Day 1 Tuesday 3 April Tuesday was mainly a travel day with people departing from both Brisbane and Sydney to arrive in Auckland. We then transferred by bus to Auckland accommodation in the City Centre, by bus driver – Steve, nicknamed MO. The weather has been overcast and raining, but not that cold. The girls opted for dinner at La Porchetta, all the way to New Zealand to eat at a place that’s in Oz, while the Boys headed out for Sushi.At team meetings Bo De La Cruz was named Women’s team captain, while Damon Viellaris & David White will share the duties in the Men’s. Day 2 Wednesday 4 AprilWe awoke to beautiful weather with a bit of light cloud. After breakfast both teams went for a morning walk around harbour area of Auckland, with a massive Cruise ship also docking as we walked by. With everyone itching to throw the ball around and have a run we headed to Victoria Park and Both teams had a light training run where they went through moves and plays and walked back to accommodation. After training some went for lunch at the café on top of sky city tower 192 m high!We headed to Gallaher Park in Counties Manukau both teams posed, and I mean posed, for team photos and large group photos at the ground Both Men and Women played at same time, grounds very hard and very small in comparison to Oz, referees graciously supplied by host Counties. Men’s Game 1 v Auckland started at 6.15pm Boys started well catching a very strong Auckland team by surprise by scoring first and leading 1 nil, Kristian Congoo scoring the very first touchdown on tour. Auckland hit back pretty quickly scoring two unanswered to lead 2-1, then we scored again and the Auckland boys knew they were in for a game and started to noticeably lift, Auckland scored another two before half time to lead 4-2 at the break. Our boys playing very well for the first run together displaying some fantastic skill and speed to have the big crowd on the hill cheering, Cody Green showing his great passing game with a couple of monster long balls which the crowd loved. The boys from Badu island in the straits (Tamwoy bros and Tony Ah Boo) loving every minute of it and you couldn’t take the smiles off their face even at half time. Second half started with Auckland more determined and scoring first to lead 5-2, but again we hit straight back to make it 5-3, still playing good touch, however from here Auckland started taking control as our boys were still learning their combinations they put on 5 more touchdowns to our 2 to run out winners 10-5. Our best were Cody Green and Kristian Congoo Great display for the first game against an extremely strong provincial team, with both teams joining at the end to congratulate each other. Women’s Game 1 v Counties Girls started slowly just feeling their way against a strong Counties team. Counties scoring first until we hit back a minute later, sorry the didn’t see much but it was very tight until half time with counties leading 3-2 at break, Captain Bo De La Cruz playing awesome as usual and being a threat every time she touched the ball, but 15 yr old Jaylene Bonson showing she is a player to watch in future with some great catching of Bo’s long balls on the wing. Counties came out a different team in second half putting on 5 touchdowns to our 1 to lead 8-3, before a Bo inspired mini comeback with two scores to get it back to 8-5 at the end. Best were De La Cruz, Emma Brereton and Jaylene Bonson.Thought they played well in first half and if not for a couple of “local” decisions would have been right in it, good effort for first game together and only can get better, great learning opportunity for these girls Teams showed great camaraderie at the end with photos and well wishes With only 20 minute break we were back into it….Men’s Game 2 v Counties Counties boys performed the Haka before game at halfway, everyone loved it, the boys said it made the hairs on their neck stand up.This was one of the more dominant displays of men’s touch I have ever seen, and our boys were not bad by any means, but Counties were breathtaking with their speed and agility and we had no answers, they lead 7-2 at the break with our scorers Naseli Tamwoy and Chris Taiters, fresh off the plane. They would be the only touchdowns we would get but the boys tightened up their defence in second half to only let 3 more in to go down 10-2, honestly this was amazing and scary all at the same time, they had guys somersaulting for touchdowns and doing 360’s in mid air, flick passes and about 4 guys with steps rivaling Drummy (Drummayne Dayberg-Muir) Best for boys were Colin Cedric who showed some great footwork of his own to continually worry the opposition.Women’s Game 2 v Auckland Auckland opened the scoring but we hit straight back with good work by De La Cruz to set up Jess Shaw, that’s how it stayed until half-time with both teams having a couple of chances but the game being very much an arm wrestle. The second half opened with Jaylene Bonson again showing her great hands to score out wide for the girls to lead 2-1 but Auckland replied with 2 of their own to go ahead 3-2, before Theresa Anderson got one back to level it up. De La Cruz then got through (again) to find Sara Hamilton and we were back in front 4-3, Auckland then started to go to their NZ reps in Shani Wells and Niall Williams and