El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponedby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest.The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.The clubs must agree a new date by Monday.La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests are expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.Protests have continued into a fifth day in Spain’s Catalonia region with protesters clashing with riot police. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Why Man Utd teammates mocking Fredby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teammates are mocking Fred’s decision to get married during pre-season after he mistakenly thought he would make Brazil’s Copa America squad. The Brazilian midfielder missed the first chunk of United’s summer tour due to his wedding being booked for July.The Times says Fred has been paying the price for his summer gaffe and became the ‘butt of the jokes’.Having booked his wedding for July 14, the Brazilian reportedly had to plead with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get time off. The 26-year-old midfielder has struggled to live up to his £52m price tag since he joined the club from Shaktar Donetsk in the summer of 2018.
Scholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing linkby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former club could use Mesut Ozil’s skills.The German seems destined to leave Arsenal after being left out of their last five match day squads.United have struggled to break down deep-lying teams this season, and Scholes believes Ozil could solve that problem.Asked whether Ozil could be a difference-maker for United, Scholed replied: “Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together.”[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.”He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.”I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: Chris Wormley #43 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates the sack on quarterback Marcus McMaryion #3 of the Oregon State Beavers (not in photo) with teammates Matthew Godin #99 and Mario Ojemudia #53 during the fourth quarter of the game on September 12, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Beavers 35-7. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is a crazy athlete, and may wind up as one of the best corners in the country if he pans out, based on his potential entering college last year. He proved that the injury issues that kept him from participating during most of the 2014 season are probably a thing of the past with this impressive backflip during drills yesterday. Fellow Michigan cornerback Blake Countess isn’t one to be overshadowed, however, and one-upped Peppers’ backflip with this wild routine, which he posted on Twitter this evening.Yall decide! its all fun tho! @JabrillPeppers pic.twitter.com/LGy4nhwQI8— Blake Countess (@TheeCount2) February 27, 2015Peppers is impressed…we think. We’re not actually sure what this response means.Light cheese “@TheeCount2: Yall decide!its all fun tho! @JabrillPeppers pic.twitter.com/Y00UE9OxwG”— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 27, 2015We can’t wait to see Peppers’ inevitable response the next time Michigan hits the practice field.
Captain Vincent Kompany admits Manchester City had their pride hit by recent defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City but will “pull everything out of the locker” against Liverpool. A 3-2 reverse at home against Palace was followed by a 2-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium , though the reigning Premier League champions returned to winning ways with a 3-1 result at Southampton on Sunday . The three points picked up on the road lift Pep Guardiola’s men back up to second place in the Premier League table prior to their pivotal clash with leaders Liverpool on Thursday. 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? Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, either side of a James Ward-Prowse own goal, made sure City took full advantage of Tottenham’s defeat to Wolves a day earlier, with Kompany delighted with the performance following recent setbacks in their title defence. “It was more than just the result – it was about the way we played,” the defender told Sky Sports. “We’re not focusing on anything much other than our performance. We have to be hungry and aggressive. “We’ve been hit in our pride recently and that’s how a team has to react.”FULL TIME | What a 2018 we had! Let’s make 2019 even better!1-3 #SOUMCI pic.twitter.com/OQE39I0tFE — Manchester City (@ManCity) December 30, 2018 City and Liverpool fought out a goalless draw at Anfield in October but Kompany insisted his team would hold nothing back against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who thrashed Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.”We want to kick on,” said the Belgium international.”We’ve got four competitions to play for in an incredible season. Today was a step in the right direction.”We go into the next game in the same frame of mind, as always. We just want to win.”We need to be ready for a fight and ready to take it to them [Liverpool] and try to win. We should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ESPN.Urban Meyer coached his way to a major payday.Written into every college football coach’s contract are a series of bonuses that can be dolled out if certain feats are achieved. Expectations range from hitting a certain number of wins, to winning a conference title. Usually, the bigger the program, the harder the achievement.For Urban Meyer, Ohio State broke the piggy bank. For making the College Football Playoff, Meyer positioned himself for a handsome bonus check.According to USA Today, Meyer already received $50,000 for winning a share of the Big Ten East division. Now, Meyer is going to receive at least $250,000 for making it to the Fiesta Bowl.It’s official: @ClemsonFB and @OhioStateFB are heading to the @PlayStation #FiestaBowl. https://t.co/zfTNEIhRT9 pic.twitter.com/7ddJQTA1Yk— PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 4, 2016If Ohio State defeats Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl and makes it to the national title game, Meyer’s $250,000 bonus becomes $350,000.Ohio State and Clemson play in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. E.T. kickoff and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a winning start on Saturday as they edged out Burundi 1-0.Gernot Rohr’s side, who are 89 places above Burundi in FIFA’s world rankings, struggled for long periods in their Group B opener at the Alexandria Stadium but sealed all three points in the 77th minute.Odion Ighalo, introduced for Paul Onuachu just four minutes earlier, latched onto Ola Aina’s wonderful back-heeled pass and coolly whipped the ball past Jonathan Nahimana. 