Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Floyd Mayweather 'will not return to boxing' amid comeback talk

Floyd Mayweather has dashed hopes of another return from retirement, saying he will not get back in the ring in order to protect his health.

Rumours of lucrative rematches with Manny Pacquiao and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez have been rife, raising fans' hopes of a comeback for the 12-time world champion.

But Mayweather, who last fought in 2017 when he beat MMA star Conor McGregor, said: "I've got calls to get back into the ring, but my health is my wealth.

"Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle.

"You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career."

Mayweather has retired twice in the past, first in 2007 and then again in 2015, but returned to the ring on both occasions.

However, the 42-year-old says his only future fights will be exhibitions, like the one in January which saw him demolish Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in less than three minutes.

"I'll still travel and do exhibitions," said Mayweather. "I make great money doing exhibitions - between $10 and $30million.

"I think I make more doing that than most fighters make fighting."

Mayweather, who takes an unblemished 50-0 record into retirement, says he is keen to focus on other projects, such as his chain of boxing gyms and his promotion company.

Guiding Wales to Euro 2020 one of the best days of my life - Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs hailed Wales' qualification for Euro 2020 as one of the best days of his life after Aaron Ramsey scored twice in a 2-0 win over Hungary.

After losing 1-0 in Budapest in June, hopes of automatic qualification looked slim for Wales but an unbeaten four-game run culminating in this win in Cardiff was enough to squeak Giggs' men to just their third major tournament.

Victory means Giggs, who never got the chance to represent his country at a major international tournament during a decorated playing career, can look forward to leading his side to the European Championships next summer.

"It doesn't get any better," said Giggs, who won 25 major trophies as a Manchester United player.

"It's one of the best days of my life.

"Credit to the lads, coming back from where we were in the summer after two defeats. We showed grit, determination and quality. It's one of the best days of my life.

"We defended really well but we can play better. Overall, two goals and a clean sheet and they didn't really trouble us apart from the save from Wayne Hennessey in the first half.

"This side can do a lot more. There is quality in the squad, not just the XI. Every player has shown their class, some of the lads were on their last legs at the end there.

"To be honest I haven't really thought about what it means personally - there's been a lot of hard work put in and I am blessed with the best staff I could ask for."

Tottenham Star Dele Alli Reacts After Coach Mauricio Pochettino Sacked

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is the first player to react since the news was announced about the sacking of Coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine was dismissed after a disappointing start to the season had left the Champions League finalists 14th in the Premier League.

Alli, who was brought to Spurs from MK Dons by Pochettino in 2015, thanked his former manager on social media after news went viral.

“I can’t thank this man enough,” he tweeted two hours after Pochettino’s sacking was announced.

He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me.

“Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.”
Six months after he led the club to the Champions League final and after five years in charge, Pochettino was relieved of his duties by chairman Daniel Levy.

Pressure had been mounting on the Argentine after winning only three of their opening 12 Premier League games.

Diego Maradona leaves Gimnasia y Esgrima after just two months

Diego Maradona has left his position as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima, bringing a premature end to yet another coaching job.

"This decision hurt me with all my soul," Maradona said in a message posted on Instagram.Maradona, who took over at the club in September, had said he would only continue if club president Gabriel Pellegrino stayed in his role following club elections.

Pellegrino, who announced Maradona's departure on local radio station La Red on Tuesday, withdrew from the race when an electoral pact fell apart.

Maradona took over the club from La Plata, just outside Buenos Aires, charged with helping them avoid relegation.

He lost his first three games in charge and although he has won three of five since then, the team are still third-bottom of the league and in danger of going down.

"I felt that everyone together... were finding the way for Gimnasia to stay in the first division. This was the moment to keep going with the project and look for the necessary reinforcements," Maradona said.

"I hope that whoever comes in to manage the club can continue with the work we started and keep Gimnasia where it belongs. I wish you all the best, with all my heart."

Maradona's departure repeats a well-worn theme in his coaching career. Of the six club sides he has managed, only one job lasted more than a year.

The only team he managed for longer was Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates, where he remained for 14 months between 2011 and 2012.

His previous club job before returning to Argentina was at Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa, where he left in June after nine months in charge.

Tottenham Announce Mourinho as New Coach

Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Jose Mourinho as the club's new head coach on a three-year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Spurs sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday following a miserable start to the campaign that has seen last season's Champions League finalists slide down the Premier League table.

