The fiercest managerial rivalries in football

first_imgJosé Mourinho Mourinho vs Conte and the fiercest managerial feuds in football history Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte Getty José Mourinho Real Madrid Chelsea Liverpool Manchester City Arsenal Barcelona Premier League Primera División Arsène Wenger Antonio Conte With the Chelsea and Man Utd bosses landing blows on each other via recent press conferences, Goal takes a look at some famous managerial feudslast_img read more

Sub Fellaini taken off after just seven minutes

first_imgTottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Substitute Fellaini taken off after just seven minutes by Mourinho against Spurs Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Marouane Fellaini Manchester United Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Belgian lasted a remarkably short time during the match, with his manager confirming after the game that injury played a part in his quick removal It was a quick hook for Marouane Fellaini on Wednesday evening, as the Manchester United midfielder was taken off just seven minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham. Though it was initially unclear if Fellaini had been injured, United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed after the match that the Belgian had suffered a knee issue during his time on the pitch.With his side down 2-0 in the 63rd minute, Mourinho introduced Fellaini in place of Jesse Lingard.  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 But, just seven minutes later, Fellaini was substituted himself, with Ander Herrera introduced by Mourinho. Fellaini walked off the pitch and straight down the tunnel after being taken off. Following the match, Mourinho confirmed that the Belgian had suffered an injury during his brief time on the pitch. “He came off because he had something in his knee,” Mourinho told BBC’s Match of the Day.”Unlucky for him and unlucky for me. He came on with enthusiasm, but he has an injury in his ligament.”United went down 1-0 at Wembley within just 11 seconds, as Christian Eriksen scored one of the fastest goals in Premier League history.And it would get worse for United later in the first half, with Phil Jones scoring an own goal to make it 2-0.Spurs would go on to win the match 2-0 after a scoreless second half, moving to within two points of the top four after Chelsea’s surprise defeat against Bournemouth.last_img read more

Only six subs for depleted Man City vs Burnley

first_imgManchester City Man City team news: Only six subs as Kompany and Gundogan start Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 19:31 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Vincent Kompany Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Burnley v Manchester City Burnley Pep Guardiola has been forced into several changes from the side that beat West Brom in midweek Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan step in for the absent John Stones and David Silva as Manchester City take on Burnley, with Pep Guardiola naming just six substitutes for the game at Turf Moor.Stones is ill while Silva is struggling with a kick he took in the midweek win over West Brom.Danilo also comes into the side for Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back.  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 Aymeric Laporte, who made his debut against West Brom in midweek, will drop to the bench. Guardiola has managed to name an unchanged forward line, however, with Sergio Aguero playing centrally, between Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.Man City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Aguero, SterlingSubs: Bravo, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Zinchenko, Yaya Toure, DiazBurnley starting XI: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Mee, Taylor; Cork, Hendrick; Lennon, Barnes, Gudmundsson; VokesSubs: Lowton, Nkoudou, Arfield, O’Neil, Wells, Lindegaard, Westwood Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Is Mourinho the reason behind Matic’s downfall?

