TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Mourinho only coach Florentino trustsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon can see Jose Mourinho making a return.Calderon’s successor at Real, Florentino Perez, has been in contact with Mourinho – though that was before his sacking by Manchester United this week.Perez wanted Mourinho to replace Julen Lopetegui before he handed Santiago Solari a three-year contract.Calderon said, “A return for Mourinho to Real Madrid? Everyone here knows that it’s up to the president. I think he is the only coach he respects. The current president does not really trust the coaches. But in the case of Mourinho, he really, really supported him several times in difficult times. “When Lopetegui left, I said, ‘I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I do not exclude that he will be in Real in the near future’.”
Newcastle, Everton eyeing Marseille centre-back Boubacar Kamaraby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille’s 19-year-old centre-back Boubacar Kamara is attracting Premier League interest.The Evening Chronicle says United have taken a look at Kamara in recent times, but the Ligue 1 club have now tied him down to a new deal.Nevertheless, Newcastle and Everton have impressive teenager Kamara on their database.Kamara has already made 54 first team appearances and would be considered immediate first team material but after Marseille battled to get him to sign a new deal – he now has a £16million price tag. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd defender Maguire deletes social media postby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire had a message for fans after the goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar on Thursday – but he soon deleted it.Maguire failed to get off the bench in the Netherlands as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went with a central defensive partnership of Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo.That pair, as well as first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea, all did their jobs as the Eredivisie outfit were snuffed out despite having 12 shots on goal and four on target.The England defender tweeted: “A point away from home. Thanks for the support. See you Sunday.”However, following a backlash from supporters at what they saw as an overly positive reaction to a disappointing result, Maguire ultimately deleted the post, which isn’t visible on his Twitter account on Friday morning. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say IFK chief explains sale options for Wolves, Watford target Alhassan Yusufby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveIFK Gothenburg whizkid Alhassan Yusuf is facing frustration over hopes of a move to England.Wolves and Watford are keen on the midfielder, along with Anderlecht.However, IFK chief Pontus Farnerud admits a lack of qualifications for a UK work permit are likely to work against him.He told GT: “When it comes to sales, we must make sure that it is as good as possible for all parties. Then there is a regulatory framework to take into account and when it comes to a Premier League club, work permits are difficult. Then you have to look at what is best for the player together with the buying club.”Wolves could yet buy Yusuf and send him back to IFK on-loan.Farnerud added: “These are the solutions that exist and there is no secret behind it, but I would like to point out that we are not there now.”
No college football program does social media better than Clemson, and they’ve had a lot of fun with the ongoing construction of the Tigers’ new football practice facility, even though it isn’t expected to be complete until 2017. A few weeks ago, Dabo Swinney checked in on the progress Undercover Boss style. Now, defensive coordinator Brent Venables had his turn, starring in a very funny clip where he coaches up some of the guys working on the project.Coach Venables is ready to use the new Football Ops Facility……maybe a little too ready. #Clemsonhttps://t.co/n9Fo1BjYFx— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) May 31, 2016We wouldn’t want to be a player at the opposite end of the stare at the 30 second mark.
YouTube/MSUSpartanVideoMichigan State is the defending Big Ten champion, and while Michigan and Ohio State have been getting most of the attention in the league as we near the season, the Spartans appear pretty pumped for the year to kick off.On Thursday, a group of Michigan State players created a locker room dance video, and with help from the program’s video team, it is incredibly well-produced. The video is set to Future’s hit “Wicked” from his 2016 mixtape Purple Reign.Michigan State opens its season with FCS squad Furman, but things heat up pretty quickly from there. The Spartans have a week two bye, and then head to South Bend to play a very strong Notre Dame team, and follow that game up with Wisconsin at home. At +825, the Spartans are tied for the third best odds to win a Big Ten title this year with Iowa, but are fairly well behind Ohio State (+168) and Michigan (+233). If they repeat, they certainly will have earned it.
