DMK, BJP spar over alleged imposition of Hindi in Tamil Nadu

first_imgDravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) member Kalanidhi Veeraswamy Wednesday alleged the BJP-led NDA government attempted to impose Hindi on Tamil Nadu, which was thwarted by the Dravidian party.Participating in the discussions on Demands for Grants for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for 2019-20 in Lok Sabha, Kalanidhi Veeraswamy said the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) will continue to protect Tamil speaking people’s linguistic pride.”There have been 3 attempts by the BJP-led NDA government to impose Hindi on Tamil people…We have agitated and successfully thwarted the BJP’s attempt to impose Hindi on Tamil Nadu,” Kalanidhi Veeraswamy said.Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) members T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran were also seen supporting Kalanidhi Veeraswamy.” We are Dravidians and have been opposing the imposition of Hindi since 1930. We will continue to protect our linguistic pride,” Kalanidhi Veeraswamy said.However, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy protested and said that Hindi is India’s main language, how can DMK MP Veeraswamy speak against Hindi.”We are talking about Sports, where does imposition of Hindi come in…This is completely wrong,” Rajiv Pratap Rudy asserted.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Section 144 imposed at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru from July 11 to 14ALSO READ | From Jai Shri Ram to Allahu Akbar: How our netas took an oath of duty in Lok SabhaALSO WATCH | BJP MP Om Birla unanimously elected as Lok Sabha speakerlast_img read more

Asked AITA for neutral venue: Mahesh Bhupathi on India’s Davis Cup tie in Pakistan

first_imgThe Indian Davis Cup team wants the tie against Pakistan in Islamabad next month to be shifted to a neutral venue and is baffled that the national federation has merely asked for a security re-check so far.After repeatedly making statements that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) will seek a neutral venue, its general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee surprisingly sought just a security re-check from the International Tennis Federation.It left the players and the team management disappointed and after discussing the matter among themselves, they have decided to approach the federation.”We have asked AITA to request for a neutral venue,” said India captain Mahesh Bhupathi.Another player, who did not wish to be named, said the team is “quite surprised” with how AITA has dealt with the situation.The AITA said it would go ahead with the visa formalities for the tie if the September 14-15 clash is cleared by the ITF following a fresh security check.A section within the AITA is also surprised that the Indian government was not ready to take a stand despite escalating tension between the two nations following recent scrapping of the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir.Sports minister Kiren Rijijiu on Monday said that since the Asia Oceania Group 1 tie is not a bilateral series and the world body is involved in hosting of the Davis Cup, they can’t stop tennis players from travelling to Pakistan.”We understand that the Olympic charter does not allow government interference but this is a question of lives of the players. The government always jumps in when Indian citizens are trapped abroad and try to ensure their safe passage back to country,” said an official on condition of anonymity.advertisement”Are tennis players not citizens of India? How can the government risk their lives by not stopping them?” he asked.The AITA is also being criticised for not seeking a neutral venue despite the prevailing circumstances.”It’s beyond understanding why AITA did not ask for change in venue in clear terms? Why are they beating around the bush? Do players mean anything to them,” said another official.No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.Since 2017, Pakistan have played four of their five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving them a walkover.The last time Pakistan played on a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016.Also Read | ITF satisfied with security plans for Pakistan vs India Davis Cup tie in IslamabadAlso Read | Indian government won’t have say on participation in Davis Cup tie in Pakistan: Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Pakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venuelast_img read more

GREEK FEST BEGINS FRIDAY IN SIOUX CITY

first_imgMany local residents will be celebrating their Greek heritage this weekend in Sioux City with food and entertainment.Spokesperson Christine McAvoy says Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is hosting its 17th annual “Greek Fest” at the church located at 900 6th Street:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GREEK.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………amount of pastry. :10Besides the gyros and baklava,there’s also traditional Greek music and dancing.McAvoy says there are also tours available of the historic church, which is 99 years old:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GREEK2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..on these tours. :23There’s also a Bazaar with a variety of merchandise on sale also.Greek Fest begins Friday from 5pm until 10pm and runs from 11am-10pm Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday.last_img read more

CITY POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN MORNING CRASH ON BYPASS

first_imgAn officer with the Sioux City Police Department was injured Wednesday morning as he was assisting at the scene of a traffic accident on the Highway 20 Bypass.Police Lt. Chris Groves says the officer was seated in his patrol vehicle around 6:45am helping to direct traffic when his car was struck by a passing vehicle:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HURT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….rear of the car. :15Groves says it’s not known yet why the driver didn’t see the vehicle and its flashing lights on the open stretch of highway:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HURT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………cars to move. :17Groves says the side airbags deployed and the officer sustained minor injuries.The driver of the car will be cited and was taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.Photo by Sioux City Policelast_img read more

