Messi’s Incredibles! Barcelona & Pixar plan movie

first_imgBarcelona Messi’s Incredibles! Barcelona and Pixar in animated movie negotiations Ignasi Oliva Gispert Last updated 1 year ago 18:01 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Incredibles Barcelona GFX Disney/Getty composite Barcelona Lionel Messi Primera División Not content with conquering the football world, the Catalan giants are now preparing to branch out into the film industry Barcelona, who boast footballing superheroes like Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho, are in negotiations with Disney’s Pixar to produce an animated movie.Negotiations have opened between the Camp Nou outfit and the renowned animation studio, which has produced classics such as Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.Spanish journalist Rocco Steinhauser recently revealed that talks were underway and, although no deal has been done as yet, he believes an agreement could soon be reached. 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 Steinhauser told Goal on the proposed project: “Barcelona and Pixar have been discussing an animated film for a few weeks.”I know it is being discussed in the high offices of Barcelona and that president [Josep Maria] Bartomeu is dealing with the talks directly.”There’s nothing closed, so the negotiations do not mean that we are definitely going to see a Pixar film about Barcelona, but there is a big chance that it will finally happen.”It is the same thing that happens in transfer market – dealing with a player doesn’t mean this player will play for that club, and both Barcelona and Pixar are being very discrete when it comes to negotiations.”A Barcelona film has been mooted for some time, with Professor Simon Chadwick – a specialist on sports marketing at the University of Salford – claiming on Twitter that “Barca have been flirting with Disney for more than a decade”.It should come as no surprise to find that a global brand such as Barcelona are eager to branch out in as many different directions as possible away from the football field.Film and TV are obvious avenues to explore, with the likes of Juventus and Manchester City having recently commissioned documentaries which are set to air on Netflix and Amazon respectively.Barca could, however, be about to go one step further than their European rivals and move from the small screen to the silver one.Pixar have previously produced box office smashes such as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc and Cars, so boasting their support will put the La Liga heavyweights in a strong position.With that mind, Messi and Co. could soon be hitting a cinema near you!last_img read more

Even Pele had off-days – Tabarez backs misfiring Suarez

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Even Pele had off days’ – Tabarez backs Suarez after disappointing World Cup bow Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) luissuarez-cropped Getty Images World Cup Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt Luis Suárez The Barcelona striker received the backing of his coach after he missed a number of clear chances in a tense victory on Friday Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez defended Luis Suarez after the striker misfired in his side’s 1-0 win over Egypt in their World Cup opener and backed him to improve as the tournament progresses.Suarez was presented with a number of clear goalscoring opportunities as Uruguay struggled to break Egypt down in a poor game in Ekaterinburg but he failed to beat the impressive Mohamed El-Shenawy.Tabarez refused to criticise Suarez, instead crediting the Barcelona man for his part in creating Uruguay’s chances, which culminated in Jose Gimenez powering a header beyond El-Shanawy to clinch victory in the 90th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I don’t discuss individual players,” Tabarez told reporters. “I never point the finger at anyone. We are a group, a team as a whole. I do not agree with [criticism].”I am never going to criticise these players, especially players who have given so much to Uruguayan football.”I don’t know what happened to [Suarez]. I will not speculate. I’ve seen Messi, Pele, Maradona and many others not having a good day and not playing to their full potential. This is not a sin.”Suarez, 31, scored 25 goals in 33 LaLiga appearances for Barcelona in 2017-18 and netted five times in 13 games for Uruguay in their World Cup qualifying campaign.Tabarez said he was not concerned by signs that Suarez might have lost his form upon arriving in Russia.”Luis Suarez, even playing not as well as he normally does, had three goalscoring opportunities,” said Tabarez. “The goalkeeper saved a couple and that’s to his merit.#EGYURU | Comenzó el segundo tiempo en el Arena Ekaterimburgo.Egipto 0-0 Uruguay— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 15, 2018″In the good times, the ball always seems to go in the net. Other times, they have not so good days and the posts seem closer together. This doesn’t worry me too much.”As long as Suarez keeps trying, we know he has great potential and we are happy with that.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Australian teams have done what many other Australian sporting teams have not been able to in recent times…defeated New Zealand.The Finals results of the All Nations Championships are here.Womens OpenAustralia 4 def New Zealand 3(Drop-off)Mens OpenAustralian 8 def New Zealand 4Mixed OpenNew Zealand 9 def Australia 5Mens 30s divisionAustralia 12 def Samoa 2Womens 30s divisionAustralia 1 def New Zealand 0Mixed 30’s New Zealand (4) def New Zealand Maori (1)Mixed 30’s (play-off for 3rd / 4th)Australia 13 def Samoa 4Mens 35s divisionNew Zealand 3 def Australia 2Womens 35s divisionAustralia 6 def Oceania 3Mens 40s divisionAustralia 7 def New Zealand 0Mens 45s divisionAustralia 3 def New Zealand 2last_img read more


