Month: November 2019

‘Spurs will have to break wage structure to keep Kane’

first_imgTransfers Tottenham will have to break wage structure to keep Kane – Les Ferdinand Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 20:44 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Premier League UEFA Champions League The England striker’s form continues to attract interest from Europe’s biggest clubs after he impressed again in the Champions League Tottenham will have to break their wage structure in order to prevent Harry Kane from joining the likes of Real Madrid, according to former Spurs forward Les Ferdinand.Kane has developed into one of Europe’s elite strikers over the last few years, with his goalscoring feats helping to elevate Spurs to consistent challengers for Champions League qualification.The current campaign is the fourth in succession where Kane has managed to score more than 20 Premier League goals, with his tally of 23 in 26 appearances suggesting he is on track to beat his personal best of 29 from last term. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the main difference for Kane this season has been his emergence in the Champions League, with his strike against Juventus in Spurs’ impressive 2-2 draw on Tuesday taking him to seven in six games, just two shy of Cristiano Ronaldo.And Ferdinand – who held coaching roles at the club under Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood – when asked whether Spurs will be able to keep Kane for much longer, told Omnisport ahead of the London Football Awards: “That’s the million dollar question.”I think they’ll have to break their wage structure and sometimes you get special talents that you have to break the wage structure for if you want to keep that player.”If Tottenham want to be competitive and continue to finish in the top four, then first and foremost they need to start winning things.”That’s the thing that’ll probably keep Harry because he’s a Tottenham supporter and he wants to see Tottenham win things.”So, if he could be part of that and earn what his quality deserves, when you look at what everyone else is earning, they’ve got a good chance of keeping him.”Harry Kane Juventus Tottenham Champions LeagueFerdinand is also adamant that Kane is already among the very best strikers in Europe, suggesting only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is rivalling the England international in the Premier League at present.”If you look at strikers in the Premier League and Europe at the moment, you have to put Harry up there with best of them,” he said.”He’s got everything he needs for his game. He’s keeping free of injury which is a key thing, but left foot, right foot, headed goals – he scores all types.”If you look at the form guide, it’s probably Salah – who is on fire for Liverpool at the moment, scoring lots of goals – who is the only one that could probably rival Harry in the Premier League.”Ferdinand was speaking after the QPR in the Community Trust was nominated for the LFA’s Community Project of the Year award, after their work to host the ‘Game4Grenfell’ match in support of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire last June.last_img read more

Giroud finds his ‘perfect club’ in Chelsea

first_imgChelsea Giroud has found his ‘perfect club’ after trading Arsenal for Chelsea Chris Burton 16:35 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Olivier Giroud, Chelsea Glyn Kirk Chelsea Olivier Giroud Premier League The France international striker was allowed to cross London on transfer deadline day and claims to already be feeling at home at a “massive club” Olivier Giroud believes he found the “perfect club” when he made a deadline day move from Arsenal to Chelsea.The France international striker was forced to wait until late in the winter transfer window before seeing his future resolved.A move away from Emirates Stadium had been mooted for some time, and eventually all of the pieces fell into place as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang linked up with the Gunners and Michy Batshuayi departed Stamford Bridge for Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Giroud is delighted to have joined a team of proven winners and has vowed to give his all to the ongoing pursuit of more major honours.The 31-year-old frontman told the Blues’ official website: “Chelsea was the perfect team for me, the perfect club.“It’s the Premier League, it’s the club which has won the most titles in the last 10 years, it’s a massive club. I’m very proud and happy to be here.“People want you to wear the shirt and give the maximum. I know I will have to be efficient, assist sometimes, score sometimes.“We don’t have too much time for integration but I feel very good and the boys have been very good to me.”Defending champions Chelsea have seen their Premier League crown slip, with Manchester City dominating the battle for domestic supremacy in 2017-18.Olivier Giroud Chelsea perfect clubAntonio Conte’s side are, however, still in the hunt for FA Cup glory, a top four finish and another Champions League triumph – with a heavyweight tie against La Liga giants Barcelona awaiting at the last-16 stage of that competition.“We’re going to take the games step by step,” added Giroud.“Firstly we want to qualify in the FA Cup and then we have three big games to come, Barcelona in the Champions League and then the two Manchester clubs away, that’s why we need the confidence high. We need to keep it up and build momentum.”Chelsea returned to winning ways in their last outing against West Brom, with Giroud contributing his first assist as the Blues got back on track after a recent wobble.last_img read more

