World Cup Argentina replace injured Lanzini with River Plate star Enzo Perez Ben Spratt 21:49 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Argentina v Croatia Nigeria v Argentina A midfielder who made three appearances at the 2014 World Cup, as the Albiceleste made the final, will be back for more in Russia this summer Enzo Perez has been called into the Argentina squad as the replacement for Manuel Lanzini after the West Ham midfielder was ruled out of the World Cup with injury.Lanzini was in contention for a starting spot in Russia until he sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session this week.River Plate midfielder Perez has taken his spot in Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man squad, having made three appearances at the last World Cup – he started in the semi-final and the final. 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 The 32-year-old has not appeared for Argentina in 2018, but he played the full 90 minutes in October’s decisive qualifying win at Ecuador and was part of Sampaoli’s preliminary group.Perez has been preferred to the likes of Guido Pizarro, Diego Perotti, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo Battaglia.Argentina begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland next Saturday.They will then go on to face Croatia and Nigeria in their other Group D fixtures.
In the twenty-seventh edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open captain, Nathan Jones, speaks about what it means to him to be playing for Australia at the 2011 World Cup, and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career. Name: Nathan JonesNickname: JonesyAge: 30Affiliate: Lismore/DodgersOccupation: AccountantPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2005 All Nations Tournament (Australian Mixed Open)Career highlights so far: 2010 Trans Tasman Series, 2009 National Touch League and 2004 New South Wales State Cup.How you got involved in Touch Football: My parents took me down to the local comp in Ballina. Favourite player: Ryan Pollock.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means a lot, you can’t beat playing for Australia at a World Cup.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Mook Harrington and my family who have always supported me.Favourite sporting moment: Queensland State of Origin wins.What do you know about Scotland: It’s known for its whisky.Any superstitions: NoneFunniest Australian teammate: Stevie Roberts Favourite quote: ‘Grip it and rip it’ RP3 special!Any travel plans for after World Cup: A few days touring Scotland then some sightseeing around Europe.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Tope guided his Wollongong Devils team to the Men’s Open title at the 2012 New South Wales Country Championships in Dubbo last weekend, winning the Player of the Final award in their win over the Central Coast Dolphins on the siren. The win was the young Devils’ side second consecutive Country Championships title, and Tope says it’s great to see the team is reaping the rewards for the efforts they are putting in. “We’ve put a lot of work into them but the motto of the group is that ‘you make your own luck’ so they are the ones who turn up to training and they are the ones that put the effort in and do the extras and stuff, all we do is shape them and polish them,” Tope said. “It’s never really been driven about results it’s about how you perform and how you hold yourself and to have fun. The win is great but it’s actually better to see them become good models of the game and I guess examples for other kids coming through the system as well, I think that’s where the Country Champs are so important. That was the purpose for us to go away, to have a good time as a group, perform well but act accordingly off the field as well.”“We had three guys who played in their first tournament for the Devils in the Men’s group and that was Dylan Menzies and Matt and Adam Clune. All of them were actually outstanding. They know if they don’t perform and do the wrong thing there are 20 guys that can take their spot and they stepped up to the plate and were probably three of our best players over the weekend and everyone played well.”Tope became involved with the Devils in 2008 after moving to Wollongong and when a knee injury sidelined him in 2009 he took on the challenge of coaching one of the junior Devils teams with fellow Australian Men’s Open player, Terry Deegan. Over the past couple of years the side has developed to a point where they will this year compete in the New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League competition. “I tore the cruciate in my knee in November 2009 and I figured I was going to be out for roughly six to nine months or however long it takes to get back, and I needed a project to keep me interested so we took the Junior State Cup team, the under 18’s Boys.” “We trained them up over the past couple of years and piece by piece they got better and more guys have joined in and now we’ve got a bit of a system where, they played division one last year in Vawdon Cup and State Cup, won the State Cup, made the final of the Vawdon Cup and the next progression for them is to actually play in Premier League.”It’s also been a successful 12 months for Tope, who has won two Country Championships titles, as well as the New South Wales Vawdon Cup and State Cup titles