Ajax risk forcing Kluivert & Co. out of Amsterdam

first_imgTransfers Kluivert is right! Ajax risk forcing star players away with stubborn policy Peter McVitie 16:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Justin Kluivert Ajax 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Ajax Manchester United Barcelona Eredivisie Opinion The 19-year-old has hit out at the club’s chiefs Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars, pointing out some real issues facing the Eredivisie outfit When Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar was asked about the delay in Justin Kluivert’s contract extension on Dutch television earlier this month, he picked a familiar target to blame: Mino Raiola.”I think his agent is pushing him towards the exit,” he said on Ziggo Sport ’s talkshow ‘Rondo’. “We’ve had talks with Kluivert about extending his contract. It’s often not the player, because he is a real Ajax boy. We would really like to keep him, but you have to deal with agents.”A controversial figure, Raiola is known for stirring up disputes between players and clubs to extract either a lucrative contract or a big move for his clients, pocketing a hefty sum along the way. With the pressure on Ajax to keep one of the brightest prospects of a talented group, the chief executive saw the ideal straw man to blame for the hold up and at the same time suggest the issue was really down to a single factor: money. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Concerns over Kluivert’s future had been building for some time as he approaches the final year of his contract. The blossoming winger has remained ambiguous all season, proudly boasting about the interest from Europe’s top sides he has already attracted while stressing he is in no rush to leave.The continued mystery over his future began to make some nervous, though, as rumours of interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and most recently Manchester City have circulated and the tussle has predictably caused a stir among fans, with some calling Kluivert greedy and insulting his family.But Van der Sar’s diversion towards Raiola will not mask the real problem they have in persuading Kluivert. A tense, tough campaign for last year’s Europa League finalists has left them with a wealth of issues to address in the summer, but the ex-Manchester United star and director of player policy Marc Overmars’ track record raises concerns about the direction taken by those at the top.Taking a stance against the head honchos, Kluivert turned Van der Sar’s argument about Raiola around and went on a verbal attack  of his own.“Ajax want me to extend my contract so that they can ask for more money [when they sell],” he told Dutch newspaper Volkskrant . “I was more or less told that I had to sign or else I had to leave… I feel pressured. The most important thing for Ajax is that I extend my contract. Then it’s not about football, but about money.”I want to be the best in the world. Look what’s happening around me, with other players who want to leave or are leaving. It will soon be difficult to get through the preliminary round of the Champions League, and competing at the highest level is important.”Ajax change coaches too easily. They don’t really get a chance. You can see our coach [Erik ten Hag] is not really comfortable. You also saw that with Marcel Keizer before him. That’s what the boys feel. You can see how coaches behave, how they express themselves, even in the press. It feels unstable. We are not really a team. There are different opinions about everything. One time you play one way, then another coach comes in and you play another way. That’s difficult. We never really knew what we wanted from this season.”He also feels burned by the way they handled Tottenham’s attempts to sign him last year , saying they treated his future “like a game” and that the top men “do what they want”.To demand he sign out of loyalty so Ajax can regain money on their investment is to ask more than he owes them. In upping his asking price, Kluivert risks cutting off some options and his ambition to reach the pinnacle of his profession means he must seriously consider where he can progress properly. The likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, David Neres and Donny van de Beek may find themselves wondering the same.Ajax have a strong enough squad to paint a pretty picture for the future, but things have only deteriorated over the last year. Structural issues caused a rift between former boss Peter Bosz and the hierarchy of Van der Sar, Overmars and Dennis Bergkamp. Although Van der Sar stood firm and refused Bosz’s request of having control over his background staff and let him go, the error was acknowledged in a sense months later when successor Marcel Keizer was sacked along with the key coaching staff Bosz had been stuck with, including Bergkamp.By then, Ajax were already behind PSV in the league and had crashed out of both European competitions at the first hurdle, leaving new coach Erik ten Hag with a tough job. Their title challenge ended feebly as they collapsed in a 3-0 defeat to PSV that saw the Eindhoven side win it for the third time in four years.GFX Info Justin Kluivert Ajax quoteIt all raises further questions about the leadership of Van der Sar and Overmars, whose reputations have been battered at times amid the public soap operas they constantly stumble into. With a very talented generation on their hands and Europe’s top sides circling, players are justified in asking if it is the right environment for them in an important stage of their development.Indeed, Kluivert is only the latest player to take direct aim at the decision makers.Goalkeeper Andre Onana, 22, went all out with his criticism after the loss to PSV, saying: “That this happens is not only the fault of the manager, because I know the media will spread negativity about him. Overmars and Van der Sar are equally responsible for making us play shit. It’s the fault of everyone at Ajax, not just that of Ten Hag.”I can stay and try to be champion next season, but if something better comes I’ll be away. I think it’s important to look at my own career, I’m ready for my next step with a new challenge.”Hakim Ziyech, 25, has already made clear he wants to leave after two years with the capital side. Easily the best player in the league in recent seasons, he has grown exasperated by their inconsistency and said he feels he has nothing left to learn in Netherlands. His departure will be a huge one for Ajax that will drum up memories of the hole left by Christian Eriksen’s move that went unfilled until Ziyech’s arrival three years later.Perhaps most worrying has been the apparent change in 18-year-old sensation Matthijs de Ligt, who recently signed a new contract but has, according to De Telegraaf , expressed his desire to leave amid the team’s decline. Ajax also have to deal with interest from Barcelona , Manchester United and Tottenham.Midfield wizard Frenkie de Jong is also said to be considering his options after his first full season of Eredivisie football as Barcelona eye him up, too. The 20-year-old is said to be willing to wait another year before fleeing, but that will hardly offer much relief amid the growing uncertainty.Besides Kluivert, Ziyech and Onana, Ajax are unlikely to let their best prospects go this summer, but the implications for the void between players and the board stretch beyond that.Leaving the Eredivisie at a young age is a risk for any player, so it says a lot about the confusion over the direction Ajax are heading in that such promising ones fear Amsterdam may not be the best place for them.If Van der Sar and Overmars don’t make clear their plan to the protagonists of a potentially glorious era, they might end up chasing them away. Try as he might, Van der Sar can hardly blame Raiola for all of it.last_img read more

