The latest U.S. Census estimates show that Nebraska’s and Iowa’s populations continued growing at a slow, steady pace over the past year.The Census Bureau released the latest figures as of July 1st.Nebraska’s population rose to 1,929,268 between 2017 and this year.The state gained 11,693 residents and grew at a rate of 0.61 percent.Iowa’s estimated population grew 12,508 to 3,156,145, growing at a rate of 0.4 percent.The United States population grew by more than 2 million to 327,167,434.The nation’s population grew at a rate of 0.62 percent.
Good job, MSN, thanks for dragging us into this mess.The reprehensible racist video OU’s SAE students made recently is making the rounds on the Internet today.Unfortunately for MSN, somebody there doesn’t know the difference between OSU’s campus library and OU’s, the latter of which looks like this:David Boren, by the way, came out swinging.Updated statement attached – DBo pic.twitter.com/xxfiJwCh0P— David Boren (@DavidBorenOK) March 9, 2015Hat tip to Clint Davison on the findIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Mike Gundy and his team participated in fan appreciation day on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. This is always a fun time for folks (especially kids) to chat with and get autographs from their heroes. Gundy spoke about the importance of connecting with those who essentially pay the bills on the athletic department he’s helped build.“It’s a lot of fun,” said Gundy on Saturday. “You know it is long, it’s two hours or a little over two hours of signing. But once you get to it and you see the people so many families that come back each year and their kids are growing on up and they’ll show you pictures that you took with them when I had to hold them on my leg and now they’re as tall as I am that makes it a neat day.“Oklahoma State has always been special that way with our group that has been loyal to us. It makes me proud when the parents and the other families of people that have little ones here come and say how terrific our team is talking to them and engaging with them, not sitting there like a bump on a wall. They need to learn to work with other people and look people in the eye and shake hands and so forth and so we all need to do that and extend ourselves to people that come and watch us play. You know they’re the ones that show up and they’re at these games ten degrees or a hundred and ten degrees out here they’re yelling for us and that’s why it’s important.”That’s good stuff, and it’s why Gundy’s approval rating according to OKC Dave’s survey is nearly 100 percent.Oklahoma State football generated nearly $44 million in revenue in 2014-15 (the last year we have numbers for), and over $25 million of that was directly tied to the people coming out and shaking hands with Mason Rudolph and Jalen McCleskey. Fan appreciation days are a big deal.Gundy also noted his program has never run more smoothly.“We all know that there’s a lot of things that we do that are good, but if we don’t win, I’m not standing up here for 12 years, so it doesn’t make a difference,” added Gundy.“One thing that I think could be done that has changed that is enjoyable for me is when I’m at practice I can stand and watch. I think I could go out the gate and go north and go over there and hide behind that big pile of dirt where the construction is and practice would run itself. What that has done is that’s developing core values and a system we have in place here, and that’s what keeps us at the level we are. Because coaches come and go, players come and go, guys go out early and nowadays guys transfer but the core value in our system has not changed.“That’s the one thing that we’ve accomplished here, and that should allow Oklahoma State to perform at the high level for a long time, and that was not the easiest thing to accomplish.”Best CEO in the Big 12? He’s right there with Bob Stoops, Gary Patterson and Bill Snyder as a program-builder. And it’s hard to believe we’re about to be 12 years deep into the Gundy Era.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I always look for any excuse I can find to post about epic Oklahoma State wins over Oklahoma on this blog, and Mike Gundy gave me a pretty good excuse to that on Monday. Gundy put on a pretty epic press conference Boone Pickens Stadium yesterday in which he talked about buying a house, Double-A umpires and cartoon forts.He also brought up something I hadn’t thought of yet. He compared the end of the OSU-Central Michigan game to Bedlam 2014.“Honestly, when it happened to me and I saw it and saw it, I’m sitting there thinking, this is probably the same way Bob (Stoops) felt when Tyreek (Hill) was returning the punt,” Gundy told the Tulsa World.It’s a great call. Maybe the two most stunned moments I’ve ever had as an OSU fan. For very different reasons. Anyway, I mentioned needing an excuse to post about Bedlam Ws so here it is. This should wash away some of that pain from last Saturday. The best part remains the radio call: This is Bedlam!
Kyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 4 (!) days away.Porter: Victor Salako is No. 4 on my list. The backup plan at left tackles just isn’t all that great. Redshirt freshman Matt Mucha is listed as the second of two left tackles although the reshuffle if Salako ever went down might be a little less straightforward than that.Mason Rudolph needs to be able to trust the guys blocking behind him and Salako offers that security blanket. It’s probably not as easy as saying that UAB ranked No. 71 in sacks allowed last year to Oklahoma State’s 113th, but it might be.AdChoices广告He’s even gotten the respect of the man who Boone has as his fourth-most important player, Emmanuel Ogbah.“And Victor (Salako), too. He’s done a lot. He’s a big guy so I like going against him in practice. It gives me more experience and helps make me better every time I go against him.”Boone: I have Emmanuel Ogbah here, and I feel a little guilty because it’s pretty difficult to rank a potential first round draft pick higher than No. 1. Ogbah is an absolute animal who will likely draw double and even triple teams several times throughout the season, which could free up Bean opposite him.Even though the tackle position has been solidified since Salako’s arrival, Gundy pointed out that Ogbah still causes evaluation problems. “It’s hard to evaluate our (offensive) tackles, because of Ogbah,” Gundy told The Oklahoman. “He just runs everybody over and gets to the quarterback. (Zach) Crabtree and Victor (Salako) have been really good. But it’s not fun all the time if you got a guy running around you. Ogbah may flatten out, but he’s been difficult to deal with.”Luckily, Ogbah will be causing other coaches problems soon.No. 5 (Porter: Gundy | Boone: Carson)No. 6 (Porter: Ogbah | Boone: Sheperd)No. 7 (Porter: Bean | Boone: Childs)No. 8 (Porter: Spencer | Boone: Taylor)No. 9 (Porter: Carson | Boone: Washington)No. 10 (Porter: Taylor | Boone: Bean)No. 11 (Porter: Maile | Boone: Burton)No. 12 (Porter: Burton | Boone: Simmons)No. 13 (Porter: Walsh | Boone: Seaton)No. 14 (Porter: Peterson | Boone: Crabtree)No. 15 (Porter: Washington | Boone: Jacobs)No. 16 (Porter: Sterns | Boone: Salako)No. 17 (Porter: Childs | Boone: Sterns)No. 18 (Porter: Sheperd | Boone: Maile)No. 19 (Porter: McEndoo | Boone: Walsh)No. 20 (Porter: Jacobs | Boone: Lampkin) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo makes 400th Real Madrid appearance Goal Last updated 2 years ago 03:26 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Primera División The 32-year-old passed the milestone in their Champions League visit to the Signal Iduna Park, but he is still far off the club’s No.1 spot Cristiano Ronaldo made his 400th appearance for Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.The 32-year-old lined up alongside Gareth Bale at the forefront of Zinedine Zidane’s side in Germany as they look to build on their positive start to their European campaign.Ronaldo 3/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Ronaldo scored twice as the reigning champions started with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia, and did the same this week with a double in the 3-1 victory over Dortmund.400 – Cristiano Ronaldo will make his 400th appearance for Real Madrid in all competitions. Myth. pic.twitter.com/fQxkCspjo5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 26, 2017The Portuguese attacker has been a consistent star for the Spanish giants since joining from Manchester United for a then world record fee in 2009.With an incredible 411 goals and 111 assists to his name in those 400 appearances, Ronaldo has played a key role in Madrid collecting three Champions League and two La Liga, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup crowns.Ronaldo is still far off topping Madrid’s list of players with most appearances. Madrid and Spanish legend Raul is still the all-time record holder with 741.
Bayern München Nagelsmann brushes off rumours of Bayern contact as ‘comical’ Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 21:07 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Freiburg Hoffenheim v Augsburg Freiburg Hoffenheim Augsburg Julian Nagelsmann has long been touted as a potential long-term Bayern Munich coach, but insists that there has been no offer yet. Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann says rumours he has been in contact with Bayern Munich over a future move are “comical” and insists there has been no offer from the Bavarian club.Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti at the end of September and re-appointed Jupp Heynckes for the remainder of the season, leading to questions over the club’s plans for the next campaign.Hoffenheim 3/4 to beat Augsburg Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Numerous reports in recent weeks have suggested Nagelsmann has already been lined up by Bayern, with the 30-year-old seemingly opening the door to such a move last month when he said he considers the area to be his “home”.However, the highly rated coach, who has presided over another strong start to the Bundesliga season with Hoffenheim, is adamant there is no truth to such speculation.#WhatTheySaidWe’re thrilled, too, you know! pic.twitter.com/cUNN2TnsWh— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) October 12, 2017″I think it’s comical how this is reported,” Nagelsmann told reporters at his media conference on Thursday.”There’s no inquiry, no offer and zero contact from my side. It’s bad for you that there are no facts but many fictional things to write about. “I’ve been coaching at Hoffenheim for seven years and every day I’m thrilled to be able come here and work with this team. I’m very happy to be at Hoffenheim.”
Liga MX Funes Mori hat trick spurs Monterrey past Monarcas as Rayados march on to Liga MX final Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 10:14 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Monterrey Monterrey v Morelia Morelia Opinion The Argentine led the way in a 4-0 win that sets up a showdown with crosstown rival Tigres to decide the Apertura champion Maybe you don’t believe in destiny. Maybe you buy that there’s fate but don’t believe in teams of destiny. There’s a special feeling about Monterrey, though.The team has been on the road to the Apertura final since climbing to the summit of the table in the fourth week of the season. More than that, they’ve been on a collision course with crosstown rival Tigres for the second half of the year. After dismantling Morelia 4-0 in the second leg to lock up a 5-0 aggregate victory, Rayados will collide with their Monterrey rival for the first time in a final. We will have a Clasico Regio with the country’s biggest prize at stake.Any time a match ends 4-0, it’s pretty obvious there was a gap between the two sides. It is a surprise, then, that Morelia was the better team before it became clear the series had ended. Morelia had played well but lost in the first leg. In the second, Monarcas created a chance in the first minute that they couldn’t convert. 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 The pressure continued, but Rayados got on the scoreboard first after goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez’s long pass forward bounced for Rogelio Funes Mori. Gonzalez saved a penalty less than 10 minutes later, and Monterrey won a spot kick of its own that Carlos Sanchez converted in the 22nd minute.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Rogelio Funes Mori@Rayados (2) 1-0 (0) @FuerzaMonarca VUELTA #Semifinal #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/BdnYhQEWQ6— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 4, 2017Funes Mori again had the ball in the back of the net in the 29th minute after an uncharacteristic error on a free kick from Morelia goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa. With Dorlan Pabon given space to hit a cross in from the left wing, Funes Mori headed past Sosa to finish off his hat trick after the break. There were still more chances for Monterrey to expand its lead, even as it happily sat back and let Monarcas knock the ball around the midfield for most of the second half.”I’m really happy for the team. I think we deserved to be in the final but we had to show that on the field. We showed that today. They’re a good team, but we were much better,” Funes Mori told Univision. “So now we have to rest up and think about the final.”Not only was this a stunning attacking performance, it was one Monterrey did without Aviles Hurtado. Hurtado, the Liga MX golden boot winner this season, left the first leg with an injury. Though Hurtado was deemed fit during the week, Monterrey manager Antonio Mohamed decided not to risk the Colombian ahead of the likely final.Now he’ll have a fresh attacking trident, with Funes Mori and Pabon making way in the second half to rest up as well, and dreams of matching Tigres’ five Liga MX titles by adding one more to Monterrey’s trophy case.#NoTeLoPierdas2do G⚽⚽⚽L de Rogelio Funes Mori@Rayados (4) 3-0 (0) @FuerzaMonarca VUELTA #Semifinal #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/XttcOSNeep— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 4, 2017Monarcas now have to believe it’s Monterrey’s destiny, or at least its right, to be in the final. Roberto Hernandez’s side wasn’t horrible in the series but ended up with a lopsided loss against a team that is one of the best the league has seen in years. Monterrey’s crosstown rival now is the only thing that stands between Rayados and the title win they’ll feel they deserve after a superb regular season, a superb quarterfinal win and a superb semifinal series capped off Sunday in spectacular fashion.
