About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Shaqiri hails hat-trick hero Firminoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri hailed hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino after their 5-1 rout of Arsenal.The Brazil international ended his eight-month wait for a Premier League goal at Anfield in the most emphatic fashion on Saturday evening.”It was fully deserved. He had a very good game,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.“It’s always good to have people who can score in the team, he scored the second one very nicely. He fully deserved to score a hat-trick and I’m happy for him. I hope he can keep going like this.“It was a top game; obviously Arsenal have their quality and you can see that with the first goal they scored.“It was a little wake-up call for us, we were straight on after we conceded and scored for 1-1 – that was the big point for us to change the game and to win in the end.”
Rochdale teen Luke Matheson staying grounded after Man Utd goalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale teen Luke Matheson is staying grounded after scoring in their Carabao Cup shootout defeat at Manchester United.Matheson, 16, claimed his first career goal at Old Trafford to equalise and force United into a penalty shootout with League One Rochdale in the teams’ League Cup third round tie.”I don’t think you actually can in words,” he said. “But it’s a special, special night for me, the players, the coaching staff, the fans. I don’t think I can sum it up in words, the feeling, the celebration in the dressing room after was surreal. Something I’ve never experienced before and I don’t think I’ll ever experience again.”I’m going in tomorrow (to school) to make up for it when we’ve got a day off. Got a psychology exam, so can’t wait for that!”It’s gonna be nice, everyone coming up to me [at school] and saying, ‘ah, you scored against United’. Most of my best mates are United fans, I’ve not turned my phone on yet, I’m kind of dreading it! I don’t know what tomorrow will be like, I think I’m going go in a little bit later so I can get some rest.”My education is something I’m very fond of I and I love it. And Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me with all that, so I love learning.”It’s what I want to do, because football’s not a guarantee, you never know what could happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything’s possible and it’s best to have that back up plan just in case.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd deny new contract talks with Paul Pogbaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United deny they’re in new contract talks with Paul Pogba.The club also insist he is not holding them to ransom by demanding a reported £600,000-a-week new deal.Pogba – who is expected to miss Sunday’s clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park with an ankle injury – has two years left on his current contract.United say no formal talks have yet taken place – and they believe they are not under any time pressure to make the French World Cup winner a new offer yet.An Old Trafford insider told the Mirror: “Pogba’s only focus right now is trying to be fit to help his team-mates.“Reports of him demanding £600,000-a-week to stay aren’t true. Paul has two years left on his contract so time is on our side in terms of discussions on a new deal.”The club made it clear in the summer that we want Paul at United and that remains the case.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma boss Fonseca: I deserved to be sent off, but…by Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma boss Paulo Fonseca says he deserved to be sent off in their 1-1 draw with Cagliari.However, he insists Nikola Kalinic’s late goal should have stood.Fonseca said, “I didn’t like the referee’s attitude throughout the game. I could speak about the non-existent foul given against Diawara, or the incident for Cagliari’s penalty, and then the goal at the end by Kalinic.“I accept his decision to send me off, I deserved that. But on the goal it seems strange to me that the referee would tell the Cagliari players there wasn’t a foul. I don’t know why he changed his mind.“The guys played well, they created a lot of chances and I think we deserved more than a draw.“What was lacking today was that second goal. We missed a few good openings, it’s hard to say we shouldn’t have done better with them.”
Sidwell: Man Utd legend Keane told me to ‘f*** off’ – when youth teamerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Sidwell has recalled the time he was told ‘f*** off’ by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane while an Arsenal junior.Keane made a comment on Sky Sports where he hit out at Manchester United and Liverpool players for ‘hugging and kissing’ in the tunnel before their match at Old Trafford. Sidwell, speaking with JOE.co.uk, revealed: “I can see what Roy Keane is saying.”I remember being at Arsenal when I was in the youth system. I was at Highbury with my match day programme and he told me to f*** off because he was going out to war against Arsenal.”It was a tight tunnel and I was just like ‘okay’, but now looking back on it I know what it means to him. They were going down there and they’re arch rivals.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Class of 2016 kicker Quinn Nordin supposedly has his collegiate decision down to either Penn State or Iowa – at least that’s what he told the guys over at Black Shoe Diaries last week. It looks like the Hawkeyes are making a hard push to land his services.Saturday, Nordin tweeted a photo of all of the mail he received from the Hawkeyes this week. It includes numerous hand-written letters (one by head coach Kirk Ferentz) and a “Most Wanted” poster with his photo and attributes. Just opened the mailbox #HawkeyeNation #MuchLove pic.twitter.com/F0kRZBcd46— Quinn Nordin (@QuinnNordin) February 21, 2015It’ll be interesting to see where Nordin winds up.
STARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Many colleges nationwide are on spring break this week, and students are flocking to warm locales for fun in the sun. Mississippi State star quarterback Dak Prescott and some teammates are down in Panama City, Fla., where unfortunately their spring break turned violent.On Monday night, a message board post on elitedawgs.com stated that Prescott and another Bulldog player were jumped while attending a concert by rapper Waka Flocka Flame. More accounts of what went on have emerged, including a pair of tweets from MSU backup quarterback Damian Williams, who was with Prescott.Williams deleted both tweets, but here is a re-tweet featuring one of his originals. MSU junior QB w/ Dak Prescott RT @DamianDevon: We got jumped for no reason, It’s sad we can’t go anywhere without being attacked by people— Robbie Faulk (@robbiefaulk247) March 10, 2015Mississippi State beat reporter Michael Bonner confirmed the attack minutes ago, saying Prescott was with Williams and teammate Torrey Dale.Spoke to a one of Dak Prescott’s family members. He and a few others were attacked by a group of people. They are OK. More to come.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015According to Prescott’s Instagram, Damian Williams and Torrey Dale both went w/the QB on spring break. Can’t confirm if they were attacked— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015
The official Facebook page of the Florida Gators took down a Tim Tebow troll today in hilarious fashion.Earlier this afternoon, the Florida Gators posted a congratulatory message to Tim Tebow on their official Facebook feed. In case you’ve been sleeping all day, the former Florida star quarterback signed a minor-league baseball contract with the New York Mets. Shortly thereafter, a Facebook troll with the username “Howard Andrew” tried to sarcastically take down Tebow.He failed, thanks to a healthy dose of sarcasm from the Florida page admins.Sick burn by the Gators. You don’t mess with Tebow. Lesson learned.
Manuel Pellegrini steered West Ham to a 10th-placed finish in the 2018-19 Premier League and bid farewell to players Samir Nasri, Andy Carroll and Adrian this summer.The Hammers have already completed the signing of Roberto Jimenez from Espanyol ahead of another busy season at London Stadium.West Ham kick-off their campaign by welcoming the defending champions and Pellegrini’s former club, Manchester City, to the capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They then travel to Brighton for their first away fixture the following week.The Irons round out the campaign with a visit to Manchester United and a home clash with Aston Villa on the final weekend.West Ham’s full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.West Ham Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 12:30 West Ham United v Manchester City 17/08/2019 15:00 Brighton v West Ham United 24/08/2019 15:00 Watford v West Ham United 31/08/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Norwich City 14/09/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v West Ham United 21/09/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United 28/09/2019 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v West Ham United 05/10/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Crystal Palace 19/10/2019 15:00 Everton v West Ham United 26/10/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Sheffield United 02/11/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United 09/11/2019 15:00 Burnley v West Ham United 23/11/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur 30/11/2019 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United 03/12/2019 19:45 Wolverhampton v West Ham United 07/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Arsenal 14/12/2019 15:00 Southampton v West Ham United 21/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Liverpool 26/12/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham United 28/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Leicester City 01/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v A.F.C. Bournemouth 11/01/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v West Ham United 18/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Everton 21/01/2020 19:45 Leicester City v West Ham United 01/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Brighton 08/02/2020 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United 22/02/2020 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United 29/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Southampton 07/03/2020 15:00 Arsenal v West Ham United 14/03/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Wolverhampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 04/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Chelsea 11/04/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v West Ham United 18/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Burnley 25/04/2020 15:00 Norwich City v West Ham United 02/05/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Watford 09/05/2020 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United 17/05/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Aston Villa Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Copa America, Women’s World Cup and Under-21 European Championships may be dominating football fans’ attention this summer, but there is still plenty of club football going on.The Chinese, American and Scandinavian leagues are among those still running and EA Sports have picked the top performers to slot into the latest FIFA 19 Ultimate Team of the Week.Former Chelsea star Oscar and ex-Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner make the cut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The former played a key role in both legs against Jeonbuk Motors to help Shanghai SIPG through to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League, while Wagner netted twice to fire Tianjin Tedan to a 2-1 win over Luneng on Saturday.Meanwhile, MLS sides are also well represented as Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, Yordy Reyna of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Dallas forward Dominique Badji are all included.See the full squad below…STARTING XIGK – Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas CityCB – Simen Wangberg – TromsoCB – Yu Dabao – Beijing GuoanCB – Valentinos Sielis – GangwonCAM – Diego Valeri – Portland TimbersLM – Yordy Reyna – Vancouver WhitecapsLM – Dominique Badji – DallasCM – Fredrik Nordkvelle – OddST – Sandro Wagner – Tianjin TedanST – Alan Kardec – Chongqing LifanST – Oscar – Shanghai SIPGBENCHCB – Naoki Ishikawa – Hokkaido Consadole SapporoRM – Gilbert Koomson – BrannLM – Kunimitsu Sekiguchi – Vegalta SendaiLM – Wanderson – Pohang SteelersST – Ante Budimir – MallorcaST – Leke James – MoldeGK – Marcus Sandberg – Stabaek