Liverpool

17 Jul 19
LFC MAVERICK FANS

Real Madrid new boy Eden Hazard reportedly wants Liverpool star Sadio Mane to join him in the Spanish capital. The post Real Madrid signing wants Liverpool star to follow him to Madrid appeared first on The Empire of The Kop. https://www.empireofthekop.com/2019/07/17/real-madrid-signing-wants-liverpool-star-to-follow-him-to-madrid/

17 Jul 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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17 Jul 19
Glass Houses

Home game this week for Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy as The Open returns to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. Why yes, yes he is The home favourite? 🤔 #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/LWl9AZy6hd — The Open (@TheOpen) July 17, 2019

17 Jul 19
LFC MAVERICK FANS

Empire of the Kop bring you a video exclusive that features a wedding, a Liverpool fan’s bet, the Reds’ Champions League win, a stunning rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, and a brilliant story. The post (Video Exclusive) Incredible LFC marriage story ends with Belgian wedding party singing YNWA appeared first on The Empire of […]

17 Jul 19
Tief 'Speech'

Hello mense Hoe klop dinge in julle geweste? Oorleef julle darem die winter? Is dit ek of het ons nog nie intense koue vanjaar gehad nie? Aardverwarming is duidelik nie ʼn mite wat China uitgedink het nie, soos oom Donald sou sê. Voor ek begin met my relaas, wil ek net aan James Small se […]

