In the first edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) captain, Emily Reed, who will be playing for the Sunshine Coast Pineapples at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. As far as National Youth Championships records go, Emily Reed has had a perfect run. Captain of the QSST side for the past two years, and one of their key players in two titles, Reed could have finished there. But she is back in 2010 to play for her permit, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, and hopes to share some of her experience with the young side. “I can’t wait. I hope that I do bring them through, even if we don’t win at least they can learn something from it,” Reed said. There are several ‘graduates’ in the Pineapples side, with fellow 2009 QSST teammates Kate McCarthy, Hayley Maddick and Catherine Sargent also part of the home team. Reed says that their experience playing together will hopefully help the Pineapples side – who finished tenth in 2009 – make the semi finals. “It’s really good because we know how each other plays and everything so it’s good to work for each other in our last year,” she said. Reed and the rest of the Pineapples team will take on her former team at 3.40pm on day one of the NYC, and she says she is looking forward to playing against QSST.“It’ll be a grudge match, I can say that. I know what it’s like to play for Queensland but I also know what it’s like to play against them so we’ll definitely be out to give them a run that’s what I think.” “We are pretty young but as long as the girls don’t get too overwhelmed with the fact they are playing Queensland, we should give them a good run.”Reed says that while it will be sad to play in her last NYC event, she is hoping to make the most out of it. “It is sad, that’s why we are all hoping to go out and give it a good go in our last year and play for our permit.”She says that one of the best things about the National Youth Championships is the chance to see friends she’s met through the sport from all over the country.“Just seeing everyone that I’ve played Touch with before and just catching up and making sure they are all alright and just running around and playing Touch is what I enjoy about it.”
Again TFA apologises for any inconvenience caused. The weather in Sydney has been nothing short of atrocious forcing the closure of all our training venues. We have tried all possible alternatives including all weather venues but have had no luck. With most venues in Sydney controlled by local councils, once closed there is little we can do. Therefore the decision, which wasn’t taken lightly, was made this morning to cancel the camp in order to save valuable funds for flights and accommodation to be used at a later date.The training camp for the Trans Tasman Squads will look to be rescheduled after consultation with all coaching staff. We will advise of the new dates as soon as we are able.
The cycle will culminate in the 2015 World Cup being hosted in New South Wales, Australia. Leading up to 2015 Australia will compete on the international stage annually at various events in various divisions. The full list of international events appears below:April 2012 – Mudgee, New South Wales – Open Trans Tasman2013 – New Zealand ‘Super Trans Tasman’ – Youth, Masters and Open2014 – Australia Open Trans Tasman2015 – Australia FIT World Cup and Youth Trans TasmanTFA is therefore seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches and managers to fill several positions. To read more, please click on the attachment below. This story was first placed on the website on Thursday, 22 March 2012. Related Files2012_assistant_coach___manager_advert-pdf
Replays of ‘Keep In Touch’, a documentary on Touch Football, will be shown on SBS/NITV this week. The documentary follows the progress of indigenous representatives Phil Gyemore and Marikki Watego as they excel in their Touch Football careers, Phil now as a coach and Marikki as a player. Be sure to tune in to SBS/NITV (Channel 34) at the times below to hear from two great ambassadors of our sport. Extra screenings:Saturday, 9 August – 4.15pmRelated LinksKeep In Touch
