Van Marwijk: I will coach Socceroos ‘my way’

first_imgAustralia Van Marwijk: I will coach Socceroos at World Cup ‘my way’ Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 10:48 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bert Van Marwijk Australia Norway v Australia Colombia v Australia Norway Colombia Friendlies World Cup The new green and gold coach made it clear who was in charge during his unveiling press conference New Australian boss Bert van Marwijk has brushed suggestions he will follow the legacy set by former coach Ange Postecoglou, indicating he will do things ‘my way’.The 65-year-old Dutchman was made available to the media in Sydney on Thursday for the first time since being appointed Socceroos manager seven days ago.When asked whether Australia will play with the same attacking tactics used by Postecoglou, Van Marwijk made it clear he will be making his own mark on the team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I have respect for the former coach, but I will do it my way,” Van Marwijk said.”I’m a realistic coach. I like creative football, I like to have the ball but I also like to win. That’s the most important thing.”I think it’s important we play in a way that fits the players. Also the coach. You cannot play in a way the players cannot do.”In modern football you have to have influence on the game when you don’t have the ball. In modern football it’s all about transition.”Manchester City may have the best team in the world. They may have the best possession, but they also score the most goals out of transition.”Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill re-joined former club Millwall in England’s Championship – nearly two months after leaving A-League’s Melbourne City.Van Marwijk hinted he was pleased with Cahill’s move but refused to elaborate further on his plans for the 38-year-old striker.Tim Cahill Australia“I think it’s a very good signal that he’s gone to play for Millwall,” he said.”But I will not say anything on the qualities of the players.”Australia have been drawn alongside France, Peru and Denmark for June’s World Cup in Russia.Van Marwijk outlined his goal was to get the Socceroos to the knockout stages and said the mission begins now to get a result against France in their first match.”I go to the World Cup with only one thing that counts – to survive the first round,” he said.”If I didn’t have confidence in (getting to the next round of World Cup), I wouldn’t be sitting here.”They [Australia] can play football. They try to play football. They are strong physically.”The challenge is to let them play in a way that we have more chance to win games for example against France.”The Socceroos will play their first matches under Van Marwijk next month, with a friendly game in Oslo against Norway on March 23 before taking on Colombia in London four days later.Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said there are plans for the team to play a farewell match in Australia leading up the World Cup, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.”We do have some options for a farewell game in Australia,” Gallop said.”But we are in no way locked into anything.”Van Marwijk, who touched down in Australia shortly before the press conference started, will spend his first weekend in the job observing A-League matches.last_img read more

Low: Wagner treating Germany players like idiots

first_imgWorld Cup Low: Wagner treating Germany players like idiots with retirement call Jamie Smith 23:03 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sandro Wagner Getty Images World Cup Germany Bayern München The Bayern Munich striker’s decision to retire from international duty has been met with a bemused response from his nation’s World Cup-winning coach Germany coach Joachim Low has hit out at Sandro Wagner after the striker opted to retire from international football.Wagner announced he would no longer be available for the World Cup holders after he was among the notable absentees from Joachim Low’s preliminary 27-man squad for Russia.The Bayern Munich striker was involved in Germany’s triumph at the Confederations Cup last year but did not make the cut, which Wagner hinted was not for football reasons. 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 “For me, it is clear that I don’t seem to fit with the coaching team with my way – always open, honest and direct to address things,” Wagner said.And Low suggested Wagner has been too hasty in deciding he is retiring from international duty at the age of 30.”I can understand a little bit that he is disappointed, that’s clear,” Low told Bild. “I find his reaction a bit exaggerated.”Everyone who knows us knows how we always encourage players to speak out, to be open and honest, to be critical. These things are very important to us.”He says that others do not open their mouths. What should Jerome [Boateng], Mats [Hummels] think? That’s totally nasty.”I feel that the criticism of Wagner is criticism directed at his team-mates. He acts as if some players who have been playing for us forever and are leading players are complete idiots. As if they were only in the team because they don’t say their opinion.”Germany, winless in their last four friendlies, start their World Cup defence against Mexico on June 17, going on to face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.last_img read more

England’s World Cup squad: who made the cut?

