Vinnie Jones – From football hard man to Hollywood actor

first_imgWTF Vinnie Jones – From football hard man to Hollywood actor Goal 02:12 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vinnie Jones Wimbledon Uriah Rennie Getty Images WTF Wimbledon AFC Wimbledon He was part of Wimbledon’s FA Cup-winning ‘Crazy Gang’ in the 1980s, but he is now a regular ‘hard man’ in Hollywood action movies As their playing careers wind down, most footballers tend to look at ways in which they can remain in the game.Avenues such as coaching, management and punditry are well-worn paths trodden by ex-footballers, but some individuals take the road less travelled.One such example of that is Vinnie Jones, who delved head-first into the world of acting and entertainment even before he had hung up his boots. 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 Now well established in Hollywood circles, Goal brings you all you need to know about Jones’ football and acting careers.Vinnie Jones’ football careerLong before he became a regular on the crime-comedy film circuit, Jones enjoyed an eventful career as a professional footballer that lasted 15 years.A physically imposing midfielder, Jones cultivated a reputation as a tough-tackling ‘hard man’ and frequently found himself on the wrong side of the referee, getting sent off a total of 12 times.What clubs did Vinnie Jones play for?Born in Watford, Jones began his career at non-league club Wealdstone before joining First Division outfit Wimbledon in 1986. He spent three seasons at Wimbledon, helping the club to FA Cup success over Liverpool in 1988.While at Wimbledon, Jone was considered part of the ‘Crazy Gang’, which included the likes of Dennis Wise, John Fashanu and Lawrie Sanchez.Vinnie Jones WimbledonIn 1989, he joined Leeds United and played a part as the club won the Second Division. However, he did not last long at Elland Road and reunited with former Wimbledon boss Dave Bassett at Sheffield United in 1990. Year (s) Club 1984-1986 Wealdstone 1986-1989 Wimbledon 1989-1990 Leeds United 1990-1991 Sheffield United 1991-1992 Chelsea 1992-1998 Wimbledon 1998-1999 Queens Park Rangers Jones joined Chelsea in 1991, but left shortly after the beginning of the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93 in order to return to Wimbledon, who were managed by Joe Kinnear.Having failed to settle at Sheffield United, Leeds or Chelsea, Jones settled well at his former club and stayed there for a total of six seasons before departing for Queens Park Rangers in 1998.International career Year (s) Team Caps Goals 1994-1997 Wales 9 0 Despite being born in England, Jones represented Wales at international level thanks to his familial links to the country.He made his debut for the Dragons in December 1994 against Bulgaria at the age of 29 and played a total of nine times, with his last cap coming in March 1997 against Belgium.Jones was made captain of the team in 1996 ahead of the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. “We had a democratic vote and the players chose Vinnie,” then-Wales manager Bobby Gould is quoted by the Independent as saying. “They knew who they wanted to lead them.”Vinnie Jones moviesVinnie Jones Stone Cold Steve AustinAs his playing career came to a conclusion, Jones took the wholly unusual step into the world of acting, where he embraced used his ‘hard man’ persona to land roles.It turned out to be a successful move for the former Wimbledon man, who has been involved in a number of successful films, working with action superstars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, as well as sharing cast listings with Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.What movies has Vinnie Jones been in?Jones’ acting debut came in 1998 – while he was still a footballer – in the Guy Ritchie crime-comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, for which he received the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. He subsequently appeared in Ritchie’s 2000 follow-up film Snatch and, in the same year he featured in Gone in 60 Seconds, alongside Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie.The following year, Jones worked with Gone in 60 Seconds director Dominic Cena again, in the crime thriller Swordfish and also starred in the lead role in Mean Machine.Due to his imposing stature and rugged appearance, Jones has predominantly been cast in roles of villainous tough-guys or criminals, but he has also voiced characters in animated films such as Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Madagascar 3.As well as action movies, he has also featured in comedies, such as EuroTrip, She’s the Man and You May Not Kiss the Bride.You can see Jones’ filmography below. Year Movie Role 1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Big Chris 2000 Snatch Bullet-Tooth Tony 2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Sphinx 2001 Swordfish Marco 2001 Mean Machine Danny Meehan 2002 Night at the Golden Eagle Rodan 2004 The Big Bounce Lou Harris 2004 EuroTrip Mad Maynard 2004 Blast Michael Kittredge 2004 Survive Style 5+ Killer 2005 Slipstream Winston Briggs 2005 Submerged Henry 2005 Mysterious Island Bob 2005 Hollywood Flies Sean 2006 Johnny Was Johnny Doyle 2006 She’s the Man Coach Dinklage 2006 Played Detective Brice 2006 The Other Half Trainer 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Juggernaut 2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Rommel 2007 Strength and Honour Smasher O’Driscoll 2007 The Riddle Mike Sullivan 2007 The Condemned Ewan McStarley 2007 7-10 Split Roddy Nightengale 2007 Tooth and Nail Mongrel 2008 Loaded Mr Black 2008 Hell Ride Billy Wings 2008 The Midnight Meat Train Mahogany 2009 The Bleeding Cain 2009 Assault of Darkness Mr Hunter 2009 Year One Sargon 2010 Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball McTeague 2010 Locked Down Anton Vargas 2010 Age of the Dragons Stubbs 2010 The Heavy Dunn 2011 Kill the Irishman Keith Ritson 2011 Blood Out Zed 2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Brick 2011 The Liquidator Killer 2011 Cross Gunnar 2011 Not Another Not Another Movie Nancy Longbottom 2012 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Freddie the Dog 2012 Fire with Fire Boyd 2012 Hijacked Joe Ballard 2012 Freelancers Sully 2012 Magic Boys Jack Varga 2013 Escape Plan Drake 2013 The 34th Battalion Lieutenant Colonel 2013 Company of Heroes Brett Willoughby 2013 Fractured Quincy 2013 Ambushed Vincent Camastra 2013 Armed Response Tillinghast 2013 Blood of Redemption Campbell 2014 A Certain Justice Bennett 2014 Redirected Golden Pole 2014 Reaper Rob 2014 Way of the Wicked John Elliott 2014 Gutshot Straight Carl 2014 The Calculator Yust Van Borg 2014 Puncture Wounds Bennett 2015 Bite Big John 2015 Rivers 9 Ray Kaplan 2015 Absolution The Boss 2015 Gridlock Ryker 2015 The Enforcer Renner 2016 The Magnificent Seven Uncredited 2016 Kill Kane Ray Brookes 2016 The Midnight Man Pearl 2016 Decommissioned Michael Price 2017 Cross Wars Gunnar 2017 Madness in the Method Vinnie Vinnie Jones on TVVinnie Jones BAFTASAs he was beginning to establish himself as an actor, Jones became a regular face on television, notably appearing in a series of advertisements for the alcoholic drinks company Bacardi as well as taking part in a variety of shows.As far back as 1992, Jones showcased his ability to present in the football video Soccer’s Hard Men, but it ultimately landed him in trouble with the Football Association, who fined him and threatened him with a six-month ban for ‘bringing the game into disrepute’.Since moving into the entertainment business, he has presented other shows, notably Vinnie Jones’ Toughest Cops and Police Interceptors. He has taken part in reality TV shows himself and in 2010 was a part of Channel 4’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ programme, in which he finished third.Despite being typecast as a hard-man, Jones has taken on a variety of roles and recently starred in the musical comedy TV show Galavant.last_img read more

