Andone rallies Brighton for Liverpool upsetby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlorin Andone wants to see Brighton give everything to win against Liverpool at the weekend.The Albion have never won against the Reds and they face off against the league leaders on Saturday.Andone wants to see a vintage performance and three points from the team.The 25-year-old has managed two goals for Brighton this season, in four starts and seven sub appearances.He said to The Argus: “You can be in the best moment and Liverpool can beat you 5-0.”We will try to do all the best for our fans and our families and we will try to win the game. We’ll see.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan coach Conte: Why I’m holding back Alexisby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan manager Antonio Conte says Alexis Sanchez is not fit enough to make his first start for the club.The Chilean has made one brief substitute appearance since joining from Manchester United on loan this past summer.”For him it is worth the words I give for everyone else,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Lazio.”When I see ready players, they will be inserted [into the XI].”I have to work in the interest of Inter, not of individuals.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Liverpool No1 James a fan of Man Utd keeper Romeroby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James admits he’s a fan of Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.Romero is expected to replace United No 1 David de Gea in goal for Sunday’s clash against rivals Liverpool after the Spaniard picked up an injury while on international duty.”I’ve analysed him and there are a few keepers who are highly-rated who just put the ball out there in a general area. But he’s as good as Ederson and Alisson using his left foot and right foot,” James told Goal.”David de Gea is, of course, the No 1, but I looked at Romero when Manchester United bought him and I was amazed at how good the guy is with his feet – then I saw an improvement in De Gea.”What you tend to find is when you’ve got two keepers or two players training with each other day in, day out, you start picking up positive habits from the other player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInjured Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri says there’s plenty he can learn from tennis icon Roger Federer.The Switzerland international, who is currently rehabbing an injury, watched Federer the Swiss Indoors in Basel.When asked what he can learn from Federer, Shaqiri told Blick: “So much!”You have seen, he is in a good mood. He’s here at home in Basel, then he’s running well and he’s winning.”It went very fast and I’m happy for him.”He is no longer the youngest and still plays at a top level, because you can look a lot off.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Unai Emery has remained coy over whether Danny Welbeck will be offered a new contract at Arsenal, with the striker’s future up in the air as his current deal runs out in the summer.Welbeck has been out of action since November, having had to undergo two surgeries to help repair a broken ankle sustained in the Gunners’ Europa League clash with Sporting CP.AdChoices广告Arsenal have not yet indicated when they envisage the England international will return to full fitness, but reports suggest a comeback in the current season would be optimistic. 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? Emery has backed up those claims somewhat, telling Standard Sport: “It’s a big injury and he needs time to recover little by little, doing exercise and then recover the possibility of working for us again.“But now he needs more time, a long time, and it’ll be difficult for him to play again this season.”Welbeck has picked up no less than seven injuries since his arrival from Old Trafford in 2014, which could end up totalling over two years on the treatment table during his five-year stint at the Emirates.Arsenal’s managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, stated after the 28-year-old’s latest setback that he would get the club’s full support throughout his rehabilitation, but Goal understands that the player has not been offered a new deal and that the Gunners are unlikely to table one.The Premier League side are planning a further overhaul of their squad at the end of the season and are looking to cut their wage bill as part of that remodel. With Welbeck so prone to injury, it is understandable that the club wouldn’t want to gamble.Pushed further on the subject of an extension for the forward, Emery said: “Firstly it’s the responsibility of the club and the player, then they can take my opinion.“But now the club is working with every individual player situation and we cannot speak about that again.”Arsenal, sitting in fifth place in the Premier League and tied on points with Manchester United, return to action on Friday with an FA Cup fourth round clash with the Red Devils at the Emirates. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal are likely to fare much worse than Manchester United in the summer transfer window, says a frustrated David Seaman, despite both clubs being in a similar position.Those at Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford are in need of reinforcements.The Red Devils are expected to spend big addressing their apparent flaws, but the same approach is unlikely to be taken by the Gunners. 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? Unai Emery is reportedly set to be handed a budget of just £45 million ($57m) in which to strengthen a squad that finished outside the Premier League’s top four in 2018-19 and without a trophy.Arsenal legend Seaman is disappointed to see owners that are hardly short on funds refusing to back their manager in a competitive market that will see a number of rivals splash the cash.He told talkSPORT: “It’s so frustrating at Arsenal because the club is running on a good profit.