Are you an innovative student, looking to make a positive contribution and receive some valuable experience in a fast-paced sporting environment? Are you looking for a thrilling step ahead in your career, in what will arguably be ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’?Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the Touch Football Australia Student Internship Program in our National Office in Canberra (Deakin). The TFA Student Internship Program provides paid and unpaid placement opportunities for students undertaking tertiary studies either through University or Vocational Education Institutions. A summary of the 2016 TFA Internship roles available immediately and throughout next year, follows:TFA has a formal Student Internship Program which outlines detailed information according to appointment processes, successful candidates and organisational/operational expectations. The Candidates will be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae, and complete an Expression of Interest Form addressing the Internship selection criteria and provide via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on Friday, 11 March 2016. To view the 2016 position descriptions and the TFA Student Internship Program please click on the following attachments. For enquiries about these exciting opportunities, please contact Tara Steel via email email@example.com or phone (02) 6212 2800.Related Filestfa_student_internship_program_framework_2016-pdftouch_football_australia_student_internship_positions_advertisements_2016-pdftouch_football_australia_student_internship_program_2016_position_descriptions-pdfRelated LinksTFA Internships
Day 1 of the National Youth Championships 2018 signals big things to come for elite touch in Australia, with a decent spread of talent on display from around the country. The undefeated NSWCHS had the biggest 18s Boys win of the day – with 19-1 against the SA Roosters. Which helped them finish Day 1 top of their pool’s ladder, though with tournament favourites QSST pretty much neck and neck. QSST continued their extraordinary winning streak, not having lost a game in two years at NYC – will they soon make it three?The undefeated SQ Sharks won 17-2 against the NT, and 7-5 against NSWCCC, to finish top of the ladder in their pool, though with the CQ Bulls, NSWTA Dev and NSWCCC close on the Sharks’ tail.NSWCCC had a strong 13-4 win against fellow NSW team NSWCIS.The pineapple juice stand at the stadium was going off but the local Sunshine Coast Pineapples Boys team experienced two losses during the day – 4-9 to the SWQ Swans, and 2-13 to NSWCHS. Yet they managed a win, 7-2, over Victorian Storm.NZ also triumphed over Vic Storm (4-14), but experienced a 4-10 loss against the favourites, QSST.In the Girls 18s, QSST is also looking strong, topping the ladder in their pool after a convincing win against the Cyclones, 13-1, and the biggest winning margin in the Girls tournament on Day 1 – 22 tries against Tasmania’s 3. Not surprising since the team contains more than half a dozen athletes who just brought home the Youth World Cup and played in the NRL Touch Premiership, including Australian 18s Girls captain Leesa Mi Mi and fellow Cowboy Premiership player Indianna Tillett.But Tasmania showed their grit in a 7-5 win against the Vic Storm.Though NSWCHS, including YWC champions Faith Nathan and Andi Law, also remained undefeated after a day’s play, finishing top of the ladder in their pool. They didn’t let ACT Raiders score, finishing a game 13-0.NSWCCC won 7-3 against CQ Bulls but lost 9-4 to fellow NSW team NSWCHS.Sharks can survive cyclones, according to South Queensland’s performance against North Queensland, 8-2, while the Swans also went down to the Sharks, 9-3. Leaving the Sharks undefeated and second on the ladder in their pool.The SWQ Swans had a convincing win against the Vic Storm, 9-3.The SA Roosters Girls fought hard all day, winning 10-9 against the CQ Bulls and losing by just two points (8-6) to NSWTA Dev – before going down to NZ 11-4. NZ also took down NT in an 11-nil whitewash.The Brisbane City Cobras clocked one win on the board (10-6 against NSWCIS) but lost two games (1-12 to QSST and 4-6 to the SQ Sharks). It’ll be interesting to see how much a second day of play changes the ladders.In the National Schools Cup, the Helensvale 7/8 Girls finished Day 1 top of the ladder, followed by All Hallows School.Helensvale also finished top of the ladder in their 9/10 Girls pool, closely followed by Cavendish Road State High School and Saint Joseph’s Regional College. While in the other 9/10 Girls pool, the Cathedral College dominated.In the 7/8 Boys, Cavendish Road State High School prevailed. And in the 9/10 Boys, Coombabah State High finished above them in one pool, and Iona College topped the other.Looking forward to Day 2!