Trevone Boykin out 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery (but not really)

first_imgAccording to Frogs O’ War Trevone Boykin had wrist surgery this week and will not play on Saturday against Oklahoma State.That’s a bummer for Boykin and a stroke of luck for the Pokes since Boykin was having easily the best season of his career.A look at his line: 58 percent | 1,463 yards | 11 TDs | 2 INT | 305 rushing yards | 3 rushing TDsBREAKING NEWS: Trevone Boykin Has Wrist Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks http://t.co/GzDksuvU1v— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014Gundy said on Monday that No. 2 was going to be a problem for OSU.“Feels like spreading people out and allowing him (Boykin) to be the thrower he is, but then he’s also leading their team in rushing.”Boykin’s replacement is A&M transfer Matt Joeckel who backed up John Foots for the last two years in College Station.Boykin actually beat him out for the job in fall camp.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Trevone Boykin won't play on Saturday (USATSI)Trevone Boykin won’t play on Saturday (USATSI)UPDATE (2:09 p.m.)TCU spokesman tells me Trevone Boykin is practicing today.— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 14, 2014Nothing is real.TCU coach Gary Patterson tells me there’s no truth to a report that Trevone Boykin had wrist surgery Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks.— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 14, 2014The sources were tricked, apparently.Earlier today, we received faulty information regarding TCU, and quarterback Trevone Boykin.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014 Now, it appears that a trick had been played on the sources. I had no reason to doubt my writer, and he had no reason to doubt his sources.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014center_img Our writer received confirmation of the story from multiple sources, and I made the call to run it.— Frogs O’ War (@FrogsOWar) October 14, 2014last_img read more

Germany roll to Norway thrashing

first_imgGermany 6 Norway 0: World Cup holders move one step closer to Russia 2018 Harry West 04:36 9/5/17 Germany - Cropped Bongarts Germany are on the brink of securing qualification to Russia 2018 after the World Cup holders demolished Norway 6-0 on Monday. Timo Werner scored twice as Germany swept aside Norway 6-0 to move one step closer to qualification for the World Cup finals in Russia next year.The holders would have secured progress had Northern Ireland failed to defeat Czech Republic, but their Group C rivals’ win means the defending champions will advance if they avoid defeat in Belfast next month.Few would back against Joachim Low’s side on this form, after a three-goal blitz in the opening 21 minutes effectively put the game to bed in Stuttgart on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Mesut Ozil, perhaps relishing the freedom of a break from the current discontent at Arsenal, gave Germany the lead and Julian Draxler – recalled as one of three changes from Friday’s 2-1 win in Prague – added a second soon afterwards.Werner’s first was a simple tap-in as Norway wilted under the opening barrage, and the RB Leipzig forward doubled his tally with a fine header shortly before the interval.Half-time substitute Leon Goretzka made it five shortly after the resumption and his fellow replacement Mario Gomez added further gloss as Germany maintained their perfect qualifying record this campaign.Current mood #DieMannschaft #GERNOR 5-0 pic.twitter.com/kIxRIrg4rW— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 4, 2017Germany had taken only quarter of an hour to make the breakthrough in the reverse fixture exactly a year ago and they were even quicker off the mark this time as Ozil swept home Jonas Hector’s cut-back from the left in the 10th minute.Toni Kroos blazed over when he ought to have doubled the lead a minute later but the hosts did not have to wait long to stretch their advantage as Draxler turned sharply inside the box and placed a calm finish into the bottom-left corner.Norway were in danger of complete capitulation and only had themselves to blame for Germany’s third. Jorgen Skjelvik’s loose pass set the defence on the back foot and Thomas Muller dummied Kroos’ square pass to Werner, who had the simplest of tasks to tap home.The visitors briefly managed to stem the black and white tide, but the respite was only temporary as Werner claimed his second in the 40th minute, arching his back impressively to head in Muller’s excellent right-wing delivery.Özil’s first goal for in over a yearDraxler goal on first start of the seasonWerner now 6 goals in 8 internationalsGermany pic.twitter.com/GCEO53TL9g— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 4, 2017Kroos was brilliantly denied by Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein on the stroke of half-time but the pattern continued after the break as Muller’s replacement Goretzka quickly announced himself on proceedings, rising highest to nod home Draxler’s chipped cross.Norway belatedly showed some signs of life as Ole Selnaes fired narrowly off-target and Mats Hummels deflected a low ball just wide but Germany were soon on the front foot again as Gomez’s diving header converted Joshua Kimmich’s cross to complete a thumping victory for the holders, whose form looks ominous for those hoping to relieve them of the trophy in Russia. read morelast_img read more

Herrera in Champions League warning to Man Utd

first_imgAnder Herrera Herrera fires Champions League warning to Man Utd team-mates Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 15:51 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ander Herrera Man Utd 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League The Spaniard urges his side to remember where they came from having triumphed in the Europa League and that they can’t take any opponent lightly Ander Herrera has a stark warning for his Manchester United team-mates, insisting it would be a mistake to underestimate their Champions League opponents.The Red Devils were drawn in what, on paper, appears to be one of the easier groups in this season’s competition, with the Premier League club facing Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica.Man Utd 5/2 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing United sealed their progression to the Champions League by winning the Europa League last term and Herrera insists that Jose Mourinho’s side must now take it game-by-game in Europe’s premier club competition.He said, as quoted by ESPN: “We have to know where we come from. We have come from the Europa League, we won it and it is very important and it is a very good title but it is the Europa League.”We were sixth in the Premier League [last season] so we have to respect every team we face because they deserve to be in the Champions League.”Basel have been champions of Switzerland for many years, they have a talented team. They sell players to the world with a lot of talent. We have to respect them. We are ready but we have to respect every opponent and realise where we have come from.”We are a big club and maybe the biggest in the world but we were not in the Champions League last season and we have to take it step by step. First aim we have is Basel. We cannot think of winning the Champions League now, we have to take it one step at a time.”Herrera also praised the impact of summer signing Romelu Lukaku and believes he is capable of delivering in the Champions League.He added: “Last season we won three titles because we had one of the top scorers like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If you want to be a champion and win titles you need a guy like him and Romelu is doing fantastic for us.”Paul Pogba is there to score goals, Marcus [Rashford] will score, Anthony [Martial] is scoring, Juan [Mata] will score because it is in his DNA so we cannot give all the responsibility to Romelu. It is important to have him though.”It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t played Champions League before, he has scored goals and played in the best league in the world so he will score goals for us. He is so hungry, he wants to win things, he wants to score goals and he wants to be important.”last_img read more

