The footballers lucky enough to have lived every fan’s childhood dream

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Most Popular Football News REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Jack Grealish dreamed of scoring for Aston Villa against Birmingham and he finally did it.The midfielder headed his beloved side in front against the club’s bitter rivals in a 4-2 win and said it was probably the favourite moment of his career to date.“Ever since I was a little kid at school, [derby] games I dreamed of playing in and I am lucky enough to play in it,” he explained afterwards.It almost didn’t happen for him, though, as he thought he was close to becoming a Tottenham player in the summer.When he was taken off against Hull, he waved to the supporters as it appeared a transfer was close.“They [Spurs] weren’t willing to pay what Villa wanted at the time. But the new owners came in and they changed everything,” he said in September.“It’s not like I was devastated it didn’t happen, though, because I’ve still got to realise how lucky I am to be playing for my boyhood club. I’ve played over 100 games for Villa and I’ve only just turned 23.”And Grealish is not the only player who has played and starred for the club they supported as a boy, as explains. 10 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 10 10 10 10 4. Harry Kane at Tottenham – No, he’s not an Arsenal fan. He really is one of Spurs’ own and the boyhood fan has loved pulling on the famous shirt where he has scored (at the time of writing) 115 goals in 166 Premier League games. He has become a key player for club and country since graduating from the Tottenham academy he joined when was 11 years old. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 10. Wayne Rooney at Everton – It was with the Toffees where the striker, who idolised Duncan Ferguson, burst on to the scene and his first Premier League strike will never be forgotten. His dipping 25-yard shot in injury-time was the winner against Arsenal at Goodison on 19 October 2002, five days before his 17th birthday. He returned to the club in 2017, 13 years after leaving for Man United and admitted: “I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years, but I’ve actually been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids.” 10 1. Phillip Lahm at Bayern Munich – Lahm called time on his career as a player in 2017, having won every major trophy with boyhood club Bayern Munich, whom he joined in 1995. He collected eight Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and the Champions League. He was lucky enough to live the dream and then some! 8. James Milner at Leeds – Milner came through the Leeds academy from family full of fans and was brought up to dislike Manchester United. He even revealed his dad never allowed him to wear the Old Trafford club’s famous colours. “Seriously. ‘We can’t wear red. We’re Leeds,’” he said. “It was strange when I signed for Liverpool (in 2015), actually wearing red. My dad made a joke about it, saying, ‘that’s the first time I’ve seen you in red.’ I still follow Leeds and want them to do well and still have that same feeling towards Manchester United.” Milner was 16 years and 356 days old when he became the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history in 2002, a record which was broken by James Vaughan. REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 10 shining 7. David Beckham at Man United – Beckham grew up in London as a Man United fan and signed for the club at the age of 14. He didn’t look back as the trophies began piling up, but he wasn’t the only boyhood fan living the dream. Gary Neville, his best mate in football, has been going to watch the club play since he was four, while Ryan Giggs is another well-known fan, all of whom came through the academy together. 2. Steven Gerrard at Liverpool – Gerrard used to pretend to be Kenny Dalglish and the boyhood Red copied his Liverpool hero by lifting the European Cup when the club beat Milan in 2005. The midfielder made his Liverpool debut in 1998 having progressed through the academy, became captain at the age of 23 in 2003, and in addition to winning the Champions League, also lifted the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup before retiring in 2015. He played more than 700 times. BEST OF The stuff i dreamed off when I was a kid… The city is ours. #AVFC ❤️💙⚽️— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) November 25, 2018 RANKED MONEY 5. Alan Shearer at Newcastle – Shearer joined boyhood club Newcastle in 1996 for a then record £15m. He finished as a runner-up in the Premier League in 1997 and reached successive FA Cup finals in 1998 and 1999. However, it’s his goal record which stands the striker apart. Shearer is Newcastle’s greatest ever goal scorer (206 strikes) as well as the Premier League’s with 250. 10 6. Gerard Pique at Barcelona – Pique was only 21 when he returned to the club he supported as a boy in 2008 after a four-year spell at Man United. He loves Barcelona and has been a member of the club since he was born, even revealing in 2013: “Every night I sing the Barça anthem because it’s the only song I know all the way through,” though his pop knowledge has presumably improved since marrying Shakira. Since re-joining Barca, he has become their first choice centre-back and won six league titles, three Champions Leagues and four Spanish Cups. He is considered one of the best defenders around. no dice ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 10 9. Kieran Tierney at Celtic – He only turned 21 in June, but has played more than 100 times for Celtic, the team he supported since school and whom he joined when he was seven. When Celtic made it seven title wins in a row, Tierney said: “I think every Celtic fan visualises doing something like this and I’m just lucky enough to live it for them all. I’m making the most of it and enjoying every second.” His family are mad for the club, too. That’s the thing being a Celtic fan, you go home to more Celtic fans talking about the game. You cannot get away from it! “To an extent it is what you want because I’ve always loved Celtic and always talked about them after games when I came home when I was younger.” 10 huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3. Francesco Totti at Roma – Rome-born Totti idolised Giuseppe Giannini as a boy and was well on his way to living out his dream as early as 16 when he made his debut in 1993. He is their greatest ever player and captained the team to league glory in 2001 – Roma’s first since 1983 and third overall. He retired at the age of 40 in 2017. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more