Bournemouth demand huge money for Chelsea target Callum Wilsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are demanding huge money to sell Callum Wilson this month.The Daily Star says they want £75m to sell striker Wilson to Chelsea.That sum is a staggering 25 TIMES the amount the Cherries paid Coventry for Wilson in July 2014.And it underlines their resolve to keep hold of the England forward in the current window.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted his club would go as high as £50m in order to land their target, who has scored ten goals so far this season.But Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe has since responded by reiterating Wilson is going nowhere this month.That is the club’s public stance. But, behind closed doors, the general consensus of the Bournemouth hierarchy is they would listen to any offer above £70m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City manager Guardiola lauds ‘exceptional’ Gundoganby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola is delighted with the performances of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.While the German is not always first choice in the City midfield, he has never let his manager down in the past.And it was no different against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, with Gundogan getting a goal and running the show in midfield.”The important thing is the credit he has from all of us, he is an exceptional player,” Guardiola said to the club’s official website about Gundogan after the 3-0 win.”He knows how good he has to play because there are many in that position.”In centre-back we have many injuries but in that position we have many players. He had seven months out in the first year but now I am so satisfied and people can start to look at what he’s done over recent months for this club.”We couldn’t have won the Premier League the way that we did it without him, especially when he plays in three positions.”Outstanding performance from Ilkay today.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham chairman Levy demands world record money to sell Kaneby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy is demanding world record money to sell Harry Kane.He has slapped a £250m price-tag on Kane, says The Telegraph.Spurs’ stuttering start to the season has prompted fears that Kane could look elsewhere next summer.But the Spurs chief is determined to keep hold of the England captain, even if Mauricio Pochettino fails to deliver silverware again this campaign, they report.It would take a world record bid to convince Levy to part with Kane.And it is hoped that such a large figure will deter the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City from making a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
James Tarkowski insists he’s happy at Burnleyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender James Tarkowski insists he is happy at Turf Moor.The defender has been capped twice and was named on England’s standby list for the World Cup in 2018 but pulled out to have hernia surgery.Tarkowski said: “Obviously on a personal level I want to be in that team and be in that squad. “I feel like I’m in the best position I’ve ever been in in terms of fitness and the way I’m playing. All I can do is keep trying to perform to the level I have been and hopefully catch the manager’s eye.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal confident Reiss Nelson injury not seriousby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal attacker Reiss Nelson is expected to be in contention to face Sheffield United despite withdrawing from the latest England U21 squad.The 19-year-old will miss the upcoming fixtures against Slovenia and Austria.Football.london reports Nelson has withdrawn due to a knee complaint.But the good news is that Nelson will not miss any matches for the Gunners.He is expected to be available for the trip to Bramall Lane after the international break. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Elliott Management deny immediate plans to sell AC Milanby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveElliott Management deny there’s any immediate plans to sell AC Milan.A spokesperson for the firm told Affariitaliani.it when asked about a potential change of ownership: “Absolutely not.“The only option on the table is to build a new stadium in the San Siro area.“The proposals and requests put to the City Council of Milan were based on this idea. There’s no other project elsewhere.“The status quo and restructuring aren’t viable tracks.”
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas football put out its official depth chart for its opener against Notre Dame Monday morning, and at least one Longhorn is upset with what it reads. Sophomore wide receiver Lorenzo Joe, who caught three passes for 36 yards in his first season with the program, was not listed in the top three for either of the team’s wide receiver slots. He took to Twitter right after to express his shock. He then deleted the tweet.Joe was a four-star wide receiver recruit for the class of 2014, so it’s easy to understand his frustration. That being said, he may have more success discussing the situation with head coach Charlie Strong than tweeting about it.