Tottenham sit 14th in England's top flight after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games and were eliminated from the League Cup in September by fourth-tier Colchester United.

Speaking on his appointment, Mourinho said: "I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me."

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Jose Mourinho contender for Tottenham job

Jose Mourinho is a serious contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager. Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December last year. Pochettino was sacked by Spurs on Tuesday evening.

However, one of the bookies' favourites to replace Pochettino, RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann is unlikely to be heading to North London.

Potential suitors are likely to face a struggle to release Nagelsmann from his present deal in Germany.

Bayern Munich and Manchester United have also shown an interest in the 32-year-old in recent months.

Leipzig sit second in the Bundesliga and top of their Champions' League Group and are understood to be unwilling to let Nagelsmann leave, having waited a year for him to join from Hoffenheim before the start of the season.

Leonardo Bonucci Signs New Juventus Contract Until 2024

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has signed a new contract extension with the Italian club. Bonucci has played every match for Juventus so far this season and enjoying his time alongside De Ligt in defence.

And now The 32-year-old has reached a new deal to stay at the Serie A club until 2024.

Bonucci sealed a sensational return to Juventus in August 2018 just one season after leaving Turin for rivals AC Milan.

The centre back rejoined the Serie A champions, after moving to Milan, as part of a deal that saw Gonzalo Higuain head the other way.

Bonucci has made 376 appearances for the Serie A giants, in which he has scored 25 goals from defence.

He's won 15 major honours with Juventus since his move nine yearsago, while this season Bonucci has even been trusted with the captain's armband in the absence of injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

While Bonucci will be hopeful of adding a ninth Serie A title to his collection this season, Juventus are currently locked in their toughest title fight in years with Antonio Conte's Inter.

The Bianconeri do still have a one-point lead at the top of Serie A, and both sides have a similar fixture schedule in terms of difficulty ahead of the new year.

Mauricio Pochettino sacked by Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham after five years in charge of the club.
He led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, as well as their first Champions League final in the 2018/19 campaign.
However, they have won just five matches this season and chairman Daniel Levy said a change had to be made in the "club's best interests". "We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste," Levy said.
"Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing. "It falls to the board to make the difficult decisions - this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff - but we do so in the club's best interests.
"Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us. "I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.
"We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters."
While Tottenham enjoyed a hugely successful European campaign last season, their domestic form has been poor for most of 2019.

Since a 3-1 win over Leicester on February 10, Spurs have won just six of their 24 Premier League matches. They are currently 14th in the table.
Pochettino's staff - Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Antoni Jimenez - have also left the club.

Luis Enrique Returns To Spain Job For Euro 2020 After Five Months Away!

Spain have confirmed that manager Luis Enrique has returned to his role as the national team coach. Enrique resigned from the role five months ago with his daughter, Xana Enrique, was fighting against bone cancer.

She passed away at the end of August, aged 9, with Enrique now returning to his role.

Enrique replaces his long-term assistant Robert Moreno, who had been given a contract until after next summer’s European Championships.

Moreno had walked out of Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano stadium in tears following a 5-0 victory over Romania on Monday.

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales said: "We want to thank Robert Moreno for his work, he did very well, and we are very happy with what he did.

“But I repeat that Robert Moreno told us he'd spoken with Luis Enrique, who had told him he wanted to return.

“We found out through Moreno that Luis Enrique wanted to be back."

Former Barcelona boss Enrique is not set to take charge of a game until the new year with Spain having safely qualified for Euro 2020.

Ighalo Warns Osimhen Not To Get Carried Away By The Hype

The Shanghai Shenhua forward is impressed by the recent performances of the 20-year-old new star. Former Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo said his constant advice to Victor Osimhen is for him to keep working hard and improving.

Ighalo called time on his international career in July following the Super Eagles' third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he was also awarded the Golden Boot after scoring five goals in Egypt.

Following his retirement, Osimhen has taken over the no. 9 shirts, and he has been in an outstanding form, which earned the country back-to-back wins in their first two Group L qualifying games for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Lille star helped Nigeria turn around a goal deficit against Benin with his equalizer in their 2-1 victory last Wednesday, before putting up a five-star performance in their 4-2 win over Lesotho where he bagged two goals and two assists on Sunday.

In reacting to the latest heroics, Ighalo, who had a four-year stint with the three-time African champions, has urged the Lille talisman to remain focused and to keep learning.

"I always told him that he has everything it takes to lead this attack, but it all depends on him," Ighalo told ESPN.