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? Nigeria will hope to put in a vastly improved performance against Guinea on Wednesday, while Burundi face Madagascar a day later.FULL TIME | Nigeria – Burundi 1-0 #TotalAFCON2019 #NGABDI pic.twitter.com/qJpEb2ezjt— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 22, 2019Nigeria struggled in the early stages and could have fallen behind after 14 minutes but Daniel Akpeyi pawed away Cedric Amissi’s powerful volley.At the other end, Samuel Chukwueze blazed over from Alex Iwobi’s pull-back shortly before the half-hour mark, while an unmarked John Obi Mikel headed wide from six yards soon after.Burundi ended the half strongly, with only a fingertip save from Akpeyi keeping out Frederic Nsabiyumva’s looping header.Kenneth Omeruo headed over shortly after the restart for the Super Eagles before Akpeyi pushed Fiston Abdul Razak’s long-range drive around the post.The stage was then set for Ighalo, the Shanghai Shenhua forward clinically lifting past Nahimana and in off the right-hand post to get his side up and running in the tournament.Key Opta facts:- Nigeria have won their opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2006 (1-0 against Ghana).- Nigeria have won five of their six games against a debutant team at the Africa Cup of Nations (D1).- Nigeria are unbeaten in their last six AFCON group stage games (W4, D2).- Odion Ighalo scored just three minutes and 27 seconds after coming on. He scored his first goal during his first AFCON game, on his first shot.- Mohamed Amissi became the first player born in 2000 to play a game at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says that the Barcelona midfielder will remain with the Spanish champions amid reports linking him with a move away from the Catalan club. Coutinho has experienced an up and down tenure with Barcelona since joining the La Liga side from Liverpool in January 2018.He was booed several times by Barcelona fans towards the tail end of the season, and was relatively ineffective against his former club as Barca were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final. 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 As a result, the Brazilian star has been linked with a departure, with Paris Saint-Germain among those said to be interested.The midfielder only furthered speculation by confirming that he could leave Barcelona while on international duty with Brazil.But Coutinho, who has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, will not move this summer, his agent says, as Barcelona are determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old midfielder.”I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona,” Joorabchian told RMC Sport.”He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what. And then, we have not had any contact with PSG.”Coutinho has featured in 75 matches for Barcelona since making the move from Anfield, having scored 21 goals during his Camp Nou stay.He scored 10 in his first 22 matches throughout his first half-season with the club after making the move in January before scoring just 11 times in 53 matches in his first full campaign.The Brazilian was Barcelona’s fourth-leading scorer this season, behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.Coutinho is currently with Brazil for the Copa America, having helped guide the team to the finale of the tournament on home soil.The midfielder scored twice in Brazil’s tournament-opening win over Bolivia while providing an assist in a 5-0 battering of Peru to close the group stage.Brazil topped Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday in the Copa America semi-final behind goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.They’ll face either Chile or Peru on Sunday in the finale as Brazil look to claim their first Copa America since 2007.
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo says the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) cannot be allowed to affect goal celebrations after his side drew 1-1 with Manchester United.Ruben Neves scored a sensational equaliser at Molineux on Monday to cancel out Anthony Martial’s first-half opener for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.The midfielder unleashed a stunning curling strike that clipped the underside of the crossbar, scoring his 10th goal from outside the penalty box for Wolves. 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? But there were lengthy delays after the goal as VAR checked whether or not there was an offside in the build-up to Neves’ 20-yard effort.”I didn’t want to lose that moment,” Nuno told a news conference. “I don’t know how they’re going to solve it, I gave my opinion to it, but it’s the emotion.”You celebrate a goal and it’s such a beautiful moment, so when you are stood in silence waiting for it, don’t take that away from the people, because it’s the most important moment in football.”I was hoping [Neves would score], not expecting, because he’s fantastic. He has this technique of kicking the ball, he’s done it sometimes before, but he has to do it over and over again because this is what counts.”First goal of the 18/19 @premierleague season.First goal of the 19/20 @premierleague season.@rubendsneves_ pic.twitter.com/Yk3lYsZW0d — Wolves (@Wolves) August 19, 2019 After Rui Patricio saved Paul Pogba’s penalty at 1-1, Wolves became the first team to come from behind and avoid defeat in three consecutive Premier League games against Manchester United.Nuno’s men beat United at home in both the league and FA Cup last term and the head coach praised another high-class home performance from his side.”I am proud of all the performance because this is what matters in this moment of the competition,” he added.”It was a game of emotion, this is what Molineux enjoys and we have to thank them [the fans] so much because the atmosphere when we get control of the game and create chances, they really push us, amazing.The decisive Molineux moment #WOLMUN pic.twitter.com/7ZWe2EjREB — Premier League (@premierleague) August 19, 2019 “Let’s do what we do, play with the energy we should play with, embrace the challenge and fight for the game. The boys fought for every single ball, it was so good, I’m very proud of them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of the field during the game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff is underway. Clemson and Notre Dame are doing battle at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The winner will play Alabama or Oklahoma in the national title game.Jerry World is packed to the brim with fans. Both fan bases traveled well, but it looks like one program has a slight advantage.Notre Dame fans, decked out in blue, gold and green, seem to outnumber Clemson orange in the crowd.Media estimates by those in attendance have been in the ’55-45′ or ’60-40′ range.I would say around 55/45 Notre Dame/Clemson fans here. This stadium will be loud either way.— Dylan Sinn (@DylanSinn) December 29, 2018Eyeball estimate of Cotton Bowl crowd is 60/40 Irish fans, according to @max_olson. pic.twitter.com/xSzofDpiBV— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 29, 2018It makes sense that ND might have slightly more fans. There are Fighting Irish fans all over the country, and the program has played Shamrock Series Games in Texas recently.Notre Dame and Clemson have traded punts the first two possessions. We’re still waiting for the first big play in this one.You can tune in on ESPN.