Secret to Sane’s form? Play like Messi

first_imgLeroy Sané ‘Play like Messi’ – Sane reveals secret to upturn in Man City form Russell Greaves 19:02 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LeroySane - cropped Getty Images Leroy Sané Manchester City Lionel Messi Guardiola Premier League After struggling to find his feet in his early days at the Etihad Stadium, the German forward was buoyed by some words of wisdom from Pep Guardiola Leroy Sane has revealed the sage advice he received from Pep Guardiola to help ignite his Manchester City career – play like Lionel Messi.When Sane first arrived from Schalke in 2016, he struggled to make an impact as injuries hindered his transition into the Premier League.But the 22-year-old has gone on to establish himself at the club, playing a key role in their rise to the top of the table and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League. 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 And Sane gave an insight into his manager’s motivational skills as he explained how Guardiola has got the best out of him following a slow start.”I needed a little time to settle, to know the Premier League, the people here, how they are and to know the players,” he told The Guardian. “I had to find my confidence.Leroy Sane play like Lionel Messi“Pep told me to play with freedom like [Lionel] Messi, not like Messi – it’s impossible!”Be free like Messi, have fun, do things like he wants from a striker like the end of the space [near goal] – take the option to shoot or give an assist.”Guardiola has spoken in glowing terms about Sane’s potential and the Germany international is excited to see how far his talent will take him.20 – Leroy Sane has been directly involved in 20 goals for Manchester City this season (9 goals, 11 assists); the third City player to achieve that feat so far. Spree. pic.twitter.com/40W1Chjayx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 6 January 2018He added: “No player at the beginning of his career knows how good he can be. It’s exciting and for me it’s a challenge to see how good I can be, how I can get to the best level.”It’s really nice to see how it will go.”Sane’s nine goals this season is equal to the tally he achieved in the whole of the last campaign.last_img read more

Report: Juventus 7 Sassuolo 0

first_imgJuventus 7 Sassuolo 0: Higuain hat-trick puts Napoli on notice Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 23:55 2/4/18 higuain - cropped Getty Images Juventus continued their fine form with a thrashing of Sassuolo, Gonzalo Higuain in particular enjoying his day out. Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick as Juventus sounded an ominous warning to rivals Napoli by overwhelming Sassuolo in a comprehensive 7-0 victory at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.The champions scored four times in a one-sided first 45 minutes, and added three more through Higuain in the second half, to ease to their 10th consecutive victory in all competitions, bolstering their Serie A title defence.Massimiliano Allegri named Gianluigi Buffon for his first league appearance since December and the 40-year-old could hardly have asked for a more comfortable clean sheet, his side’s sixth straight in all competitions. 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 Alex Sandro opened the scoring after nine minutes and the contest was all but over by the half-hour mark as Sami Khedira hit a quickfire double to improve his season tally to six.Miralem Pjanic’s fine fourth prompted Allegri, who was forced to withdraw the injured Blaise Matuidi amid the goal glut, to make a further two changes at the break in a sign of the comfort enjoyed by the Bianconeri.Higuain stole the spotlight with a classy treble – his first for the club – after the restart to further compound the away side’s misery and cap off a win that momentarily moves Juve two points ahead of Napoli, who visit Benevento later on Sunday.63′ -74′ -83′ -Pipita’s first hat-trick!#JuveSassuolo pic.twitter.com/WXaYfbbxdG— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 4, 2018With Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa all still sidelined by injury, Juve were searching for fresh avenues to goal and immediately found one in Alex Sandro.The full-back pounced on a kind ricochet inside the area to punish the visitors for failing to clear a short corner.Sassuolo stemmed the damage for a further 15 minutes until Khedira single-handedly opened the floodgates midway through the half.Alex Sandro’s flick-on from a Pjanic corner enabled the Germany international to open his account with a simple tap-in and he made it 3-0 moments later, exposing a high line to finish coolly past Andrea Consigli.Juve’s superb start did sour somewhat as Matuidi limped off between those two strikes, but that minor frustration was softened by a fourth first-half goal.Pjanic – provider of Khedira’s second – this time got in on the scoring, rounding off a thoroughly dominant 45 minutes by firing a sweet strike into the bottom-left corner from just outside the area.  These boys are having some fun today!!  #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #JuveSassuolo pic.twitter.com/cST4KR9rOD— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 4, 2018Allegri opted to safeguard against further injuries by removing Khedira and Daniele Rugani at the interval and the changes hardly appeared to upset his side’s rhythm.Higuain almost got on the end of Mario Mandzukic’s low cross, while Federico Bernardeschi slammed a low effort into Consigli.But Juve did get their fifth in the 63rd minute when Higuain expertly fired through Federico Peluso and into the net for his 11th of the Serie A season.The Argentina international took centre stage from there, rounding Consigli to convert again in the 74th minute before he claimed the match ball with his seventh goal in his last five top-flight meetings Sassuolo late in proceedings. Key Opta facts: – Juventus scored seven goals in a Serie A game for the first time since November 2014 versus Parma. – The last time Juventus scored at least four goals at home in the first half in Serie A was in April 2008. – Juventus have scored nine goals from corners, a record in Serie A this season. – Sami Khedira has scored six league goals this term, having nettedd five in each of his previous two Serie A seasons. – Gianluigi Buffon started a Serie A games 65 days after the last one. read morelast_img read more

