Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mourinho has dig at Man United fans over style

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:15 PM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Mourinho has dig at Man United fans over style

Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United fans to enjoy Tuesday’s Champions League match against Benfica more than the weekend clash at Old Trafford in an apparent dig at sections of the home support. “I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham,” Mourinho wrote in his program notes, referring to […]

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5 Thoughts: Roma executes perfect game plan vs. Chelsea

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:30 PM
Sportsnet.ca
5 Thoughts: Roma executes perfect game plan vs. Chelsea
5 Thoughts: Roma executes perfect game plan vs. Chelsea

Roma threw Group C out of whack for the second straight game after its 3-0 win over Chelsea on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Roma is now on top of the group with eight points, five more than Atletico Madrid with two matches remaining, leaving the 2014 and 2016 runners-up in a deep hole.

Elsewhere, Juventus and Sporting CP split points while Manchester United blanked Benfica with a bit of luck.

Here are five thoughts from Tuesday’s matches.

Roma execute picture-perfect

Roma has been anything but an attacking juggernaut in Serie A this season. Coach Eusebio Di Francesco’s side usually grabs a goal and then grinds out the result.

Yet the Giallorossi have now scored more goals against Chelsea (6) than they have in their previous five Serie A matches (5). Roma struck early through Stephan El Shaarawy’s scorcher after 40 seconds, then absorbed pressure for the remainder of the half. Once Chelsea tried to open up, the Romans took advantage and scythed through the defence.

Stephan El Shaarawy's goal against Chelsea was Roma's fastest ever goal in the Champions League.

38 seconds on the clock. pic.twitter.com/WpgfdTacUT

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 31, 2017

Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus were alert for every ball launched into the penalty area. They kept touch-tight to Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata as well. Aleksandar Kolarov, Radja Nainggolan and Daniele De Rossi – who has been woeful this season – were equally brilliant when defending.

Like it did at Stamford Bridge, Roma utilized long balls and confused Chelsea’s defence. Nainggolan noticed Antonio Rudiger was out of position, so he launched a ball over the top, Rudiger reacted slowly, Cesar Azpilicueta had to respond and El Shaarawy took advantage.

Di Francesco’s plan worked to perfection and it led to the first defeat for an English side in the Champions League this season.

Atletico Madrid is still in danger

Atletico was already in trouble before Tuesday’s matches and it might be even more problematic for Atleti after the completion of Matchday 4.

Los Colchoneros drew 1-1 at home to 10-man Qarabag, leaving Atletico four points adrift of Chelsea. Once again, Atleti were beaten via a header, which is uncharacteristic for a Diego Simeone team, and could not solve goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic.

The hosts had more than 30 shots but only found the breakthrough from a Thomas Partey screamer. Simeone better hope his side is more incisive and clinical in Rome on Nov. 22.

Mile Svilar has awful luck

Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history when he debuted for Benfica against Manchester United on Matchday 3. United won that game 1-0 after Svilar caught Marcus Rashford’s free kick and stepped over the line while grabbing the ball.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and Svilar redeemed himself by saving a penalty from Anthony Martial in the first half. Unfortunately for the 18-year-old ‘keeper on Tuesday, Nemanja Matic fired a shot from distance, it bounced off the post, off the teenager’s back and into the net. United won 2-0.

Svilar was actually sharp during the match, making several strong reactionary saves, commanded his area well and confidently held onto any aerial ball into the box.

The teen has a very bright future, but these moments will happen. If he reacts positively to these situations, he will have the right mentality to play in this competition for many years.

Depleted Sporting unlucky not to win

Sporting CP was missing three of its regular starting defenders and midfield stalwart William Carvalho for its match against Juventus.

Despite those absences, Sporting earned a 1-1 draw at home and didn’t concede until the 82nd minute. Right-back Stefan Ristovski made several clutch interceptions and did not appear fazed by the big occasion. Gelson Martins was also brilliant and forced the rebound prior to Bruno Cesar’s goal.

