TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are continuing to work the French market.The Daily Mail says Newcastle have asked about taking Faitout Maouassa on loan from Rennes.The 20-year-old left-back is currently on loan at Nimes and is expected to be called up to the France U21 squad for the European Championships this summer.Newcastle have also discussed a move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie but face competition from Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old former Tottenham man who is available on loan with option for a permanent deal.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Coady on England coach Southgate’s radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Conor Coady is on England coach Gareth Southgate’s radar.Southgate was at Molineux on Monday night to watch Wolves defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup third-round.He attended the game specifically to monitor central defender Coady, says the Daily Mail.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Anfield, has earned rave reviews for his displays in the heart of Wolves’ defence this season.His performance against his former club on Monday will have done his cause no harm at all.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Max Allegri satisfied after Coppa win over Bolognaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri was happy with their Coppa Italia win over Bologna.Federico Bernardeschi and Moise Kean struck the goals at the Stadio Dall’Ara for a 2-0 result.“I am satisfied with qualification, as it wasn’t easy to win at Bologna in our first game after the winter break,” said Allegri.“Kean is young, he needs to grow, but he did well. Leonardo Spinazzola also had a good performance after a long injury lay-off.“Bernardeschi was visibly back in shape both physically and psychologically during training. With Mandzukic out at the moment, all these players become important.”
Xavi spies Barcelona move – ‘or Man City, Chelsea’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona great Xavi admits he’d like to coach in England.Xavi has taken his first steps into management with Al Sadd in Qatar, the club he spent his final four years with as a player.He told Sky Sports: “I don’t hide it, my goal is to return to Europe and return to Barca, it is my challenge ahead, but I’m still learning in this project and I’m also enjoying it.”My idea, which also happened to me as a footballer, is to be in Barcelona.”Training this type of team would be a privilege and the greatest privilege for me would be to return to Barca.”Although a return to the Catalan club is the target, Xavi has not ruled out a managerial role in the Premier League should an opportunity arise.He added: “That is my goal, but obviously, who doesn’t like the Premier League? The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary.”Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.”Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The start of college football season is just 50 days away, and this fan’s highlight video for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will get you ready for the upcoming action.Fan IPTAY SAB’s video highlights Watson’s 2015 historic season. Check it out:Watson had a spectacular 2015 campaign, winning 14 games and leading his team to the 2016 College Football Playoff national title game. The quarterback had a historic performance throughout the season, setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards against Alabama, the nation’s top defense. He threw for over 4,000 yards and rushed for another thousand yards on the ground as a true sophomore; Watson remains the only player to ever accomplish this in the history of college football.In 2015 Watson was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, the first time a Clemson player has been invited to the Heisman Trophy Presentation. He then won the Davey O’Brien Award, which is awarded annually to the best college quarterback, as well as the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year awards.
Genoa defender Cristian Romero is set to undergo a medical with Juventus on Tuesday ahead of a move to the Serie A champions, Goal can confirm.Following the medical, Romero will sign a contract through 2024 with Juve, but then return on loan with Genoa for the 2019-20 season.While Juve wait on the completion of a Matthijs de Ligt deal with Ajax and a €15 million (£13m/$17m) move for former Sassuolo defender Merih Demiral already completed, Juve’s depth chart in defence had already been filled out. 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 it currently stands, there is no place for the 21-year-old Romero among those ranks this season.Therefore, the Bianconeri have decided it is better for the Argentine’s development for him to continue to feature at Genoa for the coming season, after making a strong impression in his debut campaign at the club.Romero moved to Genoa last July for a reported €1.7m fee from Argentine club Belgrano, and featured in 27 Serie A contests last season, all from the start, and scored two goals as his club narrowly avoided relegation.The performances of the Argentina youth international attracted the interest of Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici.Paratici wished to steal a march on the club’s Serie A rivals for the promising defender and quickly was able to come to an agreement with Genoa.But a loan back was on the cards, and new Genoa coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is already awaiting Romeo’s return at the club’s pre-season camp in Austria.He will look to keep Genoa up another season after a brutal end to the last campaign almost cost the club top-flight status.Genoa went winless after a March 17 victory over Juventus, a streak of 10 games that saw them collect just five points.The club finished level on points with Empoli, but narrowly survived thanks to having defeated the 18th placed side twice last season.Meanwhile, Juve are still aiming to complete the signing of highly-sought after Ajax captain De Ligt.The club have agreed a contract with the centre-back but remain around €10m short of what Ajax want for their star.
