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Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his excitement after being appointed Ben Ijalana Womens Jersey Southampton’s new manager and the Argentinian is confident his way of working will help the club be successful. Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s having been confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor on Friday. Puel was sacked after guiding Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League. Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season. “I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club. The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football,” said the former Argentina centre-back, who has previously been in charge of Valencia, Independiente and Estudiantes, and coached under Rafael Benítez at Liverpool and, later, Internazionale. “I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week. I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other. “I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.” The 45-year-old was also under consideration by Crystal Palace before they offered the job to Frank de Boer, the Dutchman who is expected to be confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park next week. Southampton’s vice-chairman Les Reed said: “We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way. He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club. Advertisement “We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps. He knows our current players and believes we have a great squad that with some fine-tuning will be able to deliver continued success. “Mauricio believes with the quality we have we can play exciting, attacking football, taking the game to our opponents by playing a high-intensity game. He will continue to develop and introduce young players whilst building on the core of experience that we have in the existing squad.” Among Pellegrino’s challenges at Southampton will be to determine the future of the defender Virgil van Dijk, who is coveted by Chelsea and was targeted by Liverpool until they withdrew their interest amid tapping-up claims earlier this month. In that regard it is perhaps noteworthy that as well as assisting Benítez at Liverpool, Pellegrino played under the Spaniard there during a brief spell in 2005. Given that link, officials at the Merseyside club may feel emboldened enough to approach Southampton about completing a move for Van Dijk. That is unlikely to happen any time soon, however, given the Premier League is awaiting observations from Southampton and Liverpool before determining whether it should open a tapping-up investigation into the latter’s conduct. Southampton have also been insistent that Van Dijk will not be sold during the current transfer window. Pellegrino, who also played for Vélez Sarsfield and Valencia, and had a brief spell at Alavés prior to taking over there in 2016, will join up with Southampton next week. His first competitive match in charge comes against Swansea City at St Mary’s on the opening day of the new Premier League season – Saturday 12 AugustAnd finally, here’s Tim Hoult’s hearty voice. “You thought David Nugent or Francis Jeffers were unlucky never to play again after scoring a goal for their country?” asks Tim. “England have had a grand total of five players manage three goals in their solitary appearance, never to play again. Seeing as the most recent of these was in 1908, it’s understandable that there was probably less backlash from the fans that they never appeared again. Scotland, meanwhile, had two players who went one better with four goals in their only appearance in the 1880s. Advertisement “Back to the question in hand though, which definitely mentioned something to do with clubs. Step forward Newcastle United in 1939. With official league matches suspended shortly after the outbreak of the second world war, and many players enlisting in the armed forces, regional leagues were formed to keep up morale at home. With many sides losing players to the war effort, guest players regularly featured to more than make up the numbers. On 28 October, Newcastle hosted York in the NE Regional League, featuring three such guests. Two of them, Don Howe (no, not that Don Howe) and England international Raymond Westwood, were registered with Bolton. Howe opened the scoring for Newcastle on this, his first appearance for the side, as the two teams went in level at half-time a goal apiece. Shortly after the interval Westwood himself scored to match his fellow club-mate, soon followed by another from one of Newcastle’s regular players. “After this, it seems to all have got a bit out of hand. Westwood scored another two to register a hat-trick on his first appearance for Newcastle. York managed a reply somewhere before a late burst from Howe saw him Amos Youth Jersey add another four goals – he’d hit five on his debut. The Magpies ran out 9-2 winners. Howe and Westwood appear to have moved on without appearing for Newcastle again. Between them they notched up more than 600 appearances for Bolton, as well as serving their country in the 53rd Field Regiment in France
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Tony DiCicco, who led USA to victory at the 1999 Women’s World Cup and the 1996 Olympic Games has died at the age of 68. “Today we mourn the loss of one of the most influential coaches in US Soccer history,” said the US Soccer president, Sunil Gulati. “Tony’s passion for the game as a coach, administrator and broadcaster was always evident and his relationships with everyone in the soccer community distinguished him as a compassionate and much-loved man. US Soccer will forever be thankful to Tony for his vast contributions to the game and we extend thoughts and condolences to his family and to the many people who were positively impacted by him during what was a remarkable life.” DiCicco was goalkeeping coach for the first US team to win a World Cup, the women’s champions of 1991. He took over as head coach in 1994 and led the team to 103 victories and just eight defeats before stepping down after the 1999 World Cup. He still holds the record for most wins by a US women’s coach. Away from his coaching career, he was a lively presence in the broadcasting booth and helped describe the US’s victory at the 2015 Women’s World CupTributes were paid by former US internationals on Twitter. “Great coach, amazing man! We were so fortunate to have him be our teacher/leader. His lessons and love will never leave us,” wrote Mia Hamm, who won the World Cup and an Olympic gold medal with DiCicco. Julie Foudy, who captained the US during DiCicco’s time in charge, said: “Tony was one of the finest to grace this planet.” DiCicco had a fine playing career before stepping up to coaching. He played once for the US national team, as well as a five-year spell in the American Soccer League with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island OceaneersFifa has been accused of further undermining the credibility of its anti-corruption reforms after it issued a statement reporting that the new