Keita slated for poor form ahead of Liverpool move

first_imgTransfers Leipzig boss slates Keita for poor form ahead of Liverpool move Goal 17:27 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Naby Keita RB Leipzig Getty Images Transfers Liverpool RB Leipzig Bundesliga Premier League Naby Keïta The 22-year-old remains a crucial player for the Bundesliga outfit but his coach has noticed a drop in quality since he agreed to move to Anfield RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says prospective Liverpool signing Naby Keita has lost some of the consistency that made him a Bundesliga star last season.Keita proved to be a sensation in 2016-17 as the Red Bull Arena outfit finished second in their debut German top-flight campaign, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 31 appearances.The 22-year-old’s remarkable displays attracted immense interest from Liverpool, and he will head to Anfield in the summer after the English side triggered his £48 million release clause in August .  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 Keita remains a pivotal player for Leipzig as they look to replicate their runners-up finish this time around, scoring three times and setting up a further two in the league so far.However, his coach has noticed a difference in his performances this term and hopes to see him back to his best in the coming weeks, but he insisted he will not be too harsh on the Guinea international.”Naby is not as consistent this year as last year,” Hasenhuttl told Sport Bild . “It’s important that he brings his expectations back to normal levels.”I’m not one who wants to motivate with fear. I don’t immediately get the whip out in the classic sense and I don’t kick the players non-stop.”Leipzig are also hoping to see another star return to action in the shape of Emil Forsberg.The Swedish winger was a key creative outlet last term, notching 19 assists in the league last term. However, injury has kept the 26-year-old out of action since early-December, but he is back in training and Hasenhuttl hopes to have him available again soon.”I see light at the end of the tunnel,” he added.”We mustn’t forget that he has not trained for nine weeks. It will take some time, and we have to be careful not to overburden him again.”Leipzig currently sit third in the Bundesliga, level on points with Bayer Leverkusen but 18 behind leaders Bayern Munich.Hasenhuttl’s side host seventh placed Augsburg in their next game on Friday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

YOUTH WORLD CUP 20’S ANNOUNCEMENT

first_imgThe ATA would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent Australia in the Youth World Cup 20 Years Mens, Womens and Mixed sides. The players listed below are those who have accepted their position in the respective teams. The Youth World Cup is being held at Kawana, on the Sunshine Coast, from January 19-23 2005. MENS 20’S: Jai Ayoub- NSW Andrew Baggio- NSW Matt Bird- NSW James Harrington- Qld Tory Hipperson- Qld Mark Kovacic- NSW Troy Malcolm- NSW Jay Miller- NSW Justin Mitchell- Qld Chris Rawlinson- NSW Sebe Rey- Qld Mitch Tope- NSW Clint Withers- Qld Mens 20 years coach: Sam Ayoub Mens 20 years Assistant Coach: Michael Lovett Mens 20 years Manager: Gary Rose WOMENS 20’S: Kate Basely- NSW Nicole Beck- NSW Kristin Boss- NSW Natalie Giles- NSW Jess Howe- NSW Melinda Ingram- ACT Kirstie Jenkins- NSW Laura Marvin- NSW Mel McCall- NSW Kelly McGennity- Qld Nicole McHugh- NSW Rachel Reid- Qld Claire Winchester- NSW Roxy Winder- Qld Womens 20 years Coach: Kathy O’Brien Womens 20 years Assistant Coach: Jackie Patrick Womens 20 years Manager: Sue Salter MIXED 20’S: Tegan Considine- NSW Jarah Jennings- Qld Lehetta Lane- NSW Tara Mako- Qld Lauren McDonald- Qld Katie Shaw- Qld Matthew Baker- Qld Daniel Brown- NSW Scott Buckley- NSW David Denning- Qld Nathan Harrison- Qld Mark Holloway- Tas Matt McDonald- Qld Shannon Miller- NSW Mixed 20 years Coach: John Singh Mixed 20 years Assistant Coach: Karley Banks Mixed 20 years Manager: Frank Curranlast_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA OPERATIONAL STAFF WORKSHOP A SUCCESS