Major League Soccer expansion has seen the league grow in ways few could have imagined 17 years ago, when contraction forced the league to shrink to 10 teams, leaving its future in doubt. There are no longer questions about whether the league will survive. Those have been replaced with questions of how much more can the league grow.This week’s MLS All-Star Game in Orlando will give several expansion candidate groups a chance to state their cases for securing one of the three expansion slots expected to be filled in the near future. Though league officials have stated there will be no announcement made this week on new expansion teams, it is a safe bet this week will help clear up the picture on which markets are set to fill the next three expansion slots.AdChoices广告When MLS announced in April that it was backing off its self-imposed 28-team expansion limit, and setting a new limit of 30 teams, it was a game-changer for a league faced with the possibility of having to reject a viable expansion market in order to hold firm at 28 teams. As much as a 30-team league seems like overkill, the continued success of the league’s recent expansion teams, and the reality that multiple prospective markets have ownership groups willing to pay expansion fees north of $100 million, means MLS still has plenty of reason to keep expanding. 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? April’s announcement means that instead of wondering which market will land the 28th expansion spot, the focus will turn to which markets can position themselves to grab the 30th slot, with Sacramento and St. Louis now looking like near-certain options for the 28th and 29th expansion slots.The 24-team league will expand to 26 in 2020 with the arrival of Inter Miami and Nashville SC. A new ownership group came together in Columbus to keep the Crew in business, thus helping MLS avert a PR nightmare, and the announcement of former Crew owner Anthony Precourt being awarded an expansion team in Austin, Texas sets up MLS for Austin FC to begin play in 2021 as the league’s 27th team.Which markets will follow Austin into MLS? Goal takes a closer look at the leading markets in the running for what are now three available expansion slots – ranked in order of their chances of being selected by MLS:1. ST. LOUISA market once thought dead as an expansion option, St. Louis has been revived after the recent emergence of a new expansion group with the financial muscle to push the mid-western city back into a prime contender position.A group made up of family members of the founder of car rental powerhouse Enterprise have joined forces with Jim Kavanaugh, part-owner of USL side St. Louis FC and a member of the group that tried to bring MLS to St. Louis in 2017 only to have a stadium measure defeated by a public vote. The new expansion group is focused on a stadium project that wouldn’t require public funding, which is a game-changing development. It is no secret that MLS has long viewed St. Louis as an important market due to the historical significance of one of the country’s longest-serving soccer hotbeds. The league’s desire to add MLS was clearly a driving force behind the decision to make plans to expand to 30 teams.2. SACRAMENTOThree years ago Sacramento had the feel of a city with everything falling into place for an MLS expansion bid, but it was forced to stand by and watch Nashville, Cincinnati and Austin jumped ahead, leaving the California capital feeling much less like a sure bet even though it has everything MLS has asked for in a bid.Sacramento’s bid has gained momentum in recent months, both with the arrival of new investor and billionaire financier Ron Burkle, who in January agreed to buy a controlling stake in the Sacramento MLS expansion group. The Sacramento city council recently voted to approve the term sheet for construction of a soccer stadium, including $33 million in incentives along the way, which only bolstered Sacramento’s standing as the leading candidate for the 28th expansion spot.With Burkle on board, and with San Diego’s once-promising bid having collapsed at the ballot box last November, Sacramento has put a stranglehold on the top spot on this list, and Thursday’s announcement by MLS that it will expand to 30 teams all but assures that Sacramento will finally join MLS after several years of pushing to gain entry.3. CHARLOTTELong considered a distant second to Raleigh as a potential MLS expansion market, Charlotte has received a boost since