first_imgNemanja Matić Is Mourinho the reason behind Matic’s Man Utd downfall? Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Nemanja Matic Jose Mourinho Getty/Goal Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Chelsea Premier League The Serbian has been largely disappointing since going up against his former club in November but has an opportunity to put it right on Sunday Chelsea fans knew it would happen, and they warned Manchester United precisely when it would happen.Details of Nemanja Matic’s downfall at Stamford Bridge were initially used as retaliation towards those at Old Trafford upon completion of his summer reunion with Jose Mourinho. Later, though, they would become painful reminders of the inconsistencies in his game.The Serbia international was signed by Mourinho as the picklock to Paul Pogba’s shackles, the holding player to collect the ball and distribute accordingly without breaking the structure of his team. However, those same traits he was acquired for have become his downfall. 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 The simplicity in how Matic performs extracts the little creativity United hold in their midfield and makes him look cumbersome when those around him are also without energy.Matic’s importance to Mourinho’s side in the opening stages of the season, however, cannot be understated. He was everything that his manager asked of him. In his opening 11 Premier League appearances of the campaign, Matic made an average of two interceptions and two tackles per game and held a pass completion rate of close to 87%. He also claimed his only assist of the season so far.And though the accuracy in his passing has not dropped, the urgency in his ball movement is now missing, and he looks largely untroubled when he is the cause of United giving away possession.It follows a similar line to last season, in which the midfielder created the majority of his chances, dispossessed his opponents more, and generally had a much stronger influence on the game during the first half of the season. The pragmatism Mourinho is known for contributes to Matic’s lessening impact, with his recent shortcomings exaggerated by the lack of intensity elsewhere in the midfield. United’s over-reliance on the 29-year-old is also a significant factor in his decline, having played more minutes than any of the club’s other outfield players this season with just 11 games remaining.United have now lost both of their last away league outings – 2-0 at Tottenham and 1-0 at Newcastle – without asking much of their opponents.Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Sevilla was presented as an opportunity for Mourinho to cleanse his squad of recent Premier League difficulties and to ensure the club had a genuine chance of progressing into the quarter-final stage of the competition.Those who witnessed the game, however, were merely handed an extra serving of dross in the shape of a 0-0 draw.And while Mourinho’s tiff with Pogba nudged the spotlight away from Matic, the midfielder’s performance was again a sticking point for many supporters. Lined up in a midfield three alongside Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay, Matic was the instigator in what was quite blatantly a plan to stifle Sevilla and return to Old Trafford at least on par ahead of the second leg. Matic won more tackles (five) and made more interceptions (eight) against the Liga side than any of his United team-mates, yet was completely bypassed for large parts of the game. “We have to be honest and say we’ve had some very good games,” Matic said following United’s draw in Seville. “But we’ve also had some bad games. We have to improve together. We have the Champions League and the FA Cup to play for. We have to fight until the end and we will see what we can do.”Mourinho is still unsure of how to structure his squad to ensure his attacking outlets correspond to other elements in the team, without bowing to external demands to release the team’s handbrake. Matic is something of a comfort blanket for the United boss, and to suggest that he will go into a game as big as Sunday’s clash against Chelsea without the midfielder in his starting XI is irrational.However, Matic absolutely owes United a performance against his former club to suppress the growing feeling of uncertainty directed towards him and his future at Old Trafford, and he requires a certain amount of sparkle from those positioned around him in order to achieve it.last_img read more

Liverpool team news & likely XI vs Crystal Palace

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 14:15 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace Everything you need to know ahead of the Reds’ trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday which will see them aiming to cement their top-four position Liverpool will be looking to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League this weekend as they take on Crystal Palace.Victory in the Saturday lunchtime kick off at Selhurst Park will see the Reds open up a 10-point gap to fifth-placed Chelsea – who take on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.The Reds went into the international break in good form, Mohamed Salah inspiring them to a 5-0 win over Watford, and they will be looking to pick up where they left off as they face former boss Roy Hodgson and his struggling Eagles side. 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 Palace, despite a good win at Huddersfield last time out, remain in a relegation battle, sitting just two points above the drop zone at present.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the game.Liverpool injuries The international break saw Joe Gomez struck down with an ankle injury playing for England against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. The young full-back was assessed upon his return to Melwood, and is likely to be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks.That could give a chance to Nathaniel Clyne, who is yet to feature this season due to a long-term back injury. Clyne did, however, play 90 minutes for the Reds’ U23 side against Middlesbrough in the Premier League Cup last week. Whether that is enough to see him risked against his former club Palace is another matter.Emre Can is another worry for Jurgen Klopp, the midfielder having withdrawn from Germany’s squad with a back problem of his own. Can was forced off in the win over Watford, and Liverpool will not want to take any risks with the German given that huge Champions League quarter final with Manchester City which looms large. Also to be monitored is Dejan Lovren, the Croatian having missed his country’s friendlies with Peru and Mexico due to an ankle knock but was back in training as normal on Monday and should be available. The rest of Liverpool’s international contingent appear to have emerged unscathed – including Andy Robertson, who took a slight knock playing for Scotland against Hungary. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were unused subs for their countries, while Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana appeared only as substitutes.Liverpool suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool potential starting line-upTrent Alexander-Arnold is likely to start at right-back – and may have done so in any case – while in midfield Klopp could combine any of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Henderson can expect to play the anchor role, and Oxlade-Chamberlain started both of England’s games in a midfield role so will be confident of a start back in London.Elsewhere, it will be a question of whether Lovren is fit enough to return alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back. Joel Matip partnered the Dutchman against Watford, and could well keep his place.Liverpool’s front three, though, will be unchanged. Obviously.GFX Liverpool team v PalceCrystal Palace team news The big question mark for Palace surrounds their star man, Wilfried Zaha.The winger was sent home from international duty with the Ivory Coast after picking up a knock in the Eagles’ win at Huddersfield last time out. It would be a big boost to Liverpool if the 25-year-old was to be ruled out of this one.Palace are already without Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Julian Speroni (all knee) and Bakary Sako (ankle). They also have doubts over Jeff Schlupp, Alexander Sorloth and Joel Ward. Christian Benteke, Martin Kelly and Mamadou Sakho will all be keen to face their former club.TV channel & kick-off time The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League, kick off 12.30pm.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBCSN, kick off 7.30am. Best Opta match facts Mohamed Salah has opened the scoring in as many Premier League games (eight) as Crystal Palace this season. Liverpool haven’t completed a Premier League double over Palace since the 1997-98 season when Roy Evans was in charge. This will be Jurgen Klopp’s 100th Premier League game as a manager (W53 D28 L18); Klopp’s 99 games so far have seen 322 goals (F206 A116) – only Manuel Pellegrini’s first 100 games in the competition saw more (329). Christian Benteke has scored six goals in eight Premier League appearances against Liverpool, only three fewer than he managed in 29 league games for the Reds in the 2015-16 season. Liverpool have won 678 top-flight away games, just one fewer than Arsenal’s record haul of 679. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