chair of its ethics committee had effectively Drew Brees Womens Jersey leared the president, Gianni Infantino, of being under investigation. Gianni Infantino faced investigation by Fifa ethics committee for alleged malpractice Read more Fifa released that statement on Monday in response to the Guardian’s report that Infantino was under investigation for more than one allegation of malpractice when he organised the removal of the two then ethics committee chairmen at the Bahrain congress last month. One of the investigations followed complaints from some football officials in Africa that Infantino and the Fifa general secretary, Fatma Samoura, sought to improperly influence the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections in March. A witness who had been scheduled to meet Cornel Borbély this month, the former chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, is understood to have been told not to fly to Zurich because the investigation had been suspended now Borbély has been removed. Fifa’s statement reported that María Claudia Rojas, the Colombian lawyer appointed to replace Borbély, “has confirmed that all files have been handed over to her and that there are no open preliminary or investigation proceedings involving the Fifa president”. The statement was immediately criticised for blurring the separation between Fifa and the ethics committee, which constitutionally should be independent of the organisation as it investigates its officials. There were also questions over how Rojas had been able to authorise such a categorical statement, having been appointed only one month earlier with, according to Borbély, hundreds of investigations to deal with. No transition or handover process has yet taken place for Rojas and the only contact she has had with Borbély since her appointment has been a letter from her suggesting they have a meeting. Fifa declined to say how Rojas had been informed about the nature of the continued investigations, or whether she had been to Fifa’s Zurich offices in person to visit the secretariat of the ethics committee and see the files. A spokesperson said: “She has been provided access to the files and the official records of the ethics committee. Therefore she is aware of what investigations are ongoing.” Advertisement However, it is understood that not all ethics committee files are held at the secretariat within Fifa’s headquarters. The organisation’s code of ethics gives the committee chairman the power to conduct some sensitive investigations, such as inquiries into the conduct of the president, using outside offices or law firms. Without talking to Borbély, it is not clear how Rojas can have satisfied herself that “all files had been handed over to her”. Borbély has declined to discuss Fifa matters since his removal, when he protested that Fifa’s reforms had been “neutralised” and set back, because it would take a long time for a new chairperson to absorb the detail of the cases in hand. Deborah Unger, of the campaign group Transparency International’s corruption in sport initiative, said: “It is not convincing; there is no evidence of how the new chairperson can have reached this conclusion so quickly. It also does not show real independence for a statement to be issued Jordan Staal Womens Jersey on her behalf by Fifa itself.” Fifa, asked about the basis for the statement that there were no investigations into Infantino, and whether some sensitive files were held outside its offices, said: “Fifa will refrain from commenting any further on baseless speculation
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Alex Richman’s hand flew straight up. “An answer I knew off the top of my head,” he exclaims. “Step forward teenage prodigy Jermaine Pennant, whose only goals for Arsenal weren’t just a hat-trick, but a first-half hat-trick on his league debut, against Southampton. He was never going to top that, really … ” Which football champions generate most Labour and Conservative governments? Read more Alright, alright but what about some more recent fun and games. “This actually Jacob Schum Womens Jersey occurred as recently as 21 May as teenage striker Scott Wright scored a hat-trick in Aberdeen’s 6-0 win at Patrick Thistle,” tells Ali MacManus. “A product of the Dons’ youth academy, these were Wright’s first and only goals for the club in only his second start after a handful of substitute appearances.” Step forward Tom Colyer with another tale. He references “the deadly former Arsenal man Yaya Sanogo”, as he bagged his only three goals for Charlton while on loan in a 4-3 defeat by Reading in 2015-16. “What a man,” he indulges. Further north Nick Moore has more. “David Ferrère has done this for Motherwell, scoring a hat-trick against Hibs in February 2002,” he says. “What made it even more incredible was that he came on as a second-half substitute and it was his debut. So all were scored within his first 45 minutes on the pitch.” “Former Slovenia international Robert Koren scored a hat-trick against Newcastle Jets in his first start for Melbourne City, and failed to score (or do much of anything, really) in any other game of his underwhelming stint in Australia,” argues Ciaran Hannigan-Purcel. “Twenty-six games in all, and just those three goalsWe have all heard the stories of the failed next big thing. Zakaria Bakkali still has time to readdress his rapid descent but Sean DeLoughry remembers him becoming “the youngest ever hat-trick scorer in the Eredivisie”. He was 17. “He scored three for PSV in a 5-0 win over NEC Nijmegen,” he recalls. “He soon fell out of favour and failed to find he net again before departing for Valencia in 2015.” The Belgian has scored just three goals since. Advertisement Here are a few more curious cases. Antonio Marreiros suggests Carlos Bueno, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker who went above and beyond the perimeters of this question in 2006-07 on loan at Sporting Lisbon. “In the time he spent at the club he scored four goals in 14 appearances, all the goals in the same match, a league game against Nacional da Madeira,” he offers up. “Weirdly enough, he scored all four goals in just 20 minutes.” An honourable mention must go to the former Norway international K?re Ingebrigsten, who struck three for Manchester City against Leicester City in 1994, courtesy of Steve Doohan. “A lightweight and underwhelming midfielder who only made six starts, he was part of a team who had been outplayed by their then-second tier visitors in a goalless opening 45 minutes,” he recalls. “However, he rattled in a second-half hat-trick to help his team win 4-1 in a game also memorable for a stunning 40-yard chipped strike by the similarly maligned Alan Kernaghan. They were to be Ingebrigsten’s only official goals during his brief stay in England. He had also scored against Ipswich Town in the Premier League five days earlier but in a classic outbreak of ‘Typical City’ the match was abandoned before half-time due to a waterlogged pitch with the Manchester club leading 2-0. That meant his ‘goal’ was expunged from the records.” More? “Chris Templeman marked