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Long before he forged a reputation as a one?man insurance policy against relegation, Sam Allardyce was known for his fondness for facts and figures. He played the percentages in an essentially risk-averse brand of football. He has sought solace in the statistics. He still presents himself as a blend of old and new, traditional judgment and Moneyball-style metrics. “That’s the beauty of our matrix of statistics today, which backs up your eye,” he said.

His notion is the numbers support his case. His programme notes for last month’s defeat by Manchester City amounted to a blizzard of self-justifying statistics. It seemed a selective interpretation John Collins Youth jersey of the data available because after Saturday’s Merseyside derby stalemate made him only the third manager to register 50 goalless draws in the Premier League – and at times Liverpool Claude Giroux Jersey threatened to render him only the second to suffer 200 defeats – other numbers were more unflattering.

Everton had four touches of the ball in the Liverpool box in the opening hour. They have mustered a solitary first-half goal since January. Under Allardyce, they have hosted Chelsea, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool. Over 360 minutes, they have recorded only three shots on target and one goal.
All of which suggests either a lack of quality, a surfeit of timidity or both. A £200m outlay in the past 12 months ought to have injected ability, even if three-quarters of the spending preceded Allardyce’s appointment. Yet the fearful football that an often outspoken character has overseen may highlight his innate caution.
“It could have been that in the first seconds and boosh. The crowd get up,” Jürgen Klopp said, trying to mimic the blood and thunder of a stereotypical derby; this rather placid affair had insufficient thud, even if there were a Anthony Zettel Jersey few blunders as Everton mislaid a third of their passes and Curtis Lazar Youth jersey misdirected a couple of late attempts to break the deadlock.
“Let’s face it, they have got a terrific team, haven’t they?” Allardyce asked and when Liverpool are at full strength, the answer would be in the affirmative. Yet their front three included Danny Ings, whose last goal came more than 900 days ago, and Dominic Solanke, whose 23 Liverpool appearances have yet to produce any. Their full-backs were Nathaniel Clyne, making his first appearance of the season, and the out-of-position central defender Ragnar Klavan, who Klopp thought had never even played on the flank in his four-year Bundesliga career, let alone for Liverpool.
His immediate opponent was Theo Walcott who, for 80 minutes, did his best work as a supplementary right-back before belatedly running at Klavan. A Liverpool team who had never played together before – and probably never will again – http://www.bearsfootballproonline.com/Hroniss-Grasu-Jersey showed more cohesion and perhaps the most meaningful game of http://www.pittsburghpenguinsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Chad-Ruhwedel-Jersey Everton’s campaign served as a microcosm for much http://www.authenticoilersshoponline.com/authentic-29-leon-draisaitl-jersey.html of it: slow starters lost their way in the middle before seeking an uplifting ending. It eluded them.
A complication, on the day and over the campaign, has been the presence of Wayne Rooney. The Evertonian is nonetheless the top scorer and struck away from home against Liverpool and Manchester City. However, he is yet to find the net in 2018 and completed a different double, substituted in the 57th minute on successive Saturdays. Rooney’s reinvention as a midfielder has been a mixed affair, and he laboured again while Everton looked underpowered and poor in possession. Allardyce was asked if it is a concern the 32-year-old now struggles against the best opposition. “I can agree with you to a certain degree,” he replied.
It poses a question if Rooney’s appearances are rationed, if Everton’s biggest name is brought out only for the smaller games. They only gained a foothold in midfield when the more energetic Idrissa Gueye replaced him, a solid platform enabling them to spring Leighton Baines and Séamus Coleman forward on the flanks. Briefly, Everton resembled the side who had taken many a major scalp at Goodison Park before their 15-month drought.

It was a game of great saves and awful defending, of fine attacking play and gripping twists in the narrative, and there was a redemptive ending for the enduring frustration that is Danny Welbeck. The drama was relentless and for neutrals there was the bonus of seeing the contest descend into chaos after Jack Wilshere’s clash with Jack Stephens in added time.

