India Indian Football: The Blue Tigers’ best tournament wins of all time Last updated 2 years ago 05:31 9/4/17 Comments(0) 1/10 Indian Football: The Blue Tigers’ best tournament wins of all time Goal Goal Full screen 1 of 10 Share Close Asian Games 1951 | The gold medal was bagged by India in the inaugural 1951 Delhi Asian Games. The side led by late Sailen Manna, defeated Iran in the finale when Sahoo Mewalal scored the winning goal in the 34th minute. The striker was also the highest goalscorer of the tournament with four goals to his name. FacebookTwitterRedditcopy India
Matthew Davies Two final match heartbreaks in one year a bittersweet experience for Matthew Davies Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:45 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pahang FA Facebook Malaysia U22 Malaysia U23 Pahang FA Cup Southeast Asian Games Pahang and Malaysia defender Matthew Davies admits that he wants experience playing abroad, so he can look back at his career in the future with pride BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter It is always hard for any footballers to reach the final match of any competition, only to fall at the final hurdle and finish as runner up. To go through the same experience not just once, but twice in the same year must then be heartbreaking.Unfortunately that is the exact experience that Pahang and Malaysia defender Matthew Davies has gone through in 2017.At club level, Pahang finished runners up in the FA Cup, losing 3-2 to Kedah in the final match back in May, while just last month, Malaysia U22 ended their 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games campaign with a silver medal, losing 1-0 to Thailand in the final match. Coincidentally, both matches were held at the Shah Alam Stadium. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Davies (left) playing for Malaysia U22 in the SEA Games. Photo from MASOCHowever, when contacted by Goal, the right back explained that he has taken both disappointments as part of his learning process, describing them as a bittersweet experience.”It’s very bittersweet as it’s a big achievement to reach the final matches in the first place. But to have gone through reaching two finals, getting hyped up, having a lot of fans behind you and a lot of build up to the games, and then falling short is quite disappointing and takes a lot out of you mentally.”I guess the consolation for me is that I’m still young, I’m just 22 and to have these big games under my belt is a great experience for me going forward.”I’m patient and I’m sure the titles will come in the future. I’m looking forward to playing in more big games. It’s what being a footballer is all about.”And now going into these type of games; final or semi-final matches, I will definitely know what to expect and won’t be too fazed by big occassions. The SEA Games final and FA Cup final are almost as big as it gets in Malaysia,” explained the Australian-born defender in a telephone conversation on Thursday.Malaysia U22’s successful run in the SEA Games has also brought attention on its squad members, who reportedly have caught the eye of Thai League scouts, with clubs in the competition set to offer an ASEAN foreign player slot beginning next season.When asked by us, Davies agrees that playing abroad may benefit Malaysian players, but maintains that he remains committed to seeing out his contract with the Elephants, which is set to run until the end of 2018.”Of course, Malaysian players have a lot to learn and there’s a lot to be gained from venturing abroad. It could only stand to benefit players if they look abroad.”It’s an option (playing overseas). Obviously, I’m very happy here because I’ve been treated very well. It’s something that in the future, when I look back at my own career, and to be satisfied with that, I ‘d like to have a few different stints abroad whether it’s back in Australia or Malaysia.”If I managed to have a few stints abroad, I’d consider that a part of a successful career. I do want that, but not for a little bit. My contract with Pahang ends at the end of 2018,” said Davies.Davies has one last chance left to capture silverware this season. Pahang are in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals, and on Saturday they will host Perak in the first leg match at the Darulmakmur Stadium.
Manchester United Injured Pogba will improve alongside Matic, says Man Utd legend Scholes Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 18:11 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League The France international had been in fine form before suffering a hamstring problem, with the arrival of Nemanja Matic offering him greater freedom Paul Pogba is being tipped to improve further for Manchester United once clear of injury, with Paul Scholes seeing greater freedom bring the best out of him.The France international had been in impressive form prior to being forced onto the sidelines with a hamstring problem.United 5/2 to win PL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. No date has been set for his return, with United still hoping that the 24-year-old can avoid the need for surgery.Whenever he is ready, Scholes believes that the all-action midfielder will continue to benefit from the presence of Nemanja Matic in an ever-improving United team.The Red Devils legend told reporters at the Premier Futsal tournament in Dubai: “Obviously before his injury you could see United were winning, and winning quite comfortably.“I think the addition of Matic has helped him and given him that bit of freedom – he’s scored a couple of goals already and a couple of assists.“He’s playing well and hopefully his injury is not as serious as it could be. “They have been talking possibly about an operation but hopefully that’s not the case and he’ll be back soon.“Last season was tough for him but there was always going to be a settling-in period. “There were two or three other players along with him who took a little while to settle down. “With Matic coming in this year and the other players a year down the road I think we’ll see the improvement.”Pogba, who was named United’s Player of the Month for August, has netted two goals and provided two assists this season.Jose Mourinho has moved to rule out any suggestion that he could be out of action for up to 12 weeks, but it is unclear whether he will be ready for a return after the upcoming international break, with United set to face arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield on October 14.