his debut for Dumbarton with a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory away to East Stirlingshire on 18 September 1999,” writes Robin Paxton. “Then 19, Templeman went on to become a prolific goalscorer in the Scottish lower leagues (he was banging them in for Montrose in the season just ended). But these three goals at Firs Park were his only strikes for Dumbarton.” Here’s Duncan Monro. “I was in attendance for diminutive Frenchman David Ferrer’s debut where he came on as a half-time substitute for my beloved Motherwell,” he says. “He proceeded to bang in three practically identical goals, cutting in from the right wing and bending it around Hibs’ goalie, helping us to a 4-1 win (one of very few that season, where we finished bottom and were only spared relegation because the SPL deemed Falkirk’s stadium inadequate). Ferrer went on to make only a few more appearances, where I don’t recall him coming remotely close to scoring again, and he left not long after, following our descent into administration. Fortunately for the Fir Park faithful, it wasn’t all doom and gloom – it was James McFadden’s breakthrough season, and as such I remember it fondly.” Are Chelsea champions of the year-on-year football points swing? Read more Luca De Angelis, meanwhile, is back for round two. “Since I am a Bologna FC 1909 fan, I can remember this feat being accomplished by a young striker who played the game of his life against us,” he remembers. “In the last match of the 2010-11 Serie A season, Francesco Grandolfo – a promising 18-year-old forward, who had debuted two weeks earlier and had only played for a total of 45 minutes in two Amos Youth Jersey appearances as a sub before starting the match against Bologna – scored three goals for Bari in less than an hour (in the 28th, 46th and 54th minute). This was his third game of the season, and he played only six more Serie B matches for Bari in the 2012-2013 season, without finding the back of the net. Since January 2013, he has only played in the third and the fourth tier of Italian football.”
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often proud history, featuring the collection of six English league titles, Sunderland have variously been dubbed “the team of all the talents” and the “Bank of England club”. These days the latter – attached in the 1950s – seems something of a sick joke. After a decade spent in the Premier League, the newly relegated Wearside club somehow find themselves at least £110m in debt, up for sale and managerless. With 12, mostly out-of-contract, players having departed since the end of last season, the squad is looking skinny before the start of pre-season training next week. A humiliating miscalculation dictated that rather than rubber-stamp the installation of Derek McInnes as David Moyes’s successor last week, Aberdeen’s manager had an Adidas Dale Hawerchuk Womens Jersey 11th-hour change of heart, opting to remain at Pittodrie. Toxic mood at relegation-threatened Sunderland is helping nobody Read more With Martin Bain, Sunderland’s chief executive, having spent weeks courting McInnes it was an embarrassing rebuff but the latter’s camp maintain that, rather then merely playing a game to secure enhanced terms at Aberdeen, the Scot was concerned that any prospective new owner might not have wanted him at the Stadium of Light. It means that while Short continues to talk to both an unnamed German consortium and another fronted by representatives of Fulwell73 – a TV production company run by fanatical Sunderland supporters which envisages offering the former England defender Tony Adams a key role at the club – the football operation remains in limbo. Sunderland were so confident of recruiting McInnes and his backroom team that they parted company with Paul Bracewell, Moyes’s former assistant, last week. His departure leaves Robbie Stockdale, the first-team coach, preparing to take the players to Austria for a pre-season training camp. Significantly, Stockdale is one of only three senior support staff –the others are the goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker and academy manager Elliot Dickman – still in post. There are shades of the chaos at Hull City last summer when fevered talks about takeovers which never materialised prompted a recruitment freeze which, in turn, prefaced Steve Bruce’s resignation as manager and ensured Adidas John Wensink Youth Jersey only nine first-teamers clocked on for a pre-season trip to Austria. Advertisement Short, who has been wanting to sell Sunderland for quite a while, appreciates the potential to cause enduring damage and has set a deadline – thought to be early July – by which time a purchaser must have reached an agreement in principle. Should no deal be on the table by then the American financier will abandon talks and accept he is stuck with the club for the foreseeable future. This deadline, intended to determine whether the consortiums are serious, could fire the starting gun for due diligence. A routine process likely to take some weeks, it would involve the would-be buyer going through Sunderland’s books with the help of forensic accountants. Should there be no nasty surprises, the new owner would then have to be approved by the Football League before completion, suggesting that, realistically, nothing is likely to be signed and sealed until early autumn. More immediately, a price has to be agreed. Short – who has invested around £200m of his personal fortune in Sunderand since 2008 – is understood to have rejected a £50m bid from the German consortium and remains resolute that he will not sell for less than £85m, a significant reduction from last season’s £170m asking price. Fulwell73’s interest is believed to be bankrolled by wealthy American backers and they, too, are said to value Sunderland at around £50m. If Short, who has hired the renowned football takeover specialist Dr Keith Harris to assist him, stays on, he is currently minded to allow Moyes’s successor no more than £15m-20m to invest in the squad. Considering Sunderland have just sold Jordan Pickford to Everton for £30m and will receive £47m worth of parachute payments this season alone, it seems a bit penny-pinching. Short, though, has become fed-up of the transfer calamities his club specialised in as he worked his way through seven managers in five largely chaotic years. The latest example features last week’s court of arbitration for sport ruling that Sunderland must pay Internazionale £9.2m for Ricardo álvarez. álvarez, signed by Gus Poyet, joined Sunderland on a season-long loan in August 2014. Ill-equipped for English football, the Argentinian winger made only made five Premier League starts but his contract stipulated the club would have to sign him permanently providing they avoided relegation. Sunderland claimed the clause became void, citing a knee problem which they said Inter had neglected to address, but CAS effectively dismissed that argument. Advertisement Even so, it seems hard to credit precisely how Sunderland are in such a mess after 10 years in the world’s wealthiest league. As their Sweden Under-21 