Bundesliga Bundesliga Team of the Season so far Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Bundesliga Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Werder Bremen Hannover 96 Schalke 04 Bayer Leverkusen Augsburg Borussia M’gladbach List Bayern Munich lead the German top-flight at the end of the Hinrunde, but which players make our best XI for the 2017-18 season so far?
José Mourinho ‘Guardiola would win the title at Man Utd’ – Mourinho’s moaning picked apart by Carragher Chris Burton 02:46 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Getty José Mourinho Guardiola Manchester United Manchester City Premier League The former Liverpool defender believes that man in charge at Manchester City has shown how to develop a winning team, rather than grind out results Jose Mourinho’s argument regarding spending at Manchester United is flawed because Pep Guardiola would win the title with his squad, says Jamie Carragher.The Portuguese coach recently bemoaned the fact that his managerial rival at the Etihad Stadium has an almost limitless transfer fund at his disposal, with Manchester City buying “full-backs for the price of strikers”.Mourinho has, however, spent big himself since arriving at Old Trafford and has received little sympathy on the back of his transfer gripe. 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 Former Liverpool defender Carragher his now added his voice to that debate, with it suggested that a man accustomed to grinding out results by whatever means necessary has been overtaken in the coaching game by a Catalan tactician proven in the art of squad building and development.Carragher wrote in a column for The Telegraph: “There is a flaw in Jose Mourinho’s argument that the difference between Manchester United and Manchester City is money.“If Pep Guardiola was in charge of the United squad I believe they would win the title. “Rewind to the start of this season and assess the head-to-head qualities of the United and City squads. Player-for-player, which would you argue was superior?“Was Ederson considered better than David De Gea? Were City’s centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones preferable to Eric Bailly and Phil Jones? Did United fans want Fernandinho or Nemanja Matic?“United broke the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba, and then made Romelu Lukaku the most expensive Premier League player of last summer. Which English clubs made bigger statements of intent? “How many United or England fans would have swapped Marcus Rashford for Raheem Sterling a year ago? And when Anthony Martial first arrived from Monaco, was his reputation greater than that of Leroy Sane when he joined City?“Although he was signed before Mourinho’s appointment, Luke Shaw was a £30 million full-back – more expensive than City striker Gabriel Jesus. The United manager’s complaints about the value of the squads do not add up.“We can go on throughout the respective lists. Where Mourinho sees players unable to execute his tactical blueprint, I believe Guardiola would have taken a different approach with a squad Mourinho believes needs reinforcing.“Even now, it is the United squad that has the most expensive ‘superstars’ – or certainly those with the greater reputation when they joined the club. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Lukaku delivered elsewhere prior to moving to Old Trafford. Have they improved under Mourinho? That is the troubling question for the United manager. It is starting to sound like he has no patience or will to make what he has better.“City are ahead this season because Guardiola has developed players rather than expected ready-made talent to instantly deliver.“Mourinho has increasingly come to rely on more experienced, established performers. If you want to evolve a club or a team, you don’t call Mourinho. He is a coach who navigates his way to silverware with teams that have the raw materials – something he has already achieved at United with two trophies in his first season. His reputation as a world-class coach is based on his ability to find a way to win. “If Mourinho was coaching the Manchester City side they would not be playing the style of football we are seeing today.”
Transfers Hazard rejected Chelsea contract for Real Madrid transfer, reveals father Miles Chambers Last updated 1 year ago 18:27 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Getty composite Transfers Real Madrid Chelsea Premier League Primera División Eden Hazard The 26-year-old did not want to commit himself long-term to the Blues with a Blancos move looking like a potential option Eden Hazard rejected a contract extension at Chelsea, according to his father, who says his son is holding out for a Real Madrid transfer.The Belgian forward, 26, was back to his best last season as Chelsea romped to the Premier League title, after a sub-par season before in which he struggled for goals.He has continued his impressive performances in 2017-18 and, although his contract runs until June 2020, rumours have continued to swirl regarding a potential transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu. 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 Hazard’s father, Thierry, confirmed his son is playing a waiting game with his Chelsea contract in an effort to keep the door ajar to Zinedine Zidane’s side.”What I can reveal about Eden is that he refused a contract extension,” he told Le Soir.“This was so that, if necessary, he could follow the interest of the Real, whom he could see himself playing for.”But, as of right now, there is no contact from Real Madrid. Eden is only one of the parties involved in his future.”Hazard has been candid about his interest in playing for the reigning European champions in recent months, saying in November that “everyone knows the admiration I have for Real Madrid”.The former Lille winger has scored eight times for Antonio Conte’s side this season, assisting a further eight times across all competitions.Chelsea are third in the Premier League after 20 games, 16 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City but just one point behind second-placed Manchester United.