they set up two to again lead 5-4, then the ever reliable De La Cruz set up a diving Jess Shaw for her second td to level it up again 5-5 with seconds left on clock. A drop off was played and it was quite exciting with a big crowd getting into it, neither team took early chances to score, drop off getting down to 3 on 3 until…you guessed it….Bo De La Cruz showed some amazing footwork to get through and find a full length dive from Mtia Tass to score the winner. Great win and good reward for a tough effort against a very physical outfit in Auckland. Best was undoubtedly De La Cruz, with Tass and Shaw also playing well. Presentation at the end were made by hosts Counties to Colin Cedric and David White for being our players of the matches, girls went to Bo, Emma Brereton and Tamara Appo, they each got shirts and shorts from counties and Auckland and were stoked We presented hosts with an aboriginal painting and De La Cruz made a speech and thanked everyone. Michael Zitha and Naseli Tamwoy then performed a traditional Torres Strait dance for the group. Unfortunately had to take Kristin Wuruki to local medical centre for x-rays on suspected fractured sternum sustained in game against Auckland ( I said it was physical), x-rays show a small crack but specialist having a look at it tomorrow as it occurs right near a growth plate which could also be the crack in the x-ray, so will have to wait and see. The tour tomorrow heads to Hamilton to play Waikato and Bay of Plenty
Touch Football Vinnie-Yard will be held on Saturday, 24 November 2012 at the Vikings Club and will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers, plenty of food, children’s entertainment and a social Touch Football competition. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event is set to be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region.Internationally renowned wine writer and critic and brainchild of the concept, Matthew Jukes launched the event in Canberra in August and can’t wait to see it take place in November. “I am thrilled to be launching my wine and Touch Footy event in Canberra and cannot wait to learn more about the wines from this fantastic and unique part of Australia as well as uniting the wine community and wine lovers in order to raise much needed funds for the plight of the homeless. It promises to be a wonderful day full of gastronomic delights, with some deft Touch Footy thrown in!”The money raised from the day will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s local services that assist those in need.St Vincent de Paul President, Frank Brassil is also looking forward to the event. “Vinnies are excited to be a part of an event that not only celebrates Canberra’s spectacular food and wine, but also supports a little bit of healthy competition and fun for all in the community.”“We are also happy to welcome fresh and innovative ideas such as Touch Football Vinnie-Yard to allow us to engage with the local community. We hope that the local community will be aware of the valuable contribution that they are making to Vinnies services, by participating.” Entries are now open for people to register for the competition. So why not join in for a little bit of fun, exercise and a healthy serving of delicious food and wine and give back to the Canberra community! For more information and to register, please visit the following website – www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com. There will also be an opportunity to be taken on a guided wine tasting journey with Matthew Jukes and some of the region’s best wine makers in the lead up to the event. The function will be held on Tuesday, 13 November at Old Parliament House in Canberra. For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filesunique_wine_tasting_matthew_jukes-jpgtouch_vinnie-yard_a3_01-pdfRelated LinksTouch Football Vinnie-Yard
Man Utd, Southampton scouts posted to see Portimonese winger Shoya Nakajimaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have joined the interest in Portimonese winger Shoya Nakajima.The Japan international emerged as a target for Leicester City last month, with the Foxes having scouted him regularly this season.However, Leicester’s interest has since gone cold after being referred to the player’s £36m buyout clause.O Jogo says United and Southampton are now interested in Nakajima.Both Premier League clubs had scouts in place when Portimonense played Benfica on Wednesday to see Nakajima.The 24-year-old’s contract with Portimonense runs to 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus star Ronaldo: I must win more Ballon d’Ors than Messiby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo says his Ballon d’Or obsession isn’t over.Ronaldo is determined to finish with more such titles than Barcelona rival Leo Messi.”Messi is a fantastic guy,” he said on ITV. “A fantastic player, he is in the history of football.“But I think I have to have six, seven or eight, more above him, I think.“What I said [about going for a meal], many people are surprised by.“But my relationship with him is – we are not friends, but we share the stage for 15 years.“I have good relationship with him, and I know that he pushes me to be the best I can be and I push him to be the best that he can be.“Yes, for sure [he’s the best I’ve played against].”