first_imgUnder the direction of the National Game Development Manager, you will lead a dedicated team of development officers, administrators and volunteers to deliver and expand the sport of Touch Football in Victoria.This unique opportunity requires a pro-active and proven leader with a combination of strong management, analytical and communication skills.TFA operates under a Certified Agreement & the successful candidate can expect a salary range of $50 – 65K dependant on qualifications & experience. By COB Friday 22 December 2006, applicants should email a brief overview of their qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to Colm Maguire – National Game Development Manager at . Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.Further information contact Colm Maguire 0402 893 104 or download the STATE MANAGER POSITION DESCRIPTIONlast_img read more

Mixed Open Squad Training Camp

first_imgIt will be a busy weekend for the squad with games against local Redlands sides, conducting an AusSquad launch on Saturday, as well as plenty of training. The squad will train during the day on Friday before playing two games on Friday night at Norm Price Park, Cleveland, starting at 6.00pm – one against a team of junior players from Redlands, followed by a game against a Redlands Mixed Open side.Saturday will see more training in the morning before the squad conducts a launch of Touch Football Australia’s newest program, AusSquad, at the Queensland All Schools Championships at Whites Hill Reserve at 12.30pm. The squad will continue to train on Saturday afternoon, as well as on Sunday morning. Redlands Touch Association’s Sports Administration Officer, Karen Schweitzer, is looking forward to the camp and the opportunities it provides for their local Touch Football players. “We jumped at the opportunity to host it. It’s going to be great, we are using it to promote representative Touch Football to our juniors and seniors,” Schweitzer said. “We’ve got together a group of young ones from 14 to 17 and they are going to give them a warm up game, and then we’ve put together a senior Mixed team and they are going to play a game.”Friday night is Redlands Touch Association’s junior competition night, with plenty of people expected to turn out to see the Mixed Open squad in action against the local teams. “It’s really worked in well, we’ve rescheduled our games and we also do a big family barbeque on the Friday night. We have 88 junior teams here on a Friday night, so there’s going to be a lot of kids around. It should be a really good night.”“They are really looking forward to it,” Schweitzer said. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Redlands Touch Association and the Queensland All Schools Championships for their involvement in the Australian Mixed Open training camp this weekend.Please find below a link to a story from the Bayside Bulletin about the Mixed Open squad’s training camp. read more

PNG looking to develop

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is plenty of flair and smiles when you watch Papua New Guinea play at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.This is the first time PNG have played at the NTLs and they are playing in the mixed opens division.Touch football has been played there for nearly two decades.PNG junior vice-president John Aidaboe said there was one reason for playing at Coffs Harbour.“Developing our players,” Aidaboe said. “So win or lose we will take something away to develop our team.“We are planning to come here next year again and this time we will do a bit better and be better prepared because we will know what to expect. “At the end of the day, we want to learn as much as possible.”Touch is slowly building a strong reputation in the rugby league-loving country. It is mainly played in towns.“The important thing about touch, like it is in Australia, it’s a family sport. It’s not like a professional [sport], it’s more of a family game.”“We are hoping to have an opens team at the World Cup.“It [the NTLs] is not the only tournament we will develop the players. There is Malaysia coming up, there is the Oceania games coming up, which is part of the build-up to the World Cup.” You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksPNG touchlast_img read more