Trapp discusses possible PSG exit

first_imgTransfers PSG goalkeeper Trapp discusses possible PSG exit Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 16:56 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin Trapp Getty Images Transfers PSG PSG v Troyes Troyes Ligue 1 The goalkeeper knows he needs to be playing in order to secure a spot in Joachim Low’s 23 man squad, and admitted he might need to leave Paris Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp concedes a January transfer might be necessary in order to salvage his World Cup hopes.The Germany international made his first appearance of the season in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Troyes, with head coach having preferred Alphonse Areola between the posts up until this point.PSG to beat Bayern BTTS 14/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Trapp joined Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Bernd Leno in Germany’s triumphant Confederations Cup squad earlier this year and Manuel Neuer’s on-going injury problems bring the competition for goalkeeping places in Joachim Low’s Russia 2018 squad into sharper focus.”Of course, I’ve said that a player needs to play regularly in order to go to the World Cup,” Trapp told reporters after his clean sheet return.”It’s normal. I’ve never seen a coach call someone up who wasn’t playing.”But we’ll see what happens. Now is not the time to talk about my future.”Trapp added: “It [the transfer window] is close but we still have six or seven games to win, then we’ll see what happens during the break.”I’ve said that I’m happy here, despite my situation. I’ve also had some good talks with the coaches, which is important.”last_img read more

‘Tortillas that taste like glory’ – the secret of Mexico’s World Cup diet

first_imgShare on Messenger Mexico starting to think big but need to refocus for South Korea test Mexico Every member of the squad has a different diet plan, “not just based on his position”, Boullosa said, “but also based on his physique and his performance in training and in games. It’s not the same for someone who played 90 minutes, to someone who stayed on the bench, we take every variable into account to make sure every player gets what they need”.The plan obviously worked for Mexico’s opening match, where their high-tempo game overwhelmed defending champions Germany. Read more Twitter Since arriving in Europe for the World Cup red meat has been finally back on the menu for the players. “Players ask for their quesadillas and their tacos and that really helps psychologically, because you bring them closest to home” said squad nutritionist Beatriz Boullosa, who rejoined the Mexican backroom staff in 2015. She was previously part of the staff that helped Mexico win the under-17 world title in 2011, and also worked for the Olympic team that won the gold medal in 2012.“We brought a lot of food and we also brought a chef to make every dish as the player likes it, we are making corn tortillas that taste like glory.” While every player at the World Cup will be taking great care over their diet and nutrition during the tournament, the Mexican squad have an extra incentive to be careful – to avoid domestic meat contaminated with growth hormones.The squad has bought two tons of food along with them to Russia, but none of the meat will be coming from Mexico itself. Mexico has a history of producing meat contaminated with Clenbuterol, used to promote muscle growth in livestock, but also banned as a performance-enhancing substance in athletes. Having gone without while in Mexico, the squad were allowed to start eating red meat once they arrived in Denmark for a pre-World Cup friendly. “Players are carnivorous by nature and they are happy to get the red meat back on their diet, and in nutrition terms it was also important” Boullosa said.One vital ingredient for their diet has come from Mexico, however – hot sauces. “We made a spicy chili-peanut sauce that is delicious, and we also have traditional salsas some of the super spicy and some mild ones”, added Boullosa. “We also brought cans of beans and corn. We are super loaded.”Still, while the backroom staff take every care over the preparation, it’s not always the case that players will listen. Before their departure from Mexico some of the squad made headlines after being seen out late partying for Javier Hernández’s 30th birthday. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Share on Twitter Reuse this content When used for performance enhancement Clenbuterol increases lean muscle mass and reduces body fat. Agriculturally, although outlawed in most countries, it can be used on cattle, lamb, poultry and swine. The World Anti-Doping Agency has, in the past, issued specific warnings about the problem with agricultural usage in both China and Mexico. In 2011, five players from Mexico’s squad tested positive for clenbuterol, among them Guillermo Ochoa, the starting goalkeeper in this World Cup. The country’s federation ruled the positive tests were caused by contaminated meat. More recently, Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez tested positive for the same forcing the postponement of his rematch with Gennady Golovkin. Read more US sports Share on Pinterest Mexican squad nutritionist Beatriz Boullosa speaks during an interview in Moscow. Photograph: Eduardo Verdugo/AP Share on LinkedIn World Cup Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is a player of substance Facebook Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 Topicslast_img read more

