Dele Alli insists that England want to be the best team in the world and believes that he and his team-mates can make that a reality. Following a surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, the Three Lions won a Nations League group containing Spain and beaten finalists Croatia to advance to the maiden finals of the tournament this summer. They will face the Netherlands in the semi-finals and would play either Portugal or Switzerland in the final, should they overcome the Oranje.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:24 am
Eden Hazard may remain in Real Madrid's sights, but Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has suggested that no sales will be sanctioned this summer as the Blues face a transfer ban. Those at Stamford Bridge have been stung with a two-window embargo by FIFA for alleged breaches of regulations regarding the acquisition of players under the age of 18. An appeal was planned in west London, but world football's governing body has declared that there will be no freezing of the sanctions while that process is ongoing.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:17 am
Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi has praised the influence of fellow promising England talent Jadon Sancho. The winger scored his first goal for the Stamford Bridge side in a Europa League game in November and became the youngest ever player to appear in a competitive match for England last week. He came on as a 70th-minute substitute for Raheem Sterling and played a part in one of the goals as England won 5-0 against the Czech Republic. The 18-year-old told reporters of the influence of fellow Manchester United transfer target Sancho, and how they had both helped each other progress. He said: â€œWe have known each other since we were very young. â€œWe used to play against each other and we were always
Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:05 am
It is difficult to imagine anyone with even a passing interest in new biopic The Keeper not knowing the story of the German Manchester City goalkeeper and the 1956 FA Cup final. This poses something of a puzzle for the filmmakers. Do you...
Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:30 am
The Dutch defender says his team were awful in the first half of their loss to Germany
Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:38 am
Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla has had to spend some time in the USL Championship this season, and the second tier would probably like to see Gio Savarese keep the Colombian in Major League Soccer. Asprilla scored twice and added an assists on Saturday night in a defeat of Eric Wynalda's Las Vegas Lights, and he put up a near picture perfect bicycle kick on the highlight reel. Watch as he sets himself up, willingly or not, for the endeavor before splashing a shot in the side panel for an amazing aesthetic.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:20 am
Xavi has revealed he won't be able to feature for Catalonia against Venezuela on Monday as his club, Al Sadd, didn't allow him to feature.Â The 39-year-old midfielder came out of international retirement for the fixture but Al Sadd prevented him from playing for Catalonia, which represents the autonomous Spanish region, as reported by The Sun.Â Xavi wrote on Instagram: 'I regret to announce that finally I will not be able to be in Montilivi for tomorrow's Catalonia-Venezuela.Â View this post on Instagram A post shared by Xavi (@xavi) on Mar 24, 2019 at 3:16am PDT 'My commitments with my club did not allow it. I hope next time I can be there with you. 'In Qatar you will have the first of your
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:37 am
Viewed as the missing link between the Virgil Van Dijk and Liverpool's torrential attack, Keita has not come close to replicating the form that saw his price tag reach $69 million. Indeed, Team Talk says Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich look prepared to pay around $53 million to bring Keita back to the Bundesliga. Keita has played 27 matches in all competitions for Liverpool, accumulating 1,388 minutes and just one assist.