Sporting is still three points adrift of Juventus and will likely miss out on the knockout stage, but at least the Portuguese did not back down.

Celtic deserved a point over Bayern

Bayern Munich did not have Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. The former missed three Champions League matches last season and the Bavarians lost all of them. As a result, Celtic likely felt even more motivated to face the German champions at home.

Bayern barely overcame those absences as they snuck past Celtic 2-1. The Bhoys equalized on 74 minutes, but Javi Martinez restored the lead just moments later.

It was a blow to the Scots, who troubled Bayern’s defence through James Forrest and Moussa Dembele throughout the 90 minutes. If not for lapses in concentration by centre-back Dedryck Boyata and goalkeeper Craig Gordon on the opening goal, Celtic might have earned a monumental result.

Bayern appeared confused without Lewandowski and should consider themselves somewhat lucky to walk out of Glasgow with all three points.

Paddy Agnew’s Notes from Italy: Napoli playing catch-up in the Champions League

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:23 AM
News – World Soccer
Paddy Agnew’s Notes from Italy: Napoli playing catch-up in the Champions League

The Serie A leaders have been unable to repeat their sparkling league form in Europe

Fernandinho of Manchester City and Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester City and Napoli at Etihad Stadium. (Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)The Serie A leaders have been unable to repeat their sparkling league form in Europe

FIFA 18: There’s a ‘glitch’ that lets you sign Lionel Messi for free on Career Mode

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:18 AM
Dream Team FC
FIFA 18: There’s a ‘glitch’ that lets you sign Lionel Messi for free on Career Mode

FIFA 18 Career Mode can be tough – especially when it comes to signing new players.

So, you’d think trying to attract the likes of Lionel Messi to your club would be an impossible task, right?

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Wrong – in fact, there’s a way you can land the Barcelona maestro for nothing.

With this trick you can bag the Argentine for free

YouTuber BMOnus reveals to do it, you’re going to need to use something called the pre-contract trick.

This means you essentially make an agreement with a player to join your club while they are still serving out their current contract.

In other words, with some deft negotiation, you don’t need to pay the parent club any money.

To make life easier, make sure you have the 60% Transfer Budget increase

Let’s get started.

So, this trick is much easier if you have the 60 per cent transfer budget increase on your Career Mode campaign.

It also helps if you have one of the big teams – Manchester United, Liverpool – any of the front runners in the Prem.

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However, it works for smaller teams too – as the YouTuber demonstrates by selecting newly-promoted Brighton.

They have a budget of just £27million.

The trick works for big teams as well as with smaller teams with minimal transfer budgets

First, head into your club’s finances and tweak the figures, so your wage budget is £500m.

This is hugely important.

Fiddle with the numbers to boost your wage budget

Next, look up Messi and you’ll see his contract is expiring in 12 months. Add him to the shortlist and play out the rest of your season.

Now, it’s imperative that you keep these funds until the January window – so don’t spend anything!

Then, it’s on to the negotiation.

The following season you’ll be able to chat with Messi – agree to all of his agent’s demands

The key thing here is to agree with everything the player wants.

Messi’s agent will ask for around £430,000 a week – slightly less than what he was on at Barca.

However, there’s a big signing bonus of £4,250,000 and a near £10m fee after 20 appearances.

They’ll drive a hard bargain but so long as you have the wage budget you’ll land the star

Accept all of that and you’ll have have him!

So, there you go – Messi on a free transfer. Who would have thought it?

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Too soon to say if Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney will feature for Leinster - coach

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:36 PM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Too soon to say if Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney will feature for Leinster - coach
Too soon to say if Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney will feature for Leinster - coach
Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey says it’s too soon to say whether Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney will feature for the province in their Guinness PRO14 clash with Glasgow on Friday night.