Gudmundsson: Iceland not afraid of Messi

first_imgAlbert Gudmundsson Gudmundsson: Iceland not afraid of Messi Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 22:56 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) iceland Euros 06222016 Shaun Botteril Iceland Lionel Messi Argentina PSV Nigeria World Cup The PSV forward has explained his national team’s success and thinks they can upset yet more big names at the 2018 World Cup Iceland’s first game in a major tournament saw them hold Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to a 0-0 draw at Euro 2016, and they will be hoping for a similar result on Saturday when they face Lionel Messi’s Argentina .Ronaldo slammed Iceland’s ‘small mentality’ after the match in France but they went on to reach the quarter finals, famously defeating Roy Hodgson’s England in the knockout stages.Their population of 334,252 makes Iceland the smallest country ever to qualify for a World Cup, but they have been springing surprises for almost half a decade. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Even coming up against the iconic Messi, perhaps facing his last chance to taste international glory on the grandest stage of them all, does not faze PSV’s Albert Gudmundsson, the youngest player in Iceland’s squad, and he believes that he and his team-mates have the ability to successfully nullify the Barcelona star, having taken a keen interest in the Catalan side.Indeed, the La Liga giants used to have Eidur Gudjohnsen, arguably the greatest Icelandic player of all time, on their books.”Of course, I am happy to be part of this,” he told Goal. “It hadn’t been easy for us. Our first ever game in the Euros for our national team was against Cristiano Ronaldo. The first game ever for us in the World Cup is now against Messi. So yeah, it has something to do with our attitude and how we go into the games.”We know we don’t have the same names but we go into them with eleven against eleven. We work our asses off for each other and then most of the time we get some results back for it.”I liked watching Barcelona. It played a role that Gudjohnson played there but I also liked to watch Messi, a lot. It was Messi and then the whole Barcelona team. If one stands out then it is Messi. I love the way he plays and we are going to play against him.”I should know about how he is going to move over the pitch as I have watched him since he was a teenager. I think maybe afterwards you could think like that [about the excitement of facing Messi] but during the game that’s not what you think about and it is eleven opponents and your ten team-mates.”You just try to get all three points and a minimum of one point, do your best and then after maybe you can feel what you have achieved then. I see it as teamwork. If we look at when Messi has the ball we have one defender on him and then another one close to them. It is going to be hard to take the ball off him.”You obviously may look at going two versus one with him when he’s on the ball. If we look at the games that Chelsea won against Barcelona, like the semi-finals, Chelsea defended really well. Playing 4-4-2, good defending, looking to keep a clean sheet then they only needed one chance to win the game.”The PSV forward had trials at Arsenal and Liverpool, but chose to go to the Netherlands in search of more game time.Cristiano Ronaldo vs IcelandThe Arsenal supporter counts Thierry Henry as one of his heroes, but, despite his criticism of Iceland, he retains an admiration for Ronaldo, whom he believes is Messi’s equal.”It is hard to compare these players. They are different and I am a huge fan of Ronaldo’s too. I love Ronaldo’s work rate and attitude,” he added. “Many people say he is arrogant but I think it is just that winning mentality that he has. For Messi, I love how easily he plays football. Everything looks so easy for him and I love his skills.”Gudmundsson has a family that has played a huge role in the history of the sport in his home country.His great grandfather, also called Albert Gudmundsson, played for both Arsenal and AC Milan. He was the first ever professional Icelandic footballer and the second ever foreign player to line up for the Gunners.His father and mother both played for Iceland, while his grandfather Ingi Bjorn Albertsson, is the second all-time top scorer in the nordic nation’s first division with 126 goals, and he is determined to carve out his own path, admitting that he dreams of playing in Spain or England.”Ever since I was young, I always dreamed of playing in La Liga or the Premier League. So yes, I would love to go there and play for one of the top clubs there,” he continued. “I want to keep on the road we are going on at Iceland, we want to qualify for as many Euros and World Cups as we can.Albert Gudmundsson quote GFX“I think that it is a lot of small things that add up to one big thing [for Iceland]. For example, guys from bigger countries may have better footballers, from better teams who are playing in better leagues. At Iceland, we are fewer and most of us are really good close friends. In many national teams maybe you don’t know the other guys names.”Everybody knows everybody. We are really good friends. We are ready to jump in front of trains for each other. We are going to aim to get out of our group. Our goal is to get to the next round. I think it doesn’t matter who we play against, we have always got a chance. At the Euros, we also played both England and Portugal.”We played good teams and we got one or three points in every game. I think the World Cup will be tough for us and not easy. Just like the Euros weren’t easy but I think we can get the results in every game that we play. It doesn’t matter if we play Denmark or Brazil. We keep the same work rate and same discipline.”That’s why we can get points. We have good football players but what makes us great is how we work for each other.”Iceland invested heavily in the sport at the turn of the century, using all weather pitches and large indoor football halls to combat the cold temperatures. Their domestic league remains semi-professional, but the country has 5,000 Uefa B License coaches, who help stars on their path to clubs around Europe.One such beneficiary has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is Iceland’s current star turn. Indeed, the midfielder has enjoyed an excellent career in England, playing for Tottenham and Everton, though injury concerns have plagued his preparations for the tournament.Nevertheless, Gudmundsson believes the 28-year-old could be a difference maker in Russia.”He is special. People underestimate him, because he is the best player in our team with his freekicks, passes, corners and shooting ability. They are next level but also take a look at his stats, how much does he run in every game? It is rare that you see your best player also working the hardest in a team. That’s why he contributes so much for us.”last_img read more

