Penalty Shootout

22 May 19
CFCDaily

After a long campaign of strong involvement in all 4 competitions which saw us reach 2 Cup finals and secure champions league football for next season by finishing in 3rd Place. We have seen some strong performers across the season but we have also seen a lot of underperforming players as well. With 1 game […]

22 May 19
The Irish Sun
MICK McCARTHY challenged Luca Connell to rip it up in training to force his way into his Euro 2020 plans — and the midfielder responded by ripping up plane tickets. The Ireland squad rookie was due to go to Dubai next month with his girlfriend but cancelled this week when invited in for the week-long session on the Algarve. Luca Connell cancelled a holiday to Dubai after being called up by Ireland Never mind the cost of the holiday or that McCarthy says the 18-year-old will not be part of his squad for the June qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar unless he “rips it” in training, Connell said it was a no-brainer. He revealed: “I had Dubai booked with my girlfriend. That was from June 4 to June 12. “But with the senior games being on June 7 and 10, I’ve cancelled that just in case the gaffer wants me to go. “It’s a lot of money but this is an experience that money can’t buy. That’s no problem for me.” RIPPED IT UP That assertiveness and quick thinking are evident through a 15-minute interview with Connell, who spoke openly on all subjects at the beginning of a summer that he knows could change his life. An Ireland cap is the youngster’s immediate ambition but, out of contract soon, he also knows he is likely to leave cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers for a big club at some point. Too often as the season wore on, stories emerged of Bolton players not being paid on time while a takeover attempt collapsed and, having been relegated to League One, they will start next season with a 12-point deduction in England’s third tier. The financial troubles at the Trotters have had less of an impact on Connell in his debut season given he was not on a professional deal, though he saw the pain for others. Connell said: “A lot of the senior players have kids and mortgages, they need to put food on the table. “If they’re not getting paid, even on their wages it’s not easy to afford the cars, kids and wives and all that — or the wife, should I say! “It is hard to crack on but I’ve got to make a career out of it. There’s been a lot of speculation, there’s a lot saying that I am moving but I’m leaving that down to my agent. “I’m going to carry on playing and see what happens in the next month or so.” Brighton, Burnley, Southampton, Tottenham, Wolves and Rangers have all scouted him — as have England. MEET YOUR HERO But right now he is Luca Connell of Bolton and Ireland — and happy to be so, insisting that he will play if selected this summer. His call-up this week came as a surprise, though those in camp could not believe how quickly he made himself at home — even if Connell himself says he was lost for words to meet idol Séamus Coleman. It turns out the Ireland captain is something of a hero of Connell. He added: “Being from Liverpool but supporting Everton and supporting him through everything, it’s brilliant for me. “I spoke to Séamus. When I came in I met all the team and I was waiting to see him, he was the only one. “When I saw him I was star-struck for a few seconds. “Then it was just like he was my friend then. He’s a lovely fella, I’m grateful for how he’s welcomed me in.” Coleman has not yet arranged for Connell’s squad initiation where he has to sign a song, though the midfielder is waiting, answering instantly that he will do ‘Valerie’, the song best known for its performances by the late Amy Winehouse. His own Scouse twang means he is sure to sound more like the tune’s original composer, Russell Pritchard of The Zutons, though he stresses his Irish background. INJURY BREAK Connell said: “My mum’s mum and dad, Margaret and Peter Simpson, are both from Dublin. “They met, funnily enough, when both were on holiday in Blackpool with their friends. “My grandad went on holidays with his mates and my nan was on holiday with her mates. “So they met there and the rest is history really.” The football gene came from his father Andrew, who was on Wrexham’s books as a teenager, though Connell revealed: “He missed out over an injury. “He did his ACL in his knee and his Achilles — he hasn’t stopped telling me about them!” And yet an injury arguably was Connell Jr’s way in. He added: “I was at Everton when I was six or seven. They didn’t want to give me a contract and I was playing in the park with my mate’s dad’s team. I got injured and a Bolton scout came over and said, ‘Does he want to come up for treatment?’ “I didn’t want to play academy football but when I saw the place, it was just open and it was an all-new facility. It went from there.” Going up through the ranks, FAI scout Gerry Murphy recruited him into the Ireland set-up under Paul Osam at Under-16 level. Since then he has won caps at every age group up to Under-19, including at last year’s Uefa Under-17 finals in England. He still describes the quarter- final penalty shootout defeat to Holland in that tournament as the worst football experience of his young life, despite suffering relegation with Bolton. But his 15 appearances at the back end of the season have opened many doors for him now. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN SPORT ” posts_category=”18″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] And the first one he is knocking on is that of the senior Ireland gaffer McCarthy. Connell added: “My target is to get in the senior team, I want to crack on and hopefully I can make my debut.” If he is as assertive on the training pitch as he is off it, cancelling that holiday might prove to have been worth it.
22 May 19
The Ferguson Theater

