TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina signing Luis Muriel: Why I rejected AC Milanby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina signing Luis Muriel has explained turning down AC Milan.Muriel has joined the Viola on-loan from Sevilla.“Yes, Milan had also been after me but I’d already given my word and I didn’t retrace my steps,” said the striker at his official unveiling on Friday.“I kept thinking Fiorentina were the right place for me. I worked hard to come here and I’m happy I did.“The best Muriel? I think you saw it in Udine and Samp, when I played with guys like Di Natale and Quagliarella. They helped me to make a lot.”
Month: October 2019
9 months agoFiorentina signing Luis Muriel: Why I rejected AC Milan
5 days agoPartizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utd
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Partizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePartizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has urged fans to be on their best behaviour against Europa League rivals Manchester United.The Aston Villa legend, who now manages the Serbian team, said he understands why there might be some concerns ahead of the game.He told The Sun: “Sure, and I, as a former player with friends throughout the world, will do everything to make sure our guests will feel comfortable and to think only of a game of football.”I will say to our fans: ‘A big club, a giant club, is coming to visit us – and we should be honoured to play against Manchester United for the first time since 1966’.”We have to be proud to host the players, coaches, leaders and fans of such a great club.”
Photo: Maryland Will Wear New Under Armour Heritage ClutchFit Drives vs. Ohio State Thursday
COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Maryland will debut some new Under Armour basketball shoes for its Big Ten road game against Ohio State Thursday night. The No. 16-ranked Terrapins (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) are set to take on the Buckeyes (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) at Value City Arena in Columbus. Maryland is coming off a dramatic last-second victory against Northwestern, while Ohio State has won three of its last four contests. For their big road game, Mark Turgeon’s squad will be sporting new Under Armour Heritage ClutchFit Drives. Terps will celebrate their rich history & tradition tomorrow with the new Heritage ClutchFit Drives! #GoTerps #IWILL pic.twitter.com/f84JKWNrOm— Maryland Athletics (@umterps) January 28, 2015Notre Dame will be wearing similar Under Armour shoes for its game against Duke Wednesday night. Maryland and Ohio State are set to tip off at 7 p.m. E.T. Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Video: Duke Unveils 2015 National Championship Banner At Banquet
duke 2015 national championship bannerThursday night, Duke basketball held its annual banquet – an event where the season prior is celebrated and captains for the next season are named. But 2015 was obviously a more special year than usual – the Blue Devils took home their fifth national championship after defeating Wisconsin in the NCAA title game earlier this month. As such, there was a great deal to commemorate.Most notably, the school unveiled its 2015 national championship banner – appropriately while Queen’s “We Are The Champions” was playing in the background.The school has also released a number of other bits of media from the event – including some cool photos of the players posing in their tuxedos.If you’re wondering, Duke named Marshall Plumlee, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones as tri-captains for the 2015-2016 season.