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Uganda Cranes gets seventh sponsor

first_imgOfficials from both FUFA and Betlion poss for a photo at the eventThe Uganda national team, the cranes have on Thursday received a big financial boost.Betlion, an online Mobile betting company has signed a five year contract with the team and thus becoming the seventh partner for Uganda cranes joining Airtel, National insurance Cooperation ,Nile breweries, Bidco, Rwenzori and Eco bank.The chairman Marketing committee at FIFA house Rogers Byamukama said that this is a big deal for Uganda cranes.“This is one of the biggest deals for Uganda cranes and its one of the achievements showing that Uganda football is rapidly growing, said Byamukama.“We call upon other sponsors to come on board so as we move this brand forward.”FUFA’s Rogers Byamukama speaking at the event this morningBetlion  will be contributing revenue to the team from the weekly incomes that have been put aside towards funding the development of football levels in the country.In addition, Betlion will also provide coaching services to all football levels In the country.The CEO for Betlion Oliver Bates said the partnership is going to support the development of football in Uganda and aiming for the world cup in 2022.“This partnership is meant to supporting the ongoing development of Football in Uganda and the Cranes in the aim of reaching the 2022 World Cup, commented Oliver Bates.By partnering with the Cranes, we have partnered with a well run organization that has a clear vision for the future, we look forward to supporting that vision.”This comes just days after a squad of 23 players was summoned by the Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre and his technical team, for a training camp slated for May 27th-3rd June, 2018.The Cranes will play take part in a mini three nations’ tournament that will be used as preparation for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Tanzania and Lesotho.Comments Tags: Uganda Craneslast_img read more

Brentford v Charlton line-ups: defensive switch for Bees, QPR loanee starts as Addicks make four changes

first_imgYoann Barbet returns to the Brentford side in the only change for the visit of Charlton.The Frenchman, who has not played for the Bees since being sent-off at Sheffield Wednesday last month, comes in for Jack O’Connell.Alan McCormack is on the bench against his old club after two months out with a calf injury.Charlton make four changes, including in goal where Nick Pope plays in the league for the first time since October.Jordan Cousins is back in midfield after he missed the game at home to Reading, while Morgan Fox and Callum Harriott also start.Charlton have switched from 3-4-1-2 to 4-4-2, with QPR loanee Yun Suk-young at left midfield.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McEachran, Woods; Canos, Judge, Swift; Djuricin.Subs: Bonham, McCormack, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Saunders, Hofmann, Vibe.Charlton: Pope; Motta, Fanni, Teixeira, Fox; Gudmundsson, Cousins, Diarra, Yun; Harriott, Sanogo.Subs: Mitov, Johnson, Bergdich, Ghoochannejhad, Poyet, Lookman, Makienok.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Round-up: Easter retires, QPR move for striker, Cousins boost, Williams loan

