Harry Smith

Harry Smith

Harry Smith is the Bestselling author of 6 novels. He lives in Manchester, England with “the wife,” “the kids,” “the dog,” “that cat,” and he occasionally wears pants.

Juventus’ Tweet About Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick goal against Juventus

Juventus’ Tweet About Cristiano Ronaldo Goes Viral For The Wrong Reasons

Juventus have congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the UEFA Goal of the Season award, following his strike against… Juventus.

Who could forget Ronaldo’s bicycle kick goal against Juventus from last season?! He produced a stunning acrobatic effort in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Of course, Real Madrid eventually won the competition as Ronaldo continued to net goals for fun. But it’s his goal versus Juventus which has been recognised as UEFA Goal of the Season. Ronaldo gestures to Juventus fans after scoring a goal.

After bagging his fourth Champions League with Real Madrid, the 33-year-old moved on by sealing a transfer to Juventus. And his new team have saluted his goal by posting a Tweet to the man himself. Naturally, it got plenty of people talking and not in a good way. Football fans were quick to take the p**s out of the Italian team including a hilarious reply from fellow Serie A outfit AS Roma. Juventus will be hoping the next time they congratulate Ronaldo it’s winning something for them.

Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Training

We’ll Never Get Tired Of Zinedine Zidane’s Lay-Offs In Real Madrid Training

Being a Real Madrid player has a lot of perks and one of the best parts of being contracted to Los Blancos while Zinedine Zidane was in charge was the fact that you have one of the all-time greats running and partaking in training. Zidane forged an incredible career at the highest level, winning league titles with Juventus and Real Madrid, firing France to the 1998 World Cup on home soil and scoring THAT volley in the 2002 Champions League final triumph over Bayer Leverkusen.

Zidane the, as a manager, won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row before taking a break from management. Evidently, the Frenchman never lost his supreme technical ability and enjoyed getting involved in training and showing he’s still very much got it. Isco’s face says it all. There are a few other clips of his glorious lay-offs so feast your eyes on these, too. He supplied a sumptuous assist for Luka Modric in Real training ahead of the Champions League final, with the Croatian walloping in a volley his boss would have proud of. And in another clip, Modric’s compatriot Mateo Kovacic, now at Chelsea, produced a stunning effort after being laid off by Zidane.

At the moment, it looks like Manchester United could be his most likely destination if things don’t improve dramatically for Jose Mourinho…

 

Jose Mourinho Storms Out Of Post-Match Press Conference After Spurs Defeat

Jose Mourinho Storms Out Of Post-Match Press Conference After Spurs Defeat

Jose Mourinho’s stormed out of his press conference after his side were beaten 3-0 by Spurs at Old Trafford.

A brilliant header from Harry Kane just after halftime and a superb double from Lucas Moura means United are experiencing their worst start to a season in 26 years, while it was also the worst ever home defeat in Jose Mourinho’s managerial career. Following more defensive calamities, many were surprised when Mourinho was anything but prickly in his post-match interview. But his press conference was a different story. It ended rather quickly and comprised of Mourinho doing the 3-0 gesture with his hand and then reminding a journalist that he was won the same amount of Premier League titles – more than the other 19 managers combined. After demanding respect, the Portuguese was escorted out of the room. And that was that.

Jose Mourinho reveals reason behind Manchester United’s slow start to the season

Jose Mourinho reveals reason behind Manchester United’s slow start to the season

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said his players need more time to settle into the season after the World Cup.

United’s preparations for the new campaign were hampered by the summer tournament, with many of Mourinho’s players missing the entirety of the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States as a result of their involvement in Russia. Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were among the players to miss United’s entire pre-season schedule and Mourinho believes his players will need extra time to bed into the new campaign as a result. “When you have a good week when you train really well, things are positive, you expect good individual performances. You don’t expect mistakes and you expect a good result, not a defeat,” Mourinho said, reflecting on last weekend’s defeat by Brighton.

“Normally when you lose you want to play immediately and two days after that was not the case. But I am happy that was not the case because at this moment we need some time.