Atletico Madrid’s headline summer signing Joao Felix has suggested that he would like to play in the Premier League at some point in his career.Felix had been linked with a move to several of Europe’s heavyweight clubs before completing his move to the Wanda Metropolitano, with Manchester City and United both reportedly interested in the highly-rated youngster.Atleti would ultimately seal a deal for Felix, however, with former club Benfica earning €126 million (£112m/$140m) as their starlet swapped Portugal for the Spanish capital. 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? In an AMA with Bleacher Report , however, the 19-year-old simply replied “Premier League” when asked which of the other European leagues he would like to play in over the course of his career.He was also questioned on whether he would consider a move to Tottenham. “Me, to Spurs?” he answered. “[Right] now that’s impossible, but I don’t know, [maybe] one day.”And while Felix can count himself amongst the most valuable players on the planet, his feet appear to have remained firmly on the ground, with a thirst for first-team football and improving as an individual at the top of his to-do list.”I don’t really care about [my price-tag] or the money, I just want to be playing and I just want to get my job done. That’s the most important thing.”It’s a dream come true to be playing with Atletico, one of the best teams in Europe and the world. I’m very happy.”I don’t have any problems with pressure, it’s my job. I have to know how to handle that.”Indeed, the Rojiblancos’ new No.7 was once written off by former coaches due to his slight frame, but attests that hard work and belief in himself was key to proving his doubters wrong.”Just keep working and listen to people that want the best for me,” he said of being deemed too lightweight for top-level football. “And work, work, work.”Asked if he currently has any weaknesses, he replied: “It’s a secret.”A pre-season injury sparked fears that Atletico’s record signing would not feature again for some time, but Diego Simeone relayed on Thursday that the young attacker should get some playing time against bitter rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. “He trained in the morning without problems,” the Argentine told the press. “I imagine tomorrow [Friday] he will play for a while or start from the beginning.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver TJ Sheffield committed to Notre Dame last week. After less than a week, the Fighting Irish staff told him that they plan to go in another direction.Sheffield is a composite four-star player, per 247Sports. The site ranks him No. 236 overall in the class of 2019.He is the No. 38 overall wide receiver, and is ranked ninth of all players from Tennessee. He is from the small town of Thompson’s Station, just south of Nashville.Notre Dame’s decision could open the door for Tennessee to land TJ Sheffield.This afternoon, he revealed what happened. It sounds like Fighting Irish wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander accepted his commitment prematurely, and had to tell him this morning that the school would no longer be doing so.pic.twitter.com/wmtPDAClRd— Tj Sheffield (@the_tj2) July 11, 2018It is unfortunate that Sheffield cannot attend the school of his choice. Luckily, though, he is not without options.Notre Dame split the early votes in 247’s crystal ball with Tennessee, his in-state power out of the SEC, and Purdue, a Notre Dame rival on the upswing entering year two under Jeff Brohm.He has a number of other pretty decent offers, including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, UNC, Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.Obviously, you never truly know if all of those are actually committable, as Sheffield just learned. Still, he should have his pick of a number of strong schools to choose from.Notre Dame already has 17 players committed. The Fighting Irish class is ranked seventh in the country. Three-star Cam Hart is the lone wide receiver in the group right now.
Urban Meyer has been placed on administrative leave by Ohio State following the allegations that surfaced in a new report by college football insider Brett McMurphy. The head coach, per the new report, knew more about the domestic violence allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith than he led on.The entire college football world has been rocked by the news and, unsurprisingly, everyone is talking about it.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum weighed in on Meyer’s future during an appearance on First Take this morning.“When we’re talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said, per 247Sports. “I have always liked him personally. I respect his coaching ability, but you can’t look past the University of Florida. He left a disaster down there. Yeah, he won two national championships thanks to Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin and countless other players who have been in the NFL since then, but left his entire legacy in burned ashes.”Finebaum does not see Meyer keeping his job.“(My initial) reaction was Urban Meyer cannot survive this,” Finebaum said. “And that’s before I even finished the first paragraph. As you got deeper and deeper into the story, it got progressively worse. Since then, I haven’t seen any indication from that school or from anyone else that he is. The second they put him on administrative leave, that telegraphed to me and many others that they were looking for a way out with a settlement, outright fire for cause. I don’t know. I cannot imagine with what Urban Meyer said last week and Big Ten media days and the fact that he hasn’t said anything yet that he is going to be able to have anything more to say in terms of this football season. Let’s not forget. It’s irrelevant to the point that we’re talking about but this is one of the top four teams in the country, and now it looks like not only that is gone for him, but perhaps one of the great careers in college football history.”Others at ESPN feel differently.Desmond Howard, for example, believes Urban will keep his job.Sure do…— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) August 2, 2018Ohio State is just a month away from the start of its season. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel has been out of the NFL for a few years now, though this season, he’s trying to make a comeback via the CFL. This week, he once again found a way to inject himself into the Cleveland Browns storyline.Baker Mayfield, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Browns during this past April’s draft, was given his first start on Sunday against the Raiders. While his team didn’t win, the Browns did put up over 40 points for the first time since 2009.Before the game, ESPN released a “letter” that Manziel wrote to Mayfield. It’s unclear why it had to happen – but anyway, here it is:“Dear Baker, if there’s one thing you already know, one thing that everybody already knows, you and I are not the same person. No matter how many people try to compare us, even before the same team drafted us, we know we are never fully defined by the way we play, or the uniform we wear.What I do know is this: life’s experiences are the best teachers. Through all the good days you’ll encounter over your career there, you’ll undoubtedly face some tough ones as well. Through all the good and the bad, stay close to your family, and more so, continue to be you. That’s what’s taken you from a walk-on to a Heisman trophy winner to a first-round draft pick.Beyond all that, Baker, I simply want to wish you all the success that you deserve. I hope you don’t take a single day, a single snap, for granted. I hope you own the moment, and give the Browns fans every bit of happiness that they deserve.Your friend, Johnny Manziel.”Yes, there were many people comparing Manziel and Mayfield heading into the 2018 season. But after two games, it’s pretty clear that Mayfield is going to be a far better player. Regardless, if the two really are friends, why did this letter have to be public?The Browns, with Mayfield behind center, are no longer a pushover. It’ll be fun to watch his development the rest of the year.