Santander extends sponsorship of La Ligaby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpanish banking group Santander has taken up the option to extend its title sponsorship of La Liga for a further year, according to Palco23.The Spanish sports business outlet says that Santander has activated an extension clause inserted in the contract originally signed back in 2016 to retain the naming rights to Spanish soccer’s top flight until the end of the 2019/20 season.The terms of the agreement are already written into the existing contract, which sees Santander pay La Liga a reported €20 million per year.The deal also covers Segunda División, the second tier of Spanish soccer. (www.sportspromedia.com/.) TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton keeper Ryan: All we need is luckby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMat Ryan thinks Brighton just need a little bit of luck.The Seagulls looked set for a 1-0 home victory over Burnley on Saturday, before Jeff Hendrick popped up late to rescue a draw for the visitors.Ryan said: “A 1-0 win and a clean sheet is a long way towards being a perfect performance – and we did a lot of things right again – but we didn’t get the result.”We have got to keep learning, growing and setting our standard high.”I feel we have demonstrated enough in all the games to suggest there is a bright future – present and future – for the club.”We have to just keep working hard. That is the best way to do it in my experience, work hard until your luck changes a little bit.”Fingers crossed that’s not too far around the corner.”
Liverpool boss Klopp says media criticism of Man Utd near insultingby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes criticism of Manchester United has bordered on insulting.The Reds go to Old Trafford on Sunday.”I saw all these things and it looks like they want to help Manchester United,” said Klopp. “All these articles look like they have been written by Man Utd supporters. So yes, that’s it. We’ll live with it. In the dressing room, that’s the one advantage they have at the moment – and playing at home.”It’s like we would have said it: ‘Here’s the combined team!’ But we had nothing to do it and that’s how it has been built up. It’s not the first time in my life that things like this have happened to me or my team. I said people are trying to create it as a banana skin.”They are trying to make it as if we are the team and they are nobody. I saw the combined line-up and it’s really funny… 11 Liverpool players and no Man Utd players! That is the situation everyone creates.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With last season’s edition of FIFA Global Series being a success, players and fans will now be able to monitor the progress of the world’s top competitive FIFA players throughout the season on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup.FIFA 19’s Global Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 has expanded significantly, with the new iteration of the gameplay feature in FIFA 19 incorporating a new and improved competitive ecosystem with more FUT Champions Cups, more globally licensed tournaments, more official league partners and a revamped way to compete online.New additions to FIFA 19’s Global Series include the number of FUT Champions Cups increased from two to six, an all-new Licensed Qualifier System, and as many as 15 official football league partners (expanded from last season’s eight) such as the Bundesliga, Eredivisie, La Liga, Ligue 1, MLS and the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare This season will also include the unique FIFA eClub World Cup as well as two EA Champions Cups featuring the best FIFA Online 4 players globally – as well as a brand new competition in the FIFA eNations World Cup.FIFA 19 Xbox Global Rankings Ranking Username Points 1 F2Tekkz 13265 2 Rogue Msdossary 6194 3 PSG DaXe 5214 4 MegaBit 4651 5 Rebel Stokes 3960 6 Rogue NRaseck 3274 7 Rogue GoalMachine 3203 8 M10 Resende 3063 9 Ajax Dani 2946 10 SK DullenMIKE 2763 11 Marcus Gomes 2464 12 INF Janoz 2431 13 FaZe Tass 2333 14 Vitality Rafsou 2048 15 Zidane 10 1948 16 Ebinho 1818 17 Hashtag Ryan 1764 18 Bundled Levy 1756 19 Ajax Joey 1746 20 Vitality Herozia 1725 *correct as of July 10, 2019. FIFA 19 Playstation Global Rankings Ranking Username Points 1 FCB nicolas99fc 8170 2 Vitality Maestro 5827 3 PSV PINNA97 4910 4 MoAuba 4105 5 COL Joksan 4050 6 NYC_Chris 3990 7 Mkers LevVinken 3844 8 M10Üstün 3709 9 Tuga810 3372 10 RastaArtur 2839 11 Vfb DrErhano 2550 12 FCB TheStrxngeR 2500 13 Ajax Tore 2475 14 TG Zezinho 2448 15 Wolves Fifilza 2434 16 FUTWIZ Marko 2256 17 North Marcuzo 2214 18 doolsta 2163 19 Roma Damie 2085 20 FUTWIZ Tom 2041 *correct as of July 10, 2019. How are FIFA 19 points and rankings allocated?Registration for FIFA 19’s Global Series began on October 5, 2018 and ended on October 31, 2018.FIFA 19 players who are eligible to play and want to be ranked in the Global Series should complete the following steps: Play in FIFA 19 Weekend League and complete at least 27 Wins to become FUT Champions Verified. Once an eligible player has confirmed their Verified status, they are permanently Verified – and will no longer have to worry about winning a certain amount of games in the Weekend League again. FUT Champions Verified players may then be invited to play in Online qualification competitions, where competitors will compete head-to-head against other eligible players to win a spot at a live event. After a player has been FUT Champions Verified, they will be able to be invited to Online qualification competitions for FUT Champions Cups and Licensed Qualifying Events throughout the