Renard fears the worst from Ronaldo

first_imgWorld Cup How do you make Ronaldo less exceptional? The challenge facing Renard’s Morocco Joe Wright 05:26 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images World Cup Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Herve Renard admits it could be impossible for Morocco to stop Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is determined to try. Morocco boss Herve Renard has promised his side will do their best to make Cristiano Ronaldo “less exceptional” when they face Portugal in the World Cup on Wednesday.The 33-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the tournament in his side’s opening 3-3 draw with Spain, drawing level with Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s most prolific international goalscorer on 84 in the process.Renard’s side head into Wednesday’s match in Moscow in need of a positive result, having been beaten 1-0 by Iran in their opening Group B match, but Renard accepts stopping Ronaldo could prove an impossible task. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “All I can say is that he’s an exceptional player. That word may not even be enough,” he told a news conference.”We must do everything to make it a less exceptional game for him.”Renard also dismissed the idea of man-marking Ronaldo as a potentially futile tactic, especially since Portugal won the Euro 2016 final over France after their talisman had gone off injured.He added: “If we put three [players] on Ronaldo, I don’t know how we would mark the others. They have so much attacking quality. We mustn’t forget that we’re facing the champions of Europe.”If I have a good memory, he was injured in the final against France and his team-mates managed to make the difference anyway.”Of course, he is the essential element… but we need to sleep well tonight, eh!”If it only happens once in your life that you play Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to be the best you can be.”last_img read more

