Pele in ‘no pain’ after health scare

first_imgBrazil Pele ‘fine’ and in ‘no pain’ after reported health concerns Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:17 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pele - cropped Getty Images Brazil World Cup Brazil v Switzerland The Brazilian football legend explained his withdrawal from a scheduled trip to the UK was down to an issue that arose from hip surgery. Brazil icon Pele says he is fine and in “no pain” following conflicting reports regarding his health.Pele pulled out of an appearance at an event scheduled for Sunday, hosted by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA), who, in a press release, stated he had “collapsed and was taken to hospital” due to severe exhaustion.Those claims were swiftly rebutted by one of the 77-year-old’s advisors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Three-time World Cup winner Pele revealed he has been struggling with a hip issue which arose after his first operation on the joint.”Thanks to God, I’m fine now,” he said in an interview with TV Globo.”I have no pain. I am already starting to train. The operations I had on the ligaments, on the hip, and even on the back, were on the right side.”Because I put all the effort on the left side, I started to have problems with the ligament of my left leg.”Asked if he was going to be selected for Brazil duty, Pele jokingly responded: “I don’t know, now you are speaking more seriously.”I don’t know if Tite will select me. But I’ll be ready for the next World Cup, God willing.”last_img read more

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Fellaini undergoes knee surgery

first_imgMarouane Fellaini Fellaini undergoes knee surgery but Man Utd midfielder could return in March Ben Valentine 01:57 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marouane Fellaini Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Premier League The midfielder has undergone a procedure to correct the injury to his knee with the manager hoping he can return to make an impact Jose Mourinho has confirmed Marouane Fellaini has had surgery after sustaining a knee injury but does not believe the midfielder will miss the rest of the season.The Belgian midfielder picked up the injury in the 2-0 midweek loss to Tottenham.Mourinho had not detailed the exact nature of the injury, but had previously suggested it was not a season-ending one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the manager confirmed that Saturday, while also acknowledging Fellaini had to undergo surgery to correct the problem in his post-match news conference following United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.”He had surgery this morning,” Mourinho told reporters. “I don’t want to be very specific, I would prefer the doctor to give some information officially that we can put on our website. But it’s not the end of the season, not at all.“It’s a small intervention in his external meniscus and I would believe that by the end of March he can be back, and if he’s back by the end of March I hope we have a big April and big May still to play in more than one competition.”The victory over Huddersfield left United in second place on 56 points, 13 behind league leaders Manchester City. The club remain in the FA Cup and the Champions League. Fellaini, who has played in 15 games for the Red Devils this season across the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League and scored four goals, is out of contract at the end of the season.On Friday, Mourinho joked with reporters that he told Fellaini he should sign the deal Manchester United had placed in front of him prior to learning the extent of the injury.last_img read more

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Lukaku provides tonic to Man United’s midfield malaise