TFA Welcomes Sustained Level of ASC Funding

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has welcomed the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) commitment to the sport of Touch Football, providing a sustained level of funding in 2013-14. As part of the Commonwealth Government’s $120m investment in Australian sporting organisations, TFA has maintained its existing investment allocation of $570,000, under the first round of funding of the ASC’s Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022, announced earlier this week. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire welcomed the ASC’s commitment to the sport of Touch Football and said it recognised the governance and structural improvements to the sport and our national teams’ standings as World Champions.“Touch Football as a sport has continued to improve and particularly focus strongly on our corporate governance and participation agenda – we look forward to the ongoing assessment of the current funding models which support such a priority,” Maguire said.  “This is likely to occur in the coming year and we believe we have positioned ourselves well through our commitment to governance reform and our continued engagement with the Australian Sports Commission generally. And more specifically, relating to our growth strategies and projects identified to achieve sustained success. “In an environment where various sports have had some reduced levels of funding, we are very pleased with the outcome and believe that the sustained funding commitment by the ASC is significant for the growth of the sport and considered by us as a measure of success. “This is of particular note in the High Performance area where funding has been retained and this will continue to be an important focus for our sport.“We believe that Touch Football produces an immense talent pool for the game and for various other sports through the high calibre of athletes we develop and the various related skills associated with our game. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the ASC to ensuring the “winning edge” strategy of the government is embraced and supported by our sport,” Maguire said.Related LinksASC Fundinglast_img read more

2014 NSW Junior State Cup results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners and runners-up at the 2014 New South Wales Junior State Cup. 10’s BoysPenrith Panthers 16 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 910’s GirlsOrange Thunder 21 defeated Northern Beaches Renegades 212’s BoysWests Magpies 13 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 412’s GirlsWagga Wagga 3 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 214’s BoysNewcastle City Knights 9 defeated Orange Thunder 214’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 15 defeated Wallsend Wolves 216’s BoysParramatta Eels 8 defeated Beresfield Bandits 716’s GirlsManly Sea Eagles 12 defeated Wagga Wagga 718’s BoysMurwillumbah Mavericks 12 defeated Parramatta Eels 718’s Girls Manly Sea Eagles 15 defeated Newcastle City Knights 6 Club Champions Manly Warringah Touch AssociationTo view highlights of the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel – Related LinksJunior State Cup resultslast_img read more

NTL Referee Coach Applications – Expressions of Interest

first_imgTouch Football Australia is currently seeking expressions of interest, from suitably qualified individuals, for the National Touch League (NTL) Referee Coaching Panel.The 2018 NTL will be held from the 7th-10th March, 2018 (Wednesday-Saturday) in Coffs Harbour, NSW. Panel members are required to be in location on Tuesday 6th March –  Sunday 11th March (5 nights).TFA recognises the significant contribution that Referee Coaches make as part of the ongoing development and education of Referees in our sport, and the role they play within National Events, in providing quality experiences.These positions will  be fully supported by TFA Staff, Referee Managers and Medical Team in an event environment. Positions are voluntary with relevant travel, accommodation, uniform and meal allowances applicable to support.For more information please click here.last_img read more

