Messi, Ronaldo & Neymar named as football’s biggest earners

first_imgLionel Messi Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar named in Forbes top-earning athletes list Robin Bairner 18:32 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Argentina 2018 Getty Images Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Real Madrid Barcelona There are nine footballers in the top 100 earners, yet there is one standout figure in the ranking who earns more than twice as much as anyone else Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are three of the footballing stars to have made it into the top 10 of Forbes ranking of the world’s highest-earning athletes. Barcelona attacker Messi is placed second in the list, one place ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, while Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain has also made the cut.The superstar trio, however, all trail boxer Floyd Mayweather, who has lived up to his ‘Money’ nickname by earning $285 million (£212m) over the course of the last year. 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 That figure is more than twice as much as Messi, who is on $111m (£82.6m), including endorsements, while Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo comes in at $108m (£80.4m).Neymar, meanwhile, is ranked fifth in the world with an income of $90m (£67m).There are nine footballers on the list, with Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale next to come in at No.35.Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has just failed to make the top 50, at No.52, while Oscar of Shanghai SIPG is four places below him.Everton’s Wayne Rooney ranks at No.58, two spots above Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. The final footballer in the list is Sergio Aguero, who is at No.86.The list, which details the top 100 earners in sport, has been dominated by three men over the course of the last 18 years, with Mayweather, Ronaldo and golfer Tiger Woods the only figures to have topped the standings over that period.American sports dominate the list, with soaring NBA salaries meaning that basketball accounts for 40 of the 100 personalities on the list. Next comes American football with 18, with baseball next up with 18.last_img read more

Godin: Suarez was treated like a dog

first_imgUruguay ‘Suarez was treated like a dog’ – Godin still frustrated by ‘unjust’ biting ban for Barcelona star Chris Burton 17:29 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Luis Suarez Giorgio Chiellini 2014 World Cup Getty Uruguay Luis Suárez Egypt v Uruguay Egypt World Cup Uruguay’s experienced defender feels his international team-mate was unfairly punished following an infamous tussle with Giorgio Chiellini in 2014 Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup still rankles with his Uruguay team-mates, as Diego Godin says the “unjust” punishment saw the Barcelona striker “kicked out like a dog”.FIFA suspended the fiery frontman for nine international games and from all football activity for four months following his infamous coming together with an Italian defender during a group stage game.Suarez was able to secure a big-money transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona while stuck on the sidelines, but his World Cup was prematurely brought to a close and he missed out on the 2015 Copa America. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Godin believes authorities came down too hard on the 31-year-old, despite his previous misdemeanours, with Uruguay’s collective dreams dashed as they went on to lose 2-0 to South American rivals Colombia in the last 16.The Atletico Madrid defender told The Guardian: “I’m convinced that if what happened against Italy hadn’t happened it would have been a different story.”First, we lost our best player. Second, everything that happened affected us: it affected Luis and the rest of us. It was very hard to live through that, to see him dead, crying, fallen, kicked out of the World Cup.”The whole country was sunk, indignant – and that was all we talked about until the Colombia game.”Godin added on the Suarez incident which led to him being removed from the Uruguay camp: “I’m not going to say he didn’t make a mistake – he’s admitted that himself – but I still feel the same as most Uruguayans, most people in football who look at it objectively. It was very, very, very unjust.”For an ‘assault’ you get maybe four games. They took him out the World Cup, kicked him out like a dog. He wasn’t allowed at the Copa América. It was disproportionate, unjust, and no one will take that indignation from us.”While Suarez has made unfortunate headlines on a regular basis throughout his career, Godin believes that it is his enigmatic personality on the field which has carried the prolific goalscorer to the very top of the game.He added: “Luis has got where he is because of the way he is: you see he gets angry, wound up, he fights, protests, competes.“If he wasn’t like that, he wouldn’t be the player he is.” Suarez will be back on a World Cup stage on Friday when Uruguay open their Russia 2018 campaign against an Egypt side still hoping to have Mohamed Salah within their starting XI.last_img read more

