TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: What I’d do with Pogba as Man Utd managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can get the best from Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.Before the start of the season, the United legend, who worked in the club’s academy, was asked about Pogba: “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt. I had him with David [Gray] and Etzaz [Hussain] who is playing for me tomorrow.”That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”On his own managerial skills, Solskjaer added: “Sir Alex [Ferguson] taught me how not to become complacent and always keep the standards up.”Everything I know about managing top footballers I learned from him.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say HE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be on the training pitch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today.The Daily Mail says Ferguson is expected at United’s training ground on Saturday after Solskjaer invited his mentor to visit him at the club.Ferguson will be greeted by Solskjaer and his coaching staff at Carrington as United prepare for Sunday’s game at home to Bournemouth.Ferguson is believed to have had a say in the decision to appoint Solskjaer as caretaker boss on loan from Molde until the end of the season alongside his old No 2 Mike Phelan.The former United striker acknowledged Ferguson’s influence over his career as a player and manager when he started the job last week.
Man City attacker Sterling: Victory a massive step for usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling says victory at Southampton has them back on track.After two successive losses over the festive period, it was vital City bounced back and to a man the Blues delivered an impressive all-round display on the South Coast.“It’s a massive step and what we needed to do. We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win here today to give ourselves a chance,” said Sterling. “But we were really motivated to give ourselves a chance and that’s what we did.“We had to bring that level that we know we can bring – we had a bit of luck but we played some great football and controlled the game which we know we can do.“Now its down to us to keep this focus and go onto the next one.“ About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Historic milestone for Barcelona and TikTokby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona has become the first football club to reach a million followers on TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@fcbarcelona), the short-form mobile video platform, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukLaunched in July this year, in just two months, Barça has overtaken other international teams that were on the channel long before Barça came onto the scene. Barça was officially launched on TikTok on July 19, the same day that the first team returned for preseason training. Since then, its acceptance among TikTok’s community has been nothing short of spectacular, with an average of over 15,000 new followers every day.Apart from this upward tendency, the club also leads the way in terms of content-related interactions: the Barça account has gathered a total of 7.2 million ‘likes’, which apart from video views is another indicator about the engagement generated with the fans. Short-form football video content on TikTok receives a great reception among users, mainly the Z generation and Millennials.More than the symbolic achievement of reaching a million followers, this reflects the leading position of FC Barcelona in the digital ecosystem of social networks, where it has 340 million followers and is the only sports club to get more than 1,000 million interactions in the 2018/19 season.
Callum Hudson-Odoi targeting more goals for Chelseaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi is targeting more goals when he returns to Chelsea after the international break.The 18-year-old scored two sublime goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday night.”I definitely think I can improve,” Hudson-Odoi said at Stadium-mk. “I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving.”I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists – any contributions to the team.”I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that.”Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
IG/_rg80_Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve had plenty of college athletes and teams send out celebratory tweets and Instagram posts. Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene took a slightly different tone for the holiday. Greene, who racked up 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns this season, posted a screenshot from Florida State’s dramatic 31-27 win over Notre Dame, a clear dig at the Fighting Irish.Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame, and caught two big passes on what would prove to be the winning drive for the Seminoles. Well played, Rashad.