first_imgEngland England’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who made Southgate’s 23-man squad? Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:20 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England Joe Hart Harry Kane Jack Wilshere GFX Getty England World Cup The Three Lions breezed through qualifying unbeaten, but who made the plane to Russia as a success-starved nation goes in search of global glory? England once again made light work of a qualification campaign as they eased their way to World Cup 2018 in Russia, but tougher tests now lie ahead.The finals draw has been relatively kind to the Three Lions – having been placed in Group G alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia – but recent struggles at major competitions suggest nothing can be taken for granted.Gareth Southgate, then, must piece together a winning formula which makes his side both entertaining and competitive – qualities which have been sadly lacking at times – and now he has finally revealed his 23-man squad . 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 Who made England’s 23-man squad? Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Burnley’s Nick Pope  and Stoke City’s Jack Butland were picked in the 23-man squad in favour of Joe Hart, with Pickford the favourite to start between the sticks in Russia.Starting berths across the back four appear to have been sewn up if everybody is fit, with Manchester City’s John Stones and Leicester’s Harry Maguire the favoured options at centre-half. Chelsea’s Gary Cahill could provide competition, especially if he stars in the pre-tournament friendlies.Danny Rose has been selected as the go-to option at left-back, with former Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker having impressed following a big-money move to Manchester City to nail down the right-back spot. Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has been given a deserved first call-up following a sensational season at Anfield, where he has played an instrumental role in helping his side reach the Champions League final.Manchester United defensive duo Phil Jones and Ashley Young will add some experience to the backline, while Spurs full-back Kieran Trippier is included despite having just five caps to his name before the squad was announced.Jordan Henderson may not be to everybody’s taste, but Southgate is a big fan of the Liverpool midfielder and he will make the trip as a candidate to take the captain’s armband – or at least fill deputy duties.22-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another surprise addition to the team after impressing on his loan spell at Crystal Palace from Chelsea. Fabian Delph has played in a variety of positions for Manchester City and is a great utility option for Southgate.Eric Dier has become an important figure for England in the midfield engine room and will definitely be handed another chance to grace a major finals, while Dele Alli will join his Spurs colleague despite seeing his form dip domestically this season.Southgate had plenty of options to choose from in the forward areas, with Raheem Sterling’s renaissance at Manchester City guaranteeing him a place as the Three Lions cling to the hope that his standards can be maintained through to the summer.Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford will also make the trip as a versatile option who possesses the pace to trouble the very best in the business, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane is arguably the finest striker on the planet and could skipper the team in Russia. Jesse Lingard is now 25-years-old and has developed into a quality winger at Manchester United, often keeping France international Anthony Martial out of the Red Devils’ side.Leicester frontman Jamie Vardy can expect to complete his remarkable journey from non-league football as a back-up to Kane, with his speed and a keen eye for goal making him a useful option to have on the bench. His goalscoring form in 2018 has been fearsome, including two goals on the final Premier League matchday.Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck was a surprise inclusion up front but nevertheless brings experience to the side.Who didn’t make the England squad? Jack Wilshere EnglandPope made the 23-man cut ahead of Joe Hart , whose poor form this season at West Ham has lost him his No.1 spot for the Three Lions.Ryan Bertrand figured enough under Southgate during the injury-enforced absence of Rose to suggest that he will be the second left-back, but was left out of the squad. Manchester United’s Luke Shaw ,  Ashley Young and West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell have also missed out.On the right-hand side, Nathaniel Clyne  struggled for game time since returning to fitness at Liverpool, with Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier having edged ahead of him during a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Michael Keane has not made the impact expected of him at Everton and has remained behind Chelsea’s Gary Cahill. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another Southgate favourite but injury means he’ll play no part at Russia 2018. Reds colleague Adam Lallana has been placed on the five-man standby list.Jesse Lingard  put himself back in the picture due to an impressive couple of months at Manchester United, while Fabian Delph has reclaimed a midfield spot.The Manchester City utility man’s tactical versatility looks to have seen him make the cut ahead of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater .🤣🤣 let me know the dates and I’m in — Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Welbeck has offered enough to the England cause down the years to earn another call-up. A January move from the Gunners to Everton, however, didn’t help  Theo Walcott to make a World Cup party for the first time since his surprise inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s 2006 squad.LONG SHOTS WHO MISSED OUT Ruben Loftus-Cheek EnglandThere was little chance of Burnley’s  Tom Heaton, earning a call-up   having missed most of the season through injury, but there was still an outside chance he would have made it – while Southampton’s Fraser Forster has gone from potential squad member to no-hoper due to losing his form and first-team spot at St Mary’s.Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson, Burnley’s James Tarkowski , Newcastle United leader Jamaal Lascelles , and Middlesbrough centre-half Ben Gibson are among the others who had needed to see the path clear in front of him to make the cut.Harry Winks’ injury made him unable to participate in the Russia finals, while Ross Barkley’s lack of action at Everton and fierce competition for places at Chelsea mean he will have to wait for another opportunity to prove that he can fulfil his undoubted potential.West Brom’s Jake Livermore and Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook have been mentioned as potential options in the centre of midfield, but there were and are better options available when everybody is fit and firing.Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse will have to wait a little longer for Three Lions glory, while Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey remains far down the pecking order despite a clamour in the media for a call-up. Highly rated Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon was a surprise exclusion from the squad, though Southgate has picked youngsters Alexander-Arnold and Loftus-Cheek.Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe was always likely to suffer World Cup heartache in the twilight of his career.  Andy Carroll will be left behind at West Ham and Daniel Sturridge will need to focus on recovering full match sharpness following a difficult season at Liverpool and relegated West Brom.England’s World Cup 2018 squad in full Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Jack ButlandDefenders: Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Ashley YoungMidfielders:  Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Raheem Sterling, Jesse LingardForwards:  Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny WelbeckEngland will begin their Group G campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before fixtures against Panama on June 24 and Belgium on June 28.Expectations aren’t high for the Three Lions although favourable Group H opponents in the last 16 – Colombia, Poland, Senegal or Japan – could offer a potential quarter-final berth, where Germany or Brazil would likely await.last_img read more