Philippe Coutinho Klopp plays down talk of Coutinho captaincy being Barcelona snub hint Jamie Smith 23:23 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Liverpool v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Brazilian midfielder captaining Liverpool does not necessarily mean that he will be staying at the club, according to the man in charge at Anfield Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down Philippe Coutinho being given the captain’s armband in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner.Coutinho continues to be strongly linked with a switch to Barcelona after the Catalan giants failed with an attempted move for the Brazilian in August.With club captain Henderson out with a hamstring injury and his deputy Milner benched, Coutinho captained Liverpool to a 5-0 demolition of Swansea City on Boxing Day and scored a delightful opening goal. 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 Coutinho has scored in three consecutive Premier League appearances to take his tally to 12 in all competitions this season, but Klopp played down the importance of the midfielder being given the captaincy, denying it is a hint Liverpool will be able to keep the 25-year-old throughout the January transfer window.”I don’t want to make the story less romantic but it’s how I said it – when Hendo [Henderson] and Milly [Milner] are not playing I have to look [for a captain],” Klopp told reporters on Friday. “Phil is long-serving, so he is captain.”I could say that if I give him the captaincy he’ll never leave or he’ll be happier, but that’s not how it works. The armband does different things, you can feel the lift or the pressure.”It didn’t disturb him, so it’s all good in the moment. It’s a good moment [for Coutinho], I’m not sure if the armband has a big influence, but he has played very well in the last couple of weeks especially. “It’s just an armband and not more. The job Hendo and Milly do in the dressing room is different. In England when you get the armband everyone tells you what you have to do. It’s important on the pitch, but not in the same way.”Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.Full story: https://t.co/tJy9vsGOen pic.twitter.com/L17A7UwqaU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017Liverpool have already confirmed the signing of Virgil van Dijk, the Southampton centre-back set to join on January 1 for a world-record fee for a defender, widely reported to be £75 million.But Klopp insisted the price tag of the Netherlands international is not a concern, with Van Dijk’s arrival breaking the club-record fee agreed to bring Naby Keita to Anfield from RB Leipzig at the end of the season.”If you want to sign a player, the last thing I think about is the price,” Klopp added. “Not because I like throwing money around, but because we’re thinking about the player.”You either accept the price or you do not. It’s a big change in football and we have to adapt to it, that’s how it is. It doesn’t mean all transfers will be in this category but now we have a big transfer for a defensive player.”It’s not nice, but that’s the market and that’s the world – we have to adapt to it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Neymar Neymar back with ex-girlfriend Bruna Marquezine for fourth time Goal 21:55 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Instagram Neymar PSG Ligue 1 WTF The pair’s roller-coaster relationship appears to have taken a turn for the better after they were snapped canoodling during a party in Brazil Neymar has finished 2017 on a high as it emerged that he has got back together with on-off girlfriend Bruna Marquezine for a fourth time. The couple have endured a roller-coaster relationship since first meeting during Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro back in 2012. But at a New Year’s party in Fernando de Noronha the PSG star was pictured in a passionate embrace with the actress, fuelling speculation that they have reconciled. 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 Both lovebirds were happy to pose for photos in each other’s arms, as Neymar enjoyed a chance to let his hair down in his native country while Ligue 1 breaks for the winter.to no chão #brumar pic.twitter.com/YpVZUiadou— Monalisa do Pop (@monalisa_do_pop) 31 de diciembre de 2017The first break up for Neymar and Bruna occurred at the end of 2013, before they reignited their relationship prior to the 2014 World Cup. That reconciliation was short-lived, as was a third stint together that began in October 2016 and came to an end in June. Will it be fourth-time lucky for Brazil’s answer to Romeo and Juliet? Only time will tell!
Manchester United Mata, Fellaini & the nine Man Utd stars who could leave for free this summer Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty composite Manchester United Transfers Zlatan Ibrahimović Everton v Manchester United Premier League Goal looks at the players whose deals are due to end, which of them could leave and who might still be at Old Trafford come 2018-19 It’s a little over 22 years since the Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman won a landmark case in the European Court of Justice which allowed footballers to break free of clubs at the end of their contracts, and the pre-contract agreement which has since been brought into the game means that from January 1 players with expiring deals can sign with potential new employers six months ahead of a move.This January, Manchester United find themselves in the kind of position many clubs have been left in since the Bosman Ruling came into effect, with as many as nine of their players holding contracts which are due to expire at the end of the current season.The one thing they do have going for them is that six of the nine involved have club-option extension clauses written into their deals, which allows the Old Trafford hierarchy the freedom to add 12 months to their contracts if they are unwilling to let them go.
United States Top 100 Americans in the 2022 World Cup player pool Ives Galarcep Last updated 3 months ago 00:05 7/30/19 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) John Dorton United States World Cup As the USMNT begins to march into a new World Cup cycle, it is time to look at the generation of top talent ready to lead the way to 2022 If the 2022 World Cup seems a million years away, it’s because it’s going to feel that way as U.S. national team fans are forced to endure a longer wait than they are used to in order to see their team return to the sport’s biggest stage. The next World Cup is slated to take place in November and December of 2022, adding half a year before we can hope to see American players taking on the world’s best in an event U.S. fans grew to take for granted after qualifying for seven straight tournaments. All that changed in 2017 on a fateful night in Trinidad. The dust has settled since that historic disappointment and the USMNT has a new coach in Gregg Berhalter. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The process of rebuilding the program has begun. The good news is that there is a considerable amount of young talent on the way up the pipeline – arguably more talent than we have ever seen at once – in MLS and abroad. Christian Pulisic’s meteoric rise in Germany has inspired dozens of fellow Americans to make the jump overseas in search of glory, while more and more teenagers are signing deals in MLS. With that in mind, here is a closer look at the talent pool that will be drawn from to build the next U.S. World Cup — assuming the Americans successfully qualify. The Top 100 is based on a variety of factors, including recent form and high-end potential. This is why some top prospects just beginning their careers are listed ahead of established professionals, and why an elite talent like Giovanni Reyna can be included despite having yet to formally start his professional career. The list excludes some dual-national players who have reportedly expressed interest in playing for the United States but have yet to fully commit, such as Theoson Siebatcheu and Folarin Balogun, though they could be added eventually if they declare for the USA. After originally excluding players who will be older than 30 by the next World Cup, we are including older players on the revised rankings. Obviously there should be a few players in their 30s on the 2022 U.S. World Cup squad, but the number of players in their 30s is limited on the list, and players such as Tim Ream, Brad Guzan and Fabian Johnson were left out even though they could very well still have parts to play in the next World Cup qualifying cycle.The Top 100 has been updated to reflect changes in status after the Gold Cup, a tournament which served to help boost the stock of some players, while also leaving some others sliding down the list.Here are the Top 100 Americans in the U.S. national team player pool for the 2022 World Cup.
