Powerade VIDEO: Maradona to Messi – The Evolution of World Cup Dribbling Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:59 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Powerade World Cup Videos As both stars and years have passed, the nature of dribbling in the FIFA World Cup has changed The World Cup has played host to the most gifted dribblers football has ever seen over the years.From Eusebio to Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona to Lionel Messi, the world’s biggest show has seen the birth of breathtaking skill moves and played host to some memorable and remarkable solo goals.In the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, held in Spain and Mexico respectively, dribbling was perhaps surprisingly prominent. 1080 completed dribbles were averaged across both tournaments, with the mercurial Maradona leading the way with some of the maziest runs the sport is ever likely to see. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Things changed during the rather defensive Italia ’90, though.Only 890 dribbles were completed during the tournament, with mean defences and a scarcity of attacking sides making for a more subdued affair. USA 1994 saw dribbling return to the forefront as Brazil edged out Roberto Baggio’s Italy, and since, the improved protection of technical players from officials has allowed the likes of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to breeze past players with more confidence. 1264 dribbles were completed during Brazil 2014, and with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and Paulo Dybala set to make their World Cup debuts, that figure could rise significantly in Russia.FIFA World Cup dribbling has evolved; will the evolution continue in 2018?
World Cup ‘Ronaldo is irreplaceable’ – Real Madrid star sets Portugal standard for Silva Harry Sherlock 23:10 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Spain Portugal v Morocco Iran v Portugal Morocco Spain Portugal Iran The Portugal superstar is 33 and this summer may well be his last chance to win the World Cup with his country Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, according to his Portugal team-mate Bernardo Silva.With the World Cup looming, the Euro 2016 champions are gearing up for their first group stage game, a mouthwatering tie on Friday against Spain, regarded as one of the favourites to win the competition.Ronaldo will, of course, be pivotal to any chance Portugal may have in Russia and, with the Real Madrid superstar now 33, this may be his last chance at securing the trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Silva, who enjoyed a solid first season with Manchester City, believes that Portugal have a squad deep enough to maintain their current level, but he accepts that they will not be able to merely replace Ronaldo, who has developed into a phenomenon since winning his first cap in 2003.”It’s important that people understand that he’s irreplaceable,” Silva said, per Marca .”When he wants to leave, there will be a group with a very high level and I think we can maintain that.”I hope to be one of those players, I have ambition and obviously I will give my best to help.”When Cristiano goes, we will lose the best player in Portuguese football.”We will try to keep this level with the national team, but it doesn’t worry me right now seeing myself in the role of the fan’s idol.”These things can happen or not, but they have to be natural.”While talk of Ronaldo’s exit from the international stage may well prove premature, Silva insists that he and his team-mates are all trying to follow the example set by the former Manchester United attacker, who is refusing to rest on his laurels.“Ambition is [Ronaldo]’s strong point,” he added.”He’s a player that has five Ballons d’Or and five Champions Leagues, who has spent 10 years scoring more than 40 goals a season… All together it’s tremendous.”That he’s managed to maintain that level gives you an idea of what he represents as a player. The majority with two or three Ballons d’Or want to relax and enjoy the easy life, he keeps pushing for a higher level.”He’s our reference point, an example for everyone and we hope that he’s in his best form because only if he’s good can Portugal hope to achieve big things.”Portugal will also face Iran and Morocco in the group stage, as they bid to add the World Cup to their surprise European Championship triumph this summer.
