PSG knock Spurs out of Europe’s top five most valuable squads after Icardi move

first_imgPARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have knocked Tottenham out Europe’s top five most valuable squads after they signed Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan.Mauricio Pochettino’s side slipped to sixth in the rankings with a staggering total squad value of £881.55million.3 Spurs have been knocked out the top five most valuable squads by PSGThe French champions bought Icardi in on a season-long-loan with a £64m option to buy and their playing staff are now worth a cool £949.5m, according to having signed the Argentine bad boy, PSG now boast the most expensive front three in football history.This is just one place behind last season’s Champions League winners Liverpool who are down a place to fourth at £959.18m.The top three is made up of names you would expect to see with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona all weighing in with squad values in excess of £1BILLION! Pep Guardiola’s City side rank first at £1.14bn, Real Madrid – whose summer splurge on Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic saw their squad value soar – sit second at £1.07bn, while Catalonian giants Barcelona take up the bronze medal spot at £1.03bn.Although Spurs find themselves down a place in sixth, they are one of just three English teams who make the top ten – with London rivals Chelsea sneaking in at tenth with a squad value of £697.5m.The Blues are currently serving a two window ban so are relying on youth which has seen their squad value drop.But they still sit above Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal who do not make the top ten and sit 11th and 13th respectively.LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleDespite a summer of big spending at Old Trafford – Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived for £50m and Harry Maguire for £80m – the Red Devils’ squad clocks in at nearly half the value of their blue neighbours City at just £644.63m.While Arsenal – who smashed their club record transfer fee to bag £72m man Nicolas Pepe in the summer – sit two places down behind 12th place Borussia Dortmund with a £570.38m.Elsewhere in the top 30, the Premier League is represented by West Ham, Everton, Leicester, Bournemouth and Wolves whose squads are all valued north of the £275m mark.3 Lukaku is now third in the most expensive player ever in terms of total fees3 Mauro Icardi’s switch to PSG knocked spurs out of Europe’s top five most valuable squadsCredit: AFP or licensorsEx-Germany and Real Madrid star Christoph Metzelder ‘suspected of sharing child abuse pics’ as cops raid his homelast_img read more

Cheering Arsenal fans rock Emirates after hearing Spurs lost to Colchester

first_imgARSENAL fans rocked the Emirates with an “almighty cheer” after hearing Spurs had been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura missed spot kicks in the shootout and Tom Lapslie smashed home to send the U’s into the last 16 for the first time in 44 years.2 Arsenal fans let out a huge cheer when they heard Spurs had lost to ColchesterCredit: Getty – ContributorArsenal had no such drama in their third-round clash against Nottingham Forest as they won 5-0.The Emirates can be a notoriously quiet ground – and perhaps the loudest cheer of last night came when news of Tottenham’s humiliation filtered through.SunSport told you how a huge roar went up when Spurs’ result was confirmed.And others noticed likewise as Mauricio Pochettino and his men suffered the ultimate embarrassment.One said: “Arsenal fans celebrating Tottenham going out in the Emirates. Loudest cheer of the night when news filtered through they were out.”Another posted: “Almighty cheer around the Emirates as Spurs get knocked out by Colchester.”A fellow user posted: “Cheers going around the Emirates as news filters through that League Two Colchester have knocked Tottenham out of the Carabao.”2Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’One added: “When you’re 5-0 up at the Emirates and hear the fans taking the p*** at Spurs for losing on pens against Colchester.”A fellow user said: “Best scenes at the Emirates today with the confirmation of Colchester’s win over Spurs. Some result that!”And another posted: “Glad to tick the Emirates off the list of grounds. We may have lost 5-0 but f***ing hell, what support we have. Didn’t stop singing once. Arsenal fans were only loud when they heard Spurs lost.”Piers Morgan presents Cristiano Ronaldo with an Arsenal shirtlast_img read more