U17 World Cup: DPR Korea 0-2 Brazil: Scintillating Selecao outclass lethargic Chollima Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 00:30 10/11/17 Second-half goals from Lincoln and Paulinho sealed a dominant win for Carlo Amadeu’s men… Brazil outclassed a lethargic DPR Korea to register a 2-0 win in their second group game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday.Second-half goals from Lincoln and Paulinho sealed a dominant win for Carlo Amadeu’s men but they could and should have added to their goal tally. Striker Lincoln was flanked by Brenner on the left and Paulinho on the right for Brazil. Alan slotted in behind the striker with Victor Bobsin and Marcos Antonio featuring in the double pivot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Left-back Weverson and right back Wesley ran provided width next to the centre back pairing of Vitao and Lucas Halter. Skipper Yuh Min started on the right for DPR Korea, with Kim Hwi Hwang leading the line. Brazil were an immediate threat after kick-off, with Brenner laying it off for Lincoln who managed to get the ball past the defender but not the goalkeeper Sin Tae Song.Alan, who impressed against Spain, took control of the proceedings early on in the game. In the 12th minute, he released Paulinho who had come narrow from the right but the forward could only find the side-netting.Three minutes later, Kim Chung Jin embarked on a lung-busting run from midfield and picked out Hwi Hwang who cut inside and unleashed a strong effort on target.Brazil kept moving the ball around quickly and the wingers Paulinho and Brenner switched flanks at regular intervals. DPR Korea’s touches on the ball in the first half were few and far between but despite Brazil’s 75 percent possession, there weren’t any goals to boast about before the half-time whistle was blown.The Selecao youth did not have to wait too long after the restart to get the reward for their efforts as they scored two goals in five minutes to stun Chollima. Weverson’s free kick in the 56th minute was deflected off the wall towards Lincoln who timed his jump to perfection and nodded the ball into the net.If the first goal did not have the Brazilian flavour to it, the second more than made up for it. A quick set of passes just outside the box allowed Brenner to spot an unmarked Paulinho who coolly slotted the ball into the net to double his team’s lead.Brazao, who had a relatively quiet game, was called into action twice in two minutes as the game entered the final minutes. WIth 10 minutes left on the clock, Victor Bobsin cynically brought down his marker and from the resulting free-kick, skipper Yun Min curled a shot towards the top right corner which demanded a strong diving save from Gabriel Brazao. Kim Pom Hyok stuck a smooth shot right at goal soon after, but Brazao was down to punch it away in time.A tired DPR Korea side looked like they gave up much before the final whistle, as Brazil passed it around for fun to register their second win in the tournament and to top the group.Brazil will now lock horns against Niger in their final group game. read more
Ronald Koeman Where did it all go wrong for Koeman at Everton? Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 22:05 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Everton Premier League Opinion The former Southampton manager arrived to much fanfare at Goodison Park but leaves 16 months later after bringing an air of negativity to Merseyside Ronald Koeman never really ‘got’ Everton Football Club. A fine footballing appointment during the summer of 2016, the stoic Dutchman rarely gave much away during his time at Goodison Park, instead seemingly happy to use the club as a stepping stone on the path towards his dream job at Barcelona.Toffees 5/2 to win at LeicesterIt seems, however, Koeman underestimated what Everton fans expect from their manager, though he got a few hints when he had the audacity to decorate his Christmas tree with red baubles last December. For too long in the shadows of their neighbours across Stanley Park, and without a trophy in 22 years, Toffees supporters want a manager they can believe in and who offers them hope for a brighter future. 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 Instead they got one who downplayed the club’s expectations despite an encouraging seventh-place finish last season and a summer spend of £140 million. Slamming Jose Mourinho’s claims that Everton should be challenging for the top four was unedifying, but it also sent a message to those who pay good money to watch the team week in, week out: one of defeat.On the pitch, the team of expensively assembled stars matched their manager’s dour attitude towards taking the next step and competing with the very best. Too many times they were torn apart defensively by sides many had tipped them to be competing with. Even against Burnley and Brighton they were second best.Of course Koeman’s attitude was not exclusively what got him sacked. David Moyes routinely talked down Everton’s expectations in the media yet remained in situ for 11 years, though some fans never truly warmed to him. Where Moyes’s tenure differs with Koeman’s is that the Scot overachieved on a shoestring budget, with Bill Kenwright tightening the pursestrings at every opportunity.2005-06 – Their total of eight points is Everton’s worst tally after nine games of a Premier League season since 2005-06 (4). Dismissed. pic.twitter.com/Df19c0tBG5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 23, 2017Koeman, meanwhile, had new owner Farhad Moshiri’s backing and was handed the man who masterminded Leicester City’s title-winning recruitment, Steve Walsh, to help assemble a squad capable of qualifying for the Champions League. And while last season provided shoots of recovery after the disastrous end to Roberto Martinez’s tenure, the current campaign has been a mess almost from start to finish.Just two wins from their opening nine Premier League matches sees Koeman leave Everton inside the bottom three, and yet that barely comes close to illustrating the anaemic football his side have played at times. Factor in three Europa League matches without a win and the hope of playing back on the continent again next term has almost disappeared already.Only Jordan Pickford has truly lived up to the fanfare with which each new Everton signing was unveiled during the summer, and from ‘winning the transfer window’ in June it has quickly become clear quite how much of a mess both Koeman and Walsh made of improving a squad that was already brimming with potential.Walsh arrived with a reputation of unearthing previously untapped talents and working with a manager to find a system where they could truly flourish. Quite why he and Koeman chose a different approach and instead opted for pricey, proven commodities only they know. Factor in that Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen all basically play the same position, and in hindsight their strategy was downright baffling.The elephant in the room is the failure to sign a striker to adequately replace the goals scored by Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium international netted 25 goals for the Toffees during Koeman’s reign; no other player managed more than five, and therein lay the issue that Koeman will no doubt lean on when it comes to explaining his failure once the dust has settled.Everton tried and failed to sign Olivier Giroud. After that – at least from the outside looking in – they did very little to fill the void. Fernando Llorente – who sparked up such a good partnership with Sigurdsson at Swansea last season – moved to Tottenham over the summer for £12m. Chris Wood has already scored four goals for a defensive Burnley side having signed for around £15m from Leeds. Both these players, among others, were available for relatively little cost and were surely better options, at least as stop-gaps until January, than no option at all. Quite why Koeman, Walsh and the Everton hierarchy allowed themselves to make such a series of glaring errors only they know.1.48 – For all nine clubs Ronald Koeman managed, only at Valencia CF he averaged fewer points per game (0.89) than at Everton (1.48). Bye. pic.twitter.com/rD5RMVWJmA— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 23, 2017What next for Everton? Sean Dyche is being reported as their primary target, though having succeeded with a system that relies on an outlet up front to relieve the pressure at Burnley, it would be remiss not to ask whether he would just encounter the same issues as Koeman. Everton’s squad is hugely unbalanced, and there is unlikely to be a quick fix for whomever steps into the hot seat next.As for Koeman, that dream of Barcelona now seems set to remain just that. Whether the decisions of others ultimately cost him the exact squad he wanted, approaching football with a defeatist attitude was only going to end one way. Everton were beaten before they even kicked off in recent weeks, and for that Koeman must carry the can.