Ohio StateAlabama’s grasp on the No. 1 recruiting class for 2017 lasted for less than a day. Ohio State retook the top spot in the rankings on Friday night, when five-star offensive lineman Wyatt Davis pledged to the Buckeyes, giving Urban Meyer’s program enough points to surge past the Crimson Tide. Nick Saban’s program had been on top for less than 24 hours after getting a commitment from a Florida long-snapper. Here are 247Sports’ team rankings:Ohio State’s 2017 class is shaping up to be one of Urban Meyer’s best ever (and maybe the best ever). The Buckeyes currently have commitments from 14 players, three of whom are five-stars and 10 of whom are four-stars. There’s still a long way to go with the ’17 recruiting cycle, but it’s tough to imagine OSU not holding on to the No. 1 overall recruiting ranking. You can view the Buckeyes’ full 2017 recruiting class here.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)You won’t need to wait for football season to start to see Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis make some sick moves.Today, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior posted a video of himself playing basketball on Twitter. The short clip is a mini-preview of the agile skills to expect this year on the football field.6’5 combo guard pic.twitter.com/dXhrYZ9zG3— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 24, 2016Clearly the athlete’s talents can’t be contained to the gridiron.Lewis has appeared in 37 games over his career, making 19 starts at cornerback. Last season he made All-Big Ten first team and first team All-America (USA Today); Second Team All-America (SI, Walter Camp, AP, FWAA). He was also a semifinalist for both the Jim Thorpe Award and the Chuck Badnarik Award.Lewis and the other Wolverines open their season on Sept. 3 against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
Australia must get a positive result against Palestine to keep their Asian Cup defence on track when the pair meet at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium on January 11 at 10pm AEDT (3pm local).The Socceroos failed to impress in their group opener as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against an inspired Jordan side, while Palestine did well to hold Syria to a goalless draw.This will be the first time these two nations have played each other and on paper at least, there appears to be a big gap of quality between them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Palestine Date Friday, January 11 AEDT Time 10.00pm AEDT / 3.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo/My Football Live Squads & Team News Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis Aaron Mooy, Daniel Arzani and Martin Boyle have all missed out on the Socceroos squad through injury, while a number of others remain under injury clouds.Tom Rogic broke a bone in his hand against Jordan and will likely be rested or played off the bench.Right-back Josh Risdon is set to miss the match after he sustained a groin injury, while Andrew Nabbout is fighting to be fit after being a late withdrawal against Jordan. Jamie Maclaren struggled leading the line for the Socceroos last time out and could be replaced by either Nabbout or Apostolos Giannou against Palestine.Jackson Irvine and Chris Ikonomidis both impressed off the bench against Jordan and will be pushing for a start on Friday. Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan (GK); Behich, Degenek, Sainsbury, Grant; Luongo, Milligan; Kruse, Ikonomidis, Mabil; Nabbout. Position Palestine players Goalkeepers Tawfiq Ali, Amr Kaddura, Rami Hamadeh Defenders Daniel Mustafá, Mohammed Saleh, Tamer Salah, Musab Al-Battat, Jaka Ihbeisheh, Abdullah Jaber, Abdelatif Bahdari, Alexis Norambuena Midfielders Mohammed Bassim, Shadi Shaban, Jonathan Cantillana, Tamer Seyam, Sameh Maraaba, Pablo Tamburrini, Oday Dabbagh, Nazmi Albadawi, Mohammed Darweesh Forwards Yashir Islame, Khaled Salem, Mahmoud Wadi Abdelatif Bahdari will lead Palestine in the UAE with the defender boasting the most caps and second most goals of this current squad. A lack of goals appear to be Palestine’s biggest concern right now with their front three of Yashir Islame, Khaled Salem and Mahmoud Wadi netting just nine goals between them for their country. Palestine’s players are spread out across the globe with Nazmi Albadawi playing club football in the US, Mohammed Saleh in Malta and Yashir Islame in Chile. Palestine predicted XI: Hamadeh; Al-Battat, Al Bahdari, Saleh, Gaber; Tamburrini, Darwish; Cantillana, Maraaba, Seyam; Pinto. Betting & Match Odds Australia are string favourite to beat Palestine with odds of $1.28 for a Socceroos win, draw $5 and Palestine victory $11.A 1-0 or 2-0 win for the green and gold is the most likely result with both valued at $5.50.Jamie Maclaren is the best backed player to strike going at odds of $4.50 to open the scoring and $2.05 to find the back of the net anytime. All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing. Match Preview The Socceroos’ Asian Cup title defence began in very shaky fashion against Jordan and they’ll be out to make amends at the expense of Palestine.While injuries continue to plague Australia’s campaign, the green and gold should and really must find a way to beat The Knights. Having dominated possession against Jordan but failing to find the back of the net, the Socceroos will again be invited to dictate play and must make the most of it.Jamie Maclaren struggled to lead the line last time out and Graham Arnold will likely be keen to replace him with Andrew Nabbout should the attacker be fit enough to start.Elsewhere, Tom Rogic could be rested after breaking a bone in his hand and putting in a subsequently disappointing performance against Jordan.Currently ranked 99th in the world, Palestine are without a win in their past four matches but did pick up a crucial point against Syria to start their Asian Cup campaign.With an experienced defence but an untested attacked, expect The Fedayeen to sit back against Australia and force the Socceroos to break them down. Something the green and gold must find a way to do if they are any hope of lifting the Asian Cup again.