Yet Southampton departed with an empty feeling. They had teased their supporters with the rarity of a Shane Long goal and their pursuit of an equaliser during the second half had yielded a reward when Charlie Austin, who had entered the fray moments earlier, cancelled out Arsenal’s lead with his first touch in the 73rd minute.
A precious point was there to be snaffled and, http://www.officialauthenticdolphinstore.com/Nike-Adam-Joseph-Duhe-Jersey.html having ruined their first league game under Mark Hughes with a wretched collapse against West Ham last Saturday, that unfamiliar sensation Southampton were experiencing was a surge of optimism.
Yet the speed with which it was replaced by despair encapsulates why their hold on their Premier League status remains so uncertain. They had been level for eight minutes when Dusan Tadic allowed Alex Iwobi to cross for Welbeck, who had just produced a contender for miss of the season, to rise above Cédric Soares and head home Arsenal’s winner. “At that point you need to have clarity of thought to make sure you take something out of the game,” Hughes said.
There are six games left for Southampton, who are three points below 17th-placed Crystal Palace, and Welbeck’s second goal was the cue for a loss of composure from Stephens, who accepted the bait when he felt Wilshere nibbling at him. Wilshere was in full wind-up-merchant mode as Southampton attacked and the frustration was too much for Stephens to bear.
It was a naive reaction and the way the centre-back lashed out left Andre Marriner with no option but to send him off. Mohamed Elneny would follow him down the tunnel – Arsène Wenger suggested Arsenal could appeal against the Egyptian midfielder’s dismissal for pushing Soares – but the damage was already done.
“Wilshere should have been sent off,” Hughes said. “Jack Stephens has reacted to being pulled back for about 20 yards. It’s not correct but it’s understandable. But if you’re going to send Jack off, you have to send Wilshere off for bouncing up. I thought I saw a definite movement with his knee towards Jack.”
Wilshere escaped with a booking and Hughes was left to reflect on Southampton’s failure to take advantage of opponents whose minds were elsewhere for long spells. The visitors began with a cautious 5-4-1 system, with the return of Oriol Romeu giving the midfield a steelier look and Long foraging on his own up front. Yet they had players who could trouble for Arsenal on the break and James Ward-Prowse Youth jersey had an early effort hacked off the line by Héctor Bellerín.
The opening stemmed from an error from Shkodran Mustafi, who was an accident waiting to happen in the heart of Arsenal’s defence, and Southampton’s reward arrived in the 17th minute. Sead Kolasinac allowed Soares to squeeze in a cross from the byline and Long nipped in front of the motionless Mustafi to prod Johnny Gaudreau Jersey his second goal in 46 appearances beyond http://www.officialindianstore.com/Bj_Upton_Jersey the exasperated Petr Cech.
Wenger’s decision to rest seven players before his side’s trip to CSKA Moscow for the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday demonstrated where Arsenal’s priorities lie. Their challenge for a place in the top four is all but over.

The ice melts sadly around the unopened champagne. The fireworks remain unfired, the streamers tightly furled. José Mourinho, perhaps the greatest wet blanket in football history, had done it again.

Manchester City’s celebrations will come but they are deferred, and that was Mourinho’s primary Kony Ealy Youth jersey objective. But he has offered further evidence of this City side’s curious vulnerability, inflicted a trauma that might yet resurface to significant effect in the future and, more even than that, shown that, however much Pep Guardiola wants to make football a game of three-dimensional chess, he can drag him into a bar fight, play the game on his terms.
In January 2014 Mourinho’s Real Madrid went to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the second leg of a Copa del Rey tie. They trailed 2-1 from the first leg and fell 4-1 behind. With nothing left to lose, they attacked, came back and http://www.officialfootballvikingstore.com/Nike-Cris-Carter-Jersey.html drew 2-2 on the night. It made no immediate difference and Barça Charlie McAvoy Jersey went on to win the Cup but it blew away the sense of invulnerability Guardiola’s side had previously projected. Their aura gone, Barça dwindled to the end of the season, losing to Chelsea in the Champions League and surrendering their league title to Madrid.
It is far too early to suggest this game will similarly send the pendulum swinging back the other way. The teams are at different stages of their cycles and Guardiola does not seem as frazzled now as he did then. United, in truth, were extremely fortunate to win given the chances City missed and the penalty they were denied. But it is something and, in a season in which they have struggled to emerge from City’s shadow, they will take that.
Football has known few party poopers like Mourinho. He may not literally have broken up a party at one of his young player’s homes, wearing evening dress and calling them by their numbers rather than their names, as Sir Alex Ferguson famously did at a gathering at Lee Sharpe’s house, but he loves nothing more than stopping other people having fun.
He has the vague awareness of work in the morning, the barman who insists you have three minutes to drink the pint you bought two minutes ago even though you are pretty sure you are legally entitled to 20 minutes’ drinking-up time, the sour and neurotic former girlfriend who turns up and sits in passive aggressive disapproval until all hilarity has been sapped from the room.
Mourinho always seems at his most buoyant after puncturing somebody else’s balloon. He has rarely seemed more chipper than he did when dousing the boisterousness of a pre-Christmas crowd with a Chelsea performance of heroic lack of ambition in a 0-0 draw at http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Adidas-A-J--Greer-Jersey Arsenal in 2013-14, unless it was later on that season when his side, with nothing to play for, went to Anfield, spoiled and wasted time and inflicted a 2-0 defeat that in effect cost Liverpool the title.
This was a different type of spoiling, although surely not by design. United were genuinely awful in the first half. Be more like Jürgen Klopp, they had said. Take a lesson from how Liverpool beat City on Wednesday. But the only aspect of Liverpool’s campaign United replicated, in both games against City, was the inability Klopp’s side showed earlier in the season to defend set plays. This City, as Liverpool demonstrated, are vulnerable. Their defence can be got at.
Attack them with pace and verve and they will struggle. United did not attack them before half-time and the result was that City, comfortable in possession, cut through them again and again.
Pogba, who at least got in the mood by dying his hair blue and white for the occasion, was, as so often, the barometer, terrible before half-time, inspirational after it. In the first half, his touch was poor, his use of the ball worse. Two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half and suddenly he was winning every tackle, so dominant that Guardiola made a point of congratulating him at the final whistle. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china
It was not quite the instant impact Wissam Ben Yedder once produced in a national team shirt but it nonetheless marked the fulfilment of a dream. His first senior appearance for France, replacing Olivier Giroud for the last 17 minutes of last month’s friendly against Colombia, passed with relatively little fanfare and its place in the wider narrative was diminished by Les Bleus contriving to turn a 2-0 lead into defeat. Whether it progressed Ben Yedder’s claim to a World http://www.sanjosesharksofficialonline.com/Adidas-Patrick-Marleau-Jersey Cup place remains to be seen but the Sevilla striker, whose club side play Bayern Munich in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, has battled greater odds.