Juventus Allegri eagerly awaiting Napoli clash after comfortable Juve win Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 07:28 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Juventus Serie A Juventus v Crotone Crotone The Bianconeri had the best possible preparation for Friday’s mouth-watering clash against the league’s pace-setters with a routine win Massimiliano Allegri has set his sights on Juventus’ top-of-the-table clash against Serie A leaders Napoli after guiding the reigning champions to a comfortable 3-0 win over Crotone on Sunday.Juve bounced back from last week’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria to see off their limited visitors, with Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Medhi Benatia all getting on the scoresheet.Juve 18/1 to win CL with dabblebet 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 Allegri takes Juve into Friday’s game at Stadio San Paolo knowing a win will be enough to close the gap to Maurizio Sarri’s side to just one point.And the Juve head coach is fully expecting a tight game, which he predicts to be decided by the smallest of margins.Speaking after the win over Crotone, Allegri said: “Playing at the San Paolo is always difficult and the games never seem to end.”Napoli have been doing great things for three years, they just encountered a Juventus side that was even stronger. The Bianconeri have equaled their own @SerieA_TIM record having now scored in 43 straight league matches. #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/aytoQQ5Mie— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2017″We must play with good technique and intelligence, I expect it to be a balanced game decided by details.”I hope Friday will be a wonderful evening of sport. We’ve done some very good things this season, while their results have been extraordinary.”It doesn’t count now if you are a point ahead or behind, it’s when we get to the sprint finish.”Only Mandzukic and Stephan Lichtsteiner retained their places after the defeat to Sampdoria and Allegri revealed that some of his squad are not in peak physical or mental condition.”Last season we had some players who performed a certain way and aren’t playing on the same level now,” he added.”My job is to get the best out of the players I have at my disposal. There are some who aren’t in their best physical and psychological shape, so it’s only right those in the best condition should play.”
Kansas City Chiefs NFL Share on Messenger Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg)MARCUS PETERS THREW A PENALTY FLAG INTO THE STANDS pic.twitter.com/VQbbqnPSiODecember 3, 2017 Support The Guardian Since you’re here… The Chiefs had leapt to an early 14-0 against the New York Jets on Sunday but the Jets battled back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a series of penalties called against the Chiefs. The Jets’ two-point conversion attempt – which would have taken them to a 38-31 lead – appeared to have failed until an official threw a flag for defensive holding. That prompted Peters to pick up the flag and hurl it into the crowd – to the delight on one fan who caught it. Peters then walked off the field and into the tunnel before officials could eject him. When you’re on a team once hailed as Super Bowl contenders now mired in an extended slump it’s understandable if tempers are frayed. On Sunday, Kansas City’s cornerback Marcus Peters snapped. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Reuse this content Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook news New York Jets Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Except it turned out that Peters had not been ejected and he soon returned to the field with no socks. It appeared he had thrown his gloves away too.The Chiefs could not rally and have now lost six of their last seven games after starting the season 5-0 and beating the reigning champion New England Patriots in their opening game. There was some shreds of comfort in the game for Kansas City: quarterback Alex Smith threw for four touchdowns and ran for 70 yards after a receiving criticism for his uninspiring play as the Chiefs’ slump set in. Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler)MARCUS PETERS HAS NO SOCKS pic.twitter.com/VDfqUt8rfMDecember 3, 2017 US sports
Read more Facebook Read more Latrell Mitchell can’t guarantee he’ll spare good friend Joseph Manu from a verbal onslaught when the Roosters centre pairing go head-to-head in the trans-Tasman Test.One of the highlights of Saturday’s clash in Auckland will be the meeting of dynamic Kangaroos firebrand Mitchell and rising Kiwis star Manu, who played key roles in the Roosters’ premiership.Both are making their international debut in what will test the bonds of friendship forged through the junior ranks of the Sydney club. NRLW final preview: a fitting capstone to a breakout year The Jillaroos captaincy capped a stellar season for the Brisbane skipper who steered the Broncos to the maiden NRL Women’s Premiership title, going through the inaugural season undefeated.Brigginshaw felt for Bremner and hoped to do the St George Illawarra fullback proud but admitted another Jillaroos captain would provide her motivation on Saturday – Murphy.The Broncos star said simply having Murphy on the support staff was an inspiration ahead of her Jillaroos captaincy debut.Murphy played 27 Tests including 17 as skipper before her 2014 retirement. The Karyn Murphy Medal for player of the NRLW grand final is named in her honour.“I can’t go past Karyn Murphy. She is a great leader and just having her here now she is helping me out and showing me how it works – I will always look up to her,” Brigginshaw said of the 2013 World Cup winning skipper.“She doesn’t necessarily talk too much, just leads by example on the field, which is something I plan to do.“I am not the loudest talker but I will definitely lead the way on the field.”Brigginshaw was still buzzing from getting the captaincy news at their Brisbane camp from Jillaroos coach Brad Donald before the team flew into Auckland on Tuesday.“Brad just pulled me aside (at camp) … I wasn’t sure what he was going to say but he said ‘you have had a great year and I am excited to let you know you will be captaining the side’,” she said.“It just felt really humbling that he was able to see how much hard work I have put in.” Share via Email New Jillaroos captain Ali Brigginshaw during training ahead of Saturday’s Test against New Zealand. Photograph: Darren England/AAP Australia rugby league Greg Inglis Kangaroos captaincy at risk after driving offences New Jillaroos captain Ali Brigginshaw will also draw on mateship as she prepares to captain Australia for the first time on Saturday.Broncos halfback Brigginshaw said she would follow the example set by her idol and retired great Karyn Murphy, who also just happens to be the Jillaroos assistant coach.Brigginshaw will lead the Australian women’s rugby league team for the first time after replacing injured skipper Sam Bremner (broken toe). Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest New Zealand rugby league Rugby league Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Twitter Share on WhatsApp Kangaroos fullback James Tedesco can’t wait to see his club mates lock horns, believing two of rugby league’s brightest talents bring with them contrasting styles.Quietly-spoken Manu has been a kingpin on defence throughout 2018 while Mitchell’s attack was virtually peerless, along with his ability to impose himself mentally on opponents through verbal and extra-physical means.A prime example was his dominance over accomplished Melbourne Storm opposite Will Chambers in the grand final and during the State of Origin series.“I don’t think Latrell will be carrying on too much against Joey because Joey’s too nice but we’ll see how they go,” Tedesco said.However, 21-year-old Mitchell wasn’t so sure he will contain himself, especially given how much it means to wear green and gold for the first time.Mitchell will be one of four debutants for the Kangaroos, joining Roosters teammates Tedesco and Clive Churchill winner five-eighth Luke Keary, with South Sydney and NSW rake Cook also making his Test debut.“I don’t want to say too much. I don’t like to talk about how it will be at the weekend,” said Mitchell.“I’m competitive, he’s going to be competitive. Aggression just comes out. People take it as being grubby or what-not but it’s just how I play.“I just want to beat my opponent at the other end.”Mitchell said texts have been exchanged but he wasn’t keen to show too much “respect”.There will be few secrets between the pair given they’ve trained against each other for so long.“We’ve pretty much shown each other all year what we can do.“It’s an awesome achievement for both of us and I’m really honoured and keen to go up against a good mate.” news Share on Facebook Pinterest Reuse this content
When Kurtley Beale was asked this week about Owen Farrell’s challenge on André Esterhuizen, his first thought was to glance in the direction of Australia’s media officer. The Wallabies’ playmaker clearly had a view, but with Twickenham their final destination this month, it needed to be placed in a diplomatic bag.Beale, like other players, coaches and fans, was confused. He pointed out that a few years ago Farrell’s tackle was unlikely to have been deemed fair as the outside-half led with his shoulder and made a cursory effort at best to wrap his left arm around the Springbok replacement. It would have merited a penalty at least with a card of either colour an option. Australia rugby union team Rugby union Beale’s expression said more than his words. His call for consistency applies not just to referees, who at least have the benefit of video replays to determine the height of tackles, but administrators whose directives have the effect of placing a certain type of challenge in the spotlight and relegating others to the shadows.Beale may have had a match in mind when he betrayed his incredulity, England’s World Cup group match with Australia at Twickenham in 2015. Beale was on the pitch when Farrell was sent to the sin-bin 10 minutes from the end for a tackle on Matt Giteau which was similar to his one on Esterhuizen. He led with his right shoulder, but there was no attempt to use his left arm and Australia’s centre was not in possession of the ball when he was hit.The referee Romain Poite was minded to restrict his punishment to a penalty but, after prompting from the television match official Shaun Veldsman, upgraded it to a yellow card. He pointed out that Farrell had led with his shoulder and that Giteau did not have the ball. In applying his sanction, Poite told Farrell he had not watched the ball.What is most interesting about the incident is what Poite and Veldsman did not discuss. Almost simultaneously as Farrell wiped out Giteau, Sam Burgess moved in on Michael Hooper. The Australia flanker dropped the ball before Burgess caught him around the jaw with a swinging left arm. While Giteau remained on the ground, requiring treatment, Hooper immediately got to his feet and played on. Share on Messenger The Breakdown Owen Farrell escapes being cited over André Esterhuizen tackle 1:22 Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Topics Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email The television replays focused more on Burgess’s challenge than Farrell’s, but the match officials seemed oblivious to it and the centre, in what was his final appearance for England before ending his sojourn in union and returning to rugby league, was not even spoken to.Today the focus would have been on Burgess whose act now warrants a mandatory red card after a directive last December on challenges that made direct contact with the head with force. His tackle was high, above the shoulders, and he hit an opponent’s head. Hooper ducked slightly into contact, but that is no excuse now when the emphasis is on getting players to go lower into the tackle. Farrell would probably get no more than a finger wagged at him because his challenge was below Giteau’s shoulders. Share on WhatsApp Rassie Erasmus ‘teaches’ Springboks new tackle after Farrell controversy – video In 2012 a report concluded that successful teams in the World Cup tended to have the tallest backs and the heaviest forwards but as the game has speeded up big is not as beneficial at forward. South Africa and France have the heaviest packs among the tier-one nations: 10 of the 13 forwards fielded by the Springboks at Twickenham last weekend topped 18st, but it did not ultimately prove an advantage. They, like France, have been unsuccessful for a while.A medical conference organised by World Rugby this month heard that while the number of rucks and ball-in-play time had increased over the past five years, the overall incidence of injury had not. “That means the sport’s medical standards and injury-prevention programmes in elite adult rugby are having a significantly positive impact,” said the governing body’s chief medical examiner, Dr Martin Rafferty.He added that investigations into reducing injury risk were continuing, with changing player behaviour in the tackle a priority, but is the time coming when something more fundamental needs to be looked at? The size of the pitch? The number of players on the field? The use of nutritional supplements?Whether Farrell’s challenge on Esterhuizen merited a penalty, and it would under a Rugby Football Union trial starting this week, it did not belong in any injury-prevention programme. If lowering the tackle height has the same effect as the clampdowns on tip-tackling and eye contact, it should spawn more off-loading, more space for backs to operate in, expose over-bulky players and encourage the likes of Christian Wade, who turned his back on the game because he felt he was not big enough.• This is an extract from our weekly rugby union email, the Breakdown. To subscribe just visit this page and follow the instructions. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Owen Farrell South Africa rugby team features Play Video Share on Facebook Kurtley Beale Furore over Owen Farrell’s big hit leads to call for refereeing consistency Share on Twitter The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. England rugby union team Consistency is always an issue. In 2014 the Wales full-back Liam Williams prevented Cornal Hendricks from scoring a try with a no-arms challenge on the South Africa wing that knocked him into touch as he dived for the line. A year later in the European Champions Cup semi-final between Clermont Auvergne and Saracens Chris Ashton prevented Napolioni Nalaga from scoring a try with a no-arms challenge as the wing dived for the line.Williams conceded a penalty try but did not receive a card although his shoulder made contact with the head of the diving Hendricks who needed treatment for a bleeding nose. Ashton hit his opponent’s shoulder rather than head: the incident was reviewed and there was no sanction.The authorities have been firefighting in recent years, singling out various acts as they look to reduce the number of head injuries. It has worked to an extent: tip tackling has become rare after a spate of red cards, and there are few incidents now of a player putting his hand near the eyes of an opponent. Red cards proved a deterrent, but high tackles involve more than the education of players.A survey of the last World Cup showed that 25% of the injuries sustained during the tournament occurred in the tackle (a high tackle is four times as likely to lead to a head injury assessment as one that is below the shoulders). Between 1985 and 2015, the average weight of a player increased by more than two stone (14.3kg). Forwards became proportionately heavier than backs who in the last World Cup had a 25% higher injury rate than forwards. 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Australia have booked their place at the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China after defeating Iran 76-47 in Melbourne. In a rematch of the 2017 Asia Cup final, the Boomers again came out on top with a dominant performance at Margaret Court Arena on Friday night.The win gives Australia eight wins from nine Asian zone qualifying matches and guarantees a top-three finish in Group F that sees them advance to next year’s finals. Support The Guardian Topics “It’s an awesome achievement,” said guard Nathan Sobey. “We are really glad that we can finally take that off our shoulders but we’ve still got to continue to come out and play the games like we’ve still got to qualify and play some good basketball.”With Iran missing a number of experienced players, including former NBA centre Hamed Haddadi, the Boomers used a balanced scoring attack and stifling defence to overwhelm the visitors.Eleven players scored for the Boomers with Daniel Johnson (12) and Mitch McCarron (11) leading the way, while the hosts also restricted Iran to a lowly 20% shooting percentage in the first half as they built a 19-point advantage.That lead extended to 30 following a 21-10 third quarter from the home side and while Iran showed some fight in the final term, it was not enough as the Boomers locked in a World Cup berth with three qualifying matches to play.Iran kept pace in the opening stages until Johnson and Adelaide 36ers teammate Sobey sparked the attack as the Boomers reeled off 14 consecutive points. It took a long three-pointer from Mohammad Jamshidi to end the Boomers’ run with Iran reducing the margin to 24-16 after one quarter.Making his first appearance for the national team since the 2014 World Cup, Nathan Jawai added five points in the second quarter while Iran centre Meisam Mirzaei kept the visitors within striking distance.But Australia ended the first half in style with David Barlow capping his Boomers recall with a triple while Mitch McCarron also connecting from outside to put them ahead 43-24 at halftime.Iran pressed early in the third but Nick Kay and Cam Gliddon helped the home side regain control, Todd Blanchfield’s late dunk handing the Boomers a 30-point lead at the final change.Former AFL player Craig Moller made his Boomers debut in the fourth quarter, adding five points and five rebounds in eight minutes. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share via Email Read more Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp news South Sudanese Australians and Andrew Gaze condemn ‘prejudicial’ axing of basketball event Share on Twitter Australia sport Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Basketball
Facebook His run at Sky Blue wouldn’t last long – just one season – as he clashed with the people who signed his cheques, even as fans quickly came round to quality of his work, which was voted the best club programme in the country by Football League Review. “It seems originality breeds contempt,” wrote Elvin in the final issue. “In the 1970s, when footballers are paid huge sums for their skills, the supporters are still treated as though they cannot think for themselves. Coventry City are making a mistake in keeping with their slogan ‘People are Important’, which could not be more inappropriate for me and the 8,000 regulars who bought Sky Blue this season. I wish my successor the best of luck, he’ll need it!” Twitter Share on Pinterest Twitter Elvin had no formal design education but rather worked from his feel for what looked right. He said he never even learned the rules he was supposedly breaking every week. Back then the matchday programme was seen as largely perfunctory literature to announce the line-ups, printed dirt cheap and treated as such by fans. Elvin felt that needed to change. At Coventry, he came in and pissed everyone off, clashing with the chairman, manager and fans, then gave them what they wanted before they knew what that was.As soon as he arrived, he doubled the price of Sky Blue to two shillings. Nobody had ever done that before. “They weren’t happy,” laughs Mark “But he was driven, confident about his ability and confident the magazine would be worth price.” It was close to a scandal. Two bob! For a programme! But if you want quality, you have to pay for it. That’s a motto to respect but a risk too few of Elvin’s peers were willing to take. Sky Blue wasn’t a magazine to be read in the half hour before the game then discarded; it was supposed to be taken home. He didn’t want to make a matchday programme; he wanted to make a weekend programme. It was to be read and remembered.Somehow, this man with only a year’s experience was given fuck-you privileges at the club. For as long as Elvin was around, Sky Blue would be the vision of one man. This 30-year-old man, with flatplans and sheets splayed everywhere, is working all day and all night, and Jimmy Hill’s on the phone saying: “Can we have a look before you print it?” and Elvin, the man they hired to make the thing, just replies: “No. You’ll see it Saturday.”“That’s exactly what it was,” says Mark. “He worked every hour of every day. The room was covered with ideas. He had utmost control over the programme and nobody was allowed to stick their oar in anywhere.” You can’t really get away with that now, obviously, with the mountains of cash and marketing teams involved.When Elvin arrived, he thought Sky Blue had a “parochial” quality, so he started again. And what he produced had it all: cut-and-paste action shots, all hand done, with stark Expressionist-style filters, funny spot illustrations, pop-arty repeating patterns, and giant close-up photo portraits of players, all crooked teeth and golf-hole size pores like surreal grotesques.But the real high point was the absolutely cracking typography. Different lettering with different features: something techy for the stats page, something fluffy for Christmas, something chunky and Germanic for Bayern Munich in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a blackletter in the style of legendary German type designer Rudolf Koch. It might seem a bit obvious now, but people just didn’t do that before him. Before that, the programme was just some text and numbers, the odd picture of Jimmy Hill smiling. By 1972, Elvin won a D&AD Award for his efforts. One of the most prestigious awards in design won by a bloke doing a zine for Cov.