striker Joel Asoro recently put it: “Sunderland received £93m for finishing bottom of the Premier League. It’s crazy. Why don’t they have the money?” The answer resides amid a catalogue of appalling buys by assorted managers. Damningly, Sunderland sold no player on for a profit between August 2011 and January 2017 and have made money on only five of the last 48 they have traded. As Asoro added: “Sunderland have had a lot of money, it’s just they haven’t used it properly.” Repairing the resultant mess at a club where attendances somehow remained above the 40,000 mark last season seems daunting. At least the takeover talks-induced hiatus has bought Bain time to consider the candidatures of, among others, Preston’s Simon Grayson, Nigel Clough of Burton, Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder and the unattached Paul Lambert. Those names may Adidas Keith Yandle Authentic Jersey fail to excite Sunderland fans in the way that the former CSKA Moscow and Russia coach Leonid Slutsky has enthused their Hull counterparts or the newly appointed Garry Monk is galvanising Middlesbrough. Indeed the suspicion is that Bain – advised by his fellow Scots Walter Smith and Graeme Souness – lacks imagination in the recruitment sphere. The former male model turned chief executive of Rangers and Maccabi Tel Aviv is smooth and suave but needs to demonstrate that his undoubted style is underpinned by the sort of substance urgently required to rebuild Sunderland
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Alexis Sánchez became Chile’s all-time leading scorer when he scored an early Jake Bean Youth Jersey goal in a 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday. Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before half-time to leave both teams level at the top of Group B with four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference. Australia and Cameroon have a point apiece after their 1-1 draw earlier on Thursday. Socceroos and Cameroon draw to leave both close to Confederations Cup exit Read more The top two teams go through to the semi-finals and there is one round of matches in the group on Sunday, with Germany facing Cameroon and Chile playing Australia. Both Germany and Chile only need a point apiece to reach the semi-finals. Sánchez’s goal was his 38th for Chile in 113 appearances as he overtook the previous scoring record held by Marcelo Salas. Germany, now unbeaten in 12 games since their Euro 2016 semi-final exit, gifted Chile a sixth-minute lead when Shkodran Mustafi attempted to play the ball out of defence. He sent a pass straight to his Arsenal team-mate Sánchez, who played a one-two with Vidal and toe-poked the ball in off a post. The referee interrupted Chile’s goal celebrations by appearing to call for a video reply, possibly to look at the scything tackle by Mustafi on Vidal, although the goal was quickly confirmed. Matthias Ginter made a similar mistake soon after but was let off the hook as Germany struggled to cope with the South American side’s high pressing and quick passing. Chile came close to a second when Eduardo Vargas rattled the underside of the bar with a long-range drive and Sánchez continued to pester them with his runs down the left. But Germany equalised against the run of play four minutes before half-time when Stindl turned the ball home from close range after Emre Can’s diagonal pass had released Jonas Hector down the left to fire a low cross into the middle. Advertisement Germany’s goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen, then had to make a one-handed save at his near post to block a low drive from Sánchez just before the interval. The second half was much quieter with Stindl producing Germany’s best effort, a low shot saved by Johnny Herrera. Their head coach, Joachim L?w, praised his team for recovering from conceding the early goal. “It was a very intense match, a match that was marked by strategical play and it was very demanding in that sense,” L?w said. “We lived up to expectations and we were very disciplined for the entire 90 minutes. The key was to have a well-structured defence. “Even though we conceded a goal we were able to come back and even though this is an inexperienced team, they still played at a high level. Our players were perhaps a bit nervous in the first 10 minutes and perhaps had some difficulties and we made a mistake for the goal and that’s how they scored. But we recovered immediately and our goal was excellent, it was a Gerald Green Womens Jersey model goal scored from a couple of passes. Chile have been consistently playing at a very high level over years so our defence was excellent
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Celtic will not take up their ticket allocation for next month’s possible Champions League at Linfield. Uefa confirmed the first-leg tie in Belfast will take place on Friday 14 July should the Northern Irish champions make it past the San Marino club La Fiorita. Celtic and Linfield face prospect of Champions League clash on marching day Read more The original dates would have taken Celtic to Belfast at the height of the marching season on 11 or 12 July. That sparked fears of trouble among the club’s supporters and Linfield’s loyalist fans. After talks with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, it has been decided to move the match to 14 July, with a 5pm kick-off. But Celtic have decided the potential for disorder is still too big a risk and will not invite their travelling support to attend. Celtic said: “Following security concerns raised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Celtic has taken part in discussions with Linfield and the PSNI over recent days. While there can be an option to reverse the fixtures if both clubs agree, during discussions Linfield made it clear that they did not wish to reverse the tie and they wanted to play their home leg first. “In addition, as is often the case in football, Celtic’s football management team wished to play our away leg first so that we could benefit from the advantage of playing the second leg at home in front of our supporters at Celtic Park for this crucial European tie. “Following Chris Harris Jr Womens Jersey the discussions, it was agreed among the clubs and PSNI and has now been confirmed with Uefa that, should Linfield progress to the second qualifying round, Celtic’s Uefa Champions League match against Linfield will take place at Windsor Park on Friday, 14 July, with a 5pm kick-off. “No tickets will be available for Celtic supporters. The safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is of paramount importance to the club. “Should La Fiorita of San Marino qualify for the next round, the first leg match would take place on 11 or 12 July. “Regardless of opposition, Celtic’s home leg of this qualifying round will take place at Celtic Park on Wednesday, 19 JulyAntonio Conte is pushing for Chelsea to secure Leonardo Bonucci or the unsettled Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk to boost the title winners’ defensive strength before next season’s return to the Champions League. Securing the