Aaron Mooy Socceroos star Mooy stretchered off in Huddersfield win Tom Maston 22:53 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Huddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth Huddersfield Town Premier League World Cup The midfielder suffered a deep cut during the Terriers’s win over Bournemouth, but his World Cup chances are not thought to be at risk Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy suffered a knee injury during Huddersfield Town’s victory over Bournemouth, leading to him being stretchered off the pitch.The Socceroos star played a decisive role for the Terriers as they secured a key victory in their battle against relegation, laying on two assists for Steve Mounie in their 4-1 win over Eddie Howe’s side.But Mooy’s afternoon took a turn for the worse following a collision with Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, with Mooy receiving lengthy treatment on the ground. 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 He was eventually carried from the field at the John Smith’s Stadium to be replaced by Philip Billing.Thankfully for fans of the national team, it does not seem that the injury will affect his chances of playing at the World Cup this summer, with Huddersfield manager confirming Mooy will need stitches for a deep cut but has not damaged his ligaments as was first feared.”We have to wait,” he told reporters in his post-match press conference.”He has a cut over his knee. Not ligaments, just a cut. He needs stitches.”Mooy has won 31 caps for his country since his debut in 2012, and scored two goals in the qualifying campaign as the Socceroos booked their place in Russia.
In the sixth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Kristy Judd, speaks about what it means to her to be representing her country at the 2011 World Cup and her career highlights to date. Name: Kristy JuddNickname: KJAge: 34Affiliate: Eastern SuburbsOccupation: Recreation OfficerPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 1995 Career highlights so far: Gee I’m lucky, there is actually quite a few of them and I don’t want to bore people. Obviously every time I get to wear the green and gold it’s such an honour. I also love playing for New South Wales, Sydney Mets and the Roosters and most importantly I have made many great friends through Touch. How you got involved in Touch Football: I grew up in Woolloomooloo and Dom Squadrito coached all the kids there so AJ (twin sister Amanda) and I joined a team and have been playing ever since.Favourite player: Amanda Judd, Giselle Martin, and the Winchester sisters, Louise and Claire.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s come around so quick and I’m just honoured to still be a part of it all, it’s hard to beat playing for your country I think. It’s the highest level of competition so to be involved makes all the training and sacrifices worthwhile. It’s also pretty cool being over in Scotland because of the opportunity to play countries who previously haven’t played before and that’s pretty exciting too.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Hard to say just one person, definitely Dom Squadrito, Peter Bell, Jason Hunt and John Ryan.Favourite sporting moment: Cathy Freeman 400 Metres Sydney Olympics, actually Sydney 2000 Olympics were unreal.What do you know about Scotland: Not a lot other than its cold, I am trying to do a bit more research before we go. Any superstitions: Not really I guess, actually I like to wear compression gear when I play but I don’t know if it’s a superstition thing.Funniest Australian teammate: Hmm that’s a hard one, Dobbo’s pretty funny, actually Dobbo it is, Ash Dobbins.Favourite quote: There are heaps of good quotes, so it’s too hard to name just one favourite. I really, really like this one of Michael Jordan’s though:“I’ve missed more than 900 shots in my career, I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yeah can’t wait. Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Malta, Sicily and Dubai, I don’t know where I’m going to get the cash from but that’s where I’m going.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 48 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
On Saturday, 10 December a group of people started the 466 kilometre run, which will take place over nine days, raising money for two charities, the Australian Heart and Lung Transplant Association (AHLTA) and The McGrath Foundation. The idea came from Dillon, a personal trainer from Caringbah and originally from Wagga Wagga. Greg decided to embark on this journey to raise some funds for these two great causes, inspired by a client of his, Kimberley Livingstone. Kimberley was born with cystic fibrosis, and at age 28, didn’t have the energy to get out of bed. She had to be in a wheelchair to go anywhere, or do anything with her oxygen bottle by her side and in 2008 her condition deteriorated and she was put on the organ donation waiting list. After 13 months, Kimberley got the call she had been desperately been waiting for, an organ donor had been found.Two years on, Kim met Greg whilst training for this year’s City to Surf, which she completed and beat her time from last year and this gave Greg the motivation and the idea to raise some money for AHLTA to help people like Kim. The McGrath Foundation was also chosen after breast cancer recently touched Greg’s family.Greg is running the whole distance and after three days was just short of the Hume Highway. Kim is aiming for 10 kilometres a day. Kim’s husband is driving the support vehicle and doing some running too, along with Greg’s sister Claire who is along for the ride and the run to support her big brother on his enormous journey.For more information on the run, to donate, and to keep up with Dillon’s progress, please visit the website – www.cronulla2wagga.com. There is also an auction of a Kangaroos framed jersey signed by the Australian Four Nations squad, with further information on the website. Dillon was a member of the Australian 20’s Boys team that defeated New Zealand in the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman Series, while more recently he was a member of the New South Wales Country Mavericks side that competed in the 2011 Elite Eight series. Touch Football Australia would like to wish Greg all the best for the rest of the journey.
