TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lille defender Fonte hails Arsenal target Pepe: He can go to the topby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte says teammate Nicolas Pepe is destined for the top.Pepe is a major target for Arsenal, with LOSC chief Lucas Campos slapping an €80m price-tag on the Ivorian.Former Southampton captain Fonte has no doubts about Pepe’s potential, stating: “He is a player who can go to the highest level. “He has a great left foot. He has speed and intelligence. From now on, he must maintain his concentration and this spirit of playing for the team. We know he can do what he did on the third goal in Nîmes. “But the most important thing to be a complete player is when he sacrifices himself, when he defends.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd confirm recalls for Pereira and Willockby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have recalled Joel Pereira and Matty Willock from their respective loan spells.Pereira made 10 appearances in all competitions for Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal.22-year-old Willock also enjoyed a productive spell with St. Mirren, having appeared 14 times for the Buddies this season.Both players with join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, who have returned to Manchester after warm weather training camp in Dubai.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teen Greenwood doing extra work after trainingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teenager Mason Greenwood has been doing extra work on the training pitch.Greenwood has been promoted into the first team by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the 17-year-old is making sure he stays there by impressing the Norwegian. The Sun says Greenwood has been spending 20 minutes extra to improve his finishing in and around the penalty area. He is also often the first to arrive for training and the last to leave as he continues to impress Solskjaer and his coaching staff. As well as scoring in the 1-1 draw with Rochdale, Greenwood also stepped up to slot home his spot-kick in the penalty shootout.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde happy with attacking trio for victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with victory over Eibar.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann each scored a goal at Ipurua during the 3-0 win.After a few difficult matches, it looks like the three frontmen are finally starting to understand each other on the pitch.”It’s a question of time and of playing matches,” Valverde said about his front three.”In the end, great players always find each other [on the pitch] and know where their teammates will be and know where the pass will go.”They’ve participated and worked very hard.”This is the reward.”They scored a goal each, they understood each other well.”The new players are finding their place and trying to understand each other.”It’s a question of time before they understand each other better.”
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 9: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans prays in the middle of the field before the game against the California Golden Bears on October 9, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)Update: USC is saying this wasn’t an NBC cameraman, but rather someone from a local station. According to a #USC spokesman, the cameraman wearing the ND shirt was not from NBC, he was local.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015Earlier: USC and Notre Dame are playing their annual rivalry game this Saturday, and as you’d imagine, the Trojans aren’t in the mood for any tomfoolery, given the week they’ve had. Wednesday, according to a number of reporters covering USC’s practice, an NBC cameraman pulled a big no-no while filming.According to both Lindsey Thiry of the LA Times and Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com, an NBC cameraman was wearing a Notre Dame shirt on the job. He was asked to change. Abraham called it a “legit confrontation.”A media member wore a Notre Dame shirt to #USC practice. Got the stare down from a position group. He left to change.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 14, 2015Huge NBC TV crew at #USC practice today. A camera man wore ND shirt & was asked to change. He turned it inside out & wore a security vest.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015There was a legit confrontation with the NBC cameraman and #USC security. Players were staring at him as the discussion went on.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) October 14, 2015The Trojans and Fighting Irish kick off Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on NBC. Apparently, they still don’t like each other.
Michy Batshuayi is still looking for an escape route from his nightmare loan move from Chelsea to Valencia, as rivals Tottenham begin talks over a possible deal, Goal understands. Chelsea are unwilling to loan their 25-year-old striker to Spurs so they would only entertain a permanent deal from their fiercest rivals, while they are also asking for around £35 million ($46m).Everton were also interested in the Belgium international but have been scared off by the asking price, while West Ham have failed in their attempts over a loan deal. 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? Real Betis have left the race to sign Batshuayi after having a loan offer accepted, because it was conditional on offloading Sergio Leon, who will now stay in Seville.Batshuayi is understood to be desperate to find an escape route from his Valencia loan deal where he has only managed three goals in 10 starts.Monaco had agreed a deal to take over Valencia’s remaining six months of their loan deal, but Chelsea held off allowing him to leave as they preferred to sell one of their 42-strong loan group.Batshuayi has been training in Valencia, after a temporary lay-off to look for a club in Brussels, but the Liga side remain hopeful they will be able to get the striker’s high salary off their wage bill.Valencia coach Marcelino suggested earlier in January that he was running out of patience with Batshuayi after substituting the forward during a shock Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Batshuayi was given only 45 minutes before being substituted, in a decision Marcelino defended as “tactical” after the final whistle.But the coach also let slip his concerns over his attacking options in strong post-match comments.”We need signings up front. In some cases our patience has run out,” he fired to reporters, while stopping short of naming either Batshuayi or Kevin Gameiro as the subject of his ire.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is also understood to not be interested in bringing back Batshuayi, with Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud to be his two strikers for the remainder of the season.Neil Jones and Paco Rico contributed to this story.