Man Utd boss Solskjaer full of praise for one AZ starby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid tribute to AZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjo.Solskjaer had Midtsjo at a training camp he organised 12 years ago and was happy to see him again for their 0-0 draw in the Europa League last night.“I remember with him. Fredrik played very well,” said Solskjaer. “He has a fantastic career, he is a complete midfielder who puts a lot of energy into his game. “We could see early on that he would be a top player.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Ex-PSG boss Blanc informs Man Utd of availabilityby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaurent Blanc is monitoring the situation at Manchester United with an interest to taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Frenchman has still not worked since he lost his job at Paris Saint-Germain several years ago.Blanc was one of the candidates mentioned when Jose Mourinho left United last December.And a report from RMC Sport in France suggests that Blanc’s representatives have let Untied know about his availability.The former Bordeaux manager was highly rated in the game, but his stock fell after a dismal spell with PSG.Other outlets report names such as Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsmann being on United’s radar should they sack Solskjaer this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Aaron Mooy delighted with Brighton formby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Mooy is delighted with his form at Brighton.Mooy is feeling happy and settled into life on the south coast following his summer season-long loan switch from Huddersfield Town.He said, “I feel good at the moment and sharper each and every day.“I always try my best and sometimes it does take time to adapt to new things, but I feel good at the moment and I’ll keep fighting to get better with every week.“It’s a new style for a lot of people here and it’s one I like. It’s the most enjoyable way to play football when you have the ball, and that’s what we want as players – when it goes like it did at the weekend, it makes it even more enjoyable. “I feel settled down here now, it took a few weeks to get into a place, but my family is here with me and are enjoying it too, so that makes me happy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ciara dress revealingEarlier Monday night, former ESPN sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein tweeted her displeasure with pop star Ciara’s decision to wear a low-cut dress during her rendition of the National Anthem before the College Football Playoff National Championship. Apparently, FOX Sports’ Jason Whitlock agrees.Whitlock took to Twitter to somewhat defend Bernstein, then took on all comers. Check it out:Appropriate, fair tweet. The dress was inappropriate. Her voice was more than enough. Why distract w/nudity? https://t.co/Fv93ioO7TM— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016I’m 100 percent serious. I’m not a prude. Love nudity. Not at national champ game. Inappropriate. https://t.co/LoTzEqBQQJ— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016Just because I thought dress inappropriate doesn’t mean I’m outraged. Just my opinion. Should’ve covered up breasts. https://t.co/LO2xbt9woL— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016I’m not remotely mad. If I said, I didn’t like that last running play, would you think I was mad at Saban? https://t.co/htRKJbXY98— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016See, this is what mad sounds like. This is faux outrage. No anger in Bonnie’s tweet or mine. https://t.co/MLxG5of5XU— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016Yes, I’m the morality police. Got it. https://t.co/LYarRIO9Zr— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016Time and a place for everything. This wasn’t the right time. It was a public-titty stunt. https://t.co/isCb48epze— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016She’s singing the national anthem, not covering Jodeci’s Freak’N U. Time and place. https://t.co/REdYLhNcRr— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016National Anthem at sporting event is a patriotic moment. It’s not an award show for Hollywood. #igiveup https://t.co/jZZgsQh9nB— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016@WhitlockJason Oh say can u see pic.twitter.com/envj2j5JW2— Mick Mcallister (@mick_mcallister) January 12, 2016A nightclub in Vegas is the appropriate place for this. Clearly I’m not some prude. Thanks for sending. https://t.co/VDqQ6N6yg6— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 12, 2016Meanwhile, in the actual game, Clemson and Alabama are tied 14-14 at halftime.
