first_imgMohamed Salah ‘Salah on Messi & Ronaldo’s level’ – ‘very humble’ Liverpool star earns Hadji approval Jean-Charles Danrée 22:29 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Manchester City Champions League Laurence Griffiths Mohamed Salah Liverpool Premier League Morocco Egypt Spain World Cup The Egypt international has enjoyed an unforgettable season and will be aiming to overcome injury to make his mark at the World Cup Mohamed Salah is in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according his fellow African Footballer of the Year winner Mustapha Hadji.The Egyptian has enjoyed a stellar season with Liverpool, scooping up a multitude of individual honours, but it was not a smooth passage to star status for Salah.After impressing in the Champions League with Basel, Salah earned himself a move to Chelsea in the winter transfer window of 2014, but he struggled for regular starting opportunities at Stamford Bridge before getting back on track in Serie A with, first, Fiorentina and then Roma. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Salah’s exploits with Roma secured a transfer to Liverpool last summer and he scored 44 from his 52 appearances in all competitions, winning the Premier League Golden Boot and the division’s Player of the Year awards along the way.He also helped lead Liverpool to the Champions League final against Real Madrid, but he was forced off injured after just half an hour and he is now a doubt for Egypt’s World Cup opener. against Uruguay on Friday.Morocco’s assistant coach Hadji, who was named African Footballer of the Year in 1998, is full of praise for Salah and believes he is one of the best players in the world today.“Mohamed Salah has reached a level that puts him alongside the greatest players,” Hadji told Goal. “I think he proved it again against Roma [in the Champions League semi-final]. Today, he is one of the best players in the world. He is in that category alongside Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi. He has his place there.“When we see everything that he has done this season, and I also believe that he’s a very humble guy, I wish him the best because it is not always easy to start where he started. He did a tremendous job.“Beyond the footballer, I feel when I look at him he has exceptional humility and it goes above and beyond anything. I am really a big fan. He’s a guy who surprises me every day. I wish him to be one of the top three players in the world and I really believe he can make it.”Andres Iniesta SpainHadji is helping Morocco to prepare for the World Cup in Russia, where his side will face Iran, Portugal and Spain in Group B.Former Deportivo La Coruna and Espanyol midfielder Hadji is looking forward to facing Andres Iniesta and feels it is an ‘injustice’ that the Barcelona legend has never won the Ballon d’Or.He added: “I never understood why he did not win the Ballon d’Or. It is an injustice in the light of his career, the player he has been, and he still is. He’s not just a player, he’s an engine. He is an exceptional player. He really makes the team play around him.“I was lucky to play against him when I was in Spain. I saw his qualities. I never understood why he was not rewarded because he is a football monster. He’s an icon, someone who represents Barcelona. I take my hat off to him because he was a true example for world football.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgArgentina Aguero set to start against Iceland as Sampaoli confirms Argentina XI Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 00:41 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Sergio Aguero Argentina Haiti international friendly 2018 ALEJANDRO PAGNI Argentina World Cup Argentina v Iceland Iceland The Man City star is preferred ahead of Higuain for Saturday’s World Cup opener in Moscow, while there is also a place for Marcos Rojo at the back Sergio Aguero will get the nod as Argentina’s starting centre-forward, as coach Jorge Sampaoli confirmed his first XI early for the nation’s World Cup opener against Iceland. The Manchester City striker missed the end of his team’s season through injury, and was called up for the finals in Russia despite doubts over his fitness. But after making a fine second-half cameo against Haiti and scoring in Argentina’s sole pre-World Cup friendly the striker will begin the tournament as first choice over Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The Argentina team confirmed by the coach in Friday’s press conference poses no surprises, based on the side Sampaoli has been training with throughout the week after seeing their final friendly against Israel fall through due to protests over the fixture. Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero therefore starts ahead of Franco Armani and Nahuel Guzman in goal, following the withdrawal of regular No. 1 Sergio Romero due to a knee problem shortly after the World Cup squad was confirmed. According to Sampaoli, Caballero’s position as deputy to Romero in the last friendly call-up in March helped him win out over his two rivals within the squad. “Aside from the similar qualities of all three goalkeepers, who were all great, we have opted for Caballero because we have had more time to work with him,” the coach told reporters.”But all three are in great form.”Elsewhere City and United rivals Nicolas Otamendi and Marcos Rojo will team up in the middle of defence, while Javier Mascherano is set to overtake Javier Zanetti as Argentina’s most-capped player as he starts in midfield for his 144th appearance for the Albiceleste alongside Lucas Biglia. Captain Lionel Messi, meanwhile, will be joined by Independiente’s Maxi Meza and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain in a trio behind sole striker Aguero, although he will be expected to push further up and accompany Kun in attack when Argentina are in possession. “Messi looks good, very excited. With the talent he has he should not be under much pressure, it helps him enjoy his game,” Sampaoli said of his No. 10. “I do not see this World Cup as Messi’s last.”Confirmed Argentina XI: Caballero; Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Biglia, Mascherano; Meza, Messi, Di María; Aguero.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup VIDEO: Lozano’s opener gives Mexico first-half lead on Germany Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:58 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Javier Hernandez Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Mexico Germany v Mexico Germany Videos El Tri got off to a dream start against the defending champions, with Chucky finding a first-half breakthrough for Juan Carlos Osorio’s side Mexico got just the start it wanted against defending World Cup champion Germany. Juan Carlos Osorio’s men came out of the blocks pressing the Germans and forcing Joachim Low’s side into some uncharacteristic mistakes. But the final ball proved elusive for much of the first half, with El Tri wasting several good chances to hit on the break.  Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Germany’s resistance finally faltered in the 35th minute, with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez setting up Hirving “Chucky” Lozano as Mexico finally hit on the counter. It began with a quick one-two between Hernandez and Andres Guardado near midfield, with the midfielder setting the forward free down the right and leaving German defender Jerome Boateng stranded between two opponents. Hernandez slid the ball across to Lozano, who cut back onto his right foot and beat Manuel Neuer for the game’s opening goal. The youngster puts it away!Chicharito starts the counterattack and Chucky Lozano finishes it to give Mexico the 1-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/Ze5IUJuE3d— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 17, 2018Lozano’s goal with Mexican commentary. Amazing 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/IC7EdGUi0K— Football Funnys (@FootyFunnysUK) June 17, 2018Mexico took their 1-0 lead into halftime, and while Juan Carlos Osorio’s side couldn’t add to the lead in the second half, El Tri took the win they craved over Germany with a 1-0 result.last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Feed the GOAT and he will score! Ronaldo leaving all the greats in his wake Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent in Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(60) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal Opinion Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring is without modern or historical precedent; against Morocco he broke another record. It’s futile to deny his brilliance Lionel Messi took part in a memorable pre-World Cup photoshoot which attempted to underline his class as the Greatest Of All Time – the GOAT. For Paper Magazine , the Argentina captain posed with an actual real-life goat.The rivalry being what it is, it appears Cristiano Ronaldo has taken exception to this seemingly definitive categorisation and has set about correcting it, one facial hair at a time. Against Morocco, he not only debuted a new goatee beard but has begun to stroke it lovingly as well. In his own mind Cristiano has always been the GOAT and so begins his latest quest to convince the world of it. The best way to do that, the beard aside? Goals, goals and more goals. Eighty-five of them in fact.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move In Group B’s second match, Ronaldo overtook Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s highest international goalscorer – even his place as the continent’s greatest modern marksman was long assured.Portugal fans have watched their No. 7 find the net for the national team 85 times and there’s more to come. Each one nowadays is greeted with that familiar, primal growl of “SIIII!” that has become his calling card.And if his World Cup scoring record looked modest before Russia 2018, it is finally befitting of a man of Ronaldo’s stature.He had scored in three tournaments running before showing up here but there was only one goal in each of the World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He had been fighting fitness concerns in the past before major tournaments but here – even at 33 – he is razor-sharp.Against Spain, first, and now against Morocco, he has blunted another weapon in the arsenal of the critics.Portugal’s GOAT and now Europe’s GOAT. When will his status be beyond reproach?Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018You would assume that with more football available than ever – and each one of Ronaldo’s matches for club and country accessible to fans all over the world – it would mean that the extra scrutiny would place his prowess beyond doubt.Still for some reason, players from the past such as Puskas and Di Stefano are lionised and admired as every bit better than their modern gladiatorial equivalents.That makes no sense considering the archive footage we have for those greats is nowhere near as extensive as what we have for Ronaldo.Why deny Ronaldo is the best when the evidence is borne out every time he steps on the field? We can see it with our own eyes.He may not necessarily be the greatest exponent of the game that the world has ever seen. Indeed it would have to be a pretty compelling argument to make the case he’s a better ‘footballer’ than Messi currently.But that’s hardly the point. He deals in numbers, those tangible football facts, and in dominating the big moments.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018His hat-trick against Spain – especially that last-gasp free-kick – will go down as one of the World Cup’s all-time great performances.His goal here against Morocco rocketed him to four goals in two games and ensured Portugal earned a tally of four points and making qualification as good as secure.The form that he’s in, you wouldn’t bet against him plundering many more before the record books are solidified for Russia 2018 and – who knows – he might even overtake the one-tournament goalscoring record set at 13 by France’s Just Fontaine in 1958.That’s what Ronaldo remains capable of; obliterating records and taking away the only deniability old fans have to his greatness. He is stronger, fitter, leaner, meaner, hungrier than all the old favourites and no numbers can stand in his way.Cristiano Ronaldo GOAT GFXSo out go Eusebio – for the national team, and the likes of Di Stefano, Puskas, Hugo Sanchez and Raul for Real Madrid. This was the year in which he bettered Puskas’s tally for European Cups and in 2016 he bettered Eusebio by winning an international tournament.He’s upending the historical order and leaving modern fans in no doubt about his status as No. 1. The world has never seen a scorer or a winner like him before.He has found a home in this Portugal team; the criticism in previous generations had been that they lacked a genuine No. 9. Ronaldo has provided that for them and the national team has never looked back.This is not a one-man show by any means. Yes, the rest of them facilitate Ronaldo but he is not asked to do everything in an attacking sense like Messi is for Argentina. He is thriving on the service his team-mates are giving him.Feed the GOAT and he will score.last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is pleased to announce the National Training Squads for the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides. The sides to compete at the 2005 All Nations in New Zealand this October, will be selected from these squads and this is an important step in preparation for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Please note that there have been 18 members selected in each squad, with several still yet to finalise their paperwork. When this has been done their names will be added to the website. The actual sides (of 14 players) will be announced after each squad holds its training camp midway through this year. Congratulations again to the selected players and good luck with your preparations for the All Nations tournament. Please also note that the date for the announcement of the Australian Senior sides for the All Nations tournament is April 29 on the ATA website. The National Training Squads: MENS OPEN: Matt Curran – ACT Drumayne Dayberg-Muir – Qld Ash Farrow – Qld Chris Farrow – Qld Phillip Gyemore- Qld Nathan Jones – Qld Trent McDonald – Qld Scott Mitchell – NSW Turoa Needham – Qld Ben Roberts – Qld Steve Roberts – NSW Ben Robinson – Qld Gavin Shuker – Qld Garry Sonda – NSW Jason Stanton – NSW Jamie Stowe – NSW Jarod Tump – Qld Anthony Ziade – NSW Coach: Tony Trad WOMENS OPEN: Bo de la Cruz – NT Sharlene Harriman – NSW Renee Henderson – Qld Rachael Holden – NSW Amanda Judd – NSW Kristy Judd – NSW Shelley Matcham – WA Dominique Maher – NSW Kelly McGennity – Qld Melissa Pitfield – NSW Rachel Reid – Qld Peta Rogerson – Qld Sharyn Williams – Qld Louise Winchester – NSW Claire Winchester – NSW Roxy Winder – Qld Kelly Woods – NSW Coach: Kerry Norman MIXED OPEN: Kate Adams – Qld Andrew Baggio – NSW Ricki Best – Qld Troy Clark – Qld Beaudene Currie – Qld Brad Davids – NSW Amy Fong – Qld Belinda Grech – NSW Jarah Jennings – ACT Teena McIlveen – NSW Ben McCullen – Qld Justin Mitchell – Qld Stacey Lapham – NSW Matt Tope – NSW Hayley Rogerson – Qld Daniel Rushworth – NSW Stephanie Sorrensen – NSW Dean Wilbow – NSW Coach: Gary Madders Any media enquiries, please