Touch Football Australia announced the induction of three new members to the prestigious Hall of Fame during the 2007 National Touch League.Dean Russell, Stacey Gregory, and Gary Lawless were honored for their record of long and distinguished service to the sport in Australia in a ceremony during the Open and 20 Years NTL Finals day. All three have been outstanding contributors and servants to the sport over an extended period of time and have been appropriately awarded with one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual in the game in this country by the parent body.The trio’s induction swells the number of members in the Hall of Fame to nineteen. There are thirteen men and six women, all of whom are regarded as champions of the game.Gary Lawless who has represented Australia at five World Cups across the Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and 35 Years divisions, has 41 World Cup caps to his credit and 6 Test matches, giving him a total of 47 appearances in the green and gold.‘Ginger’Lawless is revered as one of Australia’s best ever players. A master tactician, he was renowned for his toughness, skill level, and intelligence in both attack and defence and played a pivotal role in raising the standard of touch in the Australian Capital Territory during the 1980s and 1990s.He continues to be involved in the sport, coaching and playing in the 2007 Southern Suns Men’s 40s team at this year’s Senior NTL.Stacey Gregory has attended four World Cups across the Mixed Open and Women’s 30s divisions from 1988-2003. She played 38 World Cup games and 9 Test matches, posting 47 games for her country.Many keen observers of the game rate her as the best Mixed player to have ever represented Australia. A hard working and industrious middle, Gregory was also blessed with exceptional ball skills and vision, and fantastic leadership that left many people in awe of her ability to marshal teams and direct them around the park.Dean Russell has attended five World Cups and made 56 appearances for Australia, comprising 43 World Cup games and 13 Test Matches as a player, coach, or assistant coach.Russell has had an exceptional 2007, being granted the honour of being Australia’s joint Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup, alongside four time Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Amanda Judd.He assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open team in Stellenbosch South Africa in January where they reaffirmed their position as Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team at World Cup level by maintaining a 19 year 55 Game winning streak in six pristine World Cup campaigns.Dean Russell and Stacey Gregory have been teammates at club, regional, State, and National Mixed level since 1989 and it is fitting that the two close friends have been inducted into the Hall of Fame together.Dean Russell reflected on the trio’s induction into the TFA Hall of Fame.“It’s a huge honour, a tremendous accolade. Gary Lawless would be in my top three of all time great Open Men’s players in this country – he literally carried ACT on his shoulders for a lot of years. Stacey is the best female Mixed player ever – full stop. To have played with her for so long and to have us both inducted at the same time makes the honour even more special. I’m just humbled by it all. Leading Australia out with the flag in the World Cup was tremendous, and this on a par with that overwhelming sense of pride.” Dean said.The induction of the three luminaries to the Hall of Fame filled Russell with pride.“It’s not a selfish pride, it’s pride that we are recognizing our history and building tradition. Lots of younger players were asking who Gary Lawless was, and this helps us piece together our history and gives young people something to aspire towards – it’s just unbelievable to think of your name being mentioned in the same breath as giants of the game like Karen Smith, Mark Bolland, Terry Jacks, and the rest. You hope some young kid sees that and would one day want to be acknowledged in a similar way” Dean said.The full list of the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame Members is:Terry Jacks 1988Karen Smith 1988Lisa Neal 1991Ray Lawrence 1990Kerry Norman 1991Glenys Woolcock 1991Ron Wall 1991Mick Mc Call 2003Mark Boland 2003Scott Notley 2003Craig Pierce 2003Katrina Toohey 2003Bob Brindell 2003Peter Mc Neven 2004Peter Bell 2004Rick Borg 2004Gary Lawless 2007Stacey Gregory 2007Dean Russell 2007 2003 2003 2003 2003 004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2003 2003 2004 2004