In the same manner that the youth academy of Borussia Dortmund has had the tendency to spurn out some of the best young talents in football – Jadon Sancho, Christian Pulisic and Dan Axel-Zagadou to name a few – the role of the manager of Borussia Dortmund 2 has become the springboard for catapulting coaching careers in England in recent years.It is from the role of BVB’s second-string coach that Huddersfield Town owner Dean Hoyle plucked David Wagner from in 2015, after the German had worked with close friend Jurgen Klopp, who was manager of Dortmund’s senior team.And now, following Wagner’s exit from his post as Terriers manager, the side have appointed Jan Siewert , who was up until this week manager of the BVB 2 side. Thus, the BVB-reserve-coach-to-Huddersfield-manager circle of life has been completed. 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? After Wagner left Borussia Dortmund’s reserve team to manage Huddersfield, he was replaced by Daniel Farke who left in 2017 to take hold of Championship side Norwich City before being succeeded by the 36-year-old Siewert.Siewert is largely unknown even in Germany, though he has built a solid reputation for himself in the country as a youth coach over the years. He began his coaching career in 2009, taking charge of Germany’s Under-17s and U18s teams after working as coordinator of Die Mannschaft’s base camps.Dortmund’s second string are currently fourth in the Regionalliga West, a tier four league in the German football hierarchy. Prior to taking charge of Dortmund 2 in July 2017, he worked his way up as the Under-19s coach at Bundesliga 2 outfit VfL Bochum where he was also assistant to the head coach of the senior side, as well as managing Rot-Weis Essen who play in the fourth tier of German football. Like Wagner, Siewert has carved out a reputation for being a young German manager with extensive experience coaching prominent youth sides for both club and country.A former defensive midfielder who played in lower league sides Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and Montabaur in his native Germany, Bild reported that Siewert has costed Huddersfield the sum of €300k (£264k) in compensation to Dortmund 2. The fact that a Premier League side – albeit one sitting rock-bottom of the table – has decided to hire a BVB 2 coach for the second time has caused a flurry of surprise in Germany.Siewert’s appointment establishes the fact that Huddersfield are keen on continuing in the style of Wagner and to continue the footballing philosophy he implemented on his Terriers. It also shows that the club has been impressed by the successes of recent German coaching imports to English football.As manager of Norwich, Farke has guided the Canaries to second in the Championship table this season, and Klopp’s revolution at Liverpool where he has taken them from Europa League mediocrity to genuine title challengers over the course of three and a half years has been lost on no-one.Under Wagner, Huddersfield were a side transformed, and he guided them from being relegation-threatened in the Championship to winning promotion to the Premier League in 2017 via the play-offs against all expectations – the first time they had achieved top-flight status in 45 years.Terriers owner Hoyle has insisted that the appointment of Siewert is not a gamble and stressed the importance of separating the manager from the line of succession from Dortmund, considering he has relative experience managing the senior team of a top-level side and is foreign to the English game.”Let me start by addressing the obvious. We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous head coach, Wagner, and we’ve subsequently appointed a new head coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund 2,” said Hoyle.”However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that.”Jan’s name came to our attention in his previous role as assistant manager and U19 coach at VfL Bochum. We first spoke with him over two years ago and we’ve kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest.”His reputation in the game is very good; he’s known as a coach who is ambitious, has many qualities and who has strong philosophies. As such, it came as no surprise to us when he moved to one of the world’s biggest clubs; Borussia Dortmund.”Wagner left Huddersfield in mid-January as the club languished bottom of the table after 22 games, having scored just 13 goals and winning only two fixtures. Terriers U23s coach Mark Hudson took charge of the most recent home defeat on Sunday to Manchester City, where the club’s recent troubles were compounded by a 3-0 defeat – leaving the club 10 points adrift of safety.Enter, then, Siewert, who faces his first real test as a coach in football when he takes hold of Huddersfield against Everton in the Premier League in his debut game in charge. In his last season and a half at Dortmund, the German deployed a fluid attacking style, usually in a 4-3-3. The same formation was used without success by Hudson against Pep Guardiola’s team, although no one expected anything but a defeat against the Premier League champions.👀 Welcome to #htafc…#NotMartinFromWakefield (SE) pic.twitter.com/n0s3RFG2w5— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 21, 2019Time will tell if Siewert can emulate his philosophy from BVB 2 and to follow in the footsteps of Wagner. Though if the 36-year-old is unsuccessful, the Terriers can always turn to the services of lookalike Martin Warhurst from Wakefield – who was mistaken for the German coach in the stands by a Sky Sports reporter at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier this weekend. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has signed with Derby County, reuniting with former Blues and England team-mate Frank Lampard as he tries to guide the Rams to the Premier League.The 38-year-old Cole spent the last three seasons with the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, but was released following the end of the 2018 campaign.Cole’s contract with the club will run through the end of the current 2018-19 season. 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? “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure Ashley’s services for the rest of the season,” Lampard said in a statement.“He’s a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room.“I know him very well from our time together at Chelsea, and with England, and I also know what he can bring to the group and the influence he will have.”Lampard also praised Cole’s condition despite not having played since the end of the MLS season, but did not promise the veteran left-back will be given a place in the squad.“Ashley is in good shape, which doesn’t surprise me because he’s an excellent professional, and he will compete for a place in the side like every other player here.Welcome to #DCFC, @TheRealAC3! 👊👉 https://t.co/rwOblQGldy#WelcomeAshley pic.twitter.com/RIrB9pcVdH— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 21, 2019Cole returns to England for the first time since 2014, when his time at Chelsea came to an end.He originally came up through Arsenal’s youth system and spent the first seven years of his career featuring for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, before making his controversial move to Chelsea prior to the 2006-7 season.Cole would go on to win another Premier League title with Chelsea, having won two with Arsenal, as well as four FA Cups, a league cup, a Champions League crown and a Europa League title.He would also play alongside his England team-mate Lampard with the Blues, doing so in the Premier League 190 times – more than he did any outfield team-mate with Chelsea.After his time at Stamford Bridge ended, Cole spent a season with Roma, playing in 11 Serie A games.He had a successfull three-year spell in Los Angeles with the Galaxy after that, though the 2018 season ended in disappointment as the club missed the MLS postseason and decided to not bring back Cole for another season.Instead, he will turn his focus toward helping the Rams back to the Premier League for the first time since 2007-08.First-year manager Lampard has his side sixth in the Championship, in the last of the promotion playoff spots, seven back of Norwich in second and two points ahead of Bristol City.The club is next in action in the FA Cup on January 29 against Accrington Stanley, before returning to Championship action February 1 against Preston.
