TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he’d bring back Jose Mourinho.Moratti and Mourinho won the Treble together at Inter in 2010.Current coach Luciano Spalletti is under pressure after failing to qualify from their Champions League group.And Moratti, who is still influential at the San Siro, said: “Would I like Mourinho back at Inter? Yes, I’m very fond of him.“However, we’ll give time to Spalletti to prove his worth. Diego Simeone? I love him too, but Mou is special.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Dalglish hails Klopp’s market work: They’re all successfulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has hailed the work in the transfer market of Jurgen Klopp.Klopp brought in four new players in the summer transfer window, spending over £150million.“Virgil came in at a very important time, stamped his authority on it,” Dalglish said on Sky Sports. “He’s a great presence and he’s really produced the goods since he’s come in in January.“It might have been a lot of money but they got £140m for [Philippe] Coutinho.“They went out and spent some on Virgil, some on the goalkeeper – by the way, two great signings.“I think it’s important also that it’s Virgil’s first full season, the goalkeeper’s first full season.”Fabinho’s kicking on and starting to get his feet, starting to play well.“Keita the same, Shaqiri comes on and scores two against Manchester United.“When you sign players, it’s great to see them be successful.”
Milik: Napoli can match Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Arkadiusz Milik insists they can match Juventus.Milik believes the runaway Serie A leaders can still be caught.He said, “Coming back after two injuries and being at your best isn’t easy. My knee injuries took me out of shape, so I have to get back to my best and keep growing.“We can all do better. I’m happy with what I’m right doing now, but let’s look ahead. We want to go all the way this season and anything is still possible.“We’re strong, so why don’t we try to stop Juventus? Let’s look ahead to the games we have coming up.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say England coach Southgate challenges axed Spurs midfielder Alliby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate has explained axing Dele Alli from his latest squad.Tottenham midfielder Alli has only just returned from injury but, while Southgate admitted dropped players is the hardest part of his job, he insisted he will never pick players on reputation or name as was the case in the past.England boss Southgate said: “I think when you’re selecting a squad, the players need to see some sort of meritocracy when possible, and like I said in there, to bring those guys back in, who am I going to leave out?“With Dele [Ali] and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] in particular, they haven’t really had the number of games this year to get themselves into a rhythm. They’re both recovering from different injuries, one long term, one a bit shorter term.“So, I’m expecting those guys to really push – you know they are both fighters, there have been good conversations with both of them. The pressure is on guys who go in to play well and impress.“But we want to look at some of the young players. Let’s invest time in some of those younger players. Let’s have a closer at them, knowing that we’ve got to keep winning matches now by exposing people to the level and the environment and seeing how they cope with it.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan directors Boban and Maldini admit Elliott differencesby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini admit they have different ambitions compared with owners Elliott Management.Elliott remain in the business of selling the club.“No young team, with all young players, won the Champions League. That’s a fact,” said Maldini to the FT.“Even a Scudetto,” added fellow director and former teammate Boban.“Our dream is to have results tomorrow. [Elliott] have a different path, they have a different vision . . . I think we can find a way that we’re both happy.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spainby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas admits he’d like to see Neymar return to Spain.The PSG star was a target for Real Madrid and former club Barcelona, though ultimately remained a PSG player when the summer market shut.However, Tebas still retains hope of seeing Neymar in the LaLiga again.”Neymar, Mourinho, Guardiola … There is room for everyone,” he said. “Neymar is currently at PSG, and his arrival seemed unrealistic at the time, and I think the transfer window is not ready for him yet.”