Origi eyeing ‘positive’ Liverpool contract talks
Divock Origi has confirmed he will hold talks with Liverpool over his future in the next few weeks, and admits winning a Premier League title will be a “big goal” for the Reds next term.Origi had limited opportunities for Liverpool last season but chipped in with some important goals, most notably the second in the 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham and a brace in the 4-0 semi-final defeat of Barcelona at Anfield.The 24-year-old striker made a total of 12 Premier League appearances having spent the previous term on loan at Wolfsburg, where he featured in 31 of their 34 Bundesliga fixtures. 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? Speaking ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Scotland, Origi said: “The next few weeks we’ll have to sit down and see what the future holds.”For now I just want to focus on these last few games [with Belgium] and then see after that.”I want to speak to the club and my people internally before going public but hopefully the talks between me, the club and my people will be positive.”Liverpool enjoyed a memorable end to the 2018-19 season in Madrid, bringing home a sixth Champions League trophy for the club, but fell just short in their bid for a first ever Premier League title.Despite notching up a monumental 97 points, Jurgen Klopp’s side finished a point behind Manchester City. And Origi says the Reds will be determined to be crowned champions of England when they return for pre-season. “It’s a big goal which we want to make steps towards,” he continued. “This year’s experience and the Champions League win will help us and it would be nice to win it.”But also let’s just enjoy what we have done [winning the Champions League] and then reset some goals ready for next season.”Origi has struggled to get past forwards Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in his search for regular first-team football, and has been largely used in a bit-part role by Klopp. Although he scored a goal from the bench in the Champions League final, Origi still drew criticism for his all-round performance from former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Neymar’s year from hell just goes from bad to worse
It took just 21 minutes for Neymar’s dreams of lifting the Copa America on home soil to go up in smoke. The Paris Saint-Germain star embarked on a trademark mazy run in the middle of the field as Brazil sharpened up against fellow Copa challengers Qatar. But he was not alone. Assim Madibo was in close pursuit, and when the two players tangled Neymar landed heavily on his left ankle and was forced to seek medical attention. It was his final contribution to a routine 2-0 victory for the hosts in Brasilia, and after leaving the stadium on crutches the inevitable was confirmed. Brazil’s medics subsequently revealed a torn ankle ligament, an injury which will leave him laid up for the duration of the competition and ended his participation before it had even begun. 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? It is the latest blow for a player who, thanks in part to injuries and in part to his own failures in judgement, has seen his career threaten to tailspin since the start of 2018, when he appeared to have the football world at his feet. While Neymar’s star remains undimmed, practically every major story to break around the 27-year-old over the last 18 months has taken on a negative slant. Following his messy disengagement from Barcelona to join PSG – a world record transfer designed to make the French club challengers in the Champions League – two almost identical foot injuries in 2018 and 2019 mean that he is yet to play a part in the final stages of the much-desired European competition. The scandals, meanwhile, have not let up in the slightest due to his injury woes. In last year’s World Cup Neymar hit the headlines more for his theatrics than his talents, going down time and time again under the most minimum contact to become a figure of fun, a pantomime villain mocked by fans and media alike. Fast forward to March and he was once again facing censure after inviting referees to “Go f*** yourselves” following a contentious late VAR decision that sent PSG out of the Champions League against Manchester United. Even when back on the field, Neymar seemed unable to control himself, culminating in a shocking episode where he aimed a punch at a fan in the aftermath of his side’s Coupe de France final defeat. A pattern is emerging of a world famous, immensely wealthy young man who seems unable to properly channel natural feelings of frustration within football in a mature, healthy manner. While Tite stopped short of confirming as much, the coach’s decision to strip his charge of the captaincy speaks volumes of his doubts over Neymar’s ability to handle responsibility. “I spoke to Neymar, I explained it to him and then to Dani, first by phone and then in person,” the coach explained to reporters. “Neymar is an extraordinary player and we have a very personal relationship. Our relationship is very open and truthful. I’m not going to judge in this case because Neymar has always been very loyal to me.” Off the pitch, Neymar is currently being investigated following the publication of rape allegations against him. The player has categorically denied the accusation, which are currently being investigated in Sao Paulo after an official complaint was filed with police concerning an alleged incident in Paris. Brazil have stood by their former captain from the moment the allegations first broke, never placing in doubt his presence at this Copa America. That decision has ultimately been taken out of their hands by Neymar’s hurt ankle. And while there are clearly more important things in Neymar’s life right now, from a footballing point of view it has been a nightmare past 18 months for the Brazil star. As Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – fresh from a stunning hat-trick on Tuesday for Portugal – continue to set the standard, the man labelled their natural heir is failing to live up to his sky-high potential.