Challenges in Bridging the Idea and Practice

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.One year passed. A fruitful year! Last year at this time I was very busy in Iran with developing the idea to take part in Ashoka’s Changemakers.com online competition. Fortunately, I was selected to participate in the Young Champions Program and now I am in my fourth month at the Joyce Fertility support centre in Uganda. I am experiencing a Christmas day in a Christian country and missing Norooz which is the first day of the Persian year. I am missing many other things and of course gaining the other ones to practically turn my idea into reality to bring change in the way of education in maternal health.I based my idea for maternal health on the educational program in the Iranian context where there is no shortage of health providers and no difficulties in access to health centers and hospital facilities. However, on implementing the idea I am in the Ugandan context where I find the opposite. Here I see a lack of midwives, transportation and hospital facilities in heath systems and many other things. Sometimes the differences in these two different contexts challenge me severely. On one hand we are educating women to go to the health centers, and on the other hand there are health centers without midwives that have little availability.So far we have introduced our project in two districts. We had 2 sessions with district health committees. The meetings were interactive. However, we learned from this session that the perspective of the health committee in one of the districts doesn’t match with the real conditions of the district. They told us they don’t have any problems regarding maternal health!But we had earlier visited 2 health centers in this area and we observed:An active health centre with a closed maternity ward because the midwife was on maternity leave without a replacementRefills in the drug store without the health centre supervisor’s input about the required drugsHigh antenatal care coverage but women were not coming back to give birth in the health centresWomen that came to the antenatal unit in their fifth month of pregnancy or laterDoctors and nurses not considering the privacy of pregnant women during their visits (part of their exams were being done in front of a group of people)Doctors holding the educational sessions in which the subject was inappropriate to participants needs (the educator was advising the clients about the importance of starting antenatal care at first month of pregnancy while most of the clients were at late month of pregnancy or postpartum period, so it was obvious to see most of the learners not paying attention to the educator)These days we are now trying to find ways to solve these challenges which have been valuable learning points for us through our activities.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Nick Good

first_imgIn the ninth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Nick Good, speaks about how it feels to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup, and the biggest influence on his Touch Football career. Name: Nicholas GoodNickname: GoodyAge: 19Affiliate: Penrith PanthersOccupation: Studying primary teaching, currently working as a special education aide.Position: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and 2010 for Men’s Open.Career highlights so far: Penrith Vawdon Cup 2009, 2010 Men’s Trans Tasman, captaining both Youth Australian teams in 2009 and 2011, captaining my Penrith Men’s team in 2010. How you got involved in Touch Football: Through my parents.Favourite player: Jason Zabielo.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: A great deal, words honestly cannot justify the privilege of wearing the Australian jersey.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Dave Collins– He has a tremendous Touch brain and gave me a chance at an early age. His belief in his players is unreal.Favourite sporting moment: Steven Bradbury’s gold medal at Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.What do you know about Scotland: Cold and cold! Any superstitions: Nil.Funniest Australian teammate: Anthony Ziade and Steve Roberts.Favourite quote: Winners make a habit of doing those things which losers don’t like to do – Vince Lombardi.Any travel plans for after World Cup: A 10 day adventure with Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley. Visiting London, Barcelona and Amsterdam.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 45 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

Wine Rules A Success

first_imgClose to 3,000 people embarked on Elwood Park in Melbourne for a good cause on Sunday, taking part in the 2012 Wine Rules event. 25 teams as well as plenty of spectators attended the event, which raises funds for the St. Mary’s House of Welcome, who support Melbourne’s homeless and disadvantaged. The Brash Higgins team from Adelaide was the highest team fundraiser, followed by the De Bortoli team, raising over $5,000 between them and each gaining two Victorian representative players in their team for the event. There was plenty to do for those who weren’t taking to the field either, with a winning spitting competition, silent auction, bands and a kids area. To view some photos of the day, please visit the Touch Football Victoria Facebook and Twitter pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria www.twitter.com/touchfootyvic The third of the charity events, Touch Football Vinnie-Yard, will be played on Saturday, 24 November at Viking Park in Canberra. The event will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers, plenty of food, children’s entertainment and a social Touch Football competition. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event is set to be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region. For more information, please visit the following website:www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com Related Links2012 Wine Ruleslast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Rashford pep-talk month before taking Man Utd job

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Rashford pep-talk month before taking Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he had a chat with Marcus Rashford a month before taking the job.Solskjaer has won his opening three games with Rashford starting in all of them scoring twice.Speaking to Stadium Astro, Solskjaer revealed he spoke to Rashford after United’s 1-0 Champions League win against Young Boys.He said: “I went to see the Young Boys game just a month ago and I met him and Jesse [Lingard] in the corridor just as I was leaving the game.”He had a few chances in that game and [I said] ‘don’t worry son, just relax a little bit.'”Solskjaer continued: “Yes, of course you’re excited by working with all this talent but then going into detail is what I can do best.“That was my ‘X factor’, scoring goals. So if I can help and guide him a little bit then great.”It’s all in the head. You know what to do, that’s key in everything and then be able to do it.”So videos of good finishes, bad finishes, discuss things and then go out and practice and be as good as you can possibly get. There’s always time for another practice session.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League return