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:10 am
Ronald Koeman accepted his decision not to make a late defensive substitution proved costly as Netherlands fell to a 3-2 defeat at home to Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying. Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane gave Germany a 2-0 half-time lead in Amsterdam but Memphis Depay inspired a comeback with a goal and an assist in Sunday's heavyweight Group C clash. Germany gained revenge for their 3-0 loss at the hands of Netherlands in the Nations League last year, though, when Nico Schulz arrived in the box to steer home a 90th-minute winner to settle a classic contest.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:55 pm
Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago. After a year of problems off the field â€” and humiliation on it â€” the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned the Germans a confidence-boosting 3-2 win over the Netherlands on Sunday in a European Championship qualifier. "It's good for the self-belief of this young team," said Germany coach Joachim Loew. "I can live with criticism. I know what our potential is." Croatia looked a shadow of the resilient team which reached the World Cup final in July as it lost 2-1 to Hungary in Budapest. Spells of confusion in the Croatian
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:45 pm
Jamie Carragher,Dirk Kuyt, Steve McManaman and Glen Johnson debate the destination of the Premier League title.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:19 pm
Roberto Martinez commended Belgium for producing a "very mature" performance in Sunday's 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win away to Cyprus despite an apparently unsatisfactory pitch. Belgium dispatched their visitors with minimal fuss in NicosiaÂ as Eden Hazard â€“ making his 100th international appearance â€“ gave them an early lead. Michy Batshuayi made it 2-0 eight minutes later and that proved to be as good as it got, as Belgium subsequently took the sting out of proceedings and eased to the finish.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:17 pm
Juve's women discuss playing in front of 39,000 fans and beating Fiorentina
Posted: March 24, 2019, 10:56 pm
Jose Mourinho has said that he believes Zinedine Zidane is the right man for the Real Madrid managerial position. Zidane was re-appointed as Madrid's head coach earlier this month, just 10 months after he had resigned from the same position. The Frenchman replaced Santiago Solari, who himself had replaced Julen Lopetegui earlier in the 2018-19 campaign.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 9:28 pm
'If anyone wants to buy him, good luck!' - Mourinho says even the world's top teams cannot afford Mbappe
Jose Mourinho says he believes that Kylian Mbappe is far and away the most valuable player in the world, adding that the young French forward is currently "unbuyable". Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in 2017 with the club paying â‚¬180 million (Â£166m/$212m) to acquire his services. The move made him the most expensive teenager ever as well as the second most expensive transfer ever, only behind PSG team-mate Neymar.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 9:20 pm
Portugal boss Fernando Santos is expecting a tough match against Serbia.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 6:42 pm
Scunthorpe have sacked manager Stuart McCall after Saturday's defeat by Rochdale left the club in relegation trouble. The 3-1 loss at Spotland saw the Iron slip to within two points of the drop zone. It was a sixth defeat in their last nine Sky Bet League One matches. First-team coach Andy Dawson will be in caretaker charge for Scunthorpe's remaining seven games of the campaign. A brief statement on the club's official website read: 'Scunthorpe have parted company with first-team manager Stuart McCall. Andy Dawson will be caretaker manager for the rest of the season.' McCall became manager at Glanford Park in August after Nick Daws was sacked just four matches into the season. A run of five victories
Posted: March 24, 2019, 6:25 pm
Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's underperforming squad, claiming the country's class of 2019 are not fit to wear the shirt. Having reached the World Cup final in 2014, the Albiceleste have endured a rather humbling fall from grace. Jorge Sampaoli paid the price for those failings with his job, while talismanic skipper Lionel Messi opted to take in a self-imposed break from international duty.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 5:37 pm
They are, however, edging ever closer to opening a new era, with test events being staged at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The first of those took place on Sunday, with an arena which has cost over Â£1 billion to complete playing host to an U18 clash between Spurs and Southampton. Pochettino was among those in attendance and is looking forward to playing his part in an exciting future in stunning settings.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 4:46 pm
ROME (AP) â€” The Italian soccer federation has signed a wide-ranging memorandum with the Chinese government to promote soccer between the two countries. The deal foresees playing the Italian Super Cup or Italian Cup in China within the next three years. The Italian Super Cup â€” which pits the Serie A champion against the Italian Cup champion â€” has already been played in China four times over the last 10 years. The meeting with China Media Group head Shen Haixiong also focused on TV content and rights, collaboration over developing young Chinese players in Italy and instruction for using the video assistant referee. Shen was in Rome for the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Italian federation
Posted: March 24, 2019, 4:40 pm
Manchester City are â€œon the verge of doing something specialâ€�, says Mike Summerbee, with theÂ club legend of the opinion that a quadruple is possible for Pep Guardiola's side. The Blues have already taken the first step down that path by landing the Carabao Cup for a second successive season. Another of those crowns from 2018 which could be retained 12 months on is the Premier League title, with the reigning champions just two points off the pace with a game in hand on Liverpool.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 3:08 pm
Umtiti has linked up with the forward for the start of France's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, which began with a comfortable 4-1 win in Moldova, with Griezmann getting on the scoresheet. But the centre-back has sensed no signs that Griezmann is unsettled with his current club and warned him that he could live to regret leaving behind a side which is built to get the best out him. "I know Antoine is very happy in Madrid, it's going well for him, it's a team that plays for him, and after that, in a career there are choices that we can take and that we can regret," he explained to Telefoot.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 2:56 pm