Guardiola questions Bernardo snub in The Best shortlist
Pep Guardiola was shocked to find out that no Manchester City players were included in the list of candidates to win FIFA’s The Best award this year. City became the first team for a decade to win back-to-back Premier League titles last season before going on to complete an unprecedented domestic treble.However, as was the case during his time at Bayern Munich, two-time Champions League winner Guardiola found Europe’s top competition to prove elusive once more as eventual runners-up Tottenham prevailed against City on away goals in a thrilling quarter-final. Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Despite their domestic dominance, City were left out of FIFA’s shortlist of candidates for the coveted prize, while Liverpool are represented three times and Tottenham star Harry Kane makes the cut.While Guardiola was amazed to see all of his players snubbed, he believes City’s status as a relative newcomer among Europe’s elite was a factor in deciding the list.”It is because Manchester City is in this position the last decade. We are new in these situations,” he said.”I cannot imagine Real Madrid and Barcelona winning four titles and not one single player being there [on the shortlist].”I don’t think there is one player who made a better season than Bernardo Silva last season, even winning [The Nations League] with Portugal.“This club, for example, in eight years won four Premier Leagues. It is quite remarkable. And never in these four seasons was one of our players nominated the best in the league. Never.”Huge respect for Mohamed Salah [who won the PFA and FWA awards in 2017-18], but Kevin De Bruyne that season, guys, when we made 100 points was above and beyond the normal situations.”Heading into the new season, the Champions League looms even larger as the one major prize left to win for City, but Guardiola feels the domestic competition is too intense for them to put all of their effort into claiming the continental crown.”The Champions League is an important tournament, difficult to win,” he said. “But I don’t want to go to the casino and gamble everything I have in my pocket for seven games [the Champions League knockout stages]. I don’t want that.”I think I want to be happy during 11 months. It makes me happy, the Premier League, every game in the cups. When I win, the days after I am happier. I go to the restaurants better, I feel better, I work better with my players. That’s what it gives me.”Am I going to wait until February to play seven games with everything on black colour? From my point of view, it’s too risky.”Normally, when you have history behind it helps a lot. We are trying to build it and I think in Europe we will be closer when we win more Premier Leagues and Premier Leagues and Premier Leagues.”I would sign right now to do what we did last season again. Right now. Not winning the Champions League and four titles [including the Community Shield] again in this season.”After finishing just one point behind City in the English top-flight last term, Liverpool overcame the disappointment by winning the Champions League.Guardiola phoned Jurgen Klopp to pass on his congratulations after they beat Spurs 2-0 in Madrid and dismissed the suggestion that the Reds’ exploits had taken the shine off his own team’s achievements.”Why can we not share the glory?” he asked ahead of the latest chapter in a burgeoning sporting rivalry. “We would like to win the Champions League – big respect to Liverpool. Winning the Champions League is so difficult, so, so complicated.”That’s why winning the Champions League gets all credit. But why is it higher than what we have done over 11 months?”I’m pretty sure Liverpool would have liked to win the last Premier League after 30 years not winning the Premier League.”Both teams were fantastic last season. Why do you have to say this team is better than the other one? Both were good.”