Allardyce: Lack of pressure will help England

first_imgEngland Allardyce: Lack of pressure on England will help them succeed Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford England 2018 Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia Powerade The ex-Three Lions boss is hopeful the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling will not be inhibited by expectations and dominate games in Russia Former England manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful that the lack of expectation being placed on the Three Lions will benefit their chances of progression at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side kick-off their campaign against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena on Monday as they look to improve on recent tournament disappointments.England failed to make it past the group stages at the 2014 World Cup before being embarrassed by minnows Iceland in the last-16 of Euro 2016 in France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Sam Allardyce William HillAs such, Southgate’s squad has faced less scrutiny than previous iterations, with many England supporters believing a run to the quarter-finals would be an achievement given the lack of experienced stars available to the 1966 winners.But Allardyce, who played his part in England qualifying for the tournament, having taken charge of their 1-0 win over Slovakia before being sacked in controversial circumstances, believes the lack of pressure will enable the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling to dominate matches as they do for their clubs.”It doesn’t appear to be quite as volatile and as pressurised as previous tournaments, which is hopefully a good thing,” Allardyce told  Goal  at the launch of the William Hill Arms Pub.”The emergence of some of these younger players is very encouraging. He’s [Southgate] not gone too overboard with that and there are still some experienced players who have gone to other international tournaments.”The young players shouldn’t have that pressure and hopefully will be free to express themselevs and play their best. The level of football that they have played at has been exceptionally good.”England have only won their opening match in a major tournament once since they last met Tunisia in their first game of the 1998 World Cup as goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes secured a 2-0 win for Glenn Hoddle’s side.As such Allardyce is under no illusions as to the importance of getting off to a winning start, particularly with many of the favourites for the competition having slipped up in their own opening matches in Russia.”The most important game isn’t Panama or Belgium. They have to do everything they possibly can to beat Tunisia. That win and that three points would relieve a huge amount of pressure on everybody,” he added.”Then they can look to Panama, who everyone is saying are the weakest team in the group, and be totally professional in that game to try and win it. Then when we get to Belgium there shouldn’t be as much pressure. Obviously they would like to win but there isn’t the pressure of whether we need points to get through to the next stages.”Southgate is set to hand starts to Harry Maguire and Ashley Young on Monday evening, with Belgium playing Panama in the other Group G match earlier on Monday in Sochi.Sam Allardyce was speaking at the William Hill Arms, the pub which will offer fans the ultimate England watching experience including expert analysis, plus free food and drink. For your chance to win exclusive access to England’s group games with Emile Heskey and Sam Allardyce at the pub, head to William Hill’s  Twitter  or  Facebook  pages. England are 16/1 with William Hill to win the World Cup. #ThisIsMore #itscominghomelast_img read more