“We need players to be back, we need players to train more to have a kind of pre-season after the pre-season that they didn’t have after the World Cup.” United welcome Spurs to Old Trafford tonight and Mourinho knows how much of a threat Mauricio Pochettino’s side will pose, despite United’s good record against the north Londoners last term. “It is a big game against a good opponent, an opponent that last season, in all the three matches we played, they were difficult matches in spite of [the fact] we won two of them,” Mourinho said.

“It [the FA Cup semi-final] was a good performance, away from home where everybody was expecting us to lose the match. We didn’t start well and conceded an early goal and after that we had the quality and the mentality to change the result, to be dominant in the second half and it was a really good performance. “We know what a good team they are and we know that they come here with their objectives. Big match but no need to work much on the motivational level because we have a natural motivation to play against the good teams.”

England’s Two Best Youngsters, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, Slated For Call-Up

Two Of England’s Best Youngsters Slated For Call-Up

Gareth Southgate will bring exciting youngsters Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho into the England national team fold. The pair of 18-year olds are seen as two of the most promising prospects in the Three Lions set-up and the England boss is set to call them up for England’s first two games since the World Cup as he looks to freshen things up ahead of Euro 2020.

Under 17 World Cup winner and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year winner Foden marked his name in Premier League history after becoming the youngest player to win the league having made five appearances in City’s record-breaking triumph last season. He was poised to step up to the Under 19’s side for the European Championship but remained with City for a full pre-season. The Stockport lad was then rewarded with a start in the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley, producing an impressive display and assisting Sergio Aguero’s 200th City goal. Silky winger Sancho was tipped to join Foden in progressing through to the City first-team but elected to move to Borussia Dortmund in a £8 million move in August 2017.

After making the switch to Germany, he made 12 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and showed just why he’s regarded as such a top talent. And in Dortmund’s first game of the 2018/19 campaign, Sancho came on as a substitute and set up captain Marco Reus to score the final goal in a 4-1 win over RB Leipzig. Image: PA Both Foden and Sancho should be in the mix for Euro 2020 so it makes sense for Southgate to get them in and around the first-team environment nice and early. England plays Spain in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley on 8 September, before Leicester’s King Power Stadium plays host to a game with Switzerland as part of Kick it Out celebrating their 25th anniversary. Thoughts on the decision to call up the pair? Should Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon also be in with a shout?

Sebastian Vettel wins in Belgium after dramatic lap 1 crash

Sebastian Vettel wins in Belgium after dramatic crash

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat title rival Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix to cut his lead to 17 points. Vettel passed Hamilton on the first lap just in time before a safety car was deployed following a multi-car crash at the first corner, and dominated thereafter. Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Charles Leclerc were uninjured after the German rammed Alonso’s McLaren and launched it over Leclerc’s Sauber.

Hulkenberg received a 10-place grid penalty at the next race for the incident. Alonso related it to the first-lap crash at this race in 2012, in which Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was given a race ban for causing a similar incident, which also took out the Spaniard. Alonso was catapulted over Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, just missing the Frenchman’s head”Again a very big-time missing braking point,” Alonso said. “That time Romain had a race ban. “It is tough to understand how you can miss (the braking) so much. It is not a couple of metres. You arrive at a speed that it is impossible to negotiate the corner. So, sad for that but happy that we are all fine.” The big difference between the 2012 and 2018 crashes was that Grosjean was a repeat offender in terms of first-lap crashes that year, while Hulkenberg is one of the sport’s most consistent performers. ‘Don’t mind me’: Alonso flies through the air. He was involved in a similarly dramatic crash at the same corner in 2012.