You will find everything you need to know about Beach Touch at www.beachtouch.com.au. Beach Touch is an exciting new event that will be hitting Maroubra Beach in January 2012, it will cater for Juniors, Men’s, Mixed and Women’s teams. Every team will play a minimum of four games. Teams will receive a limited edition Beach Touch Ball and the players will receive two exclusive Beach Touch playing singlets and a bag that contains promotional material from various partners and sponsors. There will be music and family entertainment, plus a presentation where the winning teams will receive merchandise and products for winning. The competitions will be conducted throughout early 2012 on Saturdays:· 21st January · 4th February · 25th February Beach Touch will also be conducting two special events · Saturday, 17 March 2012 will be a Corporate Beach Touch Cup · Sunday, 1 April will be a Schools Competition – Men and Women (under 18’s,16’s and 14’s) To enter your team of seven sun lovers make sure you don’t miss out with team entries closing on Monday, 9 January 2012. Log on to www.beachtouch.com.au and click on the register now button. Alternatively you can contact Christopher Jonson on 0405 221 239 to register your team. The event has been endorsed by Randwick Council, New South Wales Touch Association and Touch Football Australia.Related Filesbeach_touch_flyer_01-pdf
Men’s Open Kristin BossCharlotte CaslickEmilee CherryJenna HitchKristy JuddJessica McCallNicole McHughBianca MounseyLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh Quinlan Alicia Quirk Peta RogersonMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterKelly WoodsPeter Bell – CoachShelley Matcham – Manager Mixed Open Jamie ChanMichael ChapmanMichael LawCameron NichollsRoy PrasadSebe ReyMichael SinghDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaPeter WatkinsKristy BrennanGemma EtheridgeNikki EtheridgeKylie HilderSarah PeattieSarah Spacie Micheal Lovett – Coach Manu Wakely – Assistant CoachMathew Gilbertson – Manager The following Australian referees have been named to officiate in the series:David BaggioDale Lawrence Michael Medlin Luke McKenzieAnthony Smith Related Files2012_trans_tasman_australian_teams_announced-pdf Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams have been announced today following a training camp in Sydney earlier this month. 16 players will debut for Australia at an Open level in the series which will be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012. The three-test series sees the fierce rivals meet for the first time since the 2011 World Cup finals, which saw Australia narrowly defeat New Zealand in each of the three Open divisions. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever following the reintroduction of the Trans Tasman Series three years ago, with the teams meeting annually since 2009. Australia took a clean sweep of the three divisions in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series and will be hoping to continue its impressive record in Mudgee, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset to the Australian teams in their own backyard. The following players have been named in the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open sides: Daniel BartonWillie BishopStuart BriertyScott BuckleyTerry DeeganNick GoodDylan HennesseyTroy MalcolmBen MoylanRobert NakhlaJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt Tope Dan Withers Anthony ZiadeTony Trad – CoachPaul Sfeir – Assistant CoachGary Rose – Manager Women’s Open
Liverpool attacker Salah: I can repeat last season heroicsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Mohamed Salah is hoping he can emulate his heroics from the 2017-18 season. The Egyptian attacker bagged an incredible 44 goals last season.”Of course, that makes me feel great, and makes me want to work harder and to continue performing,” he told GQ Middle East.”Because after that if your standards drop, people will not accept it. It’s a great feeling, but I don’t see it as more pressure.”For me it was, of course, a fantastic, historic season [in 2017-18] which I’m very proud of, but I’m looking for another one like it.”I’m not going to live off it. On the contrary, it made me more excited and determined for this season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Schalke centre-back Matija Nastasic excited by Man City reunionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke centre-back Matija Nastasic has welcomed their Champions League draw with Manchester City.Nastasic spent three seasons at City between 2012 and 2015:He said, “I’m pleased we have drawn Manchester City. “These will be two very special matches for me as I played for City before signing for FC Schalke 04. Consequently, I will get to meet a few familiar faces. We know how strong our opponents are but we will give it our best shot.”The tie also means a reunion for City winger Leroy Sane.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock: Pochettino will struggle to reject Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would struggle to turn down Manchester United.The Argentine continues to be linked with the United job.Warnock said, “The grass is not always greener,” Warnock said. “Sir Alex [Ferguson] knew when he left that the place was not the same. They’d lost a lot and no one has been able to put that back.“It is still a big test for him [Pochettino]. Does he want that sort of challenge when he has got a new stadium and a squad he knows inside out?“But Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and you don’t get that opportunity very often.”