Dagg back as Crusaders ring changes

first_imgHe’s been named on the wing for Saturday’s clash with the Rebels in Melbourne.The outside back played a half game of club rugby a fortnight ago and declared himself fit to play for the Crusaders, but he was left out of last weekend’s win over the Chiefs in Suva.Dagg hasn’t played Super Rugby since March after injuring his knee against the Reds and now has two games to prove his match fitness before the All Blacks first test of the year against Samoa.Dagg’s inclusion is one of ten changes the Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has made to the starting fifteen that beat the Chiefs last weekend, using the trip to Melbourne to rest a number of key men, including Matt Todd, Ryan Crotty, Owen Franks and Codie Taylor.The Test quartet have all been left out of the matchday squad.Last week’s bench front row of Wyatt Crockett, Ben Funnell and Mike Alaalatoa becomes the starting front row for Saturday night.Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody and Oli Jager will provide cover.Lock Quinten Strange will make his first start of the season, pairing up with Sam Whitelock, while Luke Romano takes a spot on the bench.The loose forward trio will be Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu and Jordan Taufua, with Jed Brown having recovered from injury to take a place in the reserves.Manasa Mataele is on the opposite wing to Dagg with Tim Bateman stepping into the second five spot. Seta Tamanivalu will make his start at centre.Crusaders team to play the Rebels:1. Wyatt Crockett2. Ben Funnell3. Michael Alaalatoa4. Quinten Strange5. Sam Whitelock (C)6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis7. Pete Samu8. Jordan Taufua9. Bryn Hall10. Richie Mo’unga11. Manasa Mataele12. Tim Bateman13. Seta Tamanivalu14. Israel Dagg15. David HaviliRESERVES16. Andrew Makalio17. Joe Moody18. Oli Jager19. Luke Romano20. Jed Brown21. Mitchell Drummond22. Mitchell Hunt23. George Bridgelast_img read more

Hunters squad for 2016 named

first_imgThe team was announced today by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Bob Cutmore.There are 8 new faces in the side: Ishamel Baikawa, Benjamin Hetra,  Justin Olam, Watson Boas, Sailas Gahuna,  Anderson Benford,  Philemon Kimiseve and Tuvi Lepan.                  The Hunters squad will assemble in Port Moresby this week to finalise preparations for their third season in the Intrust Super Cup competition. “Both Enoch Maki (knee) and Anderson Benford (ankle) are recovering from pre-Christmas surgery in Australia and dependent on their rehab both should be available for the start of the season,” said Cutmore.He added that Hunters coach Michael Marum will fly to Brisbane next week to join Wayne Bennett and the Brisbane Broncos for a week of pre-season training.This will include discussions on the SP Hunters using the Broncos’ facilities for the captain’s run during the seasonThe squad:Stargroth Amen, Bland Abavu, Ishamel Baikawa, Anderson Benford, Ase Boas, Watson Boas, Nixon Borana, Sailas Gahuna, Warren Glare, Edward Goma, Benjamin Hetra, Philemon Kimiseve,  Adam Korave, Tuvi Lepan,Timothy Lomai, Enoch Maki, Justin Olam, Brandy Peter, Wartovo Puara, Esau Siune,  Thompson Teteh, Henry Wan, Ate Bina Wabo, Adex Wera, Noel Zeming.Additional Player: William AquilaDevelopment Players: Konnie Bernard, Simon Peter and John Ragi.last_img read more

