Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be backby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is back in action after recovering from shoulder surgery.Pope played in his first match since dislocating his shoulder in July after turning out for the club’s under-23s on Monday.The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of an away clash against Sheffield United, which the Clarets won 3-1.Pope made his England debut in early June and was part of the Three Lions squad for the World Cup in Russia.He said: “It was great to be back, it’s been a long injury spell for myself but to get back and play a real game and 90 minutes was great.“I try to help out where I can, I remember playing those sorts of games when I was their age.“So, it was good to be one of the experienced ones there today, I think that’s part of the experience and part of my job to step down and help the younger lads out.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kante: What Chelsea players think of Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has welcomed their swoop for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.On Wednesday morning it was announced that the 20-year-old will be moving to west London this summer in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.Having watched Pulisic’s impact from afar, Kante can’t wait to see it close up next season.”We know he’s a good player,” he told the Daily Mail following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday night.”He’s doing well for Dortmund and we are glad to welcome him to Chelsea.”
Newcastle boss Bruce: I understand Benitez tacticsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is beginning to understand why Rafa Benitez played a specific way at the club.Bruce took on a difficult job at Newcastle this summer, taking over from the very popular Benitez after the Spaniard could not agree a new contract.The Magpies drew 0-0 against Brighton, and were booed by their own fans at half time and full time in the clash.”Listen, whoever we are playing in the Premier League, we’ve got no divine right to beat Watford or Brighton so we all know they are going to be difficult games and that’s what the Premier League is but certainly if we are going to win games, we are going to have to play better and be better with the ball and without it,” Bruce told reporters after the game.”Today, in the first half in particular, we weren’t good enough either and left ourselves open and it’s pretty evident to me after being here eight weeks of why we can’t open up. “If we do that, we’re going to find it a struggle like we did in the first half. It wasn’t until we closed shop a little bit, even at home, that maybe got us a point.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Melchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham needs to develop a nasty streak like former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. That is according to ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot.Abraham has already proven his goalscoring chops, having blasted in seven this season. But Melchiot thinks his game can reach another level.”Tammy Abraham is a real finisher but, as much as I like him as a player, he’s sometimes got to be more of a bad boy,” Melchiot told talkSPORT.”You know why? When you play against players like Virgil van Dijk, the striker has to have a bit of badness in him. A bit of nastiness.”OK, look at the guys I played against, like Ryan Giggs. He was so elegant, he dribbled beautifully, but trust me, if I kicked him he would have got up and either kicked me back or found a way to do it – he was one of the best players I played against.”Tammy needs that too. As cute as he looks, he’s young, fresh and exciting to watch, he needs to have that.”If you look at Drogba, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, these guys weren’t cute when you played against them.”Be a little bit of a bad boy! Bring that badness out of you!” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wolves boss Nuno: No underestimating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says there’ll be no underestimating Watford this weekend.The Hornets go into the game having been thrashed 8-0 by Manchester City.Nuno said, “Quique (Flores) is a fantastic manager and he has done very good jobs around the world.“Anything can happen. Last week and this week are different. We must analyse the games they’ve played and take important information to pass onto the players.“I have had (a big defeat) in football, good moments and bad moments. For us it’s also a moment to try and raise our standards.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Braxton Miller One-HandedUpdate: Miller posted a video on his own account from a different angle. Earlier: Any concerns over Braxton Miller’s hands following his move to wide receiver could likely be alleviated by watching this video from the Ohio State football Instagram account. In the clip, Miller fields a ball launched from a JUGS machine while holding five other footballs. Ohio State deleted the post for some reason, but For The Win put it on YouTube. Yea, looks like he’s going to adjust just fine. [ For The Win ]
Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.https://t.co/iMLte4Dal6— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016
New Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong will take inspiration from famous predecessors such as the late Johan Cruyff as he looks to settle in to life at Camp Nou. De Jong, 22, became the latest in a long line of players to make the jump from Ajax to Barcelona as he completed a move that had been agreed earlier this year. On Friday the Netherlands international was presented at Camp Nou to fans and the media, and stepped on the famous pitch for the first time decked in a Blaugrana shirt. 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 well as Cruyff, the likes of Johan Neeskens, Ronald Koeman, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars have represented the Spanish and Dutch giants – a legacy that De Jong is hoping to do justice.”We have always had a great connection due to Cruyff’s philosophy, Ajax and Barcelona want to play in a similar way and this is fantastic,” De Jong told reporters at his presentation. “This has always been a dream for me since I was small and when I saw it was happening for real it was an easy decisions for me.”De Jong greeted the Camp Nou faithful in Spanish, telling fans he was “very happy and proud to be here, I can’t wait to get started.”😍 We can get used to this⚽️ @DeJongFrenkie21🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/NBkow9EzTv— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 5 de julio de 2019And he went on to highlight the importance of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in pushing the deal through. “There were a lot of clubs interested in me and it is a normal process when making a decision, you think of all the options and which is best,” he added. “Barcelona convinced me with a great plan, the other clubs had good plans too but the decision was not easy because a lot of clubs were telling me things and there were moments where I was unclear. “But when the president came to Netherlands I was convinced, my arrival is down to him.”And while De Jong is still at the beginning of his career at the highest level, his part in Ajax’s demolition of Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League may have already endeared him to Barca supporters.”It was very nice, all the Barcelona guys congratulated me and even the president congratulated me… it was all very kind,” he revealed.
Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been photographed heading on Manchester United’s tour of Asia, despite speculation of transfers away from Old Trafford.Both players were named in the Red Devils squad list released on Sunday, but it remained to be seen whether they would actually depart on the trip for matches in Australia, Singapore and China.Among photos of posing and smiling teammates, Pogba was pictured looking downcast as he headed through the airport to Manchester United’s private plane. 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 The image came only days after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said he is ‘in the process’ of leaving the Theatre of Dreams with Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly interested in his services.Heading Down Under for #MUTOUR 2019 🛫 pic.twitter.com/GTtEtBTBum— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 7, 2019Lukaku, who is linked with a transfer to Inter, was also looking similarly glum as he prepared for the flight across the globe to Australian city Perth.Other players and staff, including manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof, all posed for the camera and smiled as photos were taken onboard the private jet.New signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James also looked excited to be heading on their first United tour since joining the club over the off-season. There was three noticeable absentees from the travelling party with Chilean Alexis Sanchez resting after picking up an injury during the Copa America, while Fred and Matteo Darmian have both been excluded for ‘personal reasons’.Promising goalkeeper Dean Henderson was also excused from the journey after his efforts for England’s under-21 team at the European Championships and with a likely loan move back to Sheffield United in the works.The Red Devils will arrive in Perth on Monday and will be able to acclimatise to the Australian weather conditions and time zone before they take on A-League side Perth Glory on Saturday.Their second match Down Under will come against old rivals Leeds United on July 17 before they head to south-east Asia for the remainder of their tour in the region.Matches against Inter (Singapore) on July 20 and Tottenham (Shanghai) on July 25 will follow as part of their participation in the International Champions Cup.
U.S. women’s national team star Rose Lavelle met a young fan on Saturday night with a very familiar name. Lavelle was signing autographs after her club side, the Washington Spirit, fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash at the Maryland SoccerPlex.The 24-year-old did not participate in the match but was honored after the game alongside five of her teammates who also participated in the recently completed World Cup. 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? Following the brief ceremony, Spirit fans had a chance to meet their heroes and one fan in particular stood out due to her unique, but familiar name: Rose Lavelle. The younger Lavelle went up to the USWNT star and, in video captured by NBC Sports Washington, the elder Lavelle can be seen expressing her disbelief at the coincidence. “Your name is my name?” Lavelle exclaimed. “What the heck!”Watch Rose Lavelle meet…Rose Lavelle. This made me melt. @WashSpirit @USWNT @roselavelle pic.twitter.com/xl8uoKEftS— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) July 21, 2019The younger Lavelle’s father went on to explain that he thought he was giving his daughter a unique name. That idea has now gone out the window thanks to Lavelle’s performance at the World Cup.Lavelle scored three goals in France, including a solo effort in the final against the Netherlands that clinched a 2-0 win and the USWNT’s second consecutive world title. “I wasn’t surprised honestly,” Lavelle’s teammate for club and country Mallory Pugh said of Lavelle’s performance in France. “I know that Rose is such a great player and I had a feeling that that was her time. She stepped up and she executed and the rest is history.”Now back with the Spirit, Lavelle reflected on a whirlwind journey that has seen her quickly become a household name and a role model to youngsters all over. “I think it’s cool how I’ve come full circle and now I can give back to the game in a way that it gave to me when I was growing up,” Lavelle said.On Saturday, Lavelle was able to give back to her namesake, for whom she has high hopes in the future.”Hopefully little Rose Lavelle will come up and everyone will forget about old Rose Lavelle.”