Thomas Muller plundered a hat-trick as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-1 Audi Cup win against Fenerbahce at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.Niko Kovac’s side were in ruthless mood against their desperately poor Super Lig opponents, with Renato Sanches, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman adding to Muller’s treble.Max Kruse gave the visiting support something to cheer with a 64th-minute consolation strike, but it did little to take the shine off a consummate attacking performance by the reigning Bundesliga champions. 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? Bayern – who face Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on Saturday – will take on Tottenham in the final on Wednesday, while Fenerbahce will have to pick themselves up for a third-place tie against Real Madrid on the same day.Sanches got Bayern on their way after 22 minutes, sliding into an empty net after being teed up by Robert Lewandowski. Make that more for @esmuellert_!Hat-trick complete #AudiCup (59′) 6-0 pic.twitter.com/grwyvEMjkt— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 30, 2019That was followed six minutes later by a second, Goretzka driving into the penalty area to meet Coman’s cutback with a low, right-footed strike from 12 yards.Muller – who had been introduced for the injured Serge Gnabry after 20 minutes – made it three in the 31st minute after picking Nabil Dirar’s pocket just eight yards out and slotting past a helpless Harun Tekin.The Fener goalkeeper picked the ball out of his net again five minutes before the interval when the impressive Coman slotted underneath him after Lewandowski’s pass was fortuitously deflected into his path.Vedat Muriqi flashed narrowly wide at the other end but normal service was resumed in the 44th minute, Muller adding his second from the penalty spot after Lewandowski was hauled down by Mauricio Isla.Muller completed his hat-trick in style shortly before the hour mark, superbly controlling Niklas Sule’s long ball with his heel and firing past Tekin, who had inexplicably raced off his line, from 35 yards.Bayern eased up after a raft of substitutions, allowing Kruse to run at their defence and fire past Sven Ulreich from the edge of the penalty area for the most inconsequential of goals.It still appeared to be too much for Dirar, who seemingly had to be prevented from walking off the pitch with 20 minutes remaining by his coach Ersun Yanal and a number of team-mates. read more
Part of the roof of the AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar, belonging to AZ of the Eredivisie, collapsed on Saturday with no reported injuries.Images show part of one of the AFAS Stadium’s stands caved in, with roof panels having fallen onto the seats below.AZ confirmed there were no reported injuries and a club statement emphasised that the stadium was empty at the time of the incident. 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? “There was nobody in the stadium at the time of the collapse. The management and stakeholders of the club are now on their way. We are still looking into the cause,” the statement said.General manager Robert Eenhoorn later addressed the issue, and although he could offer no answers as to what caused the collapse, he did confirm that no games would take place in the damaged stadium until it was 100 per cent safe.”This surprised all of us,” he told a news conference.”We’re very shocked but particularly happy there was no one hurt. In the coming days, we’ll conduct a review with experts. Only when that investigation has been done can we elaborate on this matter. It is much too early for that now.”No matches will be played in the stadium if the situation is not safe. As soon as more is clear about our upcoming matches, we’ll report it as soon as possible.”AZ were due to play Mariupol in a Europa League qualifying match next Thursday and an Eredivisie game against Groningen three days later at the stadium.The Dutch club tweeted that they would consult with the relevant authorities before announcing the locations of any rescheduled games.”AZ will discuss the locations of the upcoming home matches as soon as possible in consultation with the KNVB and UEFA.” the tweet read.The ground was built in 2006 and has a capacity of 17,000.Despite its relatively recent construction this is the second worrying incident at the AFAS Stadium.During a 2013 Europa League match against the Greek club Atromitos, the arena was evacuated after a fire broke out in the stands.That game was abandoned in the 57th minute and concluded the following day.This is the second occurence of a partial stadium collapse in the last week as the roof above the disabled section of the Kilmarnock ground fell in after their Scottish Premier League game with Rangers last Saturday. Nobody was seriously hurt in that incident.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Week 1 was a good week for the Big Ten conference. The league had impressive showings in several games.Maryland, for example, took down Texas at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. This is the Terrapins’ second-straight season-opening win over the Longhorns. There’s reason for optimism in College Park, Md.Ohio State and Wisconsin, meanwhile, very much looked like the College Football Playoff contenders they’ve been hyped to be. Penn State and Michigan State mostly didn’t, but the Nittany Lions and the Spartans were able to escape with victories.In total, only one Big Ten team lost a non-conference game this weekend.That team: Michigan.The Wolverines had the toughest game of any team in the league – a road game at Notre Dame – but still, that’s pretty tough for Jim Harbaugh’s program.“After being the only Big Ten team to lose a bowl game last season, Michigan was the only Big Ten team to lose a nonconference game this week,” Kyle Rowland tweeted.After being the only Big Ten team to lose a bowl game last season, Michigan was the only Big Ten team to lose a nonconference game this week.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 2, 2018Welp.Michigan obviously has time to righten the ship, but it’s desperate times in Ann Arbor, Mich. right now.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: Kyle Allen #10 of the Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass in the first half of their game against the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)In their final regular season game this year, Texas A&M pulled off one of the biggest upsets with a 74-72 win over No. 8 LSU that went to seven overtimes.The win gave the Aggies eight wins on the season and propelled them from unranked to No. 22 in the AP poll.As a result, the Aggies finished second behind Alabama in the SEC West and have plenty of momentum going into their 10th straight bowl game appearance.The general consensus seems to be that Texas A&M will be playing on New Year’s Day, but not in one of the bigger bowl games.CBS Sports projects the Aggies to play against a Big Ten team in the Outback Bowl – namely, Michigan State.Sports Illustrated, on the other hand, thinks that Texas A&M will be representing against Iowa State of the Big 12 in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl against Baylor.College Football News also seems to think that Texas A&M will be playing against a Big 12 opponent in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Iowa State.Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher won five of seven bowl games at Florida State. With the Aggies having lost three straight bowl games, they’re hopeful that Fisher can lead them to glory again.