‘THE CELEBRITIES’ vs ‘THE FISHBOWL FAVOURITES’

first_imgA new initiative was tested out this grand final day at the 2005 National 18’s Champs, as Tony Eltakchi donned a microphone headset, pulled up his referee socks and our celebrities faced the `Fishbowl Favourites’ in the 2005 Celebrity Challenge. The result???…hilarity all around. The grandstand was packed and in for a treat as a lucky 13 players were chosen from teams who had not made the top eight sides. These were players that had stood out to the men in `The Fishbowl’ (tournament control tower) ether through their skill, appearance or just general fantastic qualities. We called them the `Fishbowl Favourites’ and they were coached by Aussie Mixed Open coach Gary Madders. It was no doubt an experience for these young players, a chance to play in front of a packed grandstand and create history for TFA…perhaps even start a tradition??!! Designed to build crowd excitement and prepare everyone for the grand finals, the group had the crowd in stitches. We had celebrity referee Tony `Tash’ Eltakchi being wheeled out in a garbage bin, to sin binning Peter Topp (TFA Game Development Officer) for allegedly being offside, to Kane Weeks bolting down from the Fishbowl to push his way past the opposition to score and being gang tackled by Natasha Stergi from the ACT, Kyle from CIS and then Baartz, the youngest (and littlest) player at the tournament. The referees were cheering for their panel member Kathy, while they accepted Tash’s slightly over the top refereeing (and maybe on occasions just plain wrong) with good humour. Doctor Bruce was a hit in his Jamaican wig…who ever knew the doctor was so talented? While NRL Rabbitoh and former Touchie Joe Williams showed he still has what it takes when it comes to that step. Renee Randall and Maree Curran proved the Aussie Womens 30’s side will be a force to be reckoned with come All Nations, while Renee’s brilliant intercept and potential length of the field touchdown was halted by Tash’s whistle…and the reason you ask??? “Penalty for being too good,” were the words from the referee’s mouth. Phil Gyemore and Shelley Matcham (Aussie Open representatives) proved to the kids that Aussie selection is an honour and worth aiming for as they played against and encouraged the `Fishbowl Favourites’. Shae Moran from the Northern Eagles was an absolute hit with the crowd, he even stepped Joey Williams (claim to fame no doubt) and he dived across the line for two touchdowns. It was a great break from the competition, a light hearted break that all seemed to enjoy. Let’s hope we see it again next year!! The teams: FISHBOWL FAVOURITES Natasha Sergi (ACT) Andrew Baartz (CQ) Dylan Jones (SC) Andrew McCabe (SWQ) Kristen Noack (SUNS) Emily Hudson (TAS) Sharon Wong (WA) Candice Fuller (Rebels) Kyle Hiscox (CIS) Trystan Graham (Scorpions) Thomas Ainsle (Crusaders) Shaye Moran (Eagles) Jack Benson (NT) Jim Proust (Hornets) Australian Coach: Gary Madders All STARS TEAM Joe Williams (NRL South Sydney) Phil Gyemore (Aussie Mens Open) Shelley Matcham (Aussie Womens Open) Maree Curran (Aussie Womens 30’s) Renee Randall (Aussie Womens 30’s) Kathy Sweeney (Referees Panel) Russell (Groundsman) Dean Lannan (Selector) Peter Topp (Staff TFA) Jackson Goman (Tournament Staff) John Singh (Aussie Coach) Doctor Bruce Watts By Rachel Moylelast_img

Touchline Newsletter – 4th Edition

first_imgThe journal is an excellent resource for affiliates as it investigates the ins and outs of risk management associated with sport by relating to real situations in various sports from all over the world. In the 4th edition of Touchline, Sportscover focus on the issue of Sport and the Law and when the two mix, it provides some fantastic sports anecdotes from around the globe in the ‘Sports Shorts’ section and also provides an interesting piece regarding head injuries among the contact football codes.To view a copy of the journal, please click the link below. http://www.sportscover.com/files/Touchline_edition4.pdflast_img