A Messi victory: Coutinho needs time to gel

first_imgPrimera División Suarez & Messi save Barca’s unbeaten record, but Coutinho & Iniesta will take time to gel Ben Hayward 06:27 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(59) Coutinho, Barcelona Getty Primera División Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Barcelona Lionel Messi Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho Opinion The Uruguayan and the Argentine scored one each to dig their team out of a hole against Alaves as the Blaugrana make it 21 without defeat in La Liga Barcelona’s unbeaten record in La Liga is intact. For a while it looked like the Blaugrana, like last season, might be beaten at Camp Nou by Alaves. But Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi intervened to secure yet another victory.It is 21 rounds without defeat for the Blaugrana now and that equals the best season start set by Pep Guardiola’s great side, unbeaten until the 22nd round of matches in the 2009-10 season.But Barca struggled for long periods against an Alaves side revitalised since the arrival of former Blaugrana defender Abelardo as coach. The ex-Spain international has overseen a marked improvement at the Basque outfit and his team had picked up 13 out of a possible 21 points prior to the trip to Camp Nou. 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 They will be desperately disappointed not to have added to that tally on Sunday, so impressive were they for an hour of this match. John Guidetti had given Alaves the lead in the first half and there were further opportunities to score against a Barca side that created little until the final half an hour.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde had handed Philippe Coutinho a full debut after the Brazilian’s bright cameo against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. The 25-year-old found life more difficult here, however, and will take time to gel with Andres Iniesta in the same side.Whereas Coutinho replaced Iniesta at Camp Nou in the cup clash, this time the two midfielders were picked in the XI and neither player appeared completely comfortable.The Brazilian was a willing worker and won the ball back seven times for Barca, but he was unable to find the spaces afforded to him against Espanyol on Thursday night.Before the match, Valverde had assured that the two can play together. “Coutinho has to get used to what his team-mates have been doing this season,” he said. “He will have defensive duties, of course, even though he has more of an attacking profile than Iniesta.”Barcelona Alaves scoreAnd he added: “They are different players, but they can complement each other perfectly on the pitch. Iniesta is more of a midfielder. Coutinho is more offensive, he takes on shots from distance and he can play wide or through the middle… but he also has to fit in with what we are doing.”Logically, that will take time, and ultimately it was something of a frustrating full debut for Coutinho, who was substituted after 65 minutes as Valverde sent on Paco Alcacer in his place.It was no coincidence that Barca scored twice after that, the league leaders playing their best football of the night after the Brazilian had departed. And his exit also liberated Iniesta, the Spain midfielder setting up Suarez for the equaliser with a remarkable run and cross to the far post.Andres Iniesta, Barcelona, Hernan Perez, Alaves Philippe Coutinho Andres Iniesta Barcelona Espanyol Copa del ReyIniesta is the only player to provide an assist in La Liga in each of the last 15 seasons (69 in total), while Suarez has now netted for the past eight games in the competition after a slump earlier in the season.As so often, though, it was left to Messi to win the match, the Argentine rifling home a fantastic free-kick to claim all three points. That was the 30-year-old’s 21st free-kick goal in La Liga, moving him one ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. And it was a worthy match-winning strike.So Barca march on and are still 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico. And next weekend, at Espanyol, they can better the record set by Guardiola’s side as they seek to go unbeaten all season in the Primera Division.Despite an off-colour performance in this match, they will certainly take some stopping this season – especially when Iniesta and Coutinho get used to playing with one another.last_img read more

