Transfers From Hazard to Neymar, who Real Madrid could spend €600m war chest on Chris Burton 16:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Manchester United Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur PSG Internazionale Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga Eden Hazard Mohamed Salah Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Neymar David de Gea David Luiz Serie A Ligue 1 Premier League The Blancos, amid a testing 2017-18 campaign, are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer and will have a sizeable budget at their disposal
Real Madrid Everyone loves him – Zidane unconcerned by Isco woes Ryan Benson 07:25 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Isco Real Madrid v Getafe Getafe Primera División Zinédine Zidane The midfielder reacted angrily to being substituted against Espanyol, but the Real Madrid boss is not concerned about the off-colour star Zinedine Zidane is not worried about Isco’s poor form nor his angry reaction to being substituted against Espanyol, and is adamant everyone at Real Madrid “loves” the Spain international.Isco established himself as a vital part of Zidane’s team last season, as Madrid went on to claim a La Liga and Champions League double.The former Malaga playmaker saw off the competition of James Rodriguez in the process, with the Colombian loaned to Bayern Munich for two years at the start of this season. 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 the current campaign has been somewhat disappointing for Isco, who has started just four La Liga games since the turn of the year.One of those came in the 1-0 defeat at Espanyol on Tuesday, as he produced an underwhelming display and was substituted for Karim Benzema after 69 minutes, reacting in disgruntled fashion to his withdrawal.But Zidane insists there is no issue with the player and thinks such a reaction is to be expected.”I don’t think it was anything abnormal,” Zidane told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Getafe.”He wasn’t happy about coming off, but that’s the case with most players. He has a great attitude, trains well and everyone at the club loves him.”There’s nothing to worry about there. If a player is angry about being substituted then that is normal.”
Real Madrid Reina recommends ‘maniacal’ Sarri to Real Madrid as Zidane replacement Ryan Benson 19:12 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Napoli Sassuolo Serie A Primera División Maurizio Sarri is reportedly on the shortlist of several of Europe’s biggest clubs and Pepe Reina thinks he could coach any of them. Pepe Reina says he would recommend his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to “any team in the world” amid suggestions he is a candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.Zidane shocked world football on Thursday when he confirmed in a hastily arranged news conference that he was resigning from his post just five days after guiding the club to a third successive Champions League title.Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Zidane’s decision took him by surprise when he was informed on Wednesday, leaving him with the unenviable task of replacing a hugely successful coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and youth team coach Guti – who used to play for the club – are said to be the leading contenders, but Sarri has also been touted as an option after he was dismissed by Napoli despite leading them to a second-place finish in Serie A.Although Sarri still has legal wrangles to sort with Napoli and is being heavily linked with Chelsea, Reina – who is joining AC Milan in July – believes the coach’s “maniacal” way of working makes him suitable for anyone.”We are similar people,” Reina told AS. “We had a father-son relationship – I love him very much and I will also be eternally grateful.”He is the main inspiration of the records that Napoli has always been setting in these three years and he plays a great game.”I would recommend it to any team in the world, for his football ideas and his maniacal way of working.”Reina’s time in Naples will conclude when his contract expires at the end of June.It has been a long time in the making, as the Spain international revealed he wanted to leave a year ago when Paris Saint-Germain made an approach, while he expects it will be his final transfer before retiring in Milan.”I wanted to leave a year ago,” he said. “PSG made me an offer, but Napoli rejected it.”It would’ve been easy to force the exit, but the players made a pact for the Scudetto and I decided to accept the decision.”Milan is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We have an obligation to return to the Champions League, which is an exciting challenge. I am happy to close out my career at Milan.”