first_imgHarlequins veteran Nick Easter has announced he is retiring from playing.The 37-year-old former Quins and England captain, who was appointed as the club’s defence coach in April, will now take on that role full time.Easter is Harlequins’ most-capped player, making 281 appearances and scoring 54 tries in the 12 years since he joined from Orrell.Meanwhile, QPR have offered Kaiserslautern around £1m for Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers had targeted the Iceland forward.Bodvarsson could be set to compete for a place with Conor Washington, who has been urged by boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink not lose heart as he waits for his first QPR goal.Washington has yet to score since joining the R’s in JanuaryRangers face Watford in a friendly on Saturday at Loftus Road, where summer signing Jordan Cousins is expected to feature after recovering from a groin injury.Fulham youngster George Williams has returned to his former club MK Dons on a season-long loan.Middlesex paceman James Fuller will be out for at least three weeks with the side strain picked up in Tuesday’s Royal London One-Day Cup game against Somerset.And Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley has reached the final of the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, while Eastcote’s Andy Lapthorne reached the quad doubles final with his partner Jamie Burdekin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why NOTA option, asks Ahmed Patel

first_imgSenior Congress leader and party nominee for the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, on Tuesday questioned the move to introduce the NOTA option after the notification of poll in the State.“First Rajya Sabha election was postponed. Second NOTA was permitted post-notification. Reasons best known to the Election Commission,” Mr. Patel tweeted after the Election Commission said NOTA would be introduced as an option in the ballot paper.Mr. Patel, who is facing a tough contest in the wake of a spate of resignations by Congress legislators and open revolt by former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Shankarsinh Vaghela, also asked why the election was postponed by the EC, which had mysteriously cancelled the notification for election of 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal.last_img read more

Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Fil-American forward also believes that the same is the case for Ginebra, which now dropped to sixth place with a 5-5 card as he charged this defeat to growing pains — something which could help this young team develop in the long run.“I think we lost focus on execution and defense. When something like that happens, it just kinda boils down to execution and defense and that’s where we lost our focus,” he said before admitting that the Bolts, which have their backs against the wall, wanted the game more.“They came out, wanted it more than we did in that fourth quarter and that’s the ball game.”Devance isn’t losing hope, though, as the Gin Kings only need one win to formalize their entry to the playoffs, something which they could get against Rain or Shine on March 2.“It’s just the first step though. It’s a part of the process,” he said. “Hopefully we can regroup and get the next game. We shot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in a bad position, but hopefully we can get this next game and see where we land on the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night.“I’m just disappointed that we lost, especially since it’s my first game back,” Devance said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form.“I’m okay. I still have quite a bit to go,” he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebounds, and two assists. “I’m just trying to work hard every day. Hopefully when we make the playoffs, I’ll be 100 percent or close to it.”center_img MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory.After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra’s 2017 Governors’ Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Brazil take on Croatia in World Cup opener amid defensive woes

first_imgBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defenceBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defence.Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari spent part of the team’s training session on Monday making adjustments to the defensive setup, stopping practice several times to reposition players until he was satisfied.Although Brazil didn’t concede a goal in its two warm-up matches before the World Cup, Scolari said he was not completely satisfied with how his squad played defensively. He didn’t even like how the team practiced at times, and publicly said his players were giving up too much space for counter-attacks.One of the coach’s main goals in the last week of preparations was to make sure the team ready defensively in time for the opener against Croatia on Thursday.”We know that if we don’t concede goals, our chances to win matches increase, because we know the kind of talent we have in attack,” Scolari said. “It’s important we are well prepared on defense so we are not caught by surprise.”Right back Daniel Alves acknowledged that Brazil’s defence isn’t perfect, but said the team is working to improve before the opener.When told that Croatia striker Ivica Olic said he saw spaces in Brazil’s defence during the warm-up matches, Alves acknowledged that adjustments still have to be made.”Obviously, if we didn’t make mistakes, we would be a perfect team, and that’s not possible,” the Barcelona defender said. “If Olic saw spaces, then we have to make sure we fix that so he can’t find them anymore.”advertisementThe last time Brazil conceded a goal was in a 2-1 win over Chile in a friendly last November. Brazil beat Panama 4-0 and Serbia 1-0 last week in the last two matches before for the opening match in Sao Paulo.”Physically we are ready, but tactically we still have to adjust a few things,” Scolari said.The coach’s other main focus during Monday’s training was on set pieces – another area where he said Brazil still needs to improve.There was a scare in the session when Neymar twisted his right ankle. He was on the ground in pain and needed to be attended to by doctors, but was able to finish the training session normally.Brazil is expected to practice again at its training camp outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday before traveling to Sao Paulo later in the day for the opener.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova banned for two years for doping

