Kitson slams Liverpool ace Salah: You cheatedby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League striker Paul Kitson has slammed Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah for ‘cheating’.Salah won a penalty before successfully converting his spot-kick during the Reds’ 4-0 Boxing Day rout at Anfield. And despite some claiming he dived, Salah was cleared of any wrongdoing.However, Kitson wrote for The Sun: “The truth is that Salah falling over at Anfield against Newcastle with Liverpool top of the league and already winning the match, is the easiest decision any referee can make.“It’s cheating and I don’t recognise it as part of the game that I love.“Unfortunately, the rewards in football are such that many players feel no shame in throwing themselves to the floor and there is absolutely no doubt the biggest players in the biggest teams are favoured by most teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham bank on HSBC for men and womenby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham has announced a new five-year partnership with HSBC as its Official Banking Partner for both the men’s and women’s teams in UK and Hong Kong, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAs part of this new strategic agreement, HSBC will work with the club to engage fans through a range of activities including co-created digital campaigns and play a supportive role in the sport-led regeneration of the local area in Tottenham, north London, alongside the club. Spurs Head of Partnerships Fran Jones, said: “We have developed a strong relationship with HSBC over a number of years and this new partnership is a natural expansion of this. “The club is committed to supporting the continued regeneration of Tottenham and we look forward to integrating HSBC into our existing employment and education programmes, as well as creating impactful new initiatives together.” HSBC Global Head of Brand Partnerships Jonathan Castleman, added: “The deal provides us with an opportunity to connect with new and existing customers. “We’ve always believed that sport has an amazing power to bring people together, promote physical and mental wellbeing and drive inclusion, so we are excited to be working with Tottenham Hotspur.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martin Ødegaard: Now proving the hype at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad’s rising star Martin Ødegaard has started the new LaLiga Santander season showing just why he was tipped for the top right from the start of his career.Still just 20 years old, Ødegaard has been lighting up LaLiga in spectacular fashion since his arrival in San Sebastian on loan from Real Madrid last summer. So much so that the txuri-urdin’s midfield star was officially named September Player of the Month in LaLiga Santander, as his goals and assists drove his team towards the top of the table.Born in Drammen, Norway in December 1998, Ødegaard has been setting landmarks all his sporting life. After coming through at local club Stromgodset, he became the youngest player to play in Norway’s top division at the age of just 15, the Tippeligaen’s youngest-ever scorer and Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. A move to Real Madrid soon followed and in May 2015 he became Madrid’s youngest-ever debutant [16 years and 157 days] when replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in a LaLiga Santander game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.Competition for places at Madrid is always tough, so the teenager played 58 times for the club’s Castilla youth team before joining Dutch team SC Heerenveen for 18 months in January 2017. That brought more regular senior experience, and he returned to the Eredivisie to spend another year at Vitesse Arnhem. 11 goals and 12 assists made him the only non-PSV Eindhoven or Ajax player to make the 2018/19 Eredivisie Team of the Season.Last summer brought a return to LaLiga with La Real, who had an excellent transfer window with other young arrivals including his fellow Scandinavian Alexander Isak and French defender Modibo Sagnan. Txuri-urdin coach Imanol Alguacil immediately put Ødegaard into his starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Valencia on the opening day and he kept his place for the following weekend when he scored his first LaLiga goal in a 1-0 win at RCD Mallorca.Playing mostly in an attacking midfield role, Ødegaard’s technical ability and passing range have stood out, showcasing the tenacity and leadership skills of a player who has amassed significant experience at such a young age. His highest profile game so far brought a man of the match performance, including a fine goal and clever assist, as Atletico de Madrid were beaten 2-0 at the Reale Arena. There have also been assists against Basque neighbours Alaves – a real beauty of a through ball, if you haven’t seen it… – and Sevilla, and he is the only La Real player to have completed all 720 LaLiga minutes so far in 2019/20.October’s international break saw Ødegaard add to his 20 senior caps for Norway in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Spain and Romania. And now it is back to work with his club as La Real look to build on their excellent start to the season with games against Real Betis, RC Celta and Levante. Longer term he remains firm in his wish to triumph at Real Madrid, where he is under contract until 2022, but only after seeing through his agreed two-year loan at La Real.Few players pack as much into their entire careers as Martin Ødegaard has already achieved. LaLiga’s nordic rising star does not turn 21 until next December, but the best is surely yet to come.
Vine/Brian ShearerThe end of Pitt’s 65-61 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome wasn’t without some controversy late. Syracuse fans online are livid over a blatant travel by Pitt guard James Robinson that went uncalled, with just seconds left in the game. Apparently walk-on Carter Sanderson feels the same way. He voice his discontent about the play on Twitter.You can’t be serious, right? A No call? What a joke. https://t.co/xyVyM7OuEt— Carter Sanderson (@TheCarter3_) February 21, 2015The call is very bad, but we bet someone will remind SU’s players to keep their criticism of the refs off of social media. Even Jim Boeheim censored himself after the game.Boeheim declines to comment on the last call. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”— Phil D’Abbraccio (@PhilDAbb) February 21, 2015Pitt is 18-10 after the big road win.