"I told him he has to keep working hard, stay humble and always be ready to learn, and above all, not to get carried away with success or hype but just to keep improving."

Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is full of praise for Osimhen's progress despite his limited playing time when Ighalo was active in the national team.
"I took him already in my first match, remember.

Everybody was surprised. He was 17 when I selected him in August 2016," Rohr said.

"He was in Germany and unlucky with injury, and then he fought very well to come back.

"And now I have excellent information on him from Lille.

He is progressing, and also I saw him progressing for seven weeks before and during the Afcon. Also, we had Ighalo, so he could not play so much, but then in the last match, he did well, and he showed all the progress he did.

"He is working well. There is no secret.

When you work well, and you have the talent, and you stay humble, you can succeed, and he can even improve because he is still very young."

Sarri Was Right Admits Ronaldo

Portugal ace and Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he has not been fully fit and Juventus coach Mauricio Sarri did the right thing when taking him off against AC Milan. Ronaldo was taken off during the 1-0 victory over Milan before the international break, and made his feelings perfectly clear as he left the pitch.
There was more controversy to come as the Portuguese ace left the stadium before the match had finished, actions that did not go down well with the Bianconeri.

Speculation has been raging ever since and Sarri explained that the reason he took Ronaldo off was because he was not fully fit and was trying to protect him.
Ronaldo has now backed up his coach and says he was right to take him off against the Rossoneri. “It is true that I have been limited in the past few weeks, I tried to help Juve by playing injured,” Ronaldo admitted. “I don’t like to be subbed off but there aren’t any issues. Sarri? I wasn’t 100% so it’s normal that Sarri wanted to protect me.”

Even so Ronaldo was fully fit to play as Portugal booked their place in the Euro 2020 finals with a 2-0 victory over Luxembourg on Sunday. The forward chipped in with his 99th international goal, and appeared to be firing on all cylinders.
Juve are back in Serie A action when they take on Atalanta, and will be hoping that Ronaldo and the rest of their international stars return unscathed and ready to go as the battle with Inter Milan for the Scudetto hots up.

IAAF Formally Invites Nigeria to Participate in 18th World Athletics Indoor Championships

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has formally invited Nigeria to participate in the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships, in Nanjing, China.

The 18th World Athletics Indoor Championships , featuring 26 events, will be staged inside the 13,000 capacity the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium from March 13 to 15 2020.

The letter dated October 18 2019 and sent to the member federations including the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) was signed by the IAAF Chief Executive Officer Jon Ridgeon.

“On behalf of World Athletics, I am pleased to extend the official invitation to all Member
Federations to participate in the World Athletics Indoor Championships to be held in Nanjing, China, from 13 to 15 March 2020,” the letter stated.

“Attached you will find some useful information regarding the Championships, including the
general event and competition programme, travel and accommodation details, the timetable, as well as the entry standards, the qualification period and the allocated quotas.

Nanjing 2020 wildcard holders from the 2019 IAAF World Indoor Tour

“The confirmation letter of our invitation to participate from the Chinese Athletics Association and
the Local Organising Committee is also enclosed.

“Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.”

In World Athletics Indoor Championships entry standard, only two athletes per country, per event are allowed to enter, but a wild card entry allows a nation for a third athlete for an event.

At the 2019 IAAF World Indoor Tour, for instance, 11 athletes got wildcards for the 18th IAAF World Indoor Championships – Nanjing 2020.

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Holyfield Warns Joshua Not To Underestimate Ruiz

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield has warned Anthony Joshua not to continue to underestimate Andy Ruiz Jr. ahead of their rematch next month.

Ruiz shocked the boxing world when he stole the Brit’s three world titles in June by giving Joshua his first loss with a seventh round TKO.

Many feel Joshua underestimated the American in their first bout, especially after he dropped him in the first round.

Ruiz, no doubt buoyed by his win over the summer, appears to have lost weight in order to make him quicker around the ring.

And former two-weight undisputed world champion Holyfield, who sparred with Ruiz when he was still a teenager, insists Joshua will have his opponent “in his face” constantly in Saudi Arabia.

“Andy Ruiz Jr. really can fight. He has fast hands and can really hit hard. But don’t nobody seem to know it,” Holyfield told World Boxing News

“Everyone is thinking it’s a fluke (that he beat Anthony Joshua the first time), but the guy showed he can get up from being knocked down. He got took down and got back up to win.”