Position Vacant -WA Finance & Admin Officer

first_imgTouchWest is looking for a Finance and Administration Officer to join the Touch Football Australia staff in the Western Australian office.The position is for 33 hours per week, and is viewed as an important part in ensuring that the business of Touch Football runs smoothly to support the management of the business and volunteers in the sport.A salary of $35 – $38,000 will be negotiated with the succesful applicant, dependant on qualifications and experience.To apply, please forward a cover letter with your application addressing the selection criteria for the position.  The position description and selection criteria are available in the document below.All applications should be forwarded by 5pm Wednesday 30th April to:Matt BamfordWA Manager – Touch Football AustraliaEmail – Fax – 08 9319 4611Post – PO Box 57, CLAREMONT  WA  6010Enquiries – Ph 08 9319 4600Related Fileswafinance_and_adminstration_position_description-pdflast_img read more

Smith Excited For Elite Eight Series At Home

first_imgFor the 17-year-old, who lives in Port Macquarie, the opportunity to play in the inaugural Elite Eight series in her home city for the New South Wales Country Mavericks is a very exciting prospect.  “It will be a great opportunity to play at home in front of the home crowd and hopefully they get behind me. It will just be a great experience at home with the Elite Eight,” Smith said. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s a big honour to play with some of the players around me. It’s going to be a great experience over the week and I’m really looking forward to it.”Smith is the youngest player in the Mavericks line-up and the opportunity to play with a number of Australian Women’ Open representatives from other country areas is something she is very grateful for. “There are a fair few Aussie players in there (the team) and some that are vying for (World Cup) selection. Players like Nicole Beck and Ash Dobbins, they are pretty good players and watching them perform at training has been pretty exciting. Growing up I’ve been watching them and it’s going to be a really good experience to play beside them because they are really top athletes and know the game really well so it should be a good experience.”Smith recently represented the Australian 18’s Girls team that defeated New Zealand 3-0 at the Youth Trans Tasman series in Canberra in January. She says that it was a great experience, and says her game has definitely benefitted after playing against the Kiwis.“It was probably the best experience I’ve ever had playing Touch Football. I worked pretty hard to try and get into the team. I didn’t think I’d make it after I broke my finger last year but the coach gave me saying I got in and it was just unreal and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. Winning it with the girls was pretty outstanding and I could do it again!”“There was a lot of people there supporting me and players like Louise Winchester, who I really look up to was on the sideline giving us pointers. I think that really helped our team a lot. The coach and assistant coach were really good support, just everyone in general did a really good job.”The Mavericks have been touted as one of the favourites to take out the Women’s Elite Eight title due to their impressive line-up on paper, but Smith and her side are taking it in their stride. “Everyone is saying that we are the team to watch out for but it’s the Elite Eight and it’s a tournament where everyone is going to be good all over the park. It’s going to be hard whoever we come up against, it’s just going to come down to who is the best on the day I guess.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information throughout the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, from websites to social media, by clicking on the following links:NTL website – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comTFA website – – Twitter – – read more

2014 Queensland All Schools results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the six divisions at the 2014 Queensland All Schools event. Open MixedAlfriston (NZ) defeated Chancellor CollegeOpen BoysKeebra Park defeated Ignatius ParkOpen GirlsEmmaus (Rockhampton) defeated Brisbane State HighJunior MixedRockhampton Grammar defeated Sheldon CollegeJunior BoysKeebra Park defeated Cavendish RoadJunior GirlsSt Columbans defeated Cavendish RoadRelated LinksQLD All Schoolslast_img

Semester One Sporting Schools funding is now open!

