Genoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits there’s big interest for young striker Christian Kouame.There has been talk of a €25m move to Napoli.But Perinetti says, “First of all, I want to make clear that nobody is leaving Genoa in January. Having said that, some might want to get a deal in early to stave off competition.“We did have a meeting with Napoli for Kouame. The collaborators are here and we’ll have another encounter with them over the next week.”There are at least two Premier League clubs who want Kouame, as they often send scouts to observe him. I look at Kouame and Krzysztof Piatek and am happy to have both at Genoa.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
West Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with matchwinner Riceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner for victory over Arsenal on Saturday.The 19-year-old midfielder struck early in the second half to condemn Arsenal, who left Mesut Ozil out of their squad, to a fifth defeat of the season.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini said, “Declan Rice is improving in every game, maybe first of all I decided for him to be a midfielder because he can play as a centre-back too. After that, when he was giving solid performances in that position, we tried to help him play a little bit up. “Today you could see he played a lot of balls in front and not back, and he has a good shot, is good technically and is good on aerial duels so I think we are seeing a complete player. He is just 19 years old and I’m sure in the future he will be a top, top player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne angered him during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.De Bruyne had a hand in five of the Blues’ eight goals, including scoring the last, a rasping right-footed drive that gave Ben Foster no chance. But Guardiola said, “Kevin sometimes is a special player, sometimes he sees something the other guys cannot see on the pitch, not even off [it].”Sometimes I’m a little bit [angry] when the simple ball you lose it, how with your quality you can lose it? “But he is incredibly talented player, and sometimes you miss it from here, loses it from here but sometimes his vision up front and the quality he has [is incredible].”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella left frustrated by Atalanta collapseby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella was left frustrated with their 2-2 draw against Atalanta.The Viola were 2-0 up against Atalanta, but allowed a comeback to 2-2 in the final seconds of the match.“We played against Napoli, Juventus and Atalanta, so the top three from last season, and we played very well against all of them,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.“We deserved something more from all of those games, so we should be given credit for an incredibly tough opening few rounds.“If we are able to force a side like Atalanta to score at the last second for an equaliser, it means we are not doing badly. I won’t sleep tonight, but at the same time I have to look at the overall journey of this Fiorentina team and say we are on the right track.“It’s very complicated once it gets to the final seconds and I was forced into some substitutions by fitness problems. We know Atalanta are so good at comebacks.“I have to look at the positives, as the team was solid for most of the game.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale midfielder Oliver Rathbone is looking forward to facing his former club Manchester United in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.22-year-old Rochdale was part of the United academy until leaving for the Dale in 2016.”It’d be incredible,” said the midfielder. “It’s always been my dream to play at Old Trafford and I spent lots of years at the club aiming to do that – that was always the end goal.””My path has taken me on a different route, which has been a great learning curve, so to come back and play with this team would be very special.”
LALIGA RECAP: Messi glory; Epic at Atletico Madrid; Rossi Villarreal returnby Carlos Volcanoa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveA round-up of this week’s LaLiga news, including a new award for Leo Messi, a high-profile retirement and a very special comeback.BARCELONA CLIMB TO TOP OF TABLEThere’s new team at the top of the table and it’s a familiar face. Reigning champions Barcelona jumped into top spot with an impressive 3-0 victory away at Eibar. For the first time ever, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann all scored in the same game for Barcelona, while Frenkie de Jong also stood out and was even applauded off the pitch by the Eibar fans when substituted.LUUK DE JONG GETS OFF THE MARKThe other de Jong in LaLiga Santander also had a weekend to remember. Sevilla’s summer signing Luuk de Jong scored his first goal for his new club and it was an important one, as his late effort secured a narrow 1-0 win over Levante.A MEMORABLE NIGHT IN MALLORCARCD Mallorca hosted Real Madrid for the first time since dropping out of the top flight in 2012 on Saturday night. A special occasion for the newly promoted islanders became extra special as they secured an unlikely 1-0 win over Zinedine Zidane’s side. And, as sign of just how solid this ‘new’ Mallorca