with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Earlier this year he was a part of the Australian Men’s Open team that played New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, something that has been a goal of his for some time. “To put in so much effort over so long of a time and to have so many setbacks, to make that team you could imagine what it was like it was just smiles from ear to ear. It was hard to sort of block out the occasion and play well because I was just so amped up and so happy and chuffed with the achievement so to actually win it and in the fashion that we won it and to play with guys that I’ve played with for a long time, my best mate was in the team, the coaching staff were so good to us. It was the ultimate experience in sport.”Tope travelled to Scotland to watch the Men’s Open team win its World Cup title last year and says it was ‘fulfilling being in Scotland but even more fulfilling being in Mudgee’. “I actually trained right through with them, I trained right up until they left for the World Cup. I was always going to go over anyway because I thought if I don’t make the team I’ll take my girlfriend over and my brother was living over there at the time, but to see them win, the way that they treated me was that I was still part of the team even though I wasn’t a player. To actually make the team and be a real player in the team actually added to the experience. Being in Scotland and seeing them win and seeing how well they get along off the field and the ambassadors they are for the game, I just wanted to be a part of it so much.”Tope admits its been a big 12 months and that ‘it’s not going to stay that green forever’ but as long as him and his respective teams continue to enjoy playing and keep learning, then that’s the main thing. “As long as whatever happens, whatever the results end up being that we are still enjoying it, keep enjoying each other’s company whatever team I play in and keep learning and staying fit, no more injuries. The most immediate goals are to keep enjoying it, to stay fit and to keep learning, hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”
Several members of the Touch Football community were recognised in Australia Day ceremonies across the country yesterday.Australian Menâ€™s Open representative, Daniel Withers was named Rockhamptonâ€™s Sportsperson of the Year, in a year which included his second World Cup title. Referee Beau Newell was also recognised, as Official of the Year at the Parkes Shire Australia Day Awards. You can read more from the Parkes Champion Post here – http://bit.ly/1lPLolk. The Mudgee Mudcrabs were recognised for their 2015 New South Wales State Cup performance, receiving a Sports Award. You can read more in the Mudgee Guardian story here – http://bit.ly/1PzTs1o. Peter Shefford was also recognised, named Sports Administrator of the Year at the Townsville Australia Day awards. You can read more in the Townsville Bulletin here – http://bit.ly/1OUBVlb. Hills Hornets President, Brad Mitchell capped off a brilliant year for the affiliate, named the Hills Shire Citizen of the Year for Sporting Achievements. Referee Michael Littlefield was also recognised in the Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards, being named Senior Sportsperson of the Year. Gladstone Touch Association Secretary, Chelsea Baker was named Senior Sportsperson of the Year at the Gladstone Regional Councilâ€™s Australia Day Awards. Kelsey French was also recognised, named the Upper Hunter Shire Young Sports Star of the Year for the Aberdeen area. TFA Indigenous All Stars ambassador, Joe Williams was also named Wagga Waggaâ€™s Citizen of the Year. Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate everyone who received awards at yesterdayâ€™s Australia Day ceremonies across the country. Do you know someone in your local community who received an Australia Day award? Weâ€™d love to hear about it. Send us an email â€“ email@example.com. Related LinksAustralia Day
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba danced on Mourinho’s graveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Paul Pogba was “dancing on the grave” of Jose Mourinho yesterday.Pogba posted to his social media channels a photo of himself smirking shortly after the announcement of Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford.Adidas claimed the promotional post was booked in advance, but Neville isn’t buying their excuse.”Manchester United are a better team with Paul Pogba in it,” Neville told Sky Sports.”That’s the first thing to say – he has huge talent, I actually have belief in him as a player. I actually liked him when he was at the club as a player as a kid, it’s not a personal thing.”Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager. He doesn’t believe in him, he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t think he’s a good coach probably, and vice-versa.”Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is. There’s been a complete breakdown in the last six months between the pair of them, probably [over the last] year.”I do believe that dancing on the grave of the manager who has just been sacked is out of order.”Jose Mourinho lost his job and Paul Pogba and his people put that Instagram post out – don’t fall for this coincidence scheduled tweet nonsense, it’s garbage, absolute garbage.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club.
