Cristiano Ronaldo was right, Lionel Messi does miss his presence in the La Liga.Cristiano Ronaldo last year had urged Lionel Messi to come to Italy and play in the Serie A just like him and the Argentine superstar has now reciprocated by saying that he misses his great rival in the La Liga.Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018 in a record transfer deal worth 100 million pounds which brought an end to his legendary rivalry with Barcelona captain Messi, atleast in Spain.Ronaldo and Messi are considered to be the greatest footballers of this generation with the duo leaving no stone unturned to upstage each other in the Spanish football league for 10 seasons before the Portuguese superstar’s move to Italy.Lack of competition in the La Liga now has made life boring for Messi.”I miss Cristiano. It was lovely having him here, even though it annoyed me seeing him win so many titles. It would be great if he was still here, he gave LaLiga prestige,” Messi told FM Club 947 in Argentina.”Juventus are a great candidate to win the Champions League since the arrival of Cristiano, and the match against Atleti must have given them a lot of confidence,” Messi said.Ronaldo won a total of 15 trophies during his 10-year stint at Real Madrid, including two La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, four UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups.He was the runners-up to Messi for the Ballon d’Or trophy thrice after joining Real Madrid before bouncing back with four trophies in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.advertisementMessi and Ronaldo’s hold over the Ballon d’Or lasted for 10 years before Real Madrid’s Luka Modric bagged the award last year.Interestingly, last year Ronaldo had said in a tongue-in-cheek remark that Messi may be misses him in the La Liga.”I’d like him [Messi] to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo told the Italian press on Monday.When Ronaldo was asked if he misses Messi, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, the Portuguese cheekily replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me …”I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more… For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” Ronaldo had said.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich signed Croatia winger Ivan Perisic on loan for a season from Inter Milan on Tuesday after a widely expected move by Manchester City’s Leroy Sane fell through due to the player’s knee injury.A 2018 World Cup finalist, Perisic, who also played for Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga between 2011 and 2015, will play for Bayern starting on Friday.Bayern have an option to buy him next season.The Croat, 30, will reinforce Bayern’s wings along with Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman following the departures of veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.Coman has also been plagued by serious injuries since joining the Bavarians two years ago.”Ivan will instantly help us with his top level experience,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic in a statement.”He is skilled and is flexible up front. I am certain he will quickly integrate because he knows the Bundesliga and also our coach Niko Kovac.”Bayern had publicly expressed an interest to sign City winger Sane but the 23-year-old Germany international tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Community Shield win over Liverpool at Wembley earlier this month.The German champions, beaten by Dortmund in the German Super Cup earlier this month, kick off their Bundesliga campaign against Hertha Berlin on Friday.Also Read | Liverpool’s Alisson Becker out injured for ‘next few weeks’: Juergen KloppAlso See:
The trial of a Castana, Iowa man charged in the death of his grandmother has been delayed until at least September.A judge has set Wednesday September 10th as the new trial starting date for 21-year-old Eliot Stowe in Monona County District Court in Onawa.Stowe has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.He’s accused of fatally beating 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe at the home they shared in rural Castana.Her body was found last June 27th about a mile and a half from their home.Eliot Stowe’s attorney has filed notice to the court that Stowe will use an insanity defense during the trial
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Transfers Imbula joins Toulouse on loan after frustrating Stoke spell Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 23:15 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Stoke City Toulouse Premier League Ligue 1 Stoke City have loaned the French midfielder to Toulouse for the rest of the season after he made just nine league starts last campaign. Giannelli Imbula has returned to Ligue 1 after a disappointing spell at Stoke City, joining Toulouse on a season-long loan.The former Marseille midfielder arrived at Stoke from Porto in 2016 but has failed to make an impression at the bet365 Stadium.Stoke 6/1 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina After scoring two goals in 14 Premier League appearances in the second half of 2015-16, Imbula made only nine starts in the last league campaign.Giannelli Imbula has today agreed to join @ToulouseFC on loan until the end of the season.#SCFC pic.twitter.com/iW72z8PG82— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 31, 2017He has not played for the club so far this term but will hope to rejuvenate his career at Toulouse.Toulouse finished 13th in Ligue 1 in 2016-17 and have taken six points from their first four games of the new season.
