Whoops! Man Utd (& Norway’s PM!) let slip Solskjaer appointmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United announced the appointment of new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… sort of!United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after a dismal start to the season.And it appears a website error has let slip Solskjaer is leaving Molde to replace him.On the club’s official website, a video of Solskjaer scoring in the 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich was added with the headline saying: “The most famous night of Ole’s career.”But underneath that a caption said: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou…”The post was quickly removed.But even Norway’s Prime Minister appeared to confirm the news before any word from United.Erna Solberg tweeted, which was quickly deleted, saying: “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils, @olegs26_ole.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery explains substituting Dani Ceballosby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has explained his decision to substitute midfielder Dani Ceballos.The Spanish loanee was taken off during the second half, when the Gunners were struggling to retain control over the game.Some fans criticised the decision, believing the sub only made the team worse.But Emery defended his choices, saying to the club’s official website: “But today it was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players. “We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, for give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce understands home jeersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League strugglers Newcastle and Brighton played out a 0-0 draw which does neither side many favours.The Seagulls dominated and went closest through substitute Aaron Connolly’s chip which was cleared off the line by a Fabian Schar overhead kick.It was another disappointing day for Newcastle, who were poor in front of a far-from-full St James’ Park.Toon boss Steve Bruce said: “I can understand their frustration against a very decent Brighton team and in particular we were, first half, disappointing with what we were trying to do.”I think of all the possession, the vast majority if you look at it and analyse them, they have a lot in their own half, which frustrates a lot of teams.”We didn’t help ourselves by trying to get after it too early and didn’t organise our press well enough until we got into the second half, where we defended slightly deeper and changed slightly, and it made it better for us.”But most of the possession they have if you analyse them… I said it on Friday, that they would come here and be that way.”They have so many passes in their own half, that’s the way.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bullard: West Ham midfielder Rice a modern No4by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJimmy Bullard admits he’s a fan of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.The Irons fan is fulsome in his praise of England youngster Declan Rice, who he believes will continue thriving at the heart of midfield.He told the Mirror, “He’s a modern day No.4, keeping the ball, breaking it up, an athlete. But what about at centre-half, the position where he made his name in junior football?“If you’re a Manchester City who really own possession, he could be a great centre-half. But for West Ham, he’s a No.4.“If he was at City he could play centre-half, like John Stones, 100 percent. If you’re possession based, you’ve got to be as good as a midfielder.“Even goalkeepers now, they need to be able to play a ball, have vision.”
Genoa confirm appointment of new coach Thiago Mottaby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa have confirmed the appointment of Thiago Motta as new coach.Motta has already taken charge of the first training session.Aurelio Andreazzoli was fired earlier on Tuesday, the Motta announcement was made several hours later.Motta takes charge of a Genoa side who have lost six of their last seven games, resulting in Andreazzoli’s demise.He retired from professional football at the end of 17-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Urban Meyer/TwitterOhio State coach Urban Meyer shared his first memory of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.Urban Meyer hopped on the line with the Rich Eisen Show ahead of Ohio State’s game against Michigan this weekend. Eisen asked Meyer what his first memory of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry was, and Meyer’s response shows how deep this rivalry truly runs.The first memory of @OhioStateFB v. @UMichFootball for Urban Meyer wasn’t exactly what @richeisen was expecting but made perfect sense. pic.twitter.com/jeyGyU4tM9— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) November 21, 2016Meyer went all the way back to the age of six when his mother took him away from watching the game to run an errand.The Ohio native then recounted his encounters with Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. Schembechler was the head coach at Michigan and Hayes the head coach at Ohio State during what was known as the “Ten Year War.” This was the nickname for the series played between the two teams from 1969-1978.Meyer remarked about the mutual respect between Hayes and Schembechler while recounting his visits with each.Ohio State hosts Michigan this weekend. The games kicks off at 12:00 p.m. E.T. and will be broadcast on ABC.
Real Madrid have completed the signing of Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt, with the highly-rated striker penning a six-year contract with the Blancos.The 21-year-old Serbia international emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in European football during the 2018-19 campaign.His return of 27 goals in 47 appearances attracted plenty of attention, with Real one of several sides to cast admiring glances in his direction. 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? Those at the Santiago Bernabeu have now won the race for the forward’s signature, with Jovic tied to a deal through to the summer of 2025.A brief statement from the Liga giants on their official website read: “Real Madrid CF and Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed to the transfer of player Luka Jovic, pending a medical examination. “The player will be tied to the club for the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025.”Real were expected to spend big this summer after enduring a testing 2018-19 campaign.It is suggested that they have parted with around €70 million (£62m/$79m) in order to bring in Jovic.They had to dig deep to get a deal over the line as Eintracht only recently pushed through a permanent deal of their own for the promising frontman.The Bundesliga outfit took up a purchase option in the loan agreement which saw him star for them across a two-season stay from Benfica.An immediate profit has been made, although those in Germany are disappointed to be bidding farewell to the player who impressed so much during his time in the Bundesliga.Frankfurt’s sporting director Fredi Bobic has said: “Luka Jovic is a big loss for us.”His explosiveness and scoring skills have spread throughout Europe and we’ve benefited not only from his goals over the past two years. “But for us it was clear that there is a financial pain threshold.”For Eintracht Frankfurt this is a good and important transfer. We wish Luka only the best for his future. “He has the best qualifications for a great career. And we are proud that we were able to support him along the way.”Jovic will join an attacking pool of talent in the Spanish capital that includes Karim Benzema and Mariano Diaz.He will be hoping to hit the ground running in La Liga, with Zidane’s side in need of inspiration from somewhere as they seek to get back on the trophy trail in 2019-20.
