About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier becomes Southampton ambassadorby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthew Le Tissier is a Southampton ambassador.The club legend, who played 540 times for the Saints and scored 209 goals, has been associated with the team throughout his career.He often rejected big moves in favour of remaining with his beloved Southampton. And he has now accepted an offer to become a club ambassador.Saints chairman Ralph Krueger said in a statement: “I’m extremely pleased that Matt has agreed to accept our offer of becoming an official Club Ambassador.”Matt’s history as a Saint needs no introduction, he has epitomised the club ever since he joined us as a schoolboy in 1985.”Southampton Football Club means so much to Matt.”I’m looking forward to seeing him officially represent us through our work in the local community, our expanding commercial activities and around the world as we spread the message of the great work we do at our club.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 16: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight #3 watch the video replay during the first quarter of the game against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Update: Here’s video of Harbaugh’s joke, from Big Ten Network.“We got global warming now, Tom, so that’s really helped recruiting.” – @CoachJim4UM, to @Patriots QB Tom Brady https://t.co/YSJQWFhQMz— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) February 3, 2016Earlier: Global warming is not usually a considered a good thing, but don’t tell that to Jim Harbaugh. For Michigan’s head coach, anything that makes Ann Arbor a bit more attractive to recruits is a positive. He explained on Michigan’s “Signing Of The Stars” event.Jim Harbaugh a proponent of climate change. “We’ve got global warming now. That helps with recruiting.”— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) February 3, 2016He’s obviously joking, we think. We haven’t heard Ric Flair, Jim Leyland, or Migos’ opinions on the matter yet, but they’re on hand for the event, if we really want to get into the science on this one.
It’s August 1st, which means that Michigan is now officially a Nike school – the Wolverines signed an 11-year deal with the apparel manufacturer, leaving adidas. As we showed you last night, the school had a ceremony at The M Den to show off the new gear. There was so much interest, The M Den’s website crashed from demand.It looks like fans who were able to make it to the store itself did not hold back when it comes to money spent. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Michigan fans at The M Den last night spent an average of $300 on new gear. That’s an absurdly high number – especially when factoring in that most of these people are college kids.Michigan retailer @TheMDen opened at 12AM to kick off new Nike deal, gave away Harbaugh pins, avg shopper spent $300 pic.twitter.com/nwpocdhImv— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2016Michigan’s partnership with Nike seems to be off to a flying start.
Xherdan Shaqiri remains unfazed by Liverpool’s recent Premier League and FA Cup defeats, with a positive response expected by Jurgen Klopp’s strongest side.Having enjoyed an unbeaten start to their English top-flight campaign and set their sights on major silverware this term, the Reds have endured a wobble of late.A 2-1 reversal at Manchester City means they are now just four points clear of the chasing pack in the title race, while the same scoreline away at Wolves on Monday saw another trophy bid ended. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Shaqiri was among those to figure in a much-changed and very young side at Molineux, but the Switzerland international is refusing to read too much into back-to-back losses.He told Liverpool’s official website, having seen a second-half free-kick strike the post as the Reds came unstuck against Wolves: “Of course, we are disappointed after this game because we lost, first of all, but I think we didn’t deserve this result because we tried to play football.“We tried to come back. We tried everything until the end and you cannot say the attitude wasn’t there until the last minute. We tried everything.“Sometimes you need luck also and the free-kick was very unlucky. I saw the ball inside already, but it never went in.“We obviously had a lot of young players and a lot of players in who didn’t play for a long time. We wanted to win this game to go to the next round, but the FA Cup is like this: you lose the game and you are out.“So, we close this game now and are looking forward to the weekend and the Premier League.”Quizzed on whether Klopp’s team will need to “dig deep” in their next outing against Brighton on Saturday, Shaqiri added: “I think we have enough players who can jump in.“This season we have the depth. There are a lot of players who are going to come in and give everything and the quality is still there.”The depth of Liverpool’s squad was highlighted in a narrow defeat to Wolves, with teenage trio Rafa Camacho, Curtis Jones and Ki-Jana Hoever all seeing competitive minutes.The latter was introduced early on in an FA Cup third round tie when Dejan Lovren suffered an untimely injury, and the 16-year-old impressed with a confident and mature display.Shaqiri said of the promising Dutch defender: “He is very nice.“He is still very young, you see that on the pitch also. He came on and he tried everything. He is going to be a very good player in the future.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first real test as Manchester United caretaker manager as his side beat high-flying Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday, with David de Gea playing a huge part.Up against Mauricio Pochettino, the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho on a full-time basis at Old Trafford, Solskjaer’s team played vibrant football and just about did enough in a match of many chances, with De Gea’s display just as important as Marcus Rashford’s third goal in as many games.United were a particular danger on the counter and it was no surprise to see them ultimately go ahead at the end of such of a move, with Rashford finishing after Paul Pogba’s excellent pass. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An open second half saw both teams create a raft of chances, but Hugo Lloris and the exceptional De Gea came out on top, with United moving level on 41 points with fifth-placed Arsenal as a result.After a bright Spurs opening, United looked a threat on the break and went close twice before the 20th minute – Jesse Lingard firing wide of the top-right corner from 12 yards, before Anthony Martial tested Lloris from a tight angle.Spurs lost Moussa Sissoko to a suspected groin injury after 43 minutes, and United broke the deadlock a few moments later – Pogba’s exquisite long ball releasing Rashford, who found the bottom-left corner from 18 yards.Pochettino’s side looked re-energised at the start of the second half, with De Gea making crucial saves from Kane and Dele Alli within five minutes of the restart.Still United threatened, however, with Pogba seeing a close-range effort tipped over by Lloris, before his controlled effort just inside the box in the 62nd minute forced a smart stop from the France goalkeeper.De Gea was the star, though, producing a string of saves to keep Kane, Alli and Toby Alderweireld at bay and ensuring Solskjaer equalled Matt Busby’s record of winning his first five league games in charge of United.That pass That finish @PaulPogba and @MarcusRashford combine to put #MUFC ahead! pic.twitter.com/JyslFQ8AXJ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 13, 2019 What does it mean? United continue to soarUnited have real momentum and their bid to claim a Champions League place is gathering pace. For Spurs, however, it was another blow to their title hopes. They are now nine points behind Liverpool and it would take a major collapse from the Merseysiders – as well as Manchester City – for Pochettino’s men to triumph.De Gea shows his worthIt can be argued that, although he was impressive, none of the saves De Gea had to make on Sunday were particularly difficult. That may be the case, yet his commanding aura surely had something to do with the Spurs attackers failing to find the mark. At the other end Lloris was good, but failed to keep Rashford’s strike out despite getting a hand to it, and that proved to be the difference.Kane fluffs his linesWhile England star Kane was hardly terrible, in a game of this magnitude Spurs and Pochettino would have expected him to be reliable in front of goal, yet De Gea came out on top in their duel.Key Opta facts14 – The only top-flight league match in which David de Gea has made more saves than he did versus Tottenham Hotspur today (11) was against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on December 2nd 2017 (14). Hero. #TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/IbWzCVXAdd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2019- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled Matt Busby’s all-time record of winning his first five league games in charge of Manchester United.- Tottenham have lost consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since May 2015.- Tottenham have lost four home league games this season – double the amount they’d lost at home in their previous two Premier League campaigns combined (2).- Manchester United have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League – they’d only kept two in their first 20 league matches this season.- Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.- Paul Pogba has been directly involved in 53% of Man Utd’s 15 Premier League goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge (4 goals, 4 assists).- Tottenham’s Harry Kane had seven shots in this match – he last had more without finding the net in a Premier League game in January 2018 (8 vs Man Utd).What’s next?Spurs make the short trip to Fulham next Sunday, while United host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. read more
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Robertson has no reason to want to leave the club during the transfer window.The full-back was arguably the best left-back in the Premier League last season and has been linked with a move away from Anfield as a result, with Barcelona rumoured to be potential suitors.Fellow Scotsman and former Reds player and manager Dalglish feels that the 25-year-old will not be going anywhere, however. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Andy Robertson must wake up every morning and think it’s Christmas Day,” he said in the Sunday Post.“That’s why I don’t believe he’ll be considering leaving Liverpool for any other football club at home or abroad.“I’m told he has been linked with a couple of big European clubs, but why would he want to leave Liverpool? Seriously, tell me why?“Anyway, he is already playing abroad! Well, that was always the way I looked at it when I moved from Scotland to England to join Liverpool from Celtic.”Robertson has been a key figure in Liverpool’s squad over the past season, recording 11 assists in 36 Premier League games while adding a further two in the Champions League as the Reds went on to lift the trophy for a sixth time.Dalglish, who scored 131 goals in 426 appearances for the club from 1977 to 1990 and spent six years as player-manager from 1985 to 1991, believes the defender has been one of the team’s most influential players.“Andy has every right to be proud of what he has helped Liverpool achieve in the past 10 months,” he continued.“Week in and week out, he has been hugely influential and his contribution has been enormous, what the team gets out of him in every game is remarkable.“He quite rightly gets praised to the hilt for what he does in an attacking sense in the wide area, he gets up and down and creates plenty of chances for his team-mates.