England should consider Pacific Islands tour, says coach Scott Wisemantel

first_imgWhen England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, discusses the state of Pacific Island rugby it pays to listen. When he urges the Rugby Football Union to arrange tours to Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – “I don’t think that just because it’s England you can think you’re above everyone else” – and to share with them their autumn gate receipts it is worth listening to.For Wisemantel has first-hand experience of working in the South Seas, for the past two years coaching at the Pacific Islands combine – an initiative to develop young players from the three countries, placing them with professional clubs abroad but crucially ensuring they are not poached by tier-one nations. Support The Guardian England in action against Samoa against Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters The scheme is part of World Rugby’s £20m investment in Pacific rugby over the last four years but it is open to question whether that is enough.How can it be when more than a fifth of all professional players, and an estimated 15% of those taking part at the World Cup, can claim Pacific Island heritage that it would be a considerable shock if Fiji, Samoa or Tonga reached the quarter-finals? Tonga, England’s opening World Cup opponents on Sunday, were recently beaten 92-7 by New Zealand and there is growing concern that Pacific Island players are being put under increased pressure by their professional clubs to make themselves unavailable for Test rugby.The combine initiative at least attempts to address that by ensuring players are “captured” by their countries before moving abroad but progress is slow. Should we really be surprised when the Pacific Islands threaten to boycott the World Cup amid suggestions of a proposal to shut them out of World Rugby’s Nations Championship plans?There is still no Super Rugby franchise based in Fiji, though Wisemantel questions the wisdom of that proposal, while Samoa’s Test against England in 2017 laid bare the financial inequality.Samoa earned around £650 per player, England £22,000, and while the RFU made a goodwill donation of £75,000, a percentage of the millions recouped from Twickenham would have made more of a difference. Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Lost in translation? World Cup has arrived in Japan but don’t tell everybody Rugby World Cup 2019: Fiji team guide Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Topics Reuse this content Tonga rugby union team Twitter Rugby World Cup 2019center_img Facebook England rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook New Zealand played their first Test in Samoa in the buildup to the 2015 World Cup while Tonga have hosted Ireland in 2003 and Wales were due to visit two years ago, only for stadium concerns to force a move to Auckland. England however, have not been to the Pacific Islands since the dawn of professionalism.“They do need that competition,” said Wisemantel. “They need to play consistently against the best. The problem is the revenue, whether financially it can be done, that’s the biggest issue. Potentially a solution is that in the November window, the Pacific nations get to play one of the big dogs at one of the big stadiums and they get a piece of the pie.“There’s no reason you couldn’t go there. Other teams have been there. I don’t think that just because it’s England you can think you’re above everyone else. There’s no reason you can’t go there, if you tack on a game against Australia or New Zealand, then you make it viable as a tour. But it’s a long way to go.” Rugby union news Fiji rugby union team Pinterest Samoa rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wisemantel is not holding his breath, however. “I’d like to see it happen but will it happen? I don’t think so. It’s important to keep building the base for them. Yes, I want to win [on Sunday] and we’d like to win well, but at the same time, I want it to be a contest. Eddie has given a really good overview of the motivations of the Island teams, which is the pride of a small nation doing well. And the second one is the ability to get a contract. He has also spoken about the importance of family, extended family in the village.”On Sunday Wisemantel fully expects James Faiva, a fly-half who was part of this year’s combine and subsequently earned a move to Europe, to be part of Tonga’s squad.Wisemantel’s role is to spend a week overseeing what is in effect a trial for players who have been purposely “captured” by either Samoa, Fiji or Tonga, then set about finding them clubs in nations such as New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Japan, or even France and Spain.“It gives you an appreciation of why they play and what they play for,” added Wisemantel. “You’ve got hit shells, balls, cones, all the testing equipment to do their strength and conditioning testing, but outside that it’s bibs, maybe a few agility poles. That’s it, it’s very raw but from a personal point of view it’s deeply rewarding. You see a guy come in at the start of the week from a village and then at the end of the week he’s off to play professional rugby to get paid. It’s brilliant.” Read more Share via Email Read morelast_img read more

Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

first_img1) New ZealandNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the quarter‑finals back at the top of the rankings, rated by the bookies as twice as likely to win the tournament as the second favourites. Don’t be so sure. It goes without saying they remain the best when on form, but that cancelled game might well be more of a hindrance to them than anyone, given that their last meaningful fixture will have been four weeks before their quarter‑final against Ireland. At least Italy would have been semi-meaningful. These All Blacks are not invincible at the best of times. Current world ranking: 12) EnglandThe same concerns apply to England. Nobody should be under any illusion that the cancelled game will help them. Their draw had been perfect, a series of Tests neatly escalating in difficulty. But when the fourth rung was removed, quite a leap was created to a quarter-final with Australia. Otherwise, England are in good shape. Defence remains a big question-mark, but defence is so 2007. Only Wales seem to bother with it these days. In attack, England are as threatening as anyone. Off-the-cuff counterattacking remains the speciality of the All Blacks, but England have developed a variety of ways to undo defences, including at the start of games when everyone is fresh and there are no excuses. Current world ranking: 33) South AfricaIn these curious times in which New Zealand are not necessarily miles ahead, a lot of people – uncomfortable with the idea of Wales, Ireland or, God forbid, England as likely candidates – have ventured South Africa as their tip. They won the Rugby Championship this year, after all (although no team has ever won that and the World Cup in the same year). They certainly boast as formidable a tight five as any, a pleasing blend of spark and ice at half-back, and Cheslin Kolbe. Oh, Cheslin Kolbe. Defensively, though, the 2007 vintage this is not. Current world ranking: 54) WalesWhich brings us to the defensive masters. We have long been told that defences win these competitions — in which case, hand the gong to Wales now. There is a sense, though, that things have changed. Wales have embarked on quite the campaign of late, gathering a grand slam, a record winning run and the kudos of being No 1 in the world — and they’ve done it with scarcely a whiff of the sort of try to quicken the pulses back home. They’ve done it with scarcely a try full stop, registering 10 of them in that grand-slam campaign – the same as Italy. But they’re still here, they’re still winning. Current world ranking: 2 Share via Email Twitter Sportblog Since you’re here… The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Facebook Twitter 10) FijiFiji too would be worthy quarter‑finalists. They have produced an astonishing array of attacking talents — and that’s not counting all those they’ve supplied to other countries. Wins against Australia or Wales would not have flattered them. Defeat by Uruguay is borderline unfathomable. Current world ranking: 1111) ArgentinaSemi-finalists last time out, and here they are in 11th. This business of fielding the same team at international level as domestic isn’t working. They could have picked some overseas players but with what message to those who stay at home? A dilemma. Current world ranking: 1012) TongaBetter and better with each game – oh, what would a level playing field do for these Island teams? They finally clinched that win against USA, after a whisker away against France. There are 110,000 people in Tonga. That’s the population of Chesterfield. Current world ranking: 1313) GeorgiaEurope’s answer to the Pacific Islanders, but a natural affinity for the muscular gets them only so far without the flair. Still, the same questions apply: what might they become with regular exposure? There’s no sign of any solution to that conundrum. Current world ranking: 1414) UruguayAuthors of the second biggest upset in World Cup history. Uruguay’s overturning of a 30-point handicap with the bookies against Fiji is second only to Japan’s 42-point handicap against South Africa four years ago. Against Wales, they flirted for a while with equalling the latter upset. Incredible. Current world ranking: 1815) ItalyNo scope for them to progress or regress. Isolated in the middle of their pool, way below the top two, way above the bottom, third was all they were ever going to get, even with a bonus two points against the All Blacks. Current world ranking: 12 Rugby World Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. New Zealand rugby union team Reuse this content Pinterest Share on Twitter Sergio Parisse and Jayden Hayward challenge Willie Le Roux in Fukuroi. Photograph: Mark R Cristino/EPA Share on Pinterest Facebook 5) JapanJapan, meanwhile, are doing so much more than win rugby matches. They are dismantling all received wisdom about how this game should be played and by whom. The hateful notion of tiers one, two and three has been exploded. As successive members of the old guard are dispatched, what should really terrify rugby’s establishment is that this team hail from a country of 125 million whose economy is the third largest in the world. If rugby can bite even modestly into Japan’s national consciousness, everything changes. A new centre of gravity could emerge to rival the current black hole that is England and France. America next. Current world ranking: 76) IrelandThe world rankings have received a lot of ridicule of late, never more so than when Ireland attained top spot on the eve of this competition, despite a string of recent indignities to embarrass 2018’s grand slam winners. The truth is, though, the rankings are very tight now with no one having to do much to top them – and that feels about right. Here Ireland are, sixth on our list (fourth on World Rugby’s), but they are genuinely capable of winning this thing, given a realistic upturn in form. Rugby has never had so much competition among its top teams. Current world ranking: 47) AustraliaAnd here we have Australia, World Cup finalists last time and twice champions. They too, it should not be particularly contentious to assert, are capable of winning this with a run of form. There is something by-the-seat-of-the-pants about this lot, but they will be relishing a crack at England, who seem so highly regarded after their humiliation by this side four years ago. Barely a few weeks ago Australia put nearly 50 on none other than the All Blacks. They are a long way from favourites, but an Australian triumph cannot be ruled out either. Current world ranking: 68) FranceDare we say the same of France? No, we dare not say anything about the French. This vintage is no different from any other – mutiny in the air, players sent home under suspicious circumstances, captains dropped, games won and nearly lost, chaos all round. And yet our eighth-ranked team are thrice finalists. Some of the rugby they have played has been devastating – and not just to themselves. They will look on Wales in the quarter-finals and shrug. Win there, and neither Japan nor South Africa would quite daunt them. They will not win the tournament, surely … but, well, you get the drift. They could. Current world ranking: 89) ScotlandA sobering few days, but let’s be clear: no team in the top 10 would have reacted any differently to the prospect of elimination without playing. They would sit comfortably in this top eight, but that no-show against Ireland will, and should, haunt them. Current world ranking: 9 Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 19) NamibiaAt one point their very participation was in doubt, World Rugby concerned about the integrity of Namibia’s governing body. No doubting that of Phil Davies and his happy band. They troubled teams rated far higher. A great shame their final game against Canada was cancelled. Current world ranking: 2320) CanadaThe decline of Canada is one of World Rugby’s more perplexing dilemmas. The former quarter-finalists should not have fallen so low. Much hope is invested in America’s new domestic league and this will hopefully help revive them, but too soon for this World Cup. Current world ranking: 22 Japan rugby union team Twitter 16) USADisappointing. Partly because expectations were high. USA had been rising steadily through the teens in those rankings, but they were flat in their opener against England and never quite discovered themselves. A Japan-USA final in 2043, anyone? Current world ranking: 1717) SamoaThey will always, along with Fiji and Tonga, hold the moral high ground, such are the gifts they have bestowed on a rugby world that gives so little in return. Alas, here they gave their fair share of gifts to the opposition too. Current world ranking: 1518) RussiaThey snuck in through the back door and found themselves opening the tournament against the hosts in Tokyo. Won a lot of friends with a feisty display in defeat, including the tournament’s opening try, but that was it for them and tries. Current world ranking: 20 Topics South Africa rugby team Wales’ centre Owen Watkin dodges a tackle by Uruguay prop Mateo Sanguinetti. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Chris Harris escapes the attentions of Japan’s Ryohei Yamanaka. Photograph: Shutterstock Share on LinkedIn Australia rugby union team Share on WhatsApp features England rugby union teamlast_img read more

