African All Stars GALLERY: Aubameyang’s strike fails to lift Borussia Dortmund against Tottenham Hotspur Last updated 1 year ago 08:24 11/22/17 Comments(0) 1/22 GALLERY: Aubameyang’s strike fails to lift Borussia Dortmund against Tottenham Hotspur Getty Getty Full screen 1 of 22 Share Close The 28-year-old was on target as BVB succumbed to Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night FacebookTwitterRedditcopy African All Stars Opinion
Liga MX Cruz Azul announces Pedro Caixinha as new head coach Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:42 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liga MX Cruz Azul The former Rangers and Santos Laguna coach is returning to Mexico with the capital club hoping he can return them to the glory days Former Santos Laguna manager Pedro Caixinha will take over at Cruz Azul, the Mexico City club announced Tuesday.Most recently at Rangers in Scotland, Caixinha had the most success of his managerial career leading Santos to the Clausura 2015 title before leaving abruptly in the following tournament. From there, the Portuguese tactician took the reins at Quatari club Al-Gharafa, then moved to Rangers. Terms of the contract were not announced. Pedro Caixinha, nuevo DT de La Máquina. ¡Bienvenido! #AzulXTi pic.twitter.com/KP9HSM2tbH— CRUZ AZUL FC ® (@Cruz_Azul_FC) December 5, 2017 Cruz Azul recently snapped a six-tournament postseason drought with a Liguilla appearance but failed to score against crosstown rival Club America in either leg of the quarterfinals and was eliminated because of America’s better regular-season finish. That led the club and Spanish coach Paco Jemez to mutually part ways, clearing the path for Caixinha to return to Mexico. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watch LIga MX live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)”Cruz Azul Futbol Club and the coach Pedro Caixinha have arrived at a contractual agreement to direct Los Celestes. La Maquina will be the sixt team he will coach during his professional career,” a club news release read.The team is one of Mexico’s four historic ‘grandes’, the label put on the club’s that historically have had the most success. That hasn’t been the case in recent years, though. The team’s last domestic title came in 1997, though it also won the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League. Jemez boosted the club to some extent but Caixinha still will have his work cut out for him if the goal is a championship. His work at Santos, where he took a team known for developing and selling young players, likely attracted Cruz Azul’s leadership, with the club relying heavily on foreign imports in recent seasons.His first task may be to convince goalkeeper Jesus Corona to stay in the capital or replace him. The Mexico international reportedly is the object of affection from Chivas and may be tempted to close out his career in his hometown. Caixinha also has been linked with a move for center back Carlos Izquierdoz, who he coached at Santos Laguna.
Share on Messenger Read more As far as José Mourinho is concerned, Rooney should only stand up for a red-carpet reception at Old Trafford on Sunday. “He’s a real legend of the club,” Mou purred. “I think the stadium will show him the respect he deserves.” Mauricio Pochettino still doesn’t know when Danny Rose will be fit to play again. “I’m a coach, not a doctor,” Pochettino mithered when pressed on a potential return for Rose, who was expected back after the international break. In other Spurs news, new signing Fernando Llorente has said Harry Kane is one of the world’s best strikers. “The truth is that he is in a sweet moment,” sighed Llorente, adopting the popular parlance of our time.Sadio Mané has expressed regret over his collision with Manchester City keeper Ederson. “Next time, I will get the ball before him,” Mané added, failing to connect to the point with a flailing boot.Isco has signed a new contract at Real Madrid, keeping him at the club until June 2022. “I have no regrets, I’ve won three [Big Cups] in four years,” the Spanish midfielder crowed.Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie had his first beer for more than two years – so he could do the necessary for a drugs test. “I had a knock on my door at 8.45pm – it was the drug testers,” he cheered. “To try and make myself have a wee, I had my first beer since my wedding day!”And fixture of the weekend comes in the Swiss Cup, where BSC Young Boys of Bern travel to BSC Old Boys of Basel/Basle/Baaaarrrl. That one will sort the boys from the other boys, etc and so on.STILL WANT MORE?