Dyche celebrates 5 years at Burnley with win vs. Newcastle

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:30 PM
Sportsnet.ca
Dyche celebrates 5 years at Burnley with win vs. Newcastle
Dyche celebrates 5 years at Burnley with win vs. Newcastle

BURNLEY, England — Sean Dyche celebrated his fifth anniversary as Burnley manager with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle that moved the modest northwest England team up to seventh in the English Premier League on Monday.

Jeff Hendrick’s 74th-minute winner from close range settled a dull contest at Turf Moor as Burnley leapfrogged Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle in the standings.

Burnley was in the bottom half of the second-tier League Championship when Dyche arrived in 2012, and now his side appears to be consolidating its place in the top-flight.

Is there life in Sunderland's ghost town? An absentee owner, an under-pressure manager and a club sliding down the leagues

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:27 AM
The Independent - Football
Is there life in Sunderland's ghost town? An absentee owner, an under-pressure manager and a club sliding down the leagues
Is there life in Sunderland's ghost town? An absentee owner, an under-pressure manager and a club sliding down the leagues
Ellis Short's London house may be more valuable than the club he's desperate to offload - that alone is a worrying sign for fans of a club drifting aimlessly in the wrong direction

Nyamutsita defends Vumba Mountain title

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:30 AM
Sport – The Standard
Nyamutsita defends Vumba Mountain title

SEASONED long-distance runner Canisious “Navara” Nyamutsita successfully defended his Old Mutual Vumba Mountain Run Half Marathon title after romping to victory in this year’s edition of the prestigious 21km race […]

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:45 PM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.

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Michael Gregoritsch scores twice as Augsburg tops Werder Bremen

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:42 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Michael Gregoritsch scores twice as Augsburg tops Werder Bremen
Michael Gregoritsch scores twice as Augsburg tops Werder Bremen

Austria forward Michael Gregoritsch scored twice for mid-table Augsburg in a 3-0 win away to struggling Werder Bermen in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Gregoritsch scored in each half, either side of a penalty from Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason in first-half stoppage time.

Gregoritsch has been in good form this season and improved his tally to five in nine league games.

The defeat leaves Bremen mired in the relegation trouble in 19th place with five points from 10 games. Augsburg is ninth with 15 points.

Later Sunday, Stuttgart was at home to Freiburg, with both sides hovering above the relegation zone.

Albacete defender needs ten stitches to PENIS after freak collision with alleged neo-Nazi team-mate

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:28 AM
Dream Team FC
Albacete defender needs ten stitches to PENIS after freak collision with alleged neo-Nazi team-mate

How to ruin your weekend in three seconds by Mariano Bittolo.

The Albacete left-back required ten stitches to his PENIS after a freak injury in Spain’s second tier.

The Argentine’s manhood was sliced open when team-mate Roman Zozulya, who has alleged neo-Nazi links, caught it with his boot as he jumped for a header during the 0-0 draw against Huesca.

Bittolo was standing unawares when Zozulya’s studs caught his pork sword.

He was writhing in agony on the ground and immediately called for attention following the 82nd minute incident.

Albacete club doctor Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed to Marca that Bittolo required ten stitches following the unfortunate clash.

Albacete defender Mariano Bittolo checks extent of damage of cutting penis“Oh s**t!”YouTube

Bit of swelling may help matters if you catch our drift.

Zozulya only signed for the club in the summer after Rayo Vallecano were forced to cancel his contract due to fan pressure.

Roman Zozulya is alleged to have neo-Nazi links back in native UkraineRoman Zozulya is alleged to have neo-Nazi links back in native UkraineTwitter

Notoriously left-wing supporters demanded he leave the club following his January deadline day arrival due to alleged Nazi ideologies.

Zozulya denied these allegations, insisting they were a misunderstanding — but Rayo gave into the fans after they protested at the training ground.

