first_imgChelsea Pedro: Facing Barcelona and ‘best in the world’ Messi is special for me Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 09:16 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Getty Images Chelsea Barcelona FA Cup UEFA Champions League The Blues forward is looking forward to a reunion with his old team-mates at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in Europe’s elite club competition Pedro is looking forward to Chelsea’s Tuesday night Champions League match against Barcelona, where he will face “the best player in the world” in his former team-mate Lionel Messi. Chelsea prepared for the last-16 match by coasting to a 4-0 victory against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday night, with Pedro getting the second goal. He was subsequently substituted at half-time with a number of key players like Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante not even in the matchday squad. Pedro says that facing Barcelona on the back of two wins will help Chelsea’s confidence.   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 “We are back in a good form, with confidence before this huge game as you say against Barcelona,” Pedro said at Stamford Bridge. “For us it is good to be back in that sort of form. We’ve had two very good games now. We have to continue like this and prepare for the game against Barcelona in the same way.”It will be strange for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. It will be a special game for me for sure. They are the same every year. They are playing great football in La Liga, they are in the cup final as well.”Pedro spent seven years at Barcelona winning 20 major honours including three Champions League titles while scoring 99 goals for the club where he began his professional career. Lionel Messi lined up alongside Pedro in Barcelona’s forward line and the 30-year-old admits that his side will struggle to stop the Argentine star, although he has still never scored against Chelsea. “He’s always the same,” he added. “What can I say of him that I haven’t before? He is the best in the world, he always makes the difference and it will be very difficult to stop him.”Chelsea used the Hull game as an opportunity to rest players with the struggling Championship side having around 10 players unavailable for the Friday-night fixture. The Spaniard says the game was great preparation ahead of what will be a tough week, with Manchester United and then Manchester City away following the Champions League game. “It was a good moment to give rest to a lot of players,” Pedro continued. “We’ve played a lot of games, here you don’t rest at Christmas and it was a good moment to refresh a lot of players, not just Hazard, also Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and the perfect way to prepare.Pedro BarcelonaPedro added that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata appears to be fully recovered from a back injury that kept him out for a month. “He is completely recovered,” Pedro said. “He is desperate to get back in the team and I think he’s back at 100 per cent.”last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool Karius the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League, claims Liverpool legend Grobbelaar Chris Burton 05:08 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Loris Karius Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Premier League The German has faced criticism throughout his time at Anfield, but is now established as the Reds’ No. 1 and being backed to get even better Loris Karius can become “the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League”, says Bruce Grobbelaar, with Liverpool right to have shown faith in a £4.7 million addition.The 24-year-old German has faced criticism throughout his time at Anfield, having been snapped up from Mainz in the summer of 2016.He was acquired to provide competition for Simon Mignolet, but was soon thrown in at the deep end by Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool struggled for consistency between the sticks. 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 That has remained the case in 2017-18, but Karius is now established as the Reds’ first-choice and is being backed by a club legend to go from strength to strength.Grobbelaar told Off The Ball amid talk of Klopp potentially dipping back into the market for a new keeper in the next transfer window: “You have [Virgil] Van Dijk holding the fort at the back and you have Karius in goal.“Karius will become the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League in the years to come.”“He cost £4m from Mainz, he is going to be immense, because I tell you what, he has come on leaps and bounds since Van Dijk has come in at the back.”Karius is expected to form the last line of defence for Liverpool on Saturday when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Loris Karius best value for money Premier League Bruce GrobbelaarHe will be hoping to keep a clean sheet, but a contest in Kiev is set to see two of Europe’s most attack-minded sides go head-to-head.Grobbelaar, who helped the Reds to European Cup glory in 1984, added: “I think we’ve got the quickest counterattacking forwards in the Premier League with [Mohamed] Salah, [Roberto] Firmino and [Sadio] Mane.“I predict that there will be goals, and we will score, no doubt about it. It’s about how much we concede, but I’m going to go with 3-1 to Liverpool.