first_imgThe five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation in early March, when she announced at a news conference in Los Angeles that she failed a doping test in January.Sharapova said then she was not aware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using meldonium, also known as mildronate, as of January 1.Her lawyer, John Haggerty, said Sharapova took the substance after that date.NO INTENTION TO CHEATWednesday’s ruling said Sharapova did not intend to cheat, but bore “sole responsibility” and “very significant fault” for the positive test.In addition to testing positive at the Australian Open, she also failed a test for meldonium in an out-of-competition control in Moscow on February 2, the ITF said.The two-year ban can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Sharapova said she first was prescribed the Latvian-made drug, typically used for heart conditions, for medical reasons in 2006. She could have been barred from competing for up to four years.The ITF ruling in Sharapova’s case follows a hearing before a three-person panel. Lawyers representing the ITF argued their side, while Haggerty argued hers. He said she spoke at the hearing.FUTURE DOUBTFULThe ban throws into doubt the on-court future of Sharapova, a 29-year-old Russian who is one of the most well-known – and, thanks to a wide array of endorsements – highest-earning athletes in the world.She is a former top-ranked player who is one of 10 women in tennis history with a career Grand Slam – at least one title from each of the sport’s four most important tournaments. So much came so easily for her at the start: Wimbledon champion in 2004 at age 17; No. 1 in the rankings at 18; US Open champion at 19; Australian Open champion at 20.advertisementAn operation to her right shoulder in 2008 took her off the tour for months, and her ranking dropped outside the top 100. But she worked her way back, and in 2012, won the French Open, then added a second title in Paris two years later.Sharapova hasn’t played since a quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams at this year’s Australian Open, and she is ranked 26th this week.Meldonium increases blood flow, which improves exercise capacity by carrying more oxygen to the muscles.In April, citing a lack of scientific evidence about how long the drug remains in a person’s system, WADA said that provisional suspensions may be lifted if it is determined that an athlete took meldonium before it went on the list of banned substances.About 200 athletes tested positive for meldonium this year from various sports and countries – many, like Sharapova, were Russian – and some said the drug stayed in their systems for months even though they stopped using it in 2015.But, according to Haggerty, that was not the case for Sharapova.last_img read more

Sweden play down Lindelof injury concerns

first_imgSweden have played down fears surrounding the fitness of Victor Lindelof after he was substituted at half-time of his side’s win over Turkey.The Manchester United defender was taken off in place of Filip Helander after the first 45 minutes of Sweden’s 1-0 UEFA Nations League game against the Turks.However, head coach Janne Andersson reassured fans there is no serious issue with the 24-year-old, with his team-mate Helander insisting his struggles on the pitch were related to him having a cold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Victor did not feel well but he finished the first half,” he said, as quoted by  Sky Sports .”Then Filip came on and did not make a mistake, so Filip played very well.”Helander added: “It was a cold. He [Lindelof[ felt ineffective.”In Lindelof’s absence, Sweden set up a winner-takes-all clash with Russia in Nations League B Group 2, while also confirming Turkey’s relegation.With Russia currently on seven points, and the Scandinavians on four, whoever emerges victorious in Stockholm will gain promotion to League A.Sweden will hope that Lindelof is available for clash, with the United man having become an important member of the squad, and with 26 caps he is one of the more experienced players in the side.Indeed, he was crowned as his country’s player of the year recently – an award that had been won 10 times in a row by former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic until 2016.The defender has played in all three of his country’s Nations League games so far and was a key figure in Sweden’s run to the World Cup quarter-final.Lindelof missed the opening game of the tournament through injury, but played in his country’s next four games in Russia.The former Benfica man has also become a permanent fixture in Jose Mourinho’s team. He has started the last six in all competitions and is beginning to form an established partnership with fellow centre-back Chris Smalling.When he returns from international duty, Lindelof and his United team-mates face Crystal Palace before a hugely important Champions League fixture against Young Boys.last_img read more