Cahill completes return to Millwall

first_imgTransfers Socceroos legend Cahill completes Millwall return Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 07:16 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Cahill Australia Transfers Millwall Premier League Championship The Australian attacker will return to English football once again, coming back to the club where he made his professional debut Tim Cahill has made his return to English football, linking up with Millwall, the club where he made his professional debut.The club announced the move on Monday, confirming the Australia international will be presented to the crowd before Tuesday night’s Championship match against Derby County, though they have not announced when the 38-year-old attacker will be available for selection. Millwall, who currently sit 15th in the Championship on 34 points, confirmed the deal is for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.  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 “It’s hard to put into words [what it feels like to wear a Millwall shirt once again],” Cahill said in quotes published on Millwall’s official website. “I’m still taking it in now. The first thing I wanted to do when with [manager Neil Harris] was to walk on the pitch and in the tunnel and have that feeling again that brings back so many memories.”Once you go over that white line, you get a nervous sensation back that I had when I was a 16-year-old when I first signed here.”Millwall was Cahill’s first English club after leaving Australia as a youth player in 1997. He made his Millwall professional debut in 1998 and played with the club until 2004, making 251 appearances for the Lions and scoring 57 goals.Cahill moved to Everton for a £1.5 million fee in July 2004, and featured with the Toffees for eight seasons. He then spent three season with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer in the United States before moving to the Chinese Super League for spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou. Cahill returned to his native Australia to play for Melbourne City in the 2016-17 season and the first part of the 2017-18 campaign, before agreeing to a move back to Millwall. “The players will thrive off the enthusiasm that he brings,” Millwall manager Neil Harris told the club’s website. “When I played with him, I appreciated what he did. Since then, I’ve followed his career and admired what he has done and I know full well what he can bring to my dressing room.”Cahill confirmed he hopes this return to Millwall can help him secure a place in the Australia squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the veteran eyeing a fourth global tournament appearance. “I’m really happy,” Cahill added. “I’ve had a great career as a footballer, but to come here now at this stage of my career, with eyes on a World Cup place, it’s such a professional environment.”It’s familiar. Not much has really changed, which is surprising, but it’s nice to come back to where I was as a kid.”The romance of the story is definitely not lost on me. I’ve always said that if I came back to England, I’d come home. Millwall is where I learnt my trade and it was the most important learning period of my life — my apprenticeship in understanding football. “To come home to where it all started, it’s emotional, but it’s happy emotions, because you wish for it to happen, you want it to happen, but when it finally comes to fruition, it’s the perfect move.”last_img read more

‘Neymar is great, but it’s tough to top Ronaldo’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo ‘Neymar is great, but it’s tough to top Ronaldo’ – Real Madrid need something different, says Mijatovic Rob Lancaster 20:22 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Real Madrid Primera División The former Blancos striker has urged those at Santiago Bernabeu to forget about trying to find a clone for a five-time Ballon d’Or winner Neymar can make a difference but nobody can be a like-for-like replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, according to Predrag Mijatovic.Brazil star Neymar only joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona last August but is reportedly unhappy in France, leading to speculation he could make a sensational move to the Santiago Bernabeu.The forward, who is currently recovering from a foot injury, has also been linked with a return to Barca just a year after his record-breaking €222 million move away from Camp Nou. 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 While former Madrid player Mijatovic is a huge fan of the 26-year-old, he feels it will be impossible for any player to match Ronaldo’s importance to Zinedine Zidane’s side.”I love Neymar. I like him a lot as a player, he’s a kid who makes the difference,” he told Marca.”He’ll have an important role when it comes to winning titles in the next few years and will fight for the Ballon d’Or and Golden Boot. But it is tough for someone to beat Ronaldo’s numbers.”Mijatovic, who scored the winning goal for Madrid against Juventus in the 1998 Champions League final, hailed Ronaldo as a once-in-a-generation talent.The Portugal forward is the club’s all-time leading scorer and has hit 21 goals in his last 11 appearances this season, a sparkling run of form that has emphatically silenced his critics.”Well, I think that from the day he has arrived at Madrid, he has fulfilled all expectations,” added Mijatovic.”He has broken all of the records and been the most important player for the club over the last decade, winning personal titles and trophies for the team. “I hope he stays for many years because you won’t find another Cristiano Ronaldo in the future. You’ll have to find a different type of player. “A player like him arrives once every 50 years. First it was [Alfredo] Di Stefano and now it is Ronaldo who is setting the bar, with all due respect to others who have played for the club down the years.”last_img read more