REVEALED: Valencia made offer to Mourinhoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was approached by Valencia earlier this month.Before the appointment of Albert Celades – after the sacking of Marcelino – Mourinho is being discussed inside the club’s boardroom.Superdeporte says VCF owner Peter Lim would have made an attempt for Mourinho. Before formalising the dismissal of Marcelino on September 11, Lim put in a call to the ex-Real Madrid coach. But no agreement was found, despite the good relations between the two. The Valencians were also interested in Leonardo Jardim, a former VCF coach, who is in trouble at AS Monaco. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for placeby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems in this job, that I have good players and everyone has a story.“Christian Pulisic has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, Mason Mount is an international player.“Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer, he is an international player.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player — and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game when they get the chances to play that they are worthy of their place.“That’s not to make me sound like a hard taskmaster, that’s just a brutal reality of my job. Next week I might be asked about two other names.”Lampard gave the USA international a chance against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup — and the implication is that he did not take it.Boss Lamps said: “I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards.“And we have to give him the fact he has moved country, moved leagues and is as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He has just turned 21.“What he needs to do is work daily and work to show within the group that he deserves to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle says Mauricio Pochettino must start by fixing his defence if he wants to turn around their poor run of form.Pochettino has been thrown under pressure after Spurs’ terrible start to the season, which has seen them win 3 games from 11 matches across all competitions.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “Tottenham have the best training ground in the country and probably the best stadium in the world, it’s certainly the best I’ve ever been to. Everything is geared towards success. But success is determined on the pitch.”There are key players who will soon be out of contract. You don’t see that with Liverpool or Manchester City. Big clubs nail down long-term deals for their best players.”Looking at the back four, Serge Aurier wanted to leave but they kept him and got rid of Kieran Trippier, who didn’t want to leave. Toby Alderweireld is out of contract, Jan Vertonghen wants a new deal and defence is a weakness for Spurs. It doesn’t help that they play very high.”Alli was poor last season and Lucas Moura is a hit-and-miss player. Christian Eriksen is running down his contract and should never have been allowed to get in that position.”The Champions League and new stadium should have been a stepping stone but Spurs have lost confidence and shape – the system which was working before isn’t now. Playing against them at the moment is very easy.”For what Mauricio Pochettino has done at the club, he has to be given time. The club must sit him down and ask him what he needs.”If it means signing five players then that’s what it takes. If it means playing on the counter-attack against big teams then so be it. They can’t keep playing so high or they’ll be carved apart. Tottenham need to finish in the top four – it’s as simple as that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.”
Franck Ribery appears set for a spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich confirmed the winger suffered a hamstring injury at their training camp in Doha.The 35-year-old, who has four Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season, sustained the problem during a practice match in the club’s warm-weather camp in Qatar.Bayern are yet to place a timescale on the Frenchman’s recovery, announcing that he will be out of action “for the time being”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The German giants said in a fitness update on their official website: “Bayern’s mid-season training camp in Doha ended with the unfortunate news that Franck Ribery is facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring in Wednesday’s evening’s internal friendly match between members of the Bayern squad.”Arjen Robben (recovering from a thigh injury) and Corentin Tolisso (sports rehab after rupturing a cruciate) are also unable to train with the team at present.”Ribery was fined by the club last week after publishing a foul-mouthed tweet hitting back at those who accused him of flaunting his wealth in uploading a video of himself with a gold-coated steak in an exclusive Dubai restaurant.The Frenchman said: “Let’s start with the envious, the angry, the people that have been spawned from a broken condom. F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree.“I owe you nothing, my success is thanks to god, myself and my family and friends who believed in me. The others were always merely stones in my shoes.”He added: “Secondly, to the pseudo-journalists that always criticised me and my actions (last example, the price of my food!).“When I give [to charity] (because I’ve been taught to always give when I receive a lot) why no big national media is talking about it?“You would rather talk about the vacation that I spent with my family, you watch my every move, what I eat and so on… You’re always here for this kind of futility.”