Twitter/@GaryPinkelNot every member of the Missouri football program is thrilled with the team’s boycott in response to racial issues on campus. An anonymous Mizzou player tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that the team and coaching staff is very split on the issue, and that if the Tigers had a better record, they would not be taking this course of action.Mizzou player tells @ESPN, MU players & coaches “are pissed (about halting football practices). If we were 9-0 this wouldn’t be happening.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015McMurphy has more on how the team is handling the week in preparation for BYU, should the game occur.Monday are regular off days for the football team and the coaches told the players to watch film on their own iPads and keep preparing for Saturday’s game against BYU in Kansas City, the player said.The player indicated they had been aware of Butler’s hunger strike for several days. However, some black players didn’t decide to take any action until Butler met with some players Saturday night.“Not everyone agrees with the decision (to stop all football activities),” the player said. “Most people are pissed, including the black guys (on the team).”Earlier today, the athletic department expressed support for the team’s decision, and Mizzou took a team photo to show solidarity. Even so, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that this nearly-unprecedented decision does not have unanimous support within the team. It will be very interesting to see how the team proceeds as we near game day.[ESPN]
Three years after celebrating its centenary in the United States, the Copa America is back in 2019. South America’s proud footballing nations go head to head in what is the world’s oldest international football tournament, which will this year be held in Brazil.Brazil had originally been slated for hosting duties in 2015, but swapped that tournament with Chile due to the overlap with the World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The last time the Copa came to the nation was back in 1989, an edition won by the hosts thanks to the lethal combination of Bebeto and Romario up front for the Selecao.Unlike the Centenary edition, which expanded to 16 teams, the 2019 Copa returns to the 12-side format that has been used since 1993, organised into three groups of four. As well as CONMEBOL’s 10 member nations the Asian AFC contributed two participants, with Japan and Qatar entering the fray as guests. 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? With Thursday’s draw we now know who will face whom in the group stage, which will kick off in Sao Paulo’s Estadio Morumbi on June 14 with Brazil’s clash against Bolivia. With some of the world’s greatest players in action and a huge prize on offer, the Copa will doubtlessly be one of the highlights of the summer football calendar.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann learned of his sacking by Augsburg from his assistant coach role in a ten-minute phone conversation, he has revealed.Lehmann was dismissed by the Bundesliga club on April 9 this year, along with head coach Manuel Baum and technical director Stephan Schwartz.The former Germany international, who won 61 caps for his country, was appointed by Baum in January but the management duo only oversaw three victories in their time with the club, leading to their ouster. 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? When they were sacked Augsburg were 15th in the table, only four points above the relegation playoff spot.Martin Schmidt took over from Baum and staved off the threat of relegation though the club still finished in 15th place, and had the same four-point margin over Stuttgart, who occupied the relegation playoff spot.Lehmann has spoken of his dismissal for the first time and the 49-year-old was still surprised by the manner of his dismissal.“[Augsburg General Manager] Stefan Reuter called,” Lehmann told Bild.“The phone call lasted ten minutes. He said: ‘We separated from Manuel Baum.’ I thought: ‘What is coming now? Sack or promotion?’” Despite the relationship between Lehmann and Reuter from their time together at Dortmund and the national side, there was no sentiment for the retired shot-stopper. Lehmann who was also an assistant coach in North London, following a playing career that saw spells at Schalke and AC Milan, says he didn’t expect the top job at Augsburg. He did believe that he’d be offered the chance to remain as an assistant, but Reuter told him that wasn’t an option. “Actually, I did not expect the coaching job, because they stressed when I signed my contract that is wasn’t part of the deal. “But I was told on arrival that I would stay if there was a new head coach. That’s different now.” After he was dismissed Lehmann has had no contact with Schmidt, who will be at the helm at Augsburg in the new season. He does believe his short time with the club was of value, despite it coming to a strange end.
Portugal legend Pauleta has heaped praise upon Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Sunday’s Nations League final against Netherlands.The Juventus forward netted a hat-trick in his side’s 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday to send the Euro 2016 winners through to the final.The former Real Madrid man has many admirers across the globe, and one of whom is the man he took Portgual’s all-time goalscoring record from, Pauleta. 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 46-year-old scored 47 goals in 88 appearances for his country before retiring from international football in 2006, before Ronaldo went on to smash the record and now sits on 88 goals for his country – 21 behind the world record holder, Iranian forward Ali Daei.”Cristiano is a fantastic player,” Pauleta told Marca .“In my opinion he is from another world. He has made and continues to make footballing history.“It is difficult to find another player that has performed as consistently as he has over such a lengthy period of time.”I hope he achieves it [the record] because it would be great for Portuguese football.”The former Paris Saint-Germain striker failed to lift silverware for Portgual during his nine-year international career, coming closest at Euro 2004 as they lost to shock winners Greece on home soil.Netherlands ran out 3-0 victors the last time the two sides met in March 2018, but have lost seven of their 13 meetings with the Portuguese.Pauleta sees no parallels between that game and the Nations League final except the country in which they are played, adding: “”It will not have any bearing on it whatsoever.“They are two completely different matches, this time we are playing against a different team and against different players.“I am sure that we are going to be treated to an excellent spectacle, our fans will be right behind us spurring us on and hopefully we can get the result.“Holland are a great side with lots of young, talented players. However, we also have a very strong team. We are all just hoping to see a great final, with lots of goals and hopefully a win for Portugal, which is obviously our main aim.”