Mascherano becomes Argentina’s most-capped player

first_imgWorld Cup Mascherano’s 144th appearance sees him overtake Zanetti as Argentina’s most-capped player Chris Burton 20:20 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Mascherano Argentina Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Iceland Having made his debut back in 2003, the versatile 34-year-old has set a new record for the Albiceleste in a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland Javier Mascherano has passed Javier Zanetti to become Argentina’s most-capped player, with a 144th appearance taken in during a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland.The 34-year-old made his senior debut back in July 2003 as the Albiceleste faced Uruguay in a friendly encounter.That proved to be his only outing of that calendar year, but he has been a regular part of the fold since 2004. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A long list of coaches have called upon a man who has been a model of consistency throughout his career, with his versatility making him a useful option to those at the Argentina helm.Mascherano was on the books at River Plate when making his bow, with further caps picked up during spells at Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona and Hebei China Fortune.He won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, before suffering penalty shoot-out heartache in the final of that year’s Copa America.A first World Cup was taken in at Germany 2006, before further Copa America and Olympic Games appearances followed.Diego Maradona then made Mascherano captain in November 2008, with the armband inherited from Zanetti in the build up to the 2010 World Cup.Having skippered Argentina at that event at the 2011 Copa America on home soil, Lionel Messi took over leadership duties with Mascherano as his deputy.A 100th cap was earned at the 2014 World Cup, with further final agony suffered on Brazilian soil.Lionel Messi Javier Mascherano ArgentinaHe matched Zanetti’s haul of 143 caps in a friendly clash with Haiti in May, but has now moved to the top of that list outright.Of those still playing, Messi is the only man likely to get close to matching or overhauling Mascherano’s remarkable tally.The Barcelona icon has 125 caps to his name and, at 30 years of age, still has plenty of years left at the top.Mascherano has already aired his ambition to help a talismanic figure get his hands on the grandest of prizes this summer, with Argentina determined to deliver World Cup glory for their mercurial No. 10.“One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version,” Mascherano told Asharq Al-Awsat ahead of an opening Group D clash with Iceland.“It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.”last_img read more

VIDEO: Evolution of World Cup kits

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: From Tiny Shorts to Loose-Fitting Shirts: The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Kits Goal 23:04 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy james rodriguez wc 2014 Powerade World Cup Videos The World Cup has overseen a smorgasbord of kit trends, patterns and fads over the years, and Russia will be no different At the World Cup, nothing stands still, not least the kits worn by those competing in the biggest show on earth.The 1970’s saw football’s superstars wearing tiny shorts and cotton shirts, with Germany, Brazil and Argentina achieving glory in heavier kits than the ones sported in the modern age.It didn’t take long for designers to develop kits that would enhance players’ ability to flourish on the sport’s grandest stage. Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move In the 1980’s and 1990’s, manufacturers started to make kits that were more comfortable for players to wear, with artificial polyester fabric replacing cotton as the material of choice for the likes of Mexico, Poland and Nigeria.The 2000’s saw loose-fitting shirts emerge as the new trend, with Argentina and France sporting more liberating, breathable jerseys.But a more shrunken look has reigned supreme in the 2010’s, with recyclable materials used in the making of recent kits.World Cup kits have evolved throughout the years. Which ones will be remembered from the extravaganza in Russia?last_img read more

INSIDE SPORT WORLD CUP FEATURE

first_imgTouch Football Australia has received a massive publicity boost with a feature story on Australia’s 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup campaign being featured in the November Issue of Inside Sport, Australia’s most respected Sporting magazine.For more than 14 Years, the Inside Sport team has combined thoughtful, hard-hitting and in-depth feature writing with lighter, more irreverent and bite-sized sporting tidbits for every sporting palate. With a Circulation of 52,529 and a Readership of 155,000, the magazine has mass popularity and reach all over Australia, and this is a major coup for Touch Football.Aaron Scott, a journalist for “Inside Sport” magazine tracked the progress of the Australian World Cup Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Open Teams for the first two days of the 22-24 September Training Camp held in Sydney at Cronulla’s Toyota Park.Aaron interviewed various players, coaches, and officials over Friday and Saturday and was amazed at the speed of the game and the talent and dexterity players possessed across a range of fitness and game play disciplines.Touch aficionados will appreciate the article’s portrayal of Touch Football as a viable sport in its’ own right in Australia and around the World.The essence of our game and the athleticism, skill level, and professionalism of our National Open players was encapsulated well.The article is featured on pages 30–31 of the November issue of Inside Sport – so go and get yourself a copy of Inside Sport and see our sport in all its’ glory!last_img read more

