Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s pursuit of personal capital reaches new level

The biggest compliment you can pay the veteran Milan striker is that sometimes he is almost as good as he says he isZlatan Ibrahimovic believes you should stick to what you’re good at, which is presumably why he’s been talking about himself again. The Milan striker is probably unique among elite modern footballers in that despite his considerable body of work on the pitch, the most memorable episodes of his career have emanated largely from his own mouth. Perhaps the warmest compliment you can pay Ibrahimovic as a footballer is that there are times when he is genuinely almost as good as he says he is. Related: 'I will never shut up': LeBron James responds to Ibrahimovic criticism Continue reading...
Guardian - 01.03.2021 21:00

Atlético Madrid suffer and survive on La Liga's weekend of pressure games

Simeone went through every emotion as his stuttering side responded with a win to stay in front of rivals who smell blood“Much worse things have happened,” Gerard Piqué said and Diego Simeone knew he was right. The Atlético Madrid manager has been through it before – the worst thing in football according to one of the men who suffered it with him – and could be forgiven if he feared going through it again, a hundred horrible scenarios playing in his mind on Sunday night. He had stood there, arms wide, smile wider, laughing when João Félix added to Stefan Savic’s opener to put his team 2-0 up at Villarreal, but now tension tore at him. On the touchline at the Cerámica, a lot to lose, Simeone leapt, shouted and spat and threw his arms about, unable to settle for a second.As Sunday’s match went into the final quarter of an hour, chances seemed to arrive faster than time, and they were all for Villarreal. Every time Samu Chukwueze turned inside, Simeone’s throat tightened. With every touch...
Guardian - 01.03.2021 14:51

Saliba and Todibo's transfers show the big move is not always the right one

Other youngsters in Ligue 1 should learn from what happened to William Saliba at Arsenal and Jean-Clair Todibo at BarcelonaBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“He judged me on two and half matches,” said William Saliba when asked about Mikel Arteta. “I would have liked him to play me more but he told me I wasn’t ready.” Saliba’s readiness to play for Arsenal is open to debate, but now he and the similarly talented but equally curtailed Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo are back in Ligue 1 with Nice, finally presented with the chance to realise their potential. Ligue 1 may have been the best place for both players all along.Given his potential as a powerful, serene, technical defender, Saliba was unfortunate not to be given more gametime in London, especially considering the state of Arsenal’s defence. Saliba’s sense of rejection is understandable. However, having made only 36 appearances in senior football when he moved to Arsenal as a 19-year-old, his move away...
Guardian - 01.03.2021 14:44

Darren Moore leaves Doncaster to take over as Sheffield Wednesday manager

Moore is the club’s third permanent manager this seasonDoncaster ‘disappointed’ by Moore’s decision to leave clubDarren Moore has left League One side Doncaster Rovers to become the new manager of Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Moore as our new first-team manager,” read a statement on Wednesday’s official website. “Moore joins the Owls with immediate effect and will be in charge for Wednesday night’s Championship clash with Rotherham at Hillsborough. Continue reading...
Guardian - 01.03.2021 11:13

US Soccer athletes' council removes member after racially charged speech

Seth Jahn downplayed impact of police brutality and US slaveryUS Soccer ends no-kneel policy then condemns delegateThe US Soccer Federation’s athletes’ council removed one its members Sunday, a day after he made a speech at the federation’s annual general meeting against removing an anti-kneeling policy.Seth Jahn, a 38-year-old from Florida who played for the US seven-a-side Paralympic team, spoke against the repeal of what was known as Policy 604-1, put in place in response to US women’s team star Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick. Continue reading...
Guardian - 01.03.2021 08:36

Carlo Ancelotti rues Everton complacency against struggling teams

Manager urges players to use motivation from Merseyside derby‘The game against Southampton has the same value’Carlo Ancelotti has said Everton’s first win at Liverpool in 22 years will be a turning point only if his team find the same motivation and focus against every Premier League opponent.Everton host Southampton on Monday seeking to build on a long-awaited win at Anfield with their first home league victory of 2021. A sequence of four defeats in the past five Premier League home games has included 2-0 losses to struggling Fulham and Newcastle, and Ancelotti admits complacency has crept into his players when entertaining sides below them in the table. Continue reading...
Guardian - 28.02.2021 23:30

Curtis Jones helps Liverpool sink Sheffield United and end losing run

Liverpool have specialised in creating history in recent years but there may be a sense of relief they did not make more. The prospect of a fifth straight league defeat, a fate they had not suffered since 1953, loomed as long as Aaron Ramsdale produced an inspired performance but receded after Curtis Jones struck. As Kean Bryan was debited with an own goal, the last match of February brought Liverpool’s first points of the month and, if wins over the bottom club used to be taken for granted, this was welcome.On the 20th anniversary of Jürgen Klopp’s managerial bow, a victory for Mainz over Duisburg, the breakthrough came from a 20-year-old. Jones has been Liverpool’s best midfielder in recent weeks and was a deserving scorer. Sheffield United, however, could rue another night when a committed performance brought no reward. Continue reading...
Guardian - 28.02.2021 22:22