“When it’s one person, you can have an undiluted idea,” says Matt Caldwell of 1 Shilling, an Instagram page that celebrates the glories of programmes through the ages. “That’s how great things happen. Anybody can ‘do design’ now, which makes things a little less special. Like how everyone’s a writer because they have a blog, or everyone’s a photographer with their phones. It means you get less art, like what John was doing. John was an artist, an artisan and a designer at the same time. You don’t get that anymore. He was the best of the best. He could have been at any top design or advertising agency and making a killing, but he wasn’t. He was doing this.” Football What makes a great football stadium? Facebook Chelsea Facebook Reuse this content Twitter Guardian Sport Network A collection of Elvin’s work. Topics features Twitter How do you change something that people don’t realise needs changing? That was the question facing John Elvin when he and his young family moved from Hammersmith in south west London to the Midlands. West Bromwich Albion had poached him from his kitchen table.It was the late 1960s and John had been making a steady living by designing posters of footballers from home. He had quit his job at a design agency in London and orders kept coming through the post, with fans looking to buy a poster of Jeff Astle or Alan Ball, rolled up in a cardboard tube, with Elvin’s signature. West Brom had noticed him – noticed the way he used image and typography like nobody else – and made him an offer. Their matchday programme was floundering. John, do you want to take it over? He did.A little look at the numbers: in 1968-69, Albion News came near the bottom in the annual programme poll conducted by the magazine Soccer Star. In 1969-70, John’s first in charge, it came top.John’s eldest son, Mark, was nine when his dad took over Albion News. “He was always a big football fan, a big Chelsea supporter,” says Mark. “But when we moved to the Midlands for him to work with West Brom, that was it. It took over.”Mark started supporting the club and has done so ever since. Nine is the perfect age to be dropped into the world of football: old enough to appreciate it, yet still young enough to not get bogged down in all the politics. “You’re just a sponge, aren’t you?” says Mark. “We had a player called Bobby Hope – he was fantastic – and one day my dad was talking to him on the phone and said to me: ‘Come and speak to Bobby.’ But no, I couldn’t go within 10 feet of that phone. It was like: ‘I can’t speak to him! I watched him play on the Saturday!’ It was normal to him, but alien to me.”His dad’s work represented that same wide-eyed excitement and love for the game. But, revered though it was, Elvin’s work with the Baggies was just a precursor for what came next. Coventry swooped, moving him across the Midlands to a little terraced house opposite their old Highfield Road stadium to make Sky Blue. “You can’t get closer to the club than that,” says Mark. “That was when it all changed. It became his obsession.” Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Pinterest West Bromwich Albion Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook He left Coventry to join the Radio Times (with a brief spell at Chelsea doing their programmes to lesser success, the club not allowing the freedom he’d enjoyed previously) before ill health necessitated an early retirement in the late 1970s. His dream to make a football magazine called The Saturday Man sadly never came to fruition, but his work remains influential.“Even now Sky Blue looks iconic,” says Caldwell. “You know when you see a piece of work and just know it’s part of the German Bauhaus movement or Grapus in Paris? John’s work really feels like that. It feels like its own style, its own moment. I see this as a style that’s never really been championed. He was the first to do a lot of these things and nobody has really acknowledged that. Design is about creating a mood, an attitude, a feeling when you hold something in your hands. John did that.”“It wasn’t until recently, speaking to your magazine, that I realised how influential he was,” says Mark as he carefully puts away his pristine copies of his dad’s work. “It’s taken me back, really. It’s great to still have his work with me and great to be able to show them to people. It almost brings a tear to my eye. They usually just stay in the tea chest at home.”• This article appeared first in Issue 16 of MUNDIAL• Follow MUNDIAL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram• Follow Sam Diss on Twitter Coventry City Facebook Pinterest Art Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Pinterest
Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Share on LinkedIn news Rohan Dennis successfully defended his world time time trial championship last week knowing his cycling team had sacked him days earlier. For now, it is unclear how the Australian star will prepare for next year’s Tokyo Olympics with a potential gold medal at stake.0As Dennis was riding as a domestique on Sunday night (AEST) in the men’s world championship road race, Bahrain-Merida announced they had axed him. The team said in a statement that his contract was terminated on 13 September, but it was kept secret until Sunday so Dennis could could have an undisturbed preparation for the worlds. Their parting of ways is no surprise, given the turbulence of the past three months. Dennis abruptly pulled out of the Tour de France during stage 12, the day before he would have started as one of the favourites in the individual time trial stage. It remains unclear what caused him to pull out of the grand tour, with speculation he was unhappy about some team-issue equipment.Dennis then trained at home in Andorra by himself to prepare for his world title defence. He gave one newspaper interview earlier this month, saying he thought he would be with the team next season but that was always unlikely given the Tour blow-up.He was then withdrawn from Bahrain-Merida’s Vuelta a España line-up and Dennis is not scheduled to race for the team again this season. In their announcement, Bahrain-Merida added that Dennis had referred his dismissal to the arbitral board of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI.The big question now is how one of Australia’s top Olympic medal chances will prepare for the 2020 Games.There was immediate speculation that he could go to Team CCC, where Dennis has several contacts from his days at BMC. But Cycling Australia is also certain to play a major role in Dennis’s Olympics preparations.At last week’s world time trial championships he rode on a bike with national team-issue componentry. In between his Tour withdrawal and the worlds, Dennis also went to Tokyo with Australian team staff to survey the Olympics road time trial course. Australia sport Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Rohan Dennis overcomes demons to defend rainbow stripes Share on Twitter Share via Email Since you’re here… Topics Cycling Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.