Eight and a half years ago Ben Yedder made his bow on a different stage and the outcome felt more satisfactory. The venue was an indoor hall in Santiago, Chile; the sport was futsal and the result was 7-0 to France, whose debutant was among the scorers. Ben Yedder’s presence had been touch and go: when the team assembled at Charles de Gaulle airport he discovered his Tunisian passport – which he owed to his parents’ country of birth – did not permit him to make the journey. This reduced the then 19-year-old to tears but the situation was resolved with a new French document that allowed him to fly the day after his peers. The game represented the first of six caps and, in total, three goals; a decent return but, in a parallel universe to the 11-a-side game, hardly a feat that would propel him into the global spotlight.
These days Ben Yedder is the embodiment of two worlds successfully meeting. The first of his two goals at Old Trafford on 14 March, which knocked Manchester United out at the last-16 stage, was the kind he honed in his days working in tight spaces for Garges Djibson, a successful futsal club from the northern suburbs of Paris. A cushioned first touch, a shuffle of the feet to create space and a whipped finish with minimal backlift – Mike Napoli Jersey his early career was full of such moments but by the time of that match against Chile his experience at 11-a-side level had only reached the modest heights of the French fourth-tier club UJA Alfortville.
He had been accustomed to juggling his football and futsal commitments, a situation that remained broadly unchanged until, Zach Brown Womens Jersey eight months after the trip to Santiago and only a few weeks after his final futsal appearance for France – against Slovakia – Toulouse deemed him worthy of a gamble.
Ben Yedder’s trajectory has rarely stalled since. “I often tell him that he looks like Romário,” said his former clubmate Jonathan Zebina in 2012 during the first of four Ligue 1 seasons in which he hit double figures, although he went on to lament that Ben Yedder did not know who the former Jaleel Johnson Womens Jersey Brazil striker was. His coach at the time, http://www.authentictwinshop.com/authentic-6-tony-oliva-jersey.html Alain Casanova, went further in likening him to Lionel Messi and, although both comparisons are slightly fanciful, it does not take a huge leap to link them to the flair for improvisation he picked up from his former vocation.
In Seville they particularly note the similarity to Romário, appreciating a player who comes alive in the penalty area but can be selective with his movement elsewhere. He was among the last recruits of the feted talent-spotter, Monchi, now director of football at Roma, who had been scouting Ben Yedder for several years.
At what now looks a barely believable €9m he fitted the Monchi mould perfectly. He has scored 35 goals since signing in July 2016 and although Sevilla are the most surprising of this week’s Champions League quarter-finalists they possess a spearhead who, while unconventional in style and development curve, is capable of carrying them even further.
That applies whether or not he starts at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Ben Yedder said those goals at Old Trafford, which were his seventh and eighth in this season’s Champions League, were “a child’s dream”; they came shortly after he emerged from the bench and ended a run that brought one goal in 10 games. wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys
Before the cameras started rolling, Jürgen Klopp could be found in a quieter moment, leaning against the wall inside Womens Shane Vereen Jersey the tunnel, with the backdrop proclaiming Liverpool’s crowd as the “12th man” and several verses of prose depicting what the players of Manchester City can expect tonight. “Anfield is unique. It lives, it breathes. It gives us strength,” one verse of this wall mural reads. It is one of the last things the players see before going on the pitch and it is intended for the away players, as well as the home ones. “On match day it transforms. It comes alive to connect with its heroes. Through thick and thin, the ebb and flow. The decibels rise as its heartbeat sounds. Every ball http://www.footballbengalsofficialshop.com/Nike-Keivarae-Russell-Jersey.html is kicked. Every save is made. Every goal is celebrated.”