A stunning hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo fired Portugal into the final of the Nations League with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in Porto.A closely fought contest at Estadio do Dragao was settled by the individual brilliance of the host nation’s captain, who opened the scoring in the first half before striking twice in two minutes just as extra time looked likely.Switzerland looked the better team for long spells and deservedly drew level after half-time thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty, which was awarded in remarkable circumstances after a Portugal spot-kick was overturned by VAR. 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? But Ronaldo ensured Portugal will contest the final of this inaugural competition against either England or Netherlands on Sunday thanks to two stunning pieces of finishing in the closing moments.53 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Switzerland was his 7th for Portugal and his 53rd for club and country. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/xkmewmQsut— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 5, 2019Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic each missed presentable openings as Switzerland started the stronger.They were made to rue those misses 25 minutes in. Ronaldo, having won a free-kick thanks to a robust challenge from Kevin Mbabu, fired the ball past a messy wall and into the bottom-right corner beyond the static Yann Sommer.There was a further chance for Seferovic, whose half-volley from Mbabu’s cross clipped the crossbar, and Joao Felix spurned an opportunity to mark his debut with a goal when Ronaldo played him through.Switzerland drew level 12 minutes after the restart, though – and in extraordinary fashion.Portugal were awarded a penalty after Bernardo Silva was clearly fouled by Fabian Schar, but referee Felix Brych overturned the decision and awarded a spot-kick to Switzerland as, earlier in the same passage of play, Nelson Semedo made the slightest of contact with Steven Zuber and tripped him in the box. Rodriguez dispatched the ball from 12 yards despite Rui Patricio’s best efforts.There was a further blow to Portugal when Pepe went off with an arm injury, and Switzerland began to look the most likely to snatch a winner, with Shaqiri causing particular problems and Mbabu setting up chances for Zuber and Renato Steffen.But Ronaldo came to his side’s aid when it mattered most. He struck his second goal with a low first-time finish from a Silva cut-back, and he added a third in the 90th minute, racing into the penalty area, bamboozling Manuel Akanji and rifling past Sommer. What does it mean? Portugal are favourites with Ronaldo on formPortugal were outperformed at times by Switzerland but, with Ronaldo in this sort of mood, they are the favourites to win almost any match. The Juventus star might find things tougher against the English or Dutch defences, but there is little reason to bet against him making his mark in the final.Ronaldo still setting the standardThis was not his finest all-round display by any means, but when you can score goals like that, it rarely matters. This was his seventh international hat-trick and 53rd of his career, showing he remains the man around whom Fernando Santos must build his team.Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 38 different countries in international football! #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/TOunPMkb4k— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 5, 2019Felix freezes in the spotlightThe much-hyped 19-year-old struggled badly to make an impact on his international debut, sending his only half-chance wildly over the bar.Key Opts Facts- Portugal have won five of their last eight games against Switzerland (D1 L2), despite conceding in six of those matches.- Portugal have lost just one of their last 16 games across all competitions (W6 D9) and are unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat against Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup (P9 W4 D5 L0 since).- Cristiano Ronaldo’s 53rd hat-trick for club and country (seven for Portugal) ended his four-game goalless streak at international level. He has now scored five goals in six previous semi-final appearances for Portugal (including World Cup, Euros, Confederations Cup and Nations League).- Two of Ronaldo’s last five goals for Portugal have come from direct free-kicks; only two of his previous 52 goals prior to this were scored in the same manner. – Five of Ricardo Rodriguez’s last six goals for Switzerland have come from the penalty spot, including each of his last three.What’s next?Portugal are back in Porto for the final on Sunday. Switzerland will meet the loser of Netherlands’ clash with England in the third-place play-off in Guimaraes. read more