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The year was 2002 and Hilder had been named in the Australian Mixed Open side for the first time, making her debut on home soil. Fast forward to 2012 and Hilder, who currently has 37 Australian caps to her name, is the most experienced Australian Mixed Open player in the side that will line up against New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales from Thursday. A lot has changed since then, having won three World Cup titles as well as getting married and having two children, but the drive to represent her country still remains. Despite her experience, Hilder says she was ‘really nervous’ at the initial camp earlier this month but can’t wait to take on the Kiwis later this week. “I think it’s really exciting to be able to be a part of a team that has got so many debutants. When I was young and just making my debut for Australia at home in Australia it was a big thing, so to be able to be a part of that with all of these ones is awesome as well,” Hilder said. “I’m just stoked to be still playing and running around with 17 and 18-year-olds and enjoying it, I still have the drive to get out there and play.”“At the camp everyone’s so excited and pumped and just playing with different people, but also playing a complete different style of Touch Football to what we played at World Cup is exciting.”The 2012 Trans Tasman Series marks the first time Hilder will represent Australia on home soil since her debut in Coffs Harbour in 2002. Having husband, Troy and children, Ashton (seven) and Nate (three) in the crowd as well as other members of her family will make the event an extra special one for the 36-year-old. “In that time I’ve played two World Cups but obviously the World Cups have been over in South Africa and Scotland so my husband hasn’t even seen me play for Australia. That was one of the big driving forces behind me really wanting to make this team, not only that but my family, my Mum and Dad and sisters are all travelling over as well. Last time they saw me play was actually 10 years ago when it was in Coffs Harbour so it’s going to be special.”It will be a new look Mixed Open side that takes to the field in Mudgee, with only six players from last year’s World Cup winning side returning to represent Australia in the division at the event. The side also sees former Australian Women’s Open assistant coach and 2009 Australian 20’s Boys coach, Micheal Lovett in the head coach role, with experienced Mixed player and coach, Manu Wakely as assistant coach. Despite a short lead in to the Trans Tasman, Hilder says that the feeling in the side is really positive and she is looking forward to the opportunity to play under the guidance of Lovett and Wakely. “Already the dealings I’ve had with Mick…he is really switched on and the direction he’s taking I’m loving already and the way that he wants the team to work is just unreal and I think he’s going to be really successful as a Mixed coach and I think the Mixed team is in very good hands,” she said. “The style of play Mick wants to play means that I’ve been picked in the link/middle girl spot and he wants us more involved which is awesome and getting to play with the calibre of guys that we’ve got in this side who are so talented and being able to work with them, I’m really looking forward to it and am excited.” Taking part in the Series so close to ANZAC Day and taking part in the ANZAC Day march in Mudgee is something that Hilder describes as ‘extra special’ and is something she is also looking forward to. “It’s going to be special as ANZAC Day is such a special day for Australia and then being able to be part of something special in Mudgee with the ceremony that we are going to be part of and then playing the Trans Tasman afterwards, I’ve never done it before so I think it’s going to make it just that little bit extra special.”The Australian Mixed Open team starts their campaign against New Zealand at 6.30pm on Thursday, 26 April 2012. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
18’s Boys Developing States Final Billy GreatbatchLuke SaldernAlanah Sinclair 18’s Girls Developing States Final Amanda SheekyJoshua SchumacherHayden SmithLeading Male RefereeScott CampbellLeading Female RefereeAlanah SinclairReferee of the TournamentScott Campbell Related LinksNYC Referee Awards 18’s Girls Final Rob BowenAaron SearstonChris Schwerdt 18’s Boys Community Final Scott MarshAnton Van RensburgGiancarlo Leung 18’s Boys FinalScott CampbellMark KellyJames Steinberg 18’s Girls Community Final Kai MarutaSitha MeadKerrod Hall Congratulations to the following referees who received referee team awards at the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Referee Team AwardsTeam 1 – Lee RossowTeam 2 – Matt BowlesTeam 3 – Loren JohnstonTeam 4 – Danielle MaltbyCongratulations to the referees awarded finals at the event:
Touch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Open teams that will compete in the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand.The Australian Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed Open teams will travel to New Zealand in late April to compete against New Zealand in the 2016 instalment of the series, hoping to follow on from their success in the 2015 Touch World Cup in Coffs Harbour in May last year. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian teams for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Australian Menâ€™s OpenDaniel Barton (NSW)Stuart Brierty (NSW)Scott Buckley (NSW)Scott Bundy (NSW)Terry Deegan (NSW)Shaun Francis (QLD)Nicholas Good (NSW)Dylan Hennessey (NSW)Jayden Love (QLD)Jordan Marshall-King (NSW)Ben Moylan (NSW)Robert Nakhla (NSW)Peter Norman (QLD)Jonathan Palau (NSW)Lachlan Pierce (QLD)Matt Prowse (NSW) Coach â€“ Tony TradAssistant â€“ Paul SfeirAssistant â€“ Phil GyemoreManager â€“ Glenn Hayes Coach â€“ Swain RovelliAssistant â€“ Craig MorrowAssistant â€“ Michael MoussaManager â€“ Kim Solman Australian Womenâ€™s Open Elizabeth Campbell (QLD)Tayla Clifford (NSW)Danielle Davis (NSW)Rachelle Davis (NSW)Hannah Dyball (NSW)Samantha Hopkin (QLD)Mia Johnstone (QLD)Ashleigh Kearney (QLD)Laura Peattie (NSW)Hayley Maddick (QLD)Yasmin Meakes (NSW)Leah Percy (VIC)Samantha Rodgers (NSW)Kimberley Sue See (QLD)Emma Sykes (QLD)Marikki Watego (QLD) Australian Mixed Open Jayden Benbow (QLD)James Blackwood (NSW)Simon Lang (NSW)Cameron Nicholls (NSW)Adam Pryde (QLD)Michael Singh (NSW)Dean Springfield (NSW)Dylan Thompson (NSW)Ciaran Toner (NSW)Trent Touma (NSW)Patricia Michaelopoulos (NSW)Elin Mortimer (NSW)Zara Nicholas (NSW)Leah Opie (NSW)Paige Parker (QLD)Katherine Stevens (QLD) Coach â€“ Micheal Lovett Assistant â€“ Justin CreightonAssistant â€“ David NolanManager â€“ Mark Harrington Congratulations also to the following referees who will officiate in the series:David BaggioKim SkellyMatt LaveryBrett FreshwaterRelated Filesaustralian_team_announcement_media_release-pdfRelated LinksAussie Teams Named
It All Starts Here! Registrations into new Summer Season Touch Football competitions are now open.Summer is fast approaching and what better way to get into shape with your friends than register and participate in the several touch football competitions offered right around the country. Touch Football Australia has set the strategic target of one million participants in the sport by 2020; excitement is building across the country with participation growth evident particularly in the junior competitions. Tune in to TFAâ€™s new season activation video where CEO of Touch Football Australia, Colm Maguire, highlights the importance of participating in sport and the diverse opportunities Touch Football has to offer and the on how and where to register. â€œTouch Football is a very inclusive, diverse and social sport; catering for both genders, a wide variety of ages, abilities and communities with an extensive national footprint,â€ Maguire said. â€œWe are encouraging all juniors and seniors along with community groups and other sports including Rugby League players coming out of Winter competitions, to dust off their boots and participate in the many fun, social and inclusive Touch Football competitions and programs on offer over the 2016-17 Summer period.â€Visit PlayNRL.com and the TFA website (state and national) on registration and location competition information and contacts. Using the locator button, simply enter your postcode to find your closest touch football affiliate and you and your teammates are on your way to a season of fun, fitness and meeting new friends. So, get your friends and team together and register now to be one in a million! Related LinksBe One in a Million
Campos: Mourinho return ideal for Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AS Monaco sports chief Luis Campos believes Jose Mourinho should return to Real Madrid.Since his sacking at Manchester United, Mourinho has been linked with Santiago Solari’s job at Real.Campos is close to Mourinho and was sorry to see his demise at Old Trafford.“I was very disappointed by what happened,” said Campos. “He would have wanted to build a great project in England. I see him as the ideal man to manage Real Madrid. He might return at some point because he is a great coach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd fullback Luke Shaw: Defence deserves a clean sheetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits there’s been frustration over their lack of clean sheets.United go to Newcastle this week.”It’s been frustrating [not to keep a clean sheet] because in the last two games we’ve defended really well, especially the two centre-backs,” Shaw told manutd.com ahead of the fixture.”I think Jonah [Phil Jones] and Victor [Lindelof] have been amazing. The defending is much better and we’ve been so close [to a clean sheet]. They’re two set-piece goals [we’ve conceded]. In open play we haven’t really been tested too much.””I think set-pieces are the only thing that have tested us so I think that’s a positive and I’m sure the clean sheet for David [De Gea] will come soon. We just need to keep doing the same things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