He added: “You look at Ruiz and he doesn’t look like he can fight at all. Nothing tells you he can fight, but he can fight.

“I knew that he could fight because I sparred with him. At the time, I was 46 and he was 19. I couldn’t believe a 19-year-old could be that good and so aggressive, he would chase me down.

“I’m like, ‘I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, who’s he trying to chase down?’ It was just amazing the confidence that he had and the persistence to cut the ring down even in sparring.

“So, I know that persistently, he will fight that same fight that he fought last time. If he’s (Joshua) not ready to have someone in his face in the whole fight then it could end up the same way again.”

Joshua and Ruiz will meet in the ring on December 7 in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Arena.

Manchester United can't expect 'overnight' success - Ed Woodward

Manchester United have a clear plan of how to bring top trophies back to Old Trafford, according to executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, but he has warned supporters not to expect success "overnight".

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen a turbulent start to the season after four wins from 12 Premier League games and despite describing the campaign so far as "mixed", Woodward is confident the club is on the right track as they aim to return to the Champions League and end a six-year title drought.

"We have a clear vision in terms of football philosophy and recruitment," Woodward said as United announced first quarter revenue of £135.4 million -- up £0.4m on last year on year despite missing out on Champions League broadcast payments.

"The significant investments that we have made in recent years in areas such as transfers, recruitment infrastructure, analytics and our academy are already beginning to bear fruit.

"Our ultimate goal is to win trophies, playing fast, fluid, attacking football with a team that fuses graduates from our academy along with world-class acquisitions. We know this will not be achieved overnight, however we have made investments across the club that we believe have set us on the right path.

"Though season-to-date we have had a mixed start to our Premier League campaign, in Europe, we have qualified for the Europa League knockout stages with two games to spare. We have also progressed to the quarterfinals of the League Cup."

Solskjaer's first summer in charge saw the arrival of Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a combined fee of nearly £150m.

Woodward has hinted United will spend again ahead of next season while sources have told ESPN FC that the club are open to bringing in new players in January if long-term targets become available.

"Over the last few years, we have significantly invested in our recruitment infrastructure to augment our already strong and experienced team who are all working to a clear philosophy," Woodward said.

"This is demonstrated by the signing of Maguire, James and Wan-Bissaka, who have all settled in well.

"We will continue with our strategy to promote the best of the players graduating from our academy together with material investment in the coming summers to strengthen our young squad further and challenge for trophies. "

As well as bedding in three new faces, Solskjaer has also blooded youngsters Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Brandon Williams.

United are closing in on 4,000 consecutive games with an academy graduate in the matchday squad and fielded the youngest XI in the Premier League this season in the 3-1 win over Birghton.

"We have made significant investments in our academy, across recruitment, facilities and analytics and these investments are now beginning to bear fruit," Woodward added.

"We know our academy is a strong competitive advantage, and is an area that we will continue to invest in, as it is the heart of the club.

"I want to reiterate that our ability to make the investments we need to be successful on the pitch is underpinned by our continued strong financial performance."

Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to be 'one of the best players to ever play'

With the numbers 23 and 33 dangling from the rafters of the United Center, a 19-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo was in awe of his first experience playing on the road against the Chicago Bulls in December 2013.

"I definitely want to be one of the best players to ever play, but in order for me to do that, I've got to be locked in every night," Antetokounmpo told ESPN on Monday night, as he reflected on that initial trip here. "Because at the end of the day, if you don't win, it doesn't count. All the effort you spent, if you don't win, it really doesn't count."

Antetokounmpo pushed through five offensive fouls and eight turnovers to finish with 33 points and 10 rebounds in the Milwaukee Bucks' 115-101 win over the Bulls.

Through 13 games this season, he already has fouled out three times and has posted at least four fouls in six other games, including Monday's contest. Antetokounmpo's head coach sees it as a lesson to be learned, as the reigning MVP still has the longest active double-double streak (13) in the NBA.

"Thirteen or 14 games in, it seems like an inordinate amount of games he's been in foul trouble. So the good thing is, I do think he's learning to play with it," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We've had to finish at least one or two games without him, if not more, so he's always growing and learning from every experience -- so that's what makes Giannis special."

Despite his foul trouble, Antetokounmpo is putting up a career-best 30.1 points, 14.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this season. His six-game stretch of 35 points and 15 rebounds earlier this month made him only the sixth player to average such a line since the merger, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

But Antetokounmpo's pursuit of greatness isn't just for a multi-game stretch or even for a season. He is motivated by the Bulls greats and inspired by the legacy they left in the city where they played.