Vinicius Junior says he wants to play alongside Neymar, adding that the Paris Saint-Germain star is the player that inspires him most.The 18-year-old winger, who has yet to earn a senior appearance for Brazil, joined Real Madrid this season and has made 10 league appearances for the club this campaign.He’s begun to find a rhythm with the reigning Champions League winners, showing some of the potential that prompted Madrid to sign him from Flamengo this summer. 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? Vinicius’ idol, though, is the former Barcelona star, a player he hopes to learn from as he continued to adjust to this new level of football.”I want to play next to Neymar, who is my idol,” Vinicius told Interactive Sport.”He’s a guy I’ve been watching since I was little, and since he started at Santos, I have followed him closely.”I have a great admiration for him, and he knows it.”Neymar is currently battling an injury, one that will keep him out of PSG’s Champions League clash with Manchester United in February.Real Madrid, meanwhile, face off with Ajax upon their return to the Champions League while also looking to battle their way up from third in La Liga.Knowing that, Vinicius and Madrid are set to face some pressure-filled matches, but the winger insists its something he’s used to from his days in Brazil.”The pressure is very similar,” said the winger.”[Real Madrid and Flamengo] are two of the biggest clubs in the world.”Next up for Real Madrid is Copa del Rey quarter-final against Girona before a La Liga match against Alaves over the weekend.
U.S. women’s national team defenders Crystal Dunn and Abby Dahlkemper do not believe that the size of the goal and pitch should be made smaller for the women’s game.Chelsea manager Emma Hayes sparked discussion with a recent column in The Times saying that the dimensions should be altered for women’s football.”There is one obvious reason why women play on the size of pitches and goals that we see now. That is what we were given. And maybe no one ever thought to question whether it makes sense,” Hayes wrote. 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? “But if you look at some other sports, someone must have decided one day that, actually, it would be daft to get women — average height in the UK 5ft 3in compared with 5ft 9in for men — to run over the same sprint hurdles in the Olympics. The women’s hurdles were made to be nine inches shorter, 33in compared with 42.”Dunn, who played for Hayes at Chelsea between 2017 and 2018, disagreed with her former manager’s opinion, citing the heroic performance from Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler in Sunday’s game against the USWNT.“I know Emma Hayes really well, played under her at Chelsea,” Dunn said Tuesday.“Those are obviously her opinions and I personally don’t agree with it. You guys have seen the Chilean goalkeeper do some incredible things against us – dang it!” she said with a laugh.Endler made several highlight-reel saves in the second half of Sunday’s game in Paris, ensuring the U.S. only won 3-0 on a night when they could have scored many more.“She had an amazing game and for anyone to think that our goals should be smaller or our field should be smaller in any way, I personally don’t agree,” Dunn said.”For a goalkeeper to be able to compete at that level and save as many saves as she can against us, I think it’s incredible and that’s just a testament that the goals are exactly the size they need to be, the pitch is the size that it needs to be.”Dunn’s teammate Dahlkemper agreed with her fellow defender’s assessment.“I think they absolutely should be the way that they are,” Dahlkemper said. “Personally I agree with everything that Crystal said.“You see these breakout players like the Chilean goalkeeper and that’s the quality and level that women’s soccer has imposed and I feel that’s incredible.”