De Boer: Liverpool would suit Zaha

first_imgTransfers Liverpool would be a great club for Zaha, says De Boer Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 22:37 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wilfried Zaha - cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Crystal Palace Premier League Crystal Palace v Burnley The striker could make a significant impact at Anfield or another big club should he leave Crystal Palace, according to the Dutchman Frank de Boer feels Liverpool would be a great option for Wilfried Zaha, who could “play for a much bigger club than Crystal Palace”, according to the Dutchman. Zaha suffered a knee injury in De Boer’s first match in charge of Palace in August. A nightmare start to the campaign in the forward’s absence then prompted the swift dismissal of the former Ajax and Inter boss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The return to fitness of the Ivory Coast international has coincided with a major upturn in the Eagles’ form under De Boer’s successor Roy Hodgson.Zaha failed to make an impact after moving to Manchester United in 2013, returning to Selhurst Park on loan before re-joining Palace two years later.De Boer, though, feels the 25-year-old is equipped to perform at the highest level. “I was really a little bit unfortunate that he was injured in the first game,” De Boer told Omnisport.”I missed him in the coming six games. He has a major impact for Crystal Palace because he can make something out of nothing. “He can play for a much bigger club than Crystal Palace, that’s for sure, I’m 100 per cent convinced.” Asked if a January move could benefit Zaha, De Boer said: “Not really right now, because he has to play every game, every week, I think that’s important for him right now.”Liverpool would be a great club for him, but I’m going to see what he does in the future. I’m very interested in him because I think he has a great potential.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mbappe: Neymar to Real Madrid rumours ‘hot air’

first_imgTransfers Neymar to Real Madrid links nothing but hot air, insists Mbappe Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 19:36 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Getty Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Kylian Mbappé The Brazilian is reported to be a target for Real Madrid, though his attacking partner in Paris is convinced it is mere speculation Rumours linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid at the end of this season are “nothing but hot air”, according to his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe.Neymar has only been at the Parc des Princes since PSG smashed the world transfer record to bring him in from Barcelona in August.But not long after his €222 million move was complete, speculation connecting him with a return to Spain and Barca’s bitter rivals Madrid started to circulate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid have continued to be linked with the Brazil star – who is currently out injured – in the Spanish media, but Mbappe is adamant it is all just speculation.When asked whether Neymar might leave, Mbappe told Telefoot : “It’s nothing but hot air.”Neymar sends me messages, gives me news. I wished him a good World Cup, but not to win it.”Of course, I have the goal of winning the World Cup. It’s even a dream. If we progress well, we can achieve something.”Mbappe’s coach Unai Emery is expected to leave PSG at the end of the season when his contract expires, likely a consequence of the club’s underwhelming performance in the Champions League for a second season running.Though Mbappe does not see the situation as cut and dry as some, he is adamant this has still been a good season as they march on towards the Ligue 1 title after lifting the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday.MVP #PSGASM #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/EZD6OJo1YV — Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) March 31, 2018 “I’m not sure that Emery will leave, even if he is at the end of his contract,” Mbappe added.”I don’t know if he talks to the club. We’ll see who will replace him if he leaves, but he is not leaving at the moment.”With PSG it’s a good season, even if we failed in Champions League. It will serve us well for next year, I hope. We will never forget it, that’s football. We simply didn’t deserve to progress.”last_img read more