He was forced to return to Real Betis, but couldn’t legally register due to the closure of the transfer window, and signed for Albacete in the summer.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dallas Cowboys sign Zim star Stansly Maponga

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:15 PM
Sport – The Standard
Dallas Cowboys sign Zim star Stansly Maponga

TRAILBLAZING Zimbabwean sports star Stansly Maponga looks set to prolong his career in the highly lucrative American National Football League (NFL) after being signed by the five-time Super Bowl winners […]

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Troy Deeney’s confrontation with Joe Allen was absolutely terrifying 

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:33 PM
Dream Team FC
Troy Deeney’s confrontation with Joe Allen was absolutely terrifying 

We know Halloween is coming up, but we weren’t prepared for this. 

Stoke City secured an important and much-needed win against Watford on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of a lovely Darren Fletcher volley which will certainly ease some of the pressure on manager Mark Hughes.

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But the biggest talking point from the match was undoubtedly the furious exchange between Hornets skipper Troy Deeney and Stoke’s Joe Allen.

Getty Images - Getty Brawlin’[/caption]

Seriously, this is terrifying. 

As the game neared full-time, Deeney and Allen came to blows as both players challenged for a loose ball.

Tempers quickly flared as the two squared up to each other (although Allen is noticeably smaller than Deeney, bless ‘im).

Deeney then grabs the Wales international by the face and seemingly starts to dig his thumbs into his skin, as teammates quickly attempt to break up the clash.

What’s most startling is the look on the Watford man’s face.

It’s pretty menacing.

Crikey, Troy. 

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Incredibly, Deeney escaped the exchange with just a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver.

Allen, too, received a booking.

After the match, Stoke manager Hughes weighed in on the incident, saying: “Deeney should know better.

“I’ve seen pictures of raised hands and thumbnails in faces. Totally unnecessary.”

Right you are, Sparky.

Watch the goals that saw England crowned Under-17 world champions

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:06 AM
Dream Team FC
Watch the goals that saw England crowned Under-17 world champions

The year is 2022. England have just been crowned world champions to end 56 years of hurt.

Everyone will remember that it started with England’s victory against Spain in the 2017 Under-17 World Cup final.

Steve Cooper’s side completed a stunning comeback to beat a highly-rated Spanish outfit who were 2-0 up after 31 minutes thanks to two goals from Barcelona’s Sergio Gomez.

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We wouldn’t celebrate too early ladsGetty - Contributor

England’s first goal came out of nothing.

Fulham’s Steven Sessegnon managed to create a yard on the right, whipping in a cross for Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster to head home.

Brewster’s eighth goal of the tournament sees him finish as top goalscorer and follow in the footsteps of previous winners Cesc Fabregas and Adriano.

Here's @RhianBrewster9 scoring his 8️⃣th goal of the #FIFAU17WC: pic.twitter.com/TL2ZQU3Jr9

— England (@England) October 28, 2017

The second relied on some good work from Man City’s Phil Foden, who was England’s standout player.

Foden slipped Sessegnon in and his cut back was smashed home by Morgan Gibbs-White.

Game on.

2️⃣ in 2️⃣ for @Morgangibbs27 ๐Ÿ‘pic.twitter.com/UpiIwuUCgv

— England (@England) October 28, 2017

Supplier then turned goalscorer as Foden put England in front.

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi left his man for dead with a turn of pace and crossed for Foden to finish.

What a moment for @PhilFoden and the #YoungLions! ๐Ÿ™Œ pic.twitter.com/LHReebRtzC

— England (@England) October 28, 2017

A nervy finish was avoided when Chelsea defender Marc Guehi made it 4-2, minutes after Sessegnon had cleared a Spanish shot off the line.

Not done there, Foden got his second of the game in the 89th minute following more good work from Hudson-Odoi.

Keeping up?

Surely that seals it for @England! ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ†

Marc Guehi puts the #YoungLions two goals ahead in the #FIFAU17WC final! ๐Ÿฆ pic.twitter.com/Pi6dLByA0L

— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) October 28, 2017

Hudson Odoi ➡️ Foden ๐Ÿ‘Š

What a pass. What a goal.