England Under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd insists that he and the rest of his staff will do whatever is necessary to facilitate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s potential switch from Crystal Palace to Manchester United. Wan-Bissaka, 21, is currently in Italy with the rest of the Young Lions, who are hoping for glory in this summer’s Euro 2019 competition. But while he represents his country, back in England the Red Devils and Palace continue to negotiate his transfer. 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? Reports suggest that while the Eagles rejected a bid worth £50 million ($63m) for their star, United will return with an improved offer. The defender’s absence for international duty obviously presents certain difficulties in closing any deal, but Boothroyd is not concerned about the issue causing potential disruption in his squad.”It seems like it’s been going on for a long time,” the coach said in reference to Wan-Bissaka’s transfer saga.”We had a similar situation in Poland last time with Jordan Pickford, a lot of speculation.”Everton agreed the deal they worked very closely with us, they were very respectful in terms of not getting involved in our training and our build-up and in the end it was done – with the medicals in a hotel down the road away from everybody else.”If that was to happen we certainly wouldn’t be blocking anybody, we’d be talking to people and seeing if we can help out in any way provided both clubs were happy with it.”If that happens we’ll oblige. and if it doesn’t suit us then we’ll find a time when it does.”Amid that intense speculation, Wan-Bissaka hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in England’s Euro bow after a late own goal gifted France a 2-1 victory.”He’s disappointed obviously with the way that the own goal turned out,” Boothroyd added.”With all the noise that’s surrounding him at the minute you can imagine if you and I were in that position we’d probably be a lot different to what he is.”He’s very calm, he’s very measured, he doesn’t say a great deal but if he plays tomorrow night I’m expecting the same sort of focus, the same sort of energy and I expect him to bounce back.”
Following the excitement of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in which the U.S. women’s team clinched a record fourth title, attention will no doubt turn to the next edition of the tournament.The next edition of the Women’s World Cup will be in 2023, and Goal brings you all you need to know about where it will be held and how many teams will take part.Where will the Women’s World Cup 2023 finals be held?The host nation for the 2023 World Cup has not yet been confirmed, with FIFA expected to announce the successful candidate on March 20, 2020. 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 are currently nine bids from 10 countries for the rights to host the 2023 finals.Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea/North Korea (joint bid) are the official bidders.A total of 37 FIFA board members will participate in the vote for their country of choice in a secret ballot (which is a different format to the voting process for the 2026 men’s World Cup).Asia has hosted the tournament twice, in 1991 and 2007, both in China. They are the only federation bidders to have hosted the tournament, with Africa, South America and Oceania never having hosted.How many countries will take part?Currently, the tournament will involve 24 national teams (including that of the host nation, who will automatically qualify), assuming that the current format of the finals is kept.However, in July 2019, FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed a desire to expand the Women’s World Cup from 24 teams to 32 teams, with a possibility of starting with the 2023 edition.“We need to do more to make sure that this gap [between Europe and other continents] doesn’t become bigger,” Infantino said. “We want to channel part of this investment into the grassroots of the game all over the world. We need to invest much more where there is no women’s football, rather than where the women’s game already exists.”Currently, the USWNT earned $4 million (£3.2m) for winning the 2019 Women’s World Cup with the total prize money awarded to all participating teams this summer in the region of $30m (£24m). Both sums are double of what the Women’s World Cup paid teams during the 2015 tournament, but it is still 7.5 per cent of the total prize money awarded to the 2018 men’s World Cup champions, France.During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 32 teams competed for $400m (£315m) in prize money, with champions France being awarded $38m (£29m).
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh didn’t say much following Michigan’s loss to Ohio State on Saturday afternoon, other than saying the program will “take responsibility” for what happened to the Buckeyes.The Wolverines’ regular season is over, so Harbaugh won’t be meeting with the media until after his team’s bowl game is announced, but we got new comments on the Ohio State game thanks to his podcast.Harbaugh opened up a bit about Michigan’s loss to the Buckeyes. He was pretty honest.“Nov. 24, the better team won,” Harbaugh said on his Attack The Day podcast. “Ohio State was the better team. Congratulations to them. Had that been a week later or week earlier, the result might have been reversed.”Harbaugh fell to 0-4 against Ohio State with the loss on Saturday. He’s the first Michigan coach to reach that mark.The Wolverines’ head coach added:“They played better on that day. There’s things in life where they don’t go your way. It almost seems like sometimes life is testing you. I believe the strong end up surviving and the weak end up keep having that happen to them the rest of their lives.”Michigan will learn where it’s heading in the postseason on Sunday. The Wolverines are believed to be a strong candidate for a New Year’s Six game.