17 Jul 19
talkSPORT
With the transfer window giving us plenty of exciting signings this summer Total Football Analysis are helping talkSPORT.com run the rule over the best of the bunch. One of the themes of modern football in recent seasons has been certain teams, seemingly, become ‘smarter’ in the transfer market. Increased focus on recruitment at the likes of Liverpool, in the wake of their Champions League triumph, has led to even greater scrutiny on how and why clubs make their decisions to acquire players. It appears West Ham are changing their approach to transfers Recently this has even spread to an interest in the people who make up the departments which track and identify players to target. While certain teams have recruited in a coherent manner, signing players who fix weaknesses in their squads and succession planning for when players inevitably move on, others still seemed to adopt something of a scattergun approach. Of all the teams in this latter group, the term ‘scattergun’ probably could best be applied to West Ham United in the Premier League. Under their current ownership there did not appear to be a clear strategy, even after the appointment of an established Premier League calibre coach in the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini. That was, however, until the start of the current transfer window when the London club moved quickly to sign Spanish attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals. The 23-year-old Spaniard was extremely highly regarded both by more traditional football minds and those who adopt a statistical approach to player identification. [article-rail-section title=”LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES” posts_category=”221″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Fornals impressed playing for Villarreal A product of the Villarreal youth academy, Formals made the move to Malaga while still playing for the youth team. After making the breakthrough and debuting in LaLiga we then saw the midfielder head back to his boyhood club, re-signing with Villarreal in 2017. The 2018/19 season was a breakout campaign for Fornals as he played across the attacking midfield positions of the pitch. Predominantly right-footed, Formals is comfortable playing on the right, as an orthodox winger, or on the left where he can cut inside and threaten the opposition goal. More tellingly for West Ham fans, though, Fornals can also play in the traditional ‘10’ role, a position that West Ham may try to use more often as they move into the 2019/20 season. Formations West Ham used last season For the most part, last season we saw West Ham line up in either a 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1 system and in either of these Fornals would fit in well in either wide midfield role. Towards the latter stages of the season, though, we saw a shift to a 4-2-3-1 and in this structure we could well see Fornals flourish in the English Premier League. Where Fornals took his touches for Villarreal last season As you can see from the heat map of Fornals last season, he played predominantly from the left-hand side but also spent time out on the right and in the centre. With the Brazilian Felipe Anderson firmly embedded on the left for West Ham we expect to see Fornals play predominantly from the right or the centre. In this tactical analysis, we will examine Fornals in more detail in order to show West Ham fans what they can expect going into the new season. As well as a monthly digital magazine you can subscribe to totalfootballanalysis.com for just £2 a month and get over 100 exclusive articles – match analysis, player and team scout reports and much more Intelligent Passing Given that Fornals is a Spanish attacking midfielder you would be forgiven for expecting a diminutive figure who has the capacity for breaking through the lines of the opposition defence with his passing. Well, the latter is certainly true but Fornals stands at just under 6ft tall and certainly has the physicality he will need to stand up to defenders in the Premier League. In terms of his passing, Fornals is creative in using passing lanes and angles to release teammates through beyond the defensive line of the opposition. Although, as discussed above, Formals is predominantly right-footed it is not unusual to see him receive and play from his left side. With the Spaniard comfortable on each foot it means he is incredibly press resistant, so when in possession he is not dispossessed by the opposition easily, this also means though that when in the final third Fornals is able to take advantage of passing angles other players, who are one-footed, may not be able to. Without breaking stride he reverses the through pass slightly and plays through the gap between the left-back and left-sided central defender. Whilst moving across the pitch in this position the Spaniard had seemed intent on playing out to the wide area. The through pass catches the opposition off guard and off-balance because he had not even looked at the runner of the space. This type of spatial and tactical awareness makes if very difficult for opposing defences to account for Fornals. This time he is in a central position and is faced by one defensive player who has a teammate covering him at an angle. This is traditionally a strong defensive structure. As he collects possession, Fornals can see a teammate making eye contact on the edge of the box. This is a cue between the two of them that a run is going to be made. In order to play the ball through, though, a passing lane has to be created. To do this this we see Fornals initially shift quickly to his right before cutting back and moving left. As he does this he unbalances the first defender. This shifting of balance gives him the space to play through a line to the left of the first defender and the right of the second defender. A goalscoring opportunity is then created. Fornals could prove to be one of the signings of the summer 1vs1 Ability As well as being a dangerous passer of the ball in advanced areas of the pitch, Fornals is also capable of beating a player through dribbling in 1v1 situations. This is of particular significance if Fornals is played centrally going into next season. From this position, being able to beat a man and move past them automatically throws the defensive organisation of the opposition into chaos. This movement forces another opposition player to move towards the ball to engage the ball carrier, this, in turn, creates space that can be exploited further up the field. Last season, in 4,703 minutes we saw Fornals attempt a total of 176 dribbles with a success rate of 60.8 per cent. This shows just how effective the Spaniard was when driving at opposition players and taking them on. In the space of a few seconds, he has driven past three close defensive players and is able to burst into the opposition half. Thanks to this, Villarreal immediately find themselves in a favourable position as they attack. A similar situation here but this time in a more advanced area of the pitch. We see Fornals in possession of the ball on the left and, although he has a player positioned outside, his first thought is still to drive forward. In order to do so, we see him move past the first defender before finding two covering players closing him down. Fornals, though, has the confidence and quality to take on both the men, beating them and moving his team into a hugely advantageous position. Intelligent defending As well as being extremely effective in the attacking phase we also see Fornals contribute well in the defensive one. He presses well and also tracks back, covering for his teammates as they look to engage the ball. In short, with Fornals you get creative passing in the final third combined with a prodigious work rate and defensive understanding. He also reads the game well and gains a lot of interceptions as he cuts out passing lanes at the last minute. As the Portuguese side were looking to build up from the back and advance the ball forward, the central defender was being put under pressure. This act of applying pressure was a sign for Fornals to move higher in order to deny the man on the ball the opportunity to escape pressure with a simple pass out to the wide area. As the defensive player looks to play the pass we see Fornals jump the ball in order to win it back and start an attack for his team. We see a similar situation here as the opposition are looking to progress the ball forward. As the initial pass is made successfully into the opposing player in a central position we see Fornals read the game in order to win the ball back cleanly. The first pass finds a player facing his own goal. As the opponent receives the ball there is a Villarreal player looking to apply pressure and the receiving player looks to play first time out to the wide area. This pass is read by Fornals as the Spaniard moves to cut out the ball successfully. Conclusion There is little to not be positive about regarding the decision from West Ham to sign Pablo Fornals. The Spaniard offers the creativity and work rate of two different players and his versatility makes him a very useful player to have in the squad. He can fill three distinct roles within the attacking third and in each one he offers something slightly different. So, West Ham are recruiting in an intelligent manner. Does this mean that they will be able to threaten the top six going into the 2019/20 season? That remains to be seen but finding out will be interesting. If you enjoyed this piece then head over to totalfootballanalysis.com and get a digital copy of their latest magazine for just £4.99 – over 100 pages of pure tactical analysis and coaching content – annual subscriptions also available! July’s Total Football Analysis magazine
17 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
REAL MADRID are planning to launch their “Operation 200” as they look to offload Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez to fund their move for Paul Pogba. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is plotting to sell no fewer than five players in order to raise the £200million it may take to land the Manchester United star, claim Marca. Marca claim Real Madrid are selling five stars in order to raise the £200m required to sign Pogba Zinedine Zidane is planning to sell a host of big names to raise money Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco are all also on the market, with Premier League giants, including Liverpool, on red alert. Both Isco and Asensio have been put on the market at £72m apiece, with the Reds, Manchester City and even United considering moves for the pair. Arsenal are also eyeing up a move for Ceballos, but may not have the available funds, instead opting for a loan move. Tottenham are being linked with an emotional move back for Bale – but his agent has denied Spurs have launched a £55m initial bid. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are set to continue their incredible summer of spending with a move for Rodriguez. EVERYTHING MUST GO The Colombian is claimed to want to stay in Spain after his disappointing loan spell at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Real desperately need to balance their books following a massive summer spending spree. Zidane has already splashed some £272m on new signings this summer alone, including moves for Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao. Earlier this summer, Pogba revealed he is ready for a “new challenge”, with Real Madrid interested as they look to form a “new Galacticos” after a wildly sub-par 2018-19. But as yet, United have received NO offers for Pogba, with Zidane unable to meet the Red Devils’ £150m-minimum valuation. [pod_component pod_component_config_id=”20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.47.3/componentLoader.js?71464″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3D20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.47.3%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F71464%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2F20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q.json”] [article-rail-topic title=”MORE MAN UTD STORIES” term_id=”1480″ posts_number=”12″ /] Rumours earlier this summer claimed Real offered a mere £90m for Pogba, but United are desperate to recoup more for their club-record signing. Despite talk of the French World Cup-winner, 25, leaving, he starred in his current side’s pre-season friendly thumping of Leeds. In fact, it got fans thinking he may just want to stay, after all. [bc_video video_id=”6060004183001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Man Utd fans Paul Pogba will win them over with stellar performances in 2019-20″]
17 Jul 19
world sports