Video: Jason Whitlock Says Ciara’s Cleavage Shows She’s “Thirsty” From Not Having Sex With Russell Wilson
twitterYep, the article title here says it all. Jason Whitlock, who now works for FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year, joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show earlier Wednesday to talk about his issue with Ciara’s decision to wear a somewhat revealing dress during her singing of the National Anthem ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Kristine Leahy attempted to defend the pop star, but it was to no avail.Whitlock insinuated that Ciara showed cleavage because she’s “thirsty” – Urban Dictionary definition here – from not having sex with her boyfriend, Russell Wilson. Cowherd played dumb..@WhitlockJason thought Ciara looked “thirsty.” @KristineLeahy defended her & @ColinCowherd wanted Mountain Dew. https://t.co/6HGJj10ih8— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 14, 2016Whitlock also claimed to like “thirsty women” and referenced a strip club chain in the segment.Somehow, we doubt Whitlock’s opinion will be a popular one.
Arsenal’s leading goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 13 touches as the Gunners were thrashed 5-1 by Liverpool on Saturday.The Gabon international has scored 13 Premier League goals in 20 appearances this season but he cut a lonely figure as Unai Emery’s men were pulled apart at Anfield.Ainsley Maitland-Niles gave the visitors the lead after just 11 minutes but Liverpool’s response was swift and decisive, Roberto Firmino scoring two goals in three minutes before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored to make it 4-1 at half-time. 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? Firmino scored again from the penalty spot in the second half to put the game well out of Arsenal’s reach, while the normally lethal Aubameyang was left to reflect on a fruitless evening before being taken off 19 minutes from the end.Replaced by Alexandre Lacazette late on, Aubameyang cut the same dejected figure as he trudged off the field as he had done during his 71-minute outing on Merseyside.13 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 13 touches in Arsenal’s defeat at Anfield; six of which came from kick-offs. Lonely. pic.twitter.com/d11LCpuOqL — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018 That six of the 29-year-old’s touches came via kick-offs, five following each of Liverpool’s goals and one at the start of the second half, highlights his struggles on the day.Having been one of the more effervescent members of Emery’s side during the first half of the Spaniard’s maiden campaign in charge, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man retreated into the shadows.The performance came amid a sobering afternoon for the Gunners, who shipped four goals in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier league game for the fourth time.Though Emery has made significant progress since succeeding Arsene Wenger in the summer, Arsenal are now 20 games without an away win against their fellow “big six” sides, losing 10 of their last 12 visits.But despite suffering the heaviest defeat of his short tenure, Emery says his team can take positives from the experience against Liverpool.”Bad experience, bad experience but to learn,” he added. “The second half we need to stand up and keep our position in the game. The two last goal, the two penalties, I think is a lot for us.”I think it’s going to help the referees to take better decision and we only can think now about the match on Tuesday, not the difference between Liverpool and us.”It’s not like today the result, maybe we can do one balance and mix between our goal. We have a lot of work to do. Defensively also we know we need to get better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cesc Fabregas’ final game in English football did not quite go as planned last Saturday. Having been handed the captain’s armband for the FA Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas had the chance for a fairy-tale ending to his glorious time in England when Chelsea were awarded a penalty.However, a stuttered run-up gave Luke Steele the chance to save his spot-kick. Chelsea still went on to win the game 2-0, though, and Fabregas was given a standing ovation when he was substituted later in the game.He now moves on to Monaco, coached by his former Arsenal colleague Thierry Henry, having been understandably unwilling to continue as a deputy to Jorginho at Chelsea. 