first_imgRegister and lodge your funding application today to get your students active, engaged and having fun! Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative aiming to get children healthy and active, before, during and after school. Sporting Schools is all about fostering a lifelong interest in sport among Australian children. Its key purpose is to encourage more children to do more sport-based activities, and empower schools to help them do that. Schools that are registered with Sporting Schools can: –       Access over 30 National Sporting Organisation (NSO) programmes delivered by endorsed coaches –       Support health and physical education outcomes that complement the school curriculum –       Access user-friendly sports based resources and professional development opportunities –       Design programmes that create important links between your school, sport and your local community  The Sporting Schools programme helps students’ foster healthy and active living habits and improves a child’s academic, health and social outcomes. Students who participate in Sporting Schools can benefit from: –       Better health and fitness, contributing to long-term health benefits –       Enhanced social and emotional wellbeing, cognitive functions, and improved fundamental movement skills –       Building positive relationships amongst their school peers. Term One funding applications are open until Friday, 4 March 2016. Term Two will remain open until Friday, 27 May 2016. Register your school and complete the grant application via the Sporting Schools website at Files34323_ss_semester_1_2016_v1-pdfRelated LinksSporting Schoolslast_img read more

2017 Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_img@Eden_RichardsCongratulations to all of the award winners from the ultra successful 2017 Trans Tasman Series.A players’ player award and coaches’ award were given to a member of each of the Mixed Open, Men’s Open and Women’s Open teams.These awards highlight special individual performances from the past weekend, recognising those who went above and beyond to help deliver Australia a 9-0 clean sweep of the Trans Tasman Series.A dominant team display from all Australian sides meant it was hard to pick just two recipients, but after much deliberation these are the players who were adjudged to be the best and most worthy in their respective divisions.Zara Nicholls took home the players’ player award for the Mixed Open side after scoring four touchdowns in three games for Australia.The coaches’ award went to Michael Singh who was instrumental in his side’s unbeaten run, setting up a number of touchdowns and scoring three of his own.Matt Prowse starred for the Australian Men’s Open team and was rewarded, taking home the players’ player award after scoring four touchdowns over the course of the Trans Tasman Series.One of Australia’s most high profile players Pete Norman won the coaches’ award for a typically brilliant three games.The Australian Women’s Open side was perhaps the most dominant of the weekend and had many great individuals who could have been rewarded.But it was Tamika Upton who was the recipient of the players’ player award, scoring five touchdowns in her side’s three wins.Laura Peattie put together a terrific tournament and was rewarded with the coaches’ award for her efforts, with the Aussie star scoring six touchdowns in a huge individual haul.The last award for Australia to hand out was the Phil Smith Memorial Medal.  Phil was one of the founding members and the first Life Member of Touch Football Australia.This award was first instigated in 2007 to recognise Phil’s vision to elite touch football in Australia.It is voted on by every member of the Australian Touring Party and awarded to the person they think has shown the most passion, enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and Australian spirit during the 2017 Trans Tasman Series.It was award to Australian Mixed Open coach Mick Lovett, a just reward for all his efforts this campaign.Award winnersMixed Open awards: Players’ player: Zara Nicholas Coaches’ award: Michael Singh Men’s Open awards: Players’ player: Matt Prowse Coaches’ award: Pete Norman Women’s Open awards: Players’ player: Tamika Upton Coaches’ award: Laura Peattie Phil Smith Memorial Medal: Mick LovettRelated LinksAward Winnerslast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola dismisses 5-point Liverpool lead

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola dismisses 5-point Liverpool leadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about Liverpool’s five-point lead at the top of the table.Last week’s shock defeat to Norwich has left City playing catch up in the opening weeks of the season.”We accept it,” he said. “It doesn’t happen many times in the big moments. I’m relaxed. It’s going to happen.“There are 99 points to play for. We’re five behind, but let’s see how many we get. I lost many times as a player and a manager, the only way to survive here is to win games and we’ve won a lot.“Many times we look to improve. You have to understand what we have done in the past.”I’ve said many times, the strongest opponent we’ve had in Liverpool. I said when they were in front (last season) they have everything in their game, set pieces, transitions. I know how difficult it is and was and will be. That’s the challenge.” last_img read more

23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!

first_imgBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken aim at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international left Dortmund in January 2018 for a lucrative move to Arsenal. And Watzke has laughed at Aubameyang spending the last two seasons watching the Champions League on television.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days ago​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presence

