Emery defends Arsenal substitutions for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery defended his substitutions after drawing 1-1 with Brighton.Mesut Ozil was taken off at halftime as Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.On Ozil, Emery stated: “It’s only tactical – we’ve changed the idea at half-time in other matches, with other players. Today I thought to do it with Mesut, but it’s only tactical – not another problem.”Asked why he took off Alexandre Lacazette while drawing the game, Emery added: “But I think also that Aaron Ramsey deserved to play, he deserved to take responsibility also because he wants to help us. I think Aaron Ramsey played a good match today in this moment.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Salah to have museum built in his honourby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah is set to have museum built in his honour in Egypt.Salah won his second consecutive African Player of The Year last week and is the joint top scorer in the Premier League with leaders Liverpool.Sports minister Ashraf Sobhy revealed plans to build the museum at the Gezira Youth Centre in Cairo.Sobhy said: “The surprise that I was preparing for Salah is the construction of a museum bearing his name at the Gezira Youth Centre in Cairo.”Salah is delivering outstanding performances with both Liverpool and the national team.”All Egyptians are proud of his achievements.”I hope that winning this year’s title [of Africa’s best player] will be a big boost for him to continue his achievements, and to deliver more outstanding performances at club level – as well as with the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next June.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rivaldo: Man City boss Guardiola knows they can run down Liverpool leadby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRivaldo says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola knows they can run down the eight-point lead of Liverpool in the Premier League. City have made their worst start to a league season since the Catalan took charge of the club in 2016 after losing against Wolves.”Personally, knowing Guardiola having shared the Barcelona changing room with him, I know he is a very calm, experienced and strong person, who knows his players well,” he told Betfair.”With so many more matches to play in this Premier League title race, I think he knows Manchester City can overturn their eight-point deficit to Liverpool.”Guardiola has built a great team with an excellent playing style.”
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder: Sack talk for Arsenal’s Emery just nonsenseby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has branded sack talk for Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery.Wilder was speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of Monday night’s game.He said, “Someone questioned my future on the radio a couple of weeks ago! At first it was ‘they’re going to definitely get relegated’. Then we won a couple of games and it was like ‘they’ll definitely be alright’ and when we couldn’t beat Watford, it was that we’d struggle again.“There’s a lot of noise and nonsense out there. They know they’ve got quality, in their team and in their manager. We all have to put our hands over our ears at times and block out all the noise – so we can get on with the most important thing, of winning points and adding to our total.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MD PSU Hand ShakeMaryland football is entering year two as a member of the Big Ten, and while the Terps have yet to establish a clear-cut “rivalry” in their new league, Penn State is one logical candidate to fit the bill.The programs are relatively close in proximity, compete for many of the same recruits and PSU head coach James Franklin used to be an assistant at Maryland. The connections are there. So is some hostility, as evidenced by Maryland’s captains refusing to shake hands with Penn State’s during the coin toss before UMD’s 20-19 win over the Nittany Lions last fall. Four-star quarterback recruit Dwayne Haskins, a Maryland commit, re-lived the handshake diss this morning on Twitter. He quoted a line from Drake’s song “Trophies” and took a shot at PSU in the process. A bunch hand shakes from the fakes.. But I do not want to be friends though https://t.co/PgaIwkFdE9— Dwayne Haskins, Jr.™ (@dh_simba7) August 5, 2015The Terps and Nittany Lions meet this season on Oct. 24 in College Park.
Jim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh didn’t win his first game as Michigan’s head coach, but he certainly still has the country talking. Saturday, ESPN’s College GameDay will further the conversation a bit more, airing a feature on Harbaugh in the first hour of the program. It’s titled “The Ultimate Michigan Man” and it will lead into Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio’s on-set appearance, ironically.College Gameday from East Lansing will have a feature on Harbaugh around 9:40 a.m…… Leading into Dantonio’s on-set appearance at 9:45— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 11, 2015ESPN summary: “THE ULTIMATE MICHIGAN MAN: A look at how Jim Harbaugh’s bold and sometimes brash persona–may be exactly what Michigan needs”— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 11, 2015Michigan takes on Oregon State Saturday afternoon. Oddly enough, Michigan State hosts Oregon.