‘Extraordinary level in Doha’

first_imgDjokovic brought world No 1 Murray’s 28-match winning streak to an end on Saturday to retain his Doha title in a three-set thriller.The Serb star won 6-3 5-7 6-4 in a high-quality, action-packed match between the two best players in the world lasting almost three hours.It was Djokovic’s 25th career victory over Murray and he laid down an early-season marker against his great British rival, before the Australian Open later this month.In what was their first meeting since Murray beat the Serb at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, snatching Djokovic’s number one ranking in the process, Sky Sports Tennis expert Croft felt both men dragged each other to the limits.”It was one of the most extraordinary matches I’ve witnessed in terms of its level,” Croft told Sky Sports. “They have such an incredibly tense rivalry anyway, but they seemed to bring out the best of each other in this match.”I’m sure that when they look back on their careers they’re both going to thank each other for pushing themselves to new heights.”I have to say that the level was breathtakingly brilliant. If that’s a taster for what we’ve got in store for 2017, we’re in for a special rollercoaster ride, I think.”Croft expects to see Murray, who lost Melbourne finals in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, four of those to Djokovic, take on his arch-enemy in more big finals this year.”It’s highly likely we’ll see them in many finals, she admitted. “Their level is so high, but it’s also exciting to see Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev in the mix too. And you now also have the ‘big four’ back with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in the frame again – it makes for such an exciting year.”Of course Andy will be disappointed not to have won in Doha, but I’m sure he was never going to underestimate Novak Djokovic. Losses always sharpen you up.”I saw the line ‘Pass the Parcel’ in one article, and I thought, ‘what a great headline’. It feels like you don’t know whether these two are going to be batting backwards and forwards with a lot of intense pressure on that number one status this year.””They’re going to keep pushing each other,” said the former British No 1. “I think that the tennis was just absolutely phenomenal. It was a privilege to sit down and watch them play that kind of tennis.”It’s like them saying ‘wow’ – ‘is this what it’s going to be like for the rest of the year?’ when they shook hands at the net.”They know what they’re up against when they walk out onto court and they both rise to the challenge. It was great to see Novak back playing to such a high level at the beginning of the year. I believe he has sent out a very clear message to the rest of the Tour, saying ‘don’t write me off just yet’.Croft also believes the Scot, who received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours, couldn’t be more deserving, adding: “It’s fantastic news. It shows everything that he put into his career has paid off and been appreciated.”Check our game-by-game updates from Andy Murray’s matches at the 2017 Australian Open by following our blog on, our app for mobile devices and iPad or our Twitter account @skysportstennis.last_img read more

Curro Sánchez: “We must go with a positive mentality”

first_imgHe was the protagonist of the match that played the CD Numancia against Las Palmas. Curro Sánchez was returning after completing his sanction match and just when the public and the rivals thought that the Soria team would lose the clash, He arrived to achieve the goal of the tie. The Huelva is one of the props of the Carrión team. It reaches ten goals and is next to Higinio the maximum rojillo gunner.In relation to last Saturday’s draw, Curro, clarified how the play developed: “He went to despair, we tried to put many centers and it was Sola, I think, who put the center, the defense of Las Palmas is wrong to comb back, I am alive and the ball falls to my left and I can cross it to the goalkeeper. “Since the referee kicked Numancia curdled good football minutes but, unfortunately for their interests, intensity and momentum were diluted like a lump of sugar: “Maybe it was a good first half for 30 minutes but we must be stronger mentally, if the chances do not go on, do not fall apart. “ The mental attitude of the players is somewhat complicated to manage and above all to improve since it depends on each of the costumes of the wardrobe: “It is something that is not trained and it is based on how the matches occur, we have been playing 20 minutes doing good minutes like in Zaragoza, Malaga …you do not go with the result in favor after the effort and I suppose that it can be noticed but each one must know internally what he wants and is in each player, not to fall apart and try “ Curro Sánchez said.The Sorianos face the next two days with games away from Los Pajaritos. Before Albacete and Elche, the Numancia, must solve the problems and above all punctuate since, since the beginning of this 2020, it has only achieved six points of twenty one disputed. That is why Curro Sánchez knows about the potential of the next rivals but also knows that any team can win at the other’s house: “We have two difficult games out, anyone outside the home is, Albacete and Elche are great rivals, we do not have to collapse because of the draw at home that, because of the game, getting a point does not give such bad feelings, we must go with a positive mentality as we did in Zaragoza “ the player assured. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of February 17, 2020last_img read more

