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