first_imgEx-Man City captain Yaya Toure open to Premier League returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Yaya Toure is open to a Premier League return.The midfielder has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League after an unsuccessful short spell at Olympiakos.“You never know, maybe the Premier League?” Toure said.“I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it to be honest.“If I can possibly play one more year or two years, we will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoAC Milan captain Romagnoli: We believe we can beat Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan captain Romagnoli: We believe we can beat Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli insists they can handle facing Juventus in the Supercoppa.The match is being held in Saudi Arabia.”We have positive sensations, it’s a lovely atmosphere and wonderful to be here playing for an important trophy that can give a positive slant to our season,” said the captain in his Press conference.“We are ready and want to give our all in order to win the tournament. We have great respect for Juventus, who are undoubtedly the strongest side in Italy, but we believe in our capabilities too and know anything can happen in a knockout match.” last_img

a month agoEx-Dinamo Zagreb chief Mamic: Levy included price for 5 shirts in fee for Spurs Modric deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Mamic: Levy included price for 5 shirts in fee for Spurs Modric dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Dinamo Zagreb chief exec Zdravko Mamic has recalled selling Luka Modric to Tottenham.The Real Madrid ace moved to Spurs in 2008.Mamic recalled to Four Four Two magazine: “We already had an agreement for Modric to move to London. I asked Levy (Daniel, chairman) for five Spurs jerseys and he told me that he would give them to me, but that at that point Tottenham would pay a lower sum for the player’s transfer, given that from the agreed €21m it would be subtracted. “Levy is the best negotiator in the world. This story made me realize how much he values every single euro coming out of Tottenham’s coffers.” last_img

22 days agoArsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli is set for more action with Arsenal tonight.Martinelli finds himself in line to feature for Arsenal tonight, when they host Standard Liege in the Europa League.Gunners head coach Unai Emery said: “He is with us because he deserves to be with us. Pre-season was his chance to show and to work with us and we are very, very happy with him. He is a very fast player and that is a quality that is very important. “He gives us good pressing ­without the ball, good pace in the final third, chances to score and he’s getting better. He is young but if his ­performances are getting better every day, it is good for him to carry on being with us.”On Martinelli’s long-term position, he added: “We used him in training and against Nottingham Forest as a striker.“It is not the best position for him but he played well and he played there sometimes in Brazil but he can play right or left.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days ago​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clash

first_img​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clashby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAmsterdam’s Red Light District will see an alcohol ban in effect before Chelsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the game.There will be no alcohol sales between 12pm and 6pm on that day, with any establishment that flaunts the law facing fines of up to 1,200 euros.The report of the alcohol ban comes from the AS newspaper in Spain.”Traditionally, foreign football fans go to the Red Light District before a game. This is accompanied by a lot of drinking. Previously, residents and businesses in the area have suffered huge inconvenience and the police have had to intervene,” said a statement in AS. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Indiana Star RB Tevin Coleman Misspelled “Hoosiers” On This Trading Card

first_imgTevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading Card.Tevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading CardTevin Coleman played three years of football at Indiana, and was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten his last two seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons after leaving school with one year of eligibility remaining.Three years was plenty of time for Coleman to establish himself as a star on the gridiron, but apparently not long enough for him to learn to spell IU’s nickname. Trading card company Panini America includes athlete artwork in its packs, and Coleman’s sketch featured a misspelling of the word Hoosiers.Tevin Coleman’s 1 of 1 art card for Panini pic.twitter.com/5bJA1ZrCXj— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2015Ouch. That’s a pretty bad mistake by Coleman, and kind of odd that Panini didn’t want him to correct it. The IU faithful probably won’t be happy to see this, though we’re sure they’ll still accept Coleman due to the yeoman’s effort he put forth on the field for a sub-par team.last_img read more

Listen: Texas WR Daje Johnson Released A Rap Single, ‘Dealer’, About Dealing Drugs

first_imgA closeup of a Texas Longhorns cheerleader.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 27: A cheerleader of the Texas Longhorns show Hook’em Horns during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium October 27, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-25. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson recently released a rap single titled, “Dealer,” and, well, it’s focused on a topic you don’t want a student-athlete to be rapping about. The single, appropriately titled, is about dealing drugs. The track opens, “If you lookin’ for the dealer, I got the plug. Probly catch him with the reefer.” Here’s the full song. It contains lyrics that are not safe for work. Johnson has had somewhat of a troubled career with the Longhorns, catching just five passes for -7 yards in 2014. Reaction to the single getting released was expectedly critical. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound senior later apologized for the song. I apologize for my prior post Dealer. I assure you that I’m still focused on my goals this season…… I just make music for fun— Daje’ Johnson (@BL4CKM4KO) July 8, 2015Texas opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Notre Dame. [Burnt Orange Nation]last_img read more