He wants his jersey to someday reach the top of Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum, so he is doing things his way.

"I try to lock in and focus on what I've got to do. But yeah, previous years, like when I saw No. 23 -- and not just 23, when I saw 33 -- that was a guy I used to talk to a lot, Scottie," Antetokounmpo said. "It definitely motivated me. [Chicago is] a great basketball city. It's a city that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played in, so I had that extra juice in me.

"But now I'm just going out there and trying to win no matter what so you can just go back home and be happy."

I'm Not Happy Here - Emre Can Opens Up On Juventus Future

Juventus star Emre Can has expressed his frustration due to his lack of playing time at the Serie A club. Can left Liverpool in the summer of 2018 and played regularly to begin with.

But this season, under a new manager in Maurizio Sarri, the German has started only one game for Italian champions Juventus - a 1-0 win over Lecce.

Can has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, particularly with United, who are looking to strengthen their squad in January.

However, the 25-year-old isn’t interested in trying to signal for a move to United. He insists that playing competitive football is the most important thing to be doing at this stage of his career.

"I'm just an ambitious guy who always wants to compete at the highest level, but I'm also learning from this tough time when things are not going the way I was hoping," Can told Kicker.

"I'm not playing games from the start, so I'm not happy, but I will stay strong and keep working on myself.

“I’m often in the gym before or after training, doing extra shifts. I want to be ready.

"A lot can always happen in football.”

Can also spoke of the attitude of some youth players in Italy, but stated that they’re not as dedicated as they should be.

"They have the chance of a lifetime if they are allowed to practice with the professionals,” he added.

"However, some of them sometimes have a body language that almost makes me angry.

“I often go to these players at Juventus, talk to them, try to show them what they can do when they try hard and show themselves. But some don't understand it."

Edinson Cavani Called Out Lionel Messi For A Fight, Messi Was Happy To Go

For the second time in just a few days Lionel Messi had on field 'beef' with the opposition, this time nearly coming to blows with Edinson Cavani.

On Friday Messi told Brazil boss Tite to 'shut his mouth' as Argentina took on their South American rivals at the Superclasico and he managed to wind up Cavani even more on Monday night.

The two men were seen having an intense conversation during Argentina's match against Uruguay with newspaper Ole reporting the PSG forward offered his opponent a fight.

In response the five time Ballon d'Or winner answered, "Whenever you want!"

The incident happened after Cavani had put Uruguay ahead and they remained ahead until half time when the pairs argument continued.

According to the reports Messi's Barca teammate Luis Suarez had to separate the pair in the tunnel at the end of the first 45 minutes.

It all started after a heavy foul on Messi by one of Cavani's national teammates with the two then having an argument after the Barca man's complaints to the referee about the initial challenge.

The incident only served to inspire the 32-year-old though. He assisted Sergio Aguero after the break from a free kick to make it 1-1.

Just five minutes later Cavani made it 2-1 and Argentina looked on the way to a loss in Tel Aviv, Israel, but again Messi stepped up to make the difference.

Martin Caceres handled the ball in injury time and the referee pointed to the spot. Despite his poor penalty record Messi scored the spot-kick to make it 2-2.

Speaking after the match Cavani said, "It was a classic, a match with lots of friction and strong tackles, as we have in South American football.

"Both sides have done good things, we leave with a positive feeling and we try to play football. then it was already a classic, we live it like this."

In the past Messi has been accused of not putting his all in for the national team and working harder for his club team, by the looks of it his passion runs just as high for Argentina.

Erling Braut Haaland' Father 'Spotted' At Man United Carrington Base Amid Transfer Links

Erling Braut Haaland's father Alf-Inge has been spotted at Manchester United Carrington training ground amid recent transfer rumours. Haaland is arguably the most in-form striker in the world right now, netting his fifth hat-trick of the season prior to the international break, taking his season tally to 35 goals in 21 appearances.

The 19-year-old - who worked with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at his former club Molde - is the leading scorer in the Champions League and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

With United interested in signing a striker in the January transfer window, multiple reports suggest Haaland is a target.

The Athletic, Haaland's father was spotted visiting United's Carrington training facility.

Erling Braut Haaland’s father has reportedly been seen at Manchester United’s training ground. [the athletic]
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Alf Inge, a former Manchester City player, previously admitted his son was interested in a move to England.