Record-breaking Batshuayi airs Chelsea frustration

first_imgMichy Batshuayi Batshuayi airs Chelsea frustration following record-breaking start at Dortmund Chris Burton 19:10 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Getty Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Chelsea Bundesliga Premier League The Belgium international striker has been busy proving his worth in Germany after being denied regular opportunities to impress by the Blues Michy Batshuayi is delighted to have put his Chelsea frustrations behind him after making a record-breaking start to a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.The Belgium international moved to Stamford Bridge in 2016 boasting a prolific record from stints at Standard Liege and Marseille.AdChoices广告He was, however, to be given limited opportunities to impress by the Blues, with Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata blocking his path. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With Olivier Giroud brought in to bolster Antonio Conte’s options late in the winter transfer window of 2018, Batshuayi – despite having 10 goals to his name for the campaign – was allowed to head for Germany on a short-term deal.The 24-year-old has been quick to prove his worth with Dortmund, becoming the first man in the club’s history to plunder five goals in his opening three appearances.Batshuayi admits that belief has been returned to his game, with Chelsea having prevented him from building up any momentum during his time in England.“It wasn’t always easy at Chelsea. I’m now playing with a lot of confidence,” he told Sporza after bagging a brace in a 3-2 Europa League win for Dortmund over Atalanta on Thursday.“Sitting on the bench, score a goal and then back to the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.”Batshuayi’s loan deal does not include the option for a permanent move to be made at the end of the season.That means he could still have a future at Chelsea, although he is giving little thought to that scenario at present.Pressed on whether he is aware of the Blues monitoring his progress in Germany, Batshuayi added: “I don’t know if Conte was watching my game.“They are focusing on the Premier League and have an important Champions League tie next week. I hope it turns out well for them.”last_img read more

PSG hold transfer talks with Courtois’ father

first_imgTransfers PSG hold transfer talks with Courtois’ father amid doubt over Chelsea future Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 22:31 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Getty Images Transfers PSG Chelsea Real Madrid Premier League UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 The Stamford Bridge shot-stopper is in demand with Real Madrid also interested in him, while the Blues are desperate for him to stay Paris Saint-Germain have met with Thibaut Courtois’s father, Thierry, to discuss a potential move away from Chelsea at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Belgian TV station RTBF already suggested earlier this week that the Ligue 1 leaders had joined Real Madrid in the race for the goalkeeper’s signature and Goal can confirm PSG officials had a meeting with Courtois’s dad in London on Monday.The Paris side are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they target an upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and the 25-year-old Courtois has been earmarked as one of the top candidates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Belgium international’s existing deal with Chelsea is due to expire come June 2019 and the Blues have been in talks with the shot-stopper for over a year in an attempt to renew his contract, with a renewal potentially costing them over £200,000-a-week in wages.Courtois has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, though, as he has admitted on more than one occasion that he would like to return to Madrid at some stage in his career.The goalkeeper’s two children live in Spain’s capital following a previous loan spell with Atletico Madrid and Courtois is keen to be closer to his family.Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Courtois’ situation at Chelsea and his aforementioned ties to Spain mean PSG face an uphill battle to get their man if he does decide to leave Stamford Bridge.Chelsea remain hopeful they can convince Courtois to sign a new and improved deal with the Premier League giants, but their underwhelming performances this campaign could throw a spanner in the works as they are in danger of missing out on Champions League football.Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, but spent three seasons on loan at Atletico before displacing Petr Cech as the man between the sticks at the reigning Premier League champions.He has since made well over 100 league appearances for Antonio Conte’s men, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup in the process.last_img read more