How To Keep In Touch During The 2011 World Cup

first_imgThe www.austouch.com.au website will be updated regularly throughout the event, so be sure to be visiting this website through the event. The TFA ‘2011 World Cup’ website is also a place to visit, with profiles (Open, Senior and Referees), World Cup diaries, photos and all of the latest news uploaded to this site as well. To view this page, please click on the ‘2011 World Cup’ section on the top menu of the TFA website. Touch Football Australia’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also be updated regularly, so make sure you are following all of the latest World Cup news by clicking on these links:www.twitter.com/touchfootyaushttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 TFA’s YouTube page will also have highlights from Australia’s campaign uploaded throughout the event. Highlights from the Australian Farewell Function have also been uploaded. To view, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Don’t forget to send in your messages of support for the Australian contingent in the lead up to the event in the following ways:Email: media@austouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

2017 NTL Results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners at the 2017 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.Men’s OpenQueensland Cowboys 6 defeated Queensland Titans 3 Women’s OpenNew South Wales Scorpions 8 defeated Queensland Broncos 5Mixed OpenSydney Rebels 10 defeated South Queensland Sharks 7 Men’s T LeagueCentral Queensland Bulls A 6 defeated South Queensland Sharks 5Women’s T LeagueSouth West Swans 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions A 1Women’s 27’s  Brisbane City Cobras 4 defeated Victoria Storm 3Men’s 30’sSouth Queensland Sharks 8 defeated Sydney Scorpions 6Women’s 35’sHunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Victoria Storm 1 Men’s 40’sACT Raiders 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5Women’s 40’sHunter Western Hornets 4 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland Sharks 10 defeated ACT Raiders 6Women’s 45’s Sydney Scorpions 1 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 0Men’s 50’sSydney Scorpions 5 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Men’s 55’sSydney Scorpions 7 defeated Sydney Mets 2Senior MixedSouthern Suns 11 defeated South Queensland Sharks 7 Related LinksNTL Results To view photos from the event, please visit the TFA Facebook pageTo view all of the live streamed games and results from the event, please visit the NTL websitelast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for me

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordon helped him fall back in love with the game.Warnock faces his former club today.He said, “I’m looking forward to it because I’ve got some special memories there. I’ve got some good friends there and it’s always a good atmosphere.”I enjoyed it. Simon Jordan got me that love back. I felt really let down leaving Sheffield United. I think I would’ve jacked it in had it not been for Simon.”I ended up having a fabulous relationship with him and I’m disappointed how it ended for him as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Heaton backtracks on Burnley future

first_img​Heaton backtracks on Burnley futureby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton has played down speculation of leaving Burnley.The 32-year-old goalkeeper was previously adamant about his desire to leave, as he was not getting regular game-time.But a start against West Ham, which was his first in the league, has eased his mind. Heaton kept a clean sheet as his team notched a 2-0 win at home.”I never wanted to leave the football club, it’s just the fact that I wasn’t playing that I would have had to,” said the goalkeeper after the game.”But after being back playing today it’s the last thing on my mind to be honest.”At 32 I don’t really have much time to waste. Not for one minute did I want to go anywhere but sometimes it has got to be looked at.”That probably changes now. It’s great to be back out there and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be back out on the pitch and pull on that shirt again.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva admits he didn’t want to sell Lookman

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits he didn’t want to sell Lookmanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits he was reluctant to sell Ademola Lookman.The 21-year-old was entering the final two years of his Goodison contract and with RB Leipzig willing to pay £22.5m for the wantaway winger, Everton agreed to his sale in late July.“He spoke to me at the end of the season about what he wanted to do and what was his desire,” Silva told the Liverpool Echo.“Like you know, at the beginning of last season he spoke to me about his desire to leave the club. I said no, no and no, even if we received a very good offer to sell him, for our structure, no because I saw in him, and I keep seeing in him…(his quality).“If you are asking me about my technical point of view, if I would like to sell him, I will say no.“At the end of last season he came to see me in his office to tell me what he was thinking, about his desire, his future and what he would like to do.“I respect his opinion but I said to him ‘you are in my plans again’.“Then came an offer to the club, and like you know I don’t like to talk about this side of things, but the had just two years left on his contract with us and so then we are talking about many, many things.“It is not just a technical point of view because my opinion about Lookman is the same about as last season. I don’t have doubts. He has all the qualities to have a very good career. The quality is there, he has to change some things, but the quality is there. The most difficult thing, he has – the quality and the talent.“In football you many people with talent who don’t achieve but I believe he will achieve good things in his career.” last_img read more