Pogba: “I don’t want Liverpool to win the Premier”

first_imgPaul Pogba has broken his silence after a turbulent market, but he has not referred to his possible departure from Manchester United with Real Madrid as a candidate to be his next team. The French midfielder has granted an interview to ESPN to discuss the situation of Liverpool, which is leading the Premier clearly and has the title on track, and the death of Kobe Bryant, which “left me in shock.” Liverpool: “As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don’t want them to win the title. We don’t want anyone else to win apart from us to lift the trophy. But as a football lover and respectful player with the rival team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today. They have not yet lost a single match this season in the league and already have a hand in the Premier trophy. They are even better than last season and that they won the Champions League. “ Kobe Bryant’s death: “It was a shock for me, for the world, for everyone … For all athletes and non-athletes, seeing what happened to a legend like him, a father, a human being, gave us all a blow in the “He was an icon. His words, his advice and his determination were inspiring for me. He was a hard worker and influenced me and the world. He influenced everyone to work hard and believe in their dreams. He showed you can achieve your dreams.” He showed that you can leave this world at any time. It can happen to any of us, whether you’re a superstar or working in the market. It’s a reminder for everyone to enjoy life as much as possible. “last_img read more

Bild: Achraf and Real Madrid have not spoken since 2018

first_imgWhat is clear is that Achraf’s loan expires on July 1, at which point he will once again be part of the white team. This is dictated by the contractual framework. Of course, in the west of Germany they are still hoping to retain the Real Madrid gem, which, always according to Bild, he would not have signed any renewal at the Santiago Bernabéu to date. “Spanish media assured that the lateral he had renewed his contract with Real until 2023. According to information from Bild, that is not true“the newspaper points out. From Germany they continue to take for granted that the continuity of Achraf Hakimi in Dortmund it is more than a simple possibility. What’s more, as the newspaper publishes Bild, the Moroccan side he has not known anything about Real Madrid for nearly two years about your future. “In the summer of 2018, just before his transfer to BVB, he signed with the Whites until 2022. Since then, club and player have not spoken. Doubts arise about how things will continue between them, “assumes the German media. The reason Achraf’s future in black yellow is more than likely would be the coronavirus. “The crisis is affecting the Spanish giants much more aggressively than Dortmund. Their league was stopped sine die; there is also no closed-door plan like the one managed by the Bundesliga, which makes squad planning unthinkable now “, Add Bild, who also dares to point to Zinedine Zidane as an impediment when he comes back: “He is not a big fan of Hakimi. He prefers Carvajal”, concludes the newspaper.last_img read more