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? English football’s loss is French football’s gain and he will be a crucial addition to a Monaco side fighting against relegation from Ligue 1.It is an unusual situation for Fabregas to find himself in as he has spent a decade-and-a-half dominating midfields for trophy-chasing sides.In fact, few from his generation have shown the ability to pass a ball like Fabregas – who has the second highest number of assists in Premier League history, behind only Ryan Giggs.Having learned his trade at the legendary La Masia academy in Barcelona, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, it was Arsenal who ultimately poached him as a 16-year-old.Arsene Wenger was the true making of Fabregas, helping him to adapt to the professional game and allowing him to flourish in a new city in London.Wenger is someone Fabregas sees as a father figure, giving him his debut at 16 years and 177 days and the Arsenal captaincy at 21. The Spaniard repaid his boss’s faith by providing an FA Cup and the club’s best ever Champions League performance when they finished runners-up in 2006.Ultimately he returned to Barcelona, his boyhood club, to fulfil a dream and play for his idol in Pep Guardiola. Despite being effective, Fabregas was an outsider in that dressing room but left having secured every major honour apart from the Champions League, the only big title that has escaped Fabregas’ clutches.With Spain, he secured legendary status by providing the assist that won his country their first and only World Cup. Indeed, it was a Fabregas cross-field ball which Andres Iniesta slammed home against Netherlands in the final in South Africa in 2010. Fabregas also secured back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012 during the country’s golden era.Jose Mourinho would then make Fabregas feel wanted as the midfielder returned to English football and it was a successful partnership as they won the Premier League title in 2014-15.Under the more intense Antonio Conte he was forced to adapt his game. Despite moving into the latter stages of his career, Fabregas was asked to cover more ground and be strong in the tackle. Fabregas picked up another Premier League title under Conte and dug in to win over his new boss, despite many predicting his departure from Stamford Bridge.That ability to be a master of reinvention is what kept him relevant , as use of technical central midfielders fell out of fashion for a while in the Premier League.Current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is another who changed Fabregas, asking him to become a regista and dictate play from deep areas. Sarri wanted to keep the Spaniard but, despite admiring Sarri’s football philosophy, Fabregas was unwilling to play the role of substitute.Consequently, the FA Cup win against Nottingham Forest was his Chelsea swan-song. It was, incredibly, his 501st appearance in English football. During that time he has also scored 79 goals, won two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, a League Cup, Community Shield, been the EPL’s top assist provider for a season on three occasions and in the PFA Team of the Year twice.”It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years,” a reflective Fabregas told Chelsea’s official website.”It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.”In football you have to be ready every three days, you have to live with criticism, you have to live with everyone saying how good you are – up and downs – and you just think I am young, I have time but time really does fly, so enjoy every single second of it.”All true football fans – especially those of a Chelsea and Arsenal persuasion – have certainly enjoyed watching Fabregas over the last 15 years. He will be remembered as an all-time legend of English football and, at the age of just 31, he still has some magic left in his boots to delight Monaco and Ligue 1 supporters. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