first_imgAnother weekly snapshot of news in touch footy around Australia… · Asics have released their latest touch shoe, the Asics Lethal Touch `Pro’. The shoes retail at $130 but will be available soon for $110 on the ATA merchandising page. All sizes will be available. · Feel like getting to know our National Training Squad members a little better? Well, Ben Robinson and Troy Malcolm are Simpsons fans, while Garry Sonda and Chris Farrow share the same pet hate…smoking! Matt Curran describes his perfect day as “on a house boat, fishing lines out, ski boat ready and beers on ice!’ If Phil Gyemore could be stuck in an elevator with any 6 people, he’d chose Ricky Stuart, Michael Jordan, Anthony Robbins, Denzel Washington, Ray Barone and Damon Wayons. If you’re wondering where these random (and slightly useless) facts are coming from, keep an eye on the ATA website for complete player profiles on all National Training Squad members, to be posted soon! · NSW country sides are busy preparing for their Country Championships, with 89 teams having registered for the tournament. The draw will be available on the NSWTA website later this week. · The ATA is also pleased to announce that the 2004 NSW Country teams will tour Victoria to compete in the Australia Cup this October. They will compete against Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT sides. · It’s just 4 weeks until the Australian senior teams head overseas to South Africa, England and Jersey, finishing with the 2004 European Championships. · Congratulations to Tony Trad who was named `Coach of the month’ and Ashley Farrow and Louise Winchester who were named as the two `players of the month’ on the My Club Touch website. Check out the My Club Touch website for more information using the link on the ATA site or · If you haven’t been to the ATA website for a while and feel like you’re out of the loop on the news scene, check out the `news archive’ link on the homepage for all the news of recent months. · The ATA is looking for those suitable qualified and active team managers, interested in taking on the management of Australian Open and Junior teams. Check out the ATA website for more information. Rachel Moylelast_img

2018 State of Origin results

first_imgState of Origin is one of the biggest rivalries in touch footy, and New South Wales and Queensland battled fiercely right up until the end, with the result in the balance until the final few games at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Oval.The two states were locked at five divisions all, with the Maroons needing to win three of the last four divisions to claim victory. Of those divisions, only the Queensland Women’s Open team was victorious, so the shield was returned to the Blues, who ended the series with an 8-6 overall series win.For full game results, click here.DIVISION RESULTSM55s: 2-1 NSWM50s: 3-0 NSWM45s: 3-0 NSWW40s: 3-0 QLDM40s: 3-0 NSWW35s: 2-1 NSWM35s: 3-0 QLDW30s: 2-1 QLDM30s: 2-1 QLDW20s: 2-1 NSWM20s: 3-0 QLDMixed Open: 2-1 NSWW Open: 2-1 QLDM Open: 2-1 NSWPLAYERS OF THE SERIESM55s: Joseph Lancuba (NSW)M50s: Mark Hearnden (NSW)M45s: Mark Leonard (NSW)W40s: Jodie Gair (QLD)M40s: Darren Reynoldson (NSW)W35s: Kylie Stewart (NSW)M35s: Aaron Jones (QLD)W30s: Kelly Kennedy (QLD)M30s: Michael Baartz (QLD)W20s: Brittney Clifford (NSW)M20s: Blake Moore (QLD)Mixed Open: Dylan Thompson (NSW)W Open: Paige Parker (QLD)M Open: Scott Buckley (NSW)last_img read more

10 months agoBielsa hints Chelsea midfielder Baker was isolated at Leeds

first_imgBielsa hints Chelsea midfielder Baker was isolated at Leedsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has hinted Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker found himself isolated at Elland Road.Baker has signed on-loan with Reading after quitting Leeds last week.He cut short his loan stay because he made just three league starts for Leeds.“He was always inside the group, even if it’s true he didn’t played a lot,” said Bielsa. “Maybe he felt we did not value him at the right level.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vine: Maryland’s Dez Wells Threw Down A Vicious One-Handed Dunk In Transition

first_imgDez Wells dunks for Maryland.Maryland and Michigan State are playing now to determine who will face Wisconsin in tomorrow’s Big Ten Championship game. Terps star Dez Wells has shown himself to be an impressive finisher at the rim this season, and the dunk he just threw down moments ago is another example of that finishing ability.The Terps are taking it to MSU so far. They lead 15-4 in the early going.last_img

