Emery: Arsenal will buy in January if these players don’t produceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’ll be active in the January market after defeat at Southampton.They slumped to a shock 3-2 loss against Southampton on Sunday.When asked if he’ll splash the cash in the coming weeks, Emery said: “I don’t know now.“We don’t have a lot of possibilities in January but maybe we can think of someone to sign to help us, but only if we think the other players can’t help us with their performance.“The club will look in January.“It’s not easy. I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it’s not a big possibility with the players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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Chelsea youth coach Joe Cole: Liverpool title favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole says Liverpool are title favourites.Cole says Manchester City have “weaknesses” that make Liverpool firm favourites for the Premier League title.“I said it a couple of weeks ago, I said this team’s got everything, they’re fully equipped to win the league and you’ve seen that today with the performance of [Virgil] Van Dijk and [Andy] Robertson,” Cole said on BT Sport.“More importantly I think I put them now as firm favourites because I can see little weaknesses with Man City.“With Liverpool we’ve had to trawl through to find half a weakness, maybe Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets exposed a little bit because of the system.“They’ve got everything, they were fantastic today and if they don’t win the title this year they will probably go down as the best team not to win it, because they’re fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bulgarian Football Union president resignsby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe president of the Bulgaria Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov, has resigned, reports BBC Sport.Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for him to quit on Tuesday after the racist abuse of England players in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.Monday’s match, which England won 6-0, was stopped twice because of racist behaviour by home fans, which included Nazi salutes and monkey chants.The BFU said the move “is a consequence of the recent tensions” but did not mention racism in their statement.The statement said the tensions had created “an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union”.It added that “Mihaylov expresses his firm readiness to continue helping in the development of Bulgarian football in every possible way”.Earlier on Tuesday, the Bulgaria prime minister “strongly condemned” the fans’ behaviour and called for Mihaylov to resign “immediately”.”After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian National Team and given the bad results of our football, I ordered to end any relationship with BFU, including financial, until the withdrawal of Borislav Mihaylov from the post,” he added. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer targeting two strikers in Januaryby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting two strikers in January.The Red Devils have struggled this season and sit down in 14th place in the Premier League table after nine games.They have scored just ten goals having let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both leave in the summer without replacing them.And now it’s been claimed that Solskjaer wants two strikers in January as he aims to get Manchester United back on track.The Sun says Solskjaer will be backed with funds to improve his side with United struggling on the pitch.
KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is no secret that Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond is major target for Tennessee. The Vols are hosting Richmond on his final official visit before signing day on Wednesday, and the student body at today’s Auburn-Tennessee basketball game was well aware of Richmond’s presence. Here’s a Vine of the UT students chanting for the big-time recruit:Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is going all out for Richmond’s visit, personally hosting the prospect himself over the weekend. Jones not-so subtly attempted to get the student section to up its intensity as he and Richmond walked by.Five-star treatment for a five-star prospect. If Richmond doesn’t end up flipping to the Vols this week, it won’t be for lack of trying on Tennessee’s part. [ RockyTopInsider ]
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been getting some high-profile special guests on campus in Ann Arbor lately. The latest visitor? Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who checked out Schembechler Hall today. Great having @NdamukongSuh visit Schembechler Hall this morning! pic.twitter.com/999QaMNogR— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) February 19, 2015Suh played college football at Nebraska, but his presence is another win for Harbaugh. Since taking over the reins of his alma mater, Harbaugh has made good use of his NFL credentials, and having all these household names on campus can only help sell the program in recruiting.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The 2016 college football season kicks off two weeks from tomorrow (technically it starts earlier than that, but the first Saturday of the season is what really counts).Week 1 should be incredible.The opening weekend of the year includes the following games:Alabama vs. USC (Sept. 3)Florida State vs. Ole Miss (Sept. 5)LSU vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 3)Clemson vs. Auburn (Sept. 3)In anticipation of Week 1, Marvel has created the following comic book covers for those four games. They were tweeted out today by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.Check them out below.Marvel’s College Football Comic Book Covers