UNCOVERED: Juventus mega offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus’ offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been revealed.The Wales international is in demand with his contract at the Emirates Stadium up in the summer and Gunners’ chiefs having pulled their renewal offer earlier this season.Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has already confirmed the Serie A leaders’ interest.And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin giants have already made their offer known to Ramsey.It’s claimed that Ramsey has been offered a five-year deal worth up to £6.3million per year AFTER tax.The Welshman would be handed a base salary of £5million, topped up with another £1.35million if he plays 70 per cent of the club’s matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Roma chief Monchi admits interest in Genoa striker Piatek, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi admits they’re interested in Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.However, he says they won’t consider the Pole at his current valuation.“Piatek? It would be possible if they didn’t ask for €70m,” Monchi told Gazzetta dello Sport.“For me he’s a good player, but he plays for Genoa. Tonali’s one of the best youngsters in Italian football, but I could say the same about Barella.“[Gianluca] Mancini? Right now it’s impossible, but in the summer it’s different. Rugani? Impossible, Juventus rejected a €40m bid from Chelsea and we can’t spend so much on a central defender.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth fullback Stacey impressing skipper Francisby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth fullback Jack Stacey has impressed veteran teammate Simon Francis.Cherries signed defender Stacey from Luton Town in the summer for a fee of around £4million.Skipper Francis told the Daily Echo: “He’s been great, Jack.“He’s taken on board everything that the manager has thrown at him really. Pre-season he looked really fit, he’s a strong runner and him and Smithy have been battling it out at right-back.“He certainly impressed in training and in pre-season. I’m pleased for him, along with some of the other young lads as well.“They’ve had that career where they’ve started in the lower leagues and then built their way up and that’s great for confidence. It definitely gives you that hunger. It did for me and you also don’t forget where you’ve come from. You’ve played in the lower leagues so to be in the Premier League, I’m sure he’ll be chomping at the bit.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leeds can compete against Man City with QSI – Radrizzaniby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United could compete with Manchester City if proposed investment from the Middle East goes through, according to owner Andrea Radrizzani.Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris St-Germain, is one of three parties interested in the club.The company is run by Nasser al-Khelaifi, a friend of Radrizzani.The Italian said a Leeds fan based in America and the owner of an unnamed side in Italy were the other two keen to invest in the Championship club.”The option of Qatar Sports Investments and Nasser (al-Khelaifi) – first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time,” Radrizzani told The Times.”They have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity.”
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 27: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks on the sidelines during a game against the Missouri Tigers at Razorback Stadium Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 28-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Arkansas upset Ole Miss this afternoon by the score of 53-52 in overtime. The game-winning series for the Razorbacks featured a ridiculous lateral on 4th-and-25. In the post-game press conference, a giddy Bret Bielema misspoke in hilarious fashion. Intending to say he was “looking forward to hopping on a plane with my wife,” Bielema instead blurted out “I was looking forward to hopping on my wife.” He quickly caught himself and laughed it off before finishing his presser. You can hear the media and those in the background laughing as well. The full clip is below.bret bielema, ladies and gents pic.twitter.com/294ySnhBs9— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) November 8, 2015Bielema always seems to keep things interesting. His team is now 5-4, and the Razorbacks seem to be in good position to qualify for a bowl.
BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)Tonight, the new Virginia Tech uniforms for the Hokies’ “Battle at Bristol” game against Tennessee were revealed.The new Virginia Tech uniforms are officially titled “Hokie Stone,” a tribute to the legendary on-campus stone structures. In addition to the heavy use of grays, the uniforms also contain a major black element. A description from one of the creators said the entire uniform “feels strong and powerful.”The Hokies teased their new uniform on Twitter and also did a full YouTube reveal. We’ve included both below.College Football’s Biggest Ever…#BattleAtBristol ??? pic.twitter.com/kQpi9dj3Ek— HokiesFB ? (@HokiesFB) August 20, 2016Virginia Tech fans, what do you think? It’s a far cry from the team’s usual maroon-and-orange look but, in our opinion, it is pretty clean and distinctive. You also have to love the nod to university tradition and the Hokie stone.Virginia Tech and Tennessee will face off in the “Battle at Bristol” at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. on Sept. 10. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Brazil romped to a 7-0 victory over 10-man Honduras in their final friendly before hosting the Copa America, but lost Arthur to injury.Tite’s men were already 2-0 up thanks to Gabriel Jesus and Thiago Silva headers when Romell Quioto was sent off for an awful challenge on Arthur, who was substituted after receiving treatment on his right knee.Philippe Coutinho scored a penalty, Jesus added his second and David Neres hit his first international goal after the break as Brazil warmed up for the Copa America in style. 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? Roberto Firmino came off the bench to extend the lead and Richarlison was also on target as the 10 men struggled to contain Brazil, who will be without Neymar for the upcoming tournament due to an ankle injury.Jesus headed Brazil into an early lead, the Manchester City striker nodding in a right-wing Dani Alves cross at the back post with the goal surviving a lengthy VAR check.https://t.co/1pT8sHLNqa— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 9, 2019The second goal arrived in just the 12th minute as Silva stole in front of his marker to guide a near-post header across goalkeeper Luis Lopez from a left-wing Coutinho corner.Honduras were then reduced to 10 men when Quioto was dismissed for a horrible tackle that ended Arthur’s participation in the game.Coutinho extended Brazil’s lead by converting a penalty awarded for Emilio Izaguirre’s foul on Richarlison, then the Barcelona forward thudded a long-range drive against the woodwork.Goals continued to flow after the break. Jesus helped himself to a simple second when Richarlison unselfishly nodded Fernandinho’s lofted pass into his path, before Neres opened his international account with a fine solo run and finish.David Neres with his first goal for @CBF_Futebol! #brahon https://t.co/zqLluyLlXG— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) June 9, 2019Jesus was replaced by Firmino and the Liverpool forward dinked a clever chip over goalkeeper Lopez to add his name to the scoresheet in the 65th minute.Honduras were increasingly unable to cope in defence due to Brazil’s numerical advantage and the general gulf in quality, with Everton setting up Richarlison for a tap-in to complete the scoring.What does it mean? Arthur injury could be costlyNeymar has already been ruled out of the Copa America after damaging his right ankle in a friendly against Qatar and coach Tite may perhaps be fearing Arthur could now follow. Tuning up against sides of much lower quality may provide a confidence boost for attackers but their schedule has potentially robbed Brazil of two key players going into the tournament.Jesus makes his markTite must decide whether to field Firmino or Jesus in attack during the Copa America, with the Manchester City striker making his case with a brace of clinical finishes.Firmino may have more to his all-round game, but Jesus is a prime penalty box poacher. Even without Neymar, Brazil have attacking riches most of their South American rivals cannot match.Rash and ridiculous QuiotoThere was no chance Quioto could beat Arthur to the ball, so what the Houston Dynamo player was thinking when he lunged into a terrible tackle is difficult to fathom.It may well have cost the Barcelona star a chance to represent his country in a major tournament on home soil.What’s next?Copa America hosts Brazil start their campaign against Bolivia on Friday. Honduras will take on Jamaica in their Gold Cup opener on June 17. read more
It’s funny how things work out in football.Ten days ago, Adrian was heading home. After six years in England, he was returning to Spain, ready to join Real Valladolid on a free transfer.Now, the 32-year-old is the man tasked with deputising for possibly the world’s best goalkeeper. 