2019 Thunder Road Pictures/87Eleven Productions/Summit Entertainment Directed by Chad Stahelski Produced by Basil Iwanyk/Eric Lee Screenplay by Derek Kolstad/Shay Hatten/Chris Collins/Marc Abrams Story by Derek Kolstad Music by Tyler Bates/Joel J. Richard Cinematography by Dan Laustsen Edited by Evan Schiff There’re many things I like about the “John Wick” series but the one thing near […]

22 May 19
ProHockeyTalk

From bottom of the NHL to the Cup Final. It’s been quite a ride for the Blues.

22 May 19

The Boston Bruins opponent in the Stanley Cup Final has been decided. They will be hosting the St. Louis Blues on Monday night at the TD Garden. The Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games to secure the Western Conference crown. Both teams will have a decent layoff until the start of the […]

22 May 19
The Russophile

New England are no mirage, Jordan Pickford is a giant of the game, while the referee of England v Colombia should have stayed teach maths So this is a new England after all Gareth Southgate has been preaching it for months, and some of the slick approach play delivered in Russia had reinforced his argument, […]

22 May 19
MUFCLatest.com

David De Gea has reportedly rejected a new contract at Manchester United this summer and reports suggest it was the best offer he was going to get at the Theatre of Dreams. It was suggested that De Gea was seeking £350,000 per week, which is what French champions Paris Saint-Germain would be able to pay […]

22 May 19
Guelph Sports Journal

Westside and Norwell to meet for D4 soccer crown ORANGEVILLE – As expected, the Westside Thunder advanced to Friday’s District 4 high school girls’ soccer final. Unexpectedly, their opponent will be the Norwell Varsity Reds. The first-place Thunder dumped the fourth-place Centre Dufferin Royals 8-1 in semifinal play Tuesday at Orangeville. Reegan Gregg struck for […]