project is, the only goal of the game was scored by Lago Junior, who’s been at the club throughout their journey from the third tier to LaLiga Santander. SPAIN QUALIFY FOR EURO 2020 WITH GOALS FROM LALIGA SANTANDER STARSSpain’s ticket to Euro 2020 was mathematically clinched during the international break, thanks to 1-1 draws in Norway and Sweden. The Spanish goals came from a couple of LaLiga Santander favourites: Atlético de Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez and Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno.AN EPIC DRAW AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANOFollowing their international break heroics, Saúl and Rodrigo’s sides then met over the weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano. Injury kept Rodrigo out of the action, but he’ll have cheered as Dani Parejo’s wonderful freekick was able to cancel out a Diego Costa penalty for a 1-1 draw between Atlético de Madrid and Valencia.MESSI RECEIVES SIXTH GOLDEN SHOELionel Messi picked up the European Golden Shoe, the award given out each year to the top scorer in European leagues, for the sixth time in his career to mark the 36 goals he scored last season. He attended the ceremony with his wife and sons in Barcelona on Tuesday.CARLOS CUELLAR HANGS UP BOOTSSpanish defender Carlos Cuellar has announced his retirement from football. Cuellar played for Numancia, Calahorra, Osasuna and Almería during his career, spending four seasons in LaLiga Santander while at Osasuna.GIUSEPPE ROSSI IS BACK AT VILLARREALVillarreal’s all-time top scorer Giuseppe Rossi is back training with the club as he looks to return to full fitness. Rossi, who scored 82 goals for the Yellow Submarine between 2007 and 2013, has long-suffered injury problems but is looking to follow in the footsteps of Santi Cazorla by rehabbing with the club and then returning to action. SEVEN LALIGA PLAYERS ON THE GOLDEN BOY SHORTLISTThe 20-player shortlist for the Golden Boy award, the annual prize given to the top player under the age of 21, has been announced. There are seven LaLiga players on the list, with Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona), Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid), Ferran Torres (Valencia CF), João Félix (Atletico de Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid), Kang-In Lee (Valencia CF) and Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid, on loan from Real Madrid) making the cut.GETAFE TAKE THE SOUTHERN MADRID DERBY BRAGGING RIGHTSIt was derby day in southern Madrid on Saturday as Getafe hosted neighbours Leganés. Jose Bordalas’ Europa League hopefuls ran out comfortable winners, with ‘Geta’ picking up a 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Angel Rodriguez. TagsTransfersOpinionLaLiga RecapAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
John Stones reacted with a mixture of delight and astonishment as he watched back his goal-line heroics that helped Manchester City defeat Liverpool 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.The England defender had smashed a clearance straight at Ederson that looped back towards goal and appeared certain to be gifting an opener to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.But Stones raced back to poke the ball away, somehow evading the onrushing Mohamed Salah too, to deny Liverpool and keep the score at 0-0 at the time. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And City’s official twitter account have released footage of Stones, and goalkeeper Ederson, watching the replay of the incident, with the centre-back heard shouting “Hadouken!” in delight.It proved to be a vital intervention too, with City going on to win the game 2-1 courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.The result means that the Premier League title race has been blown wide open, with City having now cut the gap to Liverpool at the top to just four points.Yes John, it was a pretty close call! 😅#mancity pic.twitter.com/CAfQfJBvLJ— Manchester City (@ManCity) 4 January 2019Indeed, Pep Guardiola went as far as suggesting that it would be almost game over for their hopes of catching the Reds, had they not beaten Klopp’s men on Thursday evening.”I am proud of them, but not just today,” he said. “We lost two games in four days but you can’t forget what they have done for 16 months. We knew that it was a final today, if we lose it is almost over. “All credit to these incredible players. That is how we have to play in the Champions League. Both teams tried to search for each other, we were not scared, we had no fear and we had a lot of pressure. “They are leaders, it is four points but we have reduced the gap. We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier league, if we lose it is over.” Stones has been in and out of the side in the 2018-19 campaign, making a total of 14 appearances in the league where he’s been deployed at centre-back and in a holding midfield position.City have won 10 and lost three of the Premier League games he’s featured in, while they’ve kept four clean sheets and conceded 13 goals when he’s been in the team.He’ll be hoping to keep his place in the coming weeks, however, with City facing Rotheram in the FA Cup on Sunday before their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash with Burton on January 9.