REBECCA’S GDO POSTCARD FROM THE EDGE…

first_imgIn the second installment of our behind the scenes look at the life and times of the Nation’s Game Development Officers, the Northern Territory’s Rebecca Houston delivers her “Postcard from the Edge” from Australia’s Top End.Last month Queensland’s North Queensland GDO Glenn ‘Richo’ Richardson was featured, this month, Rebecca ‘Chewbeckker’ Houston gives us a sneak peak of her life as a GDO in “The Territory”.Rebecca Houston is promoting Touch Football in some of Australia’s most remote communities, and loving it. The 27-year-old has been in the Game Development Officer role for a little over a year, having moved to Darwin from South-East Queensland when her boyfriend Luke joined the Northern Territory Police Force. Even though she is still relatively new to her job, Houston has an accomplished background in Touch Football.Houston played with Crushers in the Women’s Open SEQTL from 1999-2005, and the Gold Coast Sharks in the National Touch League from 1998-2005. She won an NTL Open Mixed title with ‘Sharkies’ in 2001, and in 2004 she represented the Queensland State of Origin Mixed Open team. Renowned as one of the best ‘finishers’ in the business, the speedster has played a pivotal role in the Barbarians Women’s Open Team’s surge into the semi-finals at the National Touch League for the last two years and continues to prove her mettle under the pressure at the Elite level.The bubbly and dedicated Redlands girl has adjusted well to life as a GDO.Initially moving away from her close knit family and the bright lights of Brisbane was a big adjustment, but the positive and enthusiastic extrovert jumped at the chance to make a career out of the game she has played since she was a teenager in the local Redlands competition.Rebecca has made friends easily and impressed all those around her with her eagerness to work, and willingness to embrace the people and lifestyle in the Territory.Northern Territory Branch Manager Isobel Appo is one person who has keenly observed Rebecca’s progress and is full of praise for the GDO.“Rebecca has done very well. Her AusTouch programs and Junior initiatives have gone over well in the Territory. She has a great rapport with the kids, and her hard work, sense of humour, and genuine desire to help people shines through. She has earned a lot of respect and acceptance in the communities in which she works,” Mrs. Appo said.Rebecca is doing a great job passing on the skills she has honed over her years at the top level to kids in communities that have often never even heard of any kind of football other than AFL. Rebecca recently visited Kalkarindji, Yarralin and Timber Creek in the Katherine Region to run Austouch clinics for 60 children over three days. “By visiting the communities, you get a lot of satisfaction from going out there and teaching them a sport that they’ve never really seen before. Most of the time out in the communities they’ve only seen AFL, so they play AFL. They’ve seen a little bit of Rugby League on the television and that’s about it. So your biggest battle is getting them to pass the ball backwards. Once you get them passing the ball backwards they start to understand what they’re doing and they start to get really excited, it’s a good feeling,” Houston said. Rebecca enjoys the travelling that is part of her Game Development Officer duties. She said she is always welcomed into any community that she visits and appreciates the laid back lifestyle on offer in the Territory. “Everyone loves playing sport, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, people get into it. The kids are always smiling and make you feel so welcome. There is so much natural athleticism and skill as well in the Indigenous communities, and of course it’s very rewarding to give people opportunities that they might not otherwise get in the remote localities,” Houston said.Having covered several communities across the Top End, Houston said she has noticed something about the kids from rural communities compared to the Darwin-based children. “They’re a lot less cheeky!” Houston said with a smile. In June Houston will be travelling to isolated communities in remote Arnhem Land. “I’ve been up to Gove before, but I haven’t been to see their community sport teams so that’ll be good.” Houston said.Houston is dedicated to getting more children involved in Touch Football. Without her work developing Touch Football at the grassroots level the game in the Northern Territory would be struggling for a base. A junior competition that has been established in Darwin is evidence of her work.“We originally had four teams and this year we’ve got eight teams, from under-13s to under-16s. Next year we hope to grow it again so it’s definitely getting bigger. The main thing I want to do is just keep growing it for the children and getting them involved. If we don’t get the kids involved then our sport doesn’t grow and we cease to exist.” Rebecca said.By the end of this year Houston is planning to have a junior competition established in the Katherine region. Her Austouch clinics will hopefully have planted the Touch Football seed in some of tomorrow’s stars. But Houston knows that the kids can only develop their Touch Football skills if competitions are set up for them.“I’m going down to Katherine in August. They are starting a school competition, so hopefully they can get a little bit more interest there for their club so that they can start a junior competition themselves. It would be very rewarding. It is good to say that you’ve started something outside of Darwin, it means that you’re not just focusing on one area and that’s a good outcome for the sport.” Houston said.The Northern Territory is going ahead in leaps and bounds, with the formation of several junior competitions, AusTouch programs, and next month’s NT Junior Development Camp set to further consolidate the Top End’s position as a leading light for junior development in Touch Football in this Country.With the rapid growth of the sport in junior ranks in the Territory, Rebecca Houston is sure to have her hands full for some time to come.last_img read more

a month agoDeparting DC United star Rooney insists MLS players underpaid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Departing DC United star Rooney insists MLS players underpaidby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWayne Rooney says MLS players are underpaid.Currently with DC United, Rooney will leave the competition to return to England with Derby County in January.The league’s current bargaining agreement runs until January 31, 2020, and Rooney thinks players should demand more money.”I feel that American players get underpaid,” he told ESPN. “I feel they deserve to get more money to stay in line with football in the rest of the world but also in terms of the American sports.”I’m not saying it to benefit me, I obviously won’t be in the league next season. I think it’s only fair to those players who are putting in the same work as all have to earn the right to earn more money for doing it.”He added: “I think the flight issues, in terms of you get so many chartered flights, I believe if a team wants chartered flights than they should be able to charter as many they want. They should be able to do whatever they want with that.” last_img read more

