Prandelli: Why Giampaolo failed with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Italy coach Cesare Prandelli feels for Marco Giampaolo after his dismissal by AC Milan.Prandelli says the players were not up to Giampaolo’s demands.“Seeing the team from the outside, I did develop a theory as to why things went so wrong,” Prandelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Giampaolo loves a reasoned-out style of football that follows certain patterns, whereas all their players are instinctive and don’t follow tactics.“It becomes difficult at that point to find some common ground. Having said all that, Giampaolo 100 per cent deserves his tag as a great Coach in Italian football, it’s just this squad didn’t suit his ideas.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
When the South American Under-20 Championship rolls around every two years, Brazil are always title contenders. Even after a disastrous 2017 campaign, normal service was expected to resume in Chile this month.However, a Selecao side shorn of star Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior – deemed too important to his club’s Liga campaign to be released for international duty – have had to rely on a future Merengue hotshot to negotiate the first round. 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? Rodrygo has appeared only in fits and starts so far in Chile, but that has been enough to take Brazil through to the final stage and remain in contention for the title or, at the very least, a spot in May’s World Cup.Having turned 18 at the very start of the tournament, Rodrygo has been involved in all three goals Brazil have scored so far at the competition.After a subdued debut as his side played out a 0-0 stalemate against Colombia, he stepped up a gear to overcome 2017 World Cup runners-up Venezuela.The clash was tense and even throughout, with both teams enjoying spells of dominance. But it was just when the Vinotinto were looking most dangerous that the teenager struck.In the first half he timed his run perfectly to meet Marcos Antonio’s incisive pass and blasted past the helpless Carlos Olses to open the scoring, giving Brazil the breathing space needed after more than two hours without finding the net.Even better was to come after the break. With Venezuela turning the screws in search of an equaliser, Rodrygo effortlessly turned inside his marker to make space, before beating Olses once again with his right foot.Samuel Sosa hit back with a fine free-kick, but Rodrygo’s double left his side just enough margin to buckle down and take a crucial 2-1 victory, the only blip for the Vinotinto, who came out on top in their other three matches in Group A.Brazil, nevertheless, continued to struggle for form and consistency, dominating possession but carving out few chances of note.Rodrygo was equally guilty as the rest of his team-mates in failing to hit a single shot on target from 19 attempts in a 1-0 defeat to hosts Chile, a result that left them needing at least a draw against Bolivia to assure qualification.While the future Madrid striker did not trouble the scorers, he made another decisive intervention.With 25 minutes gone he once more streaked through the middle, forcing Walter Antelo to slice him down and concede a penalty. Flamengo’s Lincoln stepped up and converted in unorthodox style, sending Brazil through to the final stage, which kicks off on Tuesday with a game against Colombia.At just 18, Rodrygo is young even for the U-20 category, and has demonstrated on occasion that he struggles to impose himself against physical defences. But he also shows remarkable maturity for a kid of his age.“Wearing the No. 10 shirt for Brazil is always important and it adds responsibility on me,” he said following the Venezuela win.“I know I have to be decisive and in this game my team-mates helped me a lot in order to achieve that.”With just three goals in their four outings so far, the entire Brazil squad must lift their game for the final stage. Four of the six participants go through, but it will not be easy by any means.Stubborn Colombia kick off a gruelling run of five games in 12 days for the young Selecao, in temperatures that are likely to reach the mid-30s under the summer sun of Rancagua.After the Cafetero, Brazil face a rematch with dangerous Venezuela, who have kept the core of the squad that finished second in the 2017 U-20 World Cup; Uruguay and Ecuador then follow before they conclude their campaign against similarly talent-packed yet under-achieving Argentina on February 10.Two years ago, a side containing talents like new Milan signing Lucas Paqueta, current Everton star Richarlison and on-loan Manchester City promise Douglas Luiz were humbled at the same stage, winning just once and finishing outside the World Cup qualification places.For 30 years from 1981 to 2011 – their last South America win, inspired by the deadly duo of Neymar and Lucas Moura – the Selecao never failed to make at least the top three in the competition: since then, they have only managed to make a single World Cup, even suffering the ignominy of a first-round exit in 2013.Therefore, Rodrygo, Lincoln and Co. have an extra responsibility to reverse that awful recent record and put Brazil back amongst the world’s best at youth level.It is a tall order. Just like Argentina, who went through with an even worse record in Group B, the Canarinha is a walking bullseye for the rest of the continent, who revel in bringing the two football aristocrats to their knees.Rodrygo must build on his early promise in Chile and show why both Real Madrid and Brazil have put so much faith in his undoubtedly fantastic ability.