Manchester United Man Utd team news: Martial leads the line at Everton in the absence of Lukaku and Ibrahimovic Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:32 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League Everton v Manchester United Everton The Red Devils will be looking to snap a run of four games without a win, and three successive Premier League draws, when they face the Toffees Anthony Martial has been handed the opportunity to start in his favoured central striking role for Manchester United at Everton.The France international will lead the line for the Red Devils at Goodison Park with Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out through injury and Marcus Rashford left on the bench.Martial has not started as a number nine for United since the visit to Tottenham in May 2017 but is given the spearhead role in what would appear to be a 4-2-3-1 formation. Paul Pogba could play at number 10 or drop into a three-man midfield alongside Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, while Victor Lindelof is moved to right-back to cover for the suspended Ashley Young. 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 United legend Wayne Rooney returns to the Everton starting line-up after suffering a virus, while another ex-Red, Morgan Schneiderlin, starts in midfield for Sam Allardyce’s side.Everton team: Pickford; Holgate, Williams, Keane, Martina; Schneiderlin; Bolasie, Rooney, Davies, Vlasic; Niasse. Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny.Man Utd team: De Gea, Lindelof, Rojo, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Mata, Pogba, Lingard, Martial. Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo hands transfers demands to Real chiefs Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:45 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Ronaldo hands his transfer demands to Real chiefsCristiano Ronaldo has handed his transfer demands to Real Madrid chiefs, with two goalkeepers part of the list, according to Diario Gol, via Daily Mail.The Portuguese apparently does not believe that Kiko Casilla or Keylor Navas are of a good enough standard and wants two new players to replace them.Ronaldo reportedly also wants more reinforcements in defence although he has apparently stated that he is happy with the current forward line in place at the Bernabeu. 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 Real Madrid set to sign KepaReal Madrid are set to activate the Kepa Arrizabalaga’s release clause and secure the signing of the Athletic Club goalkeeper, Marca reports.Athletic are not interested in selling the 23-year-old Spain international, but the European champions will bypass negotiations with the Basque club by paying the €20 million required to trigger his clause and begin talks with the player.Athletic will, however, make an attempt to persuade the shot stopper to snub Zinedine Zidane’s side and remain at San Mames.Kroos to be sold to Man UnitedReal Madrid are ready to offload Toni Kroos to Manchester United in an effort to help fund a sensational move for PSG star Neymar, according to The Express .Madrid want Neymar to be the long-term replacement for Ronaldo, though the club will have to comply with FFP, and even the sale of Gareth Bale may not be enough to meet the regulations, with the German tabbed as the additional fall guy. PSG and Manchester City are also being tabbed as potential buyers for Kroos. Madrid to call off Hazard pursuitReal Madrid are set to call off their pursuit of Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, according to Marca . Instead, Zinedine Zidane is planning on giving a chance to 23-year-old Marco Asensio as the club believes adding the Belgian would further hinder the Spaniard’s development.In fact, the report states belief from the directors in Asensio is so high, they have stopped any further attempts to sign Hazard.Icardi waiting on Real moveMauro Icardi is stalling on signing a new contract at Inter as he waits on Real Madrid to make a move, reports AS .The Argentine forward has starred in Italy again this season and has been heavily linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu.Real reach Rafa Mir agreementReal Madrid have a deal in place to sign Valencia striker Rafa Mir for €500,000, claims Marca .He will join the youth ranks in the Spanish capital having finally got his wish of making a move, with a switch blocked last summer.Real to break world record for Neymar?What are your 2018 predictions? Goal’s chief correspondent Peter Staunton believes it’s possible that Neymar could break his own world record transfer fee with a switch to Real Madrid.Read the full 18 thoughts for 2018 feature here. Asensio warns Real he could quitReal Madrid youngster Marco Asensio has threatened to quit the club and join a European rival, according to Diario Gol .The Spanish forward, 21, has been in fantastic form for the Blancos this season and is considered one of their most promising up-and-coming players in years.However, he’s only started nine Liga games and is willing to consider offers from interested clubs Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain unless he gets more game-time.Benzema out until mid-JanuaryReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks after suffering a hamstring strain.The Frenchman did not feature in Madrid’s training session on Saturday and underwent a medical examination instead, having made an early exit in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona on December 23.Read the full story right here on Goal! Ronaldo set for Man Utd returnManchester United are watching with keen interest reports of a clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and senior Real Madrid figures, claims the Mirror .The newspaper states that the relationship between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has broken down, leading to doubts over his future at the Bernabeu. And United would be well-placed to bring back the man who came to prominence should he refuse to continue in Spain.Ronaldo, it is claimed, has even made secret trips to England to review prospective private schools for his son in recent weeks.Madrid offer Bale for Kane swapReal Madrid are ready to offer Tottenham cash plus former Spurs star Gareth Bale in order to complete the signing of Harry Kane, according to the Daily Star .Kane has powered his way into Europe’s elite with an outstanding 2017, outscoring both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the last 12 months. And that form has put him firmly in the gaze of Madrid, who would be prepared to sacrifice the player they made the world’s most expensive ever back in 2013 by sending him back to White Hart Lane.Madrid to smash transfer record for HazardReal Madrid are getting ready a £120 million offer to pry Eden Hazard from Chelsea according to the Sun .The offer, which would break the British transfer record, is part of an attempt to pressure Chelsea into selling the attacker with two and a half years left on his deal.If Chelsea wait until Hazard has a year left on his contract, his value would drastically drop.