Georgia Basketball Coach Mark Fox Was Introduced As “Coach Richt” At His Post-Game Presser

first_imgMark Fox during post-game SEC Network interview.Georgia fell to No. 21 Arkansas in today’s SEC semifinal round. Following the 60-49 loss, Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox went off to handle the traditional post-game press conference duties. When he got there, the person who introduced him to the media accidentally misidentified Fox as UGA football coach Mark Richt. Mark Fox just got introduced at his postgame presser as “Coach Richt.”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 14, 2015Fox handled the flub in stride though, and even injected some levity into the situation.Georgia’s Mark Fox jokes: “I don’t look like Coach Richt, and I don’t get paid like Coach Richt.”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 14, 2015last_img read more

Lozano and Morgan named CONCACAF Players of the Year

first_imgHirving Lozano has been recognized as the 2018 Concacaf Male Player of the Year while Alex Morgan has earned Female Player of the Year honors, the federation announced on Tuesday.The PSV winger captures the award following a standout year for both club and country, highlighted by his efforts at the World Cup in Russia. Lozano starred for El Tri at this summer’s tournament while continuing to establish himself as one of the most in-demand attacking options with his play in the Eredivisie and Champions League.Lozano has long been linked with a move away from the Dutch club, but manager Mark van Bommel recently stated that Lozano will not leave this winter. 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? The El Tri star finished first in the voting, topping Costa Rica and Real Madrid star Keylor Navas and Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco, who finished second and third, respectively. Navas did earn recognition, though, as Male Goalkeeper of the Year.Lozano also headlined the region’s Best XI, which featured Mexico team-mates Hugo Ayala, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado. Giovinco, Michael Bradley Francisco Calvo, and Bradley Wright-Philips represented MLS on that list while Navas and Cuco Martina rounded out the lineup.Morgan, meanwhile, flourished with the U.S. women’s national team in a year headlined by a rampant run through the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to book a spot in the 2019 World Cup. The Orlando Pride forward scored a total of 18 goals in 2018, including seven at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in just five matches.University of Tennesse and Jamaica forward Khadija Shaw finished second while Morgan’s USWNT teammate Lindsey Horan finished third.A total of five USWNT players were named to the female Best XI, including Morgan, Horan, Alyssa Naher, Crystal Dunn and Becky Sauerbrunn.Former Chivas de Guadalajara and current San Jose Earthquakes boss Matias Almeyda was recognized as Men’s Coach ofthe Year for leading the Liga MX side to the CONCACAF Champions League crown, while Jamaica manager Hue Menzies earned honors as the Women’s Coach of the Year.last_img read more

Report: USA 0 Jamaica 1

first_imgShamar Nicholson’s long-range stunner saw Jamaica upstage the United States 1-0 ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.In a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup final won by USA, Jamaica emerged triumphant courtesy of Nicholson’s first international goal at Audi Field on Wednesday.Nicholson came off the bench and beat Zack Steffen with a memorable strike from outside the penalty area in Washington as both teams stepped up their preparations for the upcoming tournament. 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? Playing without Chelsea-bound star Christian Pulisic as head coach Gregg Berhalter gave players a chance to stake their Gold Cup claims, USA made a strong start but struggled afterwards.USA put Jamaica, who had Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey among the substitutes, on the backfoot during the early exchanges – the hosts enjoying success down the right side.However, Jamaica eventually settled into their rhythm as the half petered out, with neither team creating any clear-cut chances.Jamaica looked the more likely to score as the match wore on after Peter-Lee Vassell almost broke the deadlock with a curling effort in the 56th minute.But Jamaica got the goal they deserved thanks to substitute Nicholson in memorable fashion four minutes later.Nicholson cut inside and back out again before firing a stunning long-range shot past Steffen, who is set to join Manchester City before reportedly heading to Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan. What does it mean? Unbeaten run overUSA’s undefeated streak under Berhalter came to a halt. After wins against Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, and a draw with Chile, Jamaica stopped the run. Fortunately for Berhalter and USA, it comes prior to the Gold Cup.Relax… Berhalter experimentingUSA fans, it is not so bad. While a loss is unwanted, it comes as Berhalter experimented with his starting line-up ahead of the midnight deadline for the Gold Cup roster. He will have a clearer picture of who to include in the 23-man squad.Lack of ideasWhile it was a chance to try new things, the manner in which USA faded would have frustrated Berhalter. After an impressive and high-octane start, the home nation were outplayed and struggled to keep up with Jamaica at times.What’s next?USA will conclude their Gold Cup preparations against Venezuela on Sunday before the country’s tournament opener against Guyana on June 18. Meanwhile, Jamaica will next play Honduras on June 17 – their first match of the Gold Cup. read morelast_img read more