Evergreen Sampdoria marksman Fabio Quagliarella equalled a record previously held by legendary striker Gabriel Batistuta to move clear as the Serie A’s top scorer.Set to turn 36 at the end of January, the former Juventus, Napoli, Udinese and Italy man is enjoying an Indian summer to his career in his second spell at Sampdoria.In 2017-18 he netted 19 goals for the Genoa club to finish fourth in the Capocanniere standings behind Mauro Icardi, Ciro Immobile and Paulo Dybala – and he is making an even stronger bid for the title this term. 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? Quagliarella was on target from the penalty spot on Saturday to put his team 1-0 up against Udinese.It was his 15th goal of the season, putting him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata as the league’s most prolific forward so far.In finding the net once more, moreover, the veteran moved within touching distance of a Serie A milestone that has stood for almost a quarter-century.Batistuta was the last man to score in 11 consecutive Serie A games, a mark the Argentine hitman reached in 1994 while playing for Fiorentina.If Quagliarella converts next Saturday against Napoli, two days after his 36th birthday, he will therefore enjoy outright ownership of that record.11 – Fabio #Quagliarella has scored in 11 consecutive Serie A games played, the joint-longest such run in the history of the competition, equalling Gabriel Omar Batistuta (11 in a row in 1994). Olympus. #SampdoriaUdinese pic.twitter.com/vUlIJrxw2N— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) 26 de enero de 2019The striker’s goals have also propelled Sampdoria into the top half of the table, having tasted defeat just once in their last eight outings.Victory against Udinese would put the club just one point behind AC Milan, the current occupants of the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot, although the Rossoneri can restore their advantage with victory over Napoli in Saturday’s later kick-off.
Liverpool were like a pack of food-deprived wolves in their Champions League second leg semi-final tie against Barcelona, according to Jurgen Klopp.The Reds beat the Spanish champions 4-0 at Anfield on May 5, thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, completing one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of the competition.Barca won the first leg 3-0 at Camp Nou and were favourites to reach the final in Madrid, but nothing went to plan for Ernesto Valverde’s men on Merseyside. 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? Liverpool were relentless after Origi broke the deadlock seven minutes in, dominating possession while keeping the visitors pinned in their own half with their high-pressing tactics.Klopp’s men ultimately progressed 4-3 on aggregate and they will have the chance to avenge their defeat in last year’s final against Real Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday.Ahead of the titanic all-English encounter with Tottenham, the 51-year-old head coach has admitted his men performed like wild animals against Barca, creating their own luck over the course of the 90 minutes at Anfield.”It was not about progress, It was all about winning the second leg,” Klopp told Sport1. “We know, we played a good game in Barcelona, clearly lost, and at home, we had to play a very good game and win. “Then, as the game progressed, we’d see if we can get a scoreline that will give us the chance to completely knock over the buck just before the end. “It turned out that we were full of joyful anticipation of the game. We were up for it – even though it was the third game in six days. “Then it helped that it was Barcelona in the Champions League – you do not have to think about anything else, because the self-motivation of the players is, of course, huge. What happened then is football and without luck, it wouldn’t have been possible. “We needed a good goalkeeper, we needed a sensational defence and we needed a lot of courage to go through as we did. “When I saw how we started, I had the impression that we had wolves on the field who had not gotten anything [to eat] for eight weeks. They really did go like madmen.”Liverpool were also arguably the better side at Camp Nou but they fell victim to a Lionel Messi masterclass, as the Argentine grabbed two goals to put Barca in a healthy position in the tie on May 1.Klopp revealed that his team learned their opponents were over-reliant on Messi after the away fixture, which made their task in the second leg much clearer.The Reds stifled the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on home turf and Klopp insists that was the key to their success on the night.Klopp added: “Indeed, after the first leg, when we lost 3-0, we left the game with a better feeling than when we went into the game. “We did not know exactly what would happen in Barcelona. We had never played there before. It is a myth – legitimately – because they are extremely strong and Messi is impossible to defend against. “After the game, we knew that with Messi it is difficult. Otherwise, everything else is controllable for us. The more often we had that on the pitch, the bigger the chance that we would win the second leg.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsenal have not come remotely close to matching Crystal Palace’s asking price for Wilfried Zaha, according to Roy Hodgson.The Gunners are in the market for wingers and Zaha is at the top of a list containing Barcelona’s Malcom and Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth .Zaha has generally refrained from commenting on the speculation but, earlier this month, his brother Judicael made a public plea for Palace to sanction the 26-year-old’s “dream” transfer . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The south London club are believed to have rejected an opening offer of around £40 million ($50m), and the two clubs remain some distance apart in negotiations.”I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,” Eagles boss Hodgson told Sky Sports .”I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.”Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.The Ivory Coast winger is currently on holiday having been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations after a quarter-final defeat to Algeria.Hodgson is keen to get his star man back as soon as possible, with Palace suffering a 6-2 loss in Tuesday’s friendly with Barnet.”He has high regard for himself, just as we have high regard for him.”He has a long term contract and all we can do now is wish him well and hope he comes back to us very soon.”Palace have shown they are prepared to part with prized assets this close-season, selling right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m ($63m).”We would’ve loved to have kept him,” Hodgson said of the England Under-21 international.”But the bottom line is, when Manchester United come calling and they’re prepared to pay what the club feel is the market value of the player, then all we can do is wish him well.”