Transfers Arsenal and Spurs target Malcom confirms he will leave Bordeaux in the summer Seth Vertelney 03:21 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Bordeaux Premier League Ligue 1 The 20-year-old Brazilian has generated plenty of interest from abroad with his performances for the Ligue 1 side this season Arsenal and Tottenham target Malcom has confirmed he will leave Bordeaux in the summer.The Brazilian winger has caught the eye with the Ligue 1 side this term, leading to interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest sides. Malcom admitted that he wished to depart the club in the winter, and has now told Brazilian outlet UOL that he will indeed be on his way in the summer. 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 “I already said that I would have liked to leave this winter to meet new challenges,” Malcom said. “But I must also remember that Bordeaux helped me a lot,” said the 20-year-old, who joined Bordeaux in 2016 from Brazilian side Corinthians.”I gave my word to Bordeaux that I will continue [with the club] to be able to have more time to choose my future club.”These next three or four months will make a big difference. Yes, Bordeaux promised me that I will have a good release in June.”I will choose my next club and Bordeaux will let me go.”Malcom has scored eight goals and added six assists in Ligue 1 play this season. Arsenal made enquiries for the winger in January but pulled out of a deal after being unwilling to pay the French club’s £44 million asking price.
By BEN HARRISNew South Wales Scorpions have thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the field in the men’s Elite Eight division at the National Touch League.Heralded prior to the tournament as the dark horses, the Scorpions showed they have plenty of potential as they won all of their three matches on day one at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.The inaugural men’s Elite Eight champions turned back the clock with huge wins over the 2013 and 2014 winners.They first stunned New South Wales Country Mavericks (6-5) followed by a big victory over Queensland Chiefs (8-3) and finished it off with a pulsating 8-7 win against the defending champions the Queensland Country Outlaws.They have already won more games than they did in the entire 2014 tournament.Behind them are a range of teams who are separated by two points.Among them are New South Wales Mets, Mavericks, Outlaws and Queensland Stingrays.Despite missing a plethora of their Australian representatives, the Mets lost none of their spark to put themselves near the top of the table alongside the Mavericks and Scorpions.After their shock first round loss, the Mavericks backed up with an entertaining 9-8 win over the Mets and another one touchdown victory over the Alliance.The Outlaws will need to repeat their 2014 form if they are any chance of defending their title, while the New South Wales Rebels will be looking for more consistency on day two.The Queensland Chiefs had sizable losses to conclude day one and will be keen to do better.The hard luck story of day one belongs to The Alliance.They are anchored to the bottom of the table after losing all their matches.However, all their defeats were by one touchdown.Day two of the men’s Elite Eight division commences at 12.20pm with the grand final replay between the Mavericks and Outlaws the game of the day. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links) Related LinksMen’s Elite Eight
Arsenal watching Oxford situation at West Hamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching Reece Oxford’s situation at West Ham.The Mirror says Arsenal and Everton are seriously considering making a bid for West Ham defender Oxford.Gunners boss Unai Emery is desperate to strengthen his defensive options amid an injury crisis at the Emirates with Rob Holding out for the season and Shkodran Mustafi also struggling with injuries.Everton are also looking at 20-year-old Oxford who could be allowed to leave West Ham after manager Manuel Pellegrini warned that he might not have a future at the club.Versatile Oxford, who became West Ham’s youngest Premier League debutant aged just 16, is regarded as an England prospect, having played throughout the age groups. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Real Betis eye loan for West Ham striker Perezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis are hoping to sign Lucas Perez from West Ham United.The Spanish striker, who only arrived in August, has not made much of an impression on the first team.The 30-year-old has four goals in 13 games for the club.And the Evening Standard suggests that if the right offer arrives, he can leave.Betis want a loan, but West Ham would prefer a permanent deal so they can recoup some of the money they paid for him. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola eager to see Kompany handed a new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is eager to see Vincent Kompany handed a new deal.Guardiola and Kompany both want to extend the captain’s 11-year stay beyond the summer. “We are considering it — I would like it,” Guardiola said. “We saw in the last games the huge quality and personality he has to play. The only problem is his injury problems.”One-against-one, absolutely we’re better when Vincent plays. Every central defender has his own quality but there’s no doubt Vincent has something special.”He’s one of the best central defenders I’ve ever seen.”
TagsOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Live & learn? How chaotic Valencia gave Chelsea reality checkby Chris Beattiea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt may’ve come kicking and screaming. Resentful. Even spiteful. But reality, in the form of this Valencia team, still bit down hard on Chelsea for Tuesday night’s Champions League return.Sharper of mind. And in movement. This is an entire new level. The demands of which many from Frank Lampard’s starting XI have never had to meet. This isn’t Bulgaria at Wembley. Nor even Wolves at Molineux. This is the real thing. The absolute pinnacle of the game. And even against an opposition in crisis and fighting amongst themselves, the demands from the first minute to the last are unlike anything this sport offers.But as Lampard offered in the aftermath, there is much to be positive about for Chelsea. Though defeat at home does put them on the back foot, Lampard can make a decent argument that Chelsea did deserve something from the game. They worked the visitors’ goalkeeper, without truly stretching Jasper Cillessen. And to be fair to Ross Barkley, he did actually beat the Dutchman from the spot – only the crossbar managed to get in the way.For Chelsea. For the neutral. A point would’ve been a fair result. But that’s just it. At this level, what you get and what you deserve are two different things. And as the game wore on and as the hosts’ defence creaked, it was becoming near inevitable that Chelsea would concede before Rodrigo Moreno’s scruffy near post winner. Before then, Kevin Gameiro had sunk the entire Blues defence with one clever dash, only to blaze way over from a corner kick. Then moments later, Fikayo Tomori, who was excellent on debut at this level, played Valencia’s attack onside, only for the final pass to be overhit. But the warning signs were there. For all of Chelsea’s possession and their attacking moments, the focus was beginning to lapse. Chelsea’s young players were beginning to fray at the edges. Those tiny details, the ones that mean so much at this level, were being ignored.So, as mentioned, when Rodrigo found a way to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post, it really wasn’t a surprise. Greater know-how. Greater experience. In the end, it was this that swung the balance. Rodrigo, a former Sam Allardyce protege no less, wheeling away in celebration, thumping the club’s crest on his shirt…Which, if he had had his way a fortnight ago, he’d have been doing in an Atletico Madrid shirt. The club’s owner, Peter Lim, refusing to sell the wantaway striker in the middle of crisis talks with sports director Matheu Alemany. A week later, Salford City’s co-owner would sack coach Marcelino and replace him with the man on the touchline last night, Albert Celades.In other words, going into the game, it was carnage. Chelsea’s opponents were in chaos. Nothing illustrating this better than Celades doing his pre-match presser on his tod. The players refused to send one of their own in to sit alongside Lim’s appointment. Indeed, things are so bad that Anil Murthy, the VCF president, was pushed before kickoff if he had apologised to the dressing room for Lim’s actions. His answer was to throw things back at the local press. Inevitably, the best response came from the players. Led by skipper Dani Parejo in the middle of the park. Held together by Ezequiel Garay and Gabriel Paulista at the back. Those representing the VCF badge left London with their reputation intact. There’s anger amongst the playing group of how their season has been undermined from within. But that wasn’t allowed to creep it’s way onto the Stamford Bridge pitch last night. Parejo, for one, made sure it wouldn’t happen.”The situation was not the best for us to go out to talk,” he said at the final whistle, referring to the decision to blank the Celades conference. “I know that people may not understand why we did not go out, it was a very difficult situation for us and it was best to be silent, dedicate ourselves to playing and leave everything on the field.”Giving the support some insight on what’s been said amongst the squad – and with a veiled dig at those upstairs – Parejo continued: “We are a family in there. This has been seen and we will show it because above all, at the club, we will pass through it, but the club will stay and we will give everything for the club because it is the most important thing.”For Chelsea, this was a night to live and learn. Tammy Abraham, just as he did at Swansea City and from the opening day at Old Trafford, will review and build from this. Much will be made from this low-key performance being played out in front of England assistant coach Steve Holland. But the idea that Holland, after all his years with Chelsea, could suddenly learn something new from watching Abraham last night is ridiculous. The lad will be called up and he will play for England. The Nigeria talk a lesson in astroturfing a story.Abraham will learn from last night. From being buffeted by Gabriel. Being outpositioned by Garay. It was a setback, but a night he’ll benefit from.As will his teammates. After a couple of exciting weeks, they were hit by a brick wall in the form Valencia. On Tuesday, the reality of what is demanded by the Champions League bit down hard.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus president Agnelli testifies over ultras blackmail attemptsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus president Andrea Agnelli has testified to authorities that ultras had attempted to blackmail the club.Corriere della Sera reports Agnelli testified with a sworn deposition fan groups had become increasingly aggressive with their demands.Agnelli is quoted: “In 2018, in the light of events, seeing the evolution of the situation and our long-standing collaboration with the Police, we decided in agreement with my collaborators to file charges.“We did this to leave written proof that we have been trying to fight this situation, a paper trail that did not exist until 2016.“I’ve always been aware that the ultra groups, with a series of threatening and even violent behaviour, are able to blackmail and therefore damage the club.“Even if the demands aren’t particularly violent, we are forced to adhere to them, knowing the possible negative consequences of chants or other behaviour which can lead to fines, or even stadium bans.”
Arsenal hero Campbell rivals Larsson for Southend jobby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero and ex-Macclesfield Town boss Sol Campbell has been interviewed for Southend United’s managerial vacancy.On 30 September, Southend also confirmed they are in talks with former Celtic, Barcelona and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson about the role.Larsson and ex-Shrimpers defender Adam Barrett are the favourites to replace Kevin Bond, who resigned in September.Caretaker manager Gary Waddock will take charge at Gillingham on Saturday.Southend are 21st in League One after picking up four points from their first 10 matches, with Bond stepping down on 6 September following six straight defeats.Campbell, 45, left League Two side Macclesfield by mutual consent in August after eight months in charge.His interview at Southend is understood to have taken place towards the end of September, says BBC Essex. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say