5 ways to get better at touch footy

first_imgTHIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON Looking to contribute a little more on-field this season? If there’s anyone who can improve your touch skills, it’s Phil Gyemore, Australian Men’s Open Head Coach. He also coaches the elite touch team the North Queensland Cowboys, the Men’s 2019 NRL Touch Premiers. 1. Firstly, focus on getting the ball down the other end of the field“Beginners can make the mistake of trying to score off every play or touch. But depending on the part of the field your team is on when you’ve got the ball, the first two or three touches should be about giving yourself an opportunity to get to the attacking part of the field. Ruck the ball forward to get closer to the opposition’s tryline,” says Gyemore. “Then when you’re in that other half of the field, that’s when you can look to explore some options that might involve throwing the ball around, showing some footwork and some more skill to try to attack and score.”2. Look to initiate the touch when you have the ball“Affecting the touch is something everyone should be doing when you have the ball. If you affect the touch, then you’re in more control. It’s on your terms, you’re being proactive rather than reactive and just waiting for someone to make the touch on you, which can then lead to stepping over the mark or an error, forcing a pass. Those things can happen because people are reacting rather than trying to control the game when they have the opportunity.”3. Start moving back onside before a touch is made“When on the defending team, some beginners have a problem with getting onside, getting back in line with the referee. So sometimes when a touch is made, lots of people are still around the roll ball. But what they should be doing, once it becomes very clear who is going to be making the touch – because it only takes one player to make the touch – the other five players should be getting back onside. It’s what we call ‘pre-touch’ at the elite level. People should be getting in good pre-touch position if they aren’t the ones who are going to be making the touch, to prepare for upcoming touches.”4. Practice running backwards“Running backwards is a skill in itself. A five-metre challenge is a good activity you can do with two people to improve your backwards running. One of you is the defender, the other is the attacker. Place the ball five metres away from the tryline. The attacker picks the ball up and the defender has to get back onside, running backwards really fast before they can make a touch, while the attacker tries to score,” he says.5. Practice passing both sides“Some people are more dominant on one side, in terms of their pass from right to left, which can be restrictive. Like all skills, it’s just a matter of practice, repetition. Doing it on a regular basis will increase your ability to pass on both sides. Same with long balls. Practice will improve your accuracy of pass, the speed of your pass and how far you can pass.”last_img read more

11 days agoFrance coach Deschamps: Chelsea striker Giroud no surprise

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say France coach Deschamps: Chelsea striker Giroud no surpriseby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps is full of praise for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.The veteran proved the matchwinner in the Euro qualifying win over Iceland.Deschamps enthused: “I’m not surprised by Olivier. He is a hard worker.”The danger is playing two close games, but he has recovered well. He is a very important player for us. “A rock.” last_img read more

11 days agoSpurs striker Kane happy to be England leader

first_imgSpurs striker Kane happy to be England leaderby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane doesn’t mind taking on the responsibility of being England’s leader and star player.The Tottenham striker has the task of picking up his teammates after Friday’s shock loss to Czech Republic in Euro2020 qualifying.Accepting the pressure is definitely on, he said: “I kind of just take that responsibility. I have been doing it for a while now. It doesn’t help when you don’t win like the game on Friday night because it feels like you carry those losses with you and as players you want to win every game.”From my point of view, I’m with the captain role at England and take that responsibility on, obviously I will be captain at Spurs for however long Hugo is out.”But I have said before that my game doesn’t change, my personality doesn’t change. I am still the same person, I still try and lead by example on and off the pitch and I will continue to do that.”I have been in high pressure situations before in my career, whether that is going through goal droughts, playing in high-pressure games or not playing well as a team.”It is something I will take in my stride and improve on.”It is a long, old season for club and country ahead – a lot of games to be played so there are going to be tough periods. We are also in one now as a club. Hopefully we can win Monday night for England and that will put Friday night less impactful and then I will go back to Spurs and take that in my stride and see how that progresses.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoArsenal noticed groin weakness in summer signing Saliba

first_imgArsenal noticed groin weakness in summer signing Salibaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have one small concern about summer signing William Saliba, according to reports.The 18-year-old was instantly loaned back to Saint-Etienne after the two clubs agreed upon a transfer.The Athletic says the Gunners were concerned about the centre-back’s ‘groin strength’ when he first arrived at London Colney.Despite those qualms, the club are generally happy with Saliba as a prospect and are looking forward to his return next season.The two clubs are in constant contact over the £27m signing, who has made three appearances for the Ligue 1 club this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Buddy Hield Wants To Play Kansas Again

first_imgOklahoma guard Buddy Hield interacts with Kansas fans.Twitter/@_MarcusD_Oklahoma advanced to the Final Four with a win over Oregon earlier tonight. Awaiting the Sooners is a matchup with the winner of Villanova-Kansas.The Sooners have played both teams this season, thrashing Villanova but losing twice to Kansas in Big 12 play. Oklahoma senior star Buddy Hield knows which team he wants to see again.According to CBSSports’ Sam Vecenie, Hield is hoping the third time is the charm against the Jayhawks. Buddy Hield: “I want Kansas to win.”— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 27, 2016Kansas beat writer Scott Chasen says Hield has had his eyes on another meeting with KU since Oklahoma lost to West Virginia in the Big 12 semifinals.I spoke to Buddy Hield after OU lost to WVU in the Big 12 Tournament. Said he was disappointed not to get another shot at KU this year [1/2]— Scott Chasen (@SChasenKU) March 27, 2016He was obviously downtrodden from the game, but said this: “Hopefully, we get a drawing in the NCAA tournament against them.” [2/2]— Scott Chasen (@SChasenKU) March 27, 2016Will Hield’s wish come true? The Jayhawks still have to beat Villanova, and they trail by three early in the second half.last_img read more