And the thinking goes that when the din is at its loudest, as it always tends Deshaun Watson Jersey to be in European ties, opposition teams have a tendency to wilt under the sign for “This is Anfield”. Malcolm Macdonald once tried to make a joke of it when Newcastle were in town, announcing: “I told you we had found the right place.” Bill Shankly was talking to the Newcastle manager, Joe Harvey, at the time. “Aye,” he shot back. “Wait till you get out there, son, and you’ll know you’re at Anfield. You can run but you canna hide.”

There are a thousand of these stories about the mystique and atmosphere of the place Liverpool Dante Fowler Jr Jersey call home – a ground where Manchester City have managed only three wins in 62 years – and, sure enough, it was not long before Klopp and Pep Guardiola were being asked in their press conferences whether Anfield had the power to intimidate opposition players. Shankly was also asked that question once and, more than 40 years on, his answer remains the Womens Ron Santo Jersey best one. “Only the bad ones,” he said.
That, in essence, is the problem for Liverpool in the first leg of this Champions League quarter-final: City do not have bad ones, or even average ones. David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and so on – players of this nature do not tend to be subdued by the noise of a crowd, the history of a stadium or whatever kind of welcome Liverpool’s fans intend to put on for them outside.
Klopp described Liverpool’s opponents as “one of the best teams in Europe, if not the best team in Europe”. They are definitely the best in England judging by the Premier http://www.clevelandbrownsauthorizedstore.com/shon-coleman-jersey-elite League table and, if they can be beaten, it would be a considerable surprise if it is because they freeze on the night. Guardiola, who has been involved in a few big games before, seemed suitably bemused by the suggestion.
Far more likely the sides will continue where they left off in January when Liverpool won 4-3 in a bona fide seven-goal thriller with both teams going at one another at full pelt. Guardiola says there is no reason to change City’s approach just because this is a Champions League tie and Klopp, once again, has promised to attack. “Don’t sit back,” the Liverpool manager said. “Sitting back is not a solution against City.”
Not every manager will share that view – not least the one who will take Manchester United to the Etihad on Saturday – but Klopp speaks from a position of knowledge bearing in mind there is nobody else in the business with a better success rate against Guardiola’s teams. Klopp has won six out of their 12 encounters in England http://www.jacksonvillejaguars.us.com/WOMENS-BARRY-CHURCH-JERSEY.html and Germany and drawn one of the others, though he interrupted one question on this theme to point out it was only last September that he also discovered what it was like to lose 5-0 in a dugout opposite the Catalan.
Nonetheless, the modern City do not regard Anfield as a happy hunting ground and have never actually won there during almost a decade of Abu Dhabi ownership. The last occasion was a 2-1 victory in 2003 when Kevin Keegan was manager and Nicolas Anelka scored the winner in the third minute of stoppage time.
Before that, it was Boxing Day 1981, when a 3-1 defeat for Liverpool persuaded Bob Paisley to remove the captaincy from Phil Thompson, and then it is necessary to go all the way back to an FA Cup tie in February 1956. City’s 2-1 win on that occasion was hardly a surprise bearing in mind Anfield was home to a second division team at the time.

Progress is never an easy thing to chart in football. To speak of points or goals or positions or even trophies can seem a little reductive, too contingent on circumstance or opponents to offer an entirely accurate reflection. It’s unlikely Tottenham will finish second this season as they did last, and they may not even finish third as they did in 2016. Even if they win all seven remaining games, they will not achieve the 86 points they racked up last season. And yet the sense is of progress. Another means of measurement, then, is required. Tottenham’s development can be measured out in Chelsea games.