12 days agoBournomouth boss Eddie Howe: Burnley spell important for me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournomouth boss Eddie Howe: Burnley spell important for meby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournomouth boss Eddie Howe says he has no regrets over his time with Burnley.Howe remains thankful for his time with the Clarets.“For my development, for my experiences. I don’t think I would be sat here in the Premier League if I hadn’t experienced what I had at Burnley,” he told the Daily Echo.“I think it did me the world of good personally. In some respects, it feels like a continuous journey from the first spell (at Cherries) through – but the spell at Burnley was so important for me.“That feels like quite a short spell away now during the two times at Bournemouth put together.” last_img

‘LeBron the Cristiano of NBA, Kobe the Messi!’

first_imgNBA star Tomas Satoransky has labelled LeBron James as the “Cristiano Ronaldo of basketball” and compared Kobe Bryant to Lionel Messi.The Washington Wizards point guard – who is in England for the NBA London Game 2019 against the New York Knicks – also revealed that he prefers Messi to Ronaldo having previously played for Barcelona’s basketball team earlier in his career.“Am I Team Messi or Team Ronaldo? I’m Team Messi!,” Satoransky told Goal. 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? “If I had to name a ‘Messi of basketball’, it would be [former LA Lakers star] Kobe Bryant.“I would probably call LeBron James more like a Cristiano Ronaldo because of how physically dominant he is.“But I would say Messi is more like a Kobe Bryant.”Satoransky, 27, played for Barcelona’s basketball team from 2014 to 2016, prior to joining the Wizards, and he shared a humorous story from that period regarding the Barca football side.“We shared the same training centre with the football team but they were always quite hidden from us and from the media,” he explained.Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards“I remember the fans waiting for the Barcelona soccer players. We [the basketball players] would come along and the fans would be like: ‘We don’t want them!’ So they were waiting only for the soccer players.“But it was like a real family there at Barcelona. Neymar and Pique are huge basketball fans. Pique was at a couple of games, too.”Satoransky also commented on Wayne Rooney’s move to Washington DC to play for D.C. United.The Czech giant expressed his hope that the NBA London Game can have the same positive impact on basketball in the UK as Rooney has had on soccer in the U.S.“I always pay attention to footballers who come over from Europe and I followed the career of Wayne Rooney when he was in the Premier League, before he came to Washington,” he stated.“It’s great for MLS and American soccer fans that they get to watch players like Rooney. It’s become more and more fashionable for such stars since David Beckham played for the LA Galaxy.Wayne Rooney DC United MLS 2018“[To help basketball grow] is why we have had an NBA game in London for so many years in a row. They love basketball in the UK and their league is developing well.“The UK fans are great and when you see all the stars from the Premier League sitting courtside for the game, it’s clear it has a big impact. A lot of my friends from Europe are trying to come over to watch the game, too.”The game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks will take place at The 02 in London on Thursday evening.last_img read more

