picks:Ward going with No. 21Barrett going with No. 5Baker going with No. 55All three are great picks for their respective positions.last_img read more