Holloway: Morrison must forget Man Utd past
Ian Holloway wants his former player Ravel Morrison to forget his Manchester United past as he is granted a Premier League chance at Sheffield United.Sir Alex Ferguson described his former wonderkid as ‘the best kid you will ever see’, but he has struggled to live up to the hype after moving from club to club for the past few seasons.Now 26 years old, this might be Morrison’s last chance to make a Premier League career after coming close to an England call-up while at West Ham several years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As he prepares to enter the spotlight in English football once again, Morrison’s former manager at Queens Park Rangers speaks compassionately about his future.”He hasn’t failed but unfortunately he never lived up to the hype and expectation that he would have liked,” Holloway told Goal at the launch of EFL on Quest. “He had to deal with untold attention because Sir Alex Ferguson said something. To live up to what Sir Alex said is a bit tough.”I believe he should forget all that and just do what the rest of the lads do. Sheffield United want to dominate the ball and play their way. If they can do that after promotion like Wolves then I would be absolutely delighted for Chris Wilder.”He is very inventive and bright. Even [Marcelo] Bielsa said ‘well done’ to him. Ravel could fit into that. I want there to be no pressure on Ravel. I want him to be free and believe in himself. He deserves that and I still believe he can do it.”Players don’t start by dreaming about how much money they can earn, they think how good can I be? Unfortunately, he was told he was going to be the best they have ever been at Manchester United and he didn’t handle that very well. [Paul] Pogba got told that and they got rid of him.”There were questions on his attitude. The pressure is on him and he could be the best. I want Ravel to enjoy the game as it has been a pressure for him all his life. I think he is brilliant at football, he is a genius at it but only if he enjoys what he does.”I don’t think I would have enjoyed trying to be Man United’s best player ever. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the pressure either. I hope he sees that. He has a fantastic coach now in Wilder. You can’t look back at your life and move forward because you walk into something. He has to look forward and forget all that.”The Bramall Lane club will be Morrison’s ninth team in nine years and in that time he has only managed to make 104 appearances. His journey has taken him overseas to Lazio, Atlas in Mexico and most recently to Swedish side Ostersunds FK.There have been positive signs in pre-season, though, as Morrison earned a standing ovation from Blades fans in a 3-0 friendly win against Matlock TownThe first show of the 2019/20 season of EFL on Quest begins this Saturday 3rd August at 9pm. The only place to watch free-to-air highlights of the EFL is on Freeview channel 12, Freesat channel 167, Sky channel 144 and Virgin channel 217. Go to https://www.questod.co.uk/
Zaniolo and Under sign new Roma deals
Roma have confirmed they have tied down Cengiz Under and Nicolo Zaniolo to new long-term contracts.The pair have both been tipped for a bright future and appeared regularly in Serie A last season.While Under, 22, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal, Zaniolo, only 20, has signed a five-year contract extension. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Zaniolo joined from Inter last summer and instantly fell for his new surroundings.“A year ago it was an easy decision to choose Roma, and today it is even easier – after a season that helped me fall in love with this team and this city,” the playmaker told Roma’s official website.“I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to tie myself even closer to these colours – it is exactly what I wanted.”Clearly delighted, chief executive Guido Fienga added: “This decision underlines the conviction, shared by both the player and the club, that Roma is where Nicolo can realise the vast potential that so excited the fans last season.“We are certain that he will play a huge role for this team in the future.”Under, a Turkey international who joined from Istanbul Başakşehir in 2017 and has gone on to score 10 goals in 52 Italian top-flight matches, was equally pleased to sign fresh terms.“I arrived in Rome two years ago and since then, day after day, I’ve felt more in love with this city, this club and these fans,” Cengiz said.“This is a very happy moment for me. I want to thank the club for allowing me to realise my wish to continue playing for Roma.”“We really wanted to complete this renewal, because we all see the talent Cengiz has,” said sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.“We are certain that over the coming years he will make a huge contribution to the quality of the team, realising his great potential here in Rome – the perfect place for him to continue to improve.”
Former 5-Star WR, No. 1 Recruit Demetris Robertson Announces Transfer
BERKELEY, CA – NOVEMBER 13: A general view taken from the hill overlooking the California Memorial Stadium during the Oregon Ducks game against the California Golden Bears at on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Demetris Robertson, the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2016 class, took to Twitter this morning to announce some surprising news. He’s decided to transfer out of California’s program.The former five-star recruit surprised many when he decided to commit to Cal back in 2016. He totaled 837 yards and 7 touchdowns through two seasons with the team.Robertson announced his transfer decision with a statement on Twitter.“Due to personal matters, I’ve decided not to continue my education and football career at UC Berkeley. I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, staff, student body, and so many others for their ongoing support and consideration of my personal matters,” he wrote.The full statement can be seen below:pic.twitter.com/RsBj29HIJD— Demetris Robertson (@d_rob4) June 21, 2018Robertson, a Georgia native, was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school in 2016.The five-star wide receiver was ranked the No. 1 overall wideout and No. 13 overall recruit in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.