“But he also has been outstanding in a defensive sense, too. Sometimes that tends to get overlooked.“Andy just needs to keep showing the same application and focus that he has in the past five or six years.“If it was good enough to get him to where he is now then he shouldn’t change anything.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Bayern Munich youngster Alphonso Davies is not too worried by any competition for places caused by the possible arrival of Leroy Sane from Manchester City.The 18-year-old signed for the Bundesliga giants from Vancouver Whitecaps in his native Canada last summer, and made his first-team debut on January 27 versus Stuttgart, having officially joined Bayern that month.Coach Niko Kovac handed the highly-rated Canadian a total of 74 minutes over a total of six appearances in 2019, but Davies does not seem to be in a hurry to make a breakthrough as a regular first team player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “There’s no pressure whatsoever from the club,” he told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “They want to build me up, that I get my game time and that I get used to the league.”It’s difficult to come over from Canada as a youngster and play for one of the best teams in the world. They’re giving me all the time I need and their plan has been very good so far.”The departure of veteran wide men Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery may, on the surface, make it seem as though there will be more opportunities for Davies to feature regularly in 2019-20, however, there is still plenty of competition at the Allianz Arena.With Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman already on the books, the Ghana-born player already has some exceptional talent ahead of him and, if Bayern move for Manchester City winger Sane, chances for first-team action could be few and far between.”We’ve got a good crop of young players,” he continued. “KC [Kingsley Coman], Serge [Gnabry] and me are all young and hungry to play. I’m sure that everyone will get their chance to blossom and shine at this club.”The bosses see something in Leroy, they see something in me. That’s why they bought me. That’s why they might buy him. I want to develop here. If Leroy should come to us, I can learn a lot from him. He is a top winger for his club and for his country.”Meanwhile, Gnabry would also seemingly welcome the arrival of a Germany international team-mate with the current Bundesliga champions.“We have already talked about it,” the former Arsenal man told Bild. “But only he can say what will happen. I would love to have Leroy on my team. I think he would be an asset to Bayern. We also get along very well off the field.”
Spain, which will face the United States on Monday in its first World Cup knockout match, has always been something of a sleeping giant in the women’s game.The country is mad for soccer and contains the infrastructure, finances, coaching and facilities to build a women’s powerhouse, as it has done on the men’s side for decades.While it was dormant for a long period, recently, the giant has finally started to wake up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The USWNT will be heavily favored to defeat Spain in the last-16 game at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, but the gap between the sides is closing at breakneck pace.In many ways, Spain is the embodiment of the principal threat to the USWNT’s dominance: an established power on the men’s side that is opening its eyes to the women’s game like never before.“You can see that these teams are catching up,” U.S. defender Ali Krieger said. “It goes to show you how good countries can become in the women’s game.”Spain is part of a trend at this World Cup, alongside Italy and the Netherlands, of traditional men’s powers starting to break through on the women’s side.“You’ve seen this with Holland, you’ve seen this with Italy, it’s a matter of time,” U.S. manager Jill Ellis said.“It’s a natural progression in terms of the development in these countries because they eat, sleep and breathe soccer.”Spain has seen its growth happen from the bottom up. La Roja have made major strides at the youth level in recent years, having won the U-17 World Cup last year and finished as runner-up at the U-20 World Cup.Several of those U-20 players have been integrated into a senior team that is participating in only its second World Cup, having made its debut at the competition in 2015.“Spain’s women’s program has gotten increasingly better throughout the years,” U.S. defender Kelley O’Hara said.“I think these are examples that FIFA and federations need to look at to see that if you do invest the time, you do invest the money, you will get results.”As its women’s team continues to rise, Spain is indeed poised to invest to ensure that ascent continues.Last week, Spain’s football federation general secretary Andreu Camps announced an investment of more than €20 million into the women’s game next season, including a plan to show club games on TV and stream them online.And just this Saturday, Real Madrid finally announced that it would be fielding a women’s side for the first time in the 2019-20 season.Developments like these are especially encouraging for Ellis, who grew up in England during a time where women’s soccer was barely even an afterthought, and went to the U.S. to seek out a career in the women’s game.“I had to leave my home country to go experience the game,” Ellis said. “Now it’s delightful that these countries are now actively supporting women’s football.“As a fan of the game and as someone who grew up in a time where it wasn’t that way in Europe, I think it’s great to see.”Spain has yet to really impress at this World Cup and should it defeat the U.S. on Monday, it would be one of the all-time great women’s soccer upsets. But there will come a time, maybe soon, when a Spain win over the U.S. may feel just as routine as it does on the men’s side.