In this new five-episode documentary series “Country of Football”, Goal will take you on a journey through Brazil in order to try and truly understand the country’s passion for the game and how it manifests itself.The second episode is about “Family”. What happens when members of one family support rival teams? Is it our parents’ influence that makes us cheer for a specific team? In this episode we take at look at the relationship Brazilian families have with their fandom and what runs deeper, family or football?
The headline game of last week wound up being Ohio State football’s trip to Purdue. Like in their trip to Iowa last week, the Buckeyes were shellacked by a feisty Big Ten West foe.Last season’s 55-24 loss wound up severely hurting Ohio State’s College Football Playoff chances. The team already had a more excusable loss on its resume at the time, against eventual Big 12 Champion Oklahoma.This year’s Buckeyes squad just suffered its first loss, but now with Michigan looking very strong, and Notre Dame riding an undefeated record, the CFP will be a tough pull once again. Ohio State has a bye week off before it gets its chance to get back in the win column.There are plenty of other big games on the slate, though. We have a Top 10 battle in Jacksonville between Florida and Georgia, a very interesting Big Ten battle between No. 18 Iowa and No. 17 Penn State in Happy Valley, and yet another Top 25 Pac-12 duel, this time between Wazzu, coming off of a giant win against Oregon, and Stanford.It should be yet another very fun week of college football.After eight weeks, here are the staff pick standings:1.Matt Lombardi247-642.Dan Lyons246-653.Matt Hladik245-66T-4.Andrew McCarty244-67T-4.Chris Rosvoglou244-676.Andrew Holleran236-757.Tzvi Machlin234-778.Steve Driscoll229-82The top five in the race is extremely tight, as it has been all season long. It isn’t too late for anyone to get hot and pull out a season-long victory.Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 9 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouMachlinBaylor at 13 West Virginia25 Appalachian State at Georgia SouthernGeorgia Tech at Virginia TechMiami at Boston CollegeIndiana at Minnesota23 Utah at UCLA2 Clemson at Florida State20 Wisconsin at NorthwesternVanderbilt at ArkansasTexas Tech at Iowa StateWake Forest at LouisvillePurdue at Michigan StateBethune-Cookman at NebraskaNorth Carolina at VirginiaTCU at KansasOregon State at Colorado9 Florida vs. 7 Georgia (in Jacksonville)Kansas State at 8 Oklahoma18 Iowa at 17 Penn State21 South Florida at HoustonArizona State at USCIllinois at MarylandDuke at Pitt12 Kentucky at Missouri15 Washington at Cal14 Washington State at 24 Stanford16 Texas A&M at Mississippi State22 NC State at SyracuseTennessee at South Carolina3 Notre Dame at Navy (in San Diego)6 Texas at Oklahoma State19 Oregon at ArizonaSeason Record247-64236-75246-65245-66229-82244-67244-67234-77
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of fans cheering during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)We’re heading into the final two weeks of the college football regular season. With just a few games remaining, everyone quarter matters and though Week 12 features a few weak games, those are just as important.Teams might be looking ahead to a tougher opponent in the weekend to come. Case in point, one Vegas computer is picking a significant upset this weekend.According to OddsShark’s score predictions, an SEC power is on upset alert against a program that went dormant for two years.The Vegas computer thinks UAB will take down Texas A&M by a final score of 33.4-30.4. Here’s the full prediction.This would be a major upset, as the Aggies field a team with tremendous talent.However, the Blazers have put together an incredible 2018 campaign and are one of the best stories in college football this year.Texas A&M and UAB kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.Stay tuned.