Swansea City 0 Tottenham 2: Llorente scores on return as Spurs weather the storm Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 1/3/18 Getty Images Tottenham just about coped with the sodden conditions as they left Swansea City with a 2-0 win. Fernando Llorente came back to haunt former side Swansea City as he started in place of Harry Kane and scored the opener in Tottenham’s 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.Llorente left Swansea for Spurs at the start of the season and was making a first league start for his new side due to Kane’s recent illness, scoring early on before Dele Alli doubled the advantage with a fortuitous effort in the closing stages on a sodden evening in south Wales.The pouring rain meant the pitch was not exactly ideal for a considered, passing approach, so it came as little surprise to see the breakthrough arrive via a free-kick, as Llorente headed in a pinpoint delivery from an offside position that went unpunished. 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 Chances were fairly rare for the remainder of the first half, but Luciano Narsingh, Jordan Ayew and Mike van der Hoorn all went close as Swansea rallied after the break.30 – Awful conditions here as the rain continues to come down in Wales. We have been in control though and deservedly lead after half an hour.#Swans 0-1 #THFC pic.twitter.com/bLY3DON2uv— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 2, 2018However, Alli’s 89th-minute effort ended Swansea hopes and Spurs secured a win that takes them back above Arsenal to fifth, while it proved to be a disappointing home debut for new Swansea coach Carlos Carvalhal.Kane’s absence did not appear to have any kind of negative impact on Spurs during the early exchanges, as the visitors wasted no time in taking control.11 – Fernando Llorente has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances at the Liberty Stadium (10 of those for Swansea). Stomping.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2018And the opening goal arrived after just 12 minutes, as Llorente met Christian Eriksen’s left-wing free-kick with a glancing header to beat Lukasz Fabianski, despite being well offside.Swansea initially failed to produce much of a response, with Spurs remaining well on top without appearing to exert a great deal of effort.For all Spurs’ possession, however, they created precious few opportunities and the only other meaningful chance that fell their way was wasted just before the break.Another Eriksen free-kick caused havoc in the Swansea defence and Llorente rose to meet it, prodding it over from close range when it arguably made more sense to use his head.Carvalhal introduced Luciano Narsingh – who scored the winner from the bench against Watford – as a substitute early in the second period, with Swansea looking rather more purposeful than before the break.The visitors survived a scare when Davinson Sanchez caught Martin Olsson late and avoided a second booking, only to be withdrawn for the returning Victor Wanyama soon after.Swansea’s first genuine chance then fell to Narsingh in the 65th minute, blasting at Lloris from a tight angle after being played through by Renato Sanches.And two more glorious opportunities went their way shortly after – Ayew thwarted at the last second by Wanyama after evading challenges from Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris, before Van der Hoorn hit the post with a header from the resulting corner.But Swansea’s onslaught came to nothing, as Kane – a 68th-minute replacement for Llorente – produced a stunning ball over the defence to pick out Alli and the midfielder netted at the second time of asking after his initial effort came back off Fabianski to wrap up a hard-fought win.Key Opta stats:- This was Swansea’s 11th defeat at the hands of Spurs in the Premier League (P14 W0 D3 L11); their most against any opponent in the competition.- The Swans have won just one of their last 20 games against “top six” sides in the Premier League (D4 L15), with that win coming just under a year ago against Liverpool (3-2 at Anfield).- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored at least two goals in five of their last six Premier League games (18 overall – an average of three per game). – Fernando Llorente has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances at the Liberty Stadium (10 of those for Swansea).- Since the start of last season, only Romelu Lukaku (9) has scored more headed goals than the Spaniard (8) in the Premier League. read more
Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Gunners complete Mavropanos signing Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:20 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal complete Mavropanos signingArsenal have completed the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos from Greek side PAS Giannina, Goal understands.The Gunners’ new chief scout Sven Mislintat has close ties to the 20-year-old centre-back, who has also attracted interest from Olympiakos, and the Premier Leaguehave snapped him up in a deal worth £1.8 million.Read the full story on Goal! 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 Lemar decides to join LiverpoolMonaco star Thomas Lemar has decided to join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, according to Yahoo Sports . Arsenal tried to sign Lemar last summer, but failed to finalise a €95 million deal on deadline day which, in turn, prevented Alexis Sanchez from joining Manchester City.Liverpool were also interested in Lemar in the last transfer window and are ready to make a renewed push to sign the France international in January, with Barcelona trying to agree a deal for Philippe Coutinho.Manchester United have also been linked with Lemar, but the winger has decided he wants to join Liverpool and he could become the replacement for Coutinho at Anfield.Arsenal set Alexis priceArsenal are willing to sell Alexis Sanchez for a fee of over £25 million, according to the Daily Mirror .The Chile international has attracted serious interest from Manchester City, and is keen to move to the Etihad Stadium.Arsenal are subsequently ready to acquiesce to his desires, provided they receive an acceptable offer, though any bid will be a major hit on what they were offered in the summer.Indeed, City were ready to pay over £60m on deadline day, but no deal could be struck.Ozil yet to make future decisionArsenal finally opened talks with Mesut Ozil’s representative last month over a contract extension but the German star has yet to make a decision on his future Goal understands.Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season, and has attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.He recently bought a new house in London and enjoys life in the capital with a close circle of friends from Turkey and Germany as he continues to consider his options.Read the full story on Goal! Mavropanos set to sign for ArsenalPAS Giannina defender Konstantinos Mavropanos is apparently in London to complete a move to Arsenal, according to Gazzetta.gr.The Gunners will apparently pay 2.5 million to secure the 20-year-old, before immediately loaning him out to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.Conte keen on signing Alexis & VidalChelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted he would be interested in signing Chilean duo Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.The Blues have been heavily linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal while Alexis looks set to leave Arsenal with his contract up at the end of the season.The former Juventus boss feels both players are among the best in the world, and he sees no reason why he would not want them at Stamford Bridge.Read the full story on Goal! Fenerbahce eye GiroudFenerbahce want to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, according to Fanatik , via Sport Witness .The striker, who has also been linked with Everton, has been used sporadically this season, and the Turkish side hope to convince him to swap London for Turkey.Such is their desire to secure his signature, former France international Mathieu Valbuena, currently on Fener’s books, may be enlisted to help convince Giroud to make the transfer.Liverpool lead Goretzka chaseLiverpool are the leaders in the race to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke, according to Bild ( via the Express )Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have all been mentioned as possible landing spots for the 22-year-old midfielder, but the German publication seems to think the Reds are winning the race. Goretzka is out of contract in the summer, and the club have already moved to bring in another midfielder this winter, opening the door for his possible exit. Arsenal and Man Utd to battle for GuedesArsenal are said to be on alert with Marca reporting that PSG are ready to cash in Goncalo Guedes. Metro claim that Arsene Wenger has been offered the chance to sign the 21-year-old, though Valencia, where he has been sent on loan, are also keen on signing him on a permanent deal. Arsenal battle for DemirbayArsenal are ready to battle Everton for Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay, says News Mondo .The Gunners are ready to put a formal offer forward, but will face competition from Premier League rivals for the Germany international.Wenger denies Luiz deal closeArsene Wenger has denied that he is closing in on a deal to sign David Luiz from Chelsea.