“Hey, what’s the deal with Crystal Palace and foreign managers?” Not the start of a Jerry Seinfeld routine, but Richard Foster’s piece about the Eagles and their weird relationship with bosses from abroad. And then yesterday they gathered, thousands of fans grouping in central London. Videos started circulating on social media disgrace Twitter and elsewhere in the early afternoon, showing crowds of Cologne/Köln-kit-clad fanatics gathering, chanting, drinking and marching. Back at the Emirates, anyone still believing at this stage that only 3,000 Germans – the number clutching precious official tickets to the away end – would turn up that evening was akin to a climate-change denier, a creationist, or someone with a Liverpool defender in their fantasy league team. And then they arrived. Many had tickets, many more did not. Nobody was ready for them. A couple of hours of largely but not entirely good-natured confusion followed. Uefa disciplinary proceedings were opened. The irony here is that one of the causes of the problem was that Arsenal sold their tickets too cheaply, not something that has often been said of them since they moved into the Emirates in 2006 and bumped up admission fees, first to pay back the enormous cost of building the thing, and later just because. But there was another issue at play. Arsenal might have sold match tickets too cheaply, but they also sold season tickets too expensively. Even after the 10% price cut that followed their failure to qualify for Big Cup the cheapest season ticket for this season is £891. This works out at a nasty £46.89 per league game. When Arsenal bigwigs identify season-ticket holders whose places were occupied by away fans last night they will feel only anger – it is now being reported that such supporters will be stripped of their seats – but perhaps they should also feel some shame. Each one represents a die-hard fan driven to sell themselves out by the club’s own policies (and also, perhaps, the desire to make a quick and easy buck). Of course, entrance to as many as seven home cup games is included in Arsenal’s ticket prices, potentially bringing the cost per game down to a less unreasonable £34.27. But not every fan can be bothered with, or is able to make, random midweek cup ties. Forcing the tickets upon them allows the club to boast healthy attendances even for unattractive matches, but also leaves some fans with places at games they have no plan to attend. So who is to be blamed when some of them pass them on to a friendly fellow European with a stein full of beer and a wallet full of cash? It is certainly true that some of Arsenal’s fans sold off their tickets to last night’s game in a manner that displayed selfishness, greed and a callous indifference to the inconvenience of others. Now who could they possibly have learned that from?QUOTE OF THE DAY“We have nice things for our students here but certainly not the level of professional jerseys” – Matt Link, a PE teacher at Montpelier High School in Vermont, USA! USA!! USA!!!, reveals that some of his pupils will soon be in possession of Ligue 1 club Montepellier’s shiny but botched shirts thanks to the missing L on the club badge that led to the club choosing to donate them to the fun-sized city (population 7,800). Share on Pinterest features Attilio Lombardo before he was shoved through the Crystal Palace door marked Do One. Photograph: Action Images Share on Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest Kolo Touré gets technical at a Soccerex forum. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Soccerex Yah boo sucks to anyone who thought Cologne/Köln fans were trouble on Thursday: Like Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, Arne Steinberg had the time of his life.Barney Ronay offers his nuanced opinion as to what went on at the Emirates before quickly donning a tin hat.Fancy a cheat sheet on stuff to talk about with that relative who says they like football but still thinks David Seaman is in goal for Arsenal? Have a look at our 10 things to look forward to in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.The best way to attract boys or girls is through excellent sports knowledge: show your beloved your results from the latest quiz of the week and romance will certainly ensue.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!LOW BLOW Facebook TICKET TROUBLEIn the hours and days after the Big Vase draw on 24 August social media and fans’ forums filled with Cologne/Köln fans discussing how best to get to London for their team’s match against Arsenal, and how to find tickets. Fans booked coaches, they booked ferries and trains, and they booked aeroplane tickets to London, to Birmingham and to Manchester. Most decent transport options had been booked up long before tickets went on sale. Cologne/Köln supporters were massively encouraged by Arsenal’s ticket pricing, which started at £18 and topped out, for tickets that for Category A domestic fixtures are flogged for £95.50, at £23.50. The prices were interpreted as an admission that the club could never sell them all, and therefore as an invitation for anyone so inclined to turn up and snaffle a spare. On one forum The Fiver poked around this morning there were discussions dating back to 27 August concerning what kind of clothing fans might get away with wearing if they had tickets in the wrong bit of the Emirates. Pinterest Downtown