Five times now Mauricio Pochettino has faced Antonio Conte. All five have been tight, intriguing games, but the balance has shifted. In http://www.authenticnikeseahawkshop.com/russell-wilson-jersey-for-sale-c-28.html November 2016, Tottenham went to Stamford Bridge Jake Elliott Womens Jersey and set up in a 4-2-3-1 against Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1. Then too Christian Eriksen scored with a ferocious shot from outside the box, but Pedro equalised before Diego Costa laid on a winner for Victor Moses.

In January last year, at White Hart Lane, Pochettino changed. He matched Chelsea shape-for-shape, 3-4-2-1 for 3-4-2-1 and saw his side overpower Chelsea, winning 2-0 as Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembélé had the better of a tumultuous midfield battle with N’Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matic. The FA Cup semi-final three months later brought a similar http://www.49ersofficialauthenticshop.com/75-laken-tomlinson-super-bowl-jersey.html match-up of formations but Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey Son Heung-min never looked comfortable as a left wing-back, conceding a penalty with a clumsy foul on Moses as Chelsea won 4-2 despite Tottenham having had the bulk of the play.
That was enough to force Conte to change for the league meeting at Wembley at the beginning of the season as he withdrew one of his inside-forwards into a deeper role, using David Luiz in midfield in a 3-5-1-1 that seemed designed to deny space to Eriksen and Dele Alli. It was a grim, functional Chelsea, one heavily reliant on Willian for creativity but it withstood pressure from a Spurs side struggling a little for rhythm and won thanks to a Marcos Alonso free-kick and then a late winner from the same player.
The shape, though, has not brought Conte much joy since, the focus on Eden Hazard making Chelsea a little predictable, and so the 3-4-2-1 has returned as the default since January. What was significant on Sunday was that Pochettino http://www.officialtigersproshop.com/WOMENS-OMAR-INFANTE-JERSEY.html felt no need to alter his approach to face it, using a Authentic Jacoby Brissett Jersey 4-2-3-1, just as he had in the first of the five meetings.
Chelsea’s wing-backs remained an issue; Totenham never seem quite to have got to grips with them. Alonso’s late runs were a persistent problem, most notably leading to the first-half effort he had ruled out for offside when he seemed not to have been picked up. It was Moses, though, who had the greater impact, finding an alarming amount of space, which led to the Chelsea goal.
That seemed a consequence of the way Eriksen drifted inside, which perhaps was a risk worth taking, both because it meant the Dane got into more dangerous positions and because it meant Tottenham often outnumbered Chelsea three-on-two in central areas. As the game wore on, Eric Dier increasingly dropped deeper, becoming almost a third central defender which in turn allowed the full-backs to push higher, engaging Moses and Alonso higher up the pitch.
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That sense of power in reserve was there again as Andreas Christensen and Victor Moses closed on a loose ball, only to find themselves nudged aside by that slender figure in the blue boots, wriggling in between with a thrust of the hips then accelerating away with startling ease, drawing the first real gurgle of excitement from the travelling fans.
For all the noise around elite sport, the talk of systems and structures, not to mention the great British obsession with hoodoos and jinxes, there is still nothing quite like talent.
Dele Alli is having a slow season. Dele Alli faces a battle for his World Cup spot. Dele Alli has now scored or made 60 goals in 100 Premier League games. He might flicker at times, or have a little raggedness about him. But he remains a ludicrously gifted 21-year-old, able to produce moments of exhilarating incision, and to play with a degree of imagination beyond those who might show a little more discipline in other areas.
That cutting edge was there again just after the hour, as Alli produced the touch that killed the game. Someone may at some stage this season produce a better cushioned, full-speed, tip-of-the-toenail touch rushing in on goal with half an eye on the goalkeeper and the great barrelling rush of expectation behind them, a season there to be seized in that moment. But none spring to mind right now.
Veering on to a pass over the top from Eric Dier, Alli conjured up a beautiful miniature, a first touch so good it took him just wide enough to give an angle to his Authentic Mike Green Jersey second, which saw him flick the ball past Willy Caballero with a wonderful, galloping impudence. Spurs were 2-1 up at that stage. The third goal, and Alli’s second, came a few minutes later, made by a pass from Christian Eriksen and some fine ferreting work from Son Heung-min. Chelsea’s defenders flailed as the ball trickled across the six-yard box. Alli’s finish again had something of the playground genius about it, the ball switched from right to left foot, then rolled into the space past Caballero, a moment of clarity in the middle Latavius Murray Authentic Jersey of all that fury.
And so Tottenham added another line to the gathering sense of purpose around this team. They will now surely finish as the top club in London for the first time since Blackburn Rovers were champions. Even better, this was an occasion where Spurs might have been thrown by Álvaro Morata’s opening goal just after that first rousing moment of skill from Alli.
Instead they snatched their way back into this game Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey against the head. It is a constant criticism of Spurs that they only win well; that they fall short when there is need simply to spoil and grab. The Spursiness of Spurs, that essence of almost-there: change the head http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com/Adidas-Patric-Hornqvist-Jersey and the handle however many times you like, that broom still doesn’t quite get into the corners, still tends to snag a little at the vital moments.
Not so here. Spurs were fading a little at the end of the first half but they were dragged level by another moment of pure talent, this time from Eriksen. Alli chased a long drifting pass to the touchline and back-heeled it infield towards Moses, who then gave it straight to Ben Davies. Davies fed a pass infield to Eriksen, who took the most grudging of backlifts and shot with a startling ferocity past Caballero, the ball swirling and dipping with all sorts of malevolent energy.