billionaire David Tepper expressed his interest in bringing an MLS team to Bank of America Stadium. Tepper recently purchased the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and has been very vocal about wanting to add an MLS team. Charlotte’s rise up the expansion rankings has come quickly, but we need only look at how fast Nashville went from long shot to MLS expansion team to know we have to take Charlotte seriously now as a contender for the 30th expansion slot. Members of the city’s expansion group recently met with MLS, a meeting the league wasn’t shy about promoting, which in itself was enough to add momentum to Charlotte’s standing as a serious contender.4. LAS VEGASA year ago, Las Vegas was far from being considered a viable option for MLS expansion, but so much has changed in the past 12 months. USL side Las Vegas Lights has enjoyed a successful two years of existence at a timne when the NHL’s Golden Knights have also thrived to show Las Vegas can be a pro sports town. Throw in the looming arrival of the NFL’s Raiders and you see why MLS is looking at Las Vegas through a totally different lens.Also boosting Las Vegas chances is the emergence of multiple potential ownership groups showing interest in trying to bring MLS to Sin City. Las Vegas Lights owner Brett Lashbrook has already agreed to sell his team when an investor emerges ready to make an MLS expansion push, while another potential bid could attempt to combine an MLS expansion team with the city’s new NFL stadium, which is scheduled to be open in 2022. the NHL Golden Knights’ owner is also reportedly interested in trying to bring an MLS team to the city, 5. PHOENIXOnce considered a bit of a long shot, the owners of USL side Phoenix Rising have been working hard to build an enticing expansion project for MLS to consider and have ticked several boxes. The group has a diverse and high-profile list of owners, including Didier Drogba, who recently wrapped up his illustrious playing career with a run to the USL final. Phoenix also has a stadium project lined up. What’s working against Phoenix? It doesn’t have much in the way of professional soccer history, though it has drawn large crowds to the area to see the U.S. and Mexican national teams. It is a large market, the largest among the current expansion contenders, but it’s also a market loaded with professional sports, meaning more competition for dollars and eyeballs.Phoenix received a boost when San Diego’s expansion hopes were crushed by a failed stadium vote in October of 2018, but Las Vegas’ emergence as a serious contender poses a real threat to Phoenix’s chances of securing one of the next three expansion spots.6. RALEIGHThe more established of the two North Carolina-based expansion possibilities, Raleigh’s bid is led by Steve Malick, owner of USL outfit North Carolina FC, who also owns an NWSL team and has strong ties with MLS. The Raleigh bid has received a major boost recently in the wake of the unveiling of a $2 billion development project in downtown Raleigh featuring a soccer stadium. Malick has partnered with developer Kane Realty Corporation to propose the project, named Downtown South.The new project has helped Raleigh’s profile climb past some other stagnant bids, while also staying ahead of Charlotte as the leading bid in North Carolina.7. DETROITOnce considered a front-runner for an expansion team, Detroit’s group has undergone some setbacks that have taken the steam out of the once-booming bid.A finalist for an expansion spot when MLS chose to award teams to Nashville and Cincinnati, Detroit lost momentum after changing its plans for a stadium, going from building a new soccer-specific stadium to playing in Ford Field. Detroit’s bid endured another recent setback with the revelation that a proposed retractable roof for Ford Field isn’t a viable option . Detroit’s stadium situation may not be as much of a negative as originally believed considering how Atlanta United has successfully turned playing into an NFL stadium into a positive.Working against Detroit’s chances is St. Louis’ emergence as leading expansion option in the Midwest, and the growing strength of North Carolina-based interest, which could position new expansion threats in an area of the country where MLS could use a presence.8. SAN DIEGOJust one successful public stadium vote away from jumping to the top of this list, San Diego has fallen hard after seeing its soccer stadium initiative soundly defeated in last November’s voting. The