A stylish second half from Barcelona saw them sweep aside Napoli in Michigan to claim a 4-0 friendly win on Saturday.Antoine Griezmann got his first goal for the club since his €120million move from Atletico Madrid, in between strikes from Luis Suarez.Ousmane Dembele added a fourth against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who lost the first friendly meeting in Miami 2-1 on Wednesday and were simply no match for the Catalans here once they fell behind. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It was an encouraging display from Ernesto Valverde’s Barca, without the injured Lionel Messi, ahead of their LaLiga opener at Athletic Bilbao on Friday. When you score your first goal for Barça @antogriezmann pic.twitter.com/IoTYZrlZJ7— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 10, 2019Griezmann dragged a clear chance wide and Dembele also fluffed his lines as Barca failed to capitalise on their first-half openings.Suarez was denied by Alex Meret, but Fabian Ruiz went within inches of giving Napoli a lead at the break.Griezmann spurned another chance three minutes after the break, firing straight at Meret, but Suarez was on hand this time to side-foot home the rebound.Barca turned on the style for their second eight minutes later. A passing move starting from the back four ended with Carles Alena sliding a superb throughball to Jordi Alba – perhaps fortunate not to be flagged for offside – who squared for Griezmann to bury an easy finish.It got worse for Napoli just two minutes later, as Dembele picked up Suarez’s pass from a loose ball and teed up the Uruguay star for a stunning curling strike that flew past Meret from the edge of the box.Dembele marked a strong second-half showing by driving into the penalty area and drilling a right-foot strike into the bottom-left corner, ensuring Barca will head into the new season in positive fashion. CONNECTION: STRONG pic.twitter.com/zbCv3vHuIq— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 10, 2019 read more
Borussia Dortmund knocked back the advances of one of Europe’s “super clubs” when questions were asked of Jadon Sancho, claims club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.The 19-year-old winger continued his meteoric rise during the 2018-19 campaign.Senior international recognition came his way with England, while helping Dortmund to challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His efforts did not go unnoticed, with it suggested that the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid were monitoring the exciting former Manchester City winger.Watzke has now revealed that questions were asked of the teenager’s future, telling Ruhr Nachrichten: “A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again.“He knew I meant what I said.”Dortmund have stated at regular intervals that they have no intention of parting with Sancho any time soon.They have him tied to a long-term contract and intend to be the ones of benefit from his immediate development.There is an acceptance that keeping Sancho from the clutches of the biggest-spending sides in world football will be almost impossible in the long run, but for now he remains a vital part of Dortmund’s plans.Watzke added: “There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.“He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it.“When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest.“If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”Sancho was named in the Bundesliga Team of the Year in 2018-19, as he recorded 12 goals and 17 assists in the German top-flight.He has already been back among the goals in this season’s DFL-Supercup and will be hoping to help Dortmund end their wait for title glory in the current campaign.Those efforts are due to start on Saturday when Lucien Favre’s side open their season with a home date against Augsburg.
Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha could still leave Crystal Palace despite the Premier League’s transfer window closing.Before last week’s deadline Palace rejected bids from Everton for Zaha, who was also said to be a target for Arsenal, with the winger handing in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move away from Selhurst Park.Zaha scored 10 league goals and added five assists for the Eagles last season after he signed a fresh five-year deal in August 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Palace have reportedly set a value of £80 million ($97m) on the 26-year-old, and though a move to an English club failed to materialise in the most recent window, a transfer abroad could still go through.The transfer window across the continent remains open until September 2 and, with clubs including Borussia Dortmund and Napoli having been previously credited with an interest in Zaha, Hodgson knows there could be another twist in the saga.”You can never rule out the possibility that it might happen because the transfer window in Europe is still open until the end of the month,” the former England manager told reporters.”It’s not something I’m going to worry about because it’s something that I cannot affect. There’s not too much point worrying about it, if you ask me would I welcome it, the answer is no.”I would rather that he gets his head down and commits himself to the season that we’ve got in front of us and commits himself to helping me, the coaching staff and the players into having another season that we can regard as a good one. That’s what I would like.”Zaha, who returned late to pre-season training following Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, was not deemed ready to start Palace’s opening-day clash with suitors Everton, though he came on as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw.Palace will go in search of their first victory of the season on Sunday when they head to Bramall Lane to face newly-promoted Sheffield United, who came away with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth in their opener.