Wisconsin Coach: Ohio State RB Antonio Williams Not Wanted At UW After Disparaging Joel Stave Tweet

first_imgAntonio Williams doing drills at Ohio State's practice.Instagram/antonio_williams34Antonio Williams was committed to Wisconsin before ultimately flipping to Ohio State in October 2015, and that move was totally fine with Badgers running backs coach John Settle.A few weeks before the flip, Williams took to Twitter to criticize then-Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave, saying that the program wouldn’t be “elite” until Stave was gone. The tweet was deleted soon thereafter, but it made its way to the Wisconsin locker room.4-Star RB recruit who committed to Wisconsin last weekend.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) October 3, 2015Williams sent the tweet after a rough afternoon for Stave in a 10-6 loss to Iowa. Stave was 21-for-32 for 234 yards, and two critical interceptions in the game.247Sports‘ Evan Flood spoke to Settle about the flip, and the coach said that after that Antonio Williams tweet, Wisconsin players did not want him on the team.“There’s a reason he’s not here,” running backs coach John Settle said. “We talk about smart, tough dependable. If a guy doesn’t fit that criteria, he wouldn’t do well in this environment.”[…] “We didn’t chase him,” Settle said. “After he made some comments about one of our family members, I think it was a forgone conclusion that he was welcome to go look at other places.“The players didn’t want him here.”To make things worse, the tweet was sent while Williams was on his official visit to Madison. While he deleted the tweet quickly, star running back Corey Clement saw the tweet while it was up, and brought it to the attention of the staff.“It speaks volumes,” Settle explained. “There’s a culture and an environment here that the players have created. You don’t go out in public and try and criticize a family member. If something happens, you do it in house, especially when you’re not even a part of the family yet.“I’m proud of Corey for stepping up. The other plays backed him. I think things happen for a reason.”Antonio Williams was a four-star recruit out of North Carolina, and was ranked as the No. 7 running back in the nation by 247. He has six carries for 28 yards this season, all in the Buckeyes’ 58-0 win over Rutgers.[247Sports]last_img read more

Sterling admits to career low at Man City

first_imgRaheem Sterling admits to having experienced a career low at Manchester City, with the “golden boy” of English football being written off for club and country shortly after his big-money move.The England international swapped the red of Liverpool for the blue of the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2015.A £44 million ($55m) deal took him from one giant in the north west to another, with big things expected of an emerging talent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Sterling was, however, to make slow start at City before enduring a testing run through Euro 2016 with the Three Lions.He concedes that he found the going tough, telling British GQ of his lowest ebb: “Probably my first season at City, purely because I came in excited for my move here and then it went from ‘This kid is going to be the next whatever’ and before making a mark I was written off.”I was the golden boy six, seven, eight months before that, a big-money move, and it’s kind of switched without even hitting a ball. Before I’ve even done anything it’s just ‘He’s not good enough’. I was like, what’s going on?”Sterling has learned from that experience, saying when asked if the criticism had got to him: “At first it did because I was 19, it was my first time as a professional football player and it’s a learning curve.”Now you can say or do what you want and I wouldn’t take it in.”.@sterling7 is our August cover star.Download the digital edition and read the full interview with @campbellclaret now: #SubscribersEdition— British GQ (@BritishGQ) July 2, 2019Detractors have been silenced in style by Sterling, with 48 goals recorded for City across the last two seasons and Premier League titles having been secured in each of them.He has flourished under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, with the Catalan coach considered to have been key in unlocking consistency in Sterling’s game.The England star said of his club boss: “He’s demanding, but it’s good.”It makes you want to do better and – I don’t know how to explain this – makes you want to prove to him and show him every time you go on the field you’re playing for your position in his team, because of the numbers we have and the quality we have as well.”Sterling is also benefitting from having so-called leaders around him at City, adding: “On the pitch, we’re not a shouting team, like, ‘Come on, guys’.”The team is super relaxed in the dressing room, so chilled. There’s not a lot of shouting. Vinny, of course, the skipper, Fernandinho. But not everyone in the dressing room is shouting. We’re more chilled and when we get out on the pitch we do the talking.”City certainly did that last season, with Guardiola’s side securing an historic clean sweep of domestic honours as they collected a Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup treble.Full interview in August’s British GQ, available on newsstands and digital download on Friday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bologna coach Mihajlovic vows to fight after leukaemia diagnosis

