About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say West Ham star Nasri: I cried for first time in my careerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Samir Nasri has admitted that he cried when he thought that his career was over.Nasri was banned from football for 18 months for violating a drug policy, due to taking an intravenous drip for hydration.Now he is back in the Premier League and he cannot believe how things have turned around for him.”I’m a guy who, mentally, I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over,” Nasri told West Ham’s official website.”I had some really tough moments when I was really down.”But now, coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know, and with a stadium like this… Man! It’s the best job in the world!”The competition, the dressing room, and to be back on the pitch, that’s what I was waiting for, for a whole year.”I’m looking forward to the next game, a derby against Arsenal so I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more crazy.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-piecesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount admits they need to do better at set-pieces.Chelsea were undone by Liverpool due to set plays.Mount said: “It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. Liverpool scored two and when you go 2-0 down then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but if you switch off at set-pieces at this level then you get punished.“It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it.“I thought they didn’t create much in open play. So I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen.”
Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel proud to reach 50 caps with Denmarkby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is proud to have reached 50 caps with Denmark.Schmeichel produced a stunning performance on Saturday night to record a clean sheet on his 50th outing for his country, an appearance that saw him match Andy King as City’s most-capped player.The 32-year-old stopper made four high-class saves to keep Switzerland at bay, Yussuf Poulsen’s goal in the final 10 minutes sealing a 1-0 victory that boosts Denmark’s chances of reaching the Euro 2020 finals. “I don’t know if it was my best international match – but at least it was important,” Schmeichel said after the win.“It was a fantastic and really, really important victory. It wasn’t our best international match, but we fought and fought all the way through, and it’s incredibly important.“It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country. Now I just hope for 50 more.“If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.“You can’t plan for football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.“Every match I get to play in front of such a crowd, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight on the national team.”Asked if he’s improved over recent years, Schmeichel joked: “I always think I’ve been so good.“I don’t know if I’ve progressed so much. A goalkeeper’s game is very much about routine and about playing lots of matches. I have been doing this for a number of years and it has borne fruit.“I am also surrounded by good teammates and good coaches with the national team and at my club, where my strengths are utilised.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Who will win enough games to compete for this?College football expert Phil Steele projected what the preseason AP top 10 will look like yesterday. You can see that here. Another outlet has done the same, but expanded to the complete top 25. Pete Fiutak of Campus Insiders and CollegeFootballNews.com has projected what the first AP poll of the 2016 college football season will look like. Who will enter next season No.1 in the AP poll?@PeteFiutak‘s Post-Spring Projected Top 25: https://t.co/WnfJg75exo pic.twitter.com/fwIPBXDnLD— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) May 11, 2016Here’s his projected top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. Ohio State 7. LSU 8. Notre Dame 9. Tennessee 10. Georgia 11. Michigan State 12. Baylor 13. Oregon 14. Houston 15. Florida 16. USC 17. TCU 18. Wisconsin 19. Oklahoma State 20. Stanford 21. Iowa 22. Ole Miss 23. Louisville 24. UCLA 25. Nebraska You can view his full explanation for the rankings here.
meyer calls out camperWhen Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is speaking, you better have your eyes on him. Thursday, Meyer spoke briefly at a satellite camp in New Jersey, giving recruits advice on how to conduct themselves in front of coaches to impress them. Meyer wasn’t thrilled with one camper, who he claims was “looking all over the place” while he was talking.Here’s video, via NUC Sports. Meyer also pitcher his program, boasting about the team’s 50-4 record the past few years and its impressive NFL Draft. Meyer is one of the most respected coaches in the nation, so the players would be wise to listen.
Borussia Dortmund may have enjoyed a strong start to the 2018-19 season but Manuel Neuer has not ruled out Bayern Munich catching the Bundesliga leaders.Dortmund hold a six-point advantage at the top of the table having won 14 of their 18 matches, losing just once.In contrast, Bayern have struggled for consistency at times, enduring tough spells in September and November – the latter including a 3-2 defeat to Dortmund. 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? However, the six-time defending champions are on a run of six successive wins either side of the mid-season break to keep the pressure on Lucien Favre’s leaders.And Neuer believes Bayern can still catch Dortmund as they prepare for their first home match of 2019 against Stuttgart on Sunday.#NeuerTheWall is back! #TSGFCB pic.twitter.com/4gElxGsur8— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 22, 2019″Dortmund are not unbeatable you know,” he told reporters at an Audi event.”I think we saw weaknesses in the first half of the season, they did not leave many points behind, but on one occasion or another it was very close.”Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge agrees with Neuer’s assessment given the quality head coach Niko Kovac has at his disposal.Despite Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Corentin Tolisso remaining on the injury list, the Croatian coach has managed his squad admirably to oversee a recent resurgence.”We are not the hunted but the hunter,” Rummenigge said. “Let’s just wait and see what happens.”Dortmund has a good team, but we have not got a bad one!”BVB are back in Bundesliga action themselves on Saturday, as they host Hannover 96 at Westfalenstadion.
