Benitez would welcome Torres to Newcastle

first_imgTransfers Benitez would welcome Torres to Newcastle Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 22:25 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Newcastle United Atlético Madrid v Eibar Newcastle United v Chelsea Eibar Atlético Madrid Chelsea Premier League Primera División While the Spaniard admits that he would be open to a third reunion with the 34-year-old, he does not think that it is likely Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that he would love Fernando Torres to join him at the club.The 34-year-old striker is an iconic figure in the history of Atletico Madrid but will leave the Spanish side at the end of the season after helping them to win the Europa League.Benitez has worked with Torres previously at Liverpool and Chelsea, and would be eager to be reunited with his countryman once again, even if he admits that it is a long shot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 “It would be appealing, but I don’t think it’ll happen,” he told Marca. “I think it will be difficult to get him to come, and not because we don’t want him. I don’t know what goes on in his head, but he may be thinking about something else.”Torres netted 81 times in 142 outings for Liverpool and despite a difficult spell with Chelsea, Benitez only has positive words for the man who scored Spain’s winner at Euro 2008.“He was sensational with us at Liverpool, then he went to Chelsea and although he was at a bad moment when we arrived, he was vital for us winning the Europa League,” he said.Torres, who scored 116 times in 344 outings for Atleti over two different spells, has been most closely linked with a move to MLS or the Chinese Super League.last_img read more

Diego Costa breaks Iran hearts to save shaky Spain

first_imgWorld Cup Diego Costa breaks Iran’s wall and hearts as shaky Spain survive World Cup scare Kris Voakes in Kazan Last updated 1 year ago 03:59 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Diego Costa Isco Spain Iran World Cup 2018 ROMAN KRUCHININ World Cup Iran v Spain Spain Iran Powerade The Brazil-born striker was the difference as La Roja stumbled past a dogged Iran side to move closer to the knockout stage It took a moment of Cristiano Ronaldo genius to deny Spain three points in their opening World Cup fixture last week, and Diego Costa was also robbed of the headlines he deserved in the wake of the Portuguese’s magical hat-trick.But on Wednesday the Brazil-born striker was the difference-maker as La Roja finally managed to break down a superbly-drilled and fantastically brave Iran side to win 1-0 in Kazan and put themselves on the verge of a place in the last 16.Unlike their slick performance in the 3-3 draw in Sochi, this was a stuttering showing from Fernando Hierro’s side as the Iranians frustrated them for long spells with their deep defensive line and insistence on playing the waiting game. 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 For too much of the contest Spain had no cutting edge, with their possession rate hovering around the 80 per cent mark but their threats on Ali Beiranvand’s goal remaining close to zero. Diego Costa regularly found himself dropping well out of the area to get any sort of action as Iran’s 11-man defensive operation stifled Spain’s game.When the breakthrough eventually arrived it was as scrappy as Spain’s attacking had been for the large part of proceedings to that point.A short pass from Lucas Vazquez aimed for Andres Iniesta managed to entice an Iranian defender out of position, allowing the Barcelona midfielder to advance and as Diego Costa attempted to finish on the turn at the far post Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted interception cannoned off the Spain striker’s knee and found the corner of the net.It was far from the most memorable goal in far from the most memorable game, but it went to underline the big front man’s threat. He had been quiet throughout most of the match but had found a way to make a difference, and when Diego Costa is causing havoc it can only be good news for Atletico Madrid and Spain.But just as it looked as though Iran’s need to press higher up the pitch might open up more frequent opportunities for Spain, Carlos Queiroz’s side found the net. Unfortunately for the 15,000-plus raucous Iranians in the crowd their joy was short-lived as the VAR confirmed the assistant referee’s on-field decision that Saeid Ezatolahi had been marginally offside in the build-up.Iran Spain VAR World CupIt is arguable that Iran deserved more than they got, and had Mehdi Taremi’s powerful header from a delicious Vahid Amiri cross found the target they may have earned a share of the spoils. Instead they go into their final group B clash with Portugal knowing that in all likelihood they will need a win to progress.For Spain there is the certainty of knowing that a draw with the already-eliminated Morocco will be enough to progress, but they also won’t need telling that they need to perform much better going forward.They netted a total of eight goals in winning the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago, but they will need to pass the ball quicker and stretch teams more readily if they are to have a chance of emulating their achievements of 2010 in Russia.Diego Costa Spain World Cup 2018Yet they know that for as long as Diego Costa is on form, they have a chance. Technically, he now has three goals to his name from just two shots in this tournament so far and it would take a brave person to back against him adding more to his tally.Spain, on this evidence, have plenty of flaws. But you wouldn’t count Diego Costa as one of them.last_img read more