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Sport Development Unit has been hosting a staff workshop for operational staff from Sunday 23 September to Tuesday 25 September 2007 in Coffs Harbour.The core of Operational staff were already in Coffs Harbour working at the 2007 X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, and the timing of the workshop fitted well from a logistical and cost effective perspective.The conference has brought together 17 TFA staff from all over the nation to increase knowledge and share their experiences in the delivery of the sport.The Operational Workshop has replaced the National Development Officer Conference.TFA National Participation Manager Marianne Maguire, who was a driving force behind the revamped workshop, is excited about the outcomes the conference will achieve.“We really needed something to help develop the knowledge and share the collective ideas of our operational staff who are decision makers as well as key delivery personnel  – people such as Operational Managers, and Sport Development staff who need to continually be challenged and educated to ensure we deliver the sport to its full potential,” Mrs. Maguire said. Topics for presentation have include: Overview of TFA and discussion of roles for staff, Marketing and Branding, Product Knowledge and Professional Development, National Operations Units updates, Trends of the Game, Legal Issues for Affiliates, Finance, Information Technology, and the ASET Program. “Facts Sheet” will be completed by staff members on each of the presented topics to assist with the formation of Operational Manuals for existing and new staff. Touch Football Australia Board of Management Chairman, Mr. Peter Rooney, and Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire were on hand to address the staff and present direction and perspective on the Strategic and Operational endeavours of the sport.“The workshop is another opportunity for us to review, identify, consolidate, and focus on the coordination of our strategic and operational practices. It also provides a fantastic environment for crucial professional development of our staff who are striving to deliver the sport in the best way possible for our affiliated members,” Mr. Maguire said.Guest presenters included Britt Homewood from TFA’s major sponsor Kos Sports X Blades, Michael Broadbent from TFA’s official photographer Michael Broadbent, and various Sport Development Unit staff who gave insights into crucial interest areas that affect the delivery of the sport. The TFA Operational staff, whilst weary from their endeavours in running the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, embraced the Workshop concept enthusiastically.Western Australia’s Operations Manager Angela Doyle believes the workshop offered the chance for understanding and accord across the TFA organisation, and to share ideas with other staff that make valuable contributions to the knowledge well for all.“The key is communication, it is imperative for success, creating links within the organisation, and strengthening us as a unit to deliver like outcomes for the sport,” Ms. Doyle said.The conference will wind up today with all staff heading back to their respective States to build on the knowledge gleaned from the workshop.last_img read more