arrival of either player would be far from straightforward, despite reports from Italy that Bonucci, whom Conte targeted last summer, could be permitted to leave Juventus. The Italy centre-half would cost in excess of £50m along with a hefty long-term contract and given that he is 30, his signing would represent a shift in Chelsea’s transfer policy if the board sanctioned a move. John Terry weighs up Aston Villa move as he waits on Premier League interest Read more The Premier Bryce Petty Womens Jersey League club offer only one-year contract extensions to players in their 30s – a long-established policy that was not bent even for stalwarts of the calibre of Frank Lampard and John Terry – and would need to be persuaded in the logic of spending a club record fee on a player who entered his fourth decade early last month. Van Dijk, at 25, would represent a signing more in keeping with Chelsea’s strategy but Southampton’s intransigence in dealing with Liverpool over the Holland defender suggests the London club’s negotiating skills may be severely tested. The Merseyside club apologised to Southampton this month “for any misunderstanding” regarding their interest in the player and the Premier League is awaiting observations from St Mary’s and Anfield before determining whether it should open a tapping-up investigation into Liverpool’s conduct. Southampton, who are expected to appoint the former Alavés manager Mauricio Pellegrino as Claude Puel’s successor, are intent on resisting interest in Van Dijk, although the player may yet agitate to leave. Chelsea’s interest in the centre-back is long established and there had been a level of surprise at Stamford Bridge when he apparently made so clear his priority was to move to Liverpool. Yet they are unlikely to offer more than £50m for a player with only 12 caps, albeit Van Dijk’s compatriot Nathan Aké could potentially be part of any move. Chelsea are hopeful of securing Alex Sandro from Juventus, with the Italian club confirming they have received a substantial offer for the Brazilian wing-back from an unspecified club. Tiemoué Bakayoko should join from Monaco in a deal worth up to £40m and interest is retained in the Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, who could cost a world record fee
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a story to successfully attach itself to a sports team over a number of decades while players and personnel change, while the game itself changes, while the world changes, it has to be flexible as well as meaningful and distinct. In the case of cricket, no team has a more oft-invoked story than the Pakistan national side. In the three decades I’ve been pinning my emotional wellbeing to the fortunes of the Pakistan cricket team, they have always been a group of men about whom you say: “They can win this, but it’s quite likely they won’t,” and equally: “They can’t win this, but it’s possible they will.” The Unpredictables. The Mercurials. The Never-Count-Them-Outs. But although this story has been shaping itself since the 80s, it became cast in stone 25 years ago, when Imran Khan’s team started their World Cup campaign in the most startlingly dismal manner, relying on a win against cricket-minnows Zimbabwe and a rain-enforced draw with England to get them past the initial stages of the tournament, and then went on to win five matches in a row and lift the cup. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage Read more That victory has been much invoked since Pakistan won the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Sunday, after starting the tournament being so crushed by India that they walked off the field looking more like pulp than men. But parallels only go so far. The 1992 Pakistan team was expected to perform well; the real surprise Drew Brees Authentic Jersey was that they stumbled so badly before picking themselves up and showing their well-recognised worth, and then some. The Pakistan team of 2017 couldn’t have looked more dissimilar. They entered the tournament ranked eighth out of eight; the captain was newly appointed; most of the players young and unknown. And then there were the players who weren’t in the squad because they were being investigated for corruption; and the hugely talented bowler Mohammad Amir, who was trying to find redemption after having been found guilty of spot-fixing and banned for five years, but whose team-mates had been consistently dropping catches off his bowling since his return to the international game; and the largest and most heartbreaking story of all, which is the team’s inability to play any games in Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, which has deprived the players of the emotional and psychological strength that comes from playing on home ground. Things were so bad that all the Pakistan supporters I spoke to had lost faith in the story. Before the opening match, Pakistan supporters weren’t praying for victory; that was too outlandish a prospect. Instead, they were praying for rainRain did come, but not enough to prevent a match from being completed. And so to start the tournament, Pakistan did what Pakistan so often do: they didn’t just fail, they did so calamitously. And then to end the tournament, Pakistan did what Pakistan so often do: they didn’t just win, they did so extraordinarily. All this fits that story of the Mercurials. But that isn’t the whole story, because both that calamitous start and that extraordinary finish were against India. Advertisement The Indo-Pak cricketing rivalry is inevitable, given the unceasing political tensions between the two countries. But in the past few years that rivalry has intensified and become increasingly mean-spirited, even though – or rather, precisely because – the teams hardly ever play each other. In the past 10 years there have been only two bilateral one-day series between India and Pakistan; the last Test series was in 2007. This is not for cricketing reasons, but because of the Indian government’s interventions. Days before the start of the Champions Trophy, India’s sports minister announced that while India and Pakistan might meet in international tournaments, there was no question of any bilateral series between the two sides because “cricket and terrorism can’t go hand in hand”, reiterating an already-held official position. This sort of rhetoric poisons the air, and the long gaps between games mean that each encounter between the two sides carries far more weight than it should. Lately, though, India has been so dominant over Pakistan in international tournaments – particularly in the most important matches – that the story of Mercurial Pakistan has rarely been evident. Predictably, Losing Pakistan has been closer to the truth of it. Hence, the prayers for rain before that first game at Edgbaston. And yet, no one was praying for rain before the final at the Oval. Something happened to the Pakistan cricket team after that initial loss against India. The new players drafted into the side to replace the banned, the unfit and the injured burst into glory; the Fallen Angel that is Amir rose and