England all-but confirmed their place in the Vitality Netball World Cup semifinals by making it five wins out of five with a challenging but ultimately comfortable 72-46 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Liverpool, England, on Wednesday. England coach Tracey Neville again elected to ring the changes, with wing attack, Natalie Haythornthwaite, being given a […]

17 Jul 19
LFC MAVERICK FANS

James Milner is an absolute beast, and Liverpool fans are currently can’t get over his incredible physique on show in the US. The post (Photos) LFC fans all say the same thing about incredible James Milner snaps appeared first on The Empire of The Kop. https://www.empireofthekop.com/2019/07/17/photos-lfc-fans-all-say-the-same-thing-about-incredible-james-milner-snaps/

17 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
REAL MADRID are planning to launch their “Operation 200” as they look to offload Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez to fund their move for Paul Pogba. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is plotting to sell no fewer than five players in order to raise the £200million it may take to land the Manchester United star, claim Marca. Marca claim Real Madrid are selling five stars in order to raise the £200m required to sign Pogba Zinedine Zidane is planning to sell a host of big names to raise money Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco are all also on the market, with Premier League giants, including Liverpool, on red alert. Both Isco and Asensio have been put on the market at £72m apiece, with the Reds, Manchester City and even United considering moves for the pair. Arsenal are also eyeing up a move for Ceballos, but may not have the available funds, instead opting for a loan move. Tottenham are being linked with an emotional move back for Bale – but his agent has denied Spurs have launched a £55m initial bid. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are set to continue their incredible summer of spending with a move for Rodriguez. EVERYTHING MUST GO The Colombian is claimed to want to stay in Spain after his disappointing loan spell at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Real desperately need to balance their books following a massive summer spending spree. Zidane has already splashed some £272m on new signings this summer alone, including moves for Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao. Earlier this summer, Pogba revealed he is ready for a “new challenge”, with Real Madrid interested as they look to form a “new Galacticos” after a wildly sub-par 2018-19. But as yet, United have received NO offers for Pogba, with Zidane unable to meet the Red Devils’ £150m-minimum valuation. [pod_component pod_component_config_id=”20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.47.3/componentLoader.js?71464″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3D20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.47.3%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F71464%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2F20190422-carousel-Te-mTzn7q.json”] [article-rail-topic title=”MORE MAN UTD STORIES” term_id=”1480″ posts_number=”12″ /] Rumours earlier this summer claimed Real offered a mere £90m for Pogba, but United are desperate to recoup more for their club-record signing. Despite talk of the French World Cup-winner, 25, leaving, he starred in his current side’s pre-season friendly thumping of Leeds. In fact, it got fans thinking he may just want to stay, after all. [bc_video video_id=”6060004183001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Man Utd fans Paul Pogba will win them over with stellar performances in 2019-20″]