The mystery of Messi & Barca’s failure to fill Camp Nou

first_imgBarcelona The mystery of why Messi and Barcelona are haemorrhaging fans at Camp Nou this season Ignasi Oliva Gispert Last updated 1 year ago 20:05 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(74) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Barcelona Primera División Espanyol v Barcelona Barcelona v Valencia Copa del Rey Attendances at the stadium have fallen alarmingly, despite the usual wizardry from the Argentine in Ernesto Valverde’s debut campaign Barcelona are fighting a haemorrhaging of supporters at Camp Nou as Lionel Messi and his La Liga-topping colleagues are failing to fill their stadium this season.Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona are yet to captivate the Camp Nou crowd like in the good old days of the ‘MSN’ (Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar) trio.The Catalans’ attendance figures for 2017-18 suggest as much, showing a dramatic decline in spectators – an average drop of 12,682 per game – compared to last season. 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 There has certainly been no discernible drop in form on the part of Barca’s Argentine superstar, Messi, who is already odds-on to secure another Pichichi and putting in a series of spectacular performances.He continues to be a demi-god in the eyes of the Camp Nou faithful, and neither he nor anyone else in the table-toppers’ ranks is to blame for the decline in spectators. What does seem clear, however, is that the club’s 150,000  socios  (members) are no longer breaking down the door to claim their tickets, and when those passes go unclaimed they are also struggling to sell to the general public.In the 16 games that have been held at Barcelona’s home ground this season not a single one has been sold out, compared to two games (against Real Madrid and Manchester City) at this point in 2016-17.Even a clash against Champions League runners-up Juventus attracted 78,656 fans, the highest attendance of the campaign but far short of the 99,000 capacity at the famous stadium. In just three other clashes this season have more than 70,000 made their way to the gates, all of which were, interestingly enough, played at 20:45 local time – identical to the kick-off time stipulated in the Champions League.It is in Europe, moreover, that the decline has been most sorely felt. Barcelona averaged 60,673 spectators in this year’s group stage, far below the 78,912 registered in the same round 12 months ago.In La Liga, the difference is narrower, 61,977 down from 78,575, excluding October 1’s clash against Las Palmas which was played behind closed doors due to the violent incidents provoked by Catalunya’s independence referendum and police repression of the vote.Nou PSOnly in the Copa del Rey have Barca managed to increase attendances, 4,506 up on last year’s winning campaign. Kick-off times, however, continue to play a huge part in spectator numbers; against Murcia in the first round the Catalans had 68,775 people in the stands, a number which dropped to 59,009 in the last eight against Celta. The Blaugrana’s attendance headache stems from the fact that, on paper at least, almost every ticket for every game is considered property of the  socios . It is the members who are charged with informing the club when they will not be attending a certain game, at which point the seats will be put on general sale, mostly to tourists and visitors from outside the city.The problem, however, is that members tend to ‘relinquish’ their tickets at the last minute, while non-members from overseas usually purchase their seats months in advance through tourist agencies. But, inside the club itself, they are aware of the problem and are not too concerned.Lionel Messi Camp Nou Barcelona Las Palmas LALiga 01102017“In the coming months attendance will start to grow, due to the fact that the weather will improve and the big games, such as the Champions League knock-out rounds and Liga games against some of the biggest clubs, will be played,”  Goal  heard from a Barcelona source. The Camp Nou crowd is also far from the only source of income Barca are focusing on. President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board are obsessed with “making a huge effort in marketing,” in the words of CEO Oscar Grau in a recent delegates assembly. The club have set as a goal to bring in marketing revenues worth a massive €1 billion annually by 2021, while dozens of employees are tasked with analysing how to move more tickets – focusing particularly on overseas markets.Those factors will play in Barca’s favour in the medium term. Short term, however, attendances could yet take a hit given Barca’s relative ease in taking back the Liga title from Real Madrid; the Clasico itself threatens to be an anti-climax due to the 19 points that currently separate the two historic rivals.So, while the team go from strength to strength on the pitch, the reaction from members has been a collective sigh, and plenty of empty seats to sully the view at Camp Nou.last_img read more