Video: Indiana Signee Ogugua Anunoby Throws Down A Sick Between-The-Legs Dunk

first_imgIndiana Signee Ogugua Aunoby dunks after going between the legs.Indiana Signee Ogugua AunobyWith the returns of James Blackmon and Yogi Ferrell, as well as the addition of five-star big man Thomas Bryant, Indiana projects as a top-20 team next season. Bryant and four-star Juwan Morgan are the big names of the Hoosiers’ incoming freshman class, but a third frontcourt player, Ogugua Anunoby, has some talent of his own. Anunoby, a 6-foot-8 three-star small forward from Jefferson City (Mo.), posted this video to his Instagram tonight. It was re-posted by the Indiana men’s basketball program’s official Instagram, and it features Anunoby throwing down an impressive, 180-degree between-the-legs dunk. Pretty good. We’re sure Hoosier fans will be salivating once they see this.last_img read more

Miami Football: Video: Michael Irvin Discusses Diddy Incident At UCLA, Says He Had Cops Called On Him At Son’s Game

first_imgMichael Irvin making a face during a TMZ interview.YouTube/TMZSportsOn Monday, Michael Irvin Jr., a three star wide receiver/tight end, followed in his famous father’s footsteps and committed to Miami. Irvin Sr. starred at The U in the mid-late 1980s before a long, Hall of Fame NFL career for the Dallas Cowboys. Irvin spoke with TMZ Sports about his son’s decision, and the conversation turned to the incident involving Sean “Diddy” Combs at UCLA a few weeks ago. During the interview, Irvin shared an anecdote about being thrown out of one of his son’s games. Luckily, Irvin said no kettlebells were involved. We assume he’ll keep his cool when his son enrolls at The U next year.[TMZ]last_img read more

Unstoppable? Klopp’s rampant Reds just might be this time!

first_imgIf Carlsberg did Christmases…The Ryder Cup made an appearance at Anfield today, but Liverpool fans have their eyes on another glittering sporting prize. The Premier League trophy is flickering into view. Get ready for the ride.Arsenal were supposed to provide a test for Jurgen Klopp’s side, a confident, improving top-six rival who would offer a thorough examination of the Reds’ title credentials. 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? Examination passed.Liverpool will go into 2019 on top of the pile, at least seven points clear of their nearest rivals after this, their ninth successive league win. If they make it 10 against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, Reds fans will be booking the month of May off work. Some already have.Unstoppable? They are right now. While their enemies flounder, unable to keep their composure and their consistency, Klopp’s side just keep on clearing hurdle after hurdle, ramping up the pressure each time they do. “A long way to go,” their manager continues to warn, and rightly so, but what a football team he has built.Twenty games, 17 wins, three draws, eight goals conceded, 48 scored, 54 points. This, in terms of points per game, is the best calendar year in the club’s history; 88 points from 37 league matches. Staggering.They were actually behind here, briefly. Anfield was stunned when Ainsley Maitland-Niles slid in at the back post to convert Alex Iwobi’s cross and give Arsenal the lead. It was the first time Liverpool had trailed in a home league game since facing Leicester City on December 30, 2017, 364 days ago.They came from behind to win that game, and their response to this setback was emphatic. Within three minutes they were level, within two more they were in front, by half time they led 4-1. Panic over.Roberto Firmino scored twice, Sadio Mane added a third and Mohamed Salah, for the second successive game, won and converted a penalty. It was the first time in the league this season that all three of the Reds’ vaunted front three had netted in the same game. Arsenal, bewildered, had no answer beyond anger. Unai Emery’s men were quite simply beaten into submission.Sadio Mane Liverpool 2018-19This is a game that guarantees goals – the last 10 league meetings prior to this had brought 44 – and it is now the highest-scoring fixture in Premier League history. No consolation to Arsenal, who took Shkodran Mustafi off at half-time, perhaps as an act of mercy. Just as in 2014, the Londoners shipped four in a half at Anfield. This place does strange things to the men from the Emirates.Want a stat to underline Liverpool’s dominance? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gunners’ star man, had seven touches in the opening 45 minutes. Four of them were kick-offs.With Spurs, Liverpool’s nearest challengers, losing at home to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp got the intense atmosphere he had wished for. Anfield bounced when the news from Wembley filtered through. It’s December, but there are times when it feels like April round here.Welcome to a title race. It’s been too long.Firmino, who had not scored a home league goal since April before today, completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the break, courtesy of a generous gesture from Salah.Roberto Firmino Liverpool 2018-19In netting, Firmino became only the third Brazilian to score a Premier League treble, after Afonso Alves and Robinho. He’ll leave a more lasting impression in England than either of those two, it’s fair to say. “Best in the world,” sang the Kop. They love their No.9.They love all their players right now, in fact, and do you blame them? This is a team that plays for each other, works for each other, one that supporters can be proud of, each and every week. “We are Liverpool,” they sang. “Poetry in motion.”The last time we heard that sung with such gusto, it was 2014 and Brendan Rodgers’ side were beginning to dream of being the ones to bring the title back.They beat Arsenal 5-1 that season too, but they fell short in the end. This one looks, at the moment, ready to go one better. It is only December, but May cannot come soon enough.Catch them if you can… Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Meet Samuel Chukwueze: Villarreal’s Nigerian rising star