“The fans are frustrated at the moment, especially after the result in the Europa League final against Chelsea.“It was a disappointing result, it was made a little bit better by the weekend result [arch rivals Tottenham being beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League final], but it’s so disappointing.“They’re struggling. It’s just so frustrating being an Arsenal fan and an ex-Arsenal player at the moment.“You know what the club is capable of, so you’re just like, ‘come on, let’s see what you’ve got!’“When you look at Manchester United and Arsenal, they’re in a very similar situation – they both need to strengthen at the back and they’re both without Champions League football, so it’s going to be testing times.“But I’d say United are in a better place than Arsenal because of their buying power and the money they will pay for players.”While Arsenal may not be as busy as their supporters had hoped this summer, they are being linked with moves for several players – such as Bournemouth forward Ryan Fraser and Belgium international Yannick Carrasco.Changes are also being made behind the scenes in north London in an effort to make the Gunners more competitive and better placed to challenge for major honours in the future.
Eden Hazard says he is thrilled to have the opportunity to play for his “idol” Zinedine Zidane as he begins life at Real Madrid.Hazard recently completed his long-awaited move to the Santiago Bernabeu as he finalized a €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea last week after months of speculation that he was destined for a move to the La Liga club.The Belgium winger was formally presented to Real Madrid supporters on Thursday as he was unveiled at the stadium in front of 50,000 fans. 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? Now that the move is finally official, Hazard says he is excited about the prospect of playing under Zidane, who returned to the club to take the reigns once again this past season, just months after departing following three consecutive Champions League titles.”Everyone knows that Zidane was my idol since childhood and the fact that he is a Real Madrid coach has been an important factor,” Hazard said at his unveiling on Thursday. “But not only that, I already wanted to play in the club. “Hazard was already recognized as one of the world’s top players during his stint at Chelsea, where he finished with 21 goals in 57 appearances this season while leading the Premier League side to a Europa League title.In total, Hazard scored 110 goals in 352 matches in Chelsea blue, earning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and two Europa League crowns.Now at Real Madrid, Hazard has been pegged as a potential Ballon d’Or contender, as stepping into the Los Blancos lineup is a move that many believe will elevate his status.But the winger says he is not yet concerned with individual awards, but fitting in with the team, which includes reigning Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.”What I can say is that the Ballon D’Or is already in Madrid with Luka Modric,” Hazard said. “”I don’t know if it will be easier, it will depend on how well do we play.”It’s true that in the past years almost all of them have been for Real Madrid, but I don’t think about the Ballon D’Or, I think about the team, on winning titles.”It’s a good thing for me, it’s good for my family too. We are all excited, my mother a little more. It’s an incredible pleasure, I’m looking forward to the season and I think everything will go very well.”
Juventus are willing to sell Paulo Dybala, although they are still waiting for an official bid to be made.The Serie A champions have received enquiries about the Argentine’s availability this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham having been linked with an interest in the past.In addition, there have been reports that Juve are keen on Romelu Lukaku – Inter’s top transfer target – leaving open the possibility of a potential swap deal with the Red Devils. 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? Juve are preparing for a future without Dybala, who joined the club from Palermo in 2015, and has gone on to score 99 times for the Italian champions, as well as setting up 46 goals. Since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, though, Dybala’s form has taken a downward turn in Turin, only managing to score five times in Serie A during the last campaign.Regardless, the 25-year-old Argentine is keen to remain in Turin and will speak to new boss Maurizio Sarri upon his return from Copa America exertions.Sarri, who joined from Chelsea this summer, has gone on record as appreciative of Dybala’s qualities, while rumours have suggested that he is open to the idea of a front three comprising of Ronaldo, Dybala and Brazilian Douglas Costa. Juve, whose priority in the forthcoming season will once again be winning the Champions League – a feat they have not achieved since 1996 – are currently trying to offload several strikers.Gonzalo Higauin, who spent the final few months of last season on loan at Chelsea, has attracted the interest of Roma, who are looking to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season.Premier League outfit Everton, meanwhile, are interested in Moise Kean. The 19-year-old star enjoyed a breakthrough year last season, and is close to completing a move to Merseyside for a fee in the region of €40 million (£36m/$45m). Mario Mandzukic, now 33 years old, has also been deemed surplus to requirements.In terms of arrivals, Matthijs de Ligt has already signed this summer, joining from Ajax. Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot arrived on free transfers from Arsenal and PSG, respectively, while club legend Gianluigi Buffon also returned to Turin after a spell with the Ligue 1 champions.