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In 1940 West Ham won the Football League War Cup, a tournament of some 137 games played in the space of only nine weeks. But replays, officials decided, had complicated matters unnecessarily. The following year drawn ties were awarded Babe Ruth Authentic Jersey to the team with the superior league record, but this too caused unhappiness.
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There was, however, a problem inherent in the system. “There was always a danger,” the Liverpool Echo reported in April 1944, “that two sides some time would find that the finish wouldn’t come, not even by the time the cows came home.”
Another Lancashire Cup match, between Liverpool and Everton this time, had gone to not-so-sudden death. “The longer it went on the less likely did a decision appear to be,” the Echo wrote. “After 130 minutes we had the remarkable sight of directors and managers of both sides confabbing with the players and referee on the sideline in search of a solution. Liverpool suggested tossing, but the Everton players, who seemed slightly less exhausted by the http://www.patriotsfootballofficialsauthentic.com/Donald-Trump-Jersey.html ordeal, voted for carrying on. To keep things within reasonable bounds, however, Mr Walter Cartwright representing the Lancashire FA instructed the referee to abandon the game if there was no further score in the next five minutes. There wasn’t, and the players trooped wearily off.”
This was complete lawlessness, a game played to a soundtrack of discussions on the sidelines between people attempting to improvise a way of finishing it and which ended only when a local FA official took it upon himself to change the rules of the competition to make them less inconvenient.
“We’ve got to remember that all the players are either in the forces or working. There’s no ‘laying in’ until midday. Lots of the civilian players put in a good morning’s work before the match, while service men frequently have to do morning duty before leaving camp,” the Echo complained. “I know many instances where service players have done heavy cross-country exercises with full pack on Saturday mornings, stood up most of the way by train or bus to the match, often with nothing to eat, and have then been criticised by those who didn’t know for being ‘out of condition’. They’re not out of condition. On the contrary, they must be in tip-top trim to stand what they do, but there are limits to everything.”
Players continued to strain them. In the following season’s War Cup, a match between Cardiff City and Bristol City continued for – excluding intervals – three hours and 20 minutes before Bill Rees capitalised on a goalkeeping error to head in a winner. “Pandemonium broke out,” reported the Western Mail. “The big crowd of more than http://www.nflbillsofficialauthentic.com/Nike-Kyle-Williams-Jersey.html 20,000, the excitement and tension over, invaded the field and carried shoulder-high those young City players eager hands could grasp. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys
Hard to believe but the Premier League season is almost over. Where has the time gone? Feels like only yesterday José Mourinho was happy.

Anyway, with the home stretch in sight, I’ve picked a Premier League XI of the season so far. My choices are sure to cause shock, horror and outrage but before the frothing commences let me make something clear: the team below are not made up of the 11 best players in their respective positions. Some are but others are players who have performed notably above expectation – individually or within a partnership/unit – and therefore http://www.authenticthunderjersey.com/Russell_Westbrook_Jersey are worthy of recognition. This also means there is a whacking great omission, one bordering on a national scandal, but I don’t care – I stand by my choices.