first_imgFew young international players have made such an immediate impact in LaLiga in recent years as Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, with the 19-year-old Nigeria international already looking key to his club’s chances of success this season.Ikwuano-born Chukwueze came a long way very fast following his LaLiga debut against Levante in early November, having scored his first senior goal for the club in a Copa del Rey tie against Almeria a few days previously.A first LaLiga goal arrived on November 11, when he drove into the area and dribbled past two defenders before firing low through the legs of Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski. 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? A second league strike came the following weekend, when Chukwueze received a back-heel from team-mate Santi Cazorla and showed composure and technique to fire the ball low into the bottom corner for the winning goal against Real Betis at the Estadio de la Ceramica.The huge moments kept coming, with the teenager completing the 90 minutes in a narrow defeat at Barcelona’s Camp Nou and hitting his first Europa League goal in a 2-0 victory against Spartak Moscow to confirm Villarreal’s progress as group winners to the last 32.All that seemed a long way away when Chukwueze was born on May 22, 1999 in Abia State, Nigeria. He began playing football aged just five and, although his parents originally wanted him to concentrate on his studies, his natural talent and dedication soon shone through.While honing his skills at the famed Diamond Football Academy, Chukwueze came to international attention with his thrilling performances as Nigeria won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. Three goals in the competition, including a strike after just 25 seconds in a 5-1 win against hosts Chile, secured him the competition’s Bronze Boot prize.After joining Villarreal’s youth system in 2017, he quickly settled and was first promoted to the C team before rising into the B reserve side playing in Spain’s third tier. Having impressed his coaches in training with the senior side, a first-team chance soon arrived and was taken with both hands.A fast, direct winger who likes to cut inside and shoot, Chukwueze has been compared to Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben, while current Nigeria international Ikechukwu Uche, who played for Villarreal between 2011 and 2015, is a close follower of his compatriot’s career.His immediate impact in LaLiga has raised hopes that Chukwueze could emulate another Nigerian, Christopher Ohen. The former Real Madrid youth teamer scored 48 goals in 117 top-flight games for SD Compostela in the 1990s, making him the third-highest African scorer in LaLiga history.Already a senior international with his country, following a debut in a 0-0 draw with Uganda last November, Chukwueze is currently focusing on maintaining his fast start with Villarreal. In what has been a difficult 2018-19 season so far for the Yellow Submarine, their emerging Nigerian prospect is a rising star to keep their spirits high.last_img read more

Lletget returns to scene of career-altering injury with USMNT

first_imgSebastian Lletget should be feeling all the positive vibes of enjoying a homecoming this week, but his first match back at Avaya Stadium in almost two years will also bring back painful memories along with plenty of good ones.Having grown up in San Francisco, and played youth soccer in nearby Santa Clara, Lletget knows the area well, and his family and friends will gather at Avaya Stadium on Saturday to watch him play for the U.S. national team against Costa Rica. Some of those same supporters were also in attendance on March 24, 2017, when Lletget scored a goal to help spark the USMNT to a desperately-needed win in World Cup qualifying. It was that same night when Lletget was the victim of a brutal tackle that left him injured, and eventually sidelined for almost a full year.”It’s one of the best moments, and one of the worst in a way,” Lletget said on Friday. “But I’m moving forward from these things and I think I wouldn’t have been so eager to come back if it was something that was going to hurt. It’s a special place, but for sure it has some bad memories.” 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? The LA Galaxy midfielder tried to avoid spending too much time discussing the injury, though he knew from the moment the friendly was announced that he would be facing some familiar emotions upon his return to Avaya Stadium.”I think it will be in the back of his mind, for sure,” USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you get injured that (severely) it leaves a lasting impression on your memory. I’ve talked to Sebastian at length about his injury and it’s a tough one. Lisfranc (fracture) is very uncommon in soccer players, but when it happens it’s potentially devastating.”Almost two years later, Lletget has worked his way back into the national team picture, ending a 19-month absence from the USMNT when he came on as a substitute against England in November. He came on as a substitute in the USMNT’s recent 3-0 win against Panama, and Lletget has enjoyed his time under the new U.S. coach.”I feel really good in that system, Lletget said of Berhalter’s preferred playing system. “I can play a couple of positions, but definitely in the midfield is where I belong so I’m really excited.”I think (a number 10 role) is the way forward, especially in this system,” Lletget said. “I think that’s where Gregg likes me and hopefully it works out (on Saturday) too.”Berhalter is still working out where best to deploy Lletget, and Saturday’s match against Costa Rica should a more clear idea of where Lletget will fit the best.”We’re still working on his positioning because we know if we can get him the ball in dangerous positions he can be very effective,” Berhalter said.  I think he’s done a good job of really building his performance throughout the camp.”Lletget will look to close out his latest national team camp with a strong showing against Costa Rica, and is determined to focus on his performance rather than thinking about the ghosts of past painful memories.”Emotionally you have to block that stuff and put up a wall,” Lletget said. “You don’t need to think about that too much because it can mess with your energy. I just want to enjoy being back on the field with the national team.”last_img read more