Blanc & Jokanovic in frame to replace Conte

first_imgChelsea Blanc joins Jokanovic in frame to replace Conte at Chelsea Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Laurent Blanc Slavisa Jokanovic Getty/Goal Chelsea Antonio Conte Eden Hazard David Luiz PSG Real Madrid Fulham Premier League The Blues remain in limbo over their managerial position for next season, with the cost of sacking Antonio Conte proving a sticking point Laurent Blanc has joined Slavisa Jokanovic as the leading candidates to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager, Goal understands.The former France manager has even built a plan for who he wants as part of his backroom staff at Stamford Bridge as the Blues’ search for a new manager takes a fresh twist.Chelsea face a financial conundrum over any decision to sack Conte whereby the Italian would be owed a £9 million (€1=$12.1m) compensation figure. 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 That would, however, be wavered should Real Madrid make an offer to appoint Conte as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane, who resigned from Los Blancos just last week.Blanc, meanwhile, has lined up Franck Passi, who has previous experience of English football during a short spell with Bolton, as his assistant, while Jean-Lous Gasset, his former deputy, is unlikely to be involved having taken the top job at Saint-Etienne.Jokanovic is also in the frame for the job at Stamford Bridge and there has been contact between the Fulham boss’s entourage and the Blues.Former Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri, who will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, had been the frontrunner to take over from Conte but financial issues have muddied the waters.The Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis is demanding £7m ($9.4m) be paid by Chelsea to release the Italian, with Ancelotti waiting in the wings to take over regardless on July 1.That figure had been Sarri’s release clause, but Goal understands that option expired on May 31 – De Laurentiis, though, remains committed to getting a big fee.Chelsea have cast their net wide and spoken with several names over replacing Conte, whose future has been the subject of much speculation for almost the entire 2017-18 campaign.Antonio Conte ChelseaFormer Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is still reluctant to return to management, despite being identified as a suitable candidate for the role, while Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has also been considered.In terms of the playing staff at the club, Goal understands Eden Hazard is to keen to see a new manager that will play a more exciting brand of football.With the constant rumours linking the Belgian with a move to Real Madrid, Blues’ director Marina Granovskaia is likely to give that due consideration.David Luiz, meanwhile, is thought to be in support of Blanc being appointed having worked with the Frenchman during their time together at Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more


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22 days agoREVEALED: Eriksen DID give Tottenham teammate Vertonghen black eye

first_imgREVEALED: Eriksen DID give Tottenham teammate Vertonghen black eyeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen did manage to give Tottenham teammate Jan Vertonghen a black eye – but the incident was a training accident.Eriksen rubbished rumours circulating on social media that Vertonghen had been involved in an affair with his wife Sabrina Kvist Jensen. An image of Vertonghen with a black eye had accompanied some of the posts, suggesting it was related to the unfounded speculation.The Mirror says Eriksen was to blame for the injury in an accidental training-ground clash.Both Eriksen and Vertonghen were involved on Tuesday night as Spurs were humbled 7-2 by Bayern Munich.It was the first time in Tottenham’s history they had shipped seven goals on home soil and extended their indifferent start to the campaign. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoJuventus coach Sarri planning London return for three-player raid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Sarri planning London return for three-player raidby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri is planning a London return for a three-player raid on Chelsea and Tottenham.Ilbianconero says Sarri is keen on poaching N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri from old side Chelsea.And Le 10 Sport says Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen has been lined up for a free transfer to Turin at the end of the season.It’s said that French World Cup winner Kante, 28, is high on Sarri’s shopping list after starring under the Italian last season.Sarri transformed Kante from a defensive midfielder into a complete all-rounder, and the pair could be set for a reunion at the end of the campaign.He is also keen on Chelsea teammate Emerson too, who he thrust into the side ahead of Marcos Alonso at the beginning of 2019.Eriksen, 27, is available on a free transfer next summer after refusing to talks terms with Tottenham.And Juve will look to open negotiations in January, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum: We could go through unbeaten