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wenger rubbished the transfer speculation although did hint that he could well be in the market for January buys.Check out the full story on Goal here !No Man City bid for Alexis Sanchez yetArsene Wenger has insisted that there have been no bids for star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.The January window opened on Monday and, as reported by Goal , Alexis is keen to push through a move to Manchester City , while Ozil is also being tipped to leave the club.Click here to read the full story on Goal !Arsenal consider Lucas recallArsenal are weighing up the option of recalling Lucas Perez from a loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna, claims The Mirror .The Spanish striker headed home over the summer after struggling for game time but Arsene Wenger is eager to bolster his attacking options.Wenger angrily dismisses Sanchez exit talkArsene Wenger has angrily dismissed questions surrounding the future of Alexis Sanchez, amid talk that the Chile international is nearing a move to Manchester City.Following his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom on New Year’s Eve, Wenger said that he had no desire to “come back to a subject we have talked about 155 times.”Read the full story right here on Goal! Wilshere hints at new Arsenal contractJack Wilshere has hinted that he will commit to a new contract at Arsenal while airing his hopes for 2018.The England international midfielder is among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium. But while Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have offered no indication that they wish to commit to fresh terms, Wilshere has publicly stated his desire to stay on.Read the full story right here on Goal!
Manchester United ‘Second shouldn’t be tolerated at Manchester United’ – Neville sees problems amid progress Chris Burton 20:30 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clive Brunskill Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho The former Red Devils defender admits Manchester City’s success has cast a shadow at Old Trafford, but he believes there are signs of encouragement Gary Neville admits “second shouldn’t be tolerated at Manchester United”, but he believes improvements are being made under Jose Mourinho.The Red Devils could only muster a sixth-place Premier League finish in 2016-17, with three trophy triumphs helping to paper over the cracks.It appeared at one stage as though a return to title contention could be made this term, but untimely wobbles and the imperious form of arch-rivals Manchester City has seemingly put the domestic crown out of reach. 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 Neville concedes such pressure is part of life at Old Trafford, with it up to Mourinho and Co. to keep pushing forward towards major silverware and salvage something from a season which promised so much.The United legend told Sky Sports: “You’d say Huddersfield, Southampton, Burnley, Leicester are the games you can look at and say there should be four, five more points on the board.“Then you’d say Manchester United would be having a fantastic season but it’s those dropped points combined with what’s happening over the road – the fact the City are so many points clear and the style in which they’re playing. But it’s still better at United than it has been in the past few years.“The problem is that when you’ve got such big rivals and such big rivals in management terms as Jose and Pep, everything gets amplified. That’s the nature of a big club like Manchester United – getting criticism as well as the praise.”But you have to forget the uncontrollables – don’t feel picked on, because nobody feels sorry for you when you’re at Manchester United; you have to accept and be tough enough to overcome it.”They’ve still got trophies to play for – the FA Cup, the Champions League – and they have a real challenge on to finish second in the league.”While second shouldn’t be tolerated at Manchester United, it would be an improvement on recent years.”Even hanging on to second place promises to be quite a challenge for the Red Devils, with Chelsea just one point back at present and Liverpool three adrift.Behind them, Tottenham are only six points off United and Arsenal eight, with the battle for top-four finishes once again set to produce a congested sprint to the finish. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Neymar’s replacement or in the Iniesta role? How will Barcelona use Coutinho? Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 03:15 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(41) Getty Transfers Barcelona Barcelona v Levante Liverpool v Everton Liverpool Primera División Philippe Coutinho Neymar Opinion The Blaugrana confirmed the signing of the Liverpool midfielder in a blockbuster January move – but how will he fit in at the Catalan club? Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona dream has been fulfilled. The Liverpool star is en route to Camp Nou to complete a British-record €160 million deal after the two clubs confirmed a deal following months of reports and speculation over his future.Ever since Neymar left Barca in the summer, Coutinho was the top target for the Blaugrana along with Ousmane Dembele. The latter did arrive in a deal that could rise to €150m, but the former was made to wait as Liverpool played hardball.Negotiations went to the wire on deadline day, but the Reds refused to budge. A few months on, however, talks have prospered and Coutinho will sign, although he will not be able to feature in the Champions League until next season after already playing in the competition for Liverpool this term. 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 So how will he fit in at Barcelona? Will he be used as an attacker in Neymar’s vacant role on the left? Will his signing signal a return to 4-3-3? Will he play in Andres Iniesta’s position? Or could he feature in a four-man midfield for the Catalan club?The answer, quite probably, is “yes” to all of those questions. Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has utilised several systems already this season, including 4-3-3. 