Former Nebraska Coach Mike Riley Is Reportedly Already Leaving Oregon State

first_imgNebraska coach Mike Riley walks onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Nebraska football coach Mike Riley was fired by the Huskers at the end of the 2017 season. It didn’t take very long for Riley to land a new gig. He was hired back by his former school, Oregon State.Riley, a former NFL coach, is reportedly heading back to the professional side of the game. He’s expected to take over an Alliance of American Football franchise.A SiriusXM radio host is reporting that Riley will be hired as the San Antonio franchise’s head coach for the league that is set to begin in spring 2019.A former Dallas Cowboys star is expected to be named the general manager of the team.“Multiple sources have told me to expect Daryl Johnston to get named GM of the new Alliance of American Football franchise coming to San Antonio. Mike Riley is expected to get named head coach,” he reports.Multiple sources have told me to expect @DarylJohnston to get named GM of the new Alliance of American Football franchise coming to San Antonio. Mike Riley is expected to get named head coach.— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) June 20, 2018Riley, 64, has been a coach in San Antonio before. He led the San Antonio Riders from 1991-92.The former Nebraska coach hasn’t coached a professional team since 2002 when he was an assistant for the New Orleans Saints. He was the Huskers’ head coach from 2015-17.Riley is a California native. He played collegiately at Alabama.last_img read more

Photo: Clemson Cheerleaders Celebrate National Title Win On Field

first_imgClemson Tigers cheerleaders play in confetti after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Clemson Tigers cheerleaders play in confetti after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Clemson’s football program had quite a Monday night.The Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, blew out No. 1 Alabama in the national championship game.Clemson beat Alabama, 44-16, to give Dabo Swinney his second national title win since taking over the program.It was a fun night for everyone associated with the Tigers’ program.Clemson’s cheerleaders certainly seemed to enjoy their time at Levi’s Stadium.Two Clemson cheerleaders took a cool photo on the field after the game.“An absolute dream. Thank you @clemsonfb for making my last football game an experience I will NEVER forget. WE NATTY CHAMPS BABY!!!!!!!” one posted on Instagram.That’s pretty cool.Clemson could be right back next season, too. The Tigers should start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.last_img read more

Deshaun Watson Was Asked If Clemson Is A “Dynasty”

first_imgDeshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There is no question that Deshaun Watson enjoyed watching the Clemson Tigers dismantle the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship.  Although the superstar quarterback is about to enter his third season in the NFL, it’s clear that he’s still connected to his former team.Watson finished his collegiate career with 10,168 passing yards, 1,934 rushing yards and 116 total touchdowns.The statistics are definitely worthy of praise and recognition, but the most notable moment during his time at Clemson was his title victory over Alabama. In fact, Watson’s game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow will go down as one of the most clutch plays in the history of the sport.Clemson has shown its a powerhouse program, making four consecutive trips to the College Football Playoff.Instead of thinking this recent stretch is just a testament to the Tigers’ dynamic quarterbacks in Watson and Trevor Lawrence, it might be time to consider them one of the few dynasties in the country.When asked about whether or not Clemson deserves that label, Watson was very confident in his answer.From 247Sports:The Houston Texans quarterback did exactly that in his latest media appearance. Is Clemson officially a dynasty? “For sure,” Watson told the team Thursday morning on ESPN’s Get Up!“The things that Coach (Dabo) Swinney is bring to that university, the recruits coming in, the things on the field each and every year, it’s one of the top, if not the best, program in the country,” Watson said.With Lawrence leading the Tigers for at least two more seasons, the odds of them adding another title are strong.Alabama was considered the gold standard of college football for almost a decade, but now it might be time to pass the torch to Clemson.Clemson will likely start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.last_img read more