2013 Australian Masters Games – Geelong

first_imgThe 14th Australian Masters Games are being held in Geelong in October 2013. The Australian Masters Games is one of Australia’s largest multi-sport events, with 55 confirmed sports, and is open to any players who meet the age requirements for whichever sport they choose to participate in. The Touch Football event will be held from Sunday 6th to Wednesday 9th October at King Lloyd Reserve in Newtown, Geelong. The minimum age for Touch is 30 years old (or 27 for females playing in a mixed team). Further infrmation in relation to the event is available from the attachment and www.australianmastersgames.com. Related Filestouch_football-pdfRelated LinksMasters Gameslast_img read more

2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) working closely with major partner Harvey Norman have gone back to school in 2016 with the establishment of the Harvey Norman School Series and Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.The Harvey Norman National Schools Cup will be held in conjunction with the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) and the inaugural Alliance Cup.The alignment of individual state all schools’ events under the Harvey Norman School Series banner is a crucial element of TFA’s strategic focus and investment in junior participation growth for the current strategic cycle.This alignment would not be possible without the support of Major Partner, Harvey Norman who through their investment in significant prizes have provided the incentive for schools across the country to participate in Touch Football.The Harvey Norman National School’s Cup is an exciting new three-day round robin Touch Football tournament involving the top performing school teams from the Harvey Norman School Series events over the preceding 12-month period. Teams are invited by Touch Football Australia to participate in the Harvey Norman National School’s Cup.The Harvey Norman National Schools Cup event also provides a unique opportunity for players and coaches to participate in development activities with Australian Coaches and Representatives who will be in attendance.In addition to the prestige of being crowned national champions, the winners in each division will receive a $3,500 Harvey Norman voucher for their school.The Alliance Cup features, for the first time since the 2003 Australia Cup, the finest Touch Football players from TFA Alliance States (ex NSW and QLD) competing in Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.The event provides the opportunity for TFA Alliance states to field their best opens teams, with Elite 8 representatives available to represent their home and/or eligible states.Each state will have the opportunity to play each other once culminating in a final series to determine the Alliance Cup Champion State.The event also serves as a major talent identification opportunity for players seeking selection in Alliance Elite 8 training squads for the upcoming 2017 National Touch League, a key pathway opportunity.National Youth Championships The Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) are a unique event, with school, community and state 18 and under teams competing in a national championship.The opportunity to merge a National Youth Tournament and a School Sport Australia National Championship into one integrated event provides significant scheduling and other benefits and savings/economies to both entities and participants alike.Alliance Cup The Alliance Cup features the finest Touch Football players from the Alliance states (ex NSW & QLD) going head to head competing in Men’s and Women’s Open divisions. Each state will play each other once culminating in a final series to determine the Alliance Cup Champion State.The event is a major talent identification opportunity for players seeking selection in the Alliance Elite Eight training squads, a key pathway program of Touch Football Australia.National Schools Cup The Harvey Norman National Schools Cup (HNNSC) features the best U15 school teams from around Australia, competing to be crowned National School Champions.Teams have qualified for the HNNSC by finishing in the top four of their respective state Harvey Norman School Series events.The HNNSC is another key junior pathway and commercial opportunity for Touch Football Australia, that will be expanded in future years.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships, Alliance Cup and Harvey Norman School Series in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTo live stream all games played on field 1 visit- http://bit.ly/2cx7ZE9Related Links2016 NYClast_img read more

Apply for your internship before Dec 2

first_imgAre you an innovative student, looking to make a positive contribution and receive some valuable experience in a fast-paced sporting environment?Are you looking for a thrilling step ahead in your career, in what will arguably be ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’?Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the Touch Football Australia Student Internship Program in our National Office. The TFA Student Internship Program provides paid and unpaid placement opportunities for students undertaking tertiary studies either through University or Vocational Education Institutions. A summary of the 2017 TFA Internship roles is outlined below: TFA has a formal Student Internship Program which outlines detailed information according to appointment processes, successful candidates and organisational/operational expectations. The Candidates will be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae, and complete an Expression of Interest Form addressing the Internship selection criteria and provide via email to tara.steel@touchfootball.com.auApplications close: Friday 2nd December 2016. To view the 2017 position descriptions and the TFA Student Internship Program please click on the following attachments. For enquiries about these exciting opportunities, please contact Tara Steel via email tara.steel@touchfootball.com.au or phone (02) 6212 2800.Student Internship FrameworkExpression of Interest Form2017 Internship Program OverviewRelated LinksApply for your internshiplast_img read more