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2 and above all 4-4-2, and he will see Coutinho as a player who can slot into any of those formations.If selected in Neymar’s vacant role as a left-sided forward, Coutinho would start alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The MSN may be long gone, but this strikeforce has the potential to be devastating too and it could also operate with the Argentine in a deeper role and Dembele on the right, or without Suarez at all if necessary.Coutinho often plays on the right for Brazil to allow Neymar to operate in his favoured position, but the Liverpool attacker prefers to play on the left and could yet be a like-for-like replacement for the Paris Saint-Germain forward at Camp Nou.Neymar revealed back in September that Coutinho was in a “moment of great sadness” after his move to Barcelona failed to materialise and another former Brazil and Blaugrana icon, Rivaldo, has tipped the Liverpool man to shine at Camp Nou.”Coutinho is a very good player and if he ends up signing for Barcelona, he will succeed easily,” he said recently. “I think he has the characteristics that a footballer needs to succeed in Barcelona. The style of play will suit him and fans will give him time to adapt. I think he will succeed.”Time will tell, of course, but following the signing of Dembele, it seems Barcelona see Coutinho as more of a long-term replacement for Iniesta in a midfield role like the one he has excelled in this season at Anfield, and in the meantime a player who can alternate with the Spain star in his twilight years.Iniesta has already featured heavily for the Catalan club in the current campaign and that has surprised many given that he can no longer play every week over a long season. However, with Coutinho on board, he could be kept fresh for the biggest tests later in the season (notably the Champions League, for which the Brazilian would be cup-tied anyway).”I see him as a great link-up player, with so much talent,” Iniesta said in December. “He uses both feet, he scores goals, he combines up really well, he can link between the midfield and the attack.”He is a player with a profile that fits well with ours and he would be a great signing if he arrives. I don’t see him as competition for me, but as a boost for the club.”That is the thinking for Valverde as well and one of the conclusions from last season, when Barca missed out on La Liga to Real Madrid and exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, was the need for a larger and stronger squad.When Neymar left, Barca decided to go for two top players (Dembele and Coutinho) instead of one, while Paulinho and Nelson Semedo have also added to the quality of the group since arriving in the summer.Another alternative for Valverde is to stick with 4-4-2 and utilise both Coutinho and Dembele as wingers, something he has tried with other wide players already this season, with Suarez further forward and Messi dropping deep to link between midfield and attack.”We will see if he comes or not,” Valverde said on Wednesday when asked about Coutinho ahead of his side’s Copa del Rey clash against Celta Vigo. “He is a great player. We respect Liverpool and we respect the player.”That was a suitably diplomatic response from the Barca boss, but it was likely that the 53-year-old already knew he will arrive and also how he will fit in at the Catalan club. And wherever he is used, Coutinho will make this team stronger for the remainder of this season and also in the years to come.
Tottenham 3 AFC Wimbledon 0: Kane double snuffs out hint of upset Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 00:52 1/8/18 Getty Images AFC Wimbledon hinted at another Wembley shock to go with the 1988 FA Cup final win, but Tottenham eventually proved to be too strong. Harry Kane’s surprise inclusion paid dividends for Mauricio Pochettino as the Tottenham captain struck twice to douse a potential FA Cup upset and help beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0 at Wembley.The England international had been widely expected to be left out on Sunday, but he captained the hosts from the start and scored a pair of quickfire second-half goals, which eased Spurs’ passage into the fourth round.Wimbledon at Wembley conjures memories of the ‘Crazy Gang’ and their famous Cup win of 1988 and Jimmy Abdou struck the crossbar in a goalless first half to suggest the improbable may be on the cards once again. 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 But Kane’s double – scored in the space of 111 seconds – and Jan Vertonghen’s first Spurs goal since October 2013 saw off the League One side and helped Pochettino avoid the kind of headaches brought on by last season’s 4-3 epic in this competition against Wycombe Wanderers.Pochettino took Spurs to the semi-finals of this competition last term and, with the Premier League seemingly beyond them, he may hope to go even better this time around.FULL-TIME: In to the @EmiratesFACup fourth round we go! pic.twitter.com/ZQqxnZfbLX— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 7, 2018But the sluggish nature of the Spurs support cast’s performance in this contest may give him cause to seek January reinforcements.Kane being paired with Fernando Llorente in attack left the hosts with the more rudimentary looking approach and they struggled to break down Wimbledon’s stubborn resistance, despite hogging more than 90 per cent of possession in the opening 15 minutes.The Spurs captain was crowded out and Erik Lamela was denied by George Long after good set-up play from Llorente, but Spurs were sloppy and Wimbledon went closest to a first-half goal when they finally came out of their shell.A string of corners gave the Dons confidence and Abdou forced Michel Vorm into an excellent save, curling at the top corner from 20 yards after Lyle Taylor’s lay-off, only for the Dutchman to paw the ball onto the crossbar and hold Liam Trotter’s follow-up.It stung Spurs into some renewed vigour, but Long parried Kane’s long-range effort clear and got enough on Lamela’s deft one-on-one attempt to preserve his clean sheet at the break.Jonathan Meades’ looping header had to be tipped over by Vorm, but Spurs began to click through the gears and Mousa Dembele smashed the post – Long lucky to see the ball not rebound in off him – and Son Heung-min was inches away from converting Eric Lamela’s cross shortly after replacing Llorente.Spurs were energised and finally took the lead in the 63rd minute, Kieran Trippier feeding the onrushing Moussa Sissoko in the right channel and Kane gleefully converting the Frenchman’s cut-back.Less than two minutes later, Kane had a second, sweeping home after Kyle Walker-Peters’ shot deflected into his path.And a seven-minute spell of destruction was completed when Taylor was caught in possession and Vertonghen blasted into the top corner from 30 yards via a deflection off Dons skipper Barry Fuller.1536 – Jan Vertonghen has scored his first competitive goal for Tottenham in 1536 days, since scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol in October 2013. Wait.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2018 Dele Alli, of MK Dons stock, came on to give the away fans something to shout about, gripes that will likely be revisited when they head to stadium:MK next weekend.Son had a shot deflected onto the post and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou ought to have had a late penalty, but Spurs will have been thankful to avoid any slip-ups, having made clear their determination to add silverware to match their lofty reputation. read more
Sochaux v PSG VIDEO: Di Maria hits hat-trick in PSG Coupe de France triumph at Sochaux Seth Vertelney 06:30 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Sochaux v PSG PSG Sochaux Coupe de France Videos The Argentine star continued his fine form by scoring three times against the Ligue 2 side PSG star Angel Di Maria hit a hat-trick in his side’s 4-1 win at Sochaux on Tuesday in the Coupe de France.The win took the three-time defending champions into the quarter-final stage of the competition.Di Maria opened the scoring in the game’s first minute, getting his head on an inch-perfect cross from Kylian Mbappe to give PSG an early lead at the Stade Auguste Bonal. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With his side up 2-1, Di Maria put the game to bed with a pair of goals in a four-minute span in the second half. Marco Verratti sent Di Maria through in the 58th minute and the Argentine finished emphatically for his second.Four minutes later, Di Maria completed his treble as he bundled home a rebound in cheeky fashion from an Edinson Cavani strike. It was the first hat-trick for Di Maria in the top five European leagues, as the Argentine had not scored a treble since his time at Benfica. Since the turn of the year, Di Maria has now scored nine goals in 10 appearances in all competitions for PSG.Angel di Maria started fast and kept it going, picking up a hat-trick for PSG. pic.twitter.com/5OFInonqra— Goal (@goal) February 6, 2018With nine goals and six assists, the 29-year-old has been involved in the most goals for PSG in 2018. You can watch his full hat-trick in the video above.