After a month break, competitive FIFA 19 is back as EA Sports look to end the season in style. Before the grand finale of the FIFA eWorld Cup can be played, the 32 qualifying players need to be decided in the FIFA Global Series Playoffs.A week after Xbox’s top 16 are decided it will be time for the PlayStation 4 division to step up and take their chance.The top 60 PlayStation players from the FIFA Global Series as well as four invited FIFA Online 4 (South East Asia’s version of the game) will compete in the tournament between July 12-14 with the winner taking home 1,800 FIFA Global Series points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The top 16 PlayStation players with the most accumulated points throughout the season will then proceed to the FIFA eWorld Cup.The undoubted top dog on PlayStation is Nicolas “Nicolas99fc” Villalba with his 7,970 FIFA Global Series points but the division has had a lot of different winners throughout the year which is why this tournament will be so exciting.That’s why Goal has decided to highlight five other players who have the potential to make waves at the play-offs in Germany. ShellzzOne of the bigger names on the PlayStation side, Manchester City’s Shaun “Shellzz” Springette will be desperate to go all the way and finally win a tournament.The Englishman made a name for himself when he won the PlayStation side of his first ever professional tournament but hasn’t quite been able to fulfil his potential since.Speaking to Goal, Shellz admitted “it’s been a tough year” as he failed to qualify for tournaments early on but has found form in 2019 which has so far been highlighted by a high finish at the sixth FUT Champions Cup.Currently sitting 27th with 1524 FIFA Global Series Points, Shellzz will likely need to at least finish second to win 1080 additional points in order to break into the top 16.FUTWIZ MarkoSpeaking of the top 16, the gatekeeper of that elite group is currently Mark “FUTWIZ Marko” Brian Brijeski who sits in that valuable 16th spot with 2,056 FIFA Global Series Points.The Australian has dominated his local scene after winning the E-League and has been consistent all season, achieving six top 12 finishes in 2019.His performance in Germany will play a major role in who qualifies for the FIFA eWorld Cup. If he can continue his impressive form following the month-long break then he’ll have nothing to worry about.Stefano PinnaThe highest-ranked player on this list, PSV’s Stefano Pinna will be without a doubt the most fascinating player to watch at this tournament.The Belgian is currently third in the PlayStation FIFA Global Series Rankings with 4,710 points, which is extremely impressive considering he has taken an extended break from competing in the game.With his place in the FIFA eWorld Cup confirmed, this tournament doesn’t really matter for Pinna in theory but it will be important he shows that the break has helped and he still looks sharp.After coming runner-up in the eWorld Cup last year, the PSV man finally won a cross-console final earlier this year and will be hoping he can do that on the biggest stage.Dagnolf96Potentially one of the biggest surprise packages of the season, Daniele “Dagnolf96” Tealdi has come out of nowhere in the late stages of the season.The Italian is one of the most inform players in the world right now having won the ELeague Cup in Atlanta and securing a top-eight finish in Bucharest at the PGL Masters – all within his first year competing.The future is certainly bright for Dagnolf but considering his late start it’s going to be a monumental struggle to climb from 35th in the rankings into the top 16.DoolstaMoving to the States, Cormac “Doolsta” Dooley has had a very impressive season.The Philadelphia Union player has dominated America after winning every eMLS event this year however, he hasn’t quite been able to translate that form onto the international stage.As a result, Doolsta currently finds himself just outside of the qualifying places at 18th with 1,963 points. Still, we know Doolsta can win a tournament so if everything clicks for him in Germany we will surely see him at the FIFA eWorld Cup.