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgTransfers AC Milan and Lazio to rival Cardiff for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Marko Grujic Getty Transfers Cardiff City Serbia Liverpool World Cup UEFA Champions League Premier League Milan Lazio The Serbia midfielder is likely to leave Anfield on loan next season – but the Italian giants would like a permanent deal Cardiff City are leading the race to sign Marko Grujic on loan, but Goal understands they face competition from Italian giants AC Milan and Lazio for the Liverpool midfielder.The Reds want the Serbia international to gain first-team experience next season and have received interest from a host of clubs across Europe.Cardiff are in pole position, with Grujic having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Welsh outfit, helping Neil Warnock’s side earn automatic promotion to the Premier League. The 22-year-old made 14 appearances, though he was left out of the side towards the back end of the campaign. 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 Warnock is a fan, however, and was impressed by the way he handled his first extended run of games in English football. Liverpool are keen for Grujic to work on his defensive awareness, decision-making and discipline, and would ideally like him to remain in the Premier League in order to do so. Talks have already taken place with Cardiff but both Milan and Lazio have registered their interest in a permanent deal. Another Serie A side, Atalanta, are interested in a potential loan move, while Fulham have asked to be kept informed of developments. The Londoners would consider Grujic if they were to lose their captain, Tom Cairney. Grujic was signed by Liverpool in January 2016 from Red Star Belgrade, and is highly thought of by Klopp due to his physical and technical attributes. He has made 14 senior appearances for the Reds, though he is yet to start a Premier League game. Liverpool paid a little over £5 million to sign him, and would be unlikely to consider a sale for anything less than double that.In any case, his future is unlikely to be finalised until after the World Cup, where he was an unused substitute for Serbia’s opening game against Costa Rica in Samara on Monday.Liverpool are seeking loans for a number of other young talents, with Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo both set to depart in this window. Kent has interest from numerous clubs, chief among them Leeds and Rangers, while Ojo is wanted by Stoke, Aston Villa, Birmingham and Derby.Allan Rodrigues de Souza and striker Taiwo Awoniyi, both of whom are yet to secure UK work permits, will also be sent out, as will midfielder Pedro Chirivella.Allan, who is hoping to return from a shoulder injury next month, has interest from clubs in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and France, while Awoniyi is set to remain in Belgium, where he spent last season with Royal Mouscron. Anderlecht and Club Brugge are leading the chase for the Nigerian. Awoniyi, 20, scored 10 goals in the Jupiler League with Mouscron and will be handed a new contract by Liverpool before heading out on loan once more.Daniel Sturridge LiverpoolDaniel Sturridge, meanwhile, will be sold if a suitable offer is received. Fenerbahce and Sevilla are understood to be keen on the striker, who made little impact during a loan spell at West Brom last season, making just six appearances due to injury.Sturridge’s wages, however, could prove a stumbling block. He is entering the final year of his contract, which is understood to be worth around £120,000 a week. Liverpool’s asking price is understood to be around £15 million ($20m). Inter and Newcastle were interested in the 28-year-old in January but are unlikely to return to the table this summer.Elsewhere, Liverpool will appoint Barry Lewtas as their new U18s coach.Lewtas has previously been in charge of the Reds’ U15 and U16 sides, but will now step up following Steven Gerrard’s departure. Neil Critchley will remain as U23s manager, but assistant Mike Garrity will leave the club this summer as the Academy looks to streamline staff numbers.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships will also host the annual Trends of the Game workshop on Thursday, 12 September.  Presented by Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell and Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, this interactive and practical workshop will allow National Youth Championship coaches to observe practical Talent and Elite skill demonstrations and drills. For more information please see attached flyer, and be sure to register your attendance via email to by Friday, 6 September. Related Filestrends_of_the_game_-nyc_skills_workshop_flyer__2_-pdfRelated LinksTrends of the Gamelast_img

first_imgWith less than two days until the Australian Touch Football Teams hit the fields for the start of the 2015 World Cup in Coffs Harbour, the Australian Open and Senior teams have ventured out into the community to give the locals some world class skills, tips and strategies.Australian Teams conducted skills and drills clinics at Boambee Primary School, Coffs Harbour Public School, Karangi Public School and Orara High School.  Players and coaching staff enlightened the staff and students on what it is like to play for their country. All participants were thrilled to have the Australian Teams at their schools and be able to participate in drills and skills sessions with such talented athletes.Australian teams also conducted visits of a different kind, making an appearance at Park Beach Plaza, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic, visits to the Coffs Harbour Disability Support Services and Coffs Harbour Legacy Nursing Home, as well as a visit to the staff and animals at the RSPCA Animal Shelter. The patients, nurses and doctors at the Coffs Harbour Hospital’s Children’s Ward got a huge surprise when Australian Mixed players Kylie Hilder, Dean Springfield, Daniel Barton, Patricia Michaelopoulos and Manager Mat Gilbertson brought the children some special Touch Football Australia gift packs.For all the photos from this morning, check out our album on Facebook – Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – – – (#TWC2015)Instagram – LinksAussie Visitslast_img read more