O state>>> k state— paige (@paigiedonovan) October 3, 2015 i <3 cowboy football pic.twitter.com/4ZAPsmraqh— ɓαιℓѕ (@baymcmahan) October 4, 2015https://twitter.com/TrayWilliams_/status/650460769105018880https://twitter.com/osucbc/status/650459744063229952Honestly appreciate the fight out of the pokes tonight. At this point we just have to take what we get right? I'm crazy to expect better.— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) October 3, 2015 #okstate is missing its top two running backs. K-State is without every quarterback on the roster. Let's get weird.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) October 3, 2015 Everyone complaining about Yurcich: Seriously, what more did you want? What else could he have called with what he had? #OKState— Royal John (@Royal_John_OSU) October 4, 2015 Long Ateman first down to keep last #okstate TD drive alive seemed, uh, short of a first down. By a lot. pic.twitter.com/ABUBNdJL9r— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 3, 2015 The dramatic Kansas State game brought about some excellent moments on social media. See some of the best moments here:Your 2016 commits?? pic.twitter.com/mXHSWnqA1Y— Nicholas Starkel (@NickStarkel) October 3, 2015https://twitter.com/edsbs/status/650456545109479425#OKstate Crowd shot at BPS with about 15 minutes to kickoff pic.twitter.com/JHyCytKzOZ— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 3, 2015AdChoices广告 ?? pic.twitter.com/cAos3EonbE— AJ Green (@AjGofor6) October 4, 2015 Squinky for president— d (@dbeeze_) October 3, 2015 While you're here, we'd like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It's a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we've been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. So, #OKState D allows one Texas TD last week. This week? K-State already has two. With a FIFTH-STRING QUARTERBACK. #whatisgoingon?— Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) October 3, 2015 I say it again. Ben Grogan. Say something bad #okstate pic.twitter.com/iDCE3R4aLt— Mike Wendling (@WendlingMike) October 3, 2015 K-State is currently playing its 5th string quarterback in a Big 12 game. Some kind of record?— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) October 3, 2015#ImConfusedJerrod Heard's got nothing on Kody Cook #ImConfused— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 3, 2015 Yeah buddy what a snap @kalebsmith726 and hold @Bryan_tree_bear and dinger by @Ben__Grogan !! ???— Kip Smith (@KipKip_Hooray) October 3, 2015 I think the defense missed the flight back from Austin.. #okstate— Brody Coday (@BrodyCoday) October 3, 2015 Low oil prices & we can't stop K-State. Is it 1999?— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) October 3, 2015 Watch and cheer is the only thing we have to do let them play lol #OKState— Jeremy Smith (@Gold_Mine31) October 3, 2015 I love this team so much but they may actually have to put me on blood pressure medication before the season is over— The OG (@GentsOkstate) October 4, 2015https://twitter.com/thatwordninja/status/650474487045976064Go damn Pokes @TheOkiePokie @GentsOkstate @OKStateProbs pic.twitter.com/TvdgAVQTY7— Tyler Hickman (@TylerHickman9) October 4, 2015
Oklahoma State went into the week ranked No. 19 in the coaches poll and No. 20 in the AP poll. After a big 36-34 unlikely comeback win over Kansas State, Oklahoma State remains idle in the coaches poll and dropped a spot to No. 21 in the AP top 25.The Cowboys are now 5-0, and have a tough test this week as they travel to Morgantown, W. Va. to face the Mountaineers.Full list of AP rankings can be found here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告
J.W. Walsh loves him some OSU. And why wouldn’t he?No. 4 talked recently about why his time in Stillwater has been so fun, why he didn’t transfer and how it’s all going to be over so very soon.“I’ve put so much work in. I didn’t want to go anywhere else and not feel that same chemistry on the field,” said Walsh. “You’re just not going to have that same brotherhood. The fans, the community and the coaches have made it one of the best experiences I could have ever asked for.”“He’s still the biggest leader on our team,” added David Glidden.“When you run out of that tunnel on Saturday with 60,000 people wearing orange, there’s nothing better. Everything I’ve had here, there’s no way I could have had it at another place. “There’s a reason I’ve stuck around here for so long and it’s not just because I love football and it’s not just because I thought this was the best place for me to play. It’s been the best opportunity for me to build great relationships and play the game that I love with the people that I love.”Sources tell me Oklahoma State is looking into adding Walsh’s face as an alternate logo for future Oklahoma State football helmets. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ahh, QB1 at an undefeated FBS school in late October. It must not suck.Here’s how Mike Gundy said it earlier this year.“I joked with my wife that I’m sure he’s been a pretty hot, big hit on campus,” said Gundy. “He’s really handled himself well.”One of Rudolph’s linemen, Zach Crabtree, certainly agrees.“Usually I’m with (quarterback) Mason (Rudolph). I try to lead Mason down the right path,” Crabtree told the O’Colly. “Make sure he’s in the film room, make sure he’s getting better at studying coverages, teach him a thing or two about throwing the deep ball better.AdChoices广告“Usually he’s a little distracted. He’s out chasing ladies all over the place, so I gotta pull him back. Besides that, just kind of hang out at the house.”[O’Colly]