David Luiz believes Chelsea are capable of challenging for “every title around the world” in 2019-20.The Blues ended their 2018-19 campaign on a high with a Europa League triumph over domestic rivals Arsenal.A third-place finish in the Premier League was also secured, with Champions League football set to return to Stamford Bridge. 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? Luiz sees no reason why Chelsea cannot compete for continental glory, while chasing down more success at home, with confidence restored despite the uncertainty surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s future in west London.The Brazilian defender told the club’s official magazine: “I think a few months ago, nobody would have believed that Chelsea could come back and finish in the top three. We did that and now we have also won in a European final against Arsenal.“I think if we keep this mentality, take all the positive things we did this season and if we continue to improve and learn, we are going to be fighting for every title around the world.“You think about winning every single competition because if it’s not like that, you cannot play for a big club.”Luiz added on what Chelsea need to do in order to build on the foundations they have put down: “Now we have to understand what we have to do and what we can improve. I think we can see Liverpool and City have had the same philosophy for a few years.“We have to realise that and to have the humility to say they’ve had more time than us to reach this level, and it’s also an example for us to try to improve ourselves.”Luiz will be back for more next season after committing to a new contract.The 32-year-old had been approaching free agency, but is now tied to terms with Chelsea through to the summer of 2021.“The new contract means a lot as well,” added the flamboyant South American.“I’m glad to be here, so happy to be at this club. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player, so that’s why I have this opportunity to show I have the same hunger.”Across two spells at Stamford Bridge, Luiz has already savoured two Europa League triumphs, two FA Cup wins, a Premier League title and Champions League success. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Stetson Bennett transfer update: the highly touted former Georgia walk-on has a new home. Bennett announced that he would leave the Bulldogs a week ago. The move leaves a pretty big hole in Georgia’s depth chart.Bennett was praised for his work on the scout team last season. After spring football, he was third on the depth chart at quarterback, behind starter Jake Fromm and five-star freshman Justin Fields.A few days before Bennett made the decision to leave, head coach Kirby Smart acknowledged the possibility. Smart didn’t want to lose the quarterback, but assisted him in finding an appropriate landing spot. From DawgNation:“It was really nice,” Bennett said. “That just showed me more of what I already knew about Coach Smart. That showed me even if I wasn’t going to be here that he still cares about me and whatever I’m going to turn out to be.”Now, we know where Stetson Bennett will transfer.Bennett will head to the junior college ranks in order to gain some exposure. Rivals writer Anthony Dasher reports that he will play at Jones County Junior College.Stetson Bennett has decided on a new college home – Jones County Junior College in Miss.— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) June 2, 2018As a recruit, Bennett was lightly recruited by some FBS schools, including Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. He also got a number of FCS looks, including Ivy League options.After deciding to leave Georgia, something he called the “hardest decision of his life,” Bennett opened up about the decision. He wants the chance to play, and with the QBs ahead of him, UGA was not going to present the best opportunity:“The dream is to play,” Bennett said. “It was cool being at Georgia. I loved sharing those moments at Georgia last year but the dream is to play. It just wasn’t the same growing up a boy who wanted to play at Georgia if you are not out there. That’s the thing. It was cool. I would love to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. But just being there and being on the team. That’s not good enough for me.”“I’m going to go play somewhere,” Bennett said. “I think that’s evolved to more of the dream than just being somewhere at a place because you grew up loving it. I think now the dream is to go play and go win championships somewhere. That’s what I feel like. I am going to go chase that dream now.”Hopefully Stetson Bennett finds that opportunity soon.