The crash also may have been the first time a grand prix driver was saved from injury by the new halo head-protection device, introduced this year. Television replays showed Alonso’s car bounced off the halo on Leclerc’s car and Alonso said: “I flew over his car and the halo was a good thing to have today. I think for him it helped, looking at the replay. We don’t need to prove it is a good thing to have.” That was not the only incident at the first corner. Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull hit Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, forcing both into eventual retirement despite initially rejoining. And Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, starting from the back because of engine penalties, damaged his front wing and needed to pit for a new one. Hulkenberg said: “I misjudged my braking point a little bit and there was no real time to recover it. “We are due to see the stewards at 17:30 (CET). Of course I can understand that he is upset and frustrated. So am I, and he has every right to be, but it is racing and these things unfortunately do happen.” No wonder he is retiring: Water sprays from the car as the Spaniard lands back on the ground

The battle at the front It seemed inevitable that a safety car would be deployed with so many damaged cars and debris on the track but race director Charlie Whiting delayed his call to deploy it for a crucial amount of time. Hamilton and Vettel were well clear of the chaos behind and the German tracked the Mercedes off the start, settled into its slipstream up the long Kemmel straight and swapped into the lead. Vettel briefly had to fight off an attack from Force India’s Esteban Ocon, who started third and tried a look down the inside into the Les Combes chicane.

Sebastian Vettel: “I had a great start. I’m not sure Lewis saw me as he pushed me to the left in the first lap, but after last year I ended up short, and this year it was the other way around. This year was better. “As soon as I was ahead I relaxed. I had a good restart after the safety car, and after that it was a very smooth race. We turned everything around and then controlled the race.”

Lewis Hamilton: “Congrats to Seb. I did everything I could and we ultimately did well, but he drove past me like I was not there. We have to keep pushing to see what we can do. “They have got a few trick things going on in the car. I did what I could – we did what we could – so we have to keep working.” Lewis later tweeted:

Max Verstappen: “It was good. After Turn One I just had to be focused on how to get past those guys. “Compared to a Force India, how difficult it is to get past those guys on the straight is disappointing and we tried to make the best of it. “It’s great to see how many people come to the grand prix. It gave me goosebumps.” On team-mate Daniel Ricciardo leaving: “We always had equal material and still have, and we try to have the best result as a team. Everyone knows Daniel is leaving but we want two cars in the points.”

 

How Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Compare Throughout FIFA Games?

How Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Compare Throughout FIFA Games

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been long-standing rivals since CR7s move to the Bernabéu in 2009 and have both produced many spectacular El Clásico games since. They both played against each other for the first time when Manchester United played Barcelona in the 2007/8 Champions League semi-final, which United would go on to win. Both are considered the greatest players of their generation, and of all time, have scored over 600 goals for club and country as well as 50 goals in a single season. Since they both finished runners-up to Kaka for the Ballon d’Or in 2007, between them they have dominated the award for the last decade, sharing it five times each. Yet somehow, the creators of FIFA, EA, must decide each year which of football’s superstars are superior to the rest. Between FIFA 06 and 09, Ronaldo had the clear advantage having established himself nicely at United, rated 91, Messi had only just begun his senior career at Barcelona and was a measly 78 overall. Early FIFA victories for Ronaldo, both were in full swing for their clubs and as such Ronaldo was rated 93, and Messi 91.

When FIFA 11 rolls around we begin to see a change as Messi takes a slim advantage in the ratings 90 to 89. During this time Messi’s Barcelona had won La Liga and knocked Real out of the Champions League and between 2009 and 2012 Messi won four consecutive Ballon d’Ors. The middle years won by Messi.

Between FIFA 12 and 16, Messi maintains his rating advantage, it’s not until FIFA 17 that Ronaldo pulls ahead with a 94 rating. Although they were largely similar in goal production it’s possible that decision was made on the back of Ronaldo winning the last two Ballon d’Or’s and last three Champions League titles. Later years with Ronaldo back on top.

Ronaldo takes the win, of sorts, being rated higher in seven titles to six, the FIFA 19 cover athlete has already had his rating of 94 revealed this year, can Messi keep pace?