Manchester City will demand a public apology from Uli Hoeness for his recent comments about the Premier League club's transfer dealings, lest the Bayern Munich president and/or his employers face legal action. Hoeness, who worked with Pep Guardiola during his trophy-filled stint in Germany, recently alleged that Man City owner Sheikh Mansour pays for the club's transfers by ramping up oil prices. The allegation didn't come without salacious detail, either.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 2:54 pm
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp's passion and habit of getting straight to the point sit well with the club's players, defender Virgil van Dijk said. Premier League leaders Liverpool are chasing their first league title since 1990 and Van Dijk said Klopp could be brutally honest when assessing their performances. "He's (Klopp) very passionate, he'll tell you the truth at all times," Van Dijk said on The Premier League Show.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 1:48 pm
Phil Foden says his Manchester City career so far has been "a dream" and has paid tribute to the guidance senior players like David Silva and Vincent Kompany have given him this season. The 18-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the club's brightest youth products for years, enjoying double the number of Premier League appearances he made in 2017-18 and regularly featuring in Pep Guardiola's starting line-up in cup competitions. Foden's rise to prominence has been rapid but he is keeping himself grounded with the help of City's experienced old heads, who have been on hand with words of wisdom while he hones his game.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 1:03 pm
Perhaps Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling aren't leaders in the most traditional sense â€” grizzled veterans who have been around the block and seen everything there is to see â€” but nevertheless, they're the ones setting the example for England's next generation of young stars, many of whom aren't so much younger than they are. It's clear for all to see that Kane and Sterling are leading and inspiring the Three Lions with their on-field performances, for club and for country â€” they have 55 goals and 19 assists between them since August â€” but to hear Gareth Southgate speak of their leadership off the field, one can't help but feel the England program has been entrusted to very safe hands â€” quotes ...
Posted: March 24, 2019, 12:43 pm
Lionel Messi made his first appearance for Argentina in 265 days on Friday, and that'll be his final involvement during the current international break after he felt a pain in his groin following the 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela. Messi finished the game and played all 90 minutes. The injury was described as a flare-up of an existing problem.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 12:15 pm
Bayern Munich reserve goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has backed Manuel Neuer to defend his status as Germany's number one, saying that his team mate is better than Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen. "In Marc and Manuel, Germany have two very good goalkeepers, but I think Manuel is a class above," Ulreich told Sky. Neuer will be in goal when Germany take on the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday, and Ulreich said that he should remain as first choice goalkeeper until the tournament next summer.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:57 am
Francis Kimanzi has challenged his players to score many goals in the return leg of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sudan. Kimanzi who is expecting two more players from the senior team to link up with the squad ahead of Tuesday's clash at the Kasarani, now wants his charges to be ruthless in the reverse fixture. Two more players are set to join the team's camp from the senior team once Harambee Stars lands back from Ghana having taken part in the dead rubber Afcon Group F qualifier on Saturday.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 10:32 am
With Eagles leading 1-0 in the first half and dictating the pace of the game, Uzoho made an harsh of aÂ pass that led to Seychelles equalizer which left a sour taste in the mouth of fans packed at the stadium but speaking during the post-match conference, Rohr said that the mistakes were bound to happen at times, seemingly absolving his goalkeeper of any blame. â€œMistakes are mistakes and they are what they are and can be committed by anybody. Uzoho is our numberÂ one goalkeeper and it is unlike him to make such an error. I know his worth and won't rush to condemn him over this error. â€œWe are also aware that he has not been a regular player with his club of late because of some reasons and such
Posted: March 24, 2019, 5:00 am
Gareth Southgate has been making all the right moves as England manager, from leading the team to a surprising World Cup semifinal appearance, to qualifying for the inaugural Nations League final tournament (beating out Spain and Croatia to get there), to giving youth and skill and talent a chance. England used to be boring and dour and staid; now they are fast, fun, and exciting. Southgate's faith in the next generation isn't surprising, given his prior involvement in The FA's elite player development programmes as well as his three years in charge of the England U21 team, but it's especially refreshing from a Chelsea perspective. We've been trying to bridge the gap from youth football to senior
Posted: March 24, 2019, 5:00 am
Sacha Kljestan scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute and Brian Rowe had three saves as Orlando City SC handed the New York Red Bulls a rare home defeat, 1-0, on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. It was the first home loss in nine MLS home games (6-1-2) dating back to last season for the defending Supporters' Shields winner, who finished 14-2-1 at home during the 2018 season. Kljestan starred for the Red Bulls from 2015-17 when he amassed 16 goals and 51 assists. It was his first goal of the season for the Lions, who snapped a four-game losing streak at Red Bull Arena.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 2:04 am
Despite turning his back on a professional deal with City in 2017, Sancho and Sterling remain close. Southgate revealed Sterling had been added to the leadership group in his England squad and a role as mentor to the likes of Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi - the Chelsea winger who made his debut from the bench in the Czech game - appears to come naturally to the 24-year-old. "He is a great player; he is showing all the youngsters what it's about and I am sure that he is going to go far in his career," Sancho said.