Messi and Argentina humbled in Copa America opener

first_imgColombia heaped misery on Lionel Messi and Argentina with a 2-0 victory in their Copa America opener on Saturday.Runners-up in 2015 and 2016, Messi’s Argentina were looking to banish their past demons in pursuit of a first major international title since 1993.However, Argentina were upstaged by Colombia, who made a winning start in Group B thanks to Roger Martinez’s 71st-minute stunner and Duvan Zapata’s late sealer. 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? As Argentina pressed and probed, first-half substitute Martinez sent a thunderous strike past Franco Armani in Salvador and Zapata made sure of the win during the closing stages.Argentina came into the tournament off a 5-1 rout of Nicaragua and with the most Copa victories in history (119) but the South American giants did not look like winning against Colombia.Martinez – a replacement for Luis Muriel in the 14th minute – linked up with Radamel Falcao but his shot deflected just wide of the post as Colombia appeared the more likely to strike first.Overall, it was a forgettable opening 45 minutes, which did not see a single shot on target from either team, with Messi subdued.It was more of the same in the second half, though Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina was finally called into action after a vicious volley from Leandro Paredes approaching the hour mark.The match did come to life moments later when Juan Cuadrado’s tackle on Messi threatened to spark a melee as Argentina players rushed in to confront the Colombia winger.That triggered Argentina, who almost took the lead after Nicolas Otamendi’s powerful header forced Ospina into a low diving save, while Messi was unable to head home the rebound with the goal at his mercy.But Colombia broke the deadlock with 19 minutes remaining – Martinez collecting the ball on the flank and drifting inside before beating Armani from distance – and fellow substitute Zapata doubled the lead four minutes from the end courtesy of an emphatic close-range finish.71’GOOOOOOOOLLLL DE COLOMBIAAAAAA.@rogermartinezt9 adelanta a Colombia en el marcador.Colombia  1 vs. 0  Argentina#COLARG #VamosColombia #ElEquipoDeLaGente pic.twitter.com/m905bHTi2L— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 15, 2019What does it mean? Long road ahead for ScaloniIn the build-up to the match, head coach Lionel Scaloni joked he would retire if Argentina win the Copa America. Scaloni does not appear any closer to retirement based on Saturday’s result and performance. After last year’s World Cup last-16 exit and Messi’s brief international absence, the South American giants have a lot of work ahead.Martinez makes himself a heroWhen Muriel went down with an injury early in the first half, Carlos Queiroz turned to Martinez. And as Falcao struggled to make an impact on proceedings, 24-year-old America forward Martinez emerged a hero with his first international goal since 2016.Pressure builds on Messi and Co.The weight of a nation falls on Messi’s shoulders and the captain was helpless to prevent another poor result on the international stage. Still searching for his first senior title with Argentina, Messi was relatively subdued in the team’s first game.Key Opta Facts- Colombia’s win was their third against Argentina at the Copa America and first since 1999.- They also ended an eight-game winless run against Argentina.- Argentina lost their Copa opener for just the third time and first time since 1979.- Argentina attempted only one shot (blocked) and had just one touch in the opposition box in the first half against Colombia.- Messi has now played 22 Copa America games. Only Javier Mascherano (26) has played more for Argentina.What’s next?Argentina meet Paraguay on Wednesday, while Colombia face guests and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar. read morelast_img read more