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum: We could go through unbeatenby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum claims says they could stay unbeaten for the whole Premier League campaign.Wijnaldum admits it is possible Liverpool could remain unbeaten, but claims they are not thinking about matching Arsenal’s Invincibles.”It is possible,” said the Dutch midfielder.“Nobody knows how it’s going to be. We have had some luck up to now, but we have also put a lot of hard work in.“We don’t think about the fact that Arsenal did not lose in that season. We just try to give everything in every game.” last_img

Video: Jim Kelly Gets Incredible Standing Ovation At The NFL Draft

first_imgJim Kelly gets applause from Roger Goddess and fans at the draft.Jim Kelly NFL DraftJim Kelly, former Miami Hurricane and Buffalo Bill great, has just stolen the show at the NFL Draft – and for good reason. Friday night, Kelly, who has battled squamous cell carcinoma (a form of jaw cancer) the past few years, made his way to stage to announce the 50th overall pick in place of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before he announced Buffalo’s selection of Ronald Darby, he received a standing ovation and was serenaded with chants of his last name. It was incredibly heartwarming.If the above clip doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.It’s great to see Kelly back on his feet, cancer-free. Let’s hope it stays that way.last_img

Rummenigge opposes proposed Champions League reforms

first_imgBayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stated his opposition to plans to reform the structure of the Champions League.Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has led proposals to revamp the competition, with the intention of including more matches and introducing some form of promotion and relegation in 2024.Initial plans have been put forward by the European Club Association (ECA), of which Rummenigge was chairman from 2008 until 2017. 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? “Why do we have to change anything?” Rummenigge asked Bild.”I’m also not a big fan of the idea to expand the group stage. At the end of the current model with the groups of four, we often end up with so-called ‘dead games’, where everything is already decided.”Everyone is always running after the money. But where is this money going?“It isn’t like our profits exploded and our shareholders also shared in this success. The money is being spent on players’ wages and agents’ fees.“Most importantly, the European Cup will not take place on the weekends. Because that would create too big a fight with the national leagues.”Rummenigge, 63, won the European Cup twice as a player with Bayern in the 1970s and as a former chairman of the ECA, his opinion on the matter could carry some significant weight.He is not the only high-profile opponent, with the Premier League already having issued a statement underlining their opposition to any reforms “that would alter the structures, calendar and competitiveness of the domestic game”.Closer to home, Rummenigge also repeated his support for Bayern manager Niko Kovac, who had been linked with an early dismissal from the club.Bayern started the season poorly and looked like surrendering their Bundesliga crown to Borussia Dortmund – but finished the campaign in style with a domestic double.”I do not know any club that would have dismissed their coach after winning the double,” said Rummenigge.Rumours of his sacking had in part been due to Rummenigge’s lack of public backing for the coach during the season, but he claims he had Kovac’s best interests at heart.”I did not want to hurt him. I just wanted to focus everyone on our common goal.”Success is part of our club’s DNA. We have imposed this pressure on ourselves, and everyone must withstand that at Bayern. Niko knows that, he has already worked as a player here.”last_img read more

Hazard: Mbappe, Pogba among best

first_imgEden Hazard hailed Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba as two of the world’s best players as the pair continue to be linked with Real Madrid.Hazard was presented by Madrid on Thursday after making the move from Chelsea for a fee which could reportedly rise to £130million.Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe and Manchester United midfielder Pogba are also linked with Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane’s rebuild is gathering steam. 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? While Hazard had little interest in talking about transfers, the attacker said the duo were among the world’s best.”I’m not here to discuss transfers. I came to play with the best,” he told a news conference. What a day for @hazardeden10 ! #WelcomeHazard | #HalaMadrid — Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) June 13, 2019 “There are new players already and we’ll have some time to adapt.”It’s true that we want to play with the best and the guys you’ve mentioned are two of those, but I don’t decide these things.”Madrid have already signed Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes ahead of the 2019-20 season.Hazard, Jovic and co. will be tasked with leading Real Madrid back to glory as the club failed to win a trophy this season.The club finished third in La Liga, behind rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and suffered a stunning Champions League elimination at the hands of Ajax.And Hazard says that he and the new signings will look to brings the club back to its prior level and fight for the trophies the team has become accustomed to winning.Hazard  stated on Thursday that he does not consider himself a “Galactico” , saying he must prove himself as a player at Real Madrid.At 28 years old, he’s entering the prime of his career, and he’s ready to prove himself once again.”I do not think it’s too late, I’m 28 years old, I think I’m in the best moment of my career,” he said.”The dream of playing for Madrid has been there for a long time but in my career I have always had several stages and now I think it was time to set a before and after in my career.”He added: ” I think it all began last year, after the World Cup, but I’ve been at Chelsea for another year.”I’ve had a great year personally and also with the team, I think it was the perfect time to sign with Real Madrid.”last_img read more

