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AFF U19 Championship Time is what Malaysia U19 set up needs – Hairuddin Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 09:58 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sinar Harian AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Malaysia U19 The real target for Malaysia U19 is the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualification in October, said assistant head coach Hairuddin Omar. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter The assistant head coach of the Malaysia U19 national team; Hairuddin Omar has pleaded for time for the coaching team to work with their new charges.When met by Goal on Saturday just before the team departed for Yangon, Myanmar for the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championship, the former Malaysia international reiterated head coach Bojan Hodak’s earlier remark that no specific target has been set for the team in the tournament.According to him, this is because the coaching staff have had limited time to work with the boys. 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 “I agree with Hodak, because we are not entirely sure of the other teams’ strengths. For this tournament, we are simply there to do our best.”We have had limited time; only two weeks for preparations, and we spent one whole week just to identify the 23 players to be taken to Yangon.”We had only 10 training sessions to form a team and to work on tactics, and it would be unfair for a lofty target to be set simply on the back of the 10-day preparations.”The real target is the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualification in South Korea in October,” said the former Terengganu and Negeri Sembilan player.When asked about the coaching staff’s plans to mitigate the lack of exposure received by the players revealed by Hodak one day earlier, Hairuddin asks that the coaching staff be given time by the Malaysian FA (FAM) to work with the boys.On Friday, Hodak told Berita Harian that he was shocked to find out about the lack of exposure given to youth footballers in the country.”We the coaching staff admit that more than half of the players have never been exposed to matches at a higher level, they have only played in the Youth Cup, and that is only for a limited number of matches. That is not enough exposure for them to play at the international level. FAM must give us time to work on the team, but Hodak too must be given opportunity to form the team.”What I mean is in terms of exposure, such as playing in friendlies overseas so that the boys are constantly exposed to competitive matches. From my observation, the boys lack match exposure. They have good speed and technique, but they don’t know, for example the right time to attack, when to slow down the tempo.”These aspects matter in football and the boys need to work on them so they are familiar,” explained Hairuddin.Malaysia have been drawn in Group A alongside 2016 runners up Thailand, Timor Leste, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore. Meanwhile Group B will be contested by Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, hosts Myanmar and invitational team New Zealand.The top two teams from each group will meet in the single-legged semi-final stage, and the winners in the semis will meet in the final match. In the previous edition, Malaysia’s campaign ended in the group stage, finishing third in Group A behind Vietnam and Timor Leste.Malaysia’s campaign will begin against Laos on 4.30pm Malaysian time September 4 at the Aung San Stadium. They will then face Singapore (September 6), Timor Leste (8), Cambodia (10), and Thailand (12).
Mexico Mexico puts in most fluid performance of 2017: Five Thoughts from El Tri’s draw vs. Costa Rica Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 05:25 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Gonzalez Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup Opinion Though Mexico didn’t came away with a victory, Juan Carlos Osorio’s men had plenty to be proud of after an entertaining 1-1 result in Costa Rica It wasn’t a dead rubber, but Mexico’s trip to Costa Rica had little at stake for El Tri.While the home side was looking for three points to guarantee it will be in Russia next summer, Mexico is entering into the preparation phase with its space at the 2018 World Cup secured.Even so, we got one of the more entertaining games of qualification, with both teams’ goalkeepers putting on a show in a 1-1 draw that seemed like a fair result. 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 Let’s look at how Mexico’s World Cup preparations started and what to keep an eye on as next summer draws closer:Mexico puts in most fluid performance of 2017With seven clear chances and an overall solid passing game, Tuesday’s draw with Costa Rica was Mexico’s most fluid game of 2017. Part of that, no doubt, was Costa Rica also looking to play a little soccer, trying to get forward and score goals rather than pack it in and hope for a clean sheet. But you also can chalk up much of that to what Mexico did and how it played its game.Jonathan dos Santos kept the ball moving and got into the attack when possible, the wingers were tidy on the ball, and even the fullbacks got into the act when able to get forward (see point five). In a year when even Mexico’s best performances left a little something missing, it was a breath of fresh air for El Tri.”Mexico, with the great group of players it has, including some young players, is going to grow in maturity and experience to be able to have a healthy internal competition with those who normally play in these positions,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said postgame. “We’re still building a team that might not be only the best in CONCACAF but also one that deserves to win and comes out to play and look for the win in every game.”There likely will be more changes in the October qualification games. Mexico is qualified, so why put veteran players at risk or make them take a pair of transatlantic flights just to play 90 minutes against Trinidad & Tobago? But El Tri can hope that they continue to play a crisp game that creates chances — chances that will turn into goals on nights when Keylor Navas isn’t the goalkeeper.Reyes still needs consistencyAnother game, another new role for Diego Reyes. And, unfortunately for him, another disappointing showing. Reyes was responsible for several giveaways that allowed the Ticos to put pressure on center backs Hector Moreno and Jair Pereira.Reyes is talented but his versatility can be a curse. He’s never looked totally comfortable in a role — not at right back at the Confederations Cup, not the year before sitting in front of the center backs (in a similar role to what he did Tuesday), not even when he’s filled the center back position he grew up playing. He was improving there, though, thanks in part to his time at Espanyol. But being moored at Porto and out of favor doesn’t bode well for the next four months for Reyes.Osorio probably likes Reyes’ versatility too much to leave him off the squad for Russia, and if Rafa Marquez can’t go to the tournament because of his legal difficulties Reyes is a younger model of sorts. But without consistency at the club or international level, it’s hard to see him making a positive impact at the World Cup.Jimenez making case as wing option?Raul Jimenez may be the most unlucky player in the Mexico player pool. He can get cameos, like he did against Costa Rica. He can play well and set up Mexico’s lone goal with an impressive run down the right side. But there’s no way he’s displacing Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez as the starting central forward.Osorio has answered that issue at times by putting the former Club America No. 9 out wide. He pushed out to the right against the Ticos, with the three center backs clogging the middle and making him get creative. It hasn’t always worked out when he’s played on the wing, but Tuesday was better. Even in that respect, he’s unlucky. Jimenez might see more cameos, but beating out Jesus Corona, Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela is going to be difficult. That’s doubly true if Jimenez can’t force his way into the starting lineup at Benfica while Tecatito is getting starting minutes at rival Porto, Lozano keeps starring for PSV and Vela at least is coming off the bench for Real Sociedad.”I’ve got to go to Benfica and train very hard to win a spot as soon as possible,” Jimenez said. “I know it’s not going to be easy, there’s good competition at Benfica, but I think I’m in the right conditions to do it. I’m aspiring to do that, getting to the World Cup was a goal and now being there it’ll be the coach’s decision.”Physicality still coming for ChuckyHirving Lozano failed to score for the first time in five matches for club and country Tuesday, but he still had a good showing against the Ticos. “El Chucky” won 10 of 14 duels he got into and brought Navas into action, only for the Costa Rica star to deny him and end his stunning scoring streak.More intriguing, though, was watching Lozano get into those duels. The 22-year-old was the most fouled player in Liga MX before he made the move to PSV. Teams knew exactly what he brought to the table and right backs were aware there was one thing they could do to get him out of his rhythm: foul him. Lozano is in the Eredivisie now, but that hasn’t changed defenders’ strategy. Francisco Calvo made sure Lozano knew where he was as Lozano matched up against the Ticos’ left center back.He’s not the only dynamic young attacker starting to get this treatment, and CONCACAF referees must do more to look out for players like Chucky and United States playmaker Christian Pulisic. But those players also are now well aware of what they’ll be facing and have to understand how to deal with that.That’s starting to happen for Lozano, which could make him an even better player. He’s bulking up just a bit, which he must do to avoid more injuries, but he’s also seeking out some of the contact defenders used to try to put on him. It’s small growth, but critical for survival. He’s starting to understand how to use his own body against those who would harm his, but he’s still figuring out what he can and can’t get away with.Apart from simply bodying up, Lozano and his teammates had opportunities that could’ve sealed the win, but he won’t be missing sleep on the flight back to the Netherlands.”We had chances before their goal, and in one or another of those scoring chances we could’ve changed the outlook, but that’s soccer,” Lozano said. “You have to support your teammates. It’s all good.”Gallardo, Alvarez quiet fullback noiseConcerns about El Tri’s fullback situation remain, and probably will after just about any Mexico game. But Tuesday night put those issues on the back-burner as Edson Alvarez and Jesus Gallardo turned in strong performances.Club America teenager Alvarez lined up at right back while Pumas’ Gallardo, a winger with his club, played left back in the absence of Miguel Layun. Osorio said he was pleased with the atmosphere in the Estadio Nacional despite how far fans are from the field and liked how his young players took up the challenge.”It’s a great experience for the young players like Jesus Gallardo, Edson Alvarez, Hirving Lozano and Cesar Montes, who came on in the second half, they’re both the present and the future of Mexican soccer and they’re going to grow a lot,” the coach said. “It’s very difficult to play here. The point here puts us within our mark of getting four out of six points in every FIFA date, we still have the chance to finish as the leader.”Not insignificantly, both players were able not only to play the position before at the Gold Cup but did so multiple times in quick succession. Osorio even kept Gallardo in the same position for both World Cup qualifiers after maneuvering him around during the continental championship.Again, it’s an example of how letting a player make and learn from mistakes in the same position can help them grow. That’s not to say Osorio needs to keep them there ad infinitum, but if they’re going to take the field in such big games and such difficult atmospheres, a bit of familiarity goes a long way.