The Liverpool super-fan who’s attended every UCL final

first_imgLiverpool Meet the Liverpool fan who’s been to every one of the club’s European Cup finals Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent 16:00 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephen 'Mono' Monaghan in Istanbul Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Stephen ‘Mono’ Monaghan has followed the Reds around Europe since the 1960s – here, he shares his fondest memories If a Liverpool fan ever tells you he or she “goes everywhere” to watch the Reds, there’s an easy way to check if they’re telling the truth.Ask them if they know ‘Mono’. Or better still, ask ‘Mono’ if he knows them. If he does, you’ve found yourself a genuine travelling Kopite.‘Mono’ is Stephen Monaghan, a 59-year-old Liverpudlian from Halewood. Known affectionately as ‘The King of the Kop’ he’s been following the Reds since the late 60s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And, boy, does he have some stories to tell.On Saturday, he will attend his eighth European Cup final with Liverpool. And he’s as excited about this one as he was his first, back in 1977.“I’m 59, but it’s as if I’m still 16,” he tells Goal. “I haven’t slept properly in days, I’m so worked up! It’s just been ‘Kiev, Kiev, Kiev!’”When we meet, he’s spent the day finalising flight and accommodation details for his travelling party – “a nightmare!” he grins – and is about to record a podcast with three fellow lifelong Reds. Brazilian TV have been asking to speak to him this week. The price of fame? “I’m not famous, mate,” he laughs. “I’m just a Kopite!”Well, not quite. He’s the King of the Kop, a prominent member of the Spirit of Shankly supporters’ union, the man whose ‘Leather Bottle’ banner can be seen everywhere the Reds go. He’s the kind of fan every club needs.Here, he talks us through his memories, from Paris down to Turkey, and everything in between…Stephen Monaghan's Liverpool European Cup final ticket stubsStephen Monaghan's Liverpool European Cup final ticket stubsRome 1977“They say your first love is always the best,” Mono says, smiling at the thought. “For me, that’s spot on. Rome will always be special to me. I love the place.”Mono had started going to Liverpool through his dad, John, in the late 1960s. John was a football man, the co-founder of Halewood Junior Football Club (which still runs to this day) and a friend and father figure to all. His nickname locally, Mono tells us, was “Shankly”.  By the time 1977 came, young Stephen was well on his way to becoming a veteran. He’d progressed from the Boys’ Pen to The Kop, obtaining his first season ticket for the 1973-74 season. He had a taste for it; there was no turning back.“It just became my life,” he says. “It sounds strange, but it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Football always came first. Other people would save money for nights out or for the pictures, whatever. I’d be saying: ‘I can’t come out tonight mate, I’m going to Ipswich on Saturday!’”For Mono, like many Liverpool fans, Rome was where it all began in terms of European trips. “We took 30,000 over there,” he laughs. “Nobody expected that. People were selling cars, selling washing machines, selling tellies, just so they could go.“Our trip started the previous Friday, getting the coach from Halewood to London for the FA Cup final. Manchester United beat us, and we were devastated. But we were at Victoria station the following morning and we were off to Rome on the Transalpino, £52 return!”Liverpool fan Stephen Monaghan in Rome, 1977Some Liverpool fans made that trip on the old ‘Football Special’ train from Lime Street, spending the best part of two days in squalid conditions. “Ours was luxury travel by comparison,” Mono laughs, though he remembers arriving in Rome and being confronted with a fountain outside the station. “We were straight in. Those fountains were full of Scousers that week!”The game itself went to plan, a 3-1 win over a fabulous Borussia Monchengladbach side sealing a first European Cup for Bob Paisley’s side.“The best,” Mono says. “I love Rome and I always will, because of that night.”Wembley 1978A year later, Liverpool were back in the final, facing Bruges at Wembley.“It meant the world to us,” Mono says. “To be the best team in Europe, it was everything. We were a great team, and we wanted to prove it.“I hitch-hiked to that final with a mate of mine, Terry. One of our other pals emigrated to Canada two weeks before it, what a bad decision that was!”Kenny Dalglish’s iconic goal settled the game. “He was my hero,” Mono admits. “When I was 50 a few years ago, one of my friends got me a signed picture and message from Kenny as a gift.“He wrote on it ‘To Mono, King of the Kop? There’s only one King!’ But I like to think I got there first!“He nearly got me killed on his debut for Liverpool, Kenny. It was at Middlesbrough, Ayresome Park, he scored after about seven minutes. We were in with the home fans because the Liverpool end was pretty crowded. We jumped up and I just remember getting booted! They chased us all over the place after that.“Kenny, to me, is the greatest player ever to pull on the red shirt. My dad’s hero was Billy Liddell, and Steven Gerrard in the modern generation came close, but Kenny was the one for me. He’s the real King.”Paris 1981After seeing their European supremacy briefly threatened by Brian Clough’s emerging Nottingham Forest, it was back to business for Liverpool in 1981, with Real Madrid beaten at the Parc des Princes in Paris.“That was the only final I never took a camera to!” Mono remembers. “I used to take pictures everywhere I went but, for whatever reason, I didn’t that time.“I just remember the song everyone was singing: ‘On the dole, in Paree, drinking wine!’ That was how it was in Liverpool at the time; the place was suffering, the Thatcher government was doing what it did and money was tight in the city.”The Toxteth riots came a few weeks after that final, and loads of people I knew were leaving Liverpool to go looking for work. I remember you’d go down to London for a game, and on the train back it’d be full of Scousers returning home with all their work gear, they’d be going back down there on the Monday morning.“That final, though, was great. Real Madrid were THE European team, as far as we were concerned. Whenever we were in Europe, we wanted to get drawn against them. It was exciting, something new, the biggest challenge. They were a great side, and we beat them. It wasn’t a great game, but it was a great night!”Liverpool v Roma, 1984Rome 1984Three years later, Liverpool – players and fans – walked into the lion’s den.Rome ’84 is notorious among Kopites for what happened after the game, with travelling Reds subjected to brutal, indiscriminate attacks from home supporters.Mono, though, has rather fonder memories of the trip.“It was one of the best I ever had!” he says. “We were meant to stay in a place called Ostia, which was where the rich and famous went. We ended up in a place called Ladispoli, which was a one-horse town, a hotel out of an Alfred Hitchcock film and one bar called ‘The International’!“Anyway, on the first night some of the lads went for a wander and ended up being chased by Italians on scooters with chains and all kinds. This was five days before the final!“Later that day, hundreds turned up ready to fight. It was scary. But I’ll never forget it, we were inside the one bar, ‘The International’, and this fella appears from nowhere, a police officer with a gun. He asked to speak to us, asked us if we wanted any trouble, we said no and he said: ‘You will get no more trouble now, I promise!’“Angelo, his name was. And after that, the hooligans were as nice as pie. They drank with us, they sang with us. Me and my mate Philly ended up speaking to their leader, and being invited to his house for a meal. We took flowers for his mum, she cooked us steak, spaghetti Bolognese, the works. It was mad, mate!”So was the football, in fairness. Graeme Souness delivered a masterclass, Bruce Grobbelaar’s spaghetti legs bamboozled Roma’s penalty takers and Alan Kennedy delivered the killer blow, just as he had in Paris. Liverpool were four-time European Champions.“The atmosphere for that game was something else,” Mono says. “We were in awe of it, to be honest. But what happened afterwards was chaos, it was frightening.“Everyone was getting attacked, women, children, the elderly. I remember seeing a mate of ours from Halewood, the day after the game. He was walking round with a ripped t-shirt and he didn’t know what day it was. He’d been attacked the night before, taken to hospital and checked himself out. He had no passport, no money, no plane ticket. We had to bunk him onto a flight back to England, honestly!”Me being the smallest, I had to hide under the seat so we could get him on. We all took it in turns to go to the toilet so there would be a seat. You’d get 10 years for that now, probably!”Mono's proud flag 'The Old Lady'Istanbul 2005The events of Heysel, of course, would cast a shadow over Liverpool, club and city, and bring an end to their era of European dominance. They would be banned from continental competition for six years, and it would be 20 before they were back in a European Cup final.“Sad, incomprehensible,” says Mono, understandably keen not to dwell on that fateful, tragic night in Brussels.By the time Liverpool got the chance to lift the trophy for a fifth time, the competition had been rebranded as the Champions League, Mono had a son, Joe, who was raised in the way of the family; he was a Red, and a passionate one.The 2004-05 season was a poignant one. John, Mono’s father, passed away the day before Liverpool played Olympiakos in the December. “When Steven Gerrard scored, I burst out crying,” he remembers. “And Joe did too. I remember someone near us saying: ‘Look at that, that’s passion!’ but it wasn’t, it was for my dad.”Liverpool, under Rafa Benitez, continued to defy the odds. Leverkusen fell, then Juventus, then Chelsea. AC Milan, Europe’s best, were next.“I still get emotional, even now,” Mono says. “I cried again in Istanbul when we did it. I remembered all those games, all those memories. He’d have loved it, but he’d have loved the thought of me and Joe being there together, witnessing that.“My next door neighbour left at half-time, I still give him stick about it now! It’s a life lesson as far as I’m concerned. Believe and support. I sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at half-time out of defiance; it’s down in folklore now that it made a difference. I’d love to think it did.”Stephen Monaghan and son JoeKiev 2018?And what of this weekend, then?Liverpool’s last Champions League final ended in defeat, in Athens in 2007, but now, 11 years on, they’re ready to go for number six.It’s already been some journey. They’ve been to Hoffenheim, to Seville and to Porto. Moscow brought a memorable run-in with Jose Mourinho, in which the unsuspecting Manchester United boss posed for a photograph wearing a Spirit of Shankly sticker. Grinning next to him, of course, was Mono.“We’d been out on a cruise round Moscow, so we’d had a few bevies!” he laughs.“We were staying at the Radisson, and the Manchester United team was there too. Mourinho was in the lobby so we just went for it. It was done and dusted in two seconds, I stuck the sticker on him, we took the picture and we were away.“I saw him again the next morning when I was having breakfast. I just winked at him ‘Alright, Jose, mate?’ He didn’t say a word!”Mono meets Jose MourinhoThe knockout stages brought more incredible moments; Porto saw the birth of the ‘Allez, Allez, Allez!’ chant which will soundtrack Liverpool’s weekend in Kiev, while trips to Manchester City and Roma will live long in the memory.And now, finally, to Ukraine. Mono will be there, so will his son. The man he bought his first season ticket with, John Nicolson, will be sat next to him as he always is. They’re ready.“I’ve already got my clothes ironed and ready, I can’t wait,” smiles the King of the Kop.“It gives me a shiver down the spine, just thinking about the flags and the noise and the songs. I’ve been going for years, but I still get that feeling. I always will.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

