About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool winger Shaqiri: I’m in career best formby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri believes he’s at the top of his game. The Swiss has scored six Premier League goals, including a match-winning brace against Manchester United, since his arrival from Stoke City in the summer.And the 27-year-old thinks he’s producing his best football at the moment.He told the Evening Standard of his experiences at Anfield: “I love it, to be here.”You can see that on the pitch. I’m very happy and I’m playing confidently. Maybe I’m playing my best football that I’ve ever played. “I’m very, very happy here and happy to be here to help this team and club be successful.”
Month: October 2019
Official sports drinks partner for MLSby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMajor League Soccer (MLS) has announced a multi-year agreement with BodyArmor, which becomes the competition’s official sports drink partner in the US, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The deal will see BodyArmor be the drink of choice for MLS players at matches and training sessions. In addition, the company’s branding will feature on coolers, cups, bottles and towels across MLS.With the partnership kicking off in 2020, the two parties will collaborate on exclusive custom content featuring MLS players and BodyArmor athlete partners.Carter Ladd, MLS senior vice president of business development, said: “BodyArmor believes in the future of Major League Soccer and is committed to joining us in our ongoing efforts to elevate soccer’s popularity to even higher levels in North America.”BodyArmor’s rise and momentum mirrors that of MLS, and we are excited to kick off the partnership at the Leagues Cup final and look forward to working with them for many years to come.” TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Mathias Normann happy with Rostov stayby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRostov midfielder Mathias Normann is happy with life in Russia.The Norway international is a former Brighton player and is today being linked with Manchester United.Just 23, Normann insists the lifestyle in Russia suits him: “In many ways I am a bit special and enjoy myself alone. I feel it’s just a strength.”I get a lot of attention in Russia where I play. And it is great to get attention in this country. But it doesn’t affect me in any way. At least it’s not something I’m sorry for.”On his time with Brighton, Normann adds: “The physical side is on the same level. But things go a little faster in training in England. The tempo is higher. But Russia has an incredibly good league.”
Brighton determined to keep Ben Whiteby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have no intention of selling Ben White.The 22-year-old has been in excellent form on loan at Leeds United this season.Liverpool have been watching his performances, but The Argus says Albion do not want to sell the young centre-back.The Reds are reportedly willing to pay £20m for the Englishman.White signed a new contract with Brighton before joining Leeds, taking his contract up until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Boothroyd confirms Arsenal whizkid Saka on England U21 radarby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAidy Boothroyd has admitted that he is keeping tabs on Bukayo Saka for the England under-21 side.The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene for the Gunners this term, as he has shown in Europa League games.He was also impressive against Manchester United in the Premier League a few weeks ago.And Boothroyd considers Saka on his radar for the time being.”He is definitely on the radar,” manager Aidy Boothroyd told reporters.”I saw him play against (Nottingham) Forest (last month). “I know what he’s all about. He’ll do well enough before long.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea striker Abraham: Giroud like an older brotherby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says Olivier Giroud is “like an older brother” for him.The 22-year-old has kept Giroud out of Frank Lampard’s side with his blistering form in front of goal.But that hasn’t stopped the World Cup winner throwing his arm around the budding star.”I look at Oli like an older brother,” Abraham said after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.”I’m always learning from him on the training pitch and I’ve grown up watching him. He’s always supporting me.”When someone’s doing well and scoring goals you have to support them and that’s what he is doing for me. I look at different strikers. Ollie is obviously not the fastest striker in the world, but what he has is unbelievable.”His one-touch play, his hold-up play, his one-touch finishing, I just take those little things that I see in training. If the ball is coming into the box off the ground, his volleying and everything is on point, so you have to take those little things and add them to your game.”I’m a visual learner. I like to watch and take people’s ideas. And add them to myself – the same with Michy [Batshuayi], he is also a great striker. For me to be training with these two players is wonderful.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A B-2 Stealth Bomber flys over before the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Oklahoma Sooners at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The song is surely burned into the memory of every college football fan. So much so that one likely can’t listen to the lyrics without thinking about Ohio State or Oregon or Florida State or Alabama or ESPN. Some legends are told, some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me, remember me for centuriesIt’s Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” and it was the theme song of the inaugural College Football Playoff. It was played an insane amount of times during the two semifinal games and the championship game. How many times, exactly? According to the Reddit user, Emperor_of_Orange, 45 times – 10 times in the Rose Bowl, 18 times in the Sugar Bowl and 17 times in the CFB Playoff National Championship Game. Here it is for hopefully one, final time.