contact Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2014/15 Targeted Growth Program. All of the successful applicants will look to implement growth initiatives in areas of junior, school and female participation growth during the summer season. The following affiliates were successful in receiving funding in the 2014/15 Targeted Growth program:Lower Blue Mountains Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthThe Lower Blue Mountains will aim to provide a number of junior development clinics targeted at primary aged school children in the Mid to Upper Blue Mountains region. Port Lincoln Touch Association – School to Affiliate LinkagesPort Lincoln will promote the sport through local schools, as well as provide in-school clinics to entice school children to play at their affiliate. At the end of the junior season, they will also host a family day to stimulate interest in the families of participants.Dubbo Touch Association – Female Participation GrowthThe Dubbo Touch Association will look to establish relationships with the local League Tag, Netball, Soccer and Hockey clubs to cross-promote alternate team activity for female participants. Milton/Ulladulla Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthMilton/Ulladulla will utilise their funding to provide a number of junior clinics at their venue to attract new junior participants to their affiliate. Tamworth Touch Association – School Competition and Affiliate LinkagesTamworth will look to develop an interschool competition with all of the local high schools, while also promoting the community pathway. This initiative will complete the pathway between their primary school competition and adult participation. The following affiliates were also successful in receiving $300 Advertising Assistance grants to promote competitions for this coming season:·         Doyalson Touch Association·         Ryde Eastwood Touch Association·         Wallsend Touch Association·         Whyalla Touch AssociationRelated LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

first_imgTonight marked the first game of the 2017 Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football All Stars Competition. 28 of Australia’s best touch football players have been hand-picked to create two super teams, the All Stars and the Indigenous All Stars. â€œThe All Stars is a great concept- it allows the elite in the Men’s and Women’s to join in the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and celebrate that too” Nick Good, Men’s Australian Open Captain tells us before taking to the field. The competition creates an opportunity for us Aussies to celebrate our proud Indigenous culture, as well as our multicultural backgrounds from all over the world. â€œThis is a genuine all-stars match and this has heightened the excitement has been around this year’s competition. I think it is going to come down to play by play and I have no doubt that with 5 minutes to go it will be pretty close. The caliber of players in each team it is the type of touch game you want to watch,” Nick Good predicts. These teams will battle it out across three games for the third year running and the Indigenous All Starts currently hold an undefeated title. The 2017 series kicked off tonight at Wallsend Touch Association with 100 local kids learning some tricks and techniques in a touch football clinic hosted by the All Stars. The kids had a blast, and snagged a few autographs and sausages from the canteen. After a warm up with the kids, the All Stars teams were raring to take to the battle field… And a precursor… Nick Good was right! The first half was a 3 -3 draw. Pete Norman for the TFA All Stars and Jarrad Rutumah from the Indigenous All Stars were instrumental in scoring and playing a part in the opening 3 Touchdowns for their respective teams. The All Stars Girls all crossed in the first half with, Yasmin Meakes, Patricia Michaelopolous and Hayley Maddick all scoring a Touch Down. The second half was a tight affair with no score until the 11th minute. Enter Scott Bundy, scoring a great quickie to give the Indigenous All Stars a 4 – 3 lead. The All-stars quickly leveled to make 4-4.With 5 minutes left, Jared Townsend crossed for the Indigenous All Stars to make it 5 -4. With only two seconds left, the All Stars responded with Pete Norman scoring to take the game to a drop off. 5-5. In the opening set of the drop off, the All Stars crossed through Dylan Hennessey making it 5 -6. The Indigenous All Stars had the right to reply… and they did. Jared Townsend crossed again to make it 6-6. The atmosphere was electric with the TFA All Stars in possession. with the drop off still alive. It was that man again, Dylan Hennessey that took the game on, sliding into to score and winning the game for the TFA All Stars 7-6.The next two games will be thrilling and passionate, follow the action here:Website  www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook  www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter  www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram  www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated Links2017 All Starslast_img read more