Ander Herrera credits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with granting Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford the freedom in which to flourish, but he is not expecting Manchester United to remain unbeaten.The Red Devils are yet to come unstuck through 10 outings under an interim coach, with nine victories taken in since Jose Mourinho was relieved of his managerial duties.AdChoices广告A change in approach has brought the best out of those who had stagnated under the previous regime, with Pogba once again combining with Rashford against Leicester on Sunday to secure a 1-0 win. 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? Herrera feels United now have a system which plays to their strengths, telling reporters: “Paul is feeling free because Nemanja [Matic] and me and the centre-backs are all the time controlling the opponents’ attack, even when we have the ball.“I think Marcus Rashford feels free, Jesse [Lingard] feels free, Alexis [Sanchez] also, Juan [Mata] when he played the other day and he was moving everywhere. We’re playing with a lot of freedom, this is one of the things he [Solskjaer] is talking about every day.“I think at the moment we are mixing very well when we receive the ball between the lines and we have to run into the space.“It’s good that the opponents don’t know exactly what we’re going to do. We can find the gaps in between the defenders and the gaps between the lines, that’s something we’re really working on, because we don’t want to be a predictable team.“I think he [Solskjaer] knows I can work to make all the players feel free. I feel very good, but I think everyone is feeling good, the players that come from the bench help a lot.”While talking up the confidence which has been restored to the ranks at Old Trafford, Herrera concedes that setbacks will be suffered over the coming weeks.Quizzed on whether United could go unbeaten until the end of the season, a man who is due to be out of contract in the summer said: “That’s impossible.“The Premier League is so tough. Manchester City are a fantastic team and they lost away at Newcastle the other day. In the Premier League it’s impossible to go unbeaten from when the manager came, to have 25 or 30 games unbeaten.“We knew it was going to be impossible to win every single game, but we’re going the right way.”United may not be able to win every game before the 2018-19 campaign comes to a close, but they are hoping to emerge successful enough to secure a top-four finish and continue progressing in the Champions League and FA Cup.They have testing fixtures to come against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in those competitions, but Herrera believes serious obstacles can be overcome.He said when asked if the Red Devils can beat PSG, Chelsea and Premier League leaders Liverpool in a three-game run after facing Fulham on Saturday: “We can, but the best way to prepare for the PSG game is to try and win away at Fulham and that’s the way I think.“I think it will be a big mistake if we think further than Fulham. That’s a massive game for us because Chelsea is playing City. Let’s go game by game, because if you lose one game you regret. Now for Fulham, then we will think about PSG.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
YouTube.Buffalo Wild Wings gave Arkansas football the break they needed. Kind of.Tied with 16 seconds left in regulation, and TCU setting up for a chip-shot 28-yard field goal that would almost surely give the Horned Frogs the win, Arkansas football was on the brink of an embarrassing collapse and needed a miracle to pull out the victory.Luckily, Buffalo Wild Wings was there to help save the day, as it always seems to do for Arkansas football.TCU’s 28-yard field-goal attempt was blocked and the game went into overtime. The Razorbacks ended up winning in double-overtime, after nearly blowing a 20-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.(Some Arkansas students have created a BWW parody commercial based on that game. Check it out below.)None of those kids will be winning an Oscar for their acting anytime soon, but kudos to them for a pretty clever video.This Saturday, No. 24 Arkansas takes on Texas State while TCU plays Iowa State. It’s unlikely BWW will have to intervene on the Razorbacks’ matchup versus Texas State though; oddsmakers are setting the spread at 31 in favor of Arkansas.
David Silva has backed Phil Foden to fill his boots when he leaves Manchester City at the end of next season, saying the 19-year-old reminds him of his younger self.Former Spain international Silva announced his decision to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of 2019-20, which will be his tenth and final campaign for the Premier League champions.Foden has made 38 first-team appearances during his two seasons in Pep Guardiola’s senior squad and his performances have seen him earmarked as a star of the future. 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? Silva sung Foden’s praises as he discussed his departure from City, telling reporters: “I’m sure he’s going to be a fantastic player. He’s a very nice man and he will be a good replacement for me.”Apart from his natural skills, he’s a very competitive person. He always wants to win and that makes a very good footballer.”When you’re young, you always ask people with experience. I’ve given him lots of advice, like how to move on the pitch. He’s taken the information in and he’s getting better day by day.”He reminds me of myself when I was young — especially how he is as a person. He’s very quiet but always there, competing. He hates losing.”The best advice I can give him is always stay calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs and lows, always keep calm.” Silva’s announcement comes in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s decision to swap City for his boyhood club Anderlecht, where he will be player-manager next season.Speaking at the launch of a campaign to stop domestic violence in his native Gran Canaria, Silva spoke about the challenge that awaits his club in replacing the man who won four Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and four EFL Cups during his 11 years as a City player.”It’s going to be very difficult to replace a player like Vinnie, on the pitch and off it,” said Silva, who has made 396 appearances for City, scoring 70 goals.”He was an excellent warrior for City. But with the new generation we will find another one, another Vinnie.”You always need experienced footballers around to help you. But City’s future is in safe hands with Bernardo [Silva], Raheem [Sterling], Leroy [Sane] and Phil there.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into a powerhouse over the last several seasons, thanks in part to the contributions of his defensive coordinator, Brent Venables. Venables has been at Clemson since 2012.During his time with the Tigers, Venables has won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. He has also been rewarded with multiple contract extensions and a tremendous salary for a top assistant.Venables’ name has been bandied about on multiple occasions as a potential head coaching candidate, but he seems to be pretty comfortable where he is. In fact, a new report suggests he resisted overtures from multiple programs this month.According to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Venables was recently “pursued by at least two places” for vacant head coaching positions.It’s my understanding that Brent Venables was pursued by at least two places for HC vacancies this month but it’s going to take a whole lot of get him to leave his situation at Clemson, which he really loves. https://t.co/37iWJbINoz— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 11, 2018Kansas State is Venables’ alma mater, and he also coached on Bill Snyder’s staff from 1993-98. It is unclear if KSU is one of the schools that showed interest in Venables.The Wildcats officially hired North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman yesterday.Meanwhile, Venables and his Clemson defense are focused on Notre Dame. The Tigers take on the Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl on December 29, with the winner moving on to the College Football Championship game.This is the fourth-straight year Clemson has reached the CFP, and they are looking for their third title game appearance in four seasons.