FA Community Shield 2019: Teams, tickets & when it takes place

first_imgExcitement is building ahead of the 2019-20 Premier League season and the date has been set for the Community Shield – English football’s traditional campaign curtain-raiser.The Community Shield usually involves some of the country’s biggest teams and it gives fans a chance to get a first glimpse of how their teams are shaping up heading into the new term.There is an inevitable intrigue around new signings as they settle in to new surroundings and the game can sometimes set the tone for the upcoming season. 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? Ahead of the game, Goal brings you everything you need to know, including which teams are involved, ticket information, venue and more.Which teams are in the 2019 Community Shield? The 2019 Community Shield will be contested by Liverpool and Manchester City.Pep Guardiola’s City, who won the 2018 edition, booked their place in the curtain-raiser event by virtue of winning the 2018-19 Premier League.Ordinarily, the other team in the Community Shield is the winner of the FA Cup, but since City won that too, the team which finished second in the league – in this case Liverpool – is drafted in.This will be Liverpool’s 22nd appearance in the Community Shield as they seek their 16th victory and it will be Man City’s 12th appearance as they attempt to add to their five titles.Community Shield ticketsFernandinho Mohamed Salah Manchester City Liverpool 2018-19Ticket allocations have yet to be finalised, but the indications are that both teams will receive somewhere in the region of 28,000 tickets each.Tickets will be distributed directly via the clubs, so it is advised that supporters check the website of the team they support.Liverpool Click here for Liverpool ticket informationMan City Click here for Man City ticket informationClub Wembley members will also be able to avail themselves of tickets, with the Community Shield being one of the events included in the membership package.Where will the 2019 Community Shield take place?John Stones Manchester City Community Shield 2018The Community Shield will take place at London’s Wembley Stadium, which has become the traditional venue for English football’s showpiece matches.The game has been played at the redeveloped Wembley since 2007, regularly attracting crowds of over 80,000.In 2012, however, the Community Shield was played at Villa Park in Birmingham due to the fact that Wembley was involved in the hosting of the 2012 Olympics.When will the 2019 Community Shield take place? Date Match Kick-off time Venue August 4, 2019 Liverpool vs Man City 3pm BST / 10am ET Wembley Stadium, London The 2019 Community Shield will be played on Sunday, August 4. It is scheduled for a 3pm BST (10am ET) kick-off.For both teams, the game will serve as a final warm-up match for the new season, which gets under way on August 9 for Liverpool, who play Norwich City, with Man City kicking off against West Ham on August 10.Liverpool’s pre-season tour will already have brought them to the United States, Scotland and Switzerland, while City’s preparations take place on the other side of the planet in China and Japan. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Early goal sets tone as Algeria win ill-tempered AFCON final