Posted: March 24, 2019, 12:38 am
Teenage star Moise Kean said Saturday that he had learned from Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his first goal for Italy in what he hopes will be a record-breaking career. The 19-year-old forward was the first player born in the 21st century to score for the senior team, with the second goal on 74 minutes in a 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying Group J win over Finland in Udine. Italy coach Roberto Mancini chose Kean to replace the injured Federico Chiesa in a three-pronged attack along with Juventus teammate Federico Bernardeschi and Ciro Immobile.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 11:47 pm
Chelsea star Eden Hazard dismissed reports that he has already agreed a move to Real Madrid, insisting "there is still nothing" with the La Liga giants. Hazard has been strongly linked with Madrid for months, and although he has often spoken positively about playing for Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri, he has continued to flirt with Los Blancos. He went as far as claiming playing for Madrid was a "dream" of his last year, though he was unable to follow Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois to the capital club last summer summer.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 11:24 pm
Sergio Ramos hailed the impact of new Spain coach Luis Enrique after a winning start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. Spain beat Norway 2-1 in Valencia on Saturday but needed a penalty from Ramos to take the points after Josh King cancelled out Rodrigo Moreno's opener. Captain Ramos has now scored in five consecutive appearances for Spain and he thinks the team is in good hands after the appointment of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:59 pm
Following Cameroon's 3-0 victory over Comoros on Saturday, ex-international Samuel Eto'o joined Clarence Seedorf's men in celebrating their progress to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Indomitable Lions now have chance of retaining the continental title they won in Gabon back in 2017. The triumph in Yaounde did not just go down as a usual one as players including coach Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert were captured to be singing and dancing in the dressing room.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:51 pm
Back-to-back defeats against Castres and Toulouse has seen Lyon slip away from the top two but they boosted their play-off chances thanks to a superb second-half display. There was nothing to separate the two sides at half-time but tries from Carl Fearns, Mickael Ivaldi and Thibaut Regard took Lyon to victory. Clermont Auvergne kept the pressure on leaders Toulouse with a 28-13 win over strugglers Agen, Morgan Parra kicking 20 points for the two-time champions.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:46 pm
Mbaye Niang scored a brace as Senegal humbled Madagascar 2-0 in their last 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game on Saturday. Although both teams had confirmed their places in Egypt prior to the game, Aliou Cisse's charges ensured they round up their campaign with a record of five wins and a draw. Niang scored his first goal in the 27th minute and later added his second nine minutes after the restart of the match.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:45 pm
It was a moment that demanded you do a double take: five minutes into England's tussle with Poland and, suddenly, a huge roar rolled around Ashton Gate. Dominic Calvert-Lewin had been sent clear with one of those passes that you have seen David Silva make countless times; perfectly weighted with the left foot, rolling with inexorable precision of a winning putt on the final green in a major. Phil Foden, we know, is going to be a footballer who lifts supporters to their feet and here was the latest evidence to show he could be something special. Silva would certainly have nodded with approval had he seen Foden's elegantly skilful performance at Ashton Gate and, afterwards, it became clear how much influence Manchester City's magician is having on his young protÃ©gÃ©.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:43 pm
The Real Madrid and Germany midfielder dismisses comments by the ex-Real boss
Posted: March 23, 2019, 10:38 pm
Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Diego Maradona have made news recently with dumb (at best) and offensive (at worst) comments.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 9:47 pm
The former Reds skipper was speaking having just netted the winner as the Liverpool legends beat their AC Milan counterparts at Anfield on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's team lead champions Manchester City by two points having played a game more with the title race now in its final straight, despite having led the way by seven points at the turn of the year. Gerrard led Liverpool the last time they sustained a title challenge in 2014, but it was his mistake two games from the end of the season that ultimately cost his team.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 7:28 pm
