PARIS: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing trying to stop a fit Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with Paris Saint-Germain's superstar duo having shaken off injuries in time for Wednesday's potentially decisive Champions League showdown. The two most expensive players in the world came off injured playing for their countries in international friendly matches last week, with Mbappe hurting a shoulder with France and Neymar a groin with Brazil. (AFP/Glyn KIRK, Anne-Christine POUJOULAT) The two most expensive players in the world had been fitness worries for the match at the Parc des Princes after hurting themselves on international duty last week. Both watched PSG's weekend win against Toulouse from the stands, but coach Thomas Tuchel declared them fit to face the English side. "I am actually pleased for them that they are not seriously injured. That could have happened - we always expected them to play," Klopp said at Tuesday's eve-of-game press conference. Neymar set up … [Read more...] about Liverpool braced for fit Neymar, Mbappe in crunch clash with PSG
Trương Đình Luật (right) and Âu Văn Hoàn. — Photo bongda365.comViet Nam News HCM CITY — V.League 1 side HCM City Football Club are likely to face many challenges in the upcoming 2019 season as several key players and experts have left the team. Two former national footballers, Trương Đình Luật and Âu Văn Hoàn, have said goodbye to the team after two years. Club leadership asked both footballers to renew their contracts, but they failed to agree on salaries and elected to leave. Fitness trainer Martin Forkel from Germany, who worked for the Vietnam national team in 2016 and 2017, also said farewell to the team after failing to agree on a new contract. The team sacked coach Toshiya Miura after 12 months under his guidance. Miura was the former Việt Nam national team coach. The Japanese coach managed both the senior and U23 national team squads from 2014 to 2016. However, with … [Read more...] about HCM City Football Club to face challenging new season
The 32-year-old Jamaican, a passionate football fan, has been on trial at the club since August as he attempts to make an audacious switch to a second professional sport after one of the most decorated careers in athletics. * FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans for two new global tournaments are back on the agenda at the governing body with soccer officials set to discuss the proposals on Friday. FIFA's ruling council meets in Kigali, Rwanda and Infantino's plan for a new 'mini World Cup' and an expanded Club World Cup feature among the items for discussion according to the agenda document. * Caroline Wozniacki overcame a mid-match wobble and withstood a barrage of big hitting to get her WTA Finals title defence back on track with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. In the second White Group encounter of the day, Elina Svitolina moved to the brink of the semi-finals with a gutsy 6-3 2-6 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova, the Ukrainian … [Read more...] about A-League club confirm offer to Olympic champion Bolt
Neymar will play in Brazil's vital World Cup match against Costa Rica on Friday (Jun 22) despite injury fears, coach Tite has confirmed. Neymar will play for Brazil against Costa Rica after injury fears AFP/Adrian DENNIS The world's most expensive player was given a rough ride by the Swiss in a 1-1 draw on Sunday, suffering 10 fouls during the match, the most for any player in a single World Cup game for 20 years. Neymar then set alarm bells ringing when he hobbled out of training on Tuesday. However, he returned to training on Wednesday and Tite insisted he is not running a risk by throwing Neymar straight back into the action. "It's the same team that is going to start that stated against Switzerland," said Tite. "We want to win, it's a World Cup, but the coach is not going to play with the players' health. It's too big a risk." Even before his latest injury scare, there were doubts over Neymar's match fitness after a broken bone in his foot ended his club season with Paris … [Read more...] about Neymar fit for Brazil after World Cup injury fears
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?