Save us, Pogba! Humiliated Madrid badly need Man Utd star

first_img“You don’t have to pore over it,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane argued after Friday night’s 7-3 loss to Atletico Madrid. “It’s a pre-season game.”They were better [than us] at everything. But there is nothing more to talk about.”Zidane must have known that thinly veiled plea would fall on deaf ears. 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? The modern game specialises in hot takes and kneejerk reactions, particularly when it comes to its biggest clubs – and they don’t come any bigger than Real Madrid.Defeats – even those that occur in friendly games – never escape intense scrutiny at the Santiago Bernabeu, so it was hardly surprising that the Atleti loss has provoked a bitter backlash.Tomas Roncero of AS described it as Real’s “biggest humiliation in 50 years”. He was exaggerating, playing up to his public persona as one of the more colourful journalists in Spain, but Marca also felt compelled to gauge the feelings of the fans ahead of what is hoped to be a season of redemption for Real.The findings were certainly eyebrow-raising. Of the almost 225,000 supporters polled, 64 per cent do not believe that Zidane, the man who delivered three successive Champions League titles in his first spell in charge, is the right coach for Madrid’s makeover.However, a whopping 80% of the 215,451 fans asked about Real’s transfer window do not believe that the coach’s squad has been sufficiently strengthened this summer.That is a staggering state of affairs, given Madrid have already invested €303 million (£276m/$338m) in new players.Club president Florentino Perez has even delivered Zidane’s top target, Eden Hazard, in a transfer that was essentially a decade in the making.However, the player that Zidane arguably needs the most, Paul Pogba, has yet to arrive.Real Madrid Summer Signings PSFrom the coach’s perspective, the one potential positive from the calamitous derby defeat is that Madrid’s longstanding midfield deficiencies were exposed in the most brutal fashion yet.With Dani Ceballos having been loaned to Arsenal for the season and Marcos Llorente allowed to join Atletico, Real are painfully short on numbers – and young legs – in the middle of the park.Indeed, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco were the only first-team midfielders to make the trip to the United States for their International Champions Cup fixtures.Kroos has performed particularly poorly, most notably in the loss to Atleti, when his lack of pace and dynamism was repeatedly and ruthlessly exploited by Diego Simeone’s side.The 29-year-old German’s lethargy was merely symptomatic of a general torpidity in Madrid’s engine room, though.Granted, Casemiro’s return will aid matters in that regard, with the Brazilian having been given extra time off following his involvement in his nation’s Copa America triumph.However, it’s clear that Real’s ageing midfield needs an injection of youth, strength and enterprise.For all his flaws, Pogba ticks all three boxes, which is precisely why Zidane is so intent on bringing his compatriot to Spain.The Atletico humiliation may have been shocking but Madrid’s listlessness – particularly in the middle of the park – was hardly surprising.Toni Kroos Real Madrid 2018-19Zidane bemoaned his players’ total lack of “intensity” after the game but his second stint at the Bernabeu has been characterised by a worrying absence of motivation.It is worth remembering that while Madrid’s hopes of winning a major trophy this year were over by the start of March, Zidane’s return failed to prompt an upturn in the team’s fortunes.There was a lot of talk of players wanting to fight for their places in the 2019-20 squad but last season’s campaign spluttered to a sorry conclusion, with the team losing three of their last four Liga games.It was hoped the addition of fresh faces would aid the reinvigoration process but Madrid have not yet been cured of their general malaise, as we have seen not only against Atletico but also in the loss to Bayern Munich earlier this month.Physically, the Blancos are still some way off the pace, which is, to be fair, to be expected at this time of year.But it is worrying that Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic are both in danger of missing the start of the new season with minor injuries, while Marco Asensio is expected to sit out the entire campaign with ligament damage.All of a sudden, Madrid, in spite of their early-summer spending spree, look low on numbers – and quality.The collapse of Gareth Bale’s proposed move to China and Madrid’s inability to find a buyer for James Rodriguez haven’t helped matters either, particularly as the sale of both players is essential to generating sufficient funds to acquire Pogba.Paul Pogba Manchester United PSTime is not on Real’s side either, as the World Cup winner’s current employers, Manchester United, will not countenance a sale after the English summer transfer window closes on August 8, given they would not be able to sign a replacement.The Old Trafford outfit are keen on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but the Lazio ace is only likely to arrive if Madrid are willing to pay at least €150 million (£137m/$167m) for Pogba.The size of the fee will obviously provoke debate. After all, many United fans felt that the temperamental talent only really turned up for six weeks last season. And yet he still managed to play his way into the PFA Team of the Year, which only serves to underline just how highly he is rated by his peers – and how eye-catching a performer he can be when he is focused and firing on all cylinders.At the very least, he would bring with him a much-needed goal threat. He struck 16 times in all competitions last season; Modric, Casemiro and Kroos racked up nine between them.What Zidane covets above all else, though, is Pogba’s almost unique mix of physique and technique. He has both the skill and the stamina required to rejuvenate Madrid’s midfield.As former Blancos boss Santiago Solari recently conceded, “When [Modric and Kroos] are fit, they are the best but the truth is that they aren’t getting any younger. It’s normal that the club are thinking about other players.”They are thinking about Pogba.According to the AS poll, the majority of Real fans are also in favour of the France international’s arrival – 60% of them, to be precise – even if there is an almost total acceptance (92%) that he will not solve all of Madrid’s issues.However, Pogba says he wants a new “challenge”. Zidane can certainly offer him one.last_img read more

ESPN’s 2nd Half Prediction For Notre Dame-Virginia Tech

first_imgA generic picture of a football pylon.BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)We’re now one half into college football’s game of the week, as No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 24 Virginia Tech are at halftime at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.The Fighting Irish, coming off a strong win against Stanford, were looking good early, going up by double digits, however the Hokies are storming back at home.It’s Notre Dame 17, Virginia Tech 16 as we enter halftime. This has the makings of one really exciting second half.What is ESPN projecting? It still likes the Fighting Irish.ESPN’s Football Power Index is confident in Brian Kelly’s team, as it is giving Notre Dame a 61.1 percent chance to win the game.Notre Dame will need to get its running game going in the second half it it’s going to hold on for a victory. The Fighting Irish rushed for negative three yards in the first half. Thankfully for Kelly and Co., Ian Book was strong through the air, passing for 163 yards.Virginia Tech, meanwhile, totaled 139 yards through the air and 76 yards on the ground.What’s your prediction for the second half?The second half should begin momentarily. It’s being televised on ABC.last_img read more