Montpelier, earlier. Photograph: Public Domain Cologne accuse Arsenal and police of being ill-prepared to manage crowd Topics Facebook The Fiver Share on WhatsApp Twitter Twitter LIVE ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHTJoin Paul Doyle at 8pm UK time for red-hot minute-by-minute updates of Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton. SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Saw an interview yesterday with Eddie Howe about Bournemouth’s current form. Here’s the short version: ‘I wouldn’t question the attitude of the players. When you work with the players everyday you see the attitude and it’s all there. We haven’t lost that at all. Of course confidence is a factor, but there is no ability issue and no confidence issue, there never has been.’ If I went to see my boss with zero sales and said my attitude was excellent, my abilities were as good as ever and confidence is as it should be. I suspect he would press a secret button under the desk and Smithers would release the hounds” – Marten Allen.“Good to see Joe Mercer keeping in touch with the modern football world via Fiver letters and, I presume, a ouija board (Thursday’s Fiver Letters). Any other Fiver reader out there with a famous football name (dead or alive alive-o?). Jim/John Smiths need not apply” – Kevin McKee.“Prizeless letter-winner Mark Bennett’s attempt to correct the Fiver’s spelling of Basel/Basle/Baaaarrrl. [Thursday’s Fiver.] May I be one of the other 1,056 Francophiles to point out that by using the circumflex in the French version of Bâle, Mr. Bennett has, in a manner of speaking, confirmed the Fiver’s spelling of Basle. The circumflex was introduced to indicate the elision of the letter “s” from certain words in the older French language, essentially making Bâle and Basle the same, at least in pronunciation. I look forward to the day when Gareth Bale plays for … no, that’s a step too far” – Bruce G Bradley.“’His’ Portugal are third while Wales are up to 13, just above Peru in 12th, and two places above plucky England’ (yesterday’s Bits and Bobs). By that reasoning my beloved Villa are ahead of Nasty Leeds in the Championship. Finally some good news for Villa fans in a week our team name reached even lower lows” – Anthony T (and 1,056 others).Send your letters to email@example.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’ the day is … Marten Allen.RECOMMENDED LISTENING!Join Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Paul MacInnes and Paolo Bandini for Football Weekly Extra!NEWS, BITS AND BOBSPolice have said they are growing increasingly concerned for Clarke Carlisle after the former Burnley and Leeds players was reported missing. Carlisle was last seen by his family in Preston on Thursday afternoon, and may have been in Manchester city centre on Friday morning. Lancashire Police have urged anyone with information to contact them.Ronald Koeman has called for his key players to start delivering after three straight defeats, no goals scored and eight conceded. “It’s time for the experienced players to stand up,” Koeman growled, giving Wayne Rooney one of his extra hard stares.Sliced clearance’s Kolo Touré has been appointed as the Queen’s Celtic technical assistant. “This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning,” he cheered. “The football is over now. 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Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Dean Smith appointed Aston Villa manager with John Terry as assistant Read more Aston Villa news Share on Twitter “When I discussed the role there was an opportunity,” Smith said. “I was told there was an opportunity to take John and I said if I speak to John I think we can both come up with good enough, honest answers to see if we both want to move on with it or not.“That’s what we did. Me and John spoke about it and decided it was right. If it wasn’t we both could have said no. And I would be the head coach at Aston Villa and looking to bring someone else in. But I felt it was a win-win for both of us. It was my decision to bring John in.”Smith, a boyhood Villa fan, said he spoke to Terry for an hour before deciding to make him part of his coaching staff. The former Brentford manager said playing for Villa last season helped the 37-year-old’s case. Terry will work closely with Richard O’Kelly, who has followed Smith to Villa Park.