Virgil van Dijk deserves to beat Lionel Messi to Ballon d’Or glory, according to Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.Dutch defensive colossus Van Dijk drove Liverpool to Champions League glory, making key contributions at both ends of the pitch in a run which culminated in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid.And Koeman believes the former Celtic and Southampton man should be recognised for his inspirational role when football’s top individual awards are handed out. 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? Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the player prizes over the last decade, but Luka Modric disrupted that duopoly when his efforts for Croatia at last year’s World Cup were recognised in December.Koeman says Van Dijk would be a worthy successor as holder of the Ballon d’Or, even if he does not necessarily rate him as the world’s finest player.”He deserves to win the Ballon d’Or,” Koeman said on Monday.”It’s usually handed to players who make or create decisive goals, but if there ever is a time to give it to a defender, it is now.”No-one has completed a dribble past @VirgilvDijk in any of his last 64 appearances for us.BIG VIRG. pic.twitter.com/tiSeYTH4po— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 3, 2019Koeman was speaking in a YouTube question and answer session organised by the Dutch football federation.”In my opinion Messi is the best player,” Koeman said, “but I also think you should win big trophies with your team to be a contestant.”Van Dijk played down his own chances of landing the award following the Tottenham game, saying that Messi “deserves it as long as he plays”.Messi can point to winning another La Liga title with Barcelona, but the Catalans were beaten in the Copa del Rey final by Valencia and folded 4-0 at Anfield in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, squandering their 3-0 Camp Nou advantage.Koeman would love to field Van Dijk and fellow Liverpool man Georginio Wijnaldum in Thursday’s UEFA Nations League semi-final against England.Liverpool’s post-Madrid celebrations took place on Sunday, leaving their players free to disperse for international duty.Reds players could line up in opposition this week, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson among England’s squad.Ahead of the match in Portugal, Koeman said of Van Dijk and Wijnaldum: “On Tuesday we will drink a cup of coffee and we’ll talk about it. But if it’s only up to me, they’ll play. That’s obvious.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
EA Sports has revealed the first details of FIFA 20 including the brand-new mode called Volta which is very reminiscent of the old FIFA Street games with skill-focussed matches of 5v5, 4v4 and 3v3.On top of that, EA also revealed some updates to gameplay including new set piece systems, better defending and overhauled shooting.Considering this game will decide the next year of their careers, pro players were as vocal as ever about the announcements. One of the loudest voices in the community is Kurt Fenech who is always critical of EA and the games but surprisingly has already bought into the hype of FIFA 20. 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? Ehmmm……I’m sold. Bring on Fifa 20— Kurt (@Kurt0411Fifa) June 8, 2019 It turns out VOLTA is a big selling point for the Maltese player who also has hopes that this will result in skills becoming less prevalent in the main game and in Ultimate Team.Fifa Street is a mode I’ve wanted for some time. Have all the unrealistic skill moves and animations and exploits over there and keep the 11 a side clean and realistic please— Kurt (@Kurt0411Fifa) June 8, 2019 New York City FC’s Chris “NYC Chris” Holly, who is the first ever eChampions League champion , was equally excited for the new mode but that excitement quickly died down when he found out that the game would not let you play online in a team made up of your friends.And the hype is already over ☹️ https://t.co/sKf1w7SWK4 — NYC_Chris (@didychrislito) June 8, 2019 You can play the game online with a friend on the couch against others but currently at the time of writing, there will not be a Pro Clubs style option that allows you and your friends to play as your created players together in one team.It was a glaring omission that many shared major disappointment in including New York Red Bull eMLS player and FIFA esports presenter Mike LaBelle who wants to see more community feedback.It takes so much time, money, & general resources to develop a new game mode. Why not ask the people?EA: “If we introduce a short-sided football mode into FIFA… What’s a must??”The Community: “To be able to play with our friends online” https://t.co/L3ejOW6mwm — Mike LaBelle (@MikeLaBelle) June 9, 2019 Chukwuma “ChuBoi” Morah was hands-on with the game at EA Play in Los Angeles and said that everyone in attendance asked EA to add the option to play with friends online – perhaps we’ll see the option added to the game at a later date.Moving away from Volta, ChuBoi gave his impressions and in-depth information about some of the new gameplay updates.AI defending very nerfed. AI will watch attacker go by if you don’t manually control him.It’s important to manually jockey & track man w/ the ball. 2nd man press is soft.It’s more abt 1v1 defending instead of overcrowding opponent.Bad defenders can get exposed #FIFA20 — The Boi (@ChuBoi) June 9, 2019 Timed finishing is harder to hit. I asked and the window for TF was up to ~8 frames in 19. In #FIFA20 the window is 2 frames.