Ukrainian female referee recalls journey to the top

In 2016 Kateryna Monzul made history.She became the first female referee in Ukraine to officiate a soccer match in the men's top division.[Ukrainian Soccer Referee, Kateryna Monzul]"I'll be honest with you - I was very emotional and nervous. I prepared myself for the match. But despite mental training, when I went out on a soccer pitch and watched teams lining up, I could even hear my heart racing. I was overwhelmed with emotions."Monzul's career has taken her from refereeing children's and youth championships to the 2015 Women's World Cup Final between the U.S. and Japan.Since then she became the first woman to referee Ukraine's domestic cup finaland was named the best referee in the men's division by the Ukrainian Association of Football.Her passion for soccer began where she grew up in the eastern Kharkiv region."When I was a kid, a house where I lived was next to a soccer pitch. So I spent my whole childhood there. I played soccer with boys. It was not popular among girls back then...
Yahoo - 05.03.2021 18:59

Bruno Fernandes vs Kevin De Bruyne debate settled, but Manchester United talisman ‘needs more help’ from teammates, says Louis Saha

Louis Saha has defended Bruno Fernandes’ record in against the ‘big six’ and insisted other Manchester United players need to step up for the Red Devils in the bigger clashes. And the former Red Devils star also settled the Fernandes vs Kevin de Bruyne debate, ahead of another crunch Manchester derby this weekend. Fernandes has […]
TalkSport - 05.03.2021 15:00

Jurgen Klopp accused of ‘not doing his job properly’ and ‘lacking leadership’ as Liverpool lose fifth game in a row at Anfield and face missing out on top four

Jurgen Klopp is ‘not showing any leadership’ at Liverpool and ‘isn’t doing his job properly’, talkSPORT has been told. The Reds were outclassed by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Thursday night as they slumped to a fifth straight defeat at Anfield – the worst run in their history. Liverpool are less than a year removed from […]
TalkSport - 05.03.2021 08:55

Jurgen Klopp has ‘no plan B’ at Liverpool, Mason Mount ‘a future Chelsea captain’, VAR is ‘killing’ football, David de Gea told to take Man United break – football news LIVE rounds up all the top football news and gossip… HEADLINES Jurgen Klopp ‘not doing his job properly’ as Liverpool lose for fifth consecutive Anfield match for first time in their history Mohamed Salah’s agent posts cryptic message on social media after Liverpool star is substituted by Jurgen Klopp in second-half of Chelsea defeat Mason […]
TalkSport - 05.03.2021 08:37

Chelsea's Timo Werner hones his quality and homes in on scoring | Barney Ronay

The German striker missed chances against Liverpool but his movement and enthusiasm promise better things to comeMaybe Thomas Tuchel really is a tactical genius. Faced with a concrete-booted central defence and an opposing manager who insists on playing a high line, Tuchel picked his quickest attacker and told him to run in behind at every opportunity, to seek out the untended green acres, to run fast against people who can’t run fast. It’s a complex plan, Thomas. But it might just work.And so it came to pass at Anfield, where Chelsea kept hitting the same long diagonal pass, and where Tuchel’s plan worked but also didn’t completely work, because Timo Werner is a player trying to find his game, his edge. Continue reading...
Guardian - 05.03.2021 00:11

Chelsea's Mount condemns Liverpool to historic fifth Anfield loss in a row

Liverpool have created their own history and many milestones under Jürgen Klopp but the latest slice will leave lasting scars. For the first time in their 129-year existence, Liverpool suffered a fifth home league defeat in succession as Chelsea took a significant step towards Champions League qualification at the expense of the Premier League champions. Mason Mount’s exquisite finish delivered a merited win for Thomas Tuchel’s side.The England international settled the contest shortly before half-time and, despite a second half improvement from Liverpool, only poor finishing, VAR and a goalline clearance denied Chelsea a more comfortable victory. The hosts’ miserable night, and performance, was encapsulated by Mohamed Salah kicking a water box in frustration and sitting miserably behind Klopp after the earliest substitution of his Liverpool league career. Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot straight at Édouard Mendy in the 85th minute was their first attempt on target. Continue reading...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 23:15

Richarlison boosts Everton's European hopes and adds to West Brom's woes

Everton’s impressive record on their travels has brought them closer to Europe. A second-half header by Richarlison sealed their ninth win from 13 away matches in the Premier League this season and kept Carlo Ancelotti’s team in contention not just for a Europa League spot but Champions League qualification.West Brom’s frustration is that this match could have panned out very differently if they had taken even one of the chances created during a long period when they were on top. But just as Sam Allardyce’s men were grateful for good luck and bad finishing by Brighton last weekend, here they had to lament their own wastefulness and a hairline offside detected by VAR in stoppage time. Continue reading...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 21:10