Liverpool Liverpool team news: Coutinho & Sturridge start against Burnley Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 21:00 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Burnley Burnley Jurgen Klopp has made seven changes to the starting line-up, which includes the presence of the 25-year-old and the England striker at Anfield Philippe Coutinho makes his first start of the season for Liverpool in Saturday’s hosting of Burnley.The Brazilian, who came off the bench in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Sevilla to a thunderous cheer from the Anfield crowd, will look to thwart the obstructive approach of Sean Dyche’s side from midfield.Coutinho missed the opening five games of the campaign through a back problem while he agitated for a move to Barcelona, with the injury dissipating on international duty. 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 He was left out of the matchday squad in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City to undertake extra training sessions to regain his sharpness.The 25-year-old is one of seven changes Jurgen Klopp has made to his XI from midweek. Daniel Sturridge replaces Sadio Mane in the front three, with the Senegal international serving the first of his three-match ban.James Milner captains the side with Jordan Henderson on the bench and there are four alterations to the rearguard.Simon Mignolet is back in goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson refreshing the full-back slots.Ragnar Klavan partners Joel Matip at centre-back in place of Dejan Lovren.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still waiting for his first start as a Liverpool player.Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Can, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, SturridgeLiverpool subs: Karius, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain, Solanke Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Deportivo Alavés Alaves sack Zubeldia after woeful start Ben Spratt 05:56 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Deportivo Alavés Primera División The Argentine was given his marching orders after just four Liga matches, as Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Villarreal sealed his fate Alaves have sacked head coach Luis Zubeldia as the club lie bottom of La Liga after four matches.Zubeldia was appointed as a replacement for Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino at the start of the season, but his side endured a torrid start to his tenure.The former Independiente Medellin boss leaves Alaves after four consecutive defeats in which the team failed to score. 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 COMUNICADO | Luis Zubeldía deja de ser técnico del Deportivo Alavés: https://t.co/9TZ75qKyxL pic.twitter.com/eWyLIkvFhl— Deportivo Alavés (@Alaves) September 17, 2017Aitor Karanka, last of Middlesbrough, has been linked with the now vacant post.
AFC U16 Championship AFC U-16 qualifier: Stalemate against Iraq keeps India waiting Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media AFC U16 Championship India U16 Iraq U16 v India U16 Iraq U16 The young Blues failed to clinch maximum points once again and will now now have to wait for results from the other groups to confirm qualification… India were held to a goalless draw by defending Asian Champions Iraq in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers at the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu on Sunday.A second consecutive draw means that India end their group stage ties in the competition with five points out of a maximum nine, with a big win against Palestine followed by two draws against Nepal and Iraq aiding the cause.Meanwhile, Iraq who finished their engagements with 7 points from 3 matches have already booked a ticket to the AFC U-16 Finals slated to be held next year. 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 Knowing that only a victory would enable them a ticket to the AFC U-16 Finals, India started on a positive note and should have surged into the lead as early as the 6th minute itself but the swift Bekey, despite sneaking in from the flanks, could not get the power behind his shot and the Iraqi goalkeeper managed to save it.Iraq’s physical prowess enabled them to boss the midfield and as a result, the India Colts failed to produce clear-cut chances regularly. Both sides went in at the break without having broken the deadlock.Following the restart, Bekey was at the end of perhaps the easiest chance of the match. At the hour mark, he got the better of his marker to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he couldn’t finish it off.Coach Bibiano Fernandes introduced the fresh pair of legs of Harpreet in the 76th minute. It was his double that salvaged a point for the Colts in their last game but it wasn’t to be repeated.India went all out thereafter but Iraq were content to sit back, knowing that they are on the brink of qualification if they get the draw. The draw leaves India in second place behind Iraq in their group and since only the five (six, if Malaysia win their group) best runners up can qualify from their groups, they will need to wait for the completion of fixtures across all groups to know their fate. However, Nepal’s loss to Palestine has boosted India’s hopes for qualification as one of the five best runner ups.India U-16 Lineup: Lalbiakhlua Jongte (GK), Harpreet Singh, Moirangthem Thoiba Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Shabas Ahammed Moothedath (Samir Kerketta 69′), Lalchhanhima Sailo (Ridge Melvin 89′), Ricky John Shabong, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Bekey Oram, Ravi Bahadur Rana (Harpreet 76′), Vikram Pratap (C)
U17 World Cup 2017 U-17 World Cup: Will the winners get prize money? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) FIFA U17 World Cup India U17 Since the inception of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985, FIFA does not give any prize money to winning team of the competition… India is all set to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the very first time which begins on October 6th and will end on October 28th. Six cities, namely Kochi, Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata will will host the matches of the tournament; the final will be played at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.Nigeria have won the competition most number of times (five) including three back-to-back titles in the last three editions.Now a very basic question that comes to mind regarding the tournament is the prize money. Do the champions of the U-17 World Cup receive a hefty prize money? Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The answer is No! FIFA started this competition in 1985 with the sole intention of developing the sport across the globe and give budding footballers the opportunity to take part at the highest international level.While the parent body takes care of the operational cost of the participating teams in the tournament, it does not provide prize money to the winning team.Here is a list of the trophies, awards and medals given at the FIFA U-17 World Cup:1) An official plaque will be presented to each Participating Member Association. Participation certificates will be presented to each member of each official team delegation.2) FIFA shall be responsible for the administration of the award ceremony, which shall take place after the final match. A FIFA representative, the head of state of the host country or his/her representative and the heads of delegation of the teams concerned shall be part of the award ceremony.3) A representative from FIFA will present the winner of the World Cup with the trophy during the award ceremony.4) A diploma will be presented to the associations ranked first, second, third and fourth in the final competition.5) Medals will be presented to each of the top three teams in the final competition, i.e. gold medals to the winners, silver medals to the runners-up and bronze medals to the team ranked third.6) One medal will be presented to each of the match officials who take charge of the play-off for third place and the final.7) A fair play contest will be held during the final competition. The FIFA Technical Study Group will determine the ranking at the end of the final competition.At the conclusion of the World Cup, the following special awards will be presented:A) The FIFA Fair Play Trophy, a fair play medal for each Delegation Member, a diploma and a voucher for USD 10000 worth of football equipment (to be used for youth football development) will be presented to the team finishing first in the fair play contest.B) The Golden Boot will be awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the final competition. If two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists will be decisive. If two or more players are still equal after taking into account the number of assists, the total minutes played in the final competition will be taken into account, with the player playing fewer minutes ranked first. A Silver Boot and a Bronze Boot for the second and third highest goal scorers will also be awarded.C) The Golden Ball will be awarded to the best player in the final competition on the basis of a ranking compiled by the FIFA Technical Study Group. A Silver Ball and a Bronze Ball will be awarded to the second and third best players.D) The Golden Glove will be awarded to the best goalkeeper in the final competition on the basis of a ranking compiled by the FIFA Technical Study Group.
