TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry leans on Dein to go for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry has jumped into the battle for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Off contract in June, Cesc has been put up for sale by Chelsea ahead of the January for a price of £7-8m.AC Milan and Roma are in talks with Cesc and Chelsea, as is Atletico Madrid.And Nice-Matin says Henry is also keen on the former Arsenal captain as he attempts to stave off relegation. The pair played together at Arsenal for four years.Further strengthening Henry’s chances is he shares with Cesc the same agent, Darren Dein.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marcos Llorente proud to be Real Madrid MOM for CWC finalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain.Llorente impressed in midfield and even added a goal to mark the occasion.”Football is like a dream and it can change overnight,” he said.”You have to keep working and not let your guard down.”Only then can you take advantage of opportunities.”Llorente again shone for Real Madrid and he admitted his happiness with the recent recognition he has received.”I’m happy to receive it,” he said.”For the goal and for the final we just won.”It’s time to enjoy it with the family now, with those who are there when things are not going well.”
Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tamezeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are preparing an offer for Adrien Tameze from Nice.The midfielder will cost roughly £8.5 million, with manager Neil Warnock a huge fan.The Frenchman has played 50 times for Nice.”I think we’ve almost agreed terms for one particular player,” said Warnock to reporters recently, with the assumption he is referring to Tameze.”There’s numerous players we’ve been linked with, the chairman (Mehmet Dalman) and Ken Choo (CEO) are talking to loads of players as far as I’m aware – second, third choices – to see who’s available.”But we’re not going to bring people in that aren’t better than what we’ve got. You’ve got to get the right ones in.”You look at some of the players we’re looking at and the figures are astronomical. I think it’s going to be one of those jobs again, late on in the window again where somebody decides to let somebody go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL: Brighton goalkeeper prospect Tom McGill joins Worthingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton goalkeeper prospect Tom McGill has joined Worthing on loan for the season.The 18-year-old was promoted to the under-23s squad this summer and has been capped six times at England under-17 level.Under-23s coach Simon Rusk said: “This is a good move for Tom at this stage of his development.”He has made good progress in recent years, having successfully made the step up to the under-23 age group, and we’ll closely monitor him during this loan period.” McGill’s Worthing loan will also cover the Isthmian League premier division play-offs. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Chicago Fire gain approval to switch stadiums from 2020by Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Chicago Park District board has approved a deal to move Chicago Fire’s home games to Soldier Field, the home stadium of the Chicago Bears National Football League (NFL) franchise, in time for the 2020 MLS season, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The move follows an agreement between the MLS outfit and the Village of Bridgeview, which saw the club pay a US$60.5 million release fee to leave the district’s SeatGeek Stadium, with the club expected to sign a three-year lease at Soldier Field, including an option to extend by a further eight years.Chicago Red Stars, the National Women’s Soccer League NWSL) outfit, will continue to play their home fixtures in Bridgeview.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adolf Hutter insists they face Europa League opponents Arsenal as underdogs.The Germans host the Gunners tonight in their opening group game.Hutter said, “We can’t wait to face last year’s finalist. “Tomorrow we play at home, there will be a great atmosphere. Our expectations have increased, we are perceived differently thanks to our performance last season, but now we start from scratch, we are ready to take the field against our group’s favourites. “Arsenal is a real big team, we are charged.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer tells Man Utd chiefs they must buy striker in Januaryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told club chiefs they must buy a striker in January.Solskjaer lost both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan in the summer with no replacement brought in.Still Solskjaer says he has no regrets about letting Lukaku leave Manchester United.He said: “It was time for Rom to go. He knows that. He didn’t want to be here. What is the point in having players that don’t want to be here?”Solskjaer says he tried to find a new striker in the summer but simply couldn’t get the right man.He said: “There’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about.”When you get players in you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period and that’s the long-term thinking we have to show.“I cannot think, ‘I need a player because this is my reputation’. No, it’s the club.”