Video Of Star QB Greeting His Mom After Bowl Win Is Going Viral

first_imgSam Ehlinger of Texas attempts to throw a passDALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Video of a star college football quarterback greeting his mom after Tuesday night’s major bowl win is going viral.Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns pulled off a major Sugar Bowl upset, knocking off the Georgia Bulldogs.Ehlinger was arguably the best player on the field in the game, rushing for three touchdowns and totaling more than 230 yards of offense.After the game, he shared an awesome moment with his family.Check it out:ICYMI: After his Sugar Bowl win, @TexasFootball QB Sam Ehlinger shared an emotional moment with his mom in the stands. pic.twitter.com/IqcSlbMS4d— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 2, 2019That’s pretty awesome.Texas finished the 2018 season with a bang and will head into the 2019 season with a lot of hype.The Longhorns should enter the season ranked inside the top 10 with College Football Playoff hopes.last_img read more

Major College Football Program Reportedly Close To Hire After 3 Interviews

first_imgWill Grier of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field.MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 04: Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes the field against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field on November 04, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With word leaking out that Dana Holgorsen would take the job at Houston a few days ago, athletic director Shane Lyons has wasted little time in finding West Virginia football’s next head coach.Holgorsen leaves WVU after eight seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers, finishing with a 61-41 record, and 38-32 mark in the Big 12. His Mountaineers lost in this year’s Camping World Bowl to Syracuse.While a willing move from the Big 12 to the AAC is a curious one for a coach, the Cougars are reportedly paying Holgorsen a record deal for a Group of Five coach.For those who thought his tenure at WVU had grown stagnant, this could be seen as a mutually beneficially opportunity for Holgorsen and the Mountaineers.According to a new report, we are very close to finding out who the program’s next head coach will be.Neal Brown, Luke Fickell, and Tony Gibson have reportedly been interviewed for the West Virginia football job in the last two days.Brown and Fickell are the successful young coaches at Troy and Cincinnati, respectively. Gibson is the current defensive coordinator in Morgantown. A hire could come by this weekend.From WV MetroNews:West Virginia administrators are wrapping up a 48-hour period in which they staged interviews with Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Troy’s Neal Brown and current Mountaineers defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. The aim is to name a replacement for football coach Dana Holgorsen by the weekend.“We’re going to be thorough, but at the same time, we’re going to be swift,” athletics director Shane Lyons said Thursday.Lyons had known for several days that Holgorsen was taking the job at Houston, but Holgorsen’s reps did not give West Virginia official notice until after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. In the meantime, Lyons began vetting candidates.“We were hoping everything would happen quicker on the other end, but it wasn’t and I couldn’t slow down,” Lyons said.Brown has made waves at the Group of Five levels with his Trojans’ wins at LSU and Nebraska over the last two years. A number of analysts have called him the clear choice for the job.Fickell is familiar with WVU President Gordon Gee from both of their lengthy tenures at Ohio State. Lyons says that Gee is directly involved in the hiring process. Fickell served as the interim coach for the Buckeyes between Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer’s tenures, and coached under Meyer until he took the Cincinnati job before last season.His Bearcats went 11-2 this season with a Military Bowl win over Virginia Tech.Gibson has the players’ vote, as coaches already on staff so often do in these situations. Per the report, he is a “longshot” for the head coaching job, though.West Virginia finished 74th in total defense and 67th in scoring defense this year, surrendering 138 total points to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Syracuse during WVU’s 0-3 finish to the year.It is unclear if other coaches could get involved for the job, but Brown and Fickell are particularly solid candidates who would continue to get big-time looks going forward.[WV MetroNews]last_img read more