first_imgBologna head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has been diagnosed with leukaemia, the club and manager have confirmed.The 50-year-old has been confirmed however to remain in charge of the Serie A outfit while he undergoes treatment.The former Milan boss, who is currently in his second spell with the Rossoblu after succeeding Filippo Inzaghi in January, made the announcement at a press conference alongside director Walter Sabatini, and vowed that he will “win this challenge”. 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? “Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we did some tests and discovered some anomalies that weren’t there four months ago,” Mihajlovic stated.”We said I had a fever and the hardest thing was to convince my wife that it was true: I have leukaemia.”I spent the night crying and I still have tears now, but I’m not afraid. I’ll go to hospital and I can’t wait to start fighting. I explained to my players that I will fight to win, as I’ve taught them to do on the pitch.”I’ll win this challenge, no doubt about it. I want to thank all of Bologna for making me understand that I’m a member of the family, and I’ll also need them to win this battle. But I’ll also need to see people not crying for me. I don’t want pity.”My father died of cancer, so I always get tested regularly. If we hadn’t performed these tests, I wouldn’t have shown any symptoms for a year.”None of us must think we are indestructible. All of us think, ‘It won’t happen to me’, but when it does, it’s a big shock. Your only hope then is to anticipate it, because if you discover it after two months or after a year, that makes a big difference.”So, if I, as a famous person, can go through this, I hope it can help others to get themselves checked, to prepare and to realise that it can happen to anyone. I was perfectly healthy in every way and yet here I am.”It changes your life in a moment. Everything changes in a moment. When you sleep and have a nightmare, you wake up, but for days you wake up and realise this isn’t a nightmare, this is real.”I hope, after winning this battle, I’ll be able to talk it over with you all and look back on this period. Nothing has been given to me in life – I’ve had to fight for everything. I’ll fight this, too.”Speaking alongside Mihajlovic, Sabatini added: “Sinisa will hold Bologna in his hands, and Bologna will hold Sinisa, until the end of his contract.”Whatever happens in the coming days, Mihajlovic will remain the coach of Bologna.”last_img read more

Klopp relieved to see his team play ‘proper football’

first_imgJurgen Klopp has reiterated his belief that his Liverpool side have had a tough pre-season, but said he saw plenty of positives in today’s Community Shield performance, despite the outcome.The Reds lost the curtain-raiser to the English season on penalties to Manchester City after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes.Klopp’s team trailed for much of the game after Alisson’s uncharacteristic error led to Raheem Sterling’s shot squeezing through in the 12th minute. An unlikely pair combined for the Reds’ equaliser as Virgil van Dijk’s cross was headed home by Joel Matip with 13 minutes to play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Although Claudio Bravo’s penalty save on Georginio Wijnaldum handed his side the win, Klopp thought Liverpool’s performance was important in a game that was anything but meaningless.”I thought they looked pretty hungry. That doesn’t mean it will work out but we fought today,” the German said after the game.”After all the things that were said about the competition, both teams wanted to win it desperately, I saw that.”My team is not in doubt about being satisfied or whatever, to stop working or stop running. The character of the team is still incredibly good.”We had a difficult pre-season but the boys did what they had to do and were affected by it. We played football games against really good teams and that didn’t feel too good.”It was very important we all gave ourselves and our supporters a sign of the performance today. Now let’s carry on.”Liverpool suffered losses at the hands of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla before the game at City.Last week Klopp said key absences made it hard to judge where his team were in terms of preparation for the new season.The former Mainz and Dortmund boss said an opponent confessed his own team were perplexed too, and that he was glad to see the Champions League winners can still play “proper football.””It was a really good performance, a powerful one in the second half,” he continued. “Both teams had a similar pre-season – I spoke to Kevin De Bruyne after the game and we both said we don’t really know where we are yet.”The least we deserved was the equaliser. One save decided it and I cannot be disappointed. The performance was much more important today than a win. We know we are still here; we can still play proper football.”Liverpool’s first Premier League game is on August 9 against Norwich City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