first_imgManchester United Man United miss ill Pogba but lethal Lukaku provides tonic to midfield malaise Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 03:34 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United FA Cup OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town Premier League Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku Opinion Manchester United were far from convincing at Huddersfield on Saturday but the big striker’s two goals took them to the FA Cup quarter-finals After a week dominated by the travails of Paul Pogba, it was Romelu Lukaku who snatched the headlines on Saturday with a showing of real potency in front of goal which sent Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals for the third successive year.But the 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium gave Jose Mourinho few answers in terms of the best shape for his side, with United riding their luck for long periods before Lukaku’s second goal had put the game to bed.AdChoices广告Pogba’s poor performances of late were set to be overlooked until he pulled out due to illness on the morning of the game. But, in the 4-3-3 shape many believe the Frenchman to have been crying out to play in, United struggled to take control of the game and found themselves chasing shadows for much of the first half in particular. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United got off to the perfect start when Lukaku was released by Juan Mata and proceeded to turn Christopher Schindler this way and that before firing inside Jonas Lossl’s near post. You would think it might settle the away team down but instead it helped to encourage Huddersfield to go for broke.As the hosts piled on the pressure, United had little in the way of a threat on the counter. Too often their three-man midfield failed to sufficiently cover their full-backs, forcing Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez to drop deeper, meaning any gaining of possession was largely pointless with no out-ball of real note available in the opposition half.The lack of a driving presence in midfield was their most obvious failing. With Michael Carrick providing steady but immobile performances, too much was asked of Scott McTominay when it came to adding legs to the attack.Mourinho reiterated this week that he will look to add to the engine room in the summer transfer market, and whether with or without Pogba in recent weeks, the need for a more positive midfield influence has become increasingly obvious.If Huddersfield were unfortunate to find themselves one behind at the break it could so easily have been worse were it not for a dubious decision by the video assistant referee to overturn Kevin Friend’s on-field call after Mata had slotted home from an Ashley Young through-ball.The sight of Friend standing with his hand to his ear was all the fans had to amuse themselves for a full two minutes before it was eventually confirmed that Mata’s goal would not stand. The later emergence of a video replay with wobbly lines drawn to judge the decision didn’t help anyone’s reception of the VAR system in full effect.Kevin Friend VAR Juan Mata Ashley Young Manchester United FA CupThankfully for United, they didn’t have to wait long to double their lead for keeps. As Lukaku broke out from his own third, he fed Sanchez and continued to make a driving run. When the Chilean found him with a first-time pass, the centre-forward bore down on Lossl and slotted home a second.It was the Belgian’s 21st goal of the season, taking his tally past 20 for a fourth straight year. Moreover, it showed what a key man he can be when supplied with the type of service upon which he thrives. If only United had been able to get him into such areas more often, both today and during the season as a whole.His second was a real game-changer. Suddenly, Huddersfield had very little threat and United looked far more confident and controlled when on the ball. The stuffing had been knocked out of the home side and then some.Romelu Lukaku Manchester United HuddersfieldThe name of the game is winning football matches, and United, thanks to Lukaku, did their job on this occasion. Yet there will be an acceptance among those of a red persuasion that this was far from a convincing response to the murmurings of the last few weeks.Mourinho takes his side to Sevilla next for the resumption of their Champions League campaign. Pogba is expected to return, as will the questions about where he fits and what is United’s best approach. Getting Lukaku into better scoring positions more often might not be a bad place to start.last_img read more

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Hughes signs three-year Southampton deal

first_imgSouthampton Hughes signs three-year deal to remain Southampton manager Jamie Smith 05:55 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mark Hughes Getty Images Southampton Premier League The former Manchester City boss will remain with the Saints having helped guide them to Premier League safety in 2017-18 Southampton have handed Mark Hughes a three-year contract after the Welshman secured their Premier League survival, the club have confirmed.Hughes was appointed in March as the replacement for Mauricio Pellegrino, with the Saints in danger of dropping to the Championship.Wins over Bournemouth and relegation rivals Swansea City either side of a draw with Everton proved enough to keep Southampton up despite a final-day defeat to Manchester City – Hughes’ side finishing in 17th, three points above the drop zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now And Southampton announced on Friday that Hughes has penned a deal for the next three years, while assistant manager Mark Bowen and first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also agreed long-term contracts.”Mark, Eddie and I are thrilled to have signed long-term contracts with the club,” said Hughes. “It was the only option we considered, having spent the last eight weeks with the club.”Now it is vital that we take the unbelievable support we received from the fans during the last few games into next season. The staff and the players will work hard every day to deliver the success this club deserves, and with everyone pulling together we will achieve our goals.”Southampton’s survival was secured at the expense of Stoke City, who Hughes led from 2013 to January 2018.And the Saints said via a club statement that the 54-year-old deserves backing after ensuring Southampton stayed in the Premier League.”Mark and his team had a massive impact from the first day on the players, staff and fans alike, and was able to pull together everyone involved with the club to deliver the results needed,” Southampton said.”It is important now, under Mark’s leadership, for everyone to move into the new season with a renewed focus and energy alongside the continued and valuable support of our fans.”last_img read more