helped pull his team up to victory – as a bowler and a batsmen; and the new captain grew into his role with every match. The victory against South Africa might have been helped along by the weather (rain shortened the game, and made it unnecessary for Pakistan’s fragile-looking batting side to last 50 overs in the field); the victory against Sri Lanka was certainly helped along by the opposition’s inexplicable awfulness on the day; but the victory against the tournament favourites, England, was about Pakistan outplaying their opponents in every aspect of the game. Just like that, an India-Pakistan final was on the cards, and so was something else that had been missing before that Edgbaston game: hope. Just a glimmer, no more, but even so. I was there, at the Oval. I was there not because I had thought to buy a ticket – like so many Pakistani supporters, I had lost faith in the story and was Authentic Jordan Staal Youth Jersey sure Pakistan wouldn’t be playing. But an English friend had a pair of tickets and his team wasn’t in the final, so he gave them to my sister and me. I went in with that glimmer of hope, but also much trepidation – not only about the game but about the crowd. The stakes were so high, the sun so strong, the political baggage so heavy. Surely, it would take only the tiniest thing to make tempers fray. But then the two teams walked out side by side, no hostility in their body language and even some smiles between them. Everyone stood up and applauded. The Indian national anthem played. The Pakistani supporters remained standing. The Pakistani national anthem played. The Indian supporters remained standing. And right then I knew the crowd would be fine. It would be a replay of Karachi 2004, when the Indian side started its first full tour of Pakistan since 1990, and the only mood in the stands was of friendliness and good humour. But when Pakistan ended their innings with 338 runs, I also remembered that, in that Karachi match, India had scored 344 to win an incredibly close match. So, when the India innings started and Amir took a wicket with the third delivery, it was hard not to have the jubilation mixed with the terror of knowing that the brilliant Indian captain, Virat Kohli, was going to walk out to the middle. In Amir’s next over, when Azhar Ali dropped a straightforward catch to give the captain another life, I thought, here we are, this is it, bad old Pakistan back again. But then the unthinkable happened – with the very next delivery, Kohli edged the ball to the new boy Shadab Khan, who held on to it, and the captain was gone. India were 6-2. Despite the heroics of Hardik Pandya with the bat, India never looked likely to win it from that point on, although I can only say this in retrospect. While the match was still on, I kept remembering hope’s propensity, in the life of a Pakistan cricket fan, for making sudden exits just when you think it has come to stay. But hope wasn’t teasing this time. Pakistan won by 180 runs. Champions Trophy 2017 review: our writers’ awards and hopes Read more When the match ended, Kohli was both generous and gracious in defeat, which added to the feeling that we were in a parallel universe – one in which the sun shone on English fields, Pakistan played brilliantly, Indian and Pakistani supporters joked around with each other, and Kohli won Pakistani hearts. It would be nice to take things even further. It would be nice to say that cricket can transform Indo-Pak relations. It can’t do that. But at its best, it can afford a place of respite from the hostility; it can bring us into stands together bantering in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, English; it can make us want to see our teams play together more often, and not for the ugly reasons of wanting to crush the other, but for the joy of the sport that we love so passionately on both sides of the borderWhen the trophy was lifted, the ceremony over, the Pakistan team made a lap of honour around the Oval pitch. They were laughing and smiling, raising the trophy in the direction of their supporters, running on legs that seemed fresh despite the hours playing in temperatures that were the same that day in London as in Karachi. All but one of them. As the team ran past the area in which I was standing I noticed a man walking slowly behind. It was the captain, Sarfraz Ahmed. Pakistan’s bowling coach, the former international player Azhar Mahmood, was walking alongside and had an arm around the younger man’s shoulder, talking to him. Sarfraz nodded once or twice but didn’t say anything. He ran a hand over his face, his expression one of disbelief. Then he looked ahead and saw how far he had become separated from his boys, and scampered to catch up with them. Forget the Mercurials and the Unpredictables. At the Oval on Sunday, his team were the
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Leyton Orient are under new ownership, after a consortium led by the Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins chief executive Nigel Travis completed its takeover of the crisis-hit National League club from Francesco Becchetti. The Eagle Authentic Brandon Roy Youth Jersey Investments consortium headed up by Travis, a lifelong Orient fan now based in the US, completed the deal on Thursday afternoon, bringing to an end three years of chaos and rapid decline under Becchetti’s ownership. Leyton Orient facing the full fury of a spiteful owner scorned Read more The Italian took over the east London club in 2014, weeks after they had missed out on promotion to the Championship on penalties and presided over two relegations in three years, a rapid turnover of managers and players, and financial turbulence off the field. Orient survived a winding-up petition only last week after Becchetti paid off a string of creditors including Waltham Forest Council and the former chairman Barry Hearn’s Matchroom, whose pension fund owns the club’s Brisbane Road ground. Towards the end of last season, staff had twice received wages late as fan protests against Becchetti mounted, culminating in a pitch invasion that halted the last home game of the season, against Colchester United. In a statement announcing the deal, Travis said: “I have been a passionate Leyton Orient supporter for my entire life and feel a great sense of responsibility to the players, the staff, the fans and the community. We have challenges in front of us, and I am not underestimating those. However, over the long term, we believe we can return the Club to the Football League.” The price of the deal has not been disclosed but the new club structure will include supporter representation on the board. In recent months the Leyton Orient Fans Trust has raised more than £175,000 for a regeneration fund to deal with emergency planning and to assist the transition to new ownership. Becchetti said: “I invested a great deal in the club in good faith and have delivered the club to Nigel Travis and his consortium without any debts to the banks, without arrears for taxes and salaries and in a normal situation with its suppliers. This is a position from which it can grow.