Gareth Bale says he is raring to go for Wales and has denied injury problems have played a part in a difficult season at Real Madrid. The La Liga giants have reappointed Zinedine Zidane - with whom Bale had a difficult relationship - after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari both failed at the Santiago Bernabeu. Bale was a surprise starter and found the net as Madrid beat struggling Celta Vigo 2-0 in Zidane's first game back in charge, with the similarly recalled Isco also on the scoresheet.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 5:20 pm
GREENWOOD, Ind. (WTHR) â€“ Nine of the nation's top 10 Power Wheelchair Soccer teams were in Greenwood Saturday, competing and preparing for the national championships. They came from as far away as California, Florida and New York. Power Wheel Chair soccer is an international sport, played 4 on 4, on a basketball court. The local Circle City Rollers have racked up seven championships. Many of the players started out as teenagers. Mike Hayes has coached them for 13 years and says, â€œIt is great competition on the floor because this is something they do on their own. We coach them just like regular athletes and that's all they want to be.â€� This year's national championships will be played in Fort
Posted: March 23, 2019, 4:45 pm
Everton's Richarlison credits manager Marco Silva with helping him find the net more regularly this season. Richarlison, who was signed by the Merseyside club for 40 million pounds ($53 million) in July, has scored 13 goals in all competitions this campaign, an improvement on the five he scored for Watford last season. "I feel I have been developing more and more," Richarlison told Everton's website http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2019/03/23/richarlison-on-silva.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 3:36 pm
Didier Deschamps will not hesitate in playing Blaise Matuidi instead of Kingsley Coman in France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland after the Bayern Munich winger picked up a thigh injury. Coman withdrew from Les Bleus' XI to face Moldova on Friday after experiencing a problem during the warm-up, prompting head coach Deschamps to replace him with Matuidi for the 4-1 victory. Coman only recently recovered from a hamstring injury and Deschamps said he would not be unnecessarily risked against Iceland on Monday.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 3:34 pm
Marco Reus has called on Germany to win back the trust of their fans when they launch their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against old rivals the Netherlands on Sunday. Germany were booed by fans in Wolfsburg during their 1-1 friendly draw against Serbia last Wednesday, and Reus has said that it is up to the players to change the mood. "We need patience from the fans, but it is our job to make sure the atmosphere improves," he said on Friday. Germany have not won a competitive game since they beat Sweden at the World Cup last summer. They crashed out of the World Cup shortly after that game, and were relegated from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League in the autumn. Coach Joachim Loew declared
Posted: March 23, 2019, 3:05 pm
Jack Wilshere says he is determined to feature for West Ham before the end of the season after making a return to full training. The 27-year-old has not played for Manuel Pellegrini's side since December 1 due to an ankle injury and has just made five appearances for the club this campaign. It was feared the issue could rule him out until next season, but the former Arsenal man has returned to training ahead of schedule and set his sights on getting back into the first team in the coming weeks.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 1:54 pm
As far as the quality of their remaining Premier League opposition, the Reds have two easy ones (@CAR & HUD), two fellow big-sixers at home (TOT and CHE), and three relatively challenging mid-table foes Wolves, @NUFC, and @SOU.Â With Wolves being objectively good, especially against the big boys and Newcastle and Southampton playing better than their places in the table down the stretch that's five of seven matches where Liverpool are at least at some risk of dropping points and not producing great fantasy point totals. Fantasy Notes: With Joe Gomez expected back after the international break or thereabouts, questions about who will start at the back for the Reds will be more difficult.Â Will Alexander-Arnold continue to be trusted in big matches?
Posted: March 23, 2019, 1:52 pm
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a return to club management during the close season in June and has an idea about the type of club he wants to take charge of, the Portuguese has said. Mourinho has been out of a job since he was sacked by United in December following a dismal run of results that left the club sixth in the Premier League standings, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool. "What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in the summer, in June, for a new club, for a new pre-season," Mourinho told BeIN Sports.
Posted: March 23, 2019, 12:03 pm