Rafa Benitez was “worth 10 to 15 points a season” to Newcastle, says Alan Shearer, with the decision to let him leave branded “a shambles and a travesty”.The Magpies have announced that their current boss will be leaving at the end of his contract.A disgruntled fan base have been quick to air their disappointment at seeing an experienced Spaniard being allowed to move on, while Shearer has hit out at those steering the ship at St James’ Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Newcastle legend fears that another relegation battle could now be on the cards, with some baffling decisions being made by those who are supposed to have the club’s best interests at heart.“Like every Newcastle fan, I am devastated Rafa Benitez is leaving the club,” Shearer told The Sun.“It is desperately sad news and a massive blow — and it is ridiculous it has to come to this.“Newcastle were fortunate enough to have a world-class manager who was doing a very good job and they have just allowed him to walk away for nothing.“It is a shambles and a travesty. It doesn’t make any sense.“From the reaction on social media, you can see how angry the fan base is, but they will not blame Rafa for leaving and neither do I.“He has been brilliant but he has completely lost trust in those he is working for, which is not the first time that has happened at Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.“You will see the propaganda come out from Newcastle in the next few days — we offered him this and that, we said he could have so many millions to spend.“But as fans we know the truth. It has happened too many times at the club.”Shearer added on a former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss who arrived on Tyneside back in March 2016: “Rafa did a top job there under very difficult circumstances.“Despite his proven pedigree, he was happy to drop down to the Championship. And he got Newcastle up at the first attempt, then finished 10th and 13th in the Premier League on a limited budget.“Rafa united the fans and gave them belief, which they had not had for a long time.“He passionately cared for the club and the supporters, but above all, he knew the potential Newcastle carried.“All Mike Ashley wants is for Newcastle to survive but Rafa is bigger and better than that.“He doesn’t want to be fighting a relegation battle every year, he wants to take a team forward.“Aston Villa have just been promoted and they have come in straight away and smashed their transfer record on a £22 million striker.“That is what Rafa was up against.“For Newcastle, he was probably worth 10 to 15 points a season. With him in charge, there was no way they would have been relegated.“Now, you have to fear the worst.”Newcastle are set to open their 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a home date against Arsenal on August 11. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)We’ve got a scary story out of Montgomery, Alabama on Monday afternoon. Former Alabama head coach Mike DuBose, who coached the Crimson Tide from 1997-2000, has reportedly shot himself in the abdomen.WSFA reports that DuBose’s act was not intentional – and was rather an accident. There’s no word on exactly how it happened, however.DuBose’s injuries are reportedly not life-threatening. That said, he was transported from one hospital to another via helicopter after the incident.Here’s more:DuBose was taken to Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp before being transferred to another hospital by helicopter.According to the sheriff’s office, DuBose accidentally shot himself once in the abdomen shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.The incident happened in the county near Gardners Chapel Road, near Opp. It’s believed his injuries are non-life-threatening.Former Alabama head coach suffers accidental gunshot wound >> https://t.co/dA74W1TPRK pic.twitter.com/aOlzYVj7ac— WSFA 12 Sports (@wsfa12sports) October 1, 2018DuBose played at Alabama under Bear Bryant from 1971-1974. He took over the Crimson Tide program in 1997, but mustered only a 24-23 record in his four years in Tuscaloosa. His 1999 squad did win the SEC, however.Hopefully, DuBose makes a full recovery. We’ll keep you updated.