A-League Goal’s Top 20 A-League players: No.1 – Milos Ninkovic Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 15:28 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty A-League Melbourne Victory v Sydney Sydney Goal counts down the top 20 players currently playing in the A-League, as voted by its Australian journalists 1. MILOS NINKOVIC | Sydney FCAge: 32Nationality: SerbianPosition: Attacking midfielderA-League apps: 53 (Sydney FC)A-League goals: 13 (Sydney FC)Other clubs: Cukaricki (Serbia), Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine), Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), Evian (France)Achievements: A-League championship (2016-17), A-League premiership (2016-17), Johnny Warren Medal (Sydney FC 2016-17)WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWMilos Ninkovic was battered and bruised, but he was far from finished. The 32-year-old had been the A-League’s best player by that point and Melbourne Victory knew the danger he posed. Give him space and he could split your defence in half. So when Kevin Muscat’s men lined up against Sydney FC in the last season’s showpiece, they had one aim in mind, to mark the Serbian playmaker out of the game.With the forced into a more reserved role, the Sky Blues looked uninspired and well below the pace. Their only goal of the game essentially epitomised the way their performance. It was scrappy, and probably a tad lucky too.But in the end, although he had been limited to just a few cameos on the ball, it was Ninkovic – the side’s final penalty scorer – who stepped up when his side needed him most. Even if he almost couldn’t. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I feel sore like after every game, but maybe this morning more than usually,” Ninkovic said in the aftermath of the Championship victory.His career, indeed, had led up to that point.The midfielder made a name for himself as a youngster making his way through the ranks of FK Cukaricki’s youth academy, one of the more untraditional routes towards the top.After two seasons with the first team, he then left for Dynanmo Kyiv, where he, despite his early struggles as a 19-year-old, would go on to spend nine seasons, making a total of 161 appearances in all competitions for the club.During that time, the 32-year-old was considered one of Dynamo’s best, and was duly awarded with a spot in Radomir Antic’s World Cup squad, and played a central midfielder in their final group match against the Socceroos.Little did the Serbian know that five years on from the clash, he would move to Australia five years later.”If somebody told me after the World Cup that I would play in Australia I would never have believed them but this is life and this is football. You never know what is going to be tomorrow,” he said.The mercurial midfielder enjoyed a stellar output in his first season in the Harbour City, but it was his contributions last year, which he had six goals and seven assists after just 13 matches, and finished with 10 goals and 11 assists in 32 matches.2017-18 PROSPECTSThe signing of Ninkovic on a marquee deal is a statement of intent from champions Sydney FC, who are favourites to defend their crown.Following a season in which he led the club’s charts in terms of chances created (47), dribbles completed (43), and ball recoveries (208), Sydney’s no.10 will be crucial in orchestrating the side’s attack and his link-up play with Brosque and Bobo could lead to another successful season in front of goal.And with Graham Arnold’s men challenging for four trophies this season, Ninkovic tells Goal he’s focused on winning more silverware.”I will be focusing on this season and we expect to win all four trophies we are competing for this season. Everything is possible if you work hard and have that belief so these are the achievements I am focusing on for this season.”Goal A-League 20: No.2 – Diego Costa (Perth Glory) No.3 – Besart Berisha (Melb Victory) No.4 – Mark Milligan (Melb Victory) No.5 – Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC) No.6 – James Troisi (Melb Victory) No.7 – Bruno Fornaroli (Melb City) No.8 – Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) No.9 – Eugene Galekovic (Melb City) No.10 – Andy Keogh (Perth Glory) No.11 – Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) No.12 – Bobo (Sydney FC) No.13 – Kosta Barbarouses (Melb Victory) No.14 – Isaias Sanchez (Adelaide United) No.15 – Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar) No.16 – Michael Jakobsen (Melb City) No.17 – Brendon Santalab (WSW) No.18 – Michael Zullo (Sydney FC) No.19 – Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC) No.20 – Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar)
Gaming Fantasy Football: Silva and Okazaki lead our Goal Fantasy Team of the Week Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 20:11 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Gaming Premier League David de Gea Willian Kevin De Bruyne Riyad Mahrez Sergio Agüero Huddersfield Town v Chelsea Swansea City v Manchester City Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth Southampton v Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion Swansea City Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Huddersfield Town Chelsea Manchester City Southampton Brighton & Hove Albion Tottenham Hotspur Our Fantasy writer looks at the midweek matches and picks the 11 best performers including players from Leicester, Tottenham, and Manchester City The Premier League fixtures come thick and fast once the calendar turns to December and, as such, so will our Team of the Week articles. It was shades of the 2015/16 season midweek with Leicester, Tottenham, and the Manchester clubs drawing most of the plaudits, with only one player not from one of those clubs making the list. There were plenty of disappointing players and results this week, but here are the eleven best performers from matchweek 17.GK: David De Gea – Manchester United – 1 Game, 7 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 Points 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 DF: Serge Aurier – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsEven the staunchest Tottenham supporter could not claim that Aurier’s goal was intentional, but gets the points nonetheless. The Frenchman also helped Spurs to their first clean sheet since the injury to Toby Alderweireld over a month ago. Unfortunately, Aurier’s Fantasy value is fairly low considering the rarity of a Tottenham clean sheet these days, established rotation, and an upcoming match against league leaders Manchester City.DF: Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Clean Sheet = 7 PointsDF: Antonio Valencia – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Clean Sheet = 7 PointsMF: David Silva – Manchester City – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsSilva’s ridiculous season continued with a two-goal outing against Swansea on Wednesday. His brace means he’s now scored four times in the last three matches and also that he has already contributed to as many Premier League goals (13) as he did all of last season. As for Fantasy, it’s not possible to own every Manchester City player, but Silva is definitely the hot own at the moment and his playing time is more consistent than most.MF: Willian – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 2 Assists = 14 PointsMF: Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsMF: Heung-Min Son – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsThe South Korean is in terrific form and has now made our Fantasy Team of the Week three times in a row. His three goals and two assists have been very impressive and his run in the team may well continue considering the recent struggles of both Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. Some may be shy about bringing in Son before the Manchester City match but it’s worth noting that he racked up points in both outings against Pep Guardiola’s side last season.MF: Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFWD: Shinji Okazaki – Leicester City – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsSeemingly out of nowhere, Shinji Okazaki has forced himself into the Fantasy discussion. The Japanese forward had four goals and no assists before last weekend and has notched two goals and two assists since. He’s only started three out of eight matches since Claude Puel came in as manager so owning him in this format is dangerous, but he’s shown the threat he poses when he’s on the pitch.FWD: Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 7 Points Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Share on Facebook England v West Indies: second Test, day one – as it happened The door was ajar but West Indies were unable to barge it wide open. Their bowling was much improved on a deceptively inviting Headingley track but at crucial moments their catching was all too fallible. So some familiar names were able to restore a faltering England innings with considerable gusto.For the 12th Test in succession Joe Root posted a half-century, equalling the record set by AB de Villiers, while Ben Stokes, in barnstorming mode, plundered 100 from 122 balls, a devastating riposte after England’s early troubles. Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Ben Stokes Gabriel thundered up the slope – he is one of those fast bowlers who visibly strains every sinew to conjure his pace – and the ball generally landed on target at around 90mph. In his fourth over he found the edge of Cook’s bat and from a sluggish surface there was still sufficient pace for the ball to carry to Kyle Hope at third slip.Now Roach intervened to dismiss Tom Westley in a manner that is already too familiar. The delivery was full in length and Westley sought to flick it through the onside. As at Edgbaston he missed and was lbw.Mark Stoneman had proceeded without many alarms – or many strokes of authority – when he drove at Roach only to be caught behind off the inside edge. Soon after Powell gave that life to Root; meanwhile Dawid Malan was becalmed by four consecutive maidens from Holder as England stuttered to lunch.After the interval Holder tried bowling round the wicket to Malan and was immediately rewarded when an inside edge slid on to the stumps. So the new triumvirate of batsmen had mustered 30 runs between them and the tour party conundrum remained. None of them had convinced on a day when Haseeb Hameed, Gary Ballance and Alex Hales suddenly became better players. There are a lot of names in the hat for Australia and there is no knowing how the selectors are going to pick them out. The selectors, one suspects, do not know either.Soon Stokes had his first reprieve and the tempo of the match changed. Root began to time the ball in his usual manner and it quickly became clear that Stokes was minded to grab the initiative. The cover drives often played with his left knee bent to the ground started to speed to the boundary. So out came the third slip, whereupon he edged through the ensuing gap; Roach even tried bowling to him with an eight-one off-side field but Stokes could not be shackled.Root, minded to dominate against the spinners, also began to accelerate. This determination may have brought his downfall. Sensing a huge gap behind square on the leg side, he tried an improvised sweep against Devendra Bishoo; the ball looped from the toe of Root’s bat to first slip.Jonny Bairstow did not last long, neatly caught at second slip by Holder off Gabriel, and Moeen Ali flickered only briefly after tea until he was caught at cover off Roach. But Stokes ensured a competitive total with a string of breathtaking strokes.There were disdainful flicked drives wide of mid-on from deliveries that would have missed off-stump and flamingo pull shots. In this mood he intimidates bowlers and, it seems, fielders, especially flaky ones like Gabriel. However, the muscular Trinidadian pacer soon atoned for his drop when he induced Stokes to edge a short ball to the keeper. In the same over the keeper, Shane Dowrich, dropped a sitter from Stuart Broad’s bat but Gabriel soon yorked him for a duck anyway and Woakes followed in the next over.So here was graphic confirmation of so many things already known. England still have the shakiest of upper orders, utterly over-dependent on Cook and Root; but they have their feisty combinations down below as demonstrated brilliantly by Stokes.Meanwhile there is potential within this West Indian side. At their best Gabriel and Roach are a handful; the former is the fastest bowler in the match, the latter can send the ball down with the seam ominously proud. But these tourists do not yet know how to seize the moment. Read more Read more Support The Guardian England cricket team Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Cricket Joe Root Since you’re here… England batting trio of Stoneman, Westley and Malan fail to convince Share on Pinterest Read more West Indies cricket team Yet England’s captain and vice-captain, the two youngest men in the team (find the precedent for that on a rainy day) were dropped before they had reached double figures. When Root was on eight and the score a paltry 44 for three, he edged a delivery from Shannon Gabriel straight to first slip and he had just begun to head back to the pavilion when he saw the ball go in and out of the hands of Kieran Powell.In the afternoon Stokes was on nine when he poked at a wide delivery from Kemar Roach; the edge produced a tougher chance for Kraigg Brathwaite at second slip. The ball raced through his hands to the boundary. Stokes would make them pay more severely.To increase the agony later in the day Stokes, on 98, was badly dropped by Gabriel at mid-on off Roach. From the next delivery he completed his sixth Test century. Extreme exhilaration for the fans was matched by almighty exasperation among the tourists.So England, with their batting bolstered by the presence of Chris Woakes at No9 yet still hampered by the three unconvincing newcomers at the top, finished with 258, which may yet be a working total. In reply West Indies are 19 for one after 12 tense overs, during which Powell presented Alastair Cook with his 150th catch in Test cricket from another superb Jimmy Anderson delivery.Batting was trickier than anticipated throughout most of the day; the straw-coloured surface was not so benign after all and a revamped West Indian attack displayed much more discipline and hostility than at Edgbaston. This was partly because of the presence of Gabriel. His day did not begin perfectly since he was mysteriously late on parade – a disgruntled 12th man had to be bundled out just before Gabriel trotted on to the pitch. Yet he soon dispensed any thoughts of a lack of commitment, rather than dodgy timekeeping. Share on WhatsApp match reports Reuse this content … 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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Reuse this content Football transfer rumours: Lionel Messi to Manchester City on free transfer? Share on Twitter Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email Pep Guardiola has denied Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a €100m signing-on fee to leave Barcelona last summer. Messi agreed fresh terms last week to extend his stay until 2021. A report in Spain on Tuesday claimed City tried to lure the 30-year-old with the €100m fee plus a €50m a-year salary. Manchester City news Guardiola, asked about the reputed offer, said: “Lionel Messi has signed a contract one week ago. This was never going to happen; Messi started his career there and he’s going to finish it there. If he wanted to leave he wouldn’t have signed the contract.”Pressed that the report claimed the offer came before Messi agreed new terms, City’s manager said: “It’s not true.”City play Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv on Wednesday night in the final Group F game already through as winners. If they win Guardiola will be the club’s first manager to win all six group games.Yaya Touré, who won the Champions League with Barcelona under Guardiola in 2009, believes City are playing the best football in the competition. “We think we practise the best football in Europe when we go forward, though we find it difficult against some opponents,” Touré said. “We need to play against a big opponent to see where we are. To repeat what I did in 2009 with a different club, in a different club, would be something special.“Teams respect us more now. They feel the way we play and attack. We are in a good moment, full of confidence. If you ask all my team-mates they are all enjoying it.”Guardiola, though, was less emphatic. “We are doing well but that doesn’t mean you will achieve the title,” he said. “In this competition one bad 45 minutes and you are out. That means you can win the title but go out if you are doing well. I’m not concerned if we are playing the best football.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Read more Read more Share on Pinterest Guardiola said David Silva may miss Sunday’s derby at Manchester United. “David had a little bit of a problem in the last minutes [against West Ham United on Sunday],” he said. “We made a test after the game and I don’t know if he is able to play on Sunday so that’s why he stayed there, to recover in Manchester.”Asked what the problem was, Guardiola laughed off the question. He confirmed Bernardo Silva would start and said City, winners of their past 20 games, would go for victory against Ukraine’s champions, who are second in the group.“We play for our prestige and to keep our winning mentality,” he said. “We are so happy to be in the last 16 but it will be tough. I saw them play Napoli, their midfield is good, their buildup is perfect. It is a tough game, a tough team.” Kevin De Bruyne disappointed Paul Pogba will miss Manchester derby Pep Guardiola
3Monaco243050 Was this helpful? 15Toulouse24-1026 European club football 4Lyon242648 Giovani Lo Celso celebrates after scoring for PSG against Lille. Photograph: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport/Getty Images Facebook features Three months have passed since Lyon visited the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and destroyed St Étienne 5-0, a mauling that will go down as one of the worst defeats in the club’s 99-year history. Ôscar Garcia, who was only appointed manager in the summer but had clashed with the board over transfer targets, resigned soon after the defeat – and the man brought in to replace him, Julien Sablé, proved to be a disastrous appointment.Sablé had been a promising youth coach but his lack of credentials cost the club money and points. They did not win any of his six games in charge and were fined €25,000 for each of his games in charge as the 37-year-old did not possess the mandatory coaching badges to lead a Ligue 1 club. Step forward the wizened Jean-Louis Gasset, who was installed firstly as an assistant to guide Sablé before he took over as head coach during the winter break. The club are now on their third manager of the season but Gasset seems to be turning their fortunes around. Share on Pinterest 19Troyes23-1024 • Giovani Lo Celso started his seventh consecutive match in the league for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and was again superb in midfield, showing that he is more than just a temporary solution in the absence of the injured Thiago Motta. Capping off his performance with a sublime chipped finish for PSG’s third, the Argentinian was superb throughout. In past seasons, and even earlier in the current campaign, the team would have opted for more experience, playing Marco Verratti or Adrien Rabiot in front of the back four, but Lo Celso’s growing importance is further evidence of Unai Emery picking his team on merit, rather than reputation or pressure from the media. 16Angers24-725 St Etienne 8Bordeaux24-532 Topics Read more 13Dijon23-1328 7Nice24-534 Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. 