The last-16 stage of the Champions League promises to be extremely competitive. Two of the semi-finalists from last season have been knocked out already; Atlético Madrid have been relegated to the Europa League and Monaco, who didn’t win a single match in their group, are out of Europe altogether.Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea – all of whom have played in at least one of the last six finals – failed to win their groups, meaning there will be some even bigger casualties when the knockout stages return in February. It is difficult to separate remaining sides in the competition but, by looking at their domestic form this season and performances in the Champions League groups, we have ranked the teams who will go into the last-16 draw on Monday.16) BaselBasel, who are currently second place in the Swiss Super League behind Young Boys, are among the underdogs in the last-16 but they deserve great credit for making it beyond the group stages for the third time in the last six years. Such consistency shows Raphael Wicky’s side should not be underestimated but they have never progressed any further in the tournament.Nevertheless, they beat Manchester United and smashed the admittedly disappointing Portuguese champions Benfica 5-0 at home. They conceded just five goals in six matches and boast an impressive young centre-back pairing in Eder Balanta and Manuel Akanji, while 20-year-old Dimitri Oberlin scored four goals.15) Shakhtar DonetskThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders are not just here to make up the numbers. Paulo Fonseca’s side were expected to finish third in a group containing Manchester City and Napoli, but they upset the odds by beating City on Wednesday night. Fonseca capped off qualification to the knockout stages by dressing as Zorro for his post-match press conference, as promised.Shakhtar struggled on their travels, losing two of their three away games, but their home form carried them through; they beat Napoli, Feyenoord and City at the Metalist Stadium. If they take confidence from their home form and their Brazilian players keep performing well, they have a chance of reaching the last eight. Read more Ligue 1 Champions League draw: who can the Premier League five meet in last 16? Momentum has been building in Paris for some time and they looked to be in frightening form this season – until this week. Kylian Mbappé and Neymar have joined Edinson Cavani and given Paris Saint-Germain the strongest front three the tournament. This trio has scored 16 goals between them in the group stage – more than Barcelona, Manchester City or Bayern Munich managed between their whole squads.They may have a slight weakness in midfield, where Marco Verratti has been some way off his best this season and Adrien Rabiot remains relatively young and inexperienced, but it would be a shock if they were knocked out before the semi-finals. Rating: 7.063) Real Madrid The defending European champions were expected to win a competitive group, but had to settle for second after their defeat to Tottenham at Wembley. Zinedine Zidane will not worry too much; they finished runners-up in their group last season but still went on to win the competition. The Champions League doesn’t really start until the second half of the season for Real Madrid and they know how to elevate their game when it matters most.Real Madrid’s defence has been underwhelming this season but Cristiano Ronaldo has been sensational in Europe. He is the top scorer in the tournament with nine goals and his curling effort against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night made him the first player in the competition’s history to have scored in every group stage match. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro are capable of controlling the tempo of games in midfield and they will be motivated by the chance to win their third Champions League in a row. Rating: 7.062) BarcelonaThey were apparently in crisis before the start of the season but Barcelona have bounced back from their Super Cup drubbing to Real Madrid in impressive fashion under Ernesto Valverde. Unbeaten in 22 matches since that 5-1 aggregate defeat to their biggest rivals, they initially coped just fine without Neymar – but they have stagnated a little in the last month, drawing four of their last eight games. They started well in the Champions League with a convincing 3-0 win over Juventus and perhaps took their foot off the gas a little. That should change in the New Year but Luis Suárez’s form remains a real concern; he has only scored six goals this season and none of them have come in the Champions League. Lionel Messi has made up for such profligacy though, with 20 goals for club and country this season. Rating: 7.097 Share on LinkedIn La Liga Their reliance on Hazard and Álvaro Morata could prove an issue and Conte will also need to settle on his back three, having dropped David Luiz in recent weeks. Victor Moses’ return is timely but, aside from Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea look weak at the back. Rating: 6.947) Bayern MunichThey have improved since the return of Jupp Heynckes – and exacted some revenge on Paris Saint-Germain – but Bayern Munich are not the European superpower they were a few years ago. They have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine matches and are missing the injured Manuel Neuer. Robert Lewandowski is their still main man but new signing Corentin Tolisso was their top scorer in the group stage, with three goals – and one assist. Bayern will be a force once their imposing goalkeeper returns but Heynckes is unlikely to repeat the success he enjoyed the last time he led Bayern in the Champions League – when they beat Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final at Wembley. Rating 6.956) LiverpoolAfter a second 7-0 win of the campaign on Wednesday night, Liverpool have now scored more goals in the group stage (23) than any other English team in the Champions League history. Only Paris Saint-Germain (24) scored more this season. On their day, Liverpool are a match for any side. Their magic square of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah is fluid and ruthless enough to cut through any