Paul Pogba Pogba: I’m the most criticised player in the world Chris Burton 05:17 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Paul Pogba France Manchester United World Cup Premier League The Manchester United and France midfielder believes he has gone from being the most expensive footballer on the planet to the most scrutinised Paul Pogba claims to be the “the most criticised player in the world”, with the Manchester United and France midfielder having once being the most expensive.An £89 million ($118m) deal returned the 25-year-old to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 following a productive four-year stint at Juventus.With that transfer having taken spending to a new high, prior to Neymar making his record-breaking switch to Paris Saint-Germain, Pogba has seen his every move since scrutinised in minute detail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move His performances have been questioned by United boss Jose Mourinho at times, along with players past and present and supporters of various clubs and international sides across the globe.Pogba feels he is being unfairly singled out, with is game generating more headlines and comment than any other player on the planet.He told Telefoot: “I am less entitled to make mistakes than others.“I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world.”Pogba has received support from a fellow flamboyant performer and former Red Devils team-mate in the wake of recent criticism, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic having been quick to leap to the Frenchman’s defence.The enigmatic Swede told beIN Sports: “Pogba is controversial, the media always talks about him and I think this is out of jealousy.“He has a big salary and always plays at the big matches and tournaments. He is the best midfielder in the world and because of that he has a lot of haters.”Pogba was able to quieten some of his detractors in his most recent outing, as he helped France to make a winning start to their World Cup 2018 campaign.He has been robbed of what proved to be the winning goal, with FIFA deciding on review that Australia defender Aziz Behich put through his own net, but his display has been hailed by Mourinho, Didier Deschamps and N’Golo Kante.There is, however, an acceptance from all of those representing Les Bleus in Russia that they will need to raise their game as a collective over the coming weeks if they are to challenge for the ultimate prize.Pogba added: “As the coach said, we have to do better.”Deschamps conceded after a narrow victory over Australia that he will be looking for more from a star-studded attacking unit when France face Peru on Thursday.
Day 3 of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under National Championships is shaping up to be a classic day of Touch Football. The final pool rounds will be fought out to decide who will make the cut and progress through to the quarterfinals and who will perish. There will also be an exhibition match at the conclusion of the pool rounds and the start of the finals today. A team of Referees will be fired up to show their skill with ball in hand against a team of Coaches. While not all teams are still able to make the Championship final there are still other prizes on offer. A Plate and a Shield are available for teams that do not make the top cut-off. At this stage Sydney Mets, NSWCHS, QSST, CQ, and Cobras look to be the favourites in the boys’ division. In the girls’ category QSST, NSWCHS, and Southern Suns are all playing with confidence that will be crucial come finals time. It looks set to be a cracking day of competition so sit back, relax and watch the best go head to head in the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.9.00amBoys’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v Rebels Boys’ Pool B R5 Sunshine Coast v ScorpionsBoys’ Pool B R5 CQ v EaglesBoys’ Pool C R6 QSST v NT Boys’ Pool C R6 TouchWest v TasmaniaBoys’ Pool C R6 Suns v Hornets9.50amGirls’ Pool C R5 Sharks v ACT Girls’ Pool C R5 Suns v TasmaniaGirls’ Pool C R5 Hornets v Scorpions10.40amBoys’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v NSWCISBoys’ Pool A R5 Mets v SABoys’ Pool A R5 Cobras v Sharks11.30amBoys’ Pool C R7 Suns v TouchWest Boys’ Pool C R7 Hornets v NTBoys’ Pool C R7 ACT v Tasmania12.20pmGirls’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v EaglesGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v RebelsGirls’ Pool B R5 Cobras v NT1.10pmGirls’ Pool A R5 QSST v TouchWestGirls’ Pool A R5 Sunshine Coast v CQGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCIS v Mets2.00pmFeature match – Australia’s Leading Referees v The best of our 2007 U18’s Team Coaches2.30pmBoys’ Champ QF1 Pos.1 v Pos. 8Boys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Boys’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 133.30pmBoys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Boys’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5Boys’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 144.30pmGirls’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 14Boys’ Plate QF 1 Pos. 18 v Pos. 195.30pmGirls’ Champ QF1 Pos. 1 v Pos. 8 Girls’ Champ QF3 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Girls’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 13 6.30pmGirls’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Girls’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5
It was a sunny day for the finals of the Australian Defence Force Touch Association (ADFTA) Nationals held in Newcastle.The 21 teams competing in the 2013 instalment of the ADFTA Nationals can now enjoy a well-deserved rest, after four days of competition between the seven Constituent Bodies.In the Men’s 40’s division, ACT Country, led by their captain and Australian representative John Samin, took out the trophy in the final, 7 – 3, against South Queensland.The Men’s 30’s division saw ACT Country winning again, 6 – 2, against North Queensland.The South Queensland Women’s Open won with class, 8 – 2, against their neighbours from North Queensland.The Men’s Open was again an all-Queensland affair, with South Queensland taking the Grand Final Trophy for the third year in a row, despite a great opposition from a strong North Queensland side, 10 – 7.The referees of the Men’s Open Grand Final were Brenton Turner, Craig McKee and Paul Edmonton.South Queensland was awarded the Champions Shield, and ACT Country most improved Constituent Body. Full results are available on the ADFTA website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6027-0-0-0&sID=83287.Congratulations to all participants. The ADFTA is now looking forward to the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League to compete against the best teams across the country.Related LinksDefence Nationals