Manchester United Furious Van Gaal slams Man Utd treatment: My head was in a noose 18:00 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho The Dutchman believes the decision was taken to part with his services long before he was ushered towards the exits at Old Trafford in 2016 Louis van Gaal has accused Manchester United of putting his head “in a noose” and going behind his back to get Jose Mourinho.The Dutchman was appointed as the permanent successor to David Moyes in the summer of 2014, with a three-year contract agreed at Old Trafford.He was, however, to see out just two seasons before being ushered through the exits on the back of a FA Cup triumph. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Van Gaal believes that decision was taken long before he was made aware of it, with United hanging him out to dry.The former Barcelona boss told Algemeen Dagblad: “I think it was all directed behind my back from January.”I was on the chopping block for six months. With my head publicly on the gallows. The pressure was almost inhuman.”That’s why I say that winning the FA Cup has actually been my biggest achievement as a coach, because despite the noose around your neck, you have to keep those players motivated.”Van Gaal feels that he was made a scapegoat once Mourinho became available, with it clear that United were setting their sights on the Portuguese once he was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015.”He added: “Suddenly former players started to say in the media that we were playing boring football. That Mourinho was fired from Chelsea in December made it very attractive to the media to keep pushing me out.“I do understand that choice of United to get Mourinho. I wanted to sign in 2014 for two years, until I turned 65. United wanted three years because the squad had many players in their 30s and there would be time for a major reorganisation. “Ed Woodward and the club owners, the Glazer brothers, already knew that after the second season I would only stay for one more year. And then after a year and a half, Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, also a top coach they would like to have at United once. With him, they could be at the top for three years. Or five. Maybe 10. Because they would like another Alex Ferguson era.“It is my biggest disappointment that United did not come to discuss these things with me. [They told me] only after my approaching dismissal was already leaked immediately after the final. If they had come to me with the Mourinho story in January, I would have said: ‘okay, we’re going to give everything for another six months, fully committed to each other, and then he’ll take over’.”Then they would have been able to keep that third year’s salary after I left, But now I have made them pay up to the last penny.”A club can be football focised in its organisation or commercially. At United, the balance is more towards the commercial side. “They could get Mourinho, a long-term choice, and a coach with a high commercial value throughout the world. Finally, Woodward said so to me the day after the FA Cup final.”Van Gaal has stayed away from management since leaving United, with the 66-year-old admitting that he has no intention of returning to the dugout any time soon.”I’m still saying that Manchester United will be my last job,” he said.“I was asked about a few jobs at the KNVB last year and said nothing about it. I’m done, basically, but I think: never say never. Something would have to really excite me.”
Liverpool Liverpool’s Flanagan charged with common assault Harry West 22:02 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Merseyside Police has confirmed that the defender has been charged in relation to an incident on Friday morning Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has been charged with common assault, Merseyside Police has confirmed.Flanagan was charged following an incident in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Friday morning.”Merseyside Police can confirm that Jonathan Patrick Flanagan, aged 24, from Cressington in Liverpool has been charged with Section 39 common assault following an incident on Duke Street in Liverpool city centre at around 3.20am on Friday 22nd December 2017,” a police statement read. 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 “He has been released on conditional police bail and will appear before Liverpool City Magistrates Court on January 2nd, 2018.”A Liverpool spokesperson said: “The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving a member of the first team playing squad.”We will be making no further comment on the matter while the process is ongoing with the relevant authorities.”Flanagan spent last season on loan at Burnley and has made only one Liverpool appearance in 2017-18, in the EFL Cup defeat to Leicester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Jürgen Klopp lambasted Liverpool’s hapless defence after a rout that condemned the club to their worst defensive start to a season since 1964-65. A series of clangers helped Tottenham Hotspur record a 4-1 win, with Harry Kane again influential in deciding the game’s outcome. Share on Pinterest news Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Liverpool Mauricio Pochettino Share on WhatsApp Read more Tottenham Hotspur Jürgen Klopp Share on LinkedIn Premier League Harry Kane double leads Tottenham Hotspur to emphatic win over Liverpool Topics “If I am involved in this situation on the pitch, then Harry cannot get the ball,” Klopp said. “It wouldn’t happen if I was on the pitch – but I am in the middle of the technical area in trainers. Each job is clear but we couldn’t do it.”Even in the heat of post-match emotion, to infer that a 50-year-old manager can do a more efficient job than a current international does not reflect well.Dejan Lovren, the worst culprit for the first two goals which Liverpool shipped in a feeble start to the match, was substituted in the 31st minute in an attempt to reshape and offer more protection. They conceded twice more, taking their total goals against for the season to 16 (15 of them away from home). Klopp was not particularly minded to point the finger at Lovren. “I really don’t want to blame players. He feels not good. That’s OK. Nobody should feel good. He is part of the squad. That’s all.”Klopp conceded that Liverpool’s collective defending was well below expectations. “In all decisive moments we were not there. The first goal was unbelievably easy to defend. The second we miss the moment. The third goal another present. Everything was bad from us. We cannot get results with a performance like today. They were completely spot on and we weren’t. That’s my responsibility. It was much too easy for Tottenham today. Our fault.”Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his team’s comprehensive victory. “I am so pleased for the team, so pleased for our fans. We start to change the feeling that it was difficult to play here at Wembley. We start to feel it can be our home. That’s so important for the rest of the season,” he said.The Tottenham manager again had praise for Kane, who will be rested for the midweek EFL Cup match. “He is amazing. He was tired at the end. He put in a massive effort in Real Madrid and today and it’s normal to be a bit tired. No problem.” Reuse this content
Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Transfer window Rumour mill Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook features Topics Share on Messenger Eden Hazard is so keen to move to Real Madrid that his father, Thierry, contacted the Spaniards before the Champions League final to offer them his son’s services. They are yet to make a move but according to Marca it could still happen, particularly if they fail to sign Neymar and decide to sell Gareth Bale. In other English/Spanish news the new Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has been pestering Argentina’s Ever Banega with phone calls in an attempt to lure the Sevilla midfielder to London.Everton want to spruce up their own midfield by signing Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, both of whom could be forced out of their London clubs in search of more gametime. The former might be available only on loan while the latter can be signed for free, and Marco Silva is keen on having them both. He seems less keen on having Morgan Schneiderlin, who could soon move to Marseille, or for that matter Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie.According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to battle for the services of Thiago Alcântara, who Bayern Munich are ready to sell for €70m. Barcelona are also keen on PSV’s World Cup-starring Mexico starlet Hirving Lozano but will sell Yerry Mina, Colombia’s giant goalscoring centre-back, with Mundo Deportivo revealing their doubts about his tactical understanding and Real Betis said to be keen. Borussia Dortmund, Fenerbahce or a number of English sides could also swoop for the 23-year-old.Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie could return to his previous club, Bournemouth, as part of a deal that sends the £20m-rated Josh King in the other direction. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni will soon leave Tyneside with Watford, Wolves and Leeds all keen to keep him in England and Sporting hoping to lure the winger to Portugal. Paris St-Germain are already committed to spending £166m this summer to make Kylian Mbappé’s transfer from Monaco permanent, but rumours that they might be forced to squirm out of the deal at the last minute have got several other deep-pocketed clubs excited.Apparently the French side could be sucked into some kind of financial fair play-related quagmire over the summer and the chaos it causes would be so overwhelming that they will have to cancel the Mbappé deal, allowing Manchester United or Manchester City to sneak in and steal the fleet-footed youngster away. The offer United are considering would involve Anthony Martial heading to Monaco along with a cheque for some £86m – though they might have to come up with another plan if Martial moves to Juventus beforehand, with the Frenchman rumoured to be discussing personal terms – while City, the very model of financial fair play themselves, would probably be able to find that kind of loose change lying around somewhere.City are also ready to push through the signing of Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, but the player is unexpectedly stalling the deal while he negotiates a so-called loyalty bonus with his current club. Apparently they believe he doesn’t merit one because he demanded the transfer, he believes he does merit one because he later withdrew his transfer request, hence the current grumpy stand-off. Share via Email
Football may be on Hamilton’s mind but the four-times world champion is also revelling in the remarkable support he receives from the home fans, and he may deliver something special for them by becoming the most successful driver at the British Grand Prix. He has won it five times, including the past four meetings.Should he make it a fifth consecutive win he will beat Jim Clark’s record of four British GPs in row, and with a sixth he would surpass Clark’s and Alain Prost’s record of five victories at the race.“Engaging with the fans here is just electric,” he said. “Naturally you want to make everyone proud. It will be the cherry on top of the cake if we can pull something special out of the bag.” Lewis Hamilton guided by faith and perspective for new F1 challenges Topics “I’ve booked my day off for next Sunday,” he said. “I’ve booked that off and will keep it free because I want to be in Russia that day supporting them.“I can only imagine the boys are definitely on a high at the moment and they just need to continue. There is so much pressure on them but so much support for them. England is known for its passion for sport. I played football as a kid, I was passionate about it, I would collect the stickers, the magazines.