History is well and truly on the Socceroos’ side ahead of their Asian Cup Round of 16 clash against Uzbekistan at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium – which kicks off on January 22 at 1am (AEDT). Australia have won each of their three games against Uzbekistan without conceding a goal and their last meeting saw the Socceroos triumph 6-0 at the 2011 Asian Cup.A lot has changed since then however with the White Wolves ranked as high as 43rd in the world in 2016 and they look more than capable of asking some serious questions of the green and gold. 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? Game Australia vs Uzbekistan Date Tuesday, January 22 AEDT Time 1.00am AEDT / 6.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo/My Football Live Squads & Team News Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis After missing Australia’s final group game against Syria through suspension, Trent Sainsbury will return to the Socceroos starting side with Massimo Luongo shaping as the man to be pushed back onto the bench. That looms as the likely only change for the green and gold with Mathew Leckie nearing fitness but unlikely to be risked from the start.Josh Risdon is also fit again but will struggle to dislodge Rhyan Grant, while Andrew Nabbout remains out injured with Jamie Maclaren set to lead the line for a fourth game running.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan; Behich, Degenek, Sainsbury, Grant; Milligan, Irvine; Ikonomidis, Rogic, Mabil; Maclaren. Position Uzbekistan players Goalkeepers Nesterov, Yusupov, Quvvatov Defenders Krimets, Ismoilov, Tursunov, Tukhtahodjaev, Zoteev, Sayfiev, Shorahmedov, Hoshimov Midfielders Hamrobekov, Ahmedov, Shukurov, Musaev, Masharipov, Turgunbaev, Hamdamov, Sidikov, Alibaev, Shomurodev Forwards Bikmaev, Rashidov Uzbekistan coach Hector Cuper made a number of notable omissions from his Asian Cup squad before the tournament leaving out influential trio Igor Sergeev, Javohir Ilyasov and Dilshod Rakhmatullaev.He also opted to include just two out-and-out strikers in the form of Marat Bikmaev and Sardor Rashidov. Eldor Shomurodov, who plays club football in Russia for FC Rostov, has been Uzbekistan’s star performer so far in the UAE bagging four goals across his first three games. Uzbekistan predicted XI: Nesterov; Khashimov, Tukhtahodjaev, Krimets, Sayfiyev; Shukurov, Musayev, Sidikov; Khamdamov, Shomurodev, Alibaev. Betting & Match Odds Australia enter this match as $1.66 favourites with Uzbekistan valued at $5 of claiming a surprise win.Jamie Maclaren is the best backed to open the scoring at odds of $5 and is going at odds of $2.40 to score anytime.Uzbekistan attacker Eldor Shomurodov has scored four times at the Asian Cup is good value at $4.75 to score at any point.All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing. Match Preview The Socceroos’ route to the knockout stages was a lot bumpier than many expected after an early loss to Jordan left them with little room for error.A convincing 3-0 win over Palestine was followed up with a shaky 3-2 victory against Syria – results that sealed second spot in Group B and this clash with Uzbekistan.The White Wolves on the other hand won their first two games in the UAE, before letting a lead slip in a 2-1 loss against Japan to surrender top spot in Group F.Uzbekistan had a difficult 2018 having surging up to 43rd in the world in 2016 but look close to being back on track under coach Hector Cuper.Shomurodov will be the danger man for Uzbekistan and already has four goals to his name.For the Socceroos, young duo Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis are the ones to watch as they look to fire Australia to the quarter-finals.On paper, the green and gold should be able to get the job done in Al Ain, but recent form suggests Uzbekistan won’t go down without a fight.
Samuel L. Jackson made a spontaneous visit to a college football game last night.In a hilarious coincidence, Louisville wide receiver Traveon Samuel and quarterback Lamar Jackson ended up on the bench together in last night’s game against Charlotte. Little did they know, this decision would ultimately go viral. Why? When beside each other, the jersey’s names read “Samuel L. Jackson.””And you shall know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” pic.twitter.com/Hcnnu2Bt5Y— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 2, 2016Believe it or not, this little Easter egg during the game wasn’t intentional, nor was it ever realized by the two Cardinals football players. According to the Courier-Journal, Samuel saw the image trending online after the game and showed his teammate the picture following the game.“The Samuel L. Jackson thing?” Jackson commented. “[Samuel] just showed me in the locker-room. That’s funny. I’ve never thought of that.”The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Charlotte 49ers 70-14. Jackson impressively accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime. He led the team with both passing yards and rushing yards.The Cardinals take on the Syracuse Orange on Sept. 9.