NYC top seed results – day one

first_imgThe day started off without any major upsets, with the favourites victorious. In the 18’s girls, QSST beat the Sunshine Coast 10-1, while in the 20’s Boys, the 2nd  ranked Southern Suns defeating North QLD 9-2, and the SQBD Sharks, seeded 3rd, beat Victoria 12-7.In the Boys 18’s, number one ranked team, the Sydney Mets, defeated Western Tigers 4-2, while NSWCHS won in a close one against North Queensland, 8-7.The first upset of the day came in the Girls 18’s where local hopes the Northern Eagles, ranked 14th, beat 3rd ranked Brisbane Cobras 4-0.It was business as usual for the other top-ranked sides, with Boys 20’s Sydney Mets beating Sydney Scorpions 9-2, and in the 20’s Girls, the 2nd ranked Cobras defeated Sydney Rebels 8-2.  Also in the Girls 20’s, it was the favourites winning again, with the Eagles and the Hornets victorious.It was easy for Boys 18’s top seed QSST, disposing of NSWCIS 11-3. It was also easy for NSWCHS, defeating Northern Territory 12-0.There was a boil over on field 5, with 16th ranked North Queensland beating 3rd ranked Cobras 10-4 in the Boys 18’s division. There were also wins for SQBD Sharks and Southern Queensland in the Girls 18’s, and wins for SQBD Sharks and Brisbane City Cobras in Boys 20’s. 1st seed in the 18’s Boys, the Mets, only beat 13th seed Rebels by four tries in a local derby.  In the 20’s Girls, Cobras made easy work of the Scorpions, winning 12-0.In the final round of matches for the first day, 2nd seeds in the 18’s Girls, NSWCHS were comprehensive winners against South Australia, winning 13-1. Also in this division, QSST were far too strong for the 8th seeded Mets, taking out the game 16-0.last_img read more

History of Touch Football

first_imgIf there are any members of the Touch Football community that are willing to donate any video, photos or documents from 1978 – 2000 please contact Glenn Hayes on (02) 6212 2800 or at glenn@austouch.com.au. Touch Football Australia would like to thank you for your donations.last_img

November Recipients – TFA Volunteer Medal

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) congratulations the following members who are the deserving recipients of the TFA Volunteer Medal for November.Ashley Pedley (QLD)Rohan Greaves (VIC)Jo Cianter (QLD)Ashley, Rohan and Jo continue to dedicate countless hours of time and effort towards growing our game via their local associations. A critical contribution that does not go unnoticed. To view their impressive list of allocates click here.TFA sincerely thanks Ashley, Rohan and Jo for their contributions.The TFA volunteer medal is an initiative created to recognise those within our sport who provide ongoing support, and demonstrate a positive example as a member of their local Touch Football community.Affiliates across the country can nominate deserving applicants through an online survey providing an opportunity to recognise the ongoing support that drives the sport and makes a significant difference to our participants experience.To nominate your volunteer, click here. To read the criteria and nomination process, click here.last_img read more

NRL Touch Football Partners with Indomie Noodles

first_imgNRL Touch Football is pleased to announce a new partnership with Indomie Instant Noodles.Instant noodles have always been a convenient way to refuel on carbohydrates, but they’ve come a long way since their basic beginnings, and Indomie is famous for its five different flavour sachets so you can add a little or a lot of favour, depending on your own tastes.Indomie is expanding in Australia, and they were interested in NRL Touch Football for being an Australian-born game and Australia’s largest social sport, with 680,000 participants.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell says partnering with Indomie makes sense because touch footballers tend to lead busy lives, and instant noodles make for a convenient meal that you can cook within a couple of minutes when you don’t have time for anything else.“A large proportion of our participants are students, and the instant noodle category particularly appeals to students, who tend to look for convenience and affordability,” said Mitchell.Indomie Regional Manager William Ho is delighted to be aligned with a growing sport that has such a large national footprint.“Indomie are very pleased with the opportunity to partner up with NRL Touch Football, which allows us to connect our brand with one of the largest grassroots sports in the country. This is our first time to sponsor the sport and we truly appreciate the overwhelming support from the members and participants!”For more information on Indomie Instant Noodles please visit http://www.indomie.com.au/To play Touch Football this summer find your nearest club at https://playnrl.com/last_img read more

10 months agoGoalscorer Alli hit by bottle as Spurs beat Arsenal to reach Carabao Cup semis

first_imgGoalscorer Alli hit by bottle as Spurs beat Arsenal to reach Carabao Cup semisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSon Heung-min and Dele Alli struck for Tottenham as they defeated Arsenal in tonight’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal.Son pounced onto Alli’s smart ball over the top to put Spurs in front after just 20 minutes at the Emirates.Alli then coolly chipped it over keeper Petr Cech with the outside of his boot in the second half to make it 2-0.The England midfielder was then hit on the head by a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd shortly after that goal.Arsenal had not lost back-to-back matches prior to this defeat since they were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League back in August. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer funds