He said: "At one stage he would like to play in the Premier League, but when that will happen, I don’t know. It is a very tough league.

"Up to now he is ahead of the stage we thought he would be at. He is built for the Premier League, but whether that will happen now or at a later stage, we don’t know."

In a recent interview with the Red Bull website in September, he was speaking of his admiration for his idol - and former United man - Zlatan Ibrahimovic whenhe said English football is his favourite.

'Every football player dreams of playing for one of the best and biggest clubs in the world,' the 19-year-old said.

'This has been a dream my whole life and I especially like English football.'

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich are all said to be interested in signing Haaland.

Am Ready To Break Rooney Record & Emulate Ronaldo - Greenwood

The teenage frontman has burst onto a senior stage at Old Trafford and is hoping to become as prolific as iconic strikers from England and Brazil. Mason Greenwood is setting lofty targets at 18 years of age, with the Manchester United starlet looking to follow in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo.

The Old Trafford academy graduate has burst onto the senior stage, with a further 13 outings added to his collection this season.

He also has three goals to his name for United, while breaking into the England U21 squad and earning a new long-term contract.

Big things are expected of Greenwood in Manchester, and he has high expectations of himself.

Having idolized United’s record goalscorer Rooney growing up, and Brazil icon Ronaldo, the youngster is eager to emulate the achievements of two all-time greats.

“Wayne Rooney and the Brazilian Ronaldo have always stood out for me. I’ve always looked up to them,” Greenwood told reporters.

“Rooney is such a great goalscorer, that is what I want to be.

“He’s done most things on a football pitch, and you have to have a role model.

“I’ve never seen him! I’ve seen his games obviously and watched the highlights on youtube. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet him one day.

“Ronaldo was quite a while ago — but my dad used to show me clips of him. He used to play for all those great teams.”

Greenwood also has prominent figures of inspiration closer to home, with United team-mate Marcus Rashford and Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer well versed in the art of goalscoring.

“I’ve got so many role models around Marcus and me is another one,” he added.

“I want to follow in his footsteps. He’s a goalscorer; he shoots off both feet, he’s quick.

“Solskjaer was a great goalscorer at United, too. And he’s a great manager in my eyes.”

Greenwood impressed when called upon earlier this season as Anthony Martial was forced onto the sidelines through injury.

Solskjaer has shown that he is prepared to give youth a chance, with a teenage frontman among those to have earned his trust.

He may find regular minutes harder to come by now that France international Martial is back to fitness and form, while Rashford has also rediscovered his spark, but United continue to compete on multiple fronts at home and abroad, and that should help to keep him in contention.

The Incredible Moment Lionel Messi Ruined Eight Uruguay Players In One Sequence

Lionel Messi left fans in complete and utter disbelief when he managed to beat eight Uruguay players in one move on Monday night.

In the second half of the 2-2 draw, Messi somehow managed to keep the ball at his feet when swarmed with defenders after collecting the ball in midfield.

Displaying unrivalled balance and agility, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner twists and turns away from players like it's the easiest thing in the world.

Even when bundled over by Lucas Torreira, he doesn't lose possession of the ball and instead rinses a further three players with the most outrageously quick turn.

He had absolutely no right to emerge with the ball and yet somehow, he was able to play a one-two with Sergio Aguero before playing the ball out wide.

Already on an assist, Messi would then equalise with a cool 92nd minute penalty to reach 70 international goals for La Albiceleste.

But this breathtaking passage of play in Tel Aviv is yet another example of his inexplicable dribbling.

Even with a whole host of players harrying and hunting him down, Messi's close control is so next level that he can easily jink his way out of the most congested spaces.

He's so good he picks up the ball and bares down on goal, that the only way you can get thwart Messi is to foul him and even then he'll still shirk off the challenge and retain possession.

It Disrespectful to Compare Messi To Pele - Tite

The Brazil coach insists discussions over which of the two is greatest are very one-sided. Tite has dismissed Lionel Messi's credentials as the greatest footballer of all time after insisting comparisons between him and "phenomenal" Brazil legend Pele has "no credibility."

The Brazil coach and Messi exchanged words in Friday's game against Argentina, with Tite claiming the Barcelona forward told him to shut up during the friendly defeat in Riyadh.

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of Brazil legend Pele scoring his 1,000th goal and, speaking ahead of his side's clash against South Korea in Abu Dhabi the same day, Tite says three-time World Cup winner Pele remains out in front when it comes to the question of whether he or Messi is the best player ever to play the game.