2015 Masters World Cup campaign commences

first_imgAustralia’s Masters squads commence their 2015 World Cup campaign this weekend when the contingent trains together in Sydney. The six squads will train over the weekend with all squad members looking to impress in their first camp in the lead up to the World Cup in April/May next year at C.Ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. There has been strong interest in all the squads due to the World Cup being on home soil in 2015, with the last World Cup held in Australia being 15 years ago. Australia will be looking to retain the Masters World Cup trophy that they won at the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.Touch Football Australia wishes all squad members the best of luck for the training camp this weekend. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the Masters Training Camp, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia social media pages and website:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMasters Training Camplast_img read more

10 months agoCarragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed the performance of Virgil van Dijk for victory at Wolves last night.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Molineux and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Carragher told Sky Sports: “He makes other people play better around him. Tony Adams made the rest of that Arsenal back four better. He does the same.”He scored a great goal for Holland a few weeks ago. His goal record isn’t great considering his size but the type of goal he got there, how many centre backs would put that over the bar?”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday. last_img read more

10 months ago​Marco Silva demands Everton response

first_img​Marco Silva demands Everton responseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Silva wants his side to show their quality in their next game on New Year’s Day.The Toffees ended 2018 with a disappointing loss to Brighton, which put them 10th in the league.Their manager now wants them to bounce back against Leicester City at home.”It is important to be strong again and ready for the next match in three days,” Silva told the club’s website.”We don’t have time to prepare in the normal way but that is the schedule and we have to put in our players’ minds how important the next game is.”We have to change our recent form at home and give a different answer.”It will be a tough match but we have to give 100 per cent to win it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more