defence.That being said, they have defensive issues, which was illustrated in their 3-3 draw with Sevilla. They need to shape up at the back if they want to make it to the last eight. Rating: 7.025) Manchester UnitedJosé Mourinho will be hoping to rely on his team’s defensive solidity and emulate Atlético Madrid’s style and success in recent years in the Champions League. Their group may have been favourable, but United conceded just three goals in six matches en route to the last 16. They also boast the meanest defence in the Premier League, where they have conceded just nine goals in 15 games.In David de Gea they have perhaps the best goalkeeper in Europe and in Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial they have an attacking trio who are well suited to playing on the break. United have a decent shot of going far in the tournament. Rating: 7.044) Paris Saint-Germain 1) Manchester CityAn understrength Manchester City fell to their first defeat of the season in Ukraine on Wednesday night but they had already won their group so their loss to Shakhtar mattered little. Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice and knows what it takes in the latter stages of the competition. His players have bought into his philosophy and have been rampant in the Premier League, scoring 46 goals in 15 matches.David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne can unlock most defences and City had six different goalscorers in the group stage, showing they have options throughout the team. If they live up to their status as favourites, they will secure their first European trophy since they won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970. Rating 7.104• Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence and Ben McAleer on Twitter WhoScored? Facebook Premier League Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Bundesliga Play Video Pinterest Facebook 0:49 Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani have scored more goals than most teams in the competition. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger 14) Besiktas Besiktas’ title defence may be floundering – they are currently fourth in the Süper Lig – but they have thrived in the Champions League this season, topping Group G above Porto, RB Leipzig and Ligue 1 champions Monaco. They are something of an unknown quality – this is their first time in the knockout stages of the Champions League – but the Turkish champions have a solid spine.Three-time Champions League winner Pepe has the necessary experience in the latter stages of the competition and he was their best player in the group stage. Their manager, Senol Gunes, has ample attacking options in Cenk Tosun and Anderson Talisca (who both scored four goals in the group stage), and Ricardo Quaresma, who helped himself to three assists (James Milner, with five, is the only player with more). Besiktas were one of four teams to go unbeaten in the group stage and they won all three of their away games. Rating: 6.4513) SevillaSevilla’s progression to the last-16 owed much to their exceptional home form. They picked up seven of their nine points at the Pizjuán, including a memorable 3-3 draw with Liverpool when they had been 3-0 down at half-time. Away from Seville, they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Maribor and were ruthlessly dismantled by Spartak Moscow, falling to a thumping 5-1 defeat in Russia.They have quality, with Éver Banega the heartbeat of the team, but they have never made it past the last-16 in the Champions League and will need a kind draw – and some better away form – to progress further. Rating: 6.8312) Roma Pinterest Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than Harry Kane in the Champions League this season. Photograph: Stephenson/JMP/Rex/Shutterstock To win a group that included both Chelsea and Atlético Madrid was no mean feat. That said, Eusebio Di Francesco doesn’t boast many world class players capable of unlocking defences in the latter stages of the tournament. Former Manchester City players Aleksandar Kolarov (7.77) and Edin Dzeko (7.46) are, along with Diego Perotti (7.52), the team’s three highest rated performers this season across the league and Champions League.They outclassed an out of sorts Chelsea team over two games but haven’t gone past the round of 16 since they were beaten by Manchester United 8-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals in 2008. A similar achievement would not be beyond them this year but, as a side currently fourth in Serie A, they may well come unstuck thereafter. Rating: 6.82711) JuventusMarginally in front of their Italian rivals, Juventus are aiming to reach a third final in four years but they will have to improve a lot to do so. While finishing second to Barcelona in their group was no embarrassment, they couldn’t cope at Camp Nou in the group stage, which was somewhat surprising given that they beat Barcelona in the quarter-finals last season.Their domestic dominance is also stuttering. They have won Serie A for the last six seasons but are currently behind both Inter and Napoli in the table. They looked closer to their best when beating Napoli 1-0 last weekend, but they were a little underwhelmed in their victory over Olympiacos this week and that has been the case too often for Juve this season. Rating: 6.82810) PortoAs Portugal’s sole representative in the knockout stages after Benfica’s lacklustre showing, Porto will look to transfer their strong league form to the Champions League in the New Year. They are still unbeaten after 13 games in the Primeira Liga but will need to improve their European form to go much further in the competition. They lost twice in their group, including a home defeat to Besiktas.They will have been buoyed by Vincent Aboubakar’s great form in the group, with the Cameroon striker scoring five goals and providing two assists in his five starts. Their full-backs, Alex Telles and Ricardo Pereira, are also more than a match for any side on their day. Having made it beyond the last-16 just once in their last six campaigns, Porto need a favourable draw to reach the quarter-finals. Rating: 6.859) Tottenham Hotspur Serie A Football quiz: how well do you know the Manchester and Merseyside derbies? Shakhtar Donetsk manager dresses up as Zorro after Champions League win – video features Topics European club football Twitter Twitter Diego Perotti gives Roma the lead against Qarabag. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA Having crashed out of the Champions League with a whimper 12 months ago, Tottenham will be thrilled to have earned more points (16) than any other team in the group stage and finished above Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.Mauricio Pochettino has a young, vibrant squad and only Cristiano Ronaldo (nine) scored more goals than Harry Kane (six) in the group stage. They are a versatile group of players who can either dominate possession or sit back and look to hit teams on the counter. Tottenham have proven they are more than a match for any side on their day and are dark horses to lift the trophy in May. Rating: 6.908) ChelseaChelsea are finding their form again after a minor wobble earlier this season and Eden Hazard’s return to full fitness of in particular should make them a force in the competition. They were well beaten by Roma at the end of October but in the 10 matches since then they have won eight and drawn two. 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news Crystal Palace Topics Crystal Palace will decide whether to fine Jason Puncheon after the club captain was charged with assault and possession of an offensive weapon following a night out at the weekend.Puncheon, who was absent from the Palace squad which secured a first away victory in the Premier League since April against Leicester City on Saturday, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning following an incident in Reigate, Surrey. According to a report in the Sun, the 31-year-old became embroiled in a fight between two women at the Mishiko nightclub and was held in cells overnight before being released.A police spokesman said: “Jason Puncheon, 31, of Kingswood, has been charged with a Section 4 public order offence – causing fear or provocation of violence, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault.”The nightclub issued a statement that confirmed Puncheon attended the venue with friends but, after it had closed, door staff intervened in a fight in the street some 50 metres away and police were called. A police spokesman confirmed officers attended an incident at 2.20am but would not disclose further details.Puncheon, who did not travel to Leicester with the Palace squad on Saturday because of illness, is understood to have trained as normal on Monday, with the club yet to decide whether to punish him for his alleged involvement. He was released on bail and is due to appear at Guildford magistrates’ court on 5 January.Signed from Southampton in 2014 after a successful loan spell, Puncheon has fallen out of favour with the manager, Roy Hodgson, and has not played for Palace since he came on as a late substitute in their 2-2 draw with Everton on 18 November. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content
Could ‘doing a Karius’ become part of our wider vocabulary? Photograph: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images Matías Vecino: Uruguay star inspired by family tragedy who said no to Italy Read more Twitter Facebook As this article in the Scotsman explains, many believe this stems from a disastrous tour in 1972. There is also a suggestion that, when Nigeria were based at Dens Park during the Under-16 World Cup of 1989, some mischievous Dundee fans decided to enrich their vocabulary.That’s one of the better examples of a club team becoming slang around the world. Another comes from Korea, as explained by Oliver Trenchard. “There is a phrase in Korea called ‘Leeds Days’ (리즈시절) that refers to a person or thing’s heyday,” says Oliver. “It relates back to the turn of the century when Leeds and more specifically Alan Smith were enjoying considerable success in Europe, and the fact they dropped off after that heyday.”You’re probably all familiar with the appropriation of Bristol City. The Turkey national team has also unwittingly provided football with soupçon of erotica. “The national team has made its way into the Turkish language with the phrase ‘Milli olmak’, which refers to a player’s first international call-up,” says Önder Susam. “It is used for a man who’s had sex for the first time. It’s use as an innuendo can be seen here as Rıdvan Dilmen bursts into laughter upon hearing the question ‘When did you get your first call-up?’.”Peter Svensson reminds us that, in Denmark, a ‘rigtig Jesper Olsen’ (a real Jesper Olsen) refers to an egregious mistake in any walk of life. That stems from his notorious backpass at the 1986 World Cup, which led to the most exciting team in the competition being pumped 5-1 by Spain. Although poor Loris Karius had the worst night of his life on Saturday, it could be worse. His name may be mud, but at least it’s not slang. Do you have any other examples? If so, you know what to do. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Carl Fletcher knows the pain of jury service. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Facebook Twitter The Knowledge Share on Pinterest features Topics Football “Fletcher argued that his position meant he was in a position of potentially being threatened, saying: ‘I don’t want anything to come back on me for sitting on a jury.’ His protests fell on deaf ears, with Judge Gilbert adding: ‘Lots of well-known people, some more famous than you, have been required to sit on juries.’”Knowledge archive“Is it true that Chilean players drank vodka during the 1962 World Cup because they thought it would help their chances of beating the USSR?” asked Steven Davison back in the summer of 2006.Incredibly, Steven, it is. During the group stage, the hosts employed an interesting new tactic of pre-game stereotypical eating: before the opening 3-1 win over Switzerland, they ate cheese, followed by a preparatory meal of spaghetti before the 2-0 success against Italy.Once in the quarter-finals, the Chileans prepared for their game with the mighty Soviets by downing a couple of Smirnoffs. The ploy actually worked and Chile went on to win 2-1. Coffee was the order of the day before the semi-final with Brazil, but although it perked them up no end in the morning, it couldn’t stop the Brazilians from winning 4-2 and going on to lift the trophy. Eduardo Galeano wrote in Soccer in Sun and Shadow that Chile “gobbled down spaghetti, chocolate, and vodka, but choked on the coffee”.For thousands more questions and answers take a trip through the Knowledge archive.Can you help?Rotherham’s victory in the League One play-off final means that all of the three teams who dropped out of the Championship last season have secured an immediate return to the division (Wigan and Blackburn being the others). Are there any previous occasions where this has happened?” wonders Jonathan Hart.