first_imgIn order to create a holistic approach in striving towards these strategic targets, the 2016/17 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) funding will focus on providing affiliates with the financial resources to grow or start up junior competitions.The TGP provides affiliates with the opportunity to put forward their ideas for growth and development within the Touch Football community with a specific focus on junior participation.The TGP also aims to provide TFA with the opportunity to work closely with affiliates in assisting them to achieve their goals for growth and development. For further information on the TGP please read the attached documents below. Please contact for further information. Targeted Growth Program WebinarsTargeted Growth Program Webinar 1Date: Wednesday 20th JulyStart time: 7pm, AESTFinish time: 8pm, AESTAccess link; Growth Program Webinar 2Date: Thursday 21st JulyStart time: 7pm, AESTFinish time: 8pm, AESTAccess link; note that both webinars will contain the same content. Attendance at both webinars is not required. Instructions:1) Click on the access link to register for the webinar. This is FREE and the main purpose is so TFA can have an understanding of who participated in the webinar. Registration can be done at any time prior to the webinar commencing.2) Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email. Please read this carefully to see how you can add this webinar to your calendar, how to check your computer systems compatibility to the webinar and importantly how to join the webinar.       3) To join the webinar click ‘Join Now’ on your confirmation email.4) You will then need to enter the email address you used in the registration process to join the webinar.Should you have difficulties with this process please email or call 02 6212 2820 Should you miss one of these webinars, are unable to join for a certain reason, or the registration process means you miss part of the webinar (remember that the registration process can be completed at any time prior the webinar commencing) please email as there may be opportunities to arrange further webinars. Related Files2016-17_tfa_-_targeted_growth_program_funding_application_form-docx2016-2017_target_growth_program_summary_document-pdftargeted_growth_program-_faqs_and_tfa_clarifications_v2-0-pdfRelated LinksTargeted Growth Program Touch Football Australia (TFA) has entered a new strategic cycle in 2016-2020 with three of the key strategic targets being 1,000,000 participants, 15 percent penetration into the school and junior market and 400 affiliate locations around Australia.Touch Football Australia and its Board has made significant investment into the school and junior space for this cycle, focussing on the following programs:·         Field Officer WorkforceEnabling state bodies and their affiliate’s access to a workforce who are able to promote and deliver Touch Football programs in schools across Australia.·         Ambassador ProgramEncouraging growth and unity within the TFA workforce in a collaborative effort to promote and deliver the sport of Touch Football.·         Improve Resources and MarketingDeveloping resources that facilitate the delivery of Touch Football within school and affiliates as well as create targeted marketing material for more efficient promotion. ·         Targeted Growth ProgramOutlined below last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: Primary school aged children enjoy a game of silent touch football as part of the Silent Sport Challenge. (ABC News: Mark Moore) Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said one in six Australians dealt with a hearing impairment.”It is unusual because of that lack of communication that is verbal, more looking at each other, having to utilise different ways of communicating,” he said about the game.Mr Maguire said there was no barrier to participation whether players were hearing impaired or not. By Adrienne Francis (Courtesy of ABC)Photo: Chloe Nash says the only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis) Check out the TFA video below, demonstrating there are no barriers to participate in Touch Football. Related Links2016 Silent Sports Challenge A unique game of touch football is closing the divide between the hearing and silent worlds. The Silent Sport Challenge began in 2011 and gives those with hearing the chance to experience what it is like to play the game without sound.Players wear ear plugs and instead of communicating with whistles and referees use flags to signal players.Twenty-nine-year-old Canberra woman Chloe Nash, who was born with profound deafness, has been playing touch since she was nine.”The only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently and that you just need to break through other peoples prejudices, other peoples barriers that they are creating for you,” Ms Nash said.Ms Nash wants hearing health and wellbeing listed as one of the 10 national health priorities to attract and allocate funding to improve access to childhood Auslan education, increase availability of interpreters, improve captioning services and target specialised mental health and aged care.”It is not just Canberra, although we are in dire need. It is all over Australia,” she said.”Deaf people suffer from isolation and that impacts on their mental health.”Long-term exposure to excessive noise means the number of Australians who are deaf, hearing impaired or hard of hearing is continuing to increase.Game raises awareness of disability that affects millionslast_img read more