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? On Wednesday, Adrian will make his first start for Liverpool. At the end of it, he could pick up his first medal as a professional. The Reds take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul looking to confirm their status as Europe’s No.1. They are big favourites to win at Besiktas’ Vodafone Park.What a remarkable turnaround for a man released by West Ham at the end of last season, a man who surely thought his chance at the top level had gone. Adrian last started a game in January, a 4-2 FA Cup defeat at AFC Wimbledon, but he could now face the most demanding run of his career. Alisson Becker’s misfortune, a calf injury that could sideline him for up to eight weeks, has opened the door for the Spaniard. His time is now.How Liverpool need him to hit the ground running. Before the end of August they will play league games against Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, as well as the Super Cup final. Next month, they will begin their Champions League defence as well as looking to keep their Premier League campaign on track. Where Jurgen Klopp’s team is concerned, there is simply no let up.Alisson’s absence will hit them hard, no question. The Brazilian enjoyed a brilliant debut season on Merseyside following his £65 million ($79m) move from Roma in the summer of 2018. His 21 clean sheets in 38 games gave him the Premier League Golden Glove award, while his presence was key as Liverpool became European champions for the sixth time. In June’s final in Madrid, it was Alisson’s brilliance which kept Tottenham at bay.Big gloves to fill, then. Liverpool had long identified Adrian as a potential signing. Their scouting team had tracked him at West Ham throughout the past two years, and moved swiftly once it became clear that Simon Mignolet would be leaving the club this summer. Mignolet completed a £6m ($8m) switch to Club Brugge following the Community Shield against Manchester City, and within hours Adrian was being unveiled at Melwood.“I come here to try to win everything,” he said in his first interview as a Liverpool player, “to try to push Ali from the first minute.” Clearly, he lacks little in terms of confidence.That is an important point. The life of a backup goalkeeper can be a strange one, one which requires huge reserves of toughness and mental strength. Mignolet, for example, earned major credit for his unerring professionalism, but even he found life difficult as understudy to Alisson (and before that Loris Karius). He trained intensely, prepared as normal but knew that he wouldn’t play. Last season he started just twice, in domestic cup ties with much-changed line-ups. Liverpool lost both games.“I wanted that feeling again,” Mignolet said following his debut for Brugge last week. “I wanted to be important again on the pitch.”Adrian will get that feeling again now. His Liverpool debut came quicker than anyone could have imagined but he says he was ready for it. He’d spent the bulk of his summer in Sevilla, training with his personal goalkeeping coach at local club UD Pilas.New colours…new city…new ambitions…Really happy to sign with @LFC 💪🏻🔴 #YNWA #LiverpoolFC #LFC pic.twitter.com/Hwgrki1vBz — Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) August 5, 2019 Crucially, compared to Mignolet, he arrives as a goalkeeper with a reputation for being comfortable with his feet, as well as someone with an unshakeable self-belief. “He looked very good and very sharp from the first session he had with us,” said Klopp.“I like to help the team from the back,” Adrian says. “Obviously we need to save goals but now the modern ‘keeper has to be very complete. “I am still learning at my age, still learning and improving, but I think I have a great level to show and keep showing in the Premier League.”He may have racked up close to 300 games across his 14-year career, but the next six weeks will be Adrian’s biggest test to date. Liverpool fans will hope his confidence is not misplaced. Their season could hinge on him. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 27: Bryce Love of Stanford celebrates a touchdown during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Stanford is set to host Utah in Palo Alto, Calif. tonight. The Cardinal will be playing without their star running back.Bryce Love, a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, has been dealing with injury early this season.Stanford announced moments ago that Love will not be playing against Utah tonight.The Cardinal’s head coach, David Shaw, announced the news..@Blovee_20 will not play tonight, announced by @CoachDavidShaw. pic.twitter.com/rAKmoH4IME— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) October 7, 2018That’s a tough blow for a Stanford team looking to rebound from a loss to Notre Dame.Stanford and Utah are set to kick off at 10:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide cruised to another win last weekend, defeating Arkansas in blowout fashion. However, sophomore sensation Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury in the process.Despite having just 13 pass attempts, Tagovailoa threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Well, Alabama will need a similar effort against Missouri this Saturday, especially considering Drew Lock’s ability to score points in a hurry for the Tigers.Unfortunately, Tagovailoa is currently nursing a sprained knee, which could possibly limit his production.Nonetheless, Nick Saban gave an update for his dynamic quarterback, and it sounds pretty encouraging. According to the Crimson Tide head coach, Tagovailoa took every rep he was supposed to in practice.Saban: “Tua’s taken every rep in practice. He does have a sprained knee.””Lester Cotton sprained his ankle. It’s a mild ankle sprain.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) October 10, 2018In the event that Tagovailoa struggles because of his injury, Alabama could use Jalen Hurts under center.Even though Saban has options at quarterback, Tagovailoa should be ready for Saturday’s showdown.Missouri and Alabama will kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET from Bryant-Denny Stadium. It’ll be worth monitoring Tagovailoa’s ability to make plays outside of the pocket.