Thibaut Courtois would choose Eden Hazard ahead of Neymar as a blockbusting signing for Real Madrid this year.Courtois played alongside his Belgium international team-mate for four seasons at Chelsea before moving to the Santiago Bernabeu last August .The Spanish capital has frequently been touted as a future destination for Hazard , who is yet to commit to the Premier League club beyond the end of next 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? Madrid’s market activity has been somewhat at odds with the Galacticos era over recent transfer windows and head coach Santiago Solari, and his predecessor Julen Lopetegui, have felt the effects of Cristiano Ronaldo not being replaced following his July departure to Juventus.Ex-Barcelona star Neymar is reported to remain a Madrid target, but Courtois believes his countryman would be a better signing.In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad , the 26-year-old goalkeeper said: “I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.”I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.”The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.”You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.”Having the best day, thanks to you all!!! #family #fifaworldcup pic.twitter.com/G4la59C9eQ — Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) July 15, 2018 Barcelona are 10 points better off than third-place Madrid at the top of LaLiga and in pole position to retain their title.The Catalan club have operated with a far more expansive transfer policy of late, than their bitter rivals, particularly since Neymar’s world-record €222million departure to PSG in August 2017.Nevertheless, Courtois does not see their recruitment continuing at such a rate due to the demands of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.”We do not have to look at other teams, we have to look at ourselves,” he said. “We have to build a new team.”Who knows [whether] other teams will get into trouble with the rules of Financial Fair Play?”If you see that Barcelona have already spent twice the amount they have received for Neymar, they may have to sell again soon.”
The Soccerex Football Finance 100 for 2019 is out – and there may be one or two surprises floating around this year’s list.Charting the strongest clubs around the globe in terms of monetary power with an analytical model utilising five variables to deliver a final calculation, the list allows fans to see who packs a punch when it comes to the big bucks.Through utilising the values of playing assets, tangible assets such as stadiums, cash in the bank, owner potential investment and net debt, the Soccerex Football Finance 100 measures up the powerhouses of world football, ultimately awarding them a Football Finance Index (FFI) score based on the results. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The results this year aren’t too unexpected, with many of the usual suspects rounding out the top 10 – but below, there may be a few more unforeseen teams jostling in the ranks.Teams from 100-21 have been abbreviated, showing only their FFI scores, while a more detailed breakdown of the numbers is available for the top 20.
Fields of Anfield Road is a signature song for Liverpool fans to sing both at home at Anfield and on the road, almost as famed as club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone and a staple of the Anfield songbook.But as well-known as the tune is, its roots actually belong in Ireland – as the Kop favourite had been adapted from the well-known Irish folk song Fields of Athenry. So why do Liverpool fans sing it, and what was the original Irish song about? Goal takes a look. 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? Why do Liverpool fans sing Fields of Athenry?As what usually happens with great football chants, the anthem was adapted from a lesser-known song, with the newer and more popular football version gaining more international attention.After all, You’ll Never Walk Alone is originally a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel, but made famous in the football world by Merseybeat band Gerry & the Pacemakers in 1963.The original folk song that Fields of Anfield Road is based on, Fields of Athenry, was written and composed in the 1970s by Irish folk singer-songwriter Pete St. John. The song was first recorded in 1979 by Danny Doyle, and reached the top 10 in the Irish Singles Chart.It is set during the Great Irish Famine in the 19th century and follows a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway, who has been sentenced to transportation to Australia as punishment for stealing food for his starving family.The song became synonymous with Irish sporting events, having been made popular by Irish football fans during the 1990 World Cup. It continues to be a favourite amongst Irish sports fans today, particularly during Munster Rugby games. Additionally, it is also sung by Celtic fans and London Irish rugby union teams.And of course, Fields of Anfield Road has been taken up by Liverpool fans to the same tune and melody as the original folk song, with the lyrics altered to reference their history and stadium.The lyrics were originally adapted by a Liverpool fan named Edward R Williams from Wallasey, and gained slow traction across the terraces at Anfield before it eventually became as well-known as it is today.In the song, the character of Michael is replaced by iconic former Reds manager Bill Shankly, and the verses refer to Liverpool figures Kenny Dalglish and Steve Heighway. In 2009, a new version of the song was recorded and released as a charity single to include a verse commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. John Power from Liverpool-based bands Cast and The La’s co-wrote the final verse, and vocal contributions were made by Phil Thompson and Bruce Grobbelaar amongst others.Fields of Anfield Road lyricsOutside the Shankly Gates I heard a Kopite calling Shankly they have taken you away But you left a great eleven Before you went to heaven Now it’s glory round the Fields of Anfield Road.All round the Fields of Anfield Road Where once we watched the King Kenny play (and he could play) We had Heighway on the wing We had dreams and songs to sing Of the glory round the Fields of Anfield Road Beside the Hillsborough FlameI heard a Kopite mourningWhy so many taken on that day?Justice has never been doneBut their memory will carry onThere’ll be glory around the Fields of Anfield Road Fields of Athenry lyricsBy a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling Michael they have taken you away,For you stole trevelyn’s cornSo the young might see the morn,Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bayLow lie, the Fields of AthenryWhere once we watched the small free birds flyOur love was on the wingWe had dreams and songs to sing, Its so lonely round the Fields of AthenryBy a lonely prison wallI heard a young man calling’Nothing matters Mary, when you’re free’Against the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they brought me down Now its lonely round the Fields of AthenryBy a lonely harbour wallShe watched the last star falling As the prison ship sailed out against the skySure she’ll live in hope and prayFor her love in Botney Bay Its so lonely round the Fields of Athenry Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines have been steadily climbing their way back to relevancy since losing to Notre Dame.Their biggest test between now and the season finale against Ohio State will be this Saturday against the Michigan State Spartans.Michigan State have won eight of the last ten matchups with Michigan. They’ve also beaten Jim Harbaugh in two of the last three.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Michigan has this game on lock. The computer model gives the Wolverines a 68.9 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.Considering how light their schedule is the rest of the way, the Michigan-Ohio State game could determine the Big Ten champion.The game will be played at 12 p.m. EST on FOX.
CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view the satdium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)On Friday night, Oregon and Oregon State took the field for their rivalry matchup. The Ducks entered as heavy favorites led by potential top NFL draft pick Justin Herbert.As the game unfolded it was clear the Ducks were the better team – even after Herbert left with an injury. While their star quarterback was on the bench, the Ducks defense took hold, thanks to a few poor decisions by the Oregon State offense.One of those poor decisions was a triple-reverse that ended up in a fumble. It’s one of those players you have to see to believe.Check it out.Oregon State. What? pic.twitter.com/TgFwzCaOFO— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) November 23, 2018Not what you want to see from your offense when you’re already trailing against your rival.Then again, the Beavers have nothing to lose at this point in the season.Oregon leads 34-9 heading into the fourth quarter.
EVANSTON, IL – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans stands with his team before a agem against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 28, 2017 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Michigan State 39-31 in triple overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Although the Michigan State Spartans probably aren’t pleased with a four-point victory over Rutgers, the win does boost their resume.This season was plagued by inconsistent production at quarterback for the Spartans. Whether it was Brian Lewerke or Rocky Lombardi under center, Michigan State rarely sustained success on offense.While Michigan State came crashing down toward the end of the season, its 7-5 record earns them bowl eligibility. Nothing is official yet, but several experts already have their bowl projections available for the Spartans.Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Michigan State in the Outback Bowl against Texas A&M. Watching Mark Dantonio’s defense face Jimbo Fisher’s offense would be truly special.College Football News also has the Spartans in the Outback Bowl, but instead they’d be facing the Kentucky Wildcats.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated also believes Michigan State will be in the Outback Bowl. However, this projection matches the Spartans with the LSU Tigers.These projections are all indicating that Michigan State will take a trip to Tampa for the winter.Stay tuned.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player has been released from his program after serious allegations surfaced. The Minnesota Gophers have released tight end Max Janes after he allegedly assaulted a police officer.Head coach P.J. Fleck released a statement confirming Janes is no longer on the football team. “We have extremely high standards for members of our team and when those standards are not met there are consequences,” Fleck said.“Law enforcement officers speak to our team and educate them multiple times a year, and we greatly appreciate those who protect and serve us on a daily basis,” he continued.According to a report from the Star Tribune, Janes is facing felony charges after he allegedly tried to break into a post office. When officers approached Janes, he reportedly became combative and allegedly assaulted an officer.Here’s more from the report:Officers were dispatched to a welfare check on reports of an individual improperly dressed for the cold weather loitering outside the post office. They located Janes just as he gained unlawful entry into the building’s loading dock. Officers placed Janes in their squad car, but opened the rear door after he informed them that he needed to vomit.Janes spent most of the 2018 college football season helping out on special teams.He played in every game for the Gophers during the 2018 season.
India the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan BorderIndia Sunday retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win in the third Test at the MCG on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 09:05 IST Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been highly impressive in whites in 2018 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBorder said this is the best Indian bowling attack he has ever seenBorder was particularly impressed with India’s fast bowling unitBumran, Ishant and Shami have collectively taken a record 134 wickets in away Tests in 2018Lions at home, lambs abroad? Well that is not the case anymore with the Indian cricket team as they now have a group of quality fast bowlers which makes Virat Kohli and his men “the real deal now” in world cricket, feels Australian legend Allan Border.India Sunday retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win in the third Test at the MCG on Sunday, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.”They’re the real deal now, they’re the No. 1 team. They’ve been a great side to watch and they deserve this win,” Border told foxsports.com.au.”They’ve had their struggles away from home, but they’re starting to improve because they’ve had some good fast bowling.”Now they can combat Australia, South Africa and New Zealand countries that produce those fast, bouncy, seaming wickets. They used to struggle on those, but they don’t struggle on those now.”Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as the best bowler in world cricket now with 48 wickets in his debut Test season. He is part of a lethal pace trio involving the veteran Ishant Sharma and the wily Mohammed Shami.The trio have collectively taken 134 away wickets (Bumrah 48, Ishant 40 and Shami 46) in a single calender year, eclipsing the 34-year-old record that stood in the name of the fearsome West Indies trio of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner (130 wickets in away tours in 1984).Border heaped praise on India’s pace unit, saying: “It’s as a good an Indian bowling attack as I’ve ever seen.advertisement”They’ve had some fantastic individual bowlers over the years, particularly famous for their spin, going back to when I first started with Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.”Now they’ve settled on a fantastic fast bowling group, plus they’ve got a couple in the wings that are pretty handy, plus they’ve got a couple of good spinners and their batting is very, very good,” Border said.Also Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Allan BorderFollow Boxing Day Test