1PSG245862 6Montpellier24234 2Marseille242651 Share on Twitter 9Guingamp24-732 Violence erupts as Lyon demolish St Étienne in Ligue 1’s fiercest derby 17Amiens24-725 Read more 5Nantes24-137 14Strasbourg24-1327 10Rennes24-531 Gasset’s incarnation of Les Verts has the feeling of a band of misfits, a group of nearly men who have ability but have seen their reputations diminish. The club’s iconic captain, Loïc Perrin, has a conspicuous lack of international caps; goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier is in self-imposed exile from the national team; and Rémy Cabella arrived on loan in the summer because he was out of favour at Marseille. Somehow, however, they have started to gel. Their wins over Caen and Amiens were both well deserved, with Ntep and Debuchy scoring, Subotic providing stability at the back alongside Perrin, and M’Vila bringing the necessary presence and stature in midfield.St Étienne previously relied on Christophe Galtier’s talent for squeezing the best out of an average talent pool but now their squad boasts a wealth of experience. That maturity will be important if they are to remain in Ligue 1 and survive one of their worst seasons in decades. Despite the progress the team have made during Gasset’s first month in charge, his stay at the club has always felt like a stop-gap measure. His tenure will depend on whether his “new movement” of misfits can maintain their form without succumbing to injury or personality clashes.Ligue 1 talking points 11Caen24-1030 PosTeamPGDPts Twitter 18Lille24-1625 Show • As lovely as Lo Celso’s goal was, Yeni N’Gbakoto’s winner against Rennes was even more spectacular, giving Guingamp a 1-0 win against their fellow Bretons and keeping alive their hope of cracking the top six. Antoine Kombouaré’s team failed to gain any ground in that race, however, as Montpellier rebounded from last week’s 4-0 loss to PSG in fine fashion, recording a 2-1 comeback win over Angers at home. The win moved Montpellier into sixth place, in front of Nice on goal difference. With their next three league matches against Metz, Guingamp and Strasbourg, the southern side are looking well-positioned to continue their tilt at a place in next season’s Europa League.• Lyon suffered consecutive losses in the league for the first time in a year, losing 3-2 away to Monaco and dropping to fourth place. Despite the hosts playing half the match with 10 men, Lyon and Nabil Fékir in particular lacked the focus and precision that have been at the heart of their best moments this season. Fekir has always been dogged by the criticism that he does not turn up often enough on the road and he did little to disprove that epigram at the Stade Louis II, having been well-marshalled by Fabinho throughout. Lyon have showed more than enough ability to finish in the top three this season, but Fékir, playing even more poorly than he had at Bordeaux a week ago, needs to offer more consistency if they are to achieve that goal. Reuse this content 12St Etienne24-1429 Hide 20Metz24-2218 Quick guide Ligue 1 results If Robben and Ribéry leave Bayern Munich, they will go as club legends Guardian Sport Network Metz lost 11 of their first 12 games this season – but might just stay up Relegation was a genuine concern when Ligue 1 returned at the start of 2018. At the halfway point of the season, St Étienne were 16th in the league and had gone 10 games without a victory. They were floundering, with no confidence or direction, but Gasset is showing his experience and insight are still of use at this level. With four wins in their six league matches since Christmas, they are now up to 12th. They were particularly impressive in their imposing 2-0 at Amiens, which followed up a similarly stubborn triumph over Caen the week before.Gasset has installed some organisation and purpose into the team, cajoling a sense of togetherness from his players. Reigniting their sense of belief has been no small achievement, given that the mood around the club had morphed from downcast to outright toxic. After the defeat to Lyon a leading St Étienne supporters’ group had described the players as “without desire, without pride and especially without courage.” The atmosphere the fans create at the ground is glorious but their increasing belligerence had only served to heighten the sense of chaos. Meanwhile, a lack of investment in players has been a long-running issue.Given the lack of funds available, their activity in the January transfer window is all the more impressive. The club contented themselves with being opportunistic, perhaps even risky, in the window, but their new signing are already proving their worth. The words “Nouvelle Tendance (New Movement)” have been emblazoned across the club’s Twitter profile under the faces of new arrivals Yann M’Vila, Mathieu Debuchy, Neven Subotic and Paul-Georges Ntep. These are all familiar names but St Étienne spent next to nothing on them given their difficulties in recent years. Debuchy, M’Vila and Subotic signed on free transfers, while Ntep joined on loan from Wolfsburg.Subotic was a hero for the Borussia Dortmund team that won the Bundesliga and made it to the Champions League final under Jürgen Klopp, but the centre-back’s form had disintegrated to the point where he was often not even making the bench at the Westfalenstadion. Winger Ntep had been on fringes of the France squad and close to a move to Liverpool while at Rennes, but injuries halted his development. Holding midfielder M’Vila, who has 22 caps for France, has struggled with disciplinary issues throughout his career, which resulted in an ill-fated run at Sunderland. And Debuchy, another former France regular, cost Arsenal £12m in 2014 but only made 13 league appearances for the club as he struggled with injuries and the emergence of Héctor Bellerín. 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Share on Pinterest Graham Potter: ‘I’ve shown there’s another path for English managers’ features Sportblog Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Twitter Among the contenders are the current leaders of Serie A, the second-placed team in La Liga, last season’s runners-up in the Bundesliga and enough dark horses to fill the stalls at Haydock Park. If Arsenal are planning on taking the competition seriously from hereon in, they will have to do it a hard way.The presence of Napoli, Atlético Madrid and RB Leipzig is a boon for neutrals and a boost for the reputation of European football’s second-tier tournament. Because however hard it tries, the Europa League struggles to be viewed not only as second tier but also second rate, particularly by the elite clubs. In an era when being in the Champions League is the be all and end all for the rich and powerful, having to compete in ‘the other one’ is deemed a nuisance, embarrassment or both.That particularly holds on these shores, where the chant “Thursday night, Channel Five” because a regular means by which one set of supporters mocked another, and while a change in host broadcaster may have ended that taunt, the stigma remains.It is all a bit of a shame given the regard with which the Uefa Cup was held. Back when two teams at most qualified from a single nation for the European Cup/Champions League, being part of the Uefa Cup was deemed an achievement. For many, it was also the better of the two tournaments given its depth of quality. But then the Champions League got bigger and, in 1999, the tournament below was mashed in with the one below that – the Cup Winners’ Cup – to create something wholly unsatisfying.Bloated in size the Uefa Cup also became confusing to follow, in particular the single round-robin group stage format introduced in 2004 that spread 40 teams across eight groups and saw those involved play two fixtures at home and two away but no single team home and away. Matters were not helped by the top three sides from each group progressing to the knockout stages and being joined by the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage. Facebook Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Stade de Lyon – the home of Ligue 1 club Lyon and where this season’s Europa League final will take place on 16 May. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images The Uefa Cup had become a second-chance saloon for those clubs who had not cut it at Champions League level and the fact that has continued in the era of the Europa League has done little to dispel the sense that a once prestigious competition is now low-grade, despite the name change and introduction of a more straightforward format.The disparity in financial rewards is also an issue – the winners of this season’s Europa League will receive €6.5m compared to €15.5m for the team that wins the Champions League – as is the Thursday-Sunday factor, which for British clubs in particular is a bugbear as it means continuously playing catch-up to their rivals. Yet for all the negatives, it should be remembered that the Europa League is one of only two major European trophies on offer to teams across the continent and, for the winner, also provides automatic qualification to the Champions League.Those involved would be wise to take it seriously, then, while for outside observers there has been plenty of captivating football to enjoy for some time now. And this year the level could rise significantly given the teams involved in the knockout rounds, which got underway with CSKA Moscow’s first leg trip to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.