Harry Maguire is “flattered” by Manchester United’s interest and is keen to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford rebuild, Goal has learned from sources close to the negotiations to transfer the England international.The Red Devils are looking to push through a deal for the Leicester City centre-back having shown initial interest in him during last summer’s transfer window.But having gone cool on Maguire 12 months ago, United are now looking to tie up a move for the 26-year-old as Solskjaer continues to remodel his playing roster with an emphasis on young, proven British talent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Maguire, who was one of the stars of the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is ready to become the next building block in the Norwegian’s summer spree.Reports have suggested that United have offered around £70 million ($88m) for the boyhood United fan, but the Foxes board are hoping to attract an offer in excess of £80m ($100m) in order to allow Maguire to depart.But Maguire is now welcoming the chance to join the club and is said to be flattered by the thought of spearheading Solskjaer’s defensive ranks.Solskjaer has plenty of alternatives already available in the heart of their defence, with Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe among their centre-back options.But the United boss wants to increase the quality of his choices in the centre, and Maguire is his number-one target.Leicester have completed the club-record £40m ($50m) signing of Youri Tielemans having had the Belgium star on loan from Monaco for the second half of last season.But while manager Brendan Rodgers will be happy to have his midfield stocks bolstered, he could now lose a leading figure of his squad in Maguire.The centre-back will find at least one familiar face at the Theatre of Dreams should he complete a move this summer, with his former Hull City boss Mike Phelan now Solskjaer’s number two at United.United have already been busy in the market this summer, having brought in Welsh attacker Daniel James from Swansea for around £15m and Crystal Palace’s England Under-21 international full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m.They have since travelled to Australia for the start of their pre-season tour, with a match against Perth Glory on Sunday their first assignment ahead of the new campaign.
Alexis Sanchez has struggled at Manchester United because he is not happy, according to former star Robin van Persie.Sanchez has failed to live up to the hype since swapping Arsenal for Premier League rivals United in January 2018, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances.Injuries have also hampered Chile international Sanchez, who managed only one league goal for the Red Devils last season. 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? Van Persie also made the move from Arsenal to United in 2012-13, winning the Premier League in his first season at Old Trafford – the club have not topped the English summit since.Now retired, Van Persie tried to explain why Sanchez has failed to make an impact under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Manchester.”He doesn’t look very happy to me,” Van Persie said via the Daily Mail. “He looked happy at Arsenal. He doesn’t look happy now. What I’ve seen and felt over the years is that how you feel mentally, how your life is, has a big influence.'”If you’re happy, you’re 50 per cent fitter, you create more and you enjoy yourself… so he should find a way mentally to change that.””It’s a different time,” Van Persie told the Telegraph. “Over the past couple of years a lot has changed. There are a lot of impressions from fans, from social media, he is constantly getting hit about his wages. It’s negative, so he starts negative, and maybe that is difficult.”Sanchez was lured to United by Mourinho last year and the Portuguese boss was sacked in December amid poor results and criticism over his perceived brand of defensive football.Van Persie added: “For him it was difficult because he was coming into a defensive playing team. I came into a team with all the mature players there already: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick. At Arsenal I was one of the older ones, captain, and here I could just come in and have fun, because the guys sorted all the other stuff beside it.”Mentally, I was just having fun. I was happy, I was just enjoying it, really. I did not think about the consequences. I was not using social media back then, so I was not really bothered about what people said. When I went outside it was all positive so I was in my own little bubble of being happy.”Solskjaer was installed as interim manager in December before the United great signed a permanent deal in March as the club eventually finished sixth and 32 points off the pace.”When you play for a club like Manchester United, the fans are used to attacking football and risks,” Van Persie continued. “I don’t really think the fans were disappointed about not winning the league. You can miss out on winning the league because you have great teams in this league. It’s maybe the way they played that the fans were not really happy with.”United is like a beast. In a positive way, when you are doing well. It is so huge. It is fantastic, a great place to be. But when it goes wrong, when you’re having a bad period as a player or a coach, it’s tough. It’s a tough place, lots of pressure, everyone demanding not only a win, but they are demanding attacking football. 