The eSports pandemic

first_imgIt does not escape anyone that entertainment consumption habits have been changing in recent years. Netflix eats ground for cinema and e-books for traditional books. It already affects all age ranges, but the ones that see it most naturally are the new generations. “Companies are seeing that young people have stopped using television to watch YouTube, that they are stopping watching and playing soccer to be ‘owners’ of a team at the controls of a console”, explained Pablo Canosa, sponsorship director of Team Heretics, in a previous report on this medium in relation to the advertising market. Canosa is precisely one of the professionals who have changed the conventional sport for eSports, just as Alejo García Naveira, a sports psychologist, has already done. Both left Atlético de Madrid.The relationship, due to the similarity of both worlds, between eSports and professional sports is inevitable. Ronaldo bought the Brazilian club CNB, André Gomes invested in G2 Esports, Reguilón is very committed to the aforementioned Heretics or Morata, Parejo and Abrines have Ramboot. A business opportunity that both brands and individual investors of any kind see.The work dynamics are not very different from that of a professional club in any sport. These aforementioned patrons pay them a salary and cover all the needs of their players to represent them in tournaments. Being a sector still under construction, there is no closed structure and the constant creation of new clubs or the existence of countless professional tournaments throughout the year is common. Although eSports are still undiscovered for a large part of the population, they are undoubtedly the main beneficiaries of this quarantine. In the absence of competition on grass, parquet or clay, professionals are taking advantage of social networks to interact with their fans through video games. In these two months, Virtually all sports have had their own online competition. In Spain the tournament that had the most impact was organized by Ibai Llanos, presenter and narrator of eSports, who He brought together a player from each LaLiga Santander team to raise nearly € 180,000 to fight the coronavirus. The Milan-San Remo also had its own online race, Devin Booker won the # NBA2KTourney and the Mutua Madrid Open will be played by Nadal, Murray or Zverev with command of the console. One of the most recent was the one organized by Dybala this past weekend, which managed to raise € 250,000 for the Red Cross and ended up taking James Rodríguez to Agüero, Thiem or Campazzo.The advertising of these faces so well known worldwide is priceless for a market that has not stopped growing. Although the figures are difficult to calculate and each makes their own estimate, In 2018, the investment bank Goldman Sachs estimated at 3,000 million dollars the income that could be achieved. Finishing to take advantage of all its potential will go through universalizing its content to the entire population, and not to the marked target of a man under 35 years of age.According to a report by Limelight, Young people between 18 and 25 years old spend more hours a week watching people play video games than traditional sports (5.14 vs. 4.82). It does not occur in other age ranges, although the difference between the population between 26 and 35 years old is very tight (4.05 vs. 4.59). Further, men spend 3.48 hours a week watching video games, while women only 2.43. The data of players and spectators revolves around 35% and 30% according to data from Interpret.Azpilicueta, last to joinThe Chelsea defender was the last professional to join eSports and has done so by creating a new team the Falcons. He is accompanied by youtubers Cacho01 and Delantero09 (1.5 and 2.9 million subscribers respectively). Its staff will be led by Javier Romero ‘JRA’, David ‘MáximoCuevas’ and Sandra Martínez ‘Sankhs’, three regular FIFA20 players.last_img read more

Hazard amazed by his physique

first_imgSome of the shocked by the Belgian’s situation was Zinedine Zidane himself, who was each in his situation and in his evolution. If this continues, the French coach may rely on the Belgian for the ultimate stretch of the season, though in principle it might be out there for the final days of the championship. The Belgian would nonetheless have about a few weeks to be out there.The opposite focus was on soccer followers. Hazard, who arrived in Valdebebas carrying a really summery outfit, offered a completely seasonal bodily situation. The Belgian who acknowledged having gained weight (about 5 kilos extra) final preseason, is at his perfect weight. The Belgian, who additionally drew consideration when he acknowledged in an interview on RTBF that he was making an attempt “to not go to the pantry for buns a lot, however it isn’t straightforward”, follows a weight-reduction plan plan and one other with a bodily therapist, to get well sensations. With the latter he has labored bodily and likewise by means of telecommuting: He fell ailing and stopped going to Hazard’s home to keep away from potential infections. However Hazard has complied. And to spare … The primary day after the stoppage because of the coronavirus pandemic introduced excellent news to Valdebebas. One among them was the presence of Hazard. Higher: the bodily state with which the Belgian appeared on the sports activities amenities of Actual Madrid. Eden, who continues to be recovering from the operation (from a fissure in the fitting distal fibula) to which he underwent final March 5 in Dallas, you might be in a second section of your restoration by which the motion of the leg takes priority with light workouts, with out forcing an excessive amount of to keep away from relapse.His associate Courtois already warned him within the interview he gave to public tv in Belgium and which was broadcast final Monday: “Hazard is doing properly. I don’t suppose Madrid needs to say something about their present scenario, however I feel they’re coaching so much to have the ability to return to the workforce.. For us, this quarantine is a present to have time to get well gamers. Now we have to watch out to make it 100% earlier than it returns, which in fact we don’t know when it would occur. ”last_img read more