first_imgNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer fundsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA group of Newcastle supporters’ organisations have written an open letter to owner Mike Ashley, urging him to invest in players this month.Toon are 15th on the Premier League table, and fans are fearful the club will be relegated should Ashley chose not to allocate money for transfers during the current transfer window.The letter read in part: “Dear Mike Ashley. We are writing to urge you to do what is right for Newcastle United this month and we hope, for a change, you are willing to listen to us and act accordingly.”This is a critical month for the football club, both in terms of your stated desire to sell and the need to strengthen the squad, as repeatedly requested by the manager Rafa Benitez.”We are hoping you see the sense in striving to do both, but if you cannot find a suitable buyer, then it is imperative that you still release the funds needed to improve the squad.”To fail to do so, would seem both reckless and foolish given the damage you know relegation will do. The ongoing takeover cannot be used an excuse not to spend money in the January transfer window.”If you refuse to spend money this month, the risk of relegation not only increases, it will also mean the manager will not sign the new contract you have offered to him.”You have repeatedly said that you want Benitez to stay, so do the things needed to make sure that happens. In short, back him and give him what he needs in this window.”I know we have had a difficult relationship in the past, but at this point, we want to look forward, not backwards. Please do what is right this month.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgery

first_img​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgeryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare has gone through with an operation on his dislocated shoulder.The Senegalese international was injured against Grimsby in the FA Cup over the weekend.There is hope that he will be back soon, but it is not a major loss for Palace. Souare had only played in four games this season prior to his injury.Souare took to Twitter to say: “Quick minor op, and it went great can’t wait to get back doing what I love.”I wanna thank everyone for their ongoing support. See you soon.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoREVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmann

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmannby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi is yet to fully embrace the arrival of new Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann.AS says there’s some tension between the pair, with Griezmann sensing Messi isn’t fully supportive of his signing. Indeed, Messi went public last week with his disappointment that Neymar couldn’t be re-signed from PSG.Tuesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund was Messi’s first appearance of the season.Inside the club, meanwhile, there is confidence the frostiness between the pair will ease once they start winning games together. last_img

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new deal

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Mason Greenwood is set to sign a new deal.The teen proved the matchwinner for their Europa League victory over Astana.”We are always in talks with the boys, about how we look at their future, and Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us,” said Solskjaer afterwards.”It is natural for Mason to play football, score goals and be in and around the box. He knows how to finish. “He showed glimpses today of what he can become.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoSilva says Everton didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield Utd

first_imgSilva says Everton didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says they didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield United.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Silva said: “It was a tough game for us. Of course we didn’t deserve the result but when you make mistakes like we did this afternoon you don’t get what you deserve.”For the second goal it should have been easy for our defenders to clear the ball. The second half was bad – not good enough. We need to show more and try new things.”Some individual performances were not at the level we expect, but that’s part of the game. The key moment for me was the mistake we made in the first goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoRodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Rodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRodrygo Goes is delighted with his first months at Real Madrid.The striker already has a first senior goal, while he is a regular with Raul’s Castilla.”My adaption has gone well,” he said in Brazil during international break. “I live in a really nice city, at the biggest club in the world, with the best footballers in the world, who have really welcomed me in. It was easy to adapt.”After his first goal, coach Zinedine Zidane wasn’t slow to praise the youngster.”My relationship with Zidane is really good,” Rodrygo added. “He was one of my idols, I was always looking at videos of Zidane, he always inspired me. To have him as my manager is something wonderful. He won everything and has a lot of experience to share with me. He is a man who loves to speak and give advice. I make sure to learn and develop.” last_img read more

Photo: Louisville Fan Makes The “L” Signal In The Middle Of A Huge Kentucky Crowd At A Bar

first_imgLouisville fan throws up the L while standing with Kentucky fans.Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.last_img