Australia will begin their 2019 Women’s World Cup campaign on Sunday, June 9 (9pm AEST) against Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in France.The Matildas come into the tournament ranked sixth in the world, while Italy currently sit 15th ahead of their first Women’s World Cup appearance since 1999.These two nations have faced each other eight times previously with their first meeting coming in 1997 and both claiming three wins since. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Australia will be strong favourites to claim a fourth win however as they appear at their seventh straight World Cup. Game Australia vs Italy Date Sunday, June 9 Time 9:00pm AEST Stream (AUS only) Optus Sport TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Every Matildas match at the Women’s World Cup, including Australia’s match against Italy, is available live and free on SBS. For those looking to stream the match, Optus Sport will also be showing every match of the tournament. The platform requires a monthly subscription of $14.99 for non-Optus customers. AUS TV channel Online stream SBS Optus Sport Squads & Team News Position Australia squad Goalkeepers Williams, Arnold, Micah Defenders Simon, Polkinghorne, Roestbakken, Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter, Allen Midfielders Luik, Logarzo, Kellond-Knight, Van Egmond, Yallop, Gorry, Harrison Forwards Foord, Kerr, Fowler, Raso, Gielnik, De Vanna Possible Matildas XI: Williams, Carpenter, Polkinghorne, Kennedy, Catley, Kellond-Knight, Van Egmond, Logarzo, Raso, Foord, Kerr. Position Italy squad Goalkeepers Giuliani, Marchitelli, Pipitone Defenders Gama, Linari, Gaugni, Bartoli, Fusetti, Boattin, Tucceri Midfielders Bergamaschi, Galli, Rosucci, Parisi, Bonansea, Serturini, Cernoia, Giugliano Forwards Sabatino, Girelli, Tarenzi, Mauro, Giacinti Betting & Match Odds Australia are heavy favourites to claim a win against Italy going at odds of $1.57, courtesy of bet365. A draw is valued at $3.80 and an Italy win at $6.The Matildas odds of winning the Women’s World Cup currently sit at $15, while Italy’s chances are ranked at $51. Match Preview After months of off-field drama following the sacking of coach Alen Stajcic, the Matildas will be desperate to let their football do the talking in France.Led now by Ante Milicic, Australia suffered a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in their final match before the World Cup and have lost their past two games after a 5-3 defeat to the United States.The Matildas began 2019 with three straight wins however which saw them pick up the inaugural Cup of Nations and they’ll be hoping to get things back on track against Italy. These two sides last met in 2014 when Australia claimed an emphatic 5-2 win at the Cyprus Cup. Italy have however found form at the right time and have won seven of their nine games played in 2019 – losing on penalties to North Korea and drawing with Poland. Both the Matildas and Italy aren’t short of attacking talent with Sam Kerr and Daniela Sabatino both worth keeping an eye on in the final third.On paper, Australia should prove too strong across the park but Italy won’t be making life easy for a green and gold side that have conceded eight goals in their past two games.
Kieran Tierney is not better than Virgil van Dijk, says Charlie Nicholas, who believes a figure of around £20 million ($25m) should be enough for Arsenal to lure the left-back away from Celtic.Back in 2015, the Bhoys agreed to sell the Dutch centre-half to Southampton for just £12m ($15m).Less than three years later, Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in history when making a £75m ($95m) switch to Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Celtic are now back in the familiar position of seeing admiring glances being cast in the direction of their prized assets from the Premier League.Arsenal are eager to land Scotland international Tierney and Nicholas believes a compromise can be reached that suits all parties and leaves nobody out of pocket.The former Gunners and Hoops forward told the Sky Sports Transfer Podcast:“I’ve read so many different stories the last few days about how they’ve put a value on him, but the fact is that Kieran Tierney plays in Scotland and that’s where the value of the market is.“I mean, they sold Van Dijk for £12m. So is he a better defender than Van Dijk? No. Is £15m reasonable? I would say that Celtic in the current market could probably get £20m.“So my pitch would be £20m is a cracking deal for Celtic and it’s also a very good deal for Arsenal. That’s where I see the value.“People can look and judge in different positions and requirements, and of course I’ve been probably more vocal than anybody else about the need for a whole new back four for Arsenal, but in value terms I find it difficult to break down.“The reason is; he plays in Scotland, he gets 85 per cent possession at his football club in Glasgow Celtic, but when they go to Europe the team gets found wanting a little bit.“Kieran Tierney is a fabulous footballer, but he’s got a lot to learn defensively. That’s the issue in value.“So I think if Celtic get £20m they’ll take it, and I think Arsenal will be relatively pleased with that.”Nicholas added on the chances of the Gunners getting a deal done: “I thought Kieran Tierney would want to stay at Celtic. He’s a die-hard Celtic fan, they’ve got eight in a row wrapped up, they want to go and do nine, and I thought if Kieran really wanted it, if he does nine then he’ll want to do 10 and get in the history books.“But the stories I’m hearing here in Glasgow is that he might be keen to move on to the bigger league. That’s really what it’s about, a bigger league.“Will it make him a better player? Probably.“There is a question mark about his defensive frailties. But then again, he would be an improvement for Arsenal – there’s no doubt in my mind about that.“He’s power. He’s got a lot of power. The greatest Celtic full-back I ever came across was Danny McGrain and he’s the closest we’ve ever had to him. Danny could play right-back and left-back, but Kieran is just one-footed, his left foot. He’s got real power, real pace going forward.“And of course in Glasgow, in Scotland, in the SPFL, that’s domination. His final ball could be a bit better, but I think it has improved.”