Going to watch the football on matchday is almost always an unforgettable experience, made even more special with the buildup of fan atmosphere, pre-match excitement – and, of course, the sheer magnitude and beauty of the stadium.Football boasts an incredible roster of impressive stadiums and grounds, and sometimes, the utter immensity of them can be overwhelming.Certain stadiums are as iconic as the clubs and teams that they host, with the England national team ‘s home of Wembley Stadium in London and Barcelona’s Camp Nou one of the most famous and historic in the world. 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? Goal rounds up the world’s biggest stadiums in terms of seating capacity, counting down from the top 20.Top 20 largest stadiums in the worldYou might be surprised to learn that the world’s largest stadium is North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, otherwise known as the May Day Stadium.North Korean officials claim that the stadium supposedly has a capacity of 150,000 people, but its real capacity is under 114,000. Even so, it is still the world’s biggest venue by a few thousand.The May Day Stadium’s first event was the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. It also hosted the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyeongyang.Other notable stadiums include Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, followed by Barcelona’s home of Camp Nou.South Africa’s FNB Stadium, which hosted several 2010 World Cup games including the final, also makes the top 10, followed by California’s Rose Bowl and London’s Wembley Stadium. Rank Stadium Capacity Location 1 Rungrado 1st of May Stadium 114,000 Pyongyang, North Korea 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,024 Melbourne, Australia 3 Camp Nou 99,354 Barcelona, Spain 4 FNB Stadium* 94,736 Johannesburg, South Africa 5 Rose Bowl 90,888 Pasadena, California 6 Wembley Stadium 90,000 London, England 7 Estadio Azteca 87,523 Mexico City, Mexico 8 Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9 Borg El Arab Stadium 86,000 Alexandria, Egypt 10 Salt Lake Stadium 85,000 Kolkata, India 11 ANZ Stadium 84,000 Sydney, Australia 12 MetLife Stadium 82,500 East Rutherford, New Jersey 13 Croke Park 82,300 Dublin, Ireland 14 Signal Iduna Park 81,365 Dortmund, Germany 15 Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis, France 16 Santiago Bernabeu 81,044 Madrid, Spain 17 Luzhniki Stadium 81,004 Moscow, Russia 18 Shah Alam Stadium 80,372 Shah Alam, Malaysia 19 Estadio Monumental “U” 80,093 Lima, Peru 20 San Siro 80,018 Milan, Italy *FNB Stadium became the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736, though, its maximum capacity during the 2010 World Cup was 84,490 due to allocated seating for the press and other VIPs members.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The first Saturday of the college football season has wrapped up. The games did not disappoint.Auburn-Washington and Notre Dame-Michigan came down to the wire. Alabama looked dominant as usual, as did Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma.It is way too early to really think about the College Football Playoff, but never too early to make some projections.ESPN’s panel of experts released its College Football Playoff picks after Week 1. Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg made their selections.Check them out below:Alabama and Clemson are locks, and the other two spots are up for grabs. There’s a lot of football left to be played though.In fact, there are two more games this weekend. Miami and LSU play tonight in Dallas, with Florida State and Virginia Tech playing tomorrow.Miami and LSU will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.