“When the opportunity arose we spoke at length about how we saw the role moving forward,” Smith said. “I thought he was a good fit. At Brentford I worked with two coaches underneath me in Thomas Frank and Richard O’Kelly. Thomas Frank was a former head coach at Brondby. I want coaches who are going to come and challenge me and make me better as well. John Terry Share via Email Share on Facebook Dean Smith has insisted that he was behind the decision to make John Terry his No 2 at Aston Villa.Laughing off suggestions that Terry could undermine him, Villa’s new manager said he is looking forward to developing a productive working relationship with the former Chelsea and England captain. Share on WhatsApp “I haven’t seen the negativity. I don’t do social media. But if I can tap into the knowledge John has had from his career and from the coaches he’s worked with, to go along with the experience and knowledge of Richard, I think it will be great. He knows the players, he knows the dressing room, he knows the club. He’s very humble but he is asking questions already and that’s the sign, for me, of someone who wants to progress.”Smith dismissed suggestions that Terry could feature in Villa’s first team. “I think he made it very clear to everybody last week that he was hanging up his boots and retiring,” he said. “This is now his apprenticeship into coaching. He’s going to get the hours in with us. I’m quite flattered he’s chosen to work with us and Richard, to get those coaching hours in and learn what we do. He had his pencil case with him this morning and sat in the office at 7.30am. He’ll be there tonight and earn his rest.” Reuse this content
Transfers Only Messi should be worth more than €100m – Voller Robin Bairner 19:18 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Lionel Messi Real Sociedad v Barcelona Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern München Chelsea v Leicester City Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea Premier League Primera División Bundesliga Philippe Coutinho recently joined an elite group of players to move for more than €100m and the World Cup winner says he is “amazed” by the fees Lionel Messi is the only player in the world game who should be worth a transfer fee of more than €100 million, Germany legend Rudi Voller has argued.Philippe Coutinho became the latest player to move for nine figures, when he joined Barcelona from Liverpool earlier this month, thereby joining an elite group that also includes Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, whose €222m move from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain last summer stands as the record.World Cup winner Voller, however, believes such fees for those players are exorbitant. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For me, there is only one player worth more than €100m, and of course that is Lionel Messi,” he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “But I’ve grown used to being amazed.”Voller is currently the sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen, a club whose 20-year-old striker Leon Bailey has attracted interest from Chelsea.He would not rule out any possible deal, stating that the side must think economically as well as in a sporting sense.“Bayern Munich are the only club that can and will say no,” he said. “If a player attracts big teams, we and the other Bundesliga clubs have to give in, but there are pain thresholds.”Jamaica Under-23 international Bailey has scored six times in 14 matches this season.
Liverpool ‘Really greedy’ goal hero Salah not surprised he can’t stop scoring Harry Sherlock 03:52 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Liverpool Mohamed Salah Southampton v Liverpool Southampton Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Egypt international now has 22 goals this season, just one behind top scorer Harry Kane, and he’s pleased with their top-four progress Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is “not surprised” that he cannot stop scoring as Liverpool continue to fight for Champions League qualification.The Egypt international scored as the Reds beat Southampton 2-0, and also provided an assist for Roberto Firmino’s opener.Jurgen Klopp’s men subsequently move into third place in the Premier League, two points behind second-placed Manchester United and two ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salah’s goal against the Saints was his 22nd of the season, one behind top scorer Harry Kane, and the 25-year-old is hopeful he can continue to fire the Reds towards Europe.”It was important for us to get a good start,” he told BBC Sport . “When you score 10, 15 minutes in, it makes the game easier, less pressure. I’m happy about the start, but we have to keep looking forward.”When asked about his goalscoring exploits, he added: “I said in the beginning, I always try to help the team. When you score of course you help the team. So I’m not surprised, but we need to forget about the past and keep looking forward.”We have more league games and the Champions League.”Klopp jokingly described his star attacker as “greedy” and stressed that all of his attack-minded players deserve recognition for a performance that propelled them four points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand against West Brom to play on Monday.”I don’t want to forget Sadio [Mane] because he was involved in everything. Mo [Salah] is very good, really greedy,” he told BBC Sport. “Roberto Firmino was not bothered too much. Mo had assist and a goal, both of them did and it was deserved. Important players like that make a difference. In the second half [Georginio] Wijnaldum was spot on, Emre Can is a good character. They’re all good characters.”We don’t have a normal weekend any more. We want to finish in the top four, we need points for sure. [Arsene] Wenger said after Tottenham it was not only derby defeat but more.”Nine points is not enough [to be clear of] Arsenal. Tottenham are strong, United strong, Chelsea strong, City champions. So we need to continue like this.”Liverpool are next in action against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, before getting 10 days off due to be knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom last month. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester United v Swansea City Man Utd team news vs Swansea City: Pogba and Alexis Sanchez return Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 21:04 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United v Swansea City Premier League Swansea City Manchester United The high-profile pair were benched against Brighton last time out but are among five changes to Jose Mourinho’s side for the visit of the Swans Paul Pogba has returned to Manchester United’s starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with Swansea City at Old Trafford.The midfielder was benched for the Red Devils’ last game in the FA Cup against Brighton amid criticism over his performances in recent weeks.United manager Jose Mourinho refused to answer questions on Pogba’s form ahead of the Premier League match, but did insist that it had nothing to do with his hamstring injury back in September that sidelined him for two months . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku start ahead of Pogba in attack for the home side, who make five changes from their 2-0 win over Brighton.Alexis returns having been left out against the Seagulls while David de Gea comes back in for Sergio Romero, who does not make the bench after picking up an injury while on international duty with Argentina.Victor Lindelof is prefered to Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence while Ashley Young has shaken off a knee injury to start ahead of Luke Shaw, who makes the bench.Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Lingard, Sanchez; Lukaku.Swansea City XI: Fabianski; Van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson; Naughton, King, Clucas, Olsson; Ki, Dyer; A Ayew. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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Man Utd defender Maguire optimistic about Lindelof partnershipby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire is optimistic about his relationship with Victor Lindelof.The centre-half duo successfully subdued Jamie Vardy in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.”You have to realise partnerships are built on playing games and we have only had five games,” Maguire told United’s official club media after the match against his former club.”We will get better. I will understand him more and he will understand me more.”There probably will be times when we can do better but we will continue to work hard on the training pitch and that is really important to build relationships around the pitch – not just me and Victor.”It is really important, as a defence, to keep a clean sheet. At Old Trafford, we need to keep clean sheets to win games, like in the first game of the season [against Chelsea], if we keep a clean sheet, we win. “We have enough talent in attacking areas to score goals. So, as a back four, as a team, we are really pleased with that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
SNAPPED! William Saliba sees Arsenal pegged back at Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Arsenal signing William Saliba made it to Vicarage Road yesterday for the 2-2 draw with Watford.The 18-year-old, who is on loan with Saint-Etienne until the end of the season, has returned to North London to continue his recovery from a groin injury.Saliba made an appearance at the training ground last week for the first time since completing his £27million summer switch.And he made the trip to Vicarage Road on Sunday to watch his side draw 2-2 with the Hornets.My man Saliba in the away end today Come on you gunners pic.twitter.com/y37XJHVYmg— Charlie (@afccharlie) September 15, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atlanta striker Josef Martinez being watched by Newcastleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtlanta United striker Josef Martinez is interesting Newcastle United.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle are keeping tabs on the MLS hotshot.They are well aware of Martinez’s progress but he is on a substantial list of possible targets ahead of the January window.It could even be argued that Miguel Almiron is missing his old strike partner as he struggles to find his first top-flight goal in English football.The duo helped fire Atlanta United to the MLS title last term with Almiron’s form winning him the move to St James’ Park after long, drawn-out transfer talks.