No Copa, no GOAT? Messi has no chance with this Argentina

first_imgLionel Messi may have won every trophy possible with his club, but failure to gain a major title at international level still haunts the Barcelona talisman.Barring a minor miracle, however, he will not be breaking that drought at the head of Argentina’s 2019 Copa America squad. To put it bluntly, this is possibly the weakest and most disorganised national team he has been a part of to date.The debate over whether Messi deserves the tag of Greatest of All Time, tiresome as it is, continues to rumble. If it were to be judged on pure footballing achievements the little Argentine wizard would perhaps have no peers, having performed feats on the pitch which have never been seen before and doing so consistently now for the best part of 15 years. 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? Some, though, continue to hold his lack of a World Cup or Copa America winners’ medal as evidence that he does not deserve to be considered in the same breath as a Diego Maradona or Pele. It is a disingenuous argument, to say the least.Former Inter and Roma playboy Adriano, for instance, not only won the Copa with Brazil in 2004 but also finished that competition as top scorer, and nobody in their right mind would place the striker, as explosive as he was at his best, on the same level as Leo. Julio Baptista has two Copa medals; Uruguay pairing Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan each boast their own medal.While all of the above are fine players, winning an international title does not put them above Messi, who has practically redefined everything we thought possible in the game and will most likely be remembered as the most scintillating natural talent ever to kick a football. What is undeniable, however, is that his legacy will be marked with an asterisk unless he can couple his heroics with Argentina with silverware.Lionel Messi PS“I want to finish my career and win something with the national team,” Messi told Fox Sports in an uncharacteristically extended, candid interview after flying home in preparation for the Copa.”I don’t want to be left with the thought that things didn’t work out. I want to pick myself up and try again. That’s life: fall down, get back up again and fight for your dreams.”That drive to set the record straight is what motivated Messi to return to the Argentina setup in 2019 after almost nine months of inactivity following the nation’s World Cup exit to France. But if success looked unlikely in Russia, this time round their chances of running out champions appear downright minimal.Coach Jorge Sampaoli was sacked for his part in the Albiceleste’s chaotic, failed campaign; and for want of a more established candidate Lionel Scaloni stepped into the breach. A brief period at the helm of the country’s Under-20 side was Scaloni’s sole experience as a head coach, and the year that has followed his appointment hints at a man learning the ropes through trial and error.Scaloni has picked a bewildering number of players prior to this Copa America, some 50 in nine matches. Part of that indecision owed to the logical need to renovate an ageing squad. Just nine men have survived the post-Russia cull to line up in Brazil; a drastic alteration that, while necessary has left Argentina rudderless and disconcerted going into this tournament.Those who have made the cut are almost strangers, with many playing together for the very first time in Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of pre-Copa cannon fodder Nicaragua, a game that provided precious few lessons due to the weakness of the opponents, many of whom only managed to catch up with Messi at the final whistle to request a selfie.Lionel Messi Argentina 2019 Lionel Messi Argentina 2019A double for the captain and for the promising Lautaro Martinez, as well as a fine showing from Giovani Lo Celso, nevertheless gave the Albiceleste a few glimmers of hope. But Colombia, their first test in Group B on Saturday, will be a far greater challenge and there is little certainty that Scaloni’s men will be ready to hit the ground running in a match that could prove vital to their Copa chances.Victory in this opening match could prove crucial. Whoever prevails – Paraguay and Qatar complete the quartet – is likely to go on to finish top of Group B. This would probably mean they avoid falling into the half of the knockout draw occupied by hosts Brazil, overwhelming favourites even without Neymar.Even that outcome, however, may only serve to delay the inevitable. In their current state of uncertainty it is difficult to see Argentina prevailing against the likes of Colombia and Uruguay, let alone the host nation. The presence of Messi, the finest player of his generation and perhaps of all time, is of course a boost – but it is unlikely to be enough to deliver the title he so desperately craves and match Maradona as an Albiceleste idol.last_img read more