The top 10 controversies in World Cup history

first_imgWorld Cup The hand of God, Lampard’s ‘ghost’ goal & the 10 biggest controversies in World Cup history Goal 06:00 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lampard England 2010 World Cup Getty World Cup England Germany Italy Chile Uruguay Spain France Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, Goal looks at the most controversial dives, handballs, fouls and referee decisions in the tournament’s historylast_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgAnother round up of touch happenings from around Australia… · The Professional Officers and Development Officers from around Australia met in Canberra last week, discussing marketing, management, AusTouch, Sporting Pulse, Events, Development and all things touch! Keep watching the website for further stories and developments. · The Queensland Junior State Cup will be held from July 9-11, check it out for some of our future national and international stars. · The Australian Masters teams are having a ball in South Africa, with games and coaching clinics in Provincial areas as well as the opportunity to see Baboons and other native animals, the Cape of Good Hope, Stellenbosch (the venue for the 2007 World Cup), as well as several top wine areas! The touring party are sending us regular updates on their trip, check out the tour diary for a great read! · This year the NSW Touch will be using a computer program written specifically for the Sydney Championships to complete team registrations. All clubs are expected to use this method of team submission. Check out the full story at NSW Touch for more information. · NRL State of Origin? A deciding game? Come on, it’s all about the touch football State of Origin, the draw is up, August 13-14 are the dates to remember, check out our site or NSW or Queensland touch for more info. · Looks like New Zealand will be touring Queensland in September/October to take part in the SQBD Regional Championships as well as playing several other games against Queensland A sides. See Queensland touch for the full story. · Innes McDougall became the first referee to be inducted (posthumously) into the ACT Touch Association Hall of Fame. · Touch SA has been able to secure an arrangement with Virgin Blue to help raise sponsorship funds through becoming your own Travel Agent. For all Touch SA members, players, interested parties, check out Touch SA’s website for more information. · Touch SA will also be running a Level 1 Coaching Course and a Level 1 refereeing course in Port Lincoln on the 17-18 July. See Touch SA for more information. · The Victorian Touch Association (VTA) is currently seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches for the position of Victorian Men’s and Women’s 30s Coach and Assistant Coach positions. Applications for these positions close Friday 2nd July. · WA Country will be sending a Mixed Open team to compete in the NSW State Cup from December 1-6. The team will be coached by Shannon Brophy from Rockingham. See their website for the full story. · In 1985 the Federation of Touch was formed in Melbourne with Canada, the USA, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia the inaugural members. The first recognised international game was a test series played between Australia and New Zealand at the South Melbourne Cricket Ground on 23 March 1985. This information was found on the My Club Touch website. My Club Touch can be accessed through the link on ATA’s homepage or at www.myclubtouch.com.au it is full of facts, information and references for players, coaches, managers, development officers and anyone interested in touch. The Australian Touch association is keen to develop this site further, if you have any suggestions on what can be done use the `contact us’ link on the site, scroll down to the `send email’ and suggest away! Rachel Moyle media@austouch.com.aulast_img

DISTANCE NO BARRIER FOR BARBARIANS

first_imgFor some teams, training for the National Touch League (NTL) is a matter of a short drive in the car, or a trek down the road to your Local Association. Not so for our remote permits who are travelling thousands of kilometres just to compete in the showcase event on the sport’s calendar. Neil ‘Molly’ Collins, player/coach of the Barbarians Men’s 40s team, knows only too well the challenges facing remote permits.“Our players are drawn from the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) but within each state there can be a great distance as well. We have a number of Karratha players this year, which means they have to travel over 1500 kilometres just to get to Perth and then across the country to Coffs Harbour.” Collins said.The geographical and logistical barriers between team mates means the preparation for a team like Barbarians has to be a little more creative. “This year we had our patterns and plays video taped and put on a CD and sent to each player. We also try and get here on the Monday to watch our open teams play and give ourselves that extra day to train together.” Collins said.While the logistics of this venture pose certain challenges, the remote experience is far from a negative one.“There is great camaraderie within the team as a result of having to travel so far and there is now a core of us who enjoy the annual challenge. You know what you are up against and you try and improve aspects of your preparation each time. It’s also great for WA and NT development as many of our players are coaches and managers at the local level and they can take back what they’ve learned and apply it at their local affiliate.” Collins reasoned.The fruits of grass root level labour continue paying handsome dividends for the Barbarians permit, with strength and depth of teams being swelled across numerous divisions.The Barbarians Permit enjoyed their most fruitful NTL campaign to date, recording some impressive results in 2007 in the three premier Open level divisions.The Women’s Open team reached the semi finals for the third year running, the Men’s Open claimed the Plate Final, and the Mixed Open narrowly missed a semi-final berth.Barbarians are one of the real success stories of the NTL, overcoming many obstacles to make their permit a well organized, efficient, and professional outfit that continues to improve on and off the field with each passing year.“Our permit continues to improve with the annual exposure to the elite level that the NTL provides. We’ve worked hard to build a solid infrastructure and now have a good foundation of players and officials to call on each year. Distance, needing extra time off work and limited training are issues but their not issues we can’t overcome.”  Isobel Appo, Northern Territory State Manager said.As the 2007 Seniors NTL rolls on, the Barbarians Men’s 30s and 40s team are looking to consolidate on last year’s performances with their 2008 return never far from their minds.“We will make every effort to be back next year, and are hopeful of adding a Men’s 45s team as well. As long as we can all stay in one piece til then.” Neil Collins said. Barbarians continue their 2007 campaign today facing tough competition in both the Men’s 30s and 40s divisions. Regardless of the result, Barbarians future continues to look promising.last_img read more

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