AC Milan director Boban insists Pioli is right appointmentby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Zvonimir Boban insists Stefano Pioli is the right appointment.Marco Giampaolo was axed and replaced by Pioli this week.Boban said, “Pioli was the best option on the market and is not a second choice. We evaluated two situations, it’s true that Spalletti is a great Coach, but that doesn’t mean Pioli is second to him. And he’s not.“Pioli is a strong man, has good football ideas and has often come in mid-season to help turn situations around. He is pragmatic and that is why he can take on teams during a campaign and achieve good results. He is studying the players right now and we’ll get back on track with an experienced Coach who will make his evaluations.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Man Utd reveal staff changes in communicationsby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have appointed Andrew Ward to the new role of head of corporate and commercial communications, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.A lifelong United fan, Ward was a journalist at the Financial Times for 19 years, with roles including White House Correspondent and UK News Editor. Most recently he has been a managing director of strategic communications at the global business consultancy firm FTI Consulting.The Red Devils also announced the hiring of Rachel Fraser as the club’s first head of internal communications. Fraser has held senior internal comms leadership and business roles at both Manchester Airport Group and the BBC. Both will report to United’s director of communications, Charlie Brooks.In addition, Greg Mailer has become the club’s corporate communications manager, reporting to Ward. Mailer previously worked as head of marketing and communications at the Scottish Football Association (SFA), after holding a similar role at Scottish top-tier soccer side Hibernian. He also spent six years at Uefa as a venue and marketing manager.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WOW! How Man Utd shelled out for Maguireby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United clinched the signing of Harry Maguire by paying Leicester City his £80m fee up front.The Telegraph says United paid almost all of the £85m deal – a world record transfer fee for a defender – in one lump sum in August.The Red Devils were close to paying the full fee up front but included some minor instalments, such was their determination to ensure they got their man.Whilst the majority of big-money deals are now paid in instalments with a number of further add-ons based on incentives, Leicester have already netted a massive amount from the Red Devils.Maguire was United’s marquee signing of the summer, along with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, and has got his career at Old Trafford off to a solid start by shoring up their defence.
Twitter/@skhanjrHouston head coach Tom Herman is a man of his word. At the beginning of the year, he promised his Houston Cougars that he would have a grill made by famous Houston-native rapper Paul Wall is the team won the AAC in his first year as head coach. That news came out yesterday, and today Paul Wall and jeweler TV Johnny Dang visited the team to fit Herman.. @UHCougarFB @CoachTomHerman getting fitted for a diamond grill on his teeth by @paulwallbaby pic.twitter.com/joQdWBjiPN— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) December 15, 2015Houston @CoachTomHerman with @paulwallbaby. Herman getting fitted for a grill. pic.twitter.com/XkmG7yJf0S— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) December 15, 2015.@CoachTomHerman getting fit for his grill by @paulwallbaby pic.twitter.com/6wU3YM3ZFu— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 15, 2015@CoachTomHerman my man kept his promise of if we win conference championship he will get a grill . LETS GO #GoCoogs pic.twitter.com/wlIk5Kd4Tu— Why So Saucyy DA? (@DAYERS_LOE) December 15, 2015@CoachTomHerman my man kept his promise of if we win conference championship he will get a grill . LETS GO #GoCoogs pic.twitter.com/wlIk5Kd4Tu— Why So Saucyy DA? (@DAYERS_LOE) December 15, 2015Tom Herman’s “bringing crunk back,” y’all. We hope we rocks his new ice at the Peach Bowl. We can’t wait to see what ridiculous grill he chose.