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Over the last two years, I have, unfortunately, not been able to dedicate myself to following the club as closely as I would have wanted. This is clearly the moment to leave the club to others and I know that in doing so I am leaving it in good hands with Nigel Travis. I give my sincere best wishes to the fans and to the club for a bright future, full of successAidy Boothroyd has urged his England players to rise to the challenge of facing the tournament hosts, Poland, in their final group stage match at the European Under?21 Championship as they bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time in four attempts. Despite being heavily outnumbered in the stands during their games against Sweden and Slovakia, England go into the game on top of Group A with four points and knowing victory on Thursday would secure a last-four place. Several first-choice players including the captain, James Ward?Prowse, and the Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who is poised to join Swansea City on loan next season, sat out training on Wednesday but Boothroyd insisted that was merely a precautionary measure. Spain Under-21s reap benefit of experience England can only dream of Read more “We were quite pleased with a point from our first game but it’s taken a bit of waking up to realise we had to win against Slovakia and we have to win this one, too,” he said. “We don’t want to put our future in anyone else’s hands. “We’re here to go as far as we can and if we keep improving then why can’t we reach the semis and go beyond that? But first things first, what we definitely won’t do is get carried away and complacent. “We’ve got a job to do against a really good team with 15,000 people behind them and against us. When we go out on the pitch we have to make sure that we deliver a performance that earns the respect of the crowd.” England are expected to stick with the side who began the second half against Slovakia, when they battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win. That means Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy could once more be deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role, with Nathan Redmond continuing to partner Abraham up front as they go in search of another win, with only the group winners certain to reach the semi-finals. “You’ve always got to give respect to your opponent and maybe tweak a few things,” Boothroyd said. “Anybody at this level is tough and in our group anyone can still go through so we can get all kinds of results. We’re in the driving seat and we’ve got to make sure we do our job professionally and don’t get caught up in all the Polish passion.” Advertisement Spain became the first side to reach the semi-final on Tuesday after beating Portugal 3-1, meaning that England will avoid the tournament favourites if they can get past Poland. Boothroyd appeared relaxed as he discussed his side’s prospects of challenging for a first title at this level since 1984, even revealing that he had invested in a loud new pair of brogues Brooks Orpik Womens Jersey ahead of the tournament in an attempt to lighten the mood among the squad. “I knew there would be a little bit of stress and a little bit of pressure so I thought I would buy a pair of shoes that might be talking point and take some off the heat off them,” he said. “As soon as I put them on Nathan Redmond looked at them and said: ‘Strange shoes, boss.’ So they are a nice little distraction. “It’s pressure you want. You don’t want to not have pressure in your life. You need a bit of pressure, it keeps you healthy. It’s good in many ways and is important because it helps keep everyone calm
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curious thing happened in our corner of south east London last month. Normally quiet side streets were rammed with double parked cars, the babble of excited young fans with accents from around the country filled the air and the sold out signs went up at The Valley for the first time in many years. Since the absentee owner Roland Duchatelet began his one man war against Charlton Athletic’s fanbase, it has often been hard to tell when there is a home match in SE7 as a dispirited, desperate and dwindling band continue their estimable protest against an owner who has hollowed out their proud club. Hashtag United, Wimbly Womblys and the virtual gamers striking it rich Read more But these hordes of youthful and giddy fans were wearing not the red of Charlton but the black and white replica shirts of Sidemen FC – an online phenomenon who were to play a team of YouTube Allstars in a charity match. As just the latest iteration of a dizzying set of developments that have left those of us who find the prospect of watching clips of other people playing the video game Fifa as baffling as parents of the 1950s found a Chuck Berry 45, it was a sign that something is shifting. There is a palpable nervousness among television executives, expensively attired sporting executives and the concentric circles of advisers and analysts that populate the industry that something may be happening beyond their immediate vision. Television ratings Amos Youth Jersey for live sport, the rights fees for which have for so long been the engine that has powered the growth of sport in the modern era, are down. The Olympics, once seen as the pinnacle of sport but now tainted by cynicism, are struggling to attract a younger audienceMeanwhile interest in the likes of the Sidemen and Spencer FC, a gang of Sunday League footballers that reach audiences of 2m plus on YouTube for their matches in an imaginary league, is up. Rather like the swirl of the current political climate, there is a sense in which the combination of changes in media consumption and the sporting landscape have led to a youthful thirst for forms of sport and entertainment that the mainstream has been slow to pick up on. Perhaps it should be no surprise that as the old places where the young carved out an identity away from their parents – football grounds and concert arenas – have become the overpriced domain of their elders, they should seek out new ways of defining themselves against previous generations and find these virtual spaces where they can gather, play and posture. It is these shifting tectonic plates that the Guardian’s Sport 2.0 series, which grew out of a series of four documentaries conceived by our award winning sports photographer Tom Jenkins, has this week tried to trackAs ever, future gazing is an inexact science. In trying to predict the future Jeremiah Attaochu