AFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Eden Hazard: Biggest difference between Real Madrid and Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard admits expectations at Real Madrid are far greater than he experienced with Chelsea.The Belgian star sealed a £130million move to the Bernabeu this summer and has opened up on one of the most striking cultural differences he has spotted already. “At Chelsea when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster, it’s different in Spain,” Hazard told the Champions Journal, ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.”I think that here the fans are really fans, football is everything to them and they need players to give everything, in England there aren’t so many fans.”Of course, people there like football and everyone be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football, but they aren’t so fanatical about their teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli boss Ancelotti defends players after Cagliari shockby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti was furious after defeat to Cagliari.A late Lucas Castro header proved the winner.“We are very disappointed with the result, but it was not a bad performance at all,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“We allowed Cagliari very few counter-attacks, hardly any. At the end, we were taken by surprise, as we stopped to complain about a foul on Fernando Llorente and allowed ourselves to be caught cold off balance.“Napoli created chances, forced saves, hit the upright twice, so it was overall a decent performance. Cagliari focused entirely on defence and closing down all the spaces.“It was paradoxical that (Kalidou) Koulibaly was sent off for saying something to the referee and we had a series of yellow cards, when if there was a team that was playing rough, it was Cagliari.“I won’t have this overall performance reduced to once incident. Napoli played very well. We could’ve done better, but that’s always true in every situation. I do not judge games only on the results and I won’t accept that attitude.“Seeing as you are so desperate to find something to criticise, fine, I’ll say we are sobbing when looking at the table. Happy? I am not remotely worried, not at all.”
There are many differences between the Scotland team that head into the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the Scotland team that went into the 2017 European Championship.This time round, the team have major tournament experience, a new manager in Shelley Kerr and there are a total of seven changes in personnel between this squad and the one that went to the Netherlands.But not one of those differences are more crucial than that of Kim Little who, after missing the Euros with a devastating cruciate ligament rupture, heads into this World Cup with unfinished business. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The creative midfielder had to watch from the sidelines as her Scotland side were hammered 6-0 by England in the group stage two years ago, and so nothing would be sweeter for her than exacting revenge with her team-mates in Nice tonight.But her presence at this World Cup is more than just a victory for the Lionesses’ Group D rivals; it’s a victory for football fans across the globe.“Kim Little is the most talented player I have ever played with,” Hope Solo, the former USA goalkeeper who has won everything there is to win in the game, told The Times.“She is great at everything. Her passing and vision and technical skill are, I believe, the best in the world.”The individual awards speak for themselves. FA Women’s Player of the Year in 2010, PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2013, NWSL MVP in 2014, named in the NWSL Best XI in 2014 and 2015, and named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2016 – Solo is certainly not on her own with her opinion.“Having Kim Little for this tournament is a huge boost obviously,” Rachel Corsie said in Saturday’s pre-match press conference.“But more so, as one of Kim’s best friends, I think it’s great just to be able to watch her know that she’s going to be here on a huge stage and be able to perform and hopefully enjoy it.“I missed her at the Euros on a personal note, we missed her at the Euros as a team on the field and it’s great to have her for this tournament.”Little hasn’t been much more fortunate with injuries this year, breaking her leg back in October and missing four months of the season.However, it will not prevent her from finally competing where she belongs; among the world’s best, in a World Cup.Despite that setback, Little’s stats this season remain incredibly impressive and support Solo’s opinion on her ability.With eight goals and six assists in 14 appearances, the 28-year-old was directly involved in a goal every 87 minutes for Arsenal, and collected both FA Women’s Super League and an FAWSL Cup winners’ medals to show for her efforts.Moreover, with England’s defensive weaknesses having been exploited by lowly New Zealand in the build-up to this tournament, she could be a real threat to them on Sunday.She knows the Lionesses well, having spent many of her years playing against them at club level, and Scotland will have no doubt noted particular areas to exploit in the ranks of their British rivals.Testing the goalkeeper is one of those tips likely to be on Shelley Kerr’s list. None of England’s travelling shot-stoppers are playing regular football for their clubs and therefore have the potential to show rust – as Carly Telford did when she fumbled Rosie White’s shot, allowing Sarah Gregorius to score the only goal in the 1-0 loss to New Zealand that Phil Neville’s side suffered in their last outing.With Lucy Bronze playing for Lyon in a league where she is rarely tested defensively, while Alex Greenwood has been competing in the second tier of women’s football, questions have been raised of England’s defensive capabilities.“If you look back to the Euro 2017 game, they were hit with a lot of key injuries and they’ve got those players back now,” Steph Houghton said in Saturday’s pre-match press conference.“With the likes of Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and now Erin Cuthbert coming through the ranks, we know that they are going to be players that we are going to have to stop and make sure their rhythm doesn’t get anywhere near what they are used to.”Leah Williamson agreed, telling the press on Friday: “Kim is one of the best players in the world and I see that every week at Arsenal.“She is not an easy player to play against and on an international level it is different and we all know that.”I have passed on a few tips and tricks about her, but I think everyone is quite aware of her and her nature – I haven’t told anything they don’t already know about her.”Knowing what Little is capable of doesn’t make her any easier to stop. A skilful dribbler with an imagination only the world’s greatest playmakers are blessed with, she also has the privilege of having one of football’s most exciting talents in front of her to feed, in Cuthbert.Neville is by no means underestimating Kerr’s team, telling the media he believes that they can go far this summer.And with one of the greatest players in the world on their side, he is not wrong.