Edinson Cavani bagged a brace as Paris Saint-Germain marched on without the injured Neymar to a 4-1 win over Rennes.The Uruguay striker’s early opener was cancelled out by M’Baye Niang, Rennes’ former AC Milan forward lucky not to be sent off for crashing into Thilo Kehrer’s left ankle.Following a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, PSG powered clear as they have done in the title race, with the excellent Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe on target before the latter laid on Cavani’s 20th of the season in all competitions. 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? PSG are 13 points clear of Lille at the top of Ligue 1, with two games in hand, while Rennes are 10th and winless in three top-flight games.60′ 66′ 71′ #PSGSRFC pic.twitter.com/z1qP5cmUsy— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) January 27, 2019Presnel Kimpembe’s fabulous pass sent Di Maria scampering into space down the left in the seventh minute and his cross was nodded home by Cavani.Julian Draxler took evasive action to allow Cavani to finish and should have added his own name to the scoresheet in the 18th minute after Di Maria and Mbappe worked space in the area.That miss meant Niang was able to slide in a Rennes equaliser from Hamari Traore’s cross, although the goalscorer was incredibly fortunate to retain a booking following a VAR review of his dreadful lunge on Kehrer.Juan Bernat blazed over from Di Maria’s lay-off early in the second period before the Argentina winger was again the provider for Draxler to drill too close to Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek.That seemingly convinced Di Maria to take matters into his own hands with an hour played, dinking a delicate finish over Koubek having charged onto Thiago Silva’s raking ball.Mbappe slotted in his 18th Ligue 1 goal of the season from Draxler’s pass six minutes later – Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier having coughed up possession.Draxler and Mbappe picked apart the disintegrating away defence in training-ground style for Cavani to notch his 71st-minute second as their seemingly unstoppable march to a sixth league title in seven seasons continues.What does it mean? Rough treatment for PSG players and VAR in the spotlight.At the end of a week when Neymar was left stricken by a robust challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi, head coach Thomas Tuchel will have been relieved to see Kehrer walk away unscathed from Niang’s tackle. The PSG boss was understandably frustrated to see his young defender on the receiving end of a foul that, while seemingly not malicious, could have caused serious injury. Why referee Karim Abed neglected to upgrade his call to a red card after looking at the wince-inducing television images is, frankly, anyone’s guess.Di Maria fills the Neymar voidCompensating for Neymar’s many gifts is no easy task but Di Maria showed numerous flashes of his brilliant best, featuring at the heart of most of PSG’s best play. He would no doubt love to retain such form when his return to Old Trafford comes around next month.Ben Arfa unable to land a blow on old employersHowever, returns to clubs where events did not go as planned are not always acts of personal vindication. Di Maria need only ask Hatem Ben Arfa, the one-time PSG outcast who operated on the margins of this game and dragged his only half-chance wide.What’s next?PSG face the prospect of a far feistier atmosphere when they travel to Lyon next weekend, while Rennes face Amiens. read more
EA Sports are set to end the sale of FIFA Ultimate Team points in Belgium, in response to a ruling in the country against alleged ‘unregulated gambling’.Ultimate Team players have the opportunity to earn coins in the popular game mode, which can then be invested in the purchase of packs of new players.The game, however, also offers users the option of buying points – an alternative to coins – directly with a credit or debit card. 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? It is this practice which has come under scrutiny in Belgium, with the country cracking down on the FIFA series and other games which function with similar features.And while the company does not agree that, as was ruled, the purchasing of points to buy randomised packs is a form of gambling, EA Sports will comply with the order.”After further discussions with the Belgian authorities, we have decided to stop offering FIFA Points for sale in Belgium,” EA signalled in a statement on Tuesday .”We’re working to make these changes effective in our FIFA console and PC games by January 31, 2019. This means that players in Belgium will not be able to purchase points to obtain FIFA Ultimate Team packs. Players still can access Ultimate Team and play with their existing players. “All content in the game can be earned through gameplay, as has always been the case, and players can continue to use coins and the in-game transfer market. Any players in Belgium that have existing FIFA Points in their accounts can continue to use them, but they will not be able to purchase more. “We apologize to our players in Belgium for any inconvenience caused by this change. “We seek to bring choice, fairness, value and fun to our players in all our games. In addition to providing players options in how they play, we include pack probabilities in our games for the transparency players want to make informed content choices. “While we are taking this action, we do not agree with Belgian authorities’ interpretation of the law, and we will continue to seek more clarity on the matter as we go forward.”The impact of this change to FIFA Ultimate Team in Belgium is not material to our financial performance.”