 

Spurs Made £25 Million Deadline Day Move For Tammy Abraham

Spurs Made £25 Million Deadline Day Move For Tammy Abraham

Spurs struggles in the transfer window carried on all the way until the deadline with Mauricio Pochettino’s side reportedly making the last day move for Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham that was rejected by the Blues. Never in the history of the Premier League having a transfer window has a club failed to sign a single player in the summer. Well, that was until Spurs managed to pull off that very achievement this year.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team have done very well the last three season, finishing third, second and third respectively, but the Spurs boss obviously wanted to kick on and challenge Manchester City this season. In the summer Spurs looked certain to sign Jack Grealish, especially with Aston Villa in financial difficulties. Daniel Levy decided to wait as long as possible to get the price down and wait for the Championship club to be desperate to sell. That backfired when the club was bought out and no longer needed to sell. Now it seems that Grealish wasn’t the only attacking transfer that Spurs tried to make happen, though they waited even longer for their other target. According to Goal, Spurs made a £25 million bid for Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham on Transfer Deadline Day but the Blues had no interest in selling, especially not to their rivals presumably. Tammy Abraham playing against Lyon.

The report did say that Abraham would have been open to the move across London in an attempt to get more first-team football under Pochettino, although he’d have been the second choice to Harry Kane. The 20-year-old forward is an exciting prospect and was on loan to Swansea City in their relegation season last year, and on loan to Championship Bristol City the season before, but has been unable to overtakeAlvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud in the pecking order. Morata and Giroud are Chelsea’s first choice strikers.

It’s likely that England under 21 international will still leave Stamford Bridge before the end of the month with Championship sides still able to loan him but the Blues will not want to lose him permanently. Chelsea has started well under Maurizio Sarri, earning two wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal, whilst Spurs have also won two and face Manchester United on Monday.

Kaka Reveals His Two Picks For This Season’s Ballon d’Or

Kaka Reveals His Two Picks For This Season’s Ballon d’Or

Legendary Brazilian Kaka has named his two picks for this year’s Ballon d’Or.

While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are outright favourites for the award the midfielder has not named either in his selection, instead, he has opted for Luka Modrić and Kylian Mbappé.

Both Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, sharing five awards each, will one of them edge ahead this year? Ronaldo appears to be best placed to claim the award, having led a Real Madrid team that claimed their third consecutive Champions League title, but he faces strong competition from several players including Mo Salah, Modrić and Messi. Kaka was the last player to win the Ballon d’Or outside of Ronaldo and Messi in 2007 while playing for AC Milan. Yet the 36-year-old has shunned both former winners, feeling that Modrić and Mbappé are more deserving following excellent seasons with their respective clubs and a summer which culminated with them both featuring in the World Cup final.

Kaka said: “Modrić has had some impressive results, winning the Champions League and being able to play the World Cup final. He is the man who creates the show and commands the game, Mbappé is very strong and has a whole career ahead of him. Let the future be yours.” Modric and Mbappe already have their hands on a couple of trophies.

At the 2018 World Cup Luca Modrić won Golden Ball and Kylian Mbappé won best young player. Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane are being championed by fans for the award but are outside shots. Neymar has imploded of sorts after an underwhelming World Cup and on-field antics have meant it is unlikely he will win the award after finishing third in 2015 and 2017.

Kaka added, “For Italian football, it’s great to have it, it brings visibility, sponsors, media interest around the world.” Cristiano brings many things to the Italian soccer system as a whole, not just for Juventus.” After five wins for Ronaldo and five for Messi in the last decade is this really the year that someone else gets to the throne?

 

Steve McClaren calls for ‘patience’ as QPR fans turn on him after fourth successive defeat

Steve McClaren insists he is still the right man to manage Queens Park Rangers after another night of embarrassment where he was abused by his own supporters.

After four straight Championship defeats at the start of the season, fans turned on the former England boss joining in with Bristol City followers’ taunts of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” along with far more vulgar chants. Matt Taylor’s first half goal and two from Andreas Weimann ensures QPR have now conceded 10 goals in the space of three days following the 7-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion but McClaren remained defiant. “Am I the man to turn this around? Yes absolutely,” he said. “I knew the situation when I came in.  “The abuse is society now, an instant reaction and this is normal. Am I pleased? No. Am I angry and disappointed? Yes. Am I determined to put this right? Yes. I knew this was a tough job and I knew coming in it wouldn’t happen overnight.

“My message to the fans is patience, I’m certainly losing it, we need players, but we have support from the board to do that. The next 10 days are big. We have talent out there but at the present moment we are suffering. I believe if we get the right players in, we will be OK.”