Currently serving a six-year ban from football following a corruption scandal in 2015, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has started a fresh legal battle with football’s governing body. Speaking to the BBC, the 83-year-old revealed he is taking FIFA to court over “moral damage” and is after up to 60 watches that were confiscated by them. After 17 years in charge of the governing body, Blatter was kicked out in 2015 after he was found to have made a payment to former UEFA boss Michel Platini – a fact both men continue to deny. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Incidentally, criminal proceedings were opened against him at the time in Switzerland but four years later and no charges have been made with Blatter adamant the situation needs a resolution with family a key concern for the former FIFA president.”It’s four years, and nothing has happened, this case should be settled, because it’s a non-case,” Blatter told the BBC.”There cannot be a charge, otherwise they would have done it a long time (ago), but I’m not so sure that this will come out now. I want to defend my rights, while I’m alive.”I’ve not lost my fighting spirit. I’m living in peace now with myself (but) my family has suffered.”They have suffered more than I have suffered. My granddaughter was mobbed in college when she was just 14 and she had to leave the college.”As part of Blatter’s legal rebuttal, he has also claimed that FIFA have taken possession of his personal belongings.Among the items alleged to have been taken, Blatter is particularly desperate to see around 60 watches of his returned.”These are my watches, give me my watches,” he said.”It’s important for me. I worked in the watch industry and I made my collection. Forty-one years they were [at FIFA], I could have taken them home a long time ago.”Why are they fighting for these watches? There is no respect, there is no respect by the president.” In response to Blatter’s claims, FIFA were quick to point out the man’s history.”Mr Blatter is of course entitled to his opinions but, at the same time, it’s probably worthwhile remembering that these opinions and allegations come from a person who was banned from football for six years for engaging in unethical behaviour,” a FIFA spokesperson told BBC. “In the meantime, we also understand that the Swiss authorities continue to investigate him for possible criminal misconduct and the new FIFA hopes these investigations come to a conclusion soon.”Mr Blatter’s views and opinions should be seen in that context, and against the background of his own conduct in office over a period of decades.”
The Colorado Rapids’ MLS home game against Montreal Impact will go on as scheduled on Saturday, but the post-game fireworks display has been cancelled for a rather unusual reason.In a news release issued on Friday, the Rapids explained the decision as being down to “the confirmed presence of plague-infested fleas affecting prairie dog colonies” in the area surrounding Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.The Plague, known as the bubonic plague, killed an estimated 50 million people in the Middle Ages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Our highest priority is the health and safety of our fans, staff, and local community,” the team said in its release. “We will continue to monitor the situation in the lead up to the Rapids home game with Montreal Impact on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, people typically contract plague if they are bitten by rodent fleas carrying Yersinia Pestis, the bacterium that causes the disease.Although plague is an extremely serious illness, it is treatable with commonly available antibiotics.The cancellation of the fireworks show at the stadium in suburban Commerce City, north of Denver, was at the recommendation of the Tri-County Health Department and the City of Commerce City, the Rapids said.Additionally, at the health department’s recommendation for the safety of those planning to attend the soccer game, parking will be restricted to asphalt lots until further notice. According to the Rapids, the health department feels that these precautions “will greatly minimise the risk of exposure to patrons, players, and employees and help ensure a safe experience”.Colorado will look to put the plague to one side as they focus on the matter at hand – turning around their woeful recent form.They are without a win since the end of June and have lost their last two games, against New York City and San Jose.Montreal, meanwhile, are coming off the back of a convincing 4-0 win against Philadelphia as Lassi Lappalainen and Orji Okwonwko each bagged a brace.