David de Gea has kept the most clean sheets. David de Gea has made the most eye-catching saves. David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, if not the world. But David de Gea doesn’t make this team because, across town, a 24-year-old Brazilian has made an incredible impact. Not much was known about Ederson when he arrived at Manchester City in June Blake Martinez Jersey but he has gone on to impress with his shot stopping, decision making and unreal distribution. And anyone who says it is easy being City’s goalkeeper, I have two words for you: Claudio Bravo.
There’s no escaping it: £53m is a jaw-dropping amount to pay for a full-back. Equally, there’s no doubt Walker has proven to be a worthwhile acquisition for City, providing the width and penetration Pep Guardiola demands from his wide defenders, as well as being better defensively than his critics suggest. He is England’s best right-back and probably the Premier League’s too.
Patience is a virtue and, in some cases, the way you break into the England squad a few months before the World Cup. This time last year no one would have predicted Tarkowski would be in Gareth Southgate’s plans this close to the finals but that is where the 25-year-old finds himself having bided his time at Burnley and, following Michael Keane’s move to Everton, taken his chance, impressing with his Cam Fowler Jersey distribution and defensive capabilities. Yes, Tarkowski performed nervously for England in midweek, and gave http://www.footballravensofficialauthentic.com/Ronnie_Stanley_Jersey away the penalty that led to Italy’s equaliser, but it was his debut and at club level he has been consistently excellent. His inclusion in this team should also be viewed within the context of the person he is deployed alongside …
Only three players have made more clearances this Randy Johnson Jersey season than Mee and, at Burnley, only one player has completed more minutes. The 28-year-old has been a model of consistent excellence and, alongside Tarkowski, the bedrock of a side who have conceded a measly 26 goals in 30 games. As a centre-back partnership, Tarkowski and Mee are hard to beat and the latter’s presence also provides the giggling joy of hearing commentators say things like: “Great header by Mee.”
Any Liverpool supporter who says they weren’t underwhelmed by the club’s £8m purchase of Robertson from Hull City in July is a liar. Fast forward eight months and most of them are singing his praises as well as his name. Robertson has been a revelation since stepping in for the injured Alberto Moreno in December, catching the eye with his crossing ability as well as with his work rate and defensive skills. The 24-year-old has been one of the bargains of the season and ended Liverpool’s decades-long problems at left-back.
If you haven’t seen Doucouré play in the flesh, you should. He’s excellent. A marauding, hard-working and clever presence in central midfield who is the main reason Watford have avoided sliding into relegation trouble. Oh, and he is also their top scorer with seven goals. The Frenchman is the full package and, aged 25, young enough to get even better. Watford supporters won’t want to San Jose Sharks Jersey hear it but Doucouré is unlikely to remain at Vicarage Road for much longer; sooner rather than later the big boys will come calling.
No player has provided more assists this season and when City wrap up the title it will be De Bruyne who, Guardiola aside, receives the most individual recognition for the success. Quite rightly too: the Belgian has been supreme, featuring in every one of City’s 30 fixtures so far and, in practically every one, bamboozling the opposition with skill, strength and imagination. The 26-year-old is a Ballon d’Or winner in the http://www.authenticmetshop.com/authentic-4-wilmer-flores-jersey.html making.

The QC leading the Football Association’s independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in football is prepared to launch his own investigation into clubs at the centre of the scandal if he finds that they did not respond adequately to his request for information.

Clive Sheldon QC has given some Paul Konerko Jersey of the dozen clubs thought to be the main focus of his review a month to produce a ‘structured report’ detailing how they reacted to allegations of abuse suffered by former players between 1970 and 2005.
Those clubs, associated with perpetrators of abuse, have Dede Westbrook Youth jersey been asked to show http://www.nflgiantsofficialonlinestore.com/GIANTS-PHIL-SIMMS-JERSEY whether they followed child safeguarding procedures correctly and Sheldon has the power to intervene and carry out an independent investigation into their behaviour if he is not satisfied that the reports have http://www.sabresteamprostore.com/Anders_Nilsson_Jersey answered all of the relevant questions. His report will name clubs who hold back information.
The inquiry began in December 2016 after Andy Woodward told the Guardian he was abused by Barry Bennell at Crewe and instigated what the FA’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the biggest crisis he can remember in the sport. Bennell, a former coach at Crewe and Manchester City, was jailed for 30 years last month for 50 offences of child sexual abuse relating to 12 junior players, aged eight to 14, between 1979 and 1990. Another 86 Dozens more former players have come forward to make abuse complaints against him.
City are holding a QC-led inquiry into Bennell’s offending at their club and Chelsea have appointed a QC to lead an inquiry into separate abuse allegations at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s, but Crewe have been criticised for resisting calls to conduct an independent investigation into the abuse. The club said this month that the police had found no evidence that anyone at Crewe knew about Bennell’s offending and that they saw no need to “duplicate the thorough inquiries” by launching another inquiry.
It is believed that survivors who sought help after being abused mostly spoke to people within clubs instead of going to the police. Sheldon’s final report, which is expected to be ready in September, will name clubs and individuals if he concludes they did not take the correct steps in those situations. The report may recommend suitable sanctions to the FA.
Sheldon, whose inquiry has heard that Crewe continued to employ Bennell for a number of years despite being told by the police to “move him on” in the late-1980s, had hoped to finish his report in April. It has been an enormous undertaking, however, and Sheldon is not expected to start writing until August.
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There has been no suggestion the FA will decide not to publish Sheldon’s findings, although there is a possibility that some sections will be redacted for legal reasons. Sheldon has met 29 abuse victims and hopes to speak to between 10 and 15 more. The inquiry has been so harrowing that Sheldon and some members of his team have seen a counsellor, paid for by the FA, to look after their mental health. However none of Sheldon’s staff have asked for time off work. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys
Bert van Marwijk’s World Cup mission has just got that little bit brighter. Battered by Norway four days ago, now Australia have a credible 0-0 draw with Colombia to their name after an encouraging evening in London. The Van Marwijk Socceroo era is finding its feet.