22 May 19
Dream Team FC
In 2013, three months before he signed for Real Madrid, Gareth Bale successfully trademarked his ‘Eleven of Hearts’ symbol. It mirrored his celebration; the contortion of his fingers to form a valentine heart, a gesture of love. He continued to celebrate in this manner after joining Los Blancos for a world record fee. And yet, despite this regular plea, Madridistas have never truly loved him at all. ™ Those who remember Iker Casillas’ unceremonious departure will know Real Madrid have history with unsatisfactory farewells. Bale’s exit, if he is to leave this summer, may be the most underwhelming of them all. As his team-mates sheepishly applauded the Bernabeu faithful after their final game of a disappointing season, Bale lumbered down the tunnel with his head bowed. There would have been no need for a shower, he was an unused substitute as the hosts lost 2-0 to Real Betis for their 12th league defeat of the season. If that is to be the last we see of the Welshman in Spain, it was a sad end, if not a predictable one. Not with a bang, but with a whimper There has always been a barrier between Bale and those in Madrid; not just the fans either. His reluctance (or inability) to learn Spanish beyond the absolute basics is said to underpin his fractious relationship with his team-mates. In recent years, he has been nicknamed ‘the golfer’ by the dressing room, because of his preference for the sport over social bonding within the squad. Bale has a bespoke three-hole course in his back garden. Thibaut Courtois – a player with one season’s experience at the Bernabeu to Bale’s six – criticised the forward for skipping a team meal in favour of an early night back in February. And despite the pair’s success in tandem, Zinedine Zidane has always been cold on the No11 — the same could be said for Bale’s relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo. Cohesion was not always easy On that note, it feels as if Bale’s most heinous crime – one that is unforgivable in eyes of many Bernabeu season ticket holders – is that he is not as good as the Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner. 102 goals and 64 assists in 231 games represents an impressive return, until you compare it to Ronaldo’s statgasm. But isn’t that the case for everyone not named Lionel Messi? Because of several notable similarities in playing style, Bale has long been compared directly to Ronaldo, unfavourably so. Instead of focusing on what he wasn’t, we should appreciate what he was, especially if this is to be end of a trophy-laden spell. One of many highlights Just last year he scored arguably the greatest goal in Champions League history (plus another courtesy of Loris Karius) to secure Real’s historic double retention. Bale’s 110th-minute winner is not held in the same regard as Sergio Ramos’ injury-time equaliser against Atletico Madrid in 2014. In 2016, he assisted Ramos’ opener in the rematch against Atleti before successfully converting a penalty in the shootout. Domestically, his lung-busting goal in the 2014 Copa del Rey final against Barcelona is perhaps the most iconic goal in competition’s recent history. Unforgettable He has exhibited his breathtaking ability to contribute to some of Real’s most-defining games of the modern era. These moments have poked holes in the barrier between him and the club, but they have not brought it down. His persistent injury setbacks have caused the fans much frustration, which has turned to resentment towards Bale in some. Can we really diminish a player for something beyond their control; something that causes them untold grief, pain and frustration? His love of golf has become a meme Bale’s side haven’t been blameless in the deterioration of his relationship with the club. His agent, who some would call notorious, has done little to ease the friction. A vocal campaigner for his client’s talent, he blasted the fans for their ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Bale as recently as March. No doubt Real’s relatively disastrous season has fuelled frustration on both sides. An enduring memory The Welshman’s future is uncertain as his astronomic wages and injury history mean Real will not be inundated with appealing offers. Whatever the outcome, he deserves to be remembered as far more than just ‘the golfer’. Bale is a British talent who left the Premier League in his prime and succeeded. History will be kinder to him than the Bernabeu has ever been. READ MORE: Celebrating ten seasons of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery’s incredible double act It’s now 11 years since La Liha had a Spanish Pichichi winner Dream Team’s 2018/19 Champions League Quiz will get you juiced up for the final View this post on Instagram "See I bloody told you. It should be me down in that dugout I tell ya." A post shared by Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) on May 22, 2019 at 12:51am PDT
22 May 19
Newsy Today

The Blood and Gold may soon play in the big leagues. Racing Club Lens has indeed imposed on penalties (5-4) on the lawn of Paris FC, which had yet equalized in additional time (1-1), Tuesday, May 21 in pre-barrage L2 , and will challenge Troyes, 3rd of the L2, Friday, May 24 to continue to […]

22 May 19
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Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world. It is easy to understand and has universal appeal. The sport is ardently played and followed in over a hundred countries. No wonder it is called ‘The Beautiful Game.’ The modern game has advanced tremendously, since its formal inception in the late 1800s. It has […]

22 May 19
Archy Worldys

The Blood and Gold may soon play in the big leagues. Racing Club Lens has indeed imposed on penalties (5-4) on the lawn of Paris FC, which had yet equalized in additional time (1-1), Tuesday, May 21 in pre-barrage L2 , and will challenge Troyes, 3rd of the L2, Friday, May 24 to continue to […]

22 May 19
The Limelight News

Nigeria’s Super Falcons won the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup on Saturday in Abidjan after defeating hosts Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 on penalty kicks. Both sides went into a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the game played at the Stade Robert Champroux de Macory. The Super Falcons had advanced into the final match following their […]

22 May 19
AFROINSIDER

<div class=”post-body-inner”>Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, have been fully schooled on best practices and moves and gestures to avoid on-field at the FIFA U20 World Cup finals opening in Poland on Thursday. Immediately after the FIFA arrival meeting, traditionally held to welcome participating teams to the FIFA World Cup, FIFA referee instructor Jerome Damon took […]

22 May 19
Sport Archives

The Blood and Gold may soon play in the big leagues. Racing Club Lens has indeed imposed on penalties (5-4) on the lawn of Paris FC, which had yet equalized in additional time (1-1), Tuesday, May 21 in pre-barrage L2 , and will challenge Troyes, 3rd of the L2, Friday, May 24 to continue to […]