“Now that Swansea, Stoke and West Brom are gone and Cardiff and Fulham are in, the Premier League has never looked so alphabetically top-heavy. The 10th team are Huddersfield! Is this a record?” asks Mike McCarthy.“I was watching the highlights of Watford’s 2012-13 season recently and noticed that in the 6-1 win against Leeds, five of their goals were scored from outside the area,” says Will Paterson. “Are there any other examples of games with so many of the goals for one team coming from so far out?”“Which team has the worst record at Wembley Stadium?” asks Chris Beesley.Send your questions and answers to email@example.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU “I’ve recently discovered that, in Nigeria, Dundee United is slang for ‘idiot’ or ‘fool’, apparently the result of a disastrous tour in 1972,” mails Nicholas Reid. “Are there any similar examples of football club names becoming slang terms around the world?”It’s true: Dundee United is slang for idiot in Nigeria. This peculiar fact came to British attention in 2010, during a BBC documentary about the Nigerian capital Lagos. A local man, Chubby, told the filmmakers how life in Lagos is not for the foolish. “Anybody who came to Lagos and he didn’t learn sense, he cannot get sense ever,” said Chubby. “Because here if you are a fool, they will learn you how to get sense. If you are a ‘Dundee United’, when they start to pour shit on you, you will get sense.” Dundee United Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Goal difference difference“Hull finished this season 18th in the Championship with a goal difference of 0, while the team directly below them, Birmingham, had a goal difference of -30,” mails Christopher Harding. “Is this the largest goal difference, um, difference between two teams finishing next to one another?”Most of you pointed out this season’s 39-goal gap between Manchester City (+79) and Manchester United (+40). But that’s small beer in the magical world of goal difference difference. “Recently Celtic won the Scottish Premiership in 2014 with a +77 goal difference,” says Sean De Loughry. “Second placed Motherwell had a +4 goal difference. That’s a difference of 73 goals.”“They can’t hold a light to the 1917-18 MTK side who, it would be fair to say, dominated the Hungarian top flight,” continues Sean. “They scored an impressive 147, conceding 10, for a +137 goal difference, 117 goals better than runners-up Ferencvaros.”Michael Peters can see that +117 and raise it. “If it counts, the Federated States of Micronesia finished their 2015 Pacific Games group stage with a goal difference of -114, which is very impressive considering they played only three games. Third placed Vanuatu ended on +45 (thanks to beating Micronesia 46-0), a jump of 159 goals.”Goal difference, bloody hell. If you can beat that, get in touch.Jury service“Has there ever been an occasion where a major team has been disrupted by jury service, with either a manager or a player being called up during the season?” James Schofield asked a few weeks back.“Plymouth’s Welsh international Carl Fletcher once tried to argue he couldn’t sit on a jury as he was too well known,” begins Andy Carswell.“According to reports in 2010, Judge Francis Gilbert told the midfielder that being Plymouth captain was not sufficient reason to excuse him, and that he had enough time to travel to Cheltenhamfor a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie after completing his duties. Reuse this content
Reuse this content Since you’re here… Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Twitter As with Formula One, ordinary fans wanting to know why Jean-Éric Vergne and André Lotterer had been demoted and why António Félix da Costa was standing on the top stepof the podium soon found themselves lost in a fog of technicalities. In this case it was eventually announced that Vergne and Lotterer – both entered by the same team – had infringed the rule concerning the amount of braking energy that can be harvested by the regeneration system and fed back into the power unit.If there is anything Formula E doesn’t need, here it was. Not much has harmed modern Formula One more than the gigantic furball of rules leading to the imposition of penalties for everything from engine and gearbox changes to driving over the painted lines that mark the boundaries of many of today’s circuits. In the live transmission, even the commentators on BT Sport and the BBC (free to air via the red button) seemed at a loss to explain the incident that ended up defining the result. The fifth season of Formula E roared into life in Saudi Arabia at the weekend. Well, that’s not quite true. It whirred into life. Or hissed. Or whined. Or however you might describe the sound of an electric motor powering a single-seater racing car. But certainly not roared.For some fans of motor racing, that alone is enough to remove it from the list of their priorities. The roar has to be part of the deal, whether it’s the scream of a 12-cylinder Matra engine from the 1970s – the absolute gold standard of car noise, guaranteed to pierce any form of ear defence – or the rather more decorous sound of the hybrid power units employed in today’s Formula One. And as long as petrol is still being extracted from the earth’s finite resources, the sound of internal combustion will be in some sort of demand.But that technology is 150 years old now, give or take, and is in rapid retreat. Formula E is an attempt to recreate single-seater racing for the modern world in a way that satisfies the appetite of those who enjoy