season. Each Live Event will have a cut-off date for which players must be FUT Champions Verified in order to be allowed to compete. Each live event will have numerous Online Qualification Tournaments for different gameplay regions, which will then create for regular global qualification opportunities. FIFA 19 Global Series points won through Live Events and the Weekend League will place players on the leaderboard. For players to be able to qualify for the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs, they will need to earn FIFA 19 Global Series Points through participating in Live Events or playing in the Weekend League. The most points are won through Live Events, though a smaller number of points can be earned by achieving 20 to 27+ wins in Weekend Leagues to taking place until April. Players qualify for the Playoffs by finishing in the Top 60 on the Points leaderboard, tallied at the end of the year. The top 60 eligible players on each Playstation and Xbox leaderboards will subsequently be invited to participate in the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs. After the Playoffs – which will award Points – the top 16 players on both platforms will qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup, where the FIFA 19 World Champion will be named.In terms of point allocations , finishing first in either FUT Champions Cups or FIFA Majors will earn a player 1500 points; second place in both competitions will award the player 850 points; then 645 points for third to fourth place; fifth to eighth garner 450 points; ninth and below 275 points.For players competing in licensed qualifying events and official league partner competitions, first-placed finishes award 850 points; second place 450 points; third place 315 points; fifth to eighth place 150 points, and ninth and beyond 110 points.See the full FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings on FIFA.gg.
Aston Villa have announced the signing of Ezri Konsa from Brentford in a £12 million ($15m) deal.The England Under-21 defender joins up with former Bees boss Dean Smith, having impressed during the 2018-19 season with the Championship side.Speaking to Villa’s official website of the U20 World Cup winner, Smith said: “Ezri fits the profile of the type of player we were searching for. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “It helps that Richard O’Kelly [assistant coach] and I have worked with him before. He’s a high-potential player who I believe can step up to the Premier League and I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”Konsa becomes Villa’s seventh signing of the summer window as they prepare for life back in the English top flight, with Matt Targett, Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley and Kortney Hause all coming in, while Tyrone Mings made his loan move from Bournemouth permanent.Ahead of linking up with his new team-mates, Konsa himself revealed his excitement at sealing a move to a Premier League side.“I’m over the moon to join such a massive club as Aston Villa,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started and meet the lads. I can’t wait to get started with Dean and Richard again.“We’ve got a legend here in John Terry as well. He used to be a centre-back so having him here I think will help me a lot.“The atmosphere [at Villa Park] is immense. For me to be here and play in front of the fans week in, week out, for me is something special. I can’t wait.“I’m speechless right now. As a kid I always used to dream about playing in the Premier League and for it to actually happen now is a dream come true for me and my family.“It’s a challenge that I look forward to very much. For me to finally be able to do it against the top players in the world, it’s a privilege.”Konsa will travel on Thursday to meet up with the rest of his new squad in America as the Villans continue their pre-season preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.Villa’s first match back in the top tier of English football will be something of a baptism of fire as they travel to London to face Champions League runners-up Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
What a difference a couple of months make.There was so much dejection around Arsenal at the end of last season after the Gunners threw away a top four spot and then slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Europa League final.But after a summer transfer window which has seen six new arrivals, including the club record signing of Nicolas Pepe for £72 million ($87m) from Lille, the mood at the Emirates now is one of optimism ahead of Unai Emery’s second season in charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? This will be the third successive year that Arsenal are in the Europa League and the main objective heading into the new campaign will be to secure a top four finish and get the club back competiting alongside the best in Europe.With the new additions in the squad, going one step further than last season will certainly be the expectation around the Emirtaes. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Attackers The manager How Arsenal could line-upGoalkeepersAfter such an encouraging debut campaign in England last time out, Bernd Leno will be hoping to cement his spot as the club’s undisputed No.1.Following his £20 million ($24m) move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, Leno had to bide his time before getting his chance to impress at the Emirates, with Emery starting the season with Petr Cech in goal.But Leno made his Premier League debut in September when he replaced the injured Cech early in the second half against Watford and didn’t miss another league game all season.And the German was largely exceptional – something that was indicated by the fact that he was in the running for Arsenal’s player of the year award, which was eventually won by Alexandre Lacazette.Emiliano Martinez – who spent the second half of last season on loan with Championship side Reading – will provide backup for Leno this season and will get game time in the cup competitions – including the Europa League.Matt Macey, who spent last season on loan with Plymouth Argyle, and teenager Arthur Okonkwo are also options for Emery.DefendersSo often Arsenal’s Achilles heel, Emery will be desperate to sort out his side’s leaky defence this season.The Gunners have conceded 50 league goals or more in each of their last two campaigns, a number that has to be reduced if they want to try and close the gap on the teams at the top of the table.And in a bid to improve that record, two new arrivals have been signed who – when fully fit – you would expect to start.David Luiz has been brought in from Chelsea for £8m ($10m) to replace Laurent Koscielny, who has returned to France after nine years at the Emirates, while left-back Kieran Tierney finally arrived from Celtic on deadline day following a summer-long chase.There was one other summer addition, with William Saliba coming in from Saint-Etienne in a £27m ($33m) deal. The 18-year-old can’t be used this term, however, as he will spend the coming season back on loan with Ligue 1 side.Rob Holding is due back imminently from the cruciate ligament injury that saw him miss the last six months of the 2018/19 campaign and his return will be a major boost to Emery, with the English centre-back having arguably been the club’s best defender last season prior to his injury.Calum Chambers is also back and available following his loan spell with Fulham.Injuries forced Emery to re-jig his system last term, with the Spaniard turning to a three at the back formation for the majority of the closing months of the campaign.But he expected to revert to his favoured back four this time out, with Hector Bellerin due to return from his own cruciate injury before Christmas and resume right-back duties.Ainsley Maitland-Niles will continue to cover for Bellerin on the right side of defence, while Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac will battle it out for the left-back spot until Tierney regains full fitness following his double hernia operation earlier in the summer.Depiste Arsenal looking to move him on throughout the summer, Shkodran Mustafi is still at the club and will provide back up to the central defenders – as will Konstantinos Mavropanos and Zech Medley, who should get game time in the cup competitions.MidfieldersDani Ceballos has been the only new midfield arrival this summer, with the Spain international joining on loan for the season from Real Madrid.And it will be fascinating the see how Emery decides to use the talented 22-year-old, who can operate in a number of roles behind the forward line.He could play as the No.10 in a 4-2-3-1 formation, although that then raises the question about where Mesut Ozil will slot in should Emery play his favoured system.But Ceballos could also play at the tip of a midfield three, with Granit Xhaka and either Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira behind him, or alongside Xhaka in a 4-2-3-1 system.Xhaka continues to divide opinion amongst the Arsenal fanbase, but the Switzerland international remains key to the way the Gunners play and looks set to replace Laurent Koscielny as club captain.Aaron Ramsey’s move to Juventus has left Arsenal looking short of goals from midfield, but Joe Willock’s performances during pre-season suggest he could help fill the void, while Reiss Nelson will hope to offer a threat from out wide when given a chance. Emery also has Henrikh Mkhitaryan to call upon, but Alex Iwobi has moved to Everton.Mohamed Elneny is still at the club but his opportunities will be severely limited if he doesn’t move on before the end of the transfer window, with a move abroad a real possibility.Another midfielder who could still head out of the door before the window closes is Emile Smith Rowe, with another loan move potentially on the agenda for the 19-year-old.AttackersArsenal have spent the summer searching for ways to improve the supply line to star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette.It looked for a time that Wilfried Zaha would come in to bolster the attack, with the Gunners seeing one bid of £40m ($48m) knocked back by Crystal Palace.But in the end it was Zaha’s international team-mate who arrived, with Nicolas Pepe coming in for a club record £72m fee from Lille.The Ivory Coast star can operate on the right wing, or as forward, with Emery expected to use him as part of a front three alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette.Eddie Nketiah – who has enjoyed a positive pre-season – has moved to Leeds on loan, while new boy Gabriel Martinelli will be hoping to make some sort of impact following his arrival from Brazilian side Ituna this summer.Martinelli will certainly get opportunities in the cup competitions, as will Tyreece John-Jules, who caught the eye with his cameos during the pre-season tour in the United States.The managerUnai Emery is facing up to a crucial campaign at Arsenal, with question marks still hanging over the Spaniard following his team’s capitulation in the final weeks of last season.Emery signed a three-year contract when he arrived in north London, so by the end of this season Arsenal will have to either hand him a new deal or decide to move him on.Given the uncertainty that was generated towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, it seems impossible that Arsenal will allow Emery to enter the final year of his deal without a decision being taken one way or the other.So he will be well aware of the importance of getting off to a good start – something which will not be easy given the early games against Liverpool and Spurs.Emery was often accused of taking a conservative approach last season, with his style of football leaving plenty of fans questioning whether he was the man to take the club forward.Others pointed to the fact that he didn’t have the players that suited his vision, but with Pepe and Ceballos coming in this summer, he seems to have a squad that is better suited to how he wants to set up.So the pressure will be on Emery to perform this season, with Arsenal desperate to return to the Champions League after three successive seasons outside Europe’s premier club competition.How Arsenal could line-up Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 12: Cheerleaders of the Oklahoma Sooners perform during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies on November 12, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 36-30. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***On Friday, a bunch of college football game times and broadcast details were released. That includes a pretty sizable chunk of Oklahoma’s schedule. Fans can start planning for the first three games of the season, as well as a Black Friday game.Typically, game times and broadcast info is decided a few weeks in advance of a game. We know that info for most of September for Oklahoma. The first three games of the year will all be on national television.Dates and channels for four games overall have been released. Via Oklahoma:Times, TV information announced for four games in 2018, including the season opener vs. FAU.??➡️ https://t.co/o7PknHf3kO pic.twitter.com/ZG1Omg8xMp— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) May 31, 2018Here are the game times and TV channels for the four games on Oklahoma’s schedule:Sept. 1 vs. Florida Atlantic: 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.Sept. 8 vs. UCLA: 1:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX.Sept. 15 at Iowa State: 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN.Nov. 23 at West Virginia: 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.The rest of Nebraska’s football schedule. We do not yet have kick-off times for these games:Sept. 22 vs. ArmySept. 29 vs. BaylorOct. 6 vs. Texas (in Dallas)Oct. 20 at TCUOct. 27 vs. Kansas StateNov. 3 at Texas TechNov. 10 vs. Oklahoma StateNov. 17 vs. KansasLincoln Riley doesn’t seem thrilled about all of the early kickoff times. From the Tulsa World:“Listen, whenever they tell us to kick off, at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., we’re going to be there ready to play,” Riley said. “But there’s other things like recruiting, being good for your fan base, opposing fan base, the team traveling here. … You’ve got UCLA traveling here through two time zones to get here early. We’re going to be kicking off at 10 a.m. for their fans. It’s one of our marquee nonconference games. That’s not great for recruiting. You wish things were better, but it doesn’t always go your way. That’s part of it. We’ll be ready to play.”If Oklahoma is a national contender once again, I’m sure the Sooners will find themselves on at prime time more as the season wears on.
Michigan’s football program took a sizable just last week, when one of the Wolverines’ top recruits in the 2019 class announced he was backing off his commitment.Te’Cory Couch, a four-star athlete, announced one week ago today that he’s decided to open back up his recruitment. He announced the decision on Twitter.Well, seven days later, he’s found a new home.Couch is headed to Miami.Here’s the full announcement:#MAKETHECRIBGREAT ?????‼️ pic.twitter.com/f54ddzt9fF— T©️(MD)⚠️ (@TecoryC_16) June 16, 2018The athlete and defensive back is ranked the No. 37 overall prospect in a loaded recruiting state of Florida. Couch had previously been committed to Tennessee.He flipped from the Volunteers to the Wolverines in mid-April, but that decision didn’t last long.Miami has been hot on the recruiting trail, and was seen as the new favorite for the in-state recruit after his decommitment from Michigan. It’s a big pickup for the Hurricanes, who sit at No. 8 in the country with their 2019 recruiting class.
For the second straight season, the Maryland Terrapins opened their year with a statement victory over Texas. The Longhorns, ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the Coaches’ Poll, are now the first ranked team to lose during the 2018 campaign.Texas dug itself an early hole, falling behind 24-7 midway through the second quarter, but cut the lead to two points by halftime after a touchdown run by Keaontay Ingram and a touchdown pass from Sam Ehlinger to Collin Johnson. The Longhorns actually took the lead in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Kyle Porter, but were unable to hold it.Maryland’s Tayon Fleet-Davis scored on a 17-yard run to open the fourth quarter. After a rain delay of over an hour, the Terrapins added an 18-yard field goal from Joseph Petrino to make it 34-29.Texas had a number of possessions down the stretch, but couldn’t convert.On the Longhorns’ final possession, Ehlinger was picked off by Maryland’s Antoine Brooks.Texas is back, baby! Oh, wait… pic.twitter.com/D3NFeWnuZQ— Saturday Down South (@SDS) September 1, 2018It’s a tough loss for Texas, which needed to get off to a good start in head coach Tom Herman’s second season. It’s going to be a tough week for his coaching staff in Austin.