Liverpool v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8.15pm GMT kick-offKlopp shifts focus to top-four fight as Chelsea head to AnfieldAnd feel free to email 7.24pm GMT Some pre-match reading. Just in case you missed any of it. Related: Jürgen Klopp shifts focus to top-four fight as Chelsea head to Anfield | Andy Hunter Related: Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea can reach standard set by Manchester City 7.22pm GMT Liverpool make two changes to the side named for the 2-0 win at Sheffield United. Alisson returns after the death of his father last week, taking the place of Adrian in goal. Fabinho is also back, lining up alongside Ozan Kabak in defence at the expense of Nat Phillips.Chelsea also make two changes in the wake of the 0-0 draw with Manchester United. Timo Werner and Jorginho replace Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic, both of whom drop to the bench. Continue reading...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 20:24

The Fiver | Rhythmically peppering suggestions with words like 'eff' and 'jeff'

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The manager of Pope’s Newc O’Rangers has, historically speaking, been prone to the odd emotional outburst. Take the way Jock Wallace used to rhapsodise about the Battle Fever. Or the manner in which Walter Smith would give journalists beneficial advice, rhythmically peppering his kind suggestions with words like “eff” and “jeff”. Or the elegant grace with which Graeme Souness would plant his studs in an opponent’s fruit bowl, or upend urns of hot water before being offered out by the tea lady for a square go. Volatility seemed to be part of the job spec. Continue reading...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 16:56

Matt Ritchie apologises after training-ground bust-up with Steve Bruce

Incident follows Bruce remarks about Ritchie after Wolves drawNewcastle midfielder accused of not passing on instructionsNewcastle’s midfielder Matt Ritchie has apologised after a training-ground bust-up with Steve Bruce.The Daily Mail reported the 31-year-old was involved in an angry exchange with Bruce this week over the manager’s comments after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves. Bruce suggested Ritchie, having come on as a substitute, had not passed on tactical instructions seconds before Wolves equalised. Continue reading...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 13:28

When West Ham challenged for the title – after being tipped for relegation

West Ham are surprise contenders for the top four this season, but it’s nothing compared to their title tilt 35 years agoBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogWest Ham did not win any trophies in the 1985-86 season, but the achievements of John Lyall’s squad are still rightly celebrated at the club 35 years later. At the start of the season there was nothing to suggest they would challenge for the title. The club had enjoyed a decent run after being promoted to the top flight in 1981, but they had slumped alarmingly in the second half of the 1984-85 campaign and only stayed up after winning two of their last three matches.“West Ham, Coventry, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City, each of whom flirted with danger last time, will be lucky if they all escape again,” wrote David Lacey in his pre-season preview in the Guardian in the summer of 1985. He was not alone in having such low expectations for the Hammers. Continue reading...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 12:30

Ian St John memories, Michèle Mouton and Stephen Hendry's return | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features an on-board trip around Le Mans in 1956 and Shaquille O’Neal taking a nap1) Ian St John died this week at the age of 82. It was the Saint’s extra-time header against Leeds at Wembley that won Liverpool their first FA Cup in 1965. Signed in 1961, and in partnership with Roger Hunt, he was the star forward of Bill Shankly’s team which established the club as one of English football’s best, as seen here in a TV tribute to his old mentor broadcast in 1981. After spells managing Motherwell and Portsmouth, Saint moved into a TV career. Here he is crossing the Merseyside divide to attend Everton training before the 1984 FA Cup final. It was as co-presenter as Saint and Greavsie that he made his fame. Here the pair are joined by Bobby Robson, Alex Ferguson and future Sky News man Jeremy Thompson to preview an elaborate-looking draw for the 1986 World Cup. Saint was joined by a very different-looking Greavsie for one memorable segment of the show. Here’s a coup...
Guardian - 04.03.2021 10:10


Willis, Who Played Federer At Wimbledon As World No. 772, Retires

Marcus Willis, who rose to fame with his dream run to the second round at Wimbledon in 2016, announced his retirement on Thursday aged 30.  In June 2016, Willis was giving tennis lessons at Warwick Boat Club in Great Britain for £30 an hour. The Brit got into Wimbledon pre-qualifying, and won his way into the qualifying draw as the No. 772 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Willis’ run to the main draw was improbable at the time, but looks even more remarkable today. In the second and third round of qualifying, Willis defeated Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev. Less than five years later, both Russians are inside the world’s Top 10. The lefty didn’t stop there, advancing to the main draw. Willis defeated Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, and then in a fairytale moment, he played Roger Federer on Centre Court. While his dream run ended against the Swiss legend, fans still remember the Brit’s efforts. “I’ve travelled around the UK, Europe and th...
ATP - 05.03.2021 00:16