— The Boi (@ChuBoi) June 9, 2019 Many have asked for head movement to be removed from pens. Easier to read now imo. #FIFA20 — The Boi (@ChuBoi) June 9, 2019 Though there was one change to gameplay that really had a few pro players heated, chain skill moves. EA decided that pulling off strings and combinations of skill moves was making defending too hard and the game unrealistic.To try and combat this, in FIFA 20 there will be a higher chance of error and losing the ball each time you perform a consecutive skill move. Not only is this devastating for skill move focused players, it also adds a random chance to gameplay which is rarely popular in competitive games.The change that no one asked for.What is the issue with chaining skillmoves?Learning to dribble properly is one of the big skill gaps in FIFA and it adds a lot of pleasure, so why add RNG to it?I’m really clueless about this one. It makes me worried. pic.twitter.com/vHFUrJRKkN — BorasLegend (@ivanlapanje) June 8, 2019 By far the silliest announced change again. It’s an Arcade game and yes skill chains are unrealistic, but they should have a counter for the defender. But instead of doing that you just break Skill chains all together?— George Hughes (@GeorgeHughes) June 9, 2019 There is a lot of excitement for FIFA 20 but many in the community are also being cautious and there’s plenty of feedback for EA Sports to work through. The publishers have a lot to work on as some players are harder to please.This guy is telling us that a 50 yard volley is gonna be harder than a one on one and expecting us to clap #FIFA20 — Harry Hesketh (@HashtagHarry__) June 8, 2019
Mesut Ozil looks like Megan Rapinoe, his Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joked, after the former Germany international revealed his new bleach blonde hairstyle.Aubameyang posted photographs of the pair side-by-side on his Instagram story, writing: “Now I know how they won.”Rapinoe took home the Golden Boot as she helped the USWNT to Women’s World Cup glory in France, with her netting six times over the course of the tournament, including the opening goal of the 2-0 victory in the final. 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 34-year-old scored from the spot in the 61st minute of that game against Netherlands, before Rose Lavelle doubled the USWNT’s lead eight minutes later to seal the win.But Ozil has revealed that he dyed his hair because of an agreement with Alexandre Lacazette, rather than any nod to Rapinoe.Asked what he was thinking regarding his new look, Ozil said: “I lost a bet.“We lost a bet against Laca. Me, Sead [Kolasinac] and Shkodran Mustafi all lost together.”The 30-year-old forward would go on to reveal that the bet was based on the crossbar challenge.Ozil’s future with the Gunners remains somewhat uncertain, with the north Londoners having been open to selling the German as part of a summer clear-out.They do, however, realise that due to a lack of interest from elsewhere and his desire to stay put, it will be difficult to move on their highest earner.Rapinoe, meanwhile, made headlines for voicing her opinions at this summer’s World Cup, aiming words at US president Donald Trump and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.She made headlines for her “I’m not going to the f*cking White House” remark when asked about the potential of an invitation if the USWNT were to go on and win the tournament. And the forward also called for greater pay equality in the sport. When questioned about her views by NBC in the aftermath of the tournament, Rapinoe said: “Do you, you know, believe that all people are created equal?”Do you believe that equal pay should be mandated? Do you believe that everyone should have healthcare? Do you believe that we should treat everyone with respect? I think those are the basics of what we’re talking about.”And I understand people feel upset or uncomfortable. There’s, I think, some feelings of disrespect about the anthem protest or things that I’ve said in the past, but, ultimately, I think I am here, open and honest. I’ve admitted mistakes. I will continue to do that.”I want to have that conversation because I think Trump’s message excludes people that look like me and that are me, of course, but it excludes a lot of people in his base as well. And I think that he’s trying to divide so he can conquer, not unite so we can all conquer.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.