2017 Trans Tasman Test Series Results

first_imgAustralia has taken out all three divisions, and all nine games at the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series.This is the second-time Australia has completed a clean sweep of the whole series in Trans Tasman history.Stay tuned to the website and our social media channels for highlights from the 2017 Trans Tasman series.Congratulations to team Australia on the clean sweep.Mixed OpenGame One: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (6)Australia 9 (Opie-Lukins 2, Benbow 2, Blackwood, Costello, Nicholas, Mortimer, Pryde touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Morgan-Puterangi 2, Rauwhero, Ashworth, Drummond, Haugh touchdowns)Game Two: Australia (14) defeated New Zealand (7)Australia 14 (Mortimer 2, Pryde 2, Nicholas 2, Lang 2, Blackwood, Costello, Townson, Benbow,  Parker, Singh touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 7 (Hodson 2, Takerei 2, Drummond, Rauwhero, Morgan-Puterangi touchdowns)Game Three: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (10)Australia 11 (Glazebrook 2,  Singh 2, Nicholas, Mortimer, Costello, Opie-Lukins, Pryde, Lang, Percy touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 10 (Parsons 3, Gardiner, Stephens, Rollinson, Waudby, Morgan-Puterangi, Jones, Takerei touchdowns)Women’s OpenGame One: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (3)Australia 10 (Upton 3, D. Davis 2, Peattie 2, R. Davis, Kearney, Rodgers touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Engler, Day, Paul touchdowns)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (6)Australia 9 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Kearney, Upton, Dyball touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Tainui-McIntyre 2, Hopcroft, Mohi, Mahar, Engler touchdowns)Game Three: Australia (14) defeated New Zealand (3)Australia 14 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Michaelopolous 2, McCall, Sargent, Maddick, R. Davis, Upton, Crowe touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Hotham, Mahar, Evison touchdowns) Men’s OpenGame One: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (4)Australia 9 (Marshall King 2, Prowse 2, Buckley 2, Norman, Brisby, Springfield touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 4 (Loloselo, Soutar-Finch, Law, Pamatatau touchdowns)Game Two: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (6)Australia 7 (Prowse, Norman, Good, Brierty, Toner, Francis, Green touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Cavanagh, Soutar-Finch, Stone, Robinson, Rhind-Rogers, Kake touchdowns)Game Three: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (3)Australia 7 (Green 2, Hoch, Prowse, Good, Norman, Francis touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Soutar-Finch 2, Quinn 2, Robinson, Graham touchdowns)Related LinksTT Resultslast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona coach Valverde ponders Fati Champions League debut

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde ponders Fati Champions League debutby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is weighing up whether to play Ansu Fati against Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.If Fati debuts in Germany, he will be the youngest Barcelona player to ever do so in the Champions League, but Valverde insisted he would only use him for tactical reasons.”I haven’t talked to him much, except for tactical things,” he said.”I don’t like giving advice too much, but I’ll talk to him.”It’s about everyone around treating him naturally.”We’ll see if he plays, and if he does it’s not for breaking a record but for the team’s needs.” last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.” last_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more

Report: Kansas’ Bill Self Meeting With Charlotte Graduate Transfer Mike Thorne Today

first_imgCharlotte's Mike Thorne goes up for a dunk.Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.last_img read more

Video: Notre Dame RBs, WRs Give Shoutouts To Fighting Irish NFL Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown

first_imgNotre Dame's Jerome Bettis.Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kazzqZVd3E— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.last_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

Video: Malik Zaire Carried Off Field After Suffering Gruesome Ankle Injury

first_imgMalik Zaire just before suffering gruesome ankle injury.Malik Zaire Ankle InjuryNotre Dame is currently in a dog fight with Virginia, but the outcome of today’s game may not currently be top of mind for Fighting Irish fans. Starting quarterback Malik Zaire appeared to severely injure his ankle late in the third quarter of the team’s contest against the Cavaliers. He was carried off of the field and taken to the locker room by cart.Warning – the below video is a bit graphic. Watch at your own discretion.As the cart comes over, ABC announcers say #NotreDame QB Malik Zaire will be taken off the field for an X-ray.— Carl Deffenbaugh (@CarlDeff) September 12, 2015Notre Dame leads Virginia 19-14. We’ll keep you updated on Zaire’s status.last_img read more

3-Star OT Cordavien Suggs Drops Top 10 Via Twitter

first_imgCordavien Suggs' top 10 list.cordavien suggs top 10Three-star offensive tackle Cordavien Suggs, a 6-foot-6, 260-product of Neptune Beach, Florida, has announced his top 10 schools. Suggs, who is a class of 2017 player, has four SEC programs on his list – along with three ACC schools. He has an interesting mix of programs – from Florida to FAU.Suggs’ list is not in order – and he joked after that he should have presented it in alphabetical order. Check it out:My current Top 10 #Hailstate #Swamp17 #VolNation #Gamecocks #TarHeels #OwlsUp #Wazzu #StripeEmUp #GoCardinals #GT pic.twitter.com/1JpkakxukP— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016I really should’ve did that list in alphabetical order— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016Suggs is crystal-balled to Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.last_img read more