Tied on goals: Thorgan Hazard stepping out of Eden’s shadow

first_imgBefore Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-final, Roberto Martinez’s side had to navigate a difficult qualifying group including Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having won their first four games comfortably, with Eden Hazard in three of them, the Red Devils were forced to do without their star man for the home game against Greece.Eden’s younger brother Thorgan Hazard was drafted into the squad to replace him but failed to get off the bench as Belgium could only draw 1-1. By the end of the campaign, they had won the rest of their games, with the younger Hazard starting and scoring against Cyprus, while the older Hazard netted twice.Belgium brought both Hazards to the World Cup, but Thorgan was still a fringe member of the panel, starting just the dead-rubber against England after Belgium had ensured qualification from their group. However, thanks to a stunning season at club level, he was finally handed a chance to shine in November, helping Belgium defeat Iceland 2-0 before scoring twice against Switzerland three days later. 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? The Red Devils lost 5-2 to Switzerland, but Hazard came away with his head held high after proving his worth in a dynamic attacking trio that included brother Eden and Dries Mertens. Hazard’s performance was not a surprise as it was merely a continuation of the brilliant form he has shown at club level for Borussia Monchengladbach this season.While Eden Hazard has been setting the Premier League alight with Chelsea, scoring ten goals and assisting nine more for Maurizio Sarri’s side, Thorgan has been putting in equally impressive displays in the Bundesliga. The 25-year-old is battling the likes of Paco Alcacer and Robert Lewandowski for the top scorer prize thanks to his nine goals in the first half of the season, while he has also assisted six more in the league.Both Hazards have also impressed in their respective cups, with Eden scoring twice in two Carabao Cup games, while Thorgan has three goals and an assist in two DFB Pokal outings. At their current rates, the pair will be neck-and-neck at the end of the season for their annual family wager.”There has been a kind of competition between us for years. If you score the fewest goals, you have to invite the other to dinner at the end of the season,” the Gladbach attacker told Sportbuzzer.When people say @hazardeden10 is better than @HazardThorgan8 … 😉 #fohlenelf #UCL #BMGCEL pic.twitter.com/GyhyqUDItl — Gladbach (@borussia_en) November 1, 2016 At two years older, Eden had a head start on Thorgan, and was even involved in goals before he was born. Both parents were footballers in Belgium, with mother Carine still lining out in the women’s league when she was pregnant with her first son. “I was in her stomach when she was playing. She was three months pregnant,” the Chelsea star told the Independent.”I take after my mum as a player. My dad played at the back, chilled out, calm on the ball. My mum was a striker. I never watched mum play but I can remember going to see my dad play. Actually, I like to think that I am a mix of the best of them.”Due to that early start, Eden believes that he may have had it easier than the rest of his siblings – brothers Kylian and Ethan are also footballers.“[Thorgan] deserves more praise than me because I think it’s harder for him. Everything has come to me quickly, I played some good matches early in my career. He has always had to contend with, ‘He’s the brother of Eden…’”GFX Eden on Thorgan HazardThorgan doesn’t see things the same way as Eden, hailing his older brother as one of the world’s best: “I just have less talent than him,” Thorgan admitted to Sport1. “I have to work things out that he might learn faster if I am being completely honest.”Eden also worked a lot on himself last year. Right now, my brother is in great shape and wants to win the title with Chelsea. I’m a different type of player than my brother. Eden is one of the best players in the world.”The younger Hazard’s fantastic Bundesliga performances have seen him earn the attention of bigger clubs across Europe, including one admirer that’s currently closer to home. Borussia Dortmund are interested in a January move for the winger, which could see a league trophy end up at a Hazard household this season.But instead of Eden, this time it will be Thorgan receiving the plaudits.last_img read more

AL.com’s SEC Shorts Spoofs Ole Miss Fans Who Tore Down Goal Posts After 2014 Alabama Win

first_imgA football game between LSU and Ole Miss.OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)AL.com’s SEC Shorts punks Ole Miss with hilarious parody video where the crew that stormed the field in 2014 is unaware they actually lost to Alabama football on Saturday after jumping out to a 21-0 lead.It’s the stuff of nightmares. Your team is up big, a win is basically a foregone conclusion, so you turn off the game and do something else, all while bragging about your team’s prowess on Twitter and Facebook.Except your team doesn’t win, they have a meltdown of epic proportions and lose and you look like an ass. That’s what happened to Ole Miss. Up 21 points in the first half, victory seemed certain, but Alabama football was having none of that. The Crimson Tide came back and won 48-43.So in the wake of that historic collapse, AL.com’s SEC Shorts decided to rub some salt in the fresh wound by creating a parody video clowning on cocky Rebel fans.Watch these poor Ole Miss fans get a reality check when they realize they’ll be carrying around the 2014 goalposts for at least a couple more years.[AL.com]last_img read more