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There’s a great quote from a 2001 story in Sports Illustrated about the plane crash that took the lives of 10 people on the way back to Stillwater. It comes from Eddie Sutton’s late wife Patsy.“Eddie’s in denial,” said Patsy, his wife. “He’s had to be so strong for everyone else, he hasn’t been able to grieve.”“You know, that was the toughest thing,” said Eddie 10 years later. “And I’ve had some tough experiences in my life. But when we got back and they called me and told me that plane had gone down, and everybody was gone. And then to have to call the parents and the wives of those ten – that was a tough assignment,” Sutton said.AdChoices广告“Life is precious. And one never knows. Anything can happen to you.”Mike Gundy was transitioning from College Park, Maryland to Stillwater to be Les Miles’ cocky, headstrong offensive coordinator that year. Back when scoring 40 a game felt like running it up instead of a disappointment.It’s been almost 15 years and now there’s Gundy sounding a lot like the person who basically held the school together for a few weeks in January 2001.“It was a little more emotional than I would’ve liked even before the game with the team and afterward,” said Mike Gundy on Monday about the Homecoming tragedy.“Eddie Sutton – Coach Sutton – told me one thing you can’t forget in coaching is to grab your kids and tell them you love them every day. Those situations make us forget about all the things that are irrelevant and how precious life is and it can be gone just like that.”How good is that?I mean, how good is that?Gundy has become such an invaluable piece of the Oklahoma State puzzle that there’s not really a salary that’s too high for him to be paid? How do you put a price on cornerstones? How does an architect overvalue a foundation? It’s nearly impossible.Carson was right when he said in our podcast on Tuesday that it matters when Oklahoma State alums return to coach the programs they once played in. I’m not sure it matters on a national scale at other institutions, but Eddie Sutton, Mike Gundy and Josh Holliday have proven why it’s paramount in Stillwater.John Hoover was right when he said the following in his column for the Tulsa World on Tuesday.On Saturday, for OSU fans desperate for answers that will never come, Gundy might have become this generation’s Eddie Sutton.Hoover went on to share a great quote from the General himself, J.W. Walsh.“Any organization — business, football team, it doesn’t matter — the leadership starts at the top. And from coach Gundy, it trickled down through the coaches to us as players. You could just feel it from him. When he found out about (the crash), he brought us all together as a team and he talked to us, and what he told us was awesome. He really kind of got our minds right and in a good state of mind to play the football game.”But it was (and is) more than that. Money talks and in Stillwater, where everyone is pretty much no more than one step removed from the university, nobody makes more money than Gundy. That means he gets the loudest voice, like it or not. He’s embraced and genuinely relished the role.“(10 years ago) I wouldn’t have had the composure and the ability to handle it as a coaching staff as well as we did – as I thought we did – with our players, the community, and the families.”But this is why he’s become the most invaluable coach in any sport in OSU history. When you combine on-field excellence with off-the-field relevance, there’s no price tag on that. You almost cannot make the price too high without getting Saudi princes involved.Remember when everyone wanted to fire Gundy this time last year?The school paper called for his head before Bob Stoops gifted him a relaxing offseason. Now he’s won nine straight and, more importantly, stepped up to the podium twice in the last four days, looked the state of Oklahoma right in the eye and said, “come after me.”But he didn’t say it in the maniacal way he spewed it back in 2007, but rather with resolve and maturity. He stepped up to the podium, looked around and said, “I’ll lead. I’ll carry the torch. I’ll be the guy when everybody desperately needs a guy.” He’s stared at tragedy and calmly pronounced, “this is who we are, this is who we’re going to be. You can’t erase 100+ years of joyful history with one mindless act.”“I do want to reiterate that this one incident cannot take away from Oklahoma State University, and it cannot take away from homecoming and the celebration,” said Gundy on Saturday night.“That’s something that’s very important to us and to me, to make a point that it is a great time of the year. It’s a great weekend and a great day, and there’s a tremendous amount of pride and effort that goes into our homecoming, and that’s why it has been established the way that it is. I don’t want anything to be taken away from that.”This isn’t even about football. This is about Betas and Pi Phis and agriculture professors and the people who work part-time at Red Rock Bakery. This is about the whole f****** community.And here’s David Glidden playing for “the whole f****** community.” pic.twitter.com/5aOhNkt5mL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 2015Mike Gundy is not infallible, of course, don’t hear that in what I’m saying. But he’s done an unbelievable job of reminding everyone that being a college football coach in 2015 is about a lot more than calling fake punts and managing timeouts. Gundy has led at a time when the OSU community and and entire town needed a leader.No matter what happens over the next month, that’s what I’ll remember this season for because whatever happens over the next month doesn’t matter all that much anyway.Those situations make us forget about all the things that go on that are irrelevant and how precious life is and (how) it can be gone just like that.Sounds like somebody else who once strapped a town on his back and carried it a few more miles way back at the turn of this century.Mike Gundy might have pronounced himself a man in 2007, but everybody knows age doesn’t make a male a man. He’s proven he knows exactly what it means now.The head ball coach is all grown up.