Wolfsburg midfielder Xaver Schlager is dreaming of a move to Arsenal, despite only joining the Bundesliga side last month. Schlager joined Wolfsburg in June from Red Bull Salzburg, moving from the Austrian champions in a €12 million (£11m/$13m) deal.The 21-year-old helped his side to a fourth straight Austrian title last season, tallying eight goals and four assists in 44 games in all competitions. 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? Though Schlager’s form helped him earn a move to the Bundesliga, the Austria international already has his sights set on a future in north London.”As a kid in Austria, everyone dreams of making it abroad at the age of seven, and the league just is not that attractive,” Schlager told Kicker.”I’ve been a fan of Arsenal since I was a kid, that’s my dream club and it’s my dream to play there.”For now, though, Schlager is focused on his current side, saying the club’s philosophy played a big part in convincing him to move to the Volkswagen Arena.”We play very similar, so in terms of intensity it is not a big change for me,” Schlager said of Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg.”The players will notice how effective this system is … It’s the philosophy I love.”The Gunners could eventually place Schlager on their target list but for now the club is focused on bringing in other players.Arsenal are prepared to announce the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba, while the club is still hoping to land Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney as well.Deals for Zaha and Tierney have proven tough to come by, with Palace demanding £80 million ($100m) for their star winger, while Celtic boss Neil Lennon has said that in his eyes, the left-back’s transfer to Arsenal is off. Even a the deal that seemed set for Ceballos might have hit a snag on Tuesday, with Emery admitting that Marco Asensio’s injury could change the situation for Real Madrid. Teenage Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli has been the only signing of the transfer window for the Gunners so far. Arsenal are looking to go one better from last season, when the club finished fifth in the Premier League, just one point back of Tottenham and a Champions League place.
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles coaching in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)A racist social media post from an apparent Florida State fan is being investigated by the state attorney, the Seminoles announced this afternoon.The post, which was aimed at Florida State head coach Willie Taggart, has been going viral on social media today.Florida State released a statement on the matter this afternoon:“A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”1/2 A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.— Florida State University (@floridastate) November 25, 20182/2 Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family. — FSU President John Thrasher— Florida State University (@floridastate) November 25, 2018Taggart, 42, just finished his first season as Florida State’s head coach.The Seminoles went 5-7 this season.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)As the 2018 college football bowl season winds to a close, analysts are already looking ahead to 2019 to see who the contenders will be. An early look at the 2019 schedule gives a pretty good picture of who has the toughest path to victory next season.247Sports analyst Brad Crawford did a breakdown of next year’s season and ranked the 10 toughest schedules. Suffice it to say, Stanford, Michigan, South Carolina, USC, and Auburn fans are not going to be happy.Here is his ranking:10. Duke9. UCLA8. Florida7. Maryland6. Texas A&M5. Michigan4. Auburn 3. USC2. South Carolina1. StanfordThe Cardinals’ non-conference schedule is already one of the toughest in the nation, with Big Ten West Division winner Northwestern, CFP-bound Notre Dame, and AAC champions UCF all on the list. Of Stanford’s nine PAC-12 opponents, only two finished with fewer than five wins: Oregon State and UCLA.As for the conference breakdown of the list, four teams are from the SEC, three are from the PAC-12, two are from the Big Ten, and one is from the ACC. No Big 12 Conference or Group of 5 teams were represented on the list.Michigan, South Carolina, and Duke have the hardest schedules of their respective conferences.You can view the full schedules and rankings from 247Sports here.
CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the helmets of the Clemson Tigers before their game against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tragic news struck the college football world on Friday night, as former Clemson running back Tyshon Dye passed away. He was only 25 years old.Dye was swimming with his two brothers at Richard B. Russell State Park in Georgia, when he got tired and couldn’t make it back to shore. Unfortunately, his brothers weren’t able to help him as he went under water.The police have ruled Dye’s death as an accidental drowning.It almost felt like yesterday when Dye was a part of Clemson’s championship-winning team in 2016. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Head coach Dabo Swinney spoke about the heartbreaking news on Dye.“All of our hearts are just broken,” Swinney said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can honestly say Tyshon Dye is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever been associated with or coached. We’re just all heartbroken tonight, and we’re praying for his family and know that he’s been called home.”Our hearts break tonight to confirm the passing of Tyshon Dye.https://t.co/WCGoG0SmOj pic.twitter.com/Boq32fJqA8— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) July 6, 2019Dye was a member of Clemson’s football team from 2014 through 2016. He played for East Carolina for his final year of college eligibility.Hearts are certainly heavy for both programs after hearing about the news.Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dye during this difficult time.
Georgia’s media guide has revealed that Jones and former linebacker Juwan Taylor are student assistants for the upcoming season.They’ll add years of in-game experience to the coaching staff.“Coach Jarvis Jones” will be in Athens this season, as listed in the 2019 UGA Football Media Guide. 💥 💥 💥 pic.twitter.com/2v5EAjhoi0— 960 The Ref (@960theref) July 11, 2019The Bulldogs enter next season with high expectations, which has been the case with Smart at the helm.Although Georgia lost a plethora of playmakers on offense to the NFL Draft, but the team still has plenty of talent heading into this fall.We’ll see if Jones and Taylor can help the Bulldogs in their quest for a national title. ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 1: Jarvis Jones #29 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes the passer against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Kirby Smart has proven over the past few seasons that he’s one of the best coaches in the country. In an effort to get Georgia over the hump and win a championship, he’s adding a former program great to his staff.Former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is joining the team’s coaching staff as a student assistant for the defense.Jones began his collegiate career at USC before transferring to Georgia. In 2012, he put together an outstanding season with the Bulldogs, winning the Jack Lambert Trophy and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.Following his breakout season with the Bulldogs, Jones entered the NFL Draft. His departure from the program was bittersweet for fans, but now he is officially back in Athens.