first_imgWhen Baghdad Bounedjah’s speculative effort looped off the outstretched leg of Salif Sane and dipped into the Senegalese goal beyond Alfred Gomis, it felt immediately like the worst possible opening to a game that was always destined to be fractious.There was precedent for what was to come in the first meeting between these sides some three weeks ago, which Algeria won with a second-half Youcef Belaili strike.Then, the North Africans seemed on a mission to prove they could compete physically, but that strategy appeared to be in service of a mental warfare: by beating Senegal on the front where they seemed strongest, they gained the upper hand by which they then struck in the second half. 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? Here, the goal came first, and so Algeria’s physicality became a wilful perversion, in service of nothing other than simply shutting the game down. The fastest goal ever scored in an AFCON final is a nice little bit of history, but beyond that there is little for which this game will be remembered by the neutral.In a match dominated by shenanigans, it did, however, feel fitting that it was Bounedjah’s goal that settled it.Throughout the tournament, he snapped and snarled, revelling in his self-appointed role as villain of the piece. Yet, for all that he seemed on a mission to make his presence felt to every defender who had the misfortune of crossing his path, there was a sense in which he had been curiously absent since the first game of the AFCON.Since insouciantly rolling the ball past Patrick Matasi from the spot in the opening group fixture against Kenya, Bounedjah’s reel had been a morass of missed opportunities. The highlight, a quarter-final penalty miss over which one suspects he might have had more than a few nightmares had Algeria failed to progress, laid bare just how tightly-wound his trademark disruptive style requires him to be.The danger was that he might come to be defined by that alone, and increasingly in modern international football, it appears that forwards are less important for what they do in front of goal as what they represent to their sides.BounedjahOlivier Giroud famously failed to find the back of the net at the World Cup last summer, and at the last AFCON, Cameroon cycled through strikers with none ever seeming like they had the quality to lead the line until Vincent Aboubakar produced a late moment of brilliance to win it all.There could be no denying Bounedjah’s importance to this Algeria team, setting the tone both in terms of pressing and gamesmanship. And yet, coming into the final, it seemed like he needed a goal just the same, even if only to reassure himself.The unfortunate defender, Sane, had himself been missing since the opening game – literally – due to an injury, and even though he had been back fit since after the quarter-finals, he likely would not have featured had Kalidou Koulibaly not been ludicrously suspended for having a shot whacked at his elbow from close range in the semi-final.On such fine margins do finals turn. Even though, by any measure, Algeria were the best team in Egypt, it still came down to a freakish deflection, and they still suffered greatly in this final. A lot of it their own doing, it must be said, and as in the first game they rode their luck in both boxes.Ismael Bennacer Algeria Sadio Mane SenegalMehdi Zeffane’s tackle on Ismaila Sarr in the first half should have, at the very least, warranted a VAR check, and even though Adlene Guedioura’s handball did, referee Sidi Alioum seemed to not be applying the new handball rules in reversing his earlier decision to award a penalty.That is the danger, of course, with dropping as deep as Djamel Belmadi’s side did, and looking to spoil. It only takes a moment to potentially upset everything.As it turned out, Senegal, aside from not getting the rub on the day, simply lacked the guile to consistently draw their opposition out and create chances. When they did manage it, they found Mbaye Niang in no mood to trouble the scoring charts.It has been a weakness for Cisse, and perhaps best captures why Algeria are such worthy winners: the ability to wear many hats, to win in so many different ways, made them almost impossible to resist.last_img read more

Star Transfer Jeremy Webb Will Have To Miss The Entire 2018 Season

first_imgVirginia Tech's Lane Stadium during game against Clemson.BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Jeremy Webb, a four-star cornerback, was one of the top JUCO recruits in the country for the 2018 class. He had offers from several major programs and he ended up choosing Virginia Tech.The 6-foot-3 cornerback was set to be an instant contributor for the Hokies, who hope to contend in the ACC this fall.Unfortunately, they’ll have to do so with their star JUCO recruit. He’s been lost for the season.Virginia Tech announced that Webb will be out for the 2018 season with an Achilles injury.“While we share Jeremy’s disappointment that he will miss the 2018 season, our medical staff is confident that he will make a complete recovery,” head coach Justin Fuente said. “We look forward to Jeremy beginning the rehab process as soon as possible.”Webb underwent surgery earlier this week to repair his torn Achilles.The four-star played last season at ASA College, a junior college located in Brooklyn, New York.Webb signed with Virginia Tech in December. He chose the Hokies over West Virginia, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and UCF.Virginia Tech opens its 2018 season on Sept. 3 against Florida State.last_img read more

Former Ohio State QB Has Cryptic Tweet Amidst Today’s Controversy

first_imgUrban Meyer reacting to an Ohio State football game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program is not in a good place today. The Buckeyes are dealing with a major controversy, as a new report from Brett McMurphy suggests that Urban Meyer knew more about the alleged domestic violence incident with now-former assistant Zach Smith than he led on at Big Ten Media Days.Naturally, everyone inside the college football world is discussing Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes this afternoon.Few inside Ohio State’s program have actually commented on the allegations, though.However, a cryptic tweet from a former star Ohio State quarterback is going viral.Funny how life works— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) August 1, 2018Cardale has yet to provide further explanation on what that could mean.Urban Meyer and Ohio State are likely to release some kind of statement at some point today. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Photos: Oregon Football Unveils New 2018 Uniforms

first_imgOregon's cheerleaders wave a flag ahead of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: The Oregon Ducks marching band during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Oregon’s football program took to Twitter this evening to unveil its new set of uniforms for the 2018 season.The Ducks, unsurprisingly, are going with a bold new look that features some very big font.The font is being dubbed the “Mighty Oregon” font.ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted out the photos:JUST IN: Oregon Football’s 2018 uniforms with what is being called the “Mighty Oregon” font.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 16, 2018Oregon is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1.The Ducks are opening the year against Bowling Green. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

Video: Huge Brawl Breaks Out During Pregame Tailgate

first_imgA closeup of Ole Miss cheerleaders.OXFORD, MS – SEPTEMBER 10: Cheerleaders of the Mississippi Rebels walk on the field before a game against the Wofford Terriers on September 10, 2016 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Mississippi defeated Wofford 38-13. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) “n*** Local Caption ***Tensions were high at Ole Miss for much of Saturday afternoon.The Rebels impressed in Week 1, but struggled to pull away from Southern Illinois for much of the game. Eventually, Ole Miss figured things out and went on to a 76-41 victory.Tensions were apparently high pregame, too.Video has emerged of a big pregame brawl that took place at a tailgate.Here’s video, from Busted Coverage:Yikes.Ole Miss and its fans need to get things straightened out before next Saturday. No. 1 Alabama is coming to town…last_img read more