“I played with Ashley [Young] at school but watching on the edge of your seat, the passion – it’s crazy, it’s like it’s in your DNA. It is so exciting.”First he has some serious work on the track and the business end of that begins on Saturday in qualifying. The session starts at 2pm and will end at 3pm just as England begin their game with Sweden. On Thursday he laughingly asked the FIA’s head of communications: “What is the penalty for missing the press conference on a Saturday? Is it negotiable? I want to be watching the game.”Mercedes will not make any announcement at Silverstone about whether Hamilton has signed a new contract but he and the team have much to prove in the race. In Austria they suffered two DNFs and a strategy error, when they failed to pit Hamilton under the virtual safety car. It proved costly for the British driver before he was forced to retire.It was the team’s third poor call from the pit wall this year but Hamilton remains confident. “I really do feel I have the best strategist team behind me,” he said. “No one is perfect and the way the sport is there is no way to be perfect and it would be boring if that were the case.”He had expressed his frustration at the time but believes he and the team learned from the experience. “It just reminds me how passionate I am,” he said. “Everyone in the team felt the same thing, we really do win and lose as a team. Over the last few days the team have united and everyone is energised. That confidence, that will to win, is still there.” news Share on LinkedIn World Cup 2018 Lewis Hamilton has admitted he is already planning ahead to ensure he will be able to attend the World Cup final, should England make it. The Mercedes driver is passionate in his support for the team and even jokingly broached the possibility of taking a fine rather than attending the post-qualifying press conference at the British Grand Prix on Saturday, which will begin just after England’s quarter-final with Sweden has kicked off.Hamilton goes into the race as favourite, with Mercedes once again expected to be strong at Silverstone where they and Hamilton have dominated for the past four years. He is eager to make the most of his chances after failing to finish the previous race in Austria and now trails his title rival, Sebastian Vettel, by one point. While he is focused on the task at hand, he said he wants to be able to follow England to Moscow. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Liverpool Realistic Klopp claims top-four would be success for Liverpool Dejan Kalinic 13:14 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League While the Reds boss dreams of winning the Premier League, he said a top-four finish was a success for his club this season Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes a top-four finish in the Premier League should be considered a successful season for the club.Klopp’s side sit third in the table with 13 games remaining, although fifth-placed Tottenham – their opponents Sunday – are just two points adrift.With Manchester City well clear at the top, Liverpool’s only chance of winning a trophy this campaign shapes as the Champions League, in which they face Porto in the last 16. 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 Klopp said if his team managed a top-four finish, that should be enough for their season to be considered a success.”When you start a season you can dream of something and you have to make a realistic target as well,” the German said.”I think being champion is probably the dream – not only at Liverpool but especially at Liverpool – but because of the season City is playing that is quite difficult.”If you cannot be first then I would prefer to be second but if you are second, third or fourth at the end of the season all three positions are good and similarly difficult to reach.”Everybody thinks Arsenal are away but they are not. If there is one matchday when one of us loses and Arsenal win then they are five points [behind] and off they go. Tottenham is in the group with all of us for the Champions League positions at the moment so for sure it [a top-four finish] would be a success.”The Reds take on Tottenham on Sunday in what is a crucial clash of top-four hopefuls. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The latest edition of the Touch Football Australia “High Performance Herald” Newsletter has been released today. All the news, features, and latest information on Australia’s 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup campaign is included.Please open the file below to access Volume 3 of the High Performance Herald Newsletter.Related Fileshigh_performance_herald_volume_3__2_-pdf
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Everton captain Coleman: We must recover from Spurs thrashingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton captain Seamus Coleman says they must get themselves back on track after their thrashing by Tottenham.Everton are now preparing to meet Burnley.“We have to get ourselves back on track, the confidence is still there,” Coleman said. “We have some winnable games, but we know they are all tough.“We were looking forward to the game and to go 1-0 up was important, especially.“We could possibly have gone 2-0 up, too. If Dom’s goal had stood, it would have been difficult for them to get back into to the game.“The goal we conceded [to make it 1-1] maybe affected us more than it should have.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham boss Pochettino: We can handle Son absenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says they can handle the absence of Son Heung-min.Pochettino is confident his side won’t “suffer” as a consequence of Son’s involvement in the Asian Cup. “I’ve accepted we’re going to lose him, so I’ve tried to make sure the squad is strong enough to push forward and to perform in the way which we expect,” stressed Pochettino. “I’m so happy with my squad.“You want all your best players, but we’re not going to suffer because we knew at the start of the season this was going to happen.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say