New B/R Mock Draft Has 5 Iowa Football Players Selected

first_img Future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski has heavily hinted that he my retire after this latest Super Bowl run, after considering it following last season. Hockenson was one of the breakout stars for Iowa this year.From Bleacher Report:As Rob Gronkowski nears the end to his Hall of Fame career, the New England Patriots have to think about his replacement. With a deep tight end class in front of them, the Patriots select a player similar to Gronk in Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson.A talented blocker and receiver, Hockenson can play Gronk’s role as a do-it-all tight end. Part of what makes Gronkowski so valuable in New England is his ability as a blocker and receiver. Hockenson isn’t at his level but has many of the same traits and could fit seamlessly into the Patriots offense.He isn’t the only tight end that could head to the NFL from Iowa City.With the very next pick, Miller has the Arizona Cardinals taking Noah Fant, who formed an impressive duo with Hockenson this season.The rest of the Iowa players in the mock draft:4th Round, 97th pick: S Armani Hooker – San Francisco 49ers 5th Round: DL Anthony Nelson – Arizona Cardinals 7th Round: OC Keegan Render – Miami DolphinsHockenson would be Iowa’s first first-round pick since 2015, when offensive tackle Brandon Scherff went fifth overall to Washington.[Bleacher Report] T.J. Hockenson catches a pass for Iowa against Northwestern.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Tight End T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes catches a pass during the first half in front of defensive back Travis Whillock #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa football hasn’t had five players selected in the NFL Draft since 2012, when six Hawkeyes were selected.That could come to a change this year.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released a new seven-round mock draft, and he has five Iowa Hawkeyes being selected.Things start out at the end of the first round, where one former Hawkeye could replace a legend.Miller has Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson going with the final pick of the first round to the New England Patriots.last_img read more

Penn State Got Some More Good Recruiting News This Afternoon

first_imgJames Franklin running onto the field.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Penn State’s recruiting hot streak continued this afternoon with the commitment of Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee three-star athlete Tyler Warren.Warren, a dual-threat quarterback for Atlee, is reportedly set to play tight end for the Nittany Lions. He had been committed to Virginia Tech until early May and also held offers from Louisville, Michigan, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia.Warren is the third commitment for Penn State in the last two days, joining three-star wide receiver Parker Washington and four-star defensive back Joseph Johnson.Overall, he is the 11th recruit to pledge to PSU in the last two weeks, a remarkable stretch that began after the Nittany Lions had suffered a string of decommitments. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Recruiting ALERT: @AtleeFootball 2020 QB Tyler Warren has verbally committed to @PennStateFball after earlier decommiting from Virginia Tech and holding several offers.— HanoverSports RVASN (@hanoversports) July 3, 2019Warren is the No. 16 rising senior in the state of Virginia and the No. 21 athlete in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State’s 2020 recruiting class currently contains 19 commitments and ranks third in the Big Ten.The group is also ranked 10th nationally.last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Posts Awesome Message After His Oklahoma Debut

first_imgCurrent Heisman trophy favorite Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Over the weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners took down the Houston Cougars with an offensive explosion with new quarterback Jalen Hurts under center.Hurts was nearly flawless in his debut, giving Sooners fans everywhere dreams of the College Football Playoff.Lincoln Riley has produced the last two Heisman Trophy winners, but neither was as successful as Hurts in their debuts. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray torched college football in recent years, but the Sooners could be even more dangers with Hurts under center.His play on the field was incredible, but he’s still unsatisfied – and that should scare the rest of the college football world. After the game, he posted a message for Sooners fans.“Hungrier than ever. Striving for greatness,” Hurts said on Instagram.The former Alabama star completed 20-of-23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Oh, and he also added another 176 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.Oklahoma took down Houston by a final score of 49-31. If Hurts can maintain this level of play, he’ll walk away with the Heisman Trophy and likely put Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.Next up for the Sooners is a battle against South Dakota. Oklahoma will open as a monstrous favorite.The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff.last_img read more

Samsung may soon launch pop-up selfie camera phone, likely to be called Galaxy A90