Rivals have turned referees against Manchester United, says Solskjær

Manager upset after team denied penalty against ChelseaSolskjær hits out at ‘cheeky’ coverage on Chelsea websiteOle Gunnar Solskjær accused rival managers of looking to influence referees against Manchester United after his side were controversially denied a penalty during their goalless draw with Chelsea, whose laboured attacking display saw them miss an opportunity to return to the top four.Although Solskjær acknowledged United failed to do enough to win a dull encounter, he was left fuming after Stuart Attwell decided not to penalise a handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi during the ea rly stages at Stamford Bridge. Attwell waved play on after the video assistant referee told him to check the on-pitch monitor and there was further controversy when Luke Shaw claimed the official told United’s captain, Harry Maguire, that he chose not to award a penalty because he was worried about the post-match reaction. Continue reading...
Guardian - 28.02.2021 21:52

Jose Mourinho heaps praise on Gareth Bale for Burnley display – before issuing challenge to Tottenham hero

Jose Mourinho insists fans are starting to enjoy ‘the best Gareth Bale’, who scored twice against Burnley on his first ever start at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Bale appeared back to his best as he produced a devastating display that included two goals and an assist in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Burnley. The Wales […]
TalkSport - 28.02.2021 21:41

St Johnstone sink Livingston to claim their first Scottish League Cup

Those who pour scorn on the relevance of a national final between Livingston and St Johnstone do a huge disservice to a group of history makers from Perth. St Johnstone have now taken delivery of the League Cup for the first time since formation, 137 years ago. Until this behind closed door experience, St Johnstone had only featured in one League Cup final, as ended in defeat to Celtic in 1969. This victory takes ‘overdue’ to fresh extremes.If the absence of bigger clubs is bemoaned by sponsors and television executives, it provides the kind of welcome opportunity St Johnstone seized upon. Scottish football is a better place when honours are shared; St Johnstone have now broken Celtic’s consecutive trophy haul at the 13th attempt. The names of Clark, Rooney, Kerr, Gordon, Booth, McCann, Craig, Conway, Kane, Wotherspoon, McCart and May have been etched into St Johnstone folklore. Tens of thousands of supporters aren’t required for that to be a celebrated sporting fact. Continue reading....
Guardian - 28.02.2021 17:10

Chinese Super League in disarray as champions Jiangsu cease operations

Club won their first league championship last seasonJiangsu owned by Suning Group who also own InterChinese football was thrown into disarray on Sunday as the owners of reigning Chinese Super League champions Jiangsu FC announced the club would cease operations with immediate effect. A post on Jiangsu‘s official WeChat account expressed hope of new backers or that a “company of insight” would be willing to consult on the team’s future.The announcement stated all of owners Suning Group’s football clubs, including the hugely successful Jiangsu Suning Women, would “cease operations from today”. The Nanjing-based retailer, one of China’s biggest and which also owns Italian Serie A club Internazionale, earlier in February said it intended to focus on core businesses, leaving non-retail assets at risk. Continue reading...
Guardian - 28.02.2021 15:07

Tottenham v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the 2pm UK time kick-offTanguy Ndombele: ‘If you know Mourinho you understand him’Any comments? You can email Luke | tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 1.14pm GMT Gareth Bale starts for Tottenham. Eric Dier is on the bench. Dele Alli, who impressed in midweek in the Europa League, is also among Mourinho’s substitutes. Neither Ashley Barnes nor Chris Wood are in the lineup for Burnley: Barnes is injured, and Wood is reportedly fit, but begins on the bench, with Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra starting.Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Reguilón, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Bale, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane. Subs: Doherty, Winks, Lamela, Hart, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Davies, Vinícius. 12.52pm GMT Take out the 8-1 Europa League drubbing of Wolfsberger, concluded on Wednesday, and it’s fair to say Tottenham are in a serious slump. Lose to Burnley today and it develops into a full-blown crisis. In the month of February they have lost Premier League matches to Chelsea, M...
Guardian - 28.02.2021 14:16


Djokovic Equals Federer On 310 Weeks At No. 1 In FedEx ATP Rankings

Novak Djokovic has today equalled Roger Federer’s all-time record for most weeks at No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. The Serbian has now held the top spot for 310 weeks over five different stints. ALL-TIME WEEKS AT NO. 1 No. 1 Player Total Weeks Longest Streak 1=) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 310 122 weeks 1=) Roger Federer (SUI) 310 237 weeks 3) Pete Sampras (USA) 286 102 weeks 4) Ivan Lendl (CZE) ...
ATP - 01.03.2021 07:03