Blow for Liverpool as Gomez faces surgery

first_imgLiverpool have been dealt an injury blow with Joe Gomez set to undergo surgery on his fractured leg.The England international has been sidelined since early December after suffering the injury in a tackle with Burnley’s Ben Mee. The Reds had initially expected Gomez to miss around six weeks of action, but the 21-year-old’s recovery has been more complicated than first thought.AdChoices广告And he is now set to have an operation which Liverpool hope will speed along his rehabilitation. The operation will take place in London later on Monday, and has been described by club sources as “routine, but necessary.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Liverpool have not put a timescale on a potential return to action, or even training, with the issue dependent on how Gomez reacts to the surgery. Goal, though, understands the former Charlton man is expecting to feature again before the end of the season.“It’s a blow for the boy and for us because, prior to the injury, he was in such fantastic shape,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website.“But he is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he’s ready.“His attitude during this rehab has been outstanding but it just hasn’t healed as we’d have liked so we will make this intervention and then he will come back.”Gomez added: “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow but it’s part and parcel of the industry. It was an injury caused by an impact, like nearly all the injuries I’ve had in my career, so I know it’s just a case of when it’s fully healed I’m good to go again.“The hardest part is not being able to help the team and contribute on the pitch at the moment, so it’s important I come back ready to go and this procedure will help with that. My only focus is getting back for Liverpool as soon as possible and I can promise the supporters I’ll be working hard every day to do that.”The news comes as a blow to Klopp, for whom Gomez has established himself as first choice at centre-back this season. Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, fit again after a hamstring injury, will contest the spot alongside Virgil van Dijk, though the Dutchman himself is suspended for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich.Trent Alexander-Arnold is due back in training this week after a knee ligament injury, meaning James Milner is likely to deputise at right-back against West Ham on Monday evening.Victory for the Reds at the London Stadium would take them five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Van Dijk: Liverpool aren’t going away

first_imgVirgil van Dijk wants to see Liverpool push on from their Champions League success by challenging for more trophies next season.Liverpool secured their first trophy since 2012 by beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.The Reds were close to a drought-breaking Premier League title, but fell just short to Manchester City despite securing 97 points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Van Dijk, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, hopes the win in Europe can lead to even further success for Liverpool.”It’s not like we’re going away,” the star centre-back told UK newspapers.”In July it starts again. We’re going to try everything we can to be challenging for the title, challenging for the Champions League but also for the cups.”We definitely want to have these nights more often.”Despite an incredible season, Liverpool went into the decider against Spurs at risk of finishing the campaign without a trophy.The @VirgilvDijk song from inside the dressing room. Is right, @Alex_OxChambo   alexoxchamberlain on Instagram pic.twitter.com/DPXGgrbhNI — Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 2, 2019 Van Dijk, 27, said there was no doubt his team deserved some silverware this season.”If we didn’t get anything this season we would definitely have been disappointed because of the way we played throughout the whole season. We deserved something,” he said.Unbelievable, thank you Reds! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/Y2Q5iuRJjR — Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) June 2, 2019 “But to be able to win the Champions League, the biggest club competition in football, is something special.”To write history for this group of players, the staff, all the fans, and everyone who was involved, is something to be proud of.”And the defender credits the “special” atmosphere built at the club over the last couple of years with building the expectations of success. “We want to keep working hard for all of the fans but also for our teammates, for everyone working in the club,” he added. “The people at Melwood [training ground], for example, the people who work at the stadium, everyone who is connected with Liverpool, you want to make them proud, and the manager definitely put that in our heads even more. “The togetherness — I’ve never really experienced it like this. It’s very special.”  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Jagielka to leave Everton after 12 years

first_imgPhil Jagielka has announced he is to leave Everton after spending 12 seasons at Goodison Park.The club captain completed the switch to Merseyside from Sheffield United ahead of the 2007-08 campaign and has made 386 appearances for The Toffees, but just seven of those came in the Premier League last term.Jagielka’s form at Everton saw him earn international recognition with England and he won 40 caps for the Three Lions, two of which came at the 2014 World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Announcing his departure on Instagram, Jagielka wrote: “It’s been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn’t been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons.”I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for six years.”All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the chairman and of course the amazing fans  “Wishing everyone associated with this special club the very best for the future!!.”last_img read more