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Once again, Alabama flexed their muscles against their competition, decimating Ole Miss last weekend. This week, the college football world is in for a treat, as the defending champions host Texas A&M.Jimbo Fisher has already left his mark on the Aggies, as they continue to excel on offense. Although they weren’t able to shock Clemson at home, Texas A&M will have their chance to stun Alabama.However, the Crimson Tide are heavy favorites entering this matchup.As of right now, ESPN’s FPI gives them a 90.3 percent chance of winning. With Tua Tagovailoa and Kellen Mond having fantastic starts to the season, this SEC clash could result in a shootout. Yet, Alabama’s defense did have success against the high-scoring Rebels over the weekend.Alabama and Texas A&M are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday from Bryant-Denny Stadium.The game will be available on CBS.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is scheduled to call this afternoon’s Michigan-Penn State game in Ann Arbor, but the former Ohio State quarterback might be late to the game.The top ESPN analyst was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this morning for College GameDay in anticipation of this evening’s Alabama-LSU game. Now, he’s on his way to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines-Nittany Lions contest, but he might not make it on time for kickoff.Herbstreit left ESPN’s College GameDay right at noon E.T. and got a police escort to the airport. Currently, he’s not scheduled to land in Ann Arbor until 3:21 p.m. E.T.That gives him less than 25 minutes to make it to Michigan Stadium and get up into the broadcast booth.Can he make it?You can follow along with Herbstreit’s flight here.Michigan and Penn State are scheduled to kick off at 3:45 p.m. E.T. ESPN has Dan Orlovsky at the game as a backup analyst in case Herbie is running late.Stay tuned.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The latest College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled last night. There were no real surprises, as the top 10 teams remained unchanged.Right now, the top four teams all control their own destiny, as do Georgia and possibly Ohio State. Oklahoma likely needs some help to get in.ESPN’s Eliminator was updated today to show how many teams can still find a path to a national title. According to the latest update, the number is 10.Here’s the 10 teams with a shot at a title, listed according to record and FPI ranking.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameGeorgiaMichiganOklahomaOhio StateWest VirginiaLSUWashington StateNone of these names are terribly surprising, though LSU, Washington State and West Virginia seem like extreme long shots at this point.You can read ESPN’s full analysis here.A couple of these teams will be eliminated over the next two weeks, as Michigan has to play Ohio State and Oklahoma will face West Virginia.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are a great deal of Notre Dame fans spread out across the country, and it looks like a number of them have been willing to put some money on Saturday’s College Football Playoff tilt against Clemson. ESPN’s David Purdum says fans are “flocking” to put money on the Fighting Irish ahead of the game.Clemson is a 12.5-point favorite heading into the Cotton Bowl. Purdum says that fans aren’t just betting on the Fighting Irish to cover the spread – they’re picking them straight up to win. Some have even placed massive wagers on the money line.Vivid Seats also reported earlier that Notre Dame fans are going to be out in full force at the Cotton Bowl.Purdum says one man even put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win it all at 7-1 odds.The Fighting Irish — 12.5-point underdogs to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN) — have attracted the vast majority of the money wagered at sportsbooks across the nation. Bettors are backing the Fighting Irish not only to cover the spread but also to pull the outright upset over the heavily favored Tigers.At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, 84 percent of the money wagered on the Cotton Bowl money line — the odds on the straight-up winner — has been on the Fighting Irish, including a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame placed Dec. 23 in New Jersey at +360 odds. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook also reported taking a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame on Dec. 17 at +400. And in November, a bettor at Oceans Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win the national championship at 7-1 odds.Notre Dame will certainly have enough motivation heading into the contest. The last time the Fighting Irish had a shot at a national title, they were waxed by Alabama.One thing is clear – if Clemson wins, sportsbooks are going to make a lot of money.The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 4:00 PM ET.