Report: Fulham 1 Huddersfield 0

first_imgAleksandar Mitrovic scored in injury time as Fulham claimed a 1-0 home win over fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but were indebted to Jonas Lossl in the second, the goalkeeper saving a penalty from Aboubakar Kamara.However, Mitrovic struck in the 91st minute to lift Fulham above Burnley and to within a point of safety, while David Wagner’s side remain bottom of the table after seven defeats in a row. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mitrovic nodded wide with the best chance of a quiet first 30 minutes, while Steve Mounie came closest for Huddersfield before half-time with a header that was saved well by Sergio Rico.Calum Chambers headed a Cyrus Christie free-kick wide as Fulham began to show more intent after the break, before Joe Bryan shot straight at Lossl after being teed up in space 12 yards out, and Mitrovic saw a header brilliantly tipped wide.Kamara was also denied by Lossl and was then left red-faced when his spot-kick was parried by the Denmark goalkeeper after he had argued down his team-mates for the chance to try his luck from 12 yards, having forced Chris Lowe into a handball to earn the penalty.Claudio Ranieri’s side came under some pressure in the closing minutes and they made the most of Huddersfield’s bold finish to snatch a win.On the break, Ryan Sessegnon cut in from the right and slid the ball to Mitrovic, who drilled beneath Lossl to send Craven Cottage into raptures.7 – Huddersfield Town are the first team to lose seven Premier League games in a single calendar month since Leicester City in April 2001 (also seven). Despair. pic.twitter.com/nrUUAM7N9d— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Fulham given huge boost in survival raceMitrovic’s strike could go a long way towards helping Fulham stay in the Premier League and sending Huddersfield back to the Championship.Only four points separate them in the table, but the manner in which the goal came, so late in the game, will give a real confidence boost to Ranieri’s side and leave Wagner’s men hugely dispirited. Fulham are now just a point behind Southampton, who face the daunting task of hosting champions Manchester City on Sunday.Lossl an unlucky loserHaving had little to do in the first half, Lossl was hugely unfortunate to end up on the losing team, having made excellent saves against Mitrovic and Kamara in particular.Sorry Seri a spectatorThe first half seemed to pass Jean Michael Seri by, apart from when he was booked for a poor challenge on Florent Hadergjonaj. He did not emerge for the second, with Kamara his replacement.Key Opta Facts- Fulham recorded their second victory in eight Premier League games under Ranieri (D3 L3), with both wins coming at Craven Cottage.- Huddersfield have failed to score in 20 Premier League matches during 2018 – more than any other side.- During 2018, Mitrovic scored 20 league goals for Fulham – seven more than any other Cottagers player.- Since the start of last season, only Lukasz Fabianski (4) has saved more Premier League penalties than Huddersfield goalkeeper Lossl (3).- Huddersfield striker Mounie had two shots in this game without success, taking his tally to 32 without scoring in the Premier League this season – the most of any player.- None of Fulham’s last 158 home league matches have ended goalless.What’s next?Fulham head across London to face Arsenal on Tuesday, the day before Huddersfield host Burnley. read morelast_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgArsenal face Cardiff on Tuesday night when the Welsh side will be playing their first match since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala.Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing last week and Warnock says that some players have been affected more than others, which he will take into consideration when picking his team.Cardiff fans will be reportedly giving out daffodil badges to Arsenal fans before the game and plan to reveal a large banner of Sala in the away end.Arsenal Injuries Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all unavailable for the fixture.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is slowly being reintegrated into training following a broken metatarsal, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ruled out for at least two to three weeks with an ankle injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Laurent Koscielny has bruising and soft tissue swelling to his face and jaw and is unlikely to be risked.Sokratis Papastathopoulos Arsenal FA CupArsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpUnai Emery faces a selection headache in defence with Sokratis and Koscielny both out, meaning Nacho Monreal looks set to partner Shkodran Mustafi at centre-back.Konstantinos Mavropanos also remains an option at centre-back but it remains to be seen whether Emery will start the 21-year-old who only recently returned from injury.In attack, Mesut Ozil could come back in the no.10 role while Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are probably starters up front.Arsenal XICardiff Team News Cardiff manager Neil Warnock faces a decision over which players are in the right frame of mind to play following the tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala.Sean Morrison is sidelined following an appendicitis operation.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time The game will not be shown live in the UK and kicks off at 7:45pm GMT (2:45pm ET). It will be available to be watched live on television in the US with NBC Sports Gold.Best Opta Match Facts Arsenal have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Cardiff, scoring eight goals and conceding two.   Arsenal are unbeaten in 11 home league games (W9 D2), winning the last five in a row. Only Liverpool (32) are on a longer current such run in the Premier League.   Cardiff boss Neil Warnock’s three top-flight visits to Arsenal have all ended in defeat, all with different teams in different decades – October 1991 with Notts County (0-2), September 2006 with Sheffield United (0-3) and December 2011 with QPR (0-1).   Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have each scored four Premier League goals against promoted sides this season – no player has scored more so far this term (Harry Kane also four).   Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home Premier League games against promoted sides (W20 D3), since a 0-1 loss against Newcastle in November 2010. They’ve conceded just 11 goals in that run, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.   Cardiff have lost their other two Premier League games played on a Tuesday this season, also against London clubs (1-3 vs West Ham, 0-3 vs Tottenham). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Big 12 Team’s Game Cancelled Due To Storms