Diskerud: USMNT sacking Klinsmann was ‘rather immature’

first_imgFormer United States international Mix Diskerud believes the nation might have continued on an upswing if Jurgen Klinsmann had not been fired in 2016.Klinsmann enjoyed a successful first World Cup cycle with the USMNT, guiding it through a difficult group in 2014, finishing second behind eventual champions Germany and ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal along with Ghana.The USMNT then fell in extra-time to Belgium in the last-16, though it relied on a 17-save Tim Howard performance to survive a Belgium onslaught. 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, Klinsmann’s fortunes declined in the following years, with a disappointing elimination to Jamaica in the 2015 Gold Cup, and despite a solid fourth place finish at the 2016 Copa America Centenario, there were a pair of losses to open the final stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying.Those losses cost Klinsmann his job, but successor Bruce Arena’s eight games in charge ultimately saw them fail to qualify for Russia, with a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on the last day of qualifying sealing their fate.And Ulsan Hyundai midfielder Diskerud, who has not had a USMNT cap since March 2016, believes things might have gone differently for the nation had they stuck with the German head coach.“Well, [in between 2013-2016], the USMNT played a fantastic World Cup in Brazil,” Diskerud told Goal. “Getting through the group of death as they called it, and also coming close to beating a top-ranked Belgium side in the knockout stages.“That was an achievement that should be counted among the many positive achievements. So, good things happened, and could have continued to happen if we didn’t switch coaches in the middle of the qualifying cycle.“Klinsmann was fired before the CONCACAF qualification was completed, and while the betting markets still had their odds strongly pointing toward a USMNT participation in Russia. In retrospect it is easy to say that that sacking was rather immature.”The USMNT has since attempted to right their ship with the hire of former Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter to lead the national team.Gregg Berhalter USA Jamaica 2019Mix Diskerud NYCFC 060216.jpgBerhalter is set to lead the USMNT in his first tournament at the 2019 Gold Cup and Diskerud, who nearly joined the Crew in years past, believes the coach has plenty of quality.“[Coach] Berhalter, he carries credibility with me, but I have never played for him,” Diskerud said.“My agents came close to signing me for his Columbus Crew a few years back. The talks I had with him back then revealed a coach with clear thoughts as well as definite strategies for how modern soccer should be played.“It left me with the view of him that I still carry today – an extremely analytical coach and yet very much a ‘player’s coach’. I have had friends playing under him; and at club level, it is no doubt that he lifted their potential considerably as well as instilling valuable confidence in them.”Berhalter has endured a rough couple of matches in the lead up to the Gold Cup, with the USMNT suffering back-to-back friendly defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela.However, Diskerud still expects the USMNT to be in the mix for the final, and is hoping they can engineer a showdown with rivals Mexico.“USA are always favorites,” Diskerud added. “At least in our mindset. That is, and should always be, the American mentality, and I love it.“A final showing Mexico vs USA is always a crowd-pleaser! And especially since I’m told just to be a part of that supporting crowd for now.”last_img read more

Messi ruled out of Barca’s La Liga opener

first_imgLionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Athletic Club on Friday after head coach Ernesto Valverde declared he would not take any risks with the star attacker.The Argentine trained separately from his team-mates on Wednesday as he continues his recovery from a calf injury suffered in training last week.Messi’s participation in the Copa America meant he wasn’t cited to return to training until early August, but his pre-season preparations were quickly scuppered. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The captain missed Barca’s US tour and the two friendlies against Napoli last week, and the club have confirmed he is not in the squad for their match Friday against Valverde’s old club.At an earlier news conference, Valverde declared he is not prepared to take any chances with his talisman as the team begin their defence of the La Liga title they won in May.Valverde said they would wait until training to decide, but declared it unlikely at the time that Messi would be available. “We won’t take any risk with any player, much less if he is Messi,” said the Barca head coach. “We will see how he arrives to the training session but he hasn’t worked or played with the team.“Doing an individual recovery is not the same as playing a game, his recovery process is good but we must wait until the training session.”Valverde’s Barca open the season having captured back-to-back La Liga crowns since the coach took over after departing Athletic two years ago.However, Champions League failures in both seasons, during which Barca surrendered three-goal first leg advantages to Roma and Liverpool respectively, has seen Valverde come in for criticism.Responding to questions over his style of play, Valverde pointed to his overall results and domestic silverware to show Barca are doing more right than wrong under his leadership.”Everybody has this target, we want the best we can,” Valverde said. “In the big games you want to raise your level but you’re always thinking about playing better.”The question is how. Do you want me to look like George Clooney? That’s difficult. The most beautiful football is difficult too, but we try to be the best team with the best football and we are steadily improving.”We had some excellent games last season, some not so good, but if I look back over my two years we’ve lost four league games, I think, mostly when we’ve already won the title, so I think we’re doing a lot of things right.”last_img read more