ESPN Predicts The Winners Of College Football’s Biggest Remaining Games

first_imgA General view of Auburn's stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view from high in the stadium as the LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)We’ve reached October, and College Football is in full swing. We are starting to get a pretty clear picture of which teams are for real.As we enter the heart of conference play, there are plenty of huge games coming up.This weekend, we have a giant Big 12 rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas, which is 4-1 after the shocking Week 1 loss at Maryland. Notre Dame also travels to Virginia Tech, fresh off of a win over ranked Duke to bounce back from the shocking loss at Old Dominion.Using ESPN’s FPI system, here are the win predictions for the biggest games left in this college football season.From this upcoming weekend:Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns – Week 6FPI gives Oklahoma a 73-percent chance to win. Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Week 6FPI gives Notre Dame a 64.6-percent chance to win in Blacksburg. LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Week 7FPI gives Georgia a 69.5-percent chance for a huge road win. Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies – Week 7Washington is another road favorite via FPI, with 67.4-percent. Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans – Week 7Penn State is a big favorite at home, with an 84.7-percent chance to win. Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers – Week 7Jim Harbaugh needs a big win, and FPI thinks he’ll get it in Ann Arbor against Big Ten West power Wisconsin. Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines – Week 8FPI gives Michigan about a slightly less-than 2/3s chance to take down MSU in East Lansing. LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Week 10Alabama looks pretty unstoppable, and FPI doesn’t see LSU getting the home upset, with a 79.9-percent chance to win. Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Week 10Kentucky is the surprise of the SEC so far this year, but Georgia is a strong favorite to win in Lexington. Georgia Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers – Week 11The Dawgs are a big home favorite in a rematch of last year’s two big games. Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes – Week 11Ohio State is the favorite in the Big Ten East, and FPI thinks they’ll get by Michigan State, which has often been a thorn in its side. West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners – Week 13One of the closest match-ups here could decide a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma is a slight road favorite. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers – Week 13The Iron Bowl is always intense, but Alabama is at home and looks like the clear stronger team. Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines – Week 13As expected, Ohio State is once again a big favorite to win The Game.last_img read more

Major Program’s AD Not Happy With What Students Were Chanting

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU students inside Tiger Stadium celebrated last weekend’s big win over Georgia in NSFW-fashion. During the second half, the student section could be heard engaging in a vulgar chant that has been a bugaboo for LSU administrators for years.The five-word chant–we’ll let you look it up on your own if you don’t know what it is–traditionally accompanies the LSU band’s playing of Cameo and Dem Franchize Boyz’s “Talkin’ Out Da Side of Ya Neck.” The song was banned in 2010, but the band still mixes it in on occasion, and the students didn’t even need the song to be played to do the chant last weekend.All of this lead to LSU AD Joe Alleva sending a message to fans to “keep it clean” before this weekend’s game against Mississippi State. Alleva delivered this edict in an open letter to the Tiger faithful.Our goal is to create a competitive advantage for our team and to inspire our players and each other. Chants and cheers that blatantly offend rather than inspire do not represent what LSU is all about. Be relentless. Be loud. But, I’m asking our fans, and particularly our student section, to keep it clean. We have a diverse group of fans in the stadium and every week we represent the entire LSU family on national television. Let’s represent LSU with the pride and class it deserves.A Message from Joe Alleva: #LSU— LSU Tigers (@LSUsports) October 18, 2018Will fans still do the chant? Maybe not this weekend, but we wouldn’t doubt that it will come back at some point.LSU and Mississippi State will face off at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. ESPN will broadcast the game.If the Tigers win, they will maintain a top-five ranking heading into their bye week. After the bye, No. 1 Alabama will come to Baton Rouge.last_img read more