Man Utd veteran Mata admits painful watching Liverpool, Man Cityby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata admits it is painful to see Manchester City and Liverpool above Manchester United.The Red Devils are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table, whilst their storied rivals are neck and neck at the top for the second consecutive season.”I like to watch matches when I have a day off because I love the game and I can appreciate good football, but if I am watching Liverpool or Man City playing, the rivalry they have with my club means a lot to me,” Mata told Goal. “You can say it doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to a fan, but it can for sure. Michael Owen clearly gave you a different view on this, but the rivalry that means a lot to the fans of my club also means a lot to me.”For example, I have a passion for my first club Real Oviedo. So, I cannot be happy if they play well and the result has gone against them. Also, I cannot look at their rivals and say I am happy if they are playing good football and achieving more.”It is the same now that I am at United. You can see that City and Liverpool are good teams and they play nice football, but I cannot be happy that United are behind them at the moment. Of course not. I understand what it means to the fans to be behind City and Liverpool, and I cannot be happy about this. I prefer to focus on us rather than thinking about our rivals.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
NCAA BracketsWe’re about a month away from the start of the best three weeks of the college sports year. In roughly four weeks, it’ll be Selection Sunday. On March 13, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will unveil its 68-team field on CBS. Here’s what the bracketologists are currently projecting the NCAA Tournament to look like. CBSNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Villanova. No. 2 seeds: Xavier, Iowa, Oregon, Miami. No. 3 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Michigan State, West VirginiaNo. 4 seeds: Dayton, USC, Iowa State, PurdueFull bracket. ESPNNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa. No. 2 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Oregon, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: Miami, Michigan State, Xavier, West Virginia.No. 4 seeds: Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Dayton. Full bracket. FOX SportsNo. 1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami.No. 3 seeds: UNC, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier.No. 4 seeds: USC, Texas, Iowa State, Purdue.Full bracket.Sports IlllustratedNo. 1 seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Kansas, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: UNC, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon.No. 4 seeds: Baylor, Miami, Texas A&M, Purdue. Full bracket. And now, to get you in the mood for the NCAA Tournament:
Karim Benzema continued his scoring streak as he netted for the sixth time in four games to help Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves on Sunday. The Frenchman struck after 30 minutes of a one-sided contest at Santiago Bernabeu where Gareth Bale made his first start overcoming a calf injury but Vinicius Junior stole the show, including scoring his side’s second. It was the 18-year-old who unlocked the Alaves defence with a killer pass in the build-up to Benzema’s opener, and he converted Marco Asensio’s low cross to double Madrid’s advantage 10 minutes from time. 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? Substitute Mariano Diaz added a late third as Madrid moved to within two points of second-placed Atletico – who lost 1-0 away at Real Betis earlier in the day – in the table after a fourth consecutive win in LaLiga.4 – @Benzema has scored last four games for @realmadrid in all competitions (six goals), his best run since January 2017 (five games in a row). Tone pic.twitter.com/vVJgHS2IwX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 3, 2019Guillermo Maripan’s error almost allowed Dani Ceballos to open the scoring after three minutes but his shot deflected over the bar, while Benzema curled an effort narrowly wide from just inside the box moments later.Vinicius slalomed through the Alaves defence before stinging the palms of Fernando Pacheco with a shot from 15 yards before playing a key role in the first goal.The Brazilian teenager had the vision to see Sergio Reguilon’s run and played him in behind the Alaves defence, with the defender sending over a low cross that Benzema side-footed into the net.Ruben Duarte volleyed a rare Alaves chance wide from an acute angle at the start of the second half before Bale tested Pacheco with a low drive at the other end.Santiago Solari replaced Bale and Benzema with Mariano and Asensio in the final half-hour and the latter’s centre bounced through the Alaves box to the feet of Vinicius, who calmly provided the finish.Alvaro Odriozola was denied a goal by an offside decision but did set up Mariano in additional time, the forward’s firm header wrapping up a thoroughly convincing win for the hosts in the Spanish capital.What does it mean? Second place in sight After a tumultuous start to the season, Madrid have worked their way back into contention for a top-two finish and are now within striking distance of Atletico, who they play next in the league. Catching Barcelona – who are eight points clear of Solari’s side – may be a tall order, but they will be focused on making sure they finish above their neighbours.Vinicius growing in confidence The hefty fee – reportedly €45million – Real Madrid spent to bring Vinicius to Spain last year looks like a bargain after the young forward put in a performance full of maturity and poise.Fit-again Bale short of form While Vinicius and Benzema zipped around the pitch, Bale looked rusty on his first start since January 3. The Wales international needs to hit form quickly with key games, both at home and in Europe, looming on the horizon.Key Opta facts – Real Madrid have won their last four LaLiga games – their best run in the competition since March 2018.- Madrid faced just one shot on target against Alaves. It equals their lowest tally in a single game this season in all competitions (the same as against Sevilla and Getafe, all at Santiago Bernabeu in LaLiga).- Karim Benzema has scored 10 goals in LaLiga this season. That is double the amount he scored in the last campaign (five).- Mariano Diaz has scored his first goal for Madrid in LaLiga since December 10, 2016 against Deportivo Coruna.- Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez have just won one of his six games against Real Madrid as manager in LaLiga (D1 L4).What’s next? Madrid play the first of three forthcoming games against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday before facing Atletico, while Alaves will hope to return to winning ways when they take on Levante. read more