first_imgIowa State fans storm the field after win.AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Crazy weather across the country has caused delays and some cancellations in a number of football games today. Iowa State vs. South Dakota State got started tonight, but now, it has been cancelled.Each team got one drive in before the delay.South Dakota State was forced to punt after a five-play, 14 yard drive.Iowa State made its way down the field quickly. Kyle Kempt and company picked up 83 yards in just five plays, capped by a 55-yard pass to Deshaunte Jones for a score.Connor Assalley knocked in the extra point to make it 7-0. That was the last play we got in the game.According to Iowa State writer Paul Clark, the game has been cancelled for tonight.Tonight’s Iowa State vs. South Dakota State game is officially cancelled.— Paul Clark (@cyclonereport) September 2, 2018Iowa State confirmed it moments later. According to the school, there are “no immediate plans” to reschedule the game.Tonight’s game has been cancelled. There are no immediate plans for rescheduling. #CyclONEnation pic.twitter.com/SANBSmxkjh— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) September 2, 2018The two teams’ bye weeks don’t line up. Iowa State is off on Oct. 20, while South Dakota State has its bye on Sept. 22.Based on the Iowa State tweet, it doesn’t sound like the teams are considering picking things up tomorrow, though that may be the best chance to do it.Iowa State was one of the surprises of college football last season. They should be good enough to pick up bowl eligiblity without this game, but if they’re floating on the 5/6 win bubble, this could loom large.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names His Top 5 Games Of Week 2

first_imgESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has named his top five games on college football’s Week 2 slate, which is set to kick off today.The second full weekend of the 2019 college football regular season is highlighted by Texas’ home bout against LSU, though there are several notable contests.Herbstreit has ranked his top five games on the schedule today.Texas-LSU does come in at No. 1. We’re in Austin, TX for @CollegeGameDay and @LSUfootball vs @TexasFootball but there’s a full slate of great games this weekend!Here are the games I can’t wait to watch…which ones are you most excited for? pic.twitter.com/glSvfzdtiw— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 6, 2019A couple of these contests will have major College Football Playoff implications, with the losers of Texas-LSU and Clemson-Texas A&M having uphill battles the rest of the way.We can’t wait for kickoff.Which games are you most looking forward to on college football’s Week 2 slate?last_img read more

India beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down Under

first_imgIndia beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down UnderIndia vs Australia 3rd Test Day 5: Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as India took a 2-1 series lead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:51 IST India vs Australia 3rd Test: Rain interrupted play on Day 5 but India managed to finish the job and win the match on time (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won their first Boxing Day Test in Australia with a 137-run victory at MCGBumrah (3 for 53) and Jadeja (3 for 82) helped India bowl Australia out for 261India now lead the 4-Test series 2-1. The final match will be played at the SCG from Jan. 3India needed just 5.3 overs in the second session on Sunday to bowl Australia out for the second time in two days and secure a historic 137-run victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India had never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia. However, Virat Kohli’s men have now rewritten history with a 137-run victory.Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as Jasprit Bumrah picked up 3 for 53 and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 for 82. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami finished with 2 wickets each.India first played a Boxing Day Test in 1985. Over the years, they lost 5, drew 2 before finally winning in 2018. This is a sweet end to the year for Kohli and India.The year 2018 started with two defeats in South Africa. They won in Johannesburg but another 1-4 series defeat in England raised serious questions on India’s ability to win Test matches overseas. Now, they cannot lose the Test series in Australia.As special as this victory is for India, credit must be given to Australia’s lower-order for putting up a stubborn fight.The Aussies were tottering at 176 for 7 and defeat was imminent on Saturday. Ravindra Jadeja had just snared Tim Paine with a ball that stayed low and it looked like India would pick up the remaining three wickets without much fuss.advertisementBut Pat Cummins had other ideas. With Mitchell Starc for company, he frustrated India for over nine overs. And then Cummins stitched a partnership with Nathan Lyon – the duo batted out 14.1 overs on day 4 to push the match into the fifth day.Cummins, who had already picked nine wickets in the Test, scored a fluent half-century. Some of his shots were a lesson for Australia’s top-order batsmen – so crisp and sweetly timed they were.The umpires offered India an extra half-hour to try and win the Test on Saturday but Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja could not dislodge the determined Australian pair.There was threat of rain on Sunday but luckily for India, victory was wrapped up.It all began on Wednesday with debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76. Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second hundred of the series while Virat Kohli battled a stiff back to make 82. Rohit Sharma scored his first fifty outside Asia since 2015. Memories were created by a team that desperately needed to provide itself overseas.And once India posted their highest overseas score in 2018, the bowlers took over. Jasprit Bumrah, in his first year as a Test cricketer, completed five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia. His six-wicket haul on Friday blew the Aussies away and gave India a 292-run lead on a treacherous pitch.Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on and Pat Cummins tore through the top-order in four overs. Pujara and Kohli were dismissed for ducks. By stumps, India had finished with 54 for 5 but their overall lead was now a substantial 346.After the third day’s play, there were several questions asked of Kohli’s decision to bay again. Rain was predicted over the next two days and sure enough, Saturday saw plenty of cloud cover. India lost three more wickets before they declared again to set Australia a 399-run target.And it was that man Jasprit Bumrah again. He did more damage in the second innings and Ravindra Jadeja joined the party on a wearing pitch. It was his kind of a surface.There was turn, variable bounce and plenty of purchase for pacers and spinners alike. While Bumrah and Jadeja will be celebrated for their tally of wickets, it is important to remember how well Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled. They were relentless, intimidating and tireless.There was a stubborn little partnership between Tim Paine and Pat Cummins which was broken by Jadeja with a delivery that outfoxed the Australian captain.Cummins and Mitchell Starc offered some resistance but that was never going to be enough to stop India’s quest for a historic win. The dogged fight shown by the lower order should inspire the rest of the Australian squad as the teams head to Sydney for the final Test starting January 3.India, meanwhile, will rejoice in the glorious victory. It did not come easy and there was a constant threat of rain over the weekend.Right through 2018, India’s batsmen were criticised for their poor approach and for their failure to support Virat Kohli, who finished with 1322 runs and five hundreds. It has all come together for India in Australia.advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Mission Failed: After Rohit, Mumbai Indians troll Australia skipper Tim PaineAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India win Boxing Day TestFollow India beat AustraliaFollow ind vs aus 3rd test day 5Follow India vs Australialast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma arrive in Australia for ODI series

first_imgMS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma arrive in Australia for ODI seriesMS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma along with their ODI team mates arrived in Australia on Tuesday for the three-match ODI series against Australiaadvertisement Ritayan Basu SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 14:22 IST Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached Australia on Tuesday for the ODI series vs Australia (Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma among others arrived in Australia on TuesdayJasprit Bumrah was rested for the three-match ODI series vs AustraliaIndia are slated to face Australia in three ODIs beginning January 12Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma among others have arrived in Australia on Tuesday for the three-match ODI series against Australia which begins with the first ODI on January 12 in Sydney.The second ODI will be played on January 15 in Adelaide and the third ODI being on January 18 in Melbourne.The likes of Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Khaleel Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, who are part of the one day squad, also arrived in Australia ahead of the three-match series.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday also announced that Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for India’s one-day international series against Australia and New Zealand. Bumrah has also been rested from the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand.Mohammed Siraj has been called up for the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand in place of Bumrah, while Siddarth Kaul has been drafted into the squad for the T20 Internationals.The decision to rest Bumrah comes just a day after Team India skipper Virat Kohli emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia in Sydney on Monday.”It’s important to take care of these guys especially manage workloads, that’s going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys,” had said Kohli.Kedar Jhadav had earlier shared photos with Dhoni and Rohit en route to Australia. “Off to Australia with Dhoni and Rohit,” he tweeted along with photos.advertisementOff to Australia with @msdhoni @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/lTFaeEwG2YIamKedar (@JadhavKedar) January 7, 2019Off to Australia.. @msdhoni #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vh6OVkV2hIKhaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) January 7, 2019But how did the Indian players spend time on such a long journey? Playing games on mobile devices of course. India ODI squad – Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed SirajAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and tour of NZ, Siraj named replacementAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma on their way to Australia for ODI seriesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow ODI seriesFollow Kedar JadhavFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow India ODI squadlast_img read more