the spectacle of artificially propelled vehicles competing with each other on enclosed circuits, an entertainment as old as chariot racing.If Formula E wants to convince us that it is different from the obsolete world of Formula One, however, it has a funny way of showing it. The new season kicked off with a race on the outskirts of Riyadh – evoking the memory of Bernie Ecclestone’s habit of awarding races to any regime, no matter how repressive, waving a humongous cheque – and ended with the two cars that seemed on the brink of finishing first and second being called into the pits for drive-through penalties that knocked them down to second and fifth. Facebook Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Pinterest Motor sport Formula E António Félix D da Costa (centre), Jean-Éric Vergne and Jérôme d’Ambrosio make up the the podium in Riyadh. Photograph: Getty Images Share via Email comment Share on LinkedIn There are good things about Formula E. All the races in the 11-venue series are held on street circuits, as many as possible in “world cities” like Paris, Berlin, Rome and New York (well Brooklyn, actually, but with the Manhattan skyline visible across the East river). Some circuits, such as Marrakech, Santiago and Sanya, on the shore of the South China Sea, are new to international single-seater racing, which is welcome. But the short tracks are bordered by high-safety fencing covered with sponsors’ logos; this makes everywhere look the same, give or take a few overhanging palm trees, although it has the benefit of making the cars – slow by F1 standards – appear quicker than they really are. And no spectators are visible, which diminishes the sense of theatre.The duration of each race is 45 minutes plus one lap, or less than half that of a grand prix, and the whole meeting – including practice and qualifying sessions – is packed into a single day. While reducing the inconvenience to residents of the host cities, this takes motor racing further away from the more relaxed era when the Formula One circus pitched its tents for the best part of a week.On the technical side, the absence of complicated tyre regulations is a fine way of differentiating itself from Formula One, which has bad tyres and worse rules. Formula E cars race on one standard all-weather tyre – although perhaps not as all-weather as it should be, since last weekend’s practice sessions were cancelled because of an unexpected rainstorm in the desert.The new second-generation cars have more attractive bodywork and more powerful batteries, meaning that the drivers no longer have to switch cars in mid-race. But to the naked eye they are still differentiated only by their colour schemes: genuine technical variety will never be a feature of this formula, although that does not seem to be deterring the major manufacturers, including Audi, Jaguar, Nissan and BMW, whose investment – albeit tiny compared with F1 budgets – shows which way they think the winds of history are blowing.The Fan Boost feature, which allows watchers to give their favourite drivers an extra burst of power via online voting, is a computer-game gimmick that will always alienate purists. New for this season is the Attack Mode, another extra temporary power-surge activated by swerving off the regular racing line on a specified section of track. Like F1’s DRS, it would seem unnecessary in a series that has got its competitive balance right.All this being said, the actual racing on the Al-Diriyah circuit wasn’t bad. Maybe Formula E will help the advance of useful technology, as grand prix racing once did. At least it’s better than the other 21st century alternative, which is watching a bunch of kids playing on eSports simulators, competing for “championships” that exist outside any kind of reality. Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger
Share on Twitter Reuse this content Mauricio Pochettino Share on Pinterest Topics Share via Email Despite an eagerness to play the team’s top scorer, Pochettino said he will wait until after Friday’s training session to decide whether to include him in the squad that travels to Turf Moor, where Kane scored a hat-trick last season. The fact that Spurs did not drop a point in four Premier League matches in Kane’s absence helps the manager to be patient and he made it clear he will not select the player unless convinced he is 100% fit – even if that means ignoring Kane’s ferocious appetite for a return.“I don’t care if he feels ready or wants to play or not,” Pochettino said. “I’ll decide with my coaching staff, with the doctor and the medical staff and sports science staff. Always with every player that came from an injury or illness, it’s about the structure, when it’s possible to play or not. Of course if you ask him 10 days ago he was ready to play! But in the end the last word is always myself. I take the risk, the decision and everything that is going on in the team.” Dele Alli’s recovery is also progressing well, he added, but it could be two weeks before the midfielder can resume playing after a hamstring injury. “It’s difficult to know when,” he said. “He’s in a key part, maybe the last part of his recovery, and that is a key part and we can’t know if it will be one week, 10 days or two weeks.” Share on WhatsApp news Share on LinkedIn Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Read more Manchester City fan in ‘critical condition’ after alleged assault in Germany Harry Kane Mauricio Pochettino has praised the “animal” qualities that have enabled Harry Kane to fight back from an ankle injury to the point where he could return to action at Burnley on Saturday. The striker has missed seven Tottenham matches since damaging the ankle in the defeat by Manchester United on 13 January.“Everyone knows that Harry is an animal – he wants to be ready as soon as possible,” Pochettino said. “He did everything to try to recover and of course the injury that he suffered is tough to recover from. We’re so happy that in the last 10 days he was fantastic, back in training again, and he can be available again. It’s going to be a massive impact for everyone [when he returns].“I’m so happy to have all the players but we can’t hide that he’s one of the best strikers in the world.
Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal’s cup king Aaron Ramsey key to Wembley success Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:50 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Manchester City Arsenal The midfielder will be hoping to return from injury to start against Man City on Sunday in a stadium where he has made his name in recent years Aaron Ramsey took over the mantle as Arsenal’s longest-serving player when Theo Walcott joined Everton during the January transfer window. The Wales international midfielder had also taken on the responsibility of becoming the Gunners’ midfield lynchpin before a groin injury curtailed his magnificent progress in the league, where he had scored six goals and made seven assists in 18 appearances.Turning the clock back, Ramsey was left in tears after losing the 2008 FA Cup final to Portsmouth when he was a schoolboy at Cardiff. Aged just 16 years and 142 days, the fresh faced youngster played the final 30 minutes of a match which former Arsenal striker Kanu scored the winner in. While Ramsey was unable to make any impact on that particular Wembley final, it’s fair to say he’s since developed into a player capable of producing match-winning moments in big games – scoring two FA Cup-winning goals for Arsenal in the past three seasons.The 25-year-old covered the most distance of anyone in an FA Cup final during Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea last season: 14.4km (a kilometre every 6.25 minutes). Additionally to scoring the headed winner past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the combative midfielder had a 95% pass completion rate and dominated the centre of the park with his powerful runs from deep into the box. 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 is a Frank Lampard-type player,” Wenger said. “He is getting in the box and he has a huge capacity to run. Certainly physically he has a combination of stamina, power – and his capacity to repeat high intensity is certainly the best in the league.”Wenger has echoed those sentiments over the years and if it wasn’t for several injury-plagued seasons, including a leg break against Stoke in 2010, then Ramsey’s progress may have been even further ahead than it is at present. His main qualities in the Arsenal team are centred around his relentless running and ability to penetrate the final third while opening up space for the players around him – and being played in his favoured central midfield position now finally looks a viable option.“I am a central midfielder and that’s where I like to be,” Ramsey said in 2016. “I like to be involved a lot more in the game.”Indeed, Wenger said two seasons ago that he played Ramsey in an unfavoured right wing role because “it gives the team balance”. He referred to Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Walcott and Santi Cazorla but those players have now been and gone, with only Cazorla still at the club but sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury.There is no doubt that this is Ramsey’s best season since the 2013-14 campaign where he scored 18 times from central midfield. He’s a player who has a higher average number of goals and assists than Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere, while he creates more chances and makes more tackles than all of Arsenal’s central midfielders put together.Interestingly, Wenger’s reference to the ‘balance’ in midfield suggests that he doesn’t see Ramsey as the tactical, defensive player who he’d prefer to have there. Without a defensive midfielder or someone with defensive qualities to protect the back four, Arsenal could be left exposed due to the rampaging runs of Ramsey as well as Granit Xhaka’s tendency to break forward and leave gaps in the midfield.At Euro 2016, Ramsey flourished in midfield for Wales because he was utilised in his favoured role. This season he’s showing the same kind of form which won him plaudits for his performances in France. Aware of his positional responsibilities and subject to interest from several top clubs in Europe, it’s imperative that Wenger ties his star man down to a new contract before his deal expires next summer.“Why not? It is all there,” said Wenger when asked whether Ramsey could become Arsenal captain.“He has maturity, has improved technically and is more conscious of the importance of his technical qualities. His game is clean. He has a huge physical power. The target for him will be to have 30 games.”Could the captain’s armband be the potential incentive to prolong his career at Arsenal? For Ramsey it will almost certainly be staying fit, then playing in his favoured position and winning trophies. The latter is something Ramsey knows all about.
Italy Buffon to play on for Italy as Di Biagio calls up uncapped duo Rob Lancaster 01:08 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Italy Serie A Argentina v Italy England v Italy Argentina England Friendlies The Juventus veteran has ended doubts over his international future with a call-up to the latest Azzurri squad Gianluigi Buffon looks set to extend his international career after being included in Italy’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Argentina and England.The Juventus goalkeeper fought back the tears when announcing his retirement after the Azzurri lost 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a World Cup play-off last November.However, the 40-year-old has softened his stance since then and, having held a meeting with interim Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio in February, could now add to his national record of 175 caps. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp As well as picking Buffon, Di Biagio – who has stepped up from his role as Under-21 boss on a temporary basis – has also named uncapped forwards Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone in a 26-man squad.There is a recall for Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura, who won the last of his eight caps in December 2016, but Mario Balotelli and Simone Zaza both miss out.Italy face Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on March 23 before taking on England at Wembley four days later.#AzzurriLuigi #DiBiagio has named his squad for the friendlies against #Argentina in #Manchester, 23/03 ko 20:45 CET; and #England in #London, 27/03 ko 21:00 CET#ArgentinaItaly #EnglandItaly #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/IKUzE5lxzE— Italy (@azzurri) March 17, 2018Italy squad:Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sampdoria), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Jorginho (Napoli), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Marco Parolo (Lazio) Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Simone Verdi (Bologna), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Patrick Cutrone (Milan).
Transfers Alli not ruling out Tottenham exit Chloe Horswill 19:47 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Barcelona Real Madrid Premier League The England midfielder has been linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona and suggested he would be open to a move if a considerable offer came in Dele Alli is excited about the changes happening at Tottenham in the near future but has refused to rule out a move away from the club amid reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.Since leaving MK Dons three years ago Alli has become a key figure for club and country, although last season he struggled to deliver consistent performances, his nine Premier League goals half the tally he managed in 2016-17.La Liga giants Barca and Madrid, as well as Manchester United, have all been linked with the midfielder ahead of his World Cup campaign with England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Alli has admitted he does not know what his future would hold if one of the big European names did come calling.”I’d never say never to anything,” he told ES Magazine. “You never know what is going to happen in football.”I have still got a few years left on my contract. We have got a young team, a young manager, a new stadium, so it is a great place to be at the minute.”All the players can see the way the club is heading. But you can’t look into the future too much as it takes the pleasure out of now.”His immediate focus is on England’s coming games in Russia and Alli is eager to perform at his first World Cup, the Three Lions kicking off against Tunisia on June 18.”I am over the moon to be selected for the World Cup, it is what you dream of as a kid,” he added.”We have got a great manager and an ambitious young squad. I am confident we can have a successful tournament.”England’s face Costa Rica on Thursday, in their final international friendly before the tournament in Russia.
Victoria’s Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines went into the SEN (1116AM) den to talk all things Gladiators and Touch Football with Mark Doran and the crew. It made for some great radio and crerated great interest amongst listeners.To listen to the interview click on the files below. Related Files1116sen_-_natasha_part_1-mp31116sen_-_natasha_part_2-mp3
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.”