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presenceby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have signed a two-year partnership with esports agency Bundled as the club bid to grow their presence in the competitive gaming sector, reports, Premier League team were the first soccer club in the UK to sign a professional gamer after employing Sean ‘Dragoon’ Allen in 2016 to compete in EA Sports’ FIFA tournaments. They also held their own competition for the soccer simulation at their London Stadium home in a collaboration with investment partner Basset & Gold, with the winner taking home UK£10,000 (US$12,600) last November.Now the East London outfit are stepping up their esports efforts with Bundled. The agency provides various services in the industry, from organising gaming events, to creating innovative digital content, coaching and performance management of professional esports players. The company also represents the interests of more than 30 professional FIFA esports players.As part of the agreement, West Ham unveiled two new FIFA players; ‘Yago’ Gabriel Fernandez and ‘Jas’ Singh. Both will join current Hammers player Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden for the 2019/20 FIFA season.Karim Virani, West Ham’s digital and commercial director, said: “The club has always been proactive and one of the pioneers in the esports arena, and this partnership is another step on our journey.”Bundled is a forward-thinking, dynamic company who are passionate about the esports space, and will help us to continue to grow and be one of the leading Premier League clubs going into this FIFA season and beyond.” last_img read more

8 days agoMan City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitless

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitlessby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta says Phil Foden’s potential is limitless.The 19-year-old has been restricted to just three appearances this season.But Arteta thinks he will become a star under manager Pep Guardiola.”His potential is limitless,” Arteta said. “He is going to set his own limits.”The most important thing is that, as a club and around the team, we have created a really healthy, inspiring and challenging environment. That’s exactly what he needs.”The door is open. We have a manager who trusts in young players and he’s going to get opportunities.”With that type of environment, to grow and to always be going in the right direction is the most important thing.”I think he’ll be very successful.” last_img read more

5 hours agoMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henry

first_imgMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henryby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka aspired to emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he was a youngster.The 21-year-old instead developed into a promising fullback, earning a 50m move to Manchester United over the summer.”Growing up I looked up to Henry,” the Englishman told Joe.”I just like goals, I liked the way he scored goals. I always pictured myself scoring goals when I was younger.”I trained there (at right-back) a few times because Palace needed players in that position, that’s when they noticed how good I am at tackling and defending.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Potential No. 1 Pick Karl-Anthony Towns Fulfilling “Childhood Dream” Of Appearing On Sport Science

first_imgSportsScience basketball floor with logo.IG/karltownsLater this month, Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns may be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. We have to imagine that is some serious dream fulfillment for him. Before that happens, Towns will have another dream come true—he is set to appear on ESPN’s Sport Science, based on a recent Instagram post.We’re just going to go ahead and say it: this makes us feel VERY old. Sport Science began in 2007, and didn’t come to ESPN until 2010, when Towns was just 14 years old. Sorry for making this too real.last_img read more

This Fan-Made Texas A&M Hype Video Will Have All Aggies Ready For The 2015 Season

first_imgTexas A&M player makes a difficult catch.YouTube/Tamuhighlights WhoopLast season was an interesting one in College Station. Texas A&M opened the season by blowing the doors off of its opponents, but the Aggies were inconsistent as the year went along. A&M did close the season with some gritty performances, including a big win over Auburn and a Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. After a tremendous recruiting period, and some coaching staff shakeups that should help improve a lackluster defense, the Aggies have some serious momentum heading into 2015.YouTube user Tamuhighlights summed up the off-season, and the excitement heading into 2015, incredibly well with this hype video. You’ll be ready to run through a brick wall after this one, Aggie fans.last_img read more

Video: Michigan Football Releases Cool “The Block M” Hype Video, “Most Recognizable Logo In All Of Sports”

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s football time now. They’re very excited about that in Ann Arbor, Mich. Teams are beginning fall camp and we’re now less than a month away from the start of the season, when Michigan takes on Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. In honor of the season coming up, the Wolverines have released a cool hype video about the Block M logo. “It’s the most recognizable logo in all of sports,” they say. The Block M. Enough said. #GoBlue— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) August 4, 2015We’re not quite sure if it’s the “most recognizable logo” in the sports world, but it is a pretty sweet logo.last_img read more