He said: "Pele is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other you know what I do? I hear, but I don`t listen.

"It's as if this person doesn't know the history of this man's quality... this guy was phenomenal. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary.

"I meant he's extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pele is out of normal patterns, and I'm not saying this because I'm a Brazilian. You can't find a defect.

"If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me, it has no credibility."

The loss to Argentina meant Brazil are now five matches without a victory, yet Tite remains philosophical over the Copa America winners' form.

During that run, which began following Brazil's Copa America victory over Peru, Tite's side has drawn against Colombia, Senegal, and Nigeria while losing to Argentina and Peru.

He added: "I'm not desperate to win. I'm happy to be where I am. I'm aware of the pressure, but I have no desperation. I don't have any of this. What I do want is to make a great game."

Tite has warned South Korea's threat extends far beyond just that of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.

He added: "We know about Korea's strengths, on their important victory against Germany [in the World Cup] and we respect them. We know about their forces, not only Son but others and the team as a whole."

Monday, November 18, 2019

Joshua Desperate To Beat Me In Rematch - Ruiz

Andy Ruiz reckons Anthony Joshua is worried about the prospect of leaving Saudi Arabia without the belts when the two go at it for a second time next month.

The Mexican was a shock victor and handed Joshua his first defeat when the pair met at Madison Square Garden.

Since then he has revelled in his victory and left Joshua in no doubt that he is here to stay at the heavyweight’s top table.

The Olympic medalist remains confident he can avenge his reverse in the summer, but Ruiz has told him he will have to bring his A game.

”I think right now he’s pressured, he’s more focused on getting the belts back,” Ruiz told iFL TV.

“I think he’s worried about getting the belts back. But I think he’s in it to win it. He wouldn’t have picked this fight for nothing. Hopefully he brings it December 7 because I’m going to do whatever it takes to retain those belts and bring them back over here.”

Super Eagles Back In Abuja From Maseru; Host Sierra Leone in August 2020

The Super Eagles are back in the country following Sunday’s 4-2 away win against the Crocodiles of Lesotho. The players and their officials arrived Abuja on Monday morning abroad their chartered Maxi Air plane.

“The Eagles have landed in Abuja. Thank you all for the support. #SoarSuperEagles. #Team9jaStrong,” reads a Tweet on the Super Eagles’ Twitter handle.

Gernot Rohr’s team is currently top of Group L on six points from two games. Benin are second on three points, while Sierra Leone and Lesotho occupy third and fourth positions respectively with one point apiece.

The three-time African champions will host Sierra Leone at home in their next 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on August 31, 2020.

Chelsea Is My Club" - Michy Batshuayi "Happy" Despite Lack Of Playing Time

Michy Batshuayi has spoken about his future after concerns over his lack of playing time at Chelsea in recent weeks. Batshuayi has now insisted that he is happy at the London club despite being behind Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.

After Chelsea's 12 matches in the leagues so far, Batshuayi is yet to start any game and has been used 7 times off the bench.

He scored in the 4-1 win against Southampton last month and has also scored thrice in the League cup.

His counterpart Abraham has been on fire so far this season for Chelsea, scoring 10 league goals in 12 matches.

Due to this, both Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud have been forced to sit and watch from the sidelines, but the Belgian star insists he isjust happy to be at the club.

“I have never been a full-fledged starter, but Chelsea is my club,” he said.

“That's where I feel at home.

“It's a club I love deeply.”

Batshuayi also discussed his temperament and discipline, as he admitted he has had problems in the past, but is trying to work on his “seriousness”.

He added: “When I was young, it’s true that I had some problems of discipline.

“But what young person doesn’t? Today, I’m 26 years old, I can channel myself and I work at training and in the game.
“I’m playful, but I choose my moments: at 0-0 I’m going to be serious, at 2 or 3-0 I’m going to play it up.

“Being cool is part of my personality.

“But it’s true: the pressure of football imposes the need to perform and win.

“The competition is raging, and seriousness is needed.”

Hazard Is Very Lazy - Mikel Obi Slams Former Chelsea Teammate

Nigeria international John Obi Mikel has described former teammate at Chelsea Eden Hazard as a lazy player in training. Mikel played with Hazard at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea between 2012 and 2017, winning two Premier League titles together.

However, Mikel has added weight to the suggestion that the Belgian's conditioning could be far better by revealing his training habits at Chelsea.

"Hazard has an incredible talent,' Mikel told beIN Sports.