“The last 32 of the Europa League is pretty appetising,” says European football expert, Andy Brassell. “Napoli against RB Leipzig is probably the pick of the ties. Borussia Dortmund’s meeting with over-achievers Atalanta and the match of two in-form young sides in Lyon and Villarreal look good too, in a field featuring six former European champions.”Napoli, Atlético and Leipzig are involved because they failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, so while their presence, along with that of CSKA, Celtic, Sporting Lisbon, Spartak Moscow and Borussia Dortmund, will be deemed a negative by some, it has given the competition an undeniable surge of quality. Suddenly the likes of Dries Mertens, Antoine Griezmann and Naby Keita are involved, alongside the stellar talents that were there in the group stages, such as Nabil Fekir, Aleksandr Kokorin and Leonardo Bonucci .Elsewhere it is worth keeping an eye on Lazio, who have become a rejuvenated, high-scoring force under Simone Inzaghi, and Marseille – third in Ligue 1 and always a source of fascination. And while the overall mix in this season’s Europa League does not compare to what is on offer in the Champions League, it remains strikingly rich. Come the final at Stade de Lyon on 16 May, the Europa League may even be a competition that makes Wenger smile. It’s hard to know sometimes if Arsène Wenger is an optimist or pessimist. A football romantic who acts as if he genuinely believes the world is out to get him (Mike Dean especially), the Frenchman’s glass appears to be as full as it is empty, and that may well be the case as he ponders Arsenal’s return to Europa League action on Thursday.No doubt Wenger will be chuffed with who his side face in the round of 32 – Sweden’s Östersund – but less pleasing to him will be the calibre of teams Arsenal could face in subsequent rounds. For this year’s Europa League knockout stages are arguably the most intriguing and downright difficult since the expanded, more lucrative version of the Uefa Cup came into existence nine years ago. 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Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Manchester United’s wage bill has increased by more than 10%, the club’s latest financial figures have shown. The rise was attributed primarily to investment in the first-team squad and follows the arrival of players including Alexis Sánchez. Share on Twitter news Football rumours: Wenger turned down Fulham with Bayern in waiting? Share on Facebook Business Share on Pinterest Manchester United Finances United released quarterly accounts for the three months to 30 September and said the wage bill had increased by £7.1m to £77m since the equivalent period a year earlier.Sánchez joined from Arsenal in January on a salary understood to be in the region of £300,000 a week plus bonuses. Other players to have signed include Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, and a new contract for Marouane Fellaini will also have contributed to the rise.United’s executive chairman, Ed Woodward, described the club’s start to the season as “mixed” but said: “We remain well positioned in the Champions League. Although we have had a mixed start in the Premier League, the squad and manager are fully united in their aim to improve the current position.”United’s revenue of £135m for what is termed the first quarter of 2019 was down from £143.7m but Woodward said the club remained on track for record annual income. “Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy,” he said. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Alexis Sánchez Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter features Share via Email Read more Jaw-dropping results are not the only consideration in Solskjær’s favour, either. Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last three games, the first United player to manage a brace on three successive occasions since Cristiano Ronaldo 13 years ago. That’s a striker who was struggling for goals under Mourinho and admitted his game lacked the necessary intensity.There are no complaints on either score now. Lukaku’s goals earned United their victories against Crystal Palace, Southampton and PSG, and in the last case especially they were goals that the former, more sluggish Lukaku would not necessarily have scored.For while it is fair to point out that both goals at the Parc des Princes came from defensive mistakes, on both occasions the opportunities were snapped up by a predatory striker with speed of thought and movement. Lukaku was on to Thilo Kehrer’s loose pass in an instant, reacting far more quickly than Dani Alves and realising exactly what he had to do. He possibly took the ball slightly wider than he intended in rounding Gianluigi Buffon, though doubtless to the surprise of any Everton fans who remember a certain clumsiness in tight situations he finished from a narrow angle with aplomb.The partnership with Marcus Rashford that Mourinho seemed to mistrust is alive and working, for it was Rashford who harried Kehrer into the original mistake, and it was Rashford’s shot that was spilled by Buffon for the second. It did not look the most venomous of strikes but Lukaku played the percentages and won, his diligent following-up putting him in exactly the right place to take advantage of the goalkeeper’s error before any defender could reach the ball. Pinterest Barney Ronay Share on LinkedIn Anticipation and appetite for work have not always been prominent features of Lukaku’s game but last weekend Ralf Hasenhüttl, the Southampton manager, said he was an unbelievably difficult player for defences to contain and in midweek in Paris it was easier to see why.Lukaku has had his critics over the years but when he adds alertness and precision to his more obvious qualities of strength and persistence his confidence increases along with his goal tally. Arsenal defenders should consider themselves warned. Solskjær believes Marcus Rashford can be a goal machine for United Quick guide Leading win records for Europe’s managers Facebook It is hard to believe that only a little over three months ago Mourinho was scowling at Rashford for missing a chance and Marouane Fellaini had to rescue United against Young Boys of Switzerland. The script of United’s season reads like schoolboy fiction, except some of the latest exploits might be deemed too outlandish and improbable for the target audience.Only one thing is clear as we eagerly await the next instalment. Solskjær has achieved in less than half a season what some managers spend their entire careers striving for and most never achieve at all: the sense of being irreplaceable.Obviously the title of caretaker ought to mean Solskjær is highly replaceable, disposable even, but that is the perception he has managed to change. There is not going to be anything convenient or clean about any break at the end of the season, because this supposedly short-term solution has already turned into a tough act to follow. Share on Messenger Show Romelu Lukaku bursts past Gianluigi Buffon after capitalising on Thilo Kehrer’s mistake to put United on the road to victory in Paris. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images Was this helpful? Nurture and nature the keynotes as Solskjær displays complete knowhow Share on Pinterest Twitter (Before the weekend’s fixtures)Manager (Club) Win ratio Guardiola (Man City) 82.6% Solskjær (Man Utd) 82.35%Allegri (Juventus) 80.55% Tuchel (PSG) 80.48% Kovac (Bayern Munich) 71.42% Valverde (Barcelona) 66.6% Topics Sportblog The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Hide Read more Share on Facebook Solskjær has projected confidence ever since he walked back into Old Trafford and what happened in the first half in Paris showed it is not just an act. If it was a bold move to start Eric Bailly at right-back, it was an even bolder one to accept it was not working and replace him before half-time, even if he had picked up a minor injury. Had Solskjær not made that change, Diogo Dalot may not even have been on the field to fire in the shot that led to the decisive penalty and, though it would be going too far to put the game’s dramatic conclusion down to foresight on the part of the caretaker on the sidelines, late attacking substitutions were what allowed United to go forward. Manchester United Suffice to say that when decisions needed to be made Solskjær made them and that the swagger and sense of purpose that seem to have returned to the United team can probably be traced back to the confident presence in the technical area. “The game is all about confidence, like most other things in life,” Sir Alex Ferguson once said. “Without self-belief you won’t achieve anything.” If Manchester United are not full to the brim with confidence as they travel to Arsenal on Sunday it is hard to imagine when they ever will be. The only blot on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s copybook since taking over from José Mourinho was the initial Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain, and now that setback has been overcome against all expectation there is a case for arguing that United can still regard themselves undefeated under their new manager.If that is a tad too generous what is unarguably true is that Solskjær is out on his own with nine straight away wins and a nice line in can-do optimism. Not even Ferguson’s mind games ever worked that well, and the debate over the permanent position has moved on from whether United ought to offer the job to the Norwegian to how they can possibly resist such an astonishingly successful audition. Share on WhatsApp Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Reuse this content