Jurgen Klopp says he was pleased with Adam Lallana’s performance in the ‘Jorginho role’ after Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Bradford City on Sunday.Liverpool have a number of talented midfielders, including Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Giorginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, battling alongside Lallana for playing time heading into the 2019-20 campaign.Lallana, who played the first half of Sunday’s friendly win, featured just 16 times throughout Liverpool’s Champions League-winning campaign, having played in just 15 matches the season prior. 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? But Klopp believes Lallana is carving out a potential new role for himself this preseason, playing in a position similar to that occupied by Jorginho with Chelsea.Jorginho joined the Blues from Napoli last summer, having been a favourite under now-Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, and Klopp says that Lallana’s ability to play with the ball in tight spaces make him a natural when it comes to playing the game similarly to the Italian midfielder.“Adam is the kind of player who can play that and he enjoys this ‘Jorginho role’ – I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see the games or he will make an offer!” Klopp said following the match.“It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at: small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time to time offering the runs in behind as well, and together with Milly (James Milner) that is possible. For us it is another option.“He needs a bit of luck, like we all do in life. We have to come through without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season.”Lallana joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014, and has made 156 total appearances since making the move to Anfield.He’s scored 21 goals in that time, having been seen as a more creative attacking presence and less like the more deep-lying Jorginho during his first five years with Liverpool.The 2016 England Player of the Year has also earned 34 caps with the Three Lions, having been a part of the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 squads.Liverpool have played in two preseason matches thus far, having topped Tranmere 6-0 before Sunday’s win over Bradford.Up next is a trip to the United States, where the Reds will take on Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns celebrate after defeating the Baylor Bears on October 29, 2016 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)A pair of Texas defensive backs announced they are transferring from the program. One of those players is a former four-star cornerback recruit.Eric Cuffee, a four-star cornerback prospect in the 2016 class, announced his decision to transfer this afternoon. Cuffee was entering his third year with the program but had not appeared in a game.Joining Cuffee in transferring out of UT is safety John Bonney, who played in 37 games during his four years in Austin.Two Texas defensive backs have decided to transfer pic.twitter.com/RKd911dOeh— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 14, 2018Cuffee released a full statement regarding his decision to transfer. He also announced his new destination.Cuffee will go the junior college route, enrolling at Trinity Valley Community College for the upcoming school year.Thank You Texas pic.twitter.com/TT1tPAvoJE— C U F F (@EricCuffee) August 14, 2018Texas will open its 2018 season on the road at Maryland on Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for noon ET on FS1.The Longhorns lost their season opener at home to the Terrapins in 2017, so they’ll be looking for some revenge when they head East in a couple of weeks.
DALLAS, 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)Sam Ehlinger was injured during Texas’ win over Baylor on Saturday afternoon. Here is the latest on the status of the Longhorns’ starting quarterback.Tom Herman updated the status of Ehlinger following the game, saying the injury – a sprain to his shoulder – was not believed to be serious.Ehlinger was initially taken out of the game because he had blood on his hand.“I think actually made a throw or two after, but the reason they stopped the game was he had blood on his hand,” Herman told reporters. “So as he’s coming off, we thought, okay, he’s going to be out for a play, just get the blood cleaned up as they do — any time you’ve got exposed blood, you’ve got to come off the field. And he came off, he goes, ‘Coach, my shoulder’s messed up. My shoulder’s messed up.’“So we had the trainers look at him and the shoulder was messed up.”We have a new update on Ehlinger and his status today.Anwar Richardson is reporting that Ehlinger has a Grade 1 sprain. Texas is off this week, so it’s possible he’ll be able to not miss any games.“Texas QB Sam Ehlinger has a Grade 1 shoulder sprain and minimal damage, according to my sources. Ehlinger will rest and rehab this week. Goal is to have him throwing by the end of the week. If all goes well, he will play against Oklahoma State on October 27. Texas is on a bye,” he reports.Texas QB Sam Ehlinger has a Grade 1 shoulder sprain and minimal damage, according to my sources. Ehlinger will rest and rehab this week. Goal is to have him throwing by the end of the week. If all goes well, he will play against Oklahoma State on October 27. Texas is on a bye.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) October 14, 2018Herman said similar things about Ehlinger and his injury status after the game.“Some rest and treatment and hopefully have him, from what I’ve been told, have him throwing the ball by the end of this week,” Herman told reporters.Ehlinger, a 6-foot-3 sophomore quarterback, has thrown for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season.Texas has rebounded from an early-season loss to Maryland. The Longhorns are now 6-1.
COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers coaches from the sidelines during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)After Alabama football beats Tennessee—something that has become an annual occurrence—the Crimson Tide smoke cigars in the locker room. Former Vols head coach Butch Jones got his first chance today.The Crimson Tide jumped all over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium, winning 58-21.Jones was fired by Tennessee after 10 games last season. He was 0-5 in games against Alabama. A few of those games were relatively close, but they often went about how today’s did, albeit with fewer points from the winning side.After the win, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa led his teammates in giving Jones a Gatorade bath.In the locker room, Butch Jones got that elusive victory cigar.Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Chris Owens posted a picture of Butch Jones in the locker room.SMOKE EM IF YOU GOT EM COACH JONES #RollTIde pic.twitter.com/iQa11oN42F— Chris Owens (@BGChrisOwens) October 20, 2018Earlier this week, Josh Jacobs joked that the team wanted to get Jones his first post-Alabama-Tennessee cigar.Josh Jacobs said the players always joke on Butch Jones because he’s never had an opportunity to smoke a cigar after Alabama-Tennessee.“That’s one of our goals for him to experience that.”???— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 16, 2018Mission accomplished for the Tide.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)It is in Ryan Day’s best interest as a recruiter to go to bat for his guys come NFL Draft time. He did that, and more, in a recent interview about former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Day’s work with Haskins, who took over as first year starter this season after sitting behind J.T. Barrett, is a major reason why he was promoted to head coach after Urban Meyer’s retirement.He did a lengthy interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Albert Breer, all about the young quarterback. He didn’t exactly mute expectations for the projected first rounder.Ryan Day went as far as to say that Dwayne Haskins could become one of the best quarterbacks ever.Day raved about the amount in which Haskins improved during the year, and thinks if it continues, he’ll be a top tier guy.What seems clear is that Haskins is about as ready for the NFL as a 14-start quarterback could be. And that, combined with the talent he brings, sets the ceiling pretty high.“If he continues to develop, if he’s afforded an opportunity to work through and learn, grow, then I think he could be one of the best to ever play the game,” Day said. “He has that ability.”Day called coaching a guy the caliber of Haskins “a dream.”“I met with Urban, and it was something we’d talked about,” Day said. “And this was kind of my dream, to be in this situation and have a first-round draft pick. And when I talked with Dwayne when we first got there, this is what he wanted to be—a Heisman Trophy winner and a first-round draft pick. I didn’t think it’d happen that fast. But it did. And it’s a tribute to everybody on the offense.”Unfortunately, that means Ohio State will replace its quarterback for a second straight year. Luckily, they won the sweepstakes for former five-star recruit Justin Fields from Georgia, who could be in a similar situation in a few years.[Sports Illustrated]
“The comments that surfaced Tuesday about Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s defense aren’t tethered to reality and are laughable,” writes Aaron Suttles.It’s anonymous coach comments season, which is always entertaining this time of year. But the comments that surfaced Tuesday about Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s defense aren’t tethered to reality and are laughable. https://t.co/P1eXNdyjNQ— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) May 22, 2019AL.com called the anonymous coach a “filthy-mouthed coward.” One of Alabama’s former rival head coaches, Tommy Tuberville, even got in on the ripping.“He puts the ball on the money,” Tuberville said on WNSP-FM 105.5. “He throws in and out of the pocket. He takes a licking and keeps on ticking. He’s kind of like the Energizer bunny. I like him. I like the way he runs the team. In that game – right or wrong – he looked like he was taking it all on his shoulders.”This won’t be the last time Tua faces criticism, of course, but if he continues to play like he has, he’ll always have plenty of people clapping back for him. SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)An anonymous college football coach is getting crushed for what he said about Alabama’s star quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, heading into the 2019 season.The coach, who spoke to Lindy’s magazine, had some harsh words for the Heisman Trophy contending quarterback.“I think Tua needs to humble himself,” he said. “I think he did some bad things in the bowl game that cost the team because he put himself ahead of the team. He needs to understand Alabama won national championships by playing great defense and special teams and not beating itself. In the national championship game, the quarterback play was atrocious, and some would say the play-calling, too.”These comments are not sitting well with the college football world.
SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles speaks with officials during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on September 15, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)In year two of the Willie Taggart era at Florida State, the Seminoles have struggled mightily. So far this season, they’ve blown a huge lead to Boise State, barely survived against Louisana-Monroe and lost a tough game to Virginia. They’re a far cry from the program that was competing for national titles just a handful of years ago.Barring a miraculous turnaround, it seems that it’s a matter of when, not if the program will move on from Taggart. Some fans are finding creative ways to help the school fund his eventual buyout.A young Florida State fan named Grayton Grant is selling lemonade for $20 a glass to help pay for Taggart’s $17 million buyout. His father, Daniel Grant, posted a photo of the stand to Twitter.According to ESPN, the Grants raised $241 – which will be matched for Grayton’s grandfather. So they’ll be donating $482 to the cause. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p @JCameronShow hey Jeff how many glasses can I put you down for? pic.twitter.com/04pZsz1MhL— Daniel J. Grant (@DJGFSU) September 15, 2019The elder Grant clarified on Twitter that he’s still rooting for Taggart to succeed – and that the whole idea was meant to be a joke.Thanks man. Was a joke for sure and certainly didn’t mean to make anyone too upset. Look forward to cheering on the Noles and Taggart and his staff this Saturday like we have since he has been here!!!— Daniel J. Grant (@DJGFSU) September 16, 2019Florida State will continue its ACC schedule when it takes on Louisville this coming Saturday. The Seminoles will need a win to calm down the fan base.As for Taggart, he will likely need to at least return Florida State to being the second-best team in the conference (behind Clemson) to have a shot at keeping his job. He’s running out of time.