A Major College Football Bowl Streak Is In Serious Danger

first_imgOregon's players get ready to return a kick against Florida State in the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the ball off to the Oregon Ducks to start the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Florida State lost to Notre Dame on Saturday night, as the Seminoles were blown out by the Fighting Irish, 42-13, to fall to 4-6 on the season.It’s been a brutal first year in Tallahassee for head coach Willie Taggart, who has made some changes with his coaching responsibilities late in the season, switching up the play-calling duties.Florida State has two games remaining on its regular season schedule.Those two games:vs. Boston Collegevs. FloridaThere’s a decent chance that Florida State loses both of those games, finishes 4-8 and misses a bowl game for the first time in 36 years.That would not be good.Theres a good chance Miami and Florida State lose out and neither goes to a bowl.— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) November 11, 2018Welp.Florida State and Boston College are set to kick off in Tallahassee next weekend. A game time and TV channel will be set later.last_img read more

Report: Star College QB Is Considering A Transfer

first_imgFireworks explode as the Arizona football team takes the field.TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Fireworks explode as the Arizona Wildcats take the field before the college football game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Arizona Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys 59-38. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Arizona star quarterback Khalil Tate didn’t appear to enjoy Year 1 of the Kevin Sumlin era with the Wildcats.The dual-threat quarterback had a decent season, but didn’t come close to putting up the monster numbers he did in 2017. There was some Heisman Trophy buzz coming into the season and he didn’t come close to reaching it.Arizona finished its regular season on Saturday and Tate refused to address his future plans.The star quarterback said “next question” when asked if he’ll be part of the program in 2019.Khalil Tate says “next question” in response to being asked if he will be part of Arizona’s plans next season— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) November 25, 2018Now, it’s being reported that people close to the Arizona program believe he will transfer.Sources close to the UOFA Football program believe Quarterback Khalil Tate will transfer. @uofa @azfamily #KhalilTate @ArizonaFBall— Joe Pequeno (@JoePequenoTV) November 26, 2018Tate, a junior, would likely receive serious interest on the transfer market if he decided to leave Arizona.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Ohio State AD Gene Smith Says Maryland, Rutgers Helped Prevent ACC From Poaching Penn State

first_imgPenn State players run out onto the field.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Terrell Golden #4 and Maurice Evans #48 of Penn State celebrate as they enter the field before the game against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium November 18, 2006 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)In the last major round of conference realignment, the Big Ten poached Maryland from the ACC, and Rutgers from the AAC (formerly of the Big East). Half a decade later, those moves have drawn very mixed reviews, as the Terrapins and Scarlet Knights have struggled to play up to the rest of the league in the major sports.The major reason for those two additions that are often cited are the markets in which the programs exist. Rutgers is the closest Power Five program to New York City, while Maryland is just outside Washington, D.C. and close to Baltimore.The Maryland move was also a shot across the bow of the ACC. The league wound up essentially replacing UMD with Louisville.According to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, the moves were as much defensive as offensive.In a recent column about the legacy of retiring Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, Gene Smith defended the additions of Maryland and Rutgers, with an interesting bit about Penn State.Since joining the league in 1993, Penn State was on a bit of a geographic island, with the rest of the league squarely in the Midwest.Smith admits that there was a fear that the ACC could poach Penn State, so part of the selling point on adding Maryland and Rutgers was to give PSU some neighboring programs.From the Toledo Blade:“People will talk about Rutgers’ competitive performance,” Smith told me. “However, when you think about our presence on the East Coast, it’s significant. Whether Ohio State goes to play at Rutgers or Michigan plays at Rutgers, the revenue generated significantly impacts our young people. I hope that people will pause and just think about the great things that [Delany’s] done to help our young people and institutions.”He added: “Here’s one thing that people seem to forget about our move with Rutgers and Maryland. At the time, the ACC was looking to expand. Part of our move was to protect Penn State. Everyone forgets we had a teammate and partner institution that was on a [geographic] island, so what we did, beyond gaining exposure, is we further brought in a valued partner in Penn State. Had Penn State defected to the ACC, what would the conversation have been then?”There is still a pretty big gap in revenues between the ACC and Big Ten, so it seems a bit unlikely that Penn State would have jumped ship, but if Smith is willing to put that out there, there is likely at least something to it.[Toledo Blade]last_img read more