The Gold Cup has seen its share of upsets in recent times, but the 2019 tournament has produced arguably the most shocking group result in the history of the competition. Curacao, a regional minnow with no history to speak of in the Gold Cup, has advanced to the knockout rounds thanks to a 1-1 draw with Jamaica coupled with Honduras beating El Salvador.Entering the tournament Curacao had never scored a goal in the Gold Cup and they was given little chance of making noise in the 2019 tournament, having been drawn in Group C alongside a Jamaica outfit thought to be a dark horse contender along with a Honduras side that qualified for the World Cup as recently as 2014. 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? A 1-0 loss to El Salvador in the Group C opener set the Caribean side off to a poor start, but it all turned around on matchday two. Leandro Bacuna ‘s 40th minute goal against Honduras was the first ever scored for his nation at the Gold Cup, and a strong defensive showing was enough to earn the side a 1-0 win over the Hondurans. Then came the group finale against heavily favored Jamaica on Tuesday night. The Reggae Boyz looked likely to run away with the match in the early going as chance after chance went begging before Shamar Nicholson broke through just 14 minutes in. But Jamaica could not add to that tally, as Curacao continued to fight off one attacking push after another as they waited for a moment of magic to bring them back into the match. Jurien Gaari would provide it three minutes into stoppage time, helping his side to a 1-1 draw. Para verlo de todos lados, un gol que significó mucho más que un empate. ¡Curazao 🇨🇼 a cuartos de final!#GoldCup2019 #EstoEsNuestro #ThisIsOurs @CuracaoFutbol pic.twitter.com/B7KyvXJJ8O— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 26, 2019There was still the matter of needing a bit of help from Honduras in the second match of the night, however. Los Catrachos did not disappoint. Despite struggling for goals through the first two group matches, Honduras turned on the style against El Salvador, putting four past Los Cuscatlecos, handing Curacao the result it needed to earn a place in the knockout rounds of the competition for the first time. Curacao moves on as the second-place team in Group C and will face the top side from Group D in the last eight, with the opponent to be decided on Wednesday when the U.S. national team takes on Panama. Both teams come into Wednesday’s match with two wins from two, though the USA holds the advantage should the two sides play to a draw.
Lionel Messi is a “ridiculous” talent, says former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker, with the Argentine considered to top Cristiano Ronaldo as the best in world as he brings more “joy” to his audience.The debate regarding which of the two eternal rivals can be considered the finest of this or any other generation continues to rage.Messi and Ronaldo have shared 10 Ballons d’Or between them and raised the bar of individual excellence to never before seen heights. 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? Both bring something different to the table, to complement their unworldly goalscoring ability, with South American flair countered by Portuguese power and athleticism.Lineker admits that picking between the pair is a thankless task, given what they have both achieved and continue to deliver, but admits that, for him, the superstar at Camp Nou gets the nod over one at Juventus.A man who spent three years with Barca in his playing days told Sport Bible when asked to make his choice between Messi and Ronaldo: “Messi.“I love them both, but if you say on Twitter, ‘that’s an unbelievably great goal from the wonderful Cristiano Ronaldo’ you’ll get Messi fans on your case and if you say something brilliant about Messi, which I do a lot because he’s ridiculous, you’ll get Ronaldo fans on your case.“You can love them both and admire them both which I do, but they’re very different.“Ronaldo’s an athlete. He’s driven, he’s got the absolute best out of his game. He’s the best header of the ball I’ve ever seen and the best goalscorer I’ve ever seen.“But Messi is also as good a goalscorer as there’s ever been and he’s as good a passer as you’ll ever see and as good a dribbler as you’ll ever see.“When I watch Ronaldo I admire him, when I watch Messi he gives me joy and for me, that’s the difference.”The two modern day icons are preparing to get back in the groove for 2019-20.Messi has been nursing a knock, but is not expecting to be sidelined for long as Barca prepare to defend their La Liga title, while Ronaldo will be leading Serie A and Champions League charges at Juve.Both have been shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA Best Award in 2019, while they will also be among the frontrunners when the next Golden Ball is handed out.
BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers looks on from the sideline against the Alabama Crimson Tide during a game at Tiger Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Les Miles is probably the name getting the most hype for the Kansas’ head coaching job, which opened up last weekend with David Beaty’s firing. Here’s the latest on Miles and the Jayhawks.A college football insider is reporting that Kansas and Miles have spoken to each other about the opening.“The Les Miles and Kansas camps have spoken,” CBS Sports insider Dennis Dodd tweeted.The Les Miles and Kansas camps have spoken.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) November 8, 2018Multiple outlets have suggested that Miles would be a good fit for Kansas, which is looking for a proven head coach capable of building some respect within the program.Some, though, think Kansas would be better off finding someone young, like Iowa State did with Matt Campbell.Kansas needs to find its Matt Campbell. Wrote about the Jayhawks’ opening and the lessons that can be learned from Iowa State. https://t.co/rXTvsCXlSU— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 7, 2018Miles has been out of coaching since getting fired by LSU in 2016. He’s reportedly been significantly interested in returning to the sideline, showing interest in several openings since then.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported earlier in the week that there was “a lot of momentum for Les Miles at (Kansas) as the new head coach, and that he’s emerged as a frontrunner.”Stay tuned.