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 10:19 IST Picture courtesy: Trending leaksHIGHLIGHTSSamsung is all set to launch the Galaxy S10 series of phones with punch hole display on Feb 20.Samsung is reportedly working on a pop-up selfie camera smartphone later this year.The pop-up selfie camera Samsung phone will be the Galaxy A90, reports suggests.The camera game was really strong in 2019. There was Vivo who started the trend of pop-up selfie camera then there was Samsung who brought not three but four cameras on the back to smartphones. Nokia is taking a step ahead and is now all set to launch a five camera setup phone aka Nokia 9 PureView at Mobile World Congress 2019. The Nokia event is scheduled for Feb 24. Before the MWC event kicks off Samsung will take the wraps off its 2019 flagship phone the Galaxy S10 which will come with punch hole display and three cameras. Looks like Samsung is in no mood to rest any time soon. Some new reports suggest that Samsung is working on a pop-up selfie camera smartphone later this year. The pop-up selfie camera Samsung phone will be the Galaxy A90, reports suggests.Update: Some new reports suggest that the concept renders of the Samsung Galaxy A90 are fake. A Twitter user who goes by the name Max J. says, “These Galaxy A90 images by “Trening Leaks” are completely bullshit… just another page searching for attention. The entire page is completely nonsense. STOP TRYING TO FOOL PEOPLE!”Renders of the alleged Galaxy A90 have been leaked on the internet for the first ever time. It is worth noting that there is still time for the launch of the Galaxy A90 so the design renders show may not be the final one and is subjected to change. The Galaxy A90 renders have been leaked by a website named trending leaks. The renders show the alleged A90 from all angles, from both back and front side.advertisementThe renders show the phone with a middle pop-up camera. To recall, in the Vivo NEX the pop-up selfie camera was placed on the left of the phone. In contrary to that the upcoming Vivo V15 Pro is expected to come with a right positioned pop-up selfie camera. Samsung is not copying Vivo as far as the placement of the pop-up camera is concerned. The renders show the pop-up selfie camera to sit in the middle. Having said that, it will be interesting to see if the Galaxy A90 will have slimmer bezels when compared to the Galaxy S10 series or not.The renders further show the Galaxy A90 with triple rear cameras sitting inside the same module. The camera setup is followed by a single LED flash for better picture capture in low-light situations. In the middle of the back panel there’s the Samsung brand logo. Notably, there is no official information from the company on its pop-up camera phone.Past rumours have revealed that Samsung is going to use its in-display fingerprint technology on three A series phones launching this year. Looks like the Galaxy A90 is one of them. The renders don’t how the Galaxy A90 with any sort of physical fingerprint sensor. The phone seems to have no rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. This means that the Galaxy A90 will embed the fingerprint sensor under the display. Notably, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e launching on Feb 20 will also equip in-display fingerprint sensor. This is for the first time Samsung’s S series phone will come with such a fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi CEO reveals Snapdragon 855 powered Redmi phone is coming this yearALSO READ | This is Galaxy S10e, Samsung will launch it with Galaxy S10 to take on iPhone XRALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Brain goes against brawnGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow SamsungFollow androidFollow Galaxy A Samsung may soon launch pop-up selfie camera phone, likely to be called Galaxy A90Samsung Galaxy A90 has been leaked in concept renders for the first time. The renders show the phone with middle placed selfie pop-up camera unlike the Vivo NEX that sports the pop-up camera on the left.advertisementlast_img read more

Misbah-ul-Haq likely to pip Dean Jones for Pakistan head coach job

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service LahoreAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 13:36 IST Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq likely to be appointed their head coach (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMisbah-ul-Haq favourite for Pakistan head coach jobDean Jones might not be considered as Pakistan not keen on foreign coachWaqar Younis, Courtney Walsh in race for bowling coach roleFormer skippers Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younus appear to be the frontrunners for the head coach and bowling coach posts of the Pakistan national team, respectively .The interviews of candidates for the post of head coach were conducted on Thursday in which Misbah, former Test opener Mohsin Hasan Khan and ex-Australian batsman Dean Jones (through video-link) were interviewed.As per Dawn report, both Mohsin and Dean Jones may not be successful for different reasons. The age factor in 65-year-old Mohsin’s case could go against him while Jones could miss the bus on the ground that he is a foreigner as experiment with foreign coaches has not been good for Pakistan in the past.On Friday, the interviews for the post of bowling coach are likely to be conducted by the five-member panel of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Waqar, who has earlier served as the Pakistan head coach, also appeared for the post of bowling coach. Mohammad Akram withdrew his name in Waqar’s favour, thus enhancing Waqar’s chances.However, former West Indies great Courtney Walsh, who is likely to appear for the interview through video-link, could prove to be competition for the legendary Pakistan pacer.However, PCB would be wary of the fact that dealing with Waqar has not been easy during the past as he quit the post as head coach twice (in 2011 and 2016) and as bowling coach in 2007 in controversial circumstances.His relationship with the current captain Sarfraz Ahmad was also not an ideal one.The coaching posts of Pakistan cricket team have been lying vacant ever since PCB decided not to extend contracts of Mickey Arthur and others, following dismal performance of the Men in Green in the 2019 World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | Watch: Ravi Shastri attempts to sing Bob Marley’s iconic Buffalo SoldierAlso Read | Ambati Rayudu comes out of retirement, says he has enough cricket left in himAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Dean JonesFollow Waqar YounisFollow Courtney Walsh Misbah-ul-Haq likely to pip Dean Jones for Pakistan head coach jobThe interviews for the head coach of Pakistan cricket team were conducted on Thursday. Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohsin Khan and former Australia cricketer Dean Jones were interviewed for the role. advertisementlast_img read more