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TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CLINCHES STEEDEN DEAL

first_imgTouch Football Australia have confirmed a new three year deal with Steeden as the signatory ball supplier for the sport in a new arrangement that will benefit the game immensely from a marketing and operational perspective.The deal announced by Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson today, encompasses all States of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia who have existing arrangements with an alternate supplier.New South Wales Touch Association already have a long-term partnership with Steeden and the endorsement of the Steeden branded footballs by other States is viewed positively and gives the sport a united niche in the corporate sector.“Steeden were chosen after a competitive tender process and the scope of the new deal involving the majority of Touch Football playing States gives us an accepted official ball for the game that is of the highest quality.The  use of the “Classic Touch” ball will mean extensive and consistent Brand identification for our sport and Steeden. The unitary structure has allowed us to increase the sponsorship benefits for both parties” Mr. Thompson said. Steeden Football Brand Manager Scott Bradford, is excited by the renewal of the company’s partnership with Touch Football Australia.“It is a great step and a strengthening of ties, and with use of the Steeden “Classic Touch” ball as the official ball of the sport in most areas of Australia, it enables us to reach a wider audience. We are excited and delighted to consolidate our partnership with Touch Football Australia.” Mr. Bradford said.Steeden was founded in 1958 by Queenslander Ray Steeden.The company manufactured Football, cricket, and boxing products before becoming a World wide subsidiary in 1995 of Gray-Nicolls Sports.Steeden has been the official football of the Australian Rugby League since 1974, and holds exclusivity deals with the English Super League, the Queensland Rugby League, the New South Wales Rugby League, and the National Rugby League.Through continuous introduction of new innovative products and categories, the brand continues to go from strength to strength with a proven record of excellence in the production of sporting equipment. Steeden is working diligently with prominent Touch Football Australia technical officials on refining the product mix to ensure a harder wearing outer surface on their touch footballs.Steeden’s “Night Vision” ball with florescent orange paneling for improved visibility and a heavyweight skills ball specific to Touch Football, are just two of the initiatives Steeden and Touch Football Australia will be consolidating in the near future.Steeden will continue to supply Touch footballs to affiliated National tournaments and programs such as the National Touch League, The Austouch Program, and the National High Performance Program.Steeden Footballs can be ordered and purchased through the Touch Football Australia National office and supporting State offices around the nation.last_img read more

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School Sport Australia Nationals

first_imgProspect Park in Launceston will host the 2008 School Sport Australia National Touch Championships from Monday, 20 to Friday, 24 October 2008 in 12 and 15 Boys and Girls divisions. The very best primary and secondary aged Touch players will be in attendance hoping to have fun, meet new friends, and play some Touch Football in picturesque Tasmania.It will be a family affair with many parents making the journey to watch their children participate. Some high profile family names will also be on the paddock hoping adding to their family legacies. In the 15’s Girls divisions, New South Wales will be looking to avenge their 2007 loss to Queensland in the Final in Melbourne. They have the line-up to do so with current Australian 18’s Girls representative, Kimberley Resch, in the side. Madison Absolum also follows in her siblings footsteps by representing her state.The Queenslanders have some stars of their own. Michaela Jacks, daughter of Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member Terry will be on show. Michaela will be looking to claim a National title like her brothers, Ryan and Rhys, who won the 20’s Boys division for Brisbane City Cobras at the recent 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships.In the 15’s Boys division, New South Wales will be looking to defend their 2007 crown. Cade Price will be one to watch out in the New South Wales line-up while Queensland counterpart, Adam Pryde, will be a danger to his opponents.To keep up with the latest results, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-4282-0-0-0For more information or to organise a photograph/interview, please contact:last_img read more

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2015 World Cup Finals on TV!

first_imgRelive the 2015 Touch World Cup Open’s finals on Channel Nine and GEM! The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals, featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast from Sunday, 31 May with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday afternoon NRL timeslot (NSW and NT). In Queensland, the games will be broadcast earlier on Channel Nine’s GEM channel. Full times and dates of the broadcast can be found below. The Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport. Australia continued its domination of the Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title, including wins in each of the three Open’s divisions. Don’t miss the 2015 Touch World Cup finals at the following times:New South Wales/ACT (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:30pm followed by Titans v BulldogsQueensland (GEM)  Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 9.30am Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 10.00am Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 10.00amNorthern Territory (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:00pm followed by Dragons v SharksWomen’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:00pm followed by Sharks v RoostersMen’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:00pm followed by Titans v BulldogsTo watch highlights from the 2015 Touch World Cup, please visit the TWC YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/2015touchworldcup. Related LinksWorld Cup on TV!last_img read more

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