"Maybe not as good as [Lionel] Messi, but he can do whatever he wants with the ball at his feet.

"He didn't like to train hard. While we were working he was waiting for us to finish training just standing there.

"But on Sundays he was always man of the match, it was unbelievable.'

Hazard’s summer transfer to Real Madrid has not gone entirely to plan.

The Belgian has missed time through injury and not had a tremendous impact when he has been on the pitch, scoring just once in 11 games for the club.

Jurgen Klopp, Gareth Southgate up for coaching award In UK

England manager Gareth Southgate and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp are among the nominees for the 2019 UK Coaching Moment of the Year award.

The 'Great Coaching Moment of the Year' award celebrates the moments that distinguish a coach from their focus on a sporting result to their focus on the person or people they are working with.

Southgate received his nomination for the decision-making and leadership qualities he showed in supporting England's players and backroom staff as they managed the racism which marred England's European Qualifier against Bulgaria in September.

Klopp has been recognised for masterminding Liverpool's Champions League comeback against Barcelona, where his side overturned a 3-0 first-leg loss to qualify for the Champions League final with a dramatic 4-0 victory at Anfield.

Southgate and Klopp are joined on the shortlist by John Blackie, who helped Dina Asher-Smith to two gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

While Adam Peaty's longtime coach, Mel Marshall, completes the line-up having helped the British swimmer to another 100m breaststroke world record and World Aquatics Championship golds.

"I'm so proud and happy to hear that John has been shortlisted for the Great Coaching Moment of the Year," Asher-Smith said of Blackie's nomination.

"I would not be the woman and athlete I am today without his hard-work, selflessness and patience, and for that I will be forever grateful. John puts athletes first and I think he would be a worthy winner of this award."

"As one of the leading female coaches in our country, I'm thrilled that Mel has been recognised and nominated for Great Coaching Moment of the Year," Peaty said of his long-term coach Marshall.

"Mel is so much more than just a coach and is there for her athletes 24/7. We share common goals and a mutual understanding that we will work harder and be smarter which allows us to achieve the results that we do.

"Mel shares the dreams of her athletes and has enabled me to grow not just as a swimmer, but also as a person, both physically and mentally. Mel is an incredible coach and she's also an incredible person."

The shortlist was selected in partnership with the Sports Journalists' Association and the winner will be decided by public vote. You can cast your vote at

The winner will be announced on December 5 at a ceremony at The Tower Hotel London.

Memphis Depay hits out after Excelsior striker walks off after alleged racist abuse

Memphis Depay has called for action to be taken after Excelsior striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira walked off in a game against Den Bosch after allegedly being racially abused by supporters.
Moreira was consoled by team-mates as he left the pitch following an incident near the home fans in the Eerste Divisie - the Dutch second division - clash. The game continued after a delay, with Moreira scoring to put his side 2-1 ahead in a match which eventually finished 3-3.
The Dutch FA has confirmed that it is investigating the incident and said the protocol for dealing with such instances was implemented correctly by the match officials.

Den Bosch released a statement on Twitter saying they had launched an investigation and that the club condemns racism, while Depay tweeted that he was "sick and tired" of seeing such scenes and called on UEFA and the Dutch FA to act.

He said: "I'm sick and tired to see these images over and over! When is it going to stop!!? #SayNoToRacism @KNVB @OnsOranje @UEFA what we going to do? Especially with the upcoming @EURO2020."

Memphis Depay has called for action to be taken

A KNVB statement said: "There is no room for racism in football. Unfortunately, racism is a social problem that sometimes also arises in football. This is at odds with what we want with sport: connecting people. That is why we are taking a crackdown on racism.

"Our protocol for supporters chanting has been used correctly on Sunday afternoon. Together with the club, we are now looking at how the perpetrators can be traced and dealt with. Finally, this incident will be further investigated through the independent disciplinary system."

During the delay, referee Laurens Gerrets spoke to Fox Sports and revealed he was worried for the safety of Moreira, that he was too emotional to carry on playing and that the player was getting more and more upset.

He said play continued for a minute but the songs did not stop so action was taken. The referee said he left the decision over whether to continue the game to Excelsior and they said they wanted to carry on.

A Den Bosch tweet said: "The statements by Excelsior player Moreira prompted FC Den Bosch to conduct a further investigation to find out what exactly was called from the stands. FC Den Bosch emphasizes once again that it distances itself from discrimination and racism."