Authentic Jersey it is impossible to escape the whiff of those much parodied black and white documentaries that predicted we would all be travelling to work in hovercrafts. And yet, just because we cannot tell where any of these trends are leading it does not mean that we should not try to identify them. Our series of films and articles – from drone racing and driverless F1 to the debate over whether video gaming is a sport, from the concept of watching holographic players beamed in from the other side of the world to the challenges facing traditional formats to maintain an audience – have raised more questions than answers. Stadiums of the future: a revolution for the fan experience in sport Read more They go beyond the old pub argument of what makes a sport, and challenge long held assumptions. Perhaps it is no coincidence that they have played out against the backdrop of a continual drip feed of ennui-inducing news from traditional sport – most recently from British Cycling. As Jenkins and writer Simon Hattenstone proved in their final dispatch from South Korea , the dystopian dark side of e-gaming does not suggest that new forms of sport will be any less prey to malevolent forces. Amid concerns over grassroots sport and participation, the prospect of a generation bathed in the glow of screens can seem depressing. Yet there is hope here too. The kids playing Fifa, following Spencer FC or worshipping at the digital altar of a Neymar avatar then practising their party tricks in the park are just as in thrall to football as their parents who were hooked in through yellowing programmes and Jimmy Hill. It is hard to see where all this is all ultimately headed. But what is not in doubt is that the old order is changing and those sports that do not remain curious enough to at least ask the questions will eventually wither and die
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Lewis Hamilton has said he and his Mercedes team need to be more consistent to challenge Ferrari for the Formula One world championship. The British driver goes into the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday after a flawless win, from pole to flag, at the last round in Canada but warned that despite that performance he still believes Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari remain the front runners in a tight battle. “Consistency is the key to winning the championship,” Hamilton, 32, said on Thursday. “Up until now, Sebastian has had the consistency of a winning championship, so we have to improve if we are going to have a shot at winning this title.” Hamilton trails Vettel by 12 points in the drivers’ championship, although both have three wins apiece. He had struggled in Monaco, unable to find the correct setup and balance for his car while having difficulty putting his tyres in their correct temperature-operating window. F1 owners say UK paywall TV deal they have inherited is detrimental to sport Read more He and the team addressed the problems with intent before Canada and the work paid off. The Englishman was hooked up from the off and went on to take a fourth career grand slam of pole, leading for every lap of the race and setting the fastest lap in Montreal. It is the second time he has done so this season, proving that when the Mercedes, described by the team as a bit of “diva”, is on form it is as formidable as it has been in the previous three seasons of dominance. They are optimistic that they can repeat the performance in Baku but Hamilton was taking nothing for granted. In reference to Ferrari he said: “They have had a more consistent season so far. We’ve had more of an up-and-down season. I think they still are favourites in terms of the fact their car seems to work everywhere. But I think there’s more unlocked Adidas Keith Yandle Authentic Jerseypotential in our car.” With new regulations this season the teams are still working on their vehicles to better understand and develop them and Hamilton believes there is more to come. “I’m hoping by August, coming into September, by then we are the favourites.”There is unfinished business in Baku for the British driver. This is the only track on the current calendar at which he has not won. Last year on F1’s first visit to the street circuit he had a troublesome weekend. He was quick in qualifying but hit the wall at turn 11 in Q3 and had to start from 10th from which he could only recover to fifth after also struggling with an engine mode issue. His team-mate Nico Rosberg went on to win untroubled at the front from pole. Advertisement “I looked through what I went through last year here and know where all the pitfalls and the issues I had then and don’t plan on having the same issues this weekend,” he said. “But it’s a new year, a new day, I am sure there will be other scenarios this weekend. I feel 12 months later we are better prepared than we were then.” The team’s executive director, Toto Wolff, said at the FIA conference in Geneva in Tuesday: “We know exactly what happened last year in Baku.” Hamilton was a the factory in Brackley on Monday preparing for the race with the Tony Gwynn Authentic Jersey team and Wolff was confident his driver had no issues with the circuit heading into this weekend. Vettel recovered well in Canada to take fourth after taking damage on the opening lap and was second in Baku last year but expects better this weekend. The German was happy with how his team were maintaining their development pace with Mercedes. “So far this season is really, really good for us. Let’s not forget that Mercedes blew everyone away the last few years,” he said. “This year it’s a match, and it’s more credit to us that we can go with their pace so far. We’ll see how it pans out in the later part of the season, but it’s crucial to keep the development rate up.” McLaren’s engine woes continued with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne both taking new parts that incur penalties that will put them to the back of the grid in Baku. The team are in the process of attempting to renegotiate their deal with Honda and Mercedes are the most likely engine supplier to replace them. Hamilton, who won McLaren’s last title in 2008, was keen that they should come to an agreement. “McLaren belong at the front with the top teams,” he said. “They have had a disaster of a time over the past few years. They are having a struggle right now, and it doesn’t look like it will change any time soon. I hope they get either our engine or Ferrari’s engine next year so they can be up there with the top teams
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