lopsided margin not only cost San Diego a chance at an MLS team by 2021, it may also scare away future groups from trying to bring a team to San Diego in the future.Why is San Diego still on the list? San Diego State University’s stadium project bid was successful, and that group’s officials have suggested an MLS team could play in the new 35,000-seat football stadium the university intends to build. MLS officials made it clear before the election that the league preferred to deal with the Soccer City ownership group, but things can change, and we’ll call it highly unlikely, though not impossible, that MLS considers putting a team in the new San Diego football stadium. That would require a new ownership group though since it seems extremely unlikely that Soccer City would join forces with the same group that dragged it through the mud during a contentious run-up to last November’s stadium vote.MLS commissioner Don Garber told Goal last November, after the failed stadium vote, that San Diego could still work itself back into the picture, and now that MLS has revealed plans to expand to 30 teams, that could breath new life into San Diego’s chances. Throw in the recent announcement of a USL team being launched in San Diego, led by Landon Donovan and MLS expansion guru Walter Smith, and San Diego is suddenly starting to climb back up the expansion rankings.9. TAMPAWhen David Beckham’s Miami expansion team begins play it will leave just one market that has lost an MLS team and not gotten it back in the form of Tampa. MLS commissioner Don Garber made bringing MLS back to Miami a priority, but hasn’t been as publicly driven to bring MLS back to Tampa more than 15 years after the Mutiny were contracted.The recent sale of the Tampa Bay Rowdies to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team should improve the market’s chances of gaining an MLS expansion team, but the fact that the Southeast has recently added Orlando City, Atlanta United and will soon add Miami leaves Tampa low on this list as MLS focuses its attention on other parts of the country.10. INDIANAPOLISThe recent twists and turns in MLS expansion haven’t helped Indianapolis very much. FC Cincinnati’s impending move to MLS, coupled with the successful saving of the Columbus Crew, means the Midwest isn’t the priority it once was as MLS tries to put together its expansion plan.At least that was the popular belief before MLS unveiled plans to expand to 30 teams. Now, with a much larger footprint than originally planned, MLS could start looking at the success of FC Cincinnati and rejuvenated market in Columbus as signs that the MIdwest is a market to cultivate and not one to stop developing. Indianapolis has a weak bid by comparison to others on this list, with no soccer-specific stadium plans in the immediate future, but Cincinnati’s success and Columbus’ revival could give Indianapolis the evidence it needs to start convincing city leaders that MLS is an investment worth making.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)An AP Poll voter is getting criticized for where he ranked Ohio State in the latest edition of the top 25 poll following the games that took place Week 1.The Buckeyes came in at No. 4 in the latest AP Poll. Ohio State was No. 5 in the preseason poll but jumped up one spot following the 77-31 win over Oregon State on Saturday.Jonny Miller, an AP Poll voter from WBZ NewsRadio 1030, does not have Ohio State in his top 10. He doesn’t have the Buckeyes in his top 20, either.Ohio State comes in at No. 25 in Miller’s top 25 poll.Ohio State 25th tho? pic.twitter.com/1pMYSWVJOI— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) September 4, 2018This…doesn’t make much sense. Miller would likely have to be punishing Ohio State for moral reasons, since Urban Meyer is suspended for three games following the school’s investigation into his handling of allegations against now-fired assistant Zach Smith.No other AP Poll voter has Ohio State ranked lower than No. 6.All @AP_Top25 Week 2 ballots. pic.twitter.com/hskYEj2JfD— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 4, 2018It’s obviously fine for everyone to have their own opinions on where to rank teams inside the top 25, but placing Ohio State at No. 25 doesn’t seem justifiable.You can view the full results of the latest AP Poll here.