Phil Foden makes it ๐Ÿ– for @England in the #FIFAU17WC final! ๐Ÿ† pic.twitter.com/YjOKLIKovC

— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) October 28, 2017

It’s revenge for the European Championship last October in which Spain beat England in the final on penalties.

Now the focus must be on getting these youngsters regular first-team football.

But how likely is that to happen?

While we’re busy gloating, England are also Under-20 World Champions and Under-19 European Champions.

All hail the new golden generation.

Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:00 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice
Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice

PARIS — Edinson Cavani continued his remarkable scoring form with two goals as unbeaten league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat lackluster Nice 3-0 on Friday. Brazil star Neymar was suspended after being sent off in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Marseille. It made little difference, especially with Cavani further underlining his importance. Having netted a […]

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The weird and wonderful world of being Dream Team’s social media managers

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 10:12 PM
Dream Team FC
The weird and wonderful world of being Dream Team’s social media managers

The life of a social media manager in the football industry is a strange one.

You interact with hundreds if not thousands of strangers on a daily basis, the majority of whom appear to be furiously angry with you for whatever reason.

They assume that you hate them, or even worse: you hate their football team.

During the last year-and-a-half at Dream Team we’ve been labelled a biased supporter of Man United, Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and so on.

Why are you always picking on United fans?

What idiot Spurs fan made this?

You must support City with stupid tweets like that.

The simple truth is that here at Dream Team we hate (and love) all teams equally. If you look back at each one of the sketches, articles and social messages we’ve posted in the past year you’ll see that just about every team in the Premier League and beyond has been targeted at some stage.

Indeed, there is no bias here. Just good natured football banter that seems to offend so many of you so easily.

It is this constant furor, combined with some genuinely good discussion (and some downright weird DMs), that makes for such an incredibly entertaining social media landscape. And we want to share that with you.

So with that in mind, here are the highlights from the world of Dream Team during the last week.

#Triggered

Man United losing to Huddersfield at the weekend was always going to lead to a lot of abuse in their direction, and we were only too happy to jump on the bandwagon.

While I had expected this to irk a few Man United fans, I certainly didn’t anticipate Man City supporters rushing to their defence. Or in this case, wishing death upon me.

At least they said please.

On Monday, my colleague Nick Elliott went down the not-at-all controversial route of calling out Pele as one of the most overrated players of all time.

As you’d expect, the internet was very understanding…

Can’t argue with that last point, tbf.

On Tuesday evening Cristiano Ronaldo pipped Leo Messi at The Best Awards in London as he was named FIFA Player of the Year, and we couldn’t resist a little dig in the Argentine’s direction.

It’s a well known fact that Messi and Ronaldo fanboys are by far the easiest group of people to offend in the world, and our Instagram post only served to highlight that.

Just plain weird.

Hate isn’t the only thing we receive at Dream Team. In fact, sometimes our followers go too far the other way.

Take this reply on one of our recent articles as an example.

Hoร ng is clearly so delighted with our content that he’s made us a nice little heart picture with our name emblazoned across the middle. He’s even watermarked it just in case anyone tries to steal the image for their own use.

In a similar vein, I arrived at work this morning to find this lovely picture of a medal in my inbox.

The copy attached was as follows:

I would like to personally congratulate you as Dream Team has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Football Youtube Channels on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.

High-five right back at you, mate. Everyone here at Dream Team is truly honoured to receive this most prestigious of accolades.

And finally…

They say there’s no such thing as a bad idea, but the fact that a video titled Arswan Wenger v Goose Hiddink still exists on our page proves otherwise.

Here at Dream Team we’re tasked with coming up with new video ideas on a daily basis, and it’s fair to say that not everything that comes out of our brainstorming sessions is golden.

This week’s special mention goes to our head of video Mark Hudson, whose internet-breaking sketch idea was Cheeky Sport having a cheeky Nandos with the Cheeky Girls.

I don’t know about you but I would pay good money to watch that.

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