Sunday, November 25, 2018

Another Chinyengetere show . . .

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Another Chinyengetere show . . .

Choosing the Soccer Star of the Year from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league this year is a mere formality.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Lennon hopes more players can open up about mental health

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Lennon hopes more players can open up about mental health
Lennon hopes more players can open up about mental health
Burnley's Aaron Lennon hopes his openness about mental health issues have helped normalise the subject among professional football players. Lennon was detained under the UK's Mental Health Act in May 2017 over concerns about his wellbeing, during his time at Everton. The 31-year-old is confident the worst of the stress-related illness he was suffering from is behind him, and now hopes to be a role model for his peers. "There's probably a lot of footballers who don't want to come and speak about it but it's just normal," Lennon said. "There's going to be spells where you don't feel so great and there's going to be spells where you do feel great. "Hopefully it opens the door for people to say, 'OK, I'm not feeling good.' There's so much help out there and hopefully I can be an example that you might be going through a tough time but you can get back to where you want to be, enjoying football, enjoying life again." Lennon has been a reinvigorated figure since moving to Burnley in January, thriving under the positive environment Sean Dyche has helped cultivate. "Touch wood, I've been really good since. You learn a lot about yourself during those periods," Lennon said. "I had to take a look at myself, but I've got a great family, great friends and the clubs I've been at have been fantastic. "Everyone's different. I can see why people might think it's a constant battle. I feel great, it doesn't cross my mind. You do look back and say, 'Wow, I can't believe I was in that place." Meanwhile, Dyche has welcomed a change in attitude towards the subject of mental health, praising footballers for openly attempting to handle the psychological demands of profession. "It was the 'get on with it' mentality when I was playing, and we all know that's changed now," the Burnley manager said. "There's way more support out there. I think players have got more belief in the system now, there's a deeper care and attention and understanding of the challenges. "I have nothing but admiration for players. I think it's an all-time high of demand."

Friday, November 23, 2018

LIVE Transfer Talk: Newcastle targets Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron in January swoop

LIVE Transfer Talk: Newcastle targets Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron in January swoop
Sebastian Salazar catches up with Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron after the star duo powered Atlanta United to the Eastern Conference finals. The two best teams in MLS during the regular season will meet for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. The FC crew break down the tie and make their picks. Paul Mariner breaks down the MLS Best XI for the 2018 season and reveals which superstar in the XI he would build his team around. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest. TOP STORY: Rafa hopes to land MLS star Rafa Benitez will turn to Major League Soccer in an attempt to land a player he believes could save Newcastle's waning season. Those are the claims of the Sun, who report that Benitez has identified Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron as the man to deliver his side from relegation. Transfers Revealed: How FIFA wants to fix transfers ESPN's Gabriele Marcotti obtained a FIFA report revealing the biggest overhaul to the transfer system in decades. Are they finally serious about cleaning up football? How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli, we show you how a transfer works through Iain Macintosh's tale of fictional rising star Dave Thumper. FC Exclusives - Barca eye Suarez replacement - Man United eye Everton Soares - Hernandez on Besiktas' transfer list - Galatasaray target Liverpool's Origi - Mourinho eager to keep Darmian Almiron proved to...

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Guardiola can repeat Barcelona success at Man City - Xavi
Guardiola can repeat Barcelona success at Man City - Xavi
Xavi enjoyed four trophy-laden years at Barcelona under Pep Guardiola, a man he believes will achieve similar glory at Manchester City.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Neymar picks up apparent groin injury during Brazil friendly

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Neymar picks up apparent groin injury during Brazil friendly
Neymar picks up apparent groin injury during Brazil friendly

LONDON — Striker Neymar was substituted with an apparent groin injury during the first half of Brazil’s friendly against Cameroon on Friday. The Brazilian star was taken off after just eight minutes and was replaced by Everton’s Richarlison, who gave his team a 1-0 win with a header just before the halftime break. Neymar was […]

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Is there a more exciting international side than the revived Dutch in world football right now?

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Is there a more exciting international side than the revived Dutch in world football right now?

It could be Rotterdam or anywhere, Liverpool’s his home…

Virgil van Dijk struck a 90th-minute equaliser against Germany last night to ensure Netherlands’ qualification for the prestigious* Nations League finals.

*now that England are in the finals, it’s prestigious, okay?

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The 27-year-old finished the game as an auxiliary target man as the Oranje completed an impressive Nations League group campaign in dramatic fashion.

Ronald Koeman’s men condemned 2014 World Cup winners Germany to relegation and pipped 2018 champions France to top spot.

Only a few months ago many were talking about the tragic demise of a once proud footballing nation.

Now, Netherlands may well be the most exciting international side in the world.

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Captain Van Dijk is their rock; an oasis of calm to offset the chaotic raw talent around him.

His leadership qualities are obvious when patrolling the defence, but last night he proved why he’s worthy of the armband with his actions after the final whistle.

Referee Ovidiu Hategan broke down in tears at the end of the game.

Van Dijk noticed his distress and offered a broad shoulder for the official to cry on.

Hategan revealed his mother recently passed away and Liverpool’s talismanic defender offered a few words of comfort.

A few seconds of human decency was all it took, but it underlined Van Dijk’s character.

A touching moment

Van Dijk’s partner at the back is Matthijs de Ligt — an uber talented 19-year-old already tipped for a future at the Nou Camp.

The Ajax starlet is a typically modern defender, composed in possession, the first outlet of attack rather than the last line of defence.

Daley Blind is the experienced head in Koeman’s new-look side.

Well, him and Ryan Babel.

The former Liverpool winger’s resurgence is as inexplicable as it is welcome in his homeland.

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Gini Wijnaldum’s industry gives the Dutch intensity in midfield while Memphis Depay’s enigmatic nature provides an endearing unpredictability.

The Lyon winger is a matchwinner on his day and Koeman has done well in maintaining Depay’s confidence — something his immediate predecessors failed at too often.

Then there’s the darling of Football Twitter, Frenkie de Jong.

Ajax’s stylish centre-back/defensive-midfielder has been the subject of numerous viral montages in recent months.

It remains to be seen whether the hype is totally justified, but he’s perfect for Koeman’s Netherlands as he is right now.

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Much like Gareth Southgate’s England, Netherlands are not yet the finished article.

However, there is no doubt they are heading in the right direction with a young side and a coherent plan.

Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

People think Germany are in crisis, but their old foes have been in a state of emergency for a while now.

For years the ‘Dutch model’ was considered football’s optimum blueprint.

But the domestic game deteriorated as coaches touted Johan Cruyff’s teachings without adapting them to the modern game, a la Pep Guardiola.

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Under Koeman, Netherlands could restore their reputation as one of the world’s superpowers.

You could say, it’s Koeman home.

NEXT: Paulo Lopes ended his Benfica career with more trophies than appearances

Monday, November 19, 2018

Modric not worried about Ballon d´Or
Modric not worried about Ballon d´Or
He may be a favourite to win the Ballon d'Or, but Luka Modric insisted it would make no difference.