Fox News probably should have double-checked before listing Steve Spurrier as “Head Game Coach” during their live interview.With college football less than a week away, former Gator quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier is promoting his new book. The autobiography, Head Ball Coach, follows Spurrier’s childhood in Tennessee to his Heisman Trophy win, and then to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and beyond. However, Fox News made quite a gaff, listing “Head Game Coach” as the introductory graphic during the broadcast.Steve Spurrier. Universally known as “Head Ball Coach” someone should tell the nerd running graphics at Fox News. pic.twitter.com/VUvbkZskOx— Patrick Shuck (@pshuck) August 31, 2016Note: Head Ball Coach is the title of Spurrier’s new autobiography…which he talked about during this interview.Florida fans and basically any person with a firm understanding of college football were quick to mock the obvious mistake.@pshuck @BobbyBigWheel idiots, everyone knows Bobby Petrino is the Head Game coach.— Sonar Jose (@SonarJose) August 31, 2016@pshuck @BobbyBigWheel wait does he coach the game with the basket ball ring or the one with the giant tuning forks at each end of the grass— Frank Mueller (@Muellercleez) August 31, 2016@pshuck no, it’s “head game coach.” i remember because he would always tell his players to put the ball right in the basketball ring— Aaron Montgomery (@ProbablyMonty) August 31, 2016Looks like someone at Fox News needs a comprehensive history lesson.Spurrier, now an ambassador for Florida’s athletics department, was the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.After an NFL stint, Spurrier coached the Gators towards six SEC championships and one national title in 12 seasons. After resigning unexpectedly in 2001, he coached the NFL Washington Redskins until 2005, when he left to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2005-2015.
Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken out after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly subjected to racist chants during his side’s Boxing Day defeat at Inter.Head coach Carlo Ancelotti said after Napoli’s 1-0 loss that they tried to get the game suspended three times because of offensive chants.Koulibaly, who was sent off during the game, addressed the issue on social media after the match, which was won by Lautoro Martinez’s late goal, writing: “I’m sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers! But I’m proud of the colour of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man.” 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? And Juventus striker Ronaldo offered support to Koulibaly with a social media post accompanied with a snap of himself with the defender.”I always want education and respect in life and football,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “No to racism or any other type of offence and discrimination!!!”Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala, who supports Inter, also condemned the abuse as he issued a public apology to Koulibaly via a Facebook post.”I went to the stadium yesterday, following that passion which was passed on to me by my father,” Sala wrote on Facebook. “I celebrated Inter’s win but I came home crestfallen.”Those ‘boos’ to Koulibaly were disgraceful. It was a disgraceful act aimed at a serious sportsman like him, who shows pride in the colour of his skin.”Inter will do what they feel is the right thing to do, but I would like it if they gave the captain’s armband to [Kwadwo] Asamoah for the Empoli game.”In the meantime, I would like to apologise to Kalidou Koulibaly in my own name and in the name of the decent city of Milan.”
Mesut Ozil has “lost his motivation and desire”, according to Emmanuel Petit, with a man seeing his Arsenal future called into question on a regular basis now “waiting for his retirement”.Despite having committed to fresh terms with the Gunners less than a year ago, the World Cup-winning midfielder could soon be heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium.His agent has sought to quash talk of an imminent transfer, but Unai Emery continues to overlook him and offer little suggestion that the 30-year-old is an important part of his plans. 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? Petit believes the German playmaker has fallen out of favour because he has achieved that all he set out to in a distinguished career, with a man who once graced the very top of the game now merely going through the motions.The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Mirror: “I think he lost his motivation and desire. He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement.“A player losing his motivation happens a lot. We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China?“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.“I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”While suggesting that Ozil needs to feel wanted in north London, Petit believes the issues which led to international retirement being announced in the summer of 2018 have contributed to the struggles of a player with undoubted ability.The Frenchman added: “What happened with the national team, has had a big impact on him.“I was following the story for weeks and weeks in Germany and Turkey and I thought to myself, ‘It’s far beyond the limits.’ Some people attack Ozil as a person, not as a footballer.“This is the life of a modern sportsman, you need to do that. You need to fight.“I don’t want him to leave Arsenal, I just want him to come back on the pitch and to do what he’s being paid for.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.