Aaron Rodgers Makes Huge Donation To Cal’s Football Program

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Rodgers in his Green Bay Packers helmetMINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously waited long after he thought he would in the NFL draft after coming out of college.The former Cal Bears star landed with the Packers despite the team be invested in Brett Favre – much to Rodgers’ chagrin for a few years.However, after learning under Favre and becoming a star in his own right, Rodgers is paying it back to his former program.According to a release from the school, Rodgers donated a “seven-figure” sum to the school.Here’s what he said about the move:“I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said.“My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team’s direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward.”Thank you @AaronRodgers12!!Aaron has made a seven-figure gift to the program that will be used to renovate the football locker room and create the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship. #EarnIt🗞️ | https://t.co/RvqVXcSef0 pic.twitter.com/wFQBfSbhh5— Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 11, 2019The two-time NFL MVP and first-team All-Pro selection owns the highest average annual salary in the NFL so this move shouldn’t break the bank.It’s an awesome gift for the current Cal players and head coach Justin Wilcox as he looks to build the program.last_img read more

The 3 Most “Overrated” Teams In The Latest Coaches’ Poll Top 25

first_imgA general view of Oregon's football stadium.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view af the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)With the release of the updated Coaches’ Poll this afternoon, all of the college football national rankings have been updated going into Week 2.There were a few changes on the charts, with Boise State and Nebraska entering the fold and Iowa State and Northwestern bowing out. Auburn made a sizable jump, while Oregon fell off as a result of their loss to the Tigers.It is very early in the season, and it will take some more time to sort out which teams are truly elite from the rest of the pack. However, it’s never too soon to look at who might be sitting a little higher than they deserve.By our estimation, here are the three “most overrated” teams in the updated Coaches’ Poll.Note, we listed them according to the order they were ranked in the poll, not by which we think is most overrated: No. 10 FloridaFull disclosure: we ranked Florida seventh in our preseason top 25, so we were buying into them pretty heavily. But the Gators did not look like a top-10 team in their season-opening win over Miami on August 24. They have to get more consistency out of Feleipe Franks if they are going to win double-digit games and make a run at the SEC East. We’ll see if the extra time off helped them this weekend.No. 16 WisconsinWe didn’t rank the Badgers in the preseason, but had them pegged as the “first team out.” Therefore, it feels like No. 16 is slightly high, even after an impressive beatdown of USF in Week 1. Jonathan Taylor is a superstar, but we need to see Wisconsin against some better competition before we have them on the cusp of the top 15.No. 18 OregonThe Ducks dropped five spots after losing to Auburn. Even though the Tigers are a quality team, we feel Oregon should have fallen just outside the top 20. This was a game you led by two touchdowns with a projected top-10 NFL Draft pick at quarterback and a freshman making his first start playing against you. That’s a brutal start to the season for a team expected to compete for the Pac-12 title.You can view the full Coaches’ Poll here. The latest AP top 25 is here.last_img read more

Notre Dame Had A Full Scrimmage During Last Weekend’s Bye

first_img Last year they went undefeated in the regular season, playing a number of close games before getting the doors blown off them in the College Football Playoff.With huge games against Georgia and Michigan looming, Kelly wants to tighten everything up.The Fighting Irish will return to the field this Saturday for their home opener against New Mexico. They are favored by 34.5 points.The game will be played at 2:30 p.m. EST and will air on NBC.Did the Irish spend their early bye week wisely? Notre Dame cheerleader waves a flag at the College Football Playoff semifinal.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader waves a flag during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After a convincing win over Louisville in Week 1, Notre Dame spent Week 2 on a very early bye. But they made the most out of their early break.Head coach Brian Kelly revealed on Monday that Notre Dame spent their free weekend practicing more than usual. In fact, he got the entire team together for a full scrimmage – a rarity for bye weeks.Via Tom Loy of Irish Illustrated:“…they took full advantage of the bye week… even scrimmaged on Saturday on a bye week, which is not something they normally do… They want to come out and play better.”Notre Dame beat Louisville 35-17 in Week 1, but failed to cover the 20-point spread in that game. Louisville was largely expected to be in serious rebuild mode in its first season under Scott Satterfield, but hung in with Notre Dame. There was definitely discussion that the performance was disappointing.last_img read more