16 Sheehan The Observer Connor Jennings scores Tranmere’s winning goal. Photograph: Tony O’brien/Action Images Pinterest Facebook While Newport County seethed at the injustice of it all Tranmere cherished returning to League One after a dramatic winner from Connor Jennings sealed successive promotions for Micky Mellon’s side.Four years after the nadir of dropping out of the Football League Tranmere were entitled not to apologise about benefiting from some generous refereeing. They rode their luck at times, especially when Emmanuel Monthe risked giving away a penalty with a clumsy trip on Jamille Matt shortly before the end of normal time, but the glory belonged to Mellon and his revival of a club that was in the doldrums not so long ago.For Mellon, all that mattered was the moment when Jake Caprice found space on the right and crossed for Jennings to head home the winner with a minute left of extra-time. “I’m not going to bother with VAR,” he said. “I just got promoted.”Not that Newport were minded to go quietly. They had Mark O’Brien sent off in the 89th minute and Michael Flynn did not hesitate to point out that Ross Joyce, the referee, probably would have ended up penalising Monthe for his challenge on Matt if VAR had been in use.“We are at the home of football,” Newport’s manager said. “We have all the VAR equipment. You’ve got referees who are full-time referees and a big decision killed us. It was a stonewall penalty and I can’t believe it wasn’t given.“It’s a very poor decision. We all talk about big improvements, but you can’t get big decisions like that wrong in play-off finals. We’ve got the facilities here. They want the final here. If they are not going to use all the facilities at hand, what’s the point of having it here? It’s a state-of-the-art stadium. I haven’t got a clue why they don’t use it. You’d have to ask the powers that be.” (s 115′) Share on Facebook (s 106′) 52 48 Newport County Share via Email 19 Morris 22 Gilmour 3 6 11 Jennings 8 Harris Tranmere came closest to breaking the deadlock during a tight first half, James Norwood testing Joe Day with a powerful effort in the 25th minute. Newport’s goalkeeper was fortunate that the sharpest striker in League Two clipped his shot straight at him.Norwood soon spurned another chance to score his 33rd goal of a prolific season, sending a header too high from an unmarked position, but Newport were on top. Their fans were making most of the noise and Flynn must have been encouraged by the way his team’s direct approach pinned Tranmere back at times.The question was whether Newport were capable of turning their territorial dominance into something more substantial. They struggled to come up with a convincing answer. A lack of nous ruined too many of Newport’s attacks and when they finally managed to earn a clear sight of goal, Matt let Tranmere off the hook by aiming his header too close to Scott Davies, allowing the goalkeeper to turn the ball against the woodwork.The mood changed when O’Brien received a second yellow card following a tangle with Norwood. Newport tired after the loss of their captain and Tranmere made their numerical advantage count when Jennings capitalised on poor marking just when it seemed the final was destined for a penalty shootout. Newport 1 Day 7 Willmott 25 O’Brien 14 Caprice 3 Butler (s 53′) Topics Lineups (s 82′) 17 Bennett Football League 27 Pringle 2 Pipe 8 Dolan (s 91′) Share on LinkedIn Fouls Tranmere Corners 15 Bakinson (s 72′) Substitutes 17 19 4 Labadie 1 Davies 14 Azeez 2 Buxton 3 Ridehalgh 9 Mullin match reports 17 Newport Off target 17 Tranmere 5 Newport On target 6 Tranmere 28 Demetriou League Two Share on WhatsApp 9 Amond TRN52NPT48% 5 McNulty Twitter Share on Twitter Substitutes Match stats 28 Banks 25 Pilling 6 Monthe 11 Matt 29 Dagnall Possession 17 Perkins 4 Nelson 10 Marsh-Brown 26 Poole 10 Norwood TRN NPT Share on Messenger (s 103′) Tranmere 27 McKirdy 22 Crofts Share on Pinterest Goal attempts Reuse this content
There are a handful of numbers that are imbued with meaning. Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4. Usain Bolt’s 9.58. And now Eliud Kipchoge’s 1:59:40. Marathon Share on LinkedIn Kipchoge’s extraordinary sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Saturday is one of the greatest sporting achievements – recording a time that has never been achieved before and pushing the limits of human ability, again. It is a time on the fringes of what scientists believe is humanly possible.And yet record-breaking events such as Kipchoge’s seem increasingly common. Last week Simone Biles became the first female gymnast to win a fifth world all-around title, using two signature moves that no other woman has ever achieved.Sarah Thomas swam the English channel four times in a row, 134 miles (215km) in open seas in 54 hours. Dalilah Muhammad broke the 400m hurdles world record twice this year and Sifan Hassan did the same for the 5km and one mile events. In men’s athletics, Geoffrey Kamworor is waiting to hear if his half marathon time of 58:01 will be ratified, while Julien Wanders set a new 5km record in February. And don’t forget the nine men’s swimming world records Adam Peaty and others have set this year. So far.“It is a great feeling to make history in sport after Sir Roger Bannister in 1954,” Kipchoge said afterwards, predicting that others would repeat the feat. “I am the happiest man in the world to be the first human to run under two hours and I can tell people that no human is limited.”Is he right? Where are the limits of human ability? And how close are we to reaching them?Sports scientists generally agree there are theoretical limits. Michael Joyner, a marathon runner and physiologist, published a paper in 1991 examining the three defining elements of a distance runner: VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen a body can take on; running economy, the rate at which the body uses energy; and lactate threshold, the amount of effort a body can maintain before it releases lactic acid – the burn. Yet Bannister also trod a fine line between fair and unfair assistance. His first attempt in 1953 was ruled out because his pacemaker, Chris Brasher – who went on to found the London Marathon – ran the first two laps slowly so that he could set a fast pace in the final half of the race. His record-breaking race might have gone the same way, according to Bannister’s other pacemaker, Chris Chataway, who wrote in 2003 that the publicity after the event meant the athletics authorities “did not have the temerity to question whether Brasher and I had been bona fide competitors. Of course we were not. But we did not flaunt the fact.” The question of assistance is not simply nit-picking, according to Ross Tucker, a sports scientist, who said when he first heard about Kipchoge’s attempt he wondered if they should run downhill, followed by a truck with giant fans to generate a tailwind.“I think it’s gimmicky to the point of annoying,” he said on the Science of Sport podcast last week. “But you had to do something to sidestep the normal physiological limit because these limits are not broken that much in one go.”Perhaps the final limit is inside athlete’s heads. Jo Davies, a sport psychologist, says recent studies have shown athletes can push themselves harder because of their perception of exhaustion. “It’s how we interpret pain or discomfort – does this mean I need to slow down, this is too much, or does it mean ‘this tells me I’m on track – it’s meant to be hard’.”Other research published this year which looked at super-elite athletes – who had won multiple gold medals – found that they were different in several important ways. They had often had a traumatic life experience and had suffered significant setbacks in their performance during their careers, as well as personality traits of ruthlessness, perseverance and perfectionism.So whether or not those limits have been reached, there will be no shortage of people prepared to try to go beyond them.RECORDS TO BEATUSAIN BOLT, sprinter. Ran 100m in 9.58s on 16 August 2009 PAULA RADCLIFFE, runner. Set the marathon women’s record of 2:15:25 in London, 2003 DON BRADMAN, cricketer. Test average from 1928-48 was 99.94 runsJIMMY GREAVES, footballer. Scored 357 top flight goals for Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham in 516 matches from 1957-71. FLORENCE GRIFFTH-JOYNER, sprinter. Ran 10.49s for the 100m in trials and 21.34s in the 200m at the Seoul Olympics. Usain Bolt Simone Biles Share on Messenger Joyner’s calculations predicted that the fastest time anyone would ever be able to run a marathon would be 1:57:58. And a paper this year estimated that human endurance for the fittest athletes was ultimately limited by their metabolisms. An amateur sprint relay team ran a marathon last year in 200m bursts, and they took 1hr 30. Raph Brandon, head of science for England cricket, distinguishes between feats which are constrained by human anatomy, and those which require human determination or skill.“When Bolt ran 9.58 in Berlin 10 years ago, if you analyse the split times, it’s very hard to imagine where the improvement comes from,” said Brandon, who worked with Team GB through three Olympic games until 2014. “The Usain Bolt 100m or the two-hour marathon, they’re in that category.”Multi-day, ultra-endurance events, such as Thomas’s cross-Channel swim, are different, Brandon said.“They need grit, psychology and bloody-mindedness to go that little bit further. Those people will continue to do unique things because you’re not really taking the body to its anatomical limit, it’s more a question of how much you’re prepared to deplete and fatigue yourself.”And there’s a third category, those sporting endeavours that rely on hand-eye coordination: the goal tallies of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the tennis grand slams of Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and the batting of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith or Don Bradman, who trained by hitting a golf ball with a stump against a wall to become the best batsman ever to play Test cricket.“You’ve got to put the right kind of hours in,” Brandon said. “Bradman’s [golf ball is] a nice example. It’s something that overloads your perception and movement control so you can cope with more and more types of delivery bowler and pitch condition. But there are physiological limits to that as well.” Share on Pinterest features Twitter Share on Facebook Read more World records Topics Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Facebook Sarah Thomas recovers after her epic 215km swim – four times across the channel. Photograph: Channel Swimming Academy/Reuters Sports science Athletics In some sports, far from setting new records, the limit seems to have been reached. The fastest ever baseball pitch was tracked at 105.1mph in 2010, and hasn’t been beaten. Then, only a few pitchers threw the ball so fast; now it’s commonplace – but no one has thrown faster. “I’m not convinced there is a big increase in world records,” said Gary Brickley, a sports scientist at Brighton University. “What you see is little peak points which might be related to some intervention, whether that’s equipment or drugs or coaching, or some technological means of making someone go faster.”Equipment has been a factor for many sports. NFL receivers wear gloves that enable them to make improbable one-handed catches. Football boots have been designed to help players put exactly the right amount of spin on the ball ever since Adidas launched the Predator boot. The GB cycling team swept the board at the Olympics because of their amazing new clothing tech.The line between what is fair and unfair is blurry. Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour run will not be officially recognised – he still holds the official record of 2:01:39 – because he had so much help. The Kenyan ran behind a car which beamed a green laser on to the ground in front of him. Teams of pacemakers, 41 in total, ran in a V-formation to shield him from headwinds. He wore specially designed shoes and the time and date of the event were picked – by the organiser Ineos, the chemical company owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man – only after detailed weather forecasting.