Predicting every team’s first loss. The Big Ten was mostly alone in its support of satellite camps, according to a report by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. It was announced today that the NCAA had banned the camps made popular by Jim Harbaugh (but also used by many other programs). McMurphy is reporting that the Big Ten was the only Power 5 conference to vote in-favor of satellite camps. The ACC, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 all reportedly voted against them. Source told @ESPN conferences that voted against satellite camps: ACC, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, MWC, Sun Belt. In favor: B1G, AAC, C-USA, MAC— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 8, 2016@ESPNRittenberg actually it’s a 10-5 margin. Power 5 votes count as 2 votes— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 8, 2016This isn’t that surprising, as the Big Ten is clearly the Power 5 conference that benefits the most by being able to hold camps in the South. The Mountain West’s decision to vote against is pretty puzzling, though.
United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter has trimmed his roster for friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica down to 23 players with Colorado Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta among those released back to their teams.Berhalter is overseeing his first camp as USMNT boss, and is set to coach his first friendly for the national team on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. against Panama.The former Columbus Crew head coach had called in a roster of 27 players for the camp made up of entirely of MLS players as is often the case for the nation’s January camp. 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, Berhalter has now released four players to return to their teams.“We’ve had a great two weeks in Chula Vista focusing on building team culture, style of play and competing every day,” Berhalter said in a statement. “The entire group has worked hard and brought an excellent mindset, and we thank them for the consistent effort thus far.“We look forward to continuing to build on these ideas in Phoenix and measure our progress in the game against Panama.”Acosta was the most experienced of the players released having been capped 23 times for the USMNT, scoring two goals. In addition to Acosta, Toronto FC’s Alex Bono and Los Angeles FC’s Tyler Miller, both goalkeepers, have been released from the camp, along with Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad.Both Miller and Glad have been capped at the youth national team level by the U.S. but will have to wait for their first senior cap, while Bono will not be able to build on his single international appearance.The departure of the goalkeepers leaves Zack Steffen of Columbus and NYCFC’s Sean Johnson as the two options left in camp.While Miller and Glad won’t receive their first cap, 11 other players in Berhalter’s camp could be in line for their first ever senior team appearances.Following the match against Panama, the USMNT will travel to San Jose, Calif. to face Costa Rica on February 2.The USMNT roster in full:GOALKEEPERS (2): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)DEFENDERS (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)MIDFIELDERS (10): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 0/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)
Instagram/pennstatefballPenn State has emerged as one of the breakout teams of the 2016 season. This weekend, the Nittany Lions head to Bloomington on Saturday to face Indiana.Penn State has a real chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2009, sitting at 7-2 with games against Indiana, Rutgers, and Michigan State on the docket. Considering the Spartans’ immense struggles this season, this trip to Indiana will likely prove to be the biggest hurdle left on the slate.Ahead of the big game, PSU has put out a pretty cool hype video that should get the Nittany Lion faithful fired up for Saturday’s contest.Penn State at Indiana is set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN2.
Former Netherlands international midfielder Edgar Davids believes Liverpool are favourites to lift the Champions League and is delighted with the role Virgil van Dijk has played in their progress to the final.The Reds will take on Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid looking to banish their demons from last year’s defeat to Real Madrid.Davids, who played for Tottenham between 2005 and 2007, has, however, tipped the Reds as favourites to defeat Mauricio Pochettino’s side and lift the trophy. 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? “I think Spurs can win, but if you see the Premier League, I think Liverpool are favourites. They have a solid base and are dynamite in attack,” Davids told Goal. “Tottenham did very well against Ajax with a new system, but I am not sure that it will work for them in the final. They will have to work hard.”Part of Davids’ reason for backing Liverpool was the big role his countryman Virgil van Dijk, who won the PFA Player of the Year award, has played throughout the season.”I love him, he has done very well,” Davids said of Van Dijk.”He has managed to take the pressure to be the most expensive defender in the world and has become the best player in the Premier League.”I hope he can continue to do so well with Liverpool and, especially, with Netherlands.”Liverpool reached the Champions League final with an incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona in the semi-final second leg, overturning a 3-0 deficit from the first leg. Barca will likely look to rebuild in the summer to avoid such an outcome ever happening again, and one important signing has already been secured in the form of midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Davids believes the former Ajax man has what it takes to succeed at Camp Nou, but must deal with a step up in competition and pressure. “He is quite talented, sure,” Davids said of the Netherlands international. “But to do well in Barcelona is already another level.”The pressure that you have to endure in the club and in each game is different from that of Ajax. He’s a very focused guy, and the most important thing, from what I know of him, is that he has a great personality.”It is strong and very balanced. He can adapt to Spanish culture and be great value for Barcelona.”Rafa Benitez, Edgar Davids and John Barnes were speaking at the Hotels.com UEFA Champions League Retreat in Madrid. Hotels.com is the Official Travel Partner of the UEFA Champions League. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web