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The Red River Rivalry is always heated. This year, we get a second edition of Oklahoma vs. Texas football, in this weekend’s Big 12 Championship.Oklahoma has a potential return to the College Football Playoff on the line. Texas could break through for a New Year’s Six bowl berth…and, of course, the chance to spoil the Sooners’ national championship aspirations.Texas won the first edition of this game in October, 48-45. That doesn’t mean Tom Herman is done looking for an edge.On Monday, Tom Herman confirmed that Texas football is bringing in former Kansas head coach David Beaty this week ahead of the conference title game.Anwar Richardson of Orange Bloods first reported the move:Former Kansas football coach David Beaty will visit Austin this week & help Texas prepare to face Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, according to a source. Goal is to learn Texas’ offensive and defensive tendencies, signals that tip off opposing teams, & any other insight pic.twitter.com/n7ZzYuWrZf— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 26, 2018After making it official, Herman said that it is a “pretty standard move,” and he’s not really wrong. The most famous example is Nick Saban bringing in Lane Kiffin as an analyst in 2013 after he was fired by USC. He wound up stepping in as offensive coordinator the following year.Herman also appeared to tip his hat in greeting Beaty after Texas’ 24-17 regular season finale win at Kansas.WATCH: David Beaty’s last post game handshake and jog off the field as the Jayhawks football coach. If you listen closely, you can hear Texas Head Coach Tom Herman tell him “I love you, I’m gonna call you later.” pic.twitter.com/GVhTJ2Q99g— Scott Braswell KAKE News (@ScottBSports) November 24, 2018Lincoln Riley has responded to the move, and while he acknowledges that it is within the rules, he doesn’t like it at all. Via The Kansas City Star:“Coach Beaty can do what he wants to do,” Riley said. “I don’t like the precedent of it, of being able to bring in somebody from a league in the same year. I don’t think that’s good for the conference. But it’s not against the rules, and if they want to do it, that’s fine.”Video of the answer:I would say Lincoln Riley made his feelings on David Beaty’s move to help Texas this week pretty clear here #Sooners pic.twitter.com/x1UIDnAFRT— Josh Callaway (@JoshCallaway714) November 26, 2018Beaty’s KU offense, which was improved this season, put up 40 points in a 55-40 loss to Oklahoma this season. Of course, the Jayhawks were one of five teams to score 40+ on the Sooners, including each of the team’s last four opponents, as well as Texas earlier in the season.Beaty is far from the only one to crack the relatively simple code that is the Sooners’ defense. Winning a second shootout with Riley and Kyler Murray should be extremely difficult though, and Herman is well within his right to get all the help he can get.[The Kansas City Star]
BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)With college football less than two weeks away, publications have been putting out all kinds of “all-time” lists in preparation for the season. Sports Illustrated dropped an interesting one on Monday.SI decided to rank the 10 “greatest” college football programs in history. Some fans are not thrilled with how the list turned out.Alabama checks in at No. 1 – ahead of Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan. There isn’t too much to debate there.The main issue seems to be Oklahoma’s ranking in relation to a few other programs. SI has the Sooners as the 10th-best program of all time – behind Tennessee. They’re also six spots behind their main rival Texas. Here’s the list:10. Oklahoma9. Tennessee8. Penn State7. Nebraska6. Notre Dame5. USC4. Texas3. Michigan2. Ohio State1. AlabamaThe author of the post, Ross Dellenger, made sure to note that it was a collective effort over at SI to put the rankings together.SI just unveiled its 10 greatest programs in college football history. Oklahoma is 10th, behind Tennessee, Nebraska and Texas… https://t.co/oEDlSAXRZm— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 12, 2019For all those on the attack in my mentions, the @si_ncaafb staff as a whole ranked this list. I only wrote the blurb on each team.And, buddy, do I need a drink.. https://t.co/w5PbghYwtT— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 12, 2019Personally, I believe Oklahoma should be in the top five – ahead of Texas. The rankings for Tennessee and Penn State also seem a little high. Other than that, it seems fine.College football fans – what do you think of the list?