World Cup Robben, Baggio & the 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history Goal 06:00 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup England France Italy Netherlands Nigeria Ghana Brazil The World Cup is loved for the glorious goals on show but it has witnessed its fair share of incredible misses. Goal runs down the best of the latter
The pool matches are now completed. Results can be viewed here. For official scores, draws and statistics on teams and individual players visit the official SportingPulse homepage using the following link. 2004 18 YEARS CHAMPIONSHIPS LINK Stories can also be found on the ATA Tournaments – National 18’s page, using the following link. 2004 18 YEARS CHAMPIONSHIPS ATA LINK 18 YEARS AND UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS MENS ROUND 1: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 8:10am- ACT (6) def NSWCIS (1) 9:00am- SQBD (6) def SunCoast (3) 9:00am- QSST (12) def NT (1) Bye- CQ Pool 2: 8:10am- TouchWest (8) def Tas (1) 8:10am- SWQ (8) def Scorpions (6) 9:00am- NSWCHS (10) def Hornets (3) Bye- NSWCCC Pool 3: 8:10am- Mets (7) def Eagles (4) 9:00am- NQ (10) def SA (0) 9:50am- Suns (15) def Vic (0) Bye- Cobras WOMENS ROUND 1: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 12:00pm- TouchWest (7) def SA (2) 12:50pm- NSWCCC (4) def NQ (2) 12:50pm- NSWCHS (8) def Mets (1) Pool 2: 12:00pm- QSST (13) def Hornets (3) 12:50pm- Cobras (11) def NT (1) 12:50pm- NSWCIS (9) def SWQ (5) Bye- SunCoast Pool 3: 9:50am- SQBD (8) def Scorpions (2) 9:50am- Suns (10) def Rebels (2) 9:50am- CQ (14) def Tas (0) Bye- ACT MENS ROUND 2: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 1:40pm- NSWCIS (6) v NT (2) 1:40pm- QSST(5) drew CQ (5) 2:30pm- SunCoast (4) def ACT (3) Bye- SQBD Pool 2: 1:40pm- NSWCHS (10) v NSWCCC (6) 2:30pm- Hornets (4) v Scorpions (3) 2:30pm- SWQ (8) v Tas (0) Bye- TouchWest Pool 3: 2:30pm- Mets (7) def Cobras (4) 3:20pm- NQ (15) def Vic (0) 4:10pm- Eagles (16) def SA (3) Bye- Suns WOMENS ROUND 2: Wednesday September 15 Pool 1: 3:20pm- NSWCHS (6) def TouchWest (4) 3:20pm- NSWCCC (11) def SA (0) 3:20pm- Mets (3) def NQ (2) Pool 2: 4:10pm- SunCoast (10) def NT (0) 4:10pm- SWQ (4) def Hornets (2) 4:10pm- QSST (12) def Cobras (2) Bye- NSWCIS Pool 3: 1:40pm- ACT (6) def Rebels (2) 1:40pm- CQ (3) def Scorpions (0) 2:30pm- SQBD (5) def Suns (3) Bye- Tas MENS ROUND 3: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 8:10am- CQ (7) def NT (1) 9:00am- QSST (14) def SunCoast (1) 9:50am- SQBD (4) drew ACT (4) Bye- NSWCIS Pool 2: 9:50am- NSWCHS (18) def Tas (0) 9:50am- SWQ (10) def TouchWest (6) 9:50am- NSWCCC (2) v Hornets (1) Bye- Scorpions Pool 3: 10:40am- NQ (5) def Suns (4) 10:40am- Mets (18) def Vic (0) 10:40am- Cobras (4) def Eagles (3) Bye- SA WOMENS ROUND 3: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 11:30am- NSWCHS (5) def NSWCCC (3) 11:30am- TouchWest (5) def Mets (2) 11:30am- NQ (6) def SA (0) Pool 2: 8:10am- QSST (10) def NSWCIS (0) 8:10am- Cobras (10) def SWQ (0) 8:10am- SunCoast (10) def Hornets (3) Bye- NT Pool 3: 9:00am- SQBD (16) def Tas (0) 9:00am- CQ (4) v Suns (4) 9:00am- ACT (4) v Scorpions (4) Bye- Rebels MENS ROUND 4: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 1:10pm- SQBD (5) def NT (1) 1:10pm- QSST (10) def ACT (0) 2:00pm- CQ (7) def NSWCIS (3) Bye- SunCoast Pool 2: 12:20pm- NSWCCC (5) def Scorpions (4) 1:10pm- Hornets (6) def TouchWest (1) 1:10pm- NSWCHS (14) v SWQ (5) Bye- Tas Pool 3: 2:00pm- Eagles (6) def Suns (4) 2:00pm- Cobras (13) def SA (3) 2:00pm- Mets (6) def NQ (5) Bye- Vic WOMENS ROUND 4: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 2:50pm- NSWCHS (15) def SA (0) 3:40pm- TouchWest (3) def NQ (2) 3:40pm- NSWCCC (9) def Mets (4) Pool 2: 10:40am- Cobras (6) def NSWCIS (3) 11:30am- QSST (8) def SunCoast (0) 12:20pm- Hornets (5) drew NT (5) Bye- SWQ Pool 3: 12:20pm- Scorpions (4) drew Rebels (4) 12:20pm- Suns (17) def Tas (0) 12:20pm- SQBD (4) def ACT (2) Bye- CQ MENS ROUND 5: Thursday September 16 Pool 1: 4:30pm- SQBD (10) def NSWCIS (3) 4:30pm- CQ (11) def SunCoast (3) 5:20pm- NT (7) def ACT (3) Bye- QSST Pool 2: 4:30pm- SWQ (6) drew Hornets (6) 5:20pm- Scorpions (10) def TouchWest (5) 5:20pm- NSWCCC (14) def Tas (0) Bye- NSWCHS Pool 3: 6:10pm- NQ (8) def Eagles (7) 6:10pm- Suns (5) def SA (1) 6:10pm- Cobras (10) def Vic (0) Bye- Mets WOMENS ROUND 5: Thursday September 16 Pool 2: 3:40pm- SunCoast (4) drew NSWCIS (4) 3:40pm- SWQ (5) def NT (4) 4:30pm- Cobras (9) def Hornets (3) Bye- QSST Pool 3: 2:50pm- CQ (8) def Rebels (1) 2:50pm- ACT (11) def Tas (0) 2:50pm- Suns (4) drew Scorpions (4) Bye- SQBD Friday September 17 Pool 1: 11:20am- NSWCHS (4) def NQ (3) 11:20am- Mets (5) def SA (1) 11:20am- NSWCCC (5) def TouchWest (4) MENS ROUND 6: Friday September 17 Pool 1: 8:50am- CQ (7) def SQBD (5) 8:50am- QSST (11) def NSWCIS (0) 9:40am- NT (6) def SunCoast (3) Bye- ACT Pool 2: 9:40am- NSWCHS (10) def Scorpions (3) 9:40am- NSWCCC (12) def TouchWest (3) 10:30am- Hornets (10) def Tas (1) Bye SWQ Pool 3: 9:40am- Cobras (2) def Suns (1) 10:30am- Mets (11) def SA (5) 10:30am- Eagles (14) def Vic (1) Bye- NQ WOMENS ROUND 6: Friday September 17 Pool 2: 8:00am- SunCoast (7) def SWQ (6) 8:00am- Hornets (3) def NSWCIS (1) 8:00am- QSST (13) def NT (0) Bye- Cobras Pool 3: 8:00am- Scorpions (9) def Tas (1) 8:50am- SQBD (10) def Rebels (1) 8:50am- CQ (8) def ACT (4) Bye- Suns MENS ROUND 7: Friday September 17 Pool 1: 12:10pm- NSWCIS (3) drew SunCoast (3) 1:00pm- CQ (10) def ACT (2) 1:50pm- QSST (12) def SQBD (1) Bye- NT Pool 2: 1:00pm- Scorpions (11) def Tas (1) 1:00pm- NSWCCC (11) def SWQ (4) 1:50pm- NSWCHS (13) def TouchWest (1) Bye- Hornets Pool 3: 1:00pm- SA (5) def Vic (3) 1:50pm- NQ (4) def Cobras (2) 1:50pm- Mets (8) def Suns (3) Bye- Eagles WOMENS ROUND 7: Friday September 17 Pool 2: 10:30am- NSWCIS (14) def NT (4) 11:20am- Cobras (6) def SunCoast (3) 12:10pm- QSST (8) def SWQ (0) Bye- Hornets Pool 3: 12:10pm- ACT (5) def Suns (3) 12:10pm- SQBD (3) def CQ (2) 12:10pm- Rebels (12) def Tas (0) Bye- Scorpions
The last week has marked a busy time for key officials, volunteers, and staff of Touch Football Australia with involvement in several conferences, workshops, and forums held in Brisbane from 21-25 March 2007.Twenty-four representatives from Touch Football Australia attended the biannual Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 March 2007.The attendees were given the opportunity to attend lectures that examined contemporary issues and explored growth opportunities in sport. Technological and cutting edge scientific advances, the future of sport as a business, and societal trends such as demographic shifts and their potential influence on the cultural, social and economic landscape for sporting organizations were discussed.Speakers included academics, media experts, innovators from the sports industry, and high profile business people. A Sports Industry exhibition was run concurrently and there were several professional development and networking opportunities provided via social engagements including a gala ball at Suncorp Stadium and a Great Sporting Debate luncheon.Touch Football Australia was one of a small number of sports that were given the opportunity to present a forum session.Acting CEO Colm Maguire and TFA Board of Management Chairman Michael Sparks spoke to a capacity audience about Structure and governance, highlighting the processes, obstacles, shortcomings, and positive outcomes of the restructuring Touch Football has undergone in the last two years.Many sports are now revising their structures to ensure their survival in a competitive market place. Touch Football is one of the first sports to re-engineer its framework and the lecture was received with interest by the captive audience.The TFA Future Directions Workshop was conducted in two distinct segments over the weekend, firstly examining the strategic plans of the organisation, then focusing on the operational endeavours of the sport.The National Strategic Forum (Saturday 24 march) and the TFA Human Resources Forum (Sunday 25 March) were held at the Dockside Central Apartment Hotel.Key Volunteers and Staff across key specialty areas of expertise relevant to the sport from around the nation participated in the National Strategic Forum led by Sport Industry Training guru, Michael Mc Laughlin.The enthusiasm, knowledge, passion and insights provided by the leaders of our game across the various disciplines highlighted an overarching desire and commitment to examine the past, learn from experiences, listen to others, make adjustments and changes as necessary, and ensure a settled, positive, and united progression towards a productive future.TFA Staff congregated in Brisbane on Sunday 25 March to participate in a Human Resources Forum aimed at uniting, understanding, and focussing all staff in a philosophical, cultural, and professional sense.Staff participated in various sessions, including organisational development segments led by Master of Organisational Psychology, Sarah Lewis.Staff were given an overview of TFA’s expectations and given the opportunity to meet and network with interstate colleagues. Outcomes and recommendations from the Future Directions Workshop have been tabulated and will be reflected in adjustments that will be made to the strategic and operational plans of the organisation in the near future.Information and any aspects of the Future Directions Workshop can be accessed by contacting the TFA office in Brisbane on 07) 32471733.