77,000 people want to be enjoying it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 23: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)If the Oklahoma Sooners are going to clinch the final spot in the College Football Playoff, they might need help from the other conference championship games. However, the most important part is avenging their early-season loss to Texas.With the Sooners and the Longhorns ready to battle for the Big-12 Championship, it’s imperative that Lincoln Riley leads his crew to victory.The chance to play for a national championship isn’t out of reach, but there are certain results that have to come into fruition. Ultimately, here are the three scenarios that the Sooners probably need to happen, with No. 1 being imperative:Oklahoma defeats Texas in the Big-12 ChampionshipAlabama defeats Georgia in the SEC ChampionshipOhio State loses or narrowly defeats Northwestern in the Big Ten ChampionshipPerhaps the most important game will be the battle between the Buckeyes and the Wildcats. Ohio State gained tons of momentum with its convincing win over Michigan last weekend, yet that would come crashing down with an upset loss to Northwestern.In addition, another loss for Georgia would most likely knock them out of contention.Obviously, the Sooners would make a tremendous statement by dismantling the Longhorns in the rematch.It should be one chaotic Saturday for college football fans.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The father of an LSU Tigers’ football player has tragically passed away at the age of 49.Kary Vincent Sr., a former Texas A&M football standout and the father of LSU defensive back Kary Vincent Jr., has died.Vincent Sr. played at Texas A&M in the early 1990s.News of the passing was reported by Lance Edwards with 12 News Now.“Sad news tonight out of Port Arthur. Coach Kary Vincent has passed away. PAISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie confirms with @12NewsNow that Vincent died on Wednesday. Prayers for the Titan community and his family from everyone at 12 News and #409Sports,” he tweeted.Sad news tonight out of Port Arthur. Coach Kary Vincent has passed away. PAISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie confirms with @12NewsNow that Vincent died on Wednesday. Prayers for the Titan community and his family from everyone at 12 News and #409Sports. pic.twitter.com/hZctYuXaei— Lance Edwards (@12NewsLance) December 27, 2018Vincent Jr., a four-star sophomore defensive back, paid tribute to his father on Twitter.KK Gone Live Through Me?— Kary Vincent Jr. (@__KCINCO) December 26, 2018I love you daddy— Kary Vincent Jr. (@__KCINCO) December 26, 2018Our thoughts are with the Vincent family at this tough time.May Kary Vincent Sr. rest in peace.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the sun sets during the game between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is over and it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2019 season.ESPN is here for that, as the Worldwide Leader has released a series of “bold” predictions for college football’s next season.College football writer Mark Schlabach is predicting two major programs will miss bowl games next year.Those two programs: North Carolina and Kansas.The Tar Heels and the Jayhawks are now led by Mack Brown and Les Miles, respectively, but those two national title-winning head coaches won’t be going bowling in Year 1.ESPN.com explained why:Brown, who turns 68 four days before the Aug. 31 opener against South Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, inherits a team that went 2-9 in 2018. Seven of UNC’s nine losses were by 10 points or fewer, including two in overtime.Keep an eye on UNC’s home game against Miami. New Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz was Brown’s defensive coordinator at Texas, and things didn’t end particularly well.Kansas went 3-9 in coach David Beaty’s final season, and Dr Pepper commercials are about as close as Miles, 65, will get to another national championship trophy.You can view ESPN’s full series of predictions here.
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones tips his hat as he leave the field after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 66-10 at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has turned the Cyclones around in the last two seasons, and coming off consecutive eight-win campaigns, the 39-year-old Ohio native drew some NFL attention.Campbell’s name was mentioned in connection with the Cleveland Browns’ job and there was a report that six teams reached out to him. Still another report indicated Campbell declined an interview request from the New York Jets.As long as Campbell keeps winning in Ames, he will continue to pique the interest of NFL franchises. However, he tried to downplay any speculation about his future at Tuesday’s Big 12 Media Days.Campbell was asked about the possibility of him moving on to the NFL at some point. “Haven’t really put a lot of thought into it,” Campbell said, via the Des Moines Register. “My goal and dream was to be like my father: to be a head high school coach.”Standard coach speak from Campbell, who clearly is going to be as coy as possible about any desire he may have to try his hand at the next level.In the meantime, the Cyclones are pegged to finish third in the Big 12 this season, behind only Oklahoma and Texas.They came in at No. 18 in The Spun’s preseason Top 25, which you can view here.