Analyst Has Update On The National Title Game Field

first_imgA general view of the San Francisco 49ers field with an American flag stretched across it.SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view during the singing of the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The college football season comes to a close on Monday night with the third meeting between Alabama and Clemson in the past four years of the College Football Playoff national title game.Before the teams take the field on Monday night, there is significant concern with the playing surface. Several reports have surfaced about the poor field and recent bad weather in the area has led to more concerns with how the field will hold up tonight.According to college football insider Stewart Mandel, “people with experience playing on the Levi’s field very concerned how it will hold up after this weekend’s deluge.”Good news: The bad weather has cleared. No rain today or tonight.Bad news: People with experience playing on the Levi’s field very concerned how it will hold up after this weekend’s deluge.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 7, 2019While the questions regarding the Levi’s Stadium playing surface aren’t new, it’s disconcerting to hear reports of a questionable playing surface just a few hours before the team take the field.Alabama and Clemson kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

Notre Dame Hosting Virginia Tech WR Transfer Eric Kumah This Weekend

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)After an impressive junior season at Virginia Tech, wide receiver Eric Kumah is poised to take his talents elsewhere. Whether he decides to take those talents to Notre Dame at South Bend remains to be seen.According to NDInsider, the Fighting Irish are slated to host Kumah this weekend. Kumah is already on the verge of leaving the Hokies as a graduate transfer.Kumah is coming off of his best year at Virginia Tech. He finished last season with 42 catches for 559 yards and seven touchdowns – all career highs – and was second on the team in all of those categories.He announced the visit to South Bend last month:Official Visit to Notre Dame Feb 23rd #GoIrish☘️— ⚡️EK3⚡️ (@Eric_Kumah11) January 30, 2019He had four of those receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown in Virginia Tech’s loss to Notre Dame on October 6, 2018.In two seasons with the Hokies, he has 70 receptions for 883 yards and nine touchdowns, with a 12.6 yards per catch average.Notre Dame is not the only school Kumah has his eyes on though. Per the report, he has visits scheduled with Texas Tech and Penn State.Coming out of high school in 2016, Kumah was a three-star prospect. He was the No. 564 prospect in the country, the No. 90 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 15 prospect from the state of Virginia, per 247Sports.Notre Dame is already set to bring in several grad transfers this coming season, though unlike many of them, Kumah has not missed significant time due to injury.last_img read more

Indonesia Masters: PV Sindu crashes out after losing to Carolina Marin

first_imgIndonesia Masters: PV Sindu crashes out after losing to Carolina MarinPV Sindhu lost to Carolina Marin 11-21, 12-21 to crash out of quarter-final of the Indonesia Masters in Jakartaadvertisement Next India Today Web Desk JakartaJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 19:40 IST PV Sindhu was knocked out of the Indonesia Masters by Carolina Marin in straight games (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu lost to Carolina Marin 11-21, 12-21 to crash out of the Indonesia MastersKidambi Srikanth too crashed out whereas Saina Nehwal sailed through to the semisNehwal beat Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-7 21-18, while Srikanth lost to Jonatan ChristiePV Sindu lost to Carolina Marin in the quarter-final of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta on Friday. Marin was too good on the day for Sindhu, beating her by 11-21, 12-21 margin and too in just 37 minutes.Marin after this win, now has eight wins against Sindhu and out of the 13 overall encounters, Sindhu has won five times.Marin seemed equally unstoppable Friday as she marched to a 6-1 lead with her better court coverage and angled returns. The screams and fist pumps were out right from the start as Sindhu looked for an opening.The Indian exchanged rallies and made it to 5-8 before Marin grabbed a six-point lead at the break with a cross court smash and a long return from Sindhu.Sindhu reduced the margin to 10-14 but Marin was going great guns and eventually pocketed the first game when the Indian went wide and long..@Pvsindhu1 bows out of the #DaihatsuIndonesiaMasters after going down to World No 3 @CarolinaMarin 12-21;11-21 in the quarter-finals. Tough luck girl!#badminton #IndiaontheRise Media (@BAI_Media) January 25, 2019In the second game, Sindhu couldn’t keep the shuttle inside the court, allowing Marin to again zoom to a 5-0 lead.A net error from Marin helped Sindhu break the run of points but the Indian continued to commit too many unforced errors.Sindhu failed to see the initiatives during the fast paced rallies. A huge body smash took Marin to 11-3 at the interval.Marin was on fire and gathered points at will, moving to 15-5 with another smash.advertisementMarin eventually sealed the contest when Sindhu hit the net.Sindhu, seeded second, had defeated local favourite Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 23-21, 21-7 in just over half an hour to make it to the last-eight stage of her season-opener.The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who had won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championship and Asian Games before clinching the World Tour Final title last year.Earlier, Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat on way to her second consecutive semifinal of the season but Kidambi Srikanth made an exit after losing his quarterfinalEight seed Saina, who had reached the semifinals last week at Malaysia Masters, beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-7 21-18 to make it to the last four of women’s singles.Srikanth, however, had to settle for a second quarterfinal finish after losing 18-21 19-21 to local hero and Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Indonesia MastersFollow Carolina MarinFollow Sindhu vs CarolinaFollow PV SindhuFollow Quarter-finallast_img read more

MPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result released, check at

first_imgMPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result released, check at 2019 State Service Preliminary exam result  released, candidates who have cleared the exam are now eligible to appear for the Main exam which is going to be held in July 2019.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 13:47 IST The State Service preliminary examination was held on February 17, 2019. A total of 7,040 candidates have cleared the MPSC prelims exam.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result: The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has announced the results of State Service preliminary exam 2019. The candidates who have appeared for the preliminary examination for the Maharashtra 2019 State Service Examination can check their result on the official website, the link for which is The candidates who have cleared the exam are now eligible to appear for the Main exam which is going to be held in July 2019.The State Service preliminary examination was held on February 17, 2019. A total of 7,040 candidates have cleared the MPSC prelims exam.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result: How to check Step 1: Visit the MPSC official website ( 2: Click on the link to check the MPSC 2019 State Service result.Step 3: A PDF will appear.Step 4: Open the PDF and check result, district-wise roll numbers of all the successful candidates is there.Note: Apart from the result, the candidate can also check information about the category-wise cut-off marks for the exam.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019: Main exam dateThe MPSC Main exam is scheduled to be conducted on July 13, July 14, and July 15, 2019.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019: Cut off marks for different categoryThe Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MBPSC) has also released the cut off marks for different category candidates in the examination. The cut off marks for the different categories are as following:For general category candidates is 197For female candidates it is 180For sports persons it is 143For orphan it is 140READ: Uttarakhand Board 10th, 12th Results to be out on this date: Check details hereadvertisementREAD:DU Admission 2019 for UG courses: List of documents required for Delhi University admissionsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow MPSC State ServiceFollow 2019 State Service Preliminary examFollow Mpsc.Gov.Inlast_img read more

Fraudsters steal Apple iPhones worth $19 million in a massive identity theft scam

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 13:18 IST HIGHLIGHTSSix fraudsters operated a ponzi scheme in the US.They stole iPhones and then sold them in black market.The fraudsters operated in 34 states across the US.iPhone scam aren’t new. Earlier this year, a report indicating iPhone fraud worth $1 million took the internet by a storm. If you consider $1 million a big figure wait until you get to know about a new scam wherein fraudsters stole iPhones worth $19 million (Rs 131.60 crore approx).Before you let yourself get astonished by the enormity of this scam hold on. The fraudster who pulled this feat did so over a span of seven years!This means that for seven years, these scamsters, also known as the “Fraud Ring” not only befooled retailers but they also drained millions of dollars from the accounts of people whose stolen identity they used to make the iPhone purchases.According to a report by Quartz, a group of six people, also called the Top Dogs, ran a ponzi scheme wherein they stole iPhones worth $19 million from retailers and sold them in black market over a period of seven years. The gang used fake Ids and counterfeit debit cards to pose as legitimate account holders to buy iPhones from mobile phone stores. They would space out the payments of the purchased over a span of months, which would come as a surprise to the people whose identities had been stolen as a part of the scam. But by the time victims would understand that they had been duped, the iPhones (and their money) would have been long gone.As per the court filings, the scamsters spread their operations over 34 states across the United States to carry out their ponzi scheme.advertisementThe court documents reveal that the New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been investigating a group of individuals called the Fraud Ring since 2014. Upon investigation they discovered that since 2012 the group stole expensive electronic good, primarily iPhones and sold them through fencing operation. While the two agencies had been investigating the operations of thr group since for almost five years, it wasn’t until a cooperating witness, CW-1, exposed the inner workings of the gang to the investigators in exchange for reduced sentence, that the two agencies were able to make a strong case.They were aided in their efforts by a shipping company employee who discovered a suspicious shipping pattern in parcels being sent to and from two locations in New York. Later with the help of the local authorities he opened 39 packages only to discover a total of 250 iPhones in them.Later, the investigators arrested two members of the ring and they found evidence linking them to the iPhone scam. The members of the group are now being charged with multiple charges including indentity theft, conspiracy and mail fraud.ALSO READ: | Chinese college students fool Apple out of $1 million in iPhone replacementsALSO READ: | Teenager hacked into Apple’s system twice hoping to get a jobALSO READ: | Hacker pleads guilty to hacking Apple IDs of sports stars and musiciansGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow Apple iPhone Fraudsters steal Apple iPhones worth $19 million in a massive identity theft scamOver a span of seven years, the fraudsters used identities of countless victims to steal iPhones and sell them in black market.advertisementlast_img read more