Australia’s intensity, rhythm and structure improved remarkably since the 4-1 reverse in Oslo. The extra sessions under Womens Paul Martin Jersey their Dutch coach, and the introduction of Massimo Luongo and Tomi Rogic into the starting team, handsomely paid off at Craven Cottage against far superior opponents.
Van Marwijk said the Socceroos are starting to learn what he wants from them. “In Oslo we wanted to do the same, but then we only had one normal training,” he said.
“Now we know each other a few days longer and we trained a few days more I think you can see the players are beginning to understand more of what we want and how we want to play. They like to play that way.
“The best combination is that you play in the way that fits the players and also the coach, you could see it especially in the first half. That must become better and better but this is a good start. We played very well in the first half. In the second half it became more difficult because of the qualities of Colombia. But I think in the second half we also had good character to bring the 0-0 tonight.”
The Socceroos made five changes from the starting XI that struggled against the Norwegians, with Brad Jones making his first international appearance in four years, and Josh http://www.shopjaguarsnfljerseys.com/Paul-Posluszny-Jersey Risdon and Tomi Juric also handed starts. Andrew Nabbout was moved from the No 9 role to the right wing, with Juric leading the Socceroo attack, while Aaron Mooy was ruled out with an injury suffered before the game.
They faced a side filled with attacking strike and fearsome talent – from Bayern Munich’s James Rodríguez to Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, Milan’s Cristian Zapata and Arsenal keeper David Ospina. José Pékerman has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, something to surely inspire envy in his Dutch counterpart.
But Australia more than held its own against a side with a legitimate chance of lifting the Jules Geoff Swaim Youth jersey Rimet trophy this June.
In the fourth minute Jones was called into action after a dangerous Rodríguez cross onto the head of Mateus Uribe. The Socceroos were far more settled with a different back four than the one they fielded in Norway, but were still chasing shadows in the early stages. Colombia’s superior touch and speed on the ball was telling.
However, Australia grew into the game and rose to the challenge. On 16 minutes http://www.officiallachargers.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_NIGEL_HARRIS_JERSEY.html Aziz Behich’s cross was deflected into the path of Luongo, but his shot was blocked clear of Ospina’s goal. A key Brandon Marshall Jersey Mark Milligan tackle prevented Carlos Bacca going through on goal nine minutes later.
As the first half wore on the Socceroos frustrated La Tricolor with their aggression and physicality. In the 33rd minute Rodríguez was wasteful, mis-hitting Johan Mojica’s cross. Then Matthew Leckie could only head over Colombia’s goal from the impressive Luongo’s corner kick.

Two years ago, most of South America’s women’s national teams disappeared from the Fifa rankings because their federations cared only about their men’s team. It got so bad that some federations stopped scheduling matches Brandon Tate Jersey and staffing women’s sides.

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For these players, the Copa América Femenina’s importance can hardly be overstated. Next month they will square off in Chile to qualify for the World Cup and Pan-American Games 2019, as well http://www.nflvikingsofficialonline.com/authentic-shamar-stephen-jersey.html as the 2020 Olympics. Players are looking at the Copa as a chance to convince the crowds, their federations, their families and maybe even themselves that they are rescuing women’s football in South America from oblivion.
So how have the women from three of the most passionate football cultures protested against being treated so shamefully by their federations? The short answer is collectively. Collective action is politics of necessity for the players who fear retaliation from their coaches and federations. Because the teams are so far under the radar those decisions happen without public outcry. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the national teams most vocally protesting against the conditions – Argentina, Brazil and Chile– are those with the highest ranking men’s teams.
The Brazilian federation has unapologetically mistreated players and shut women out of leadership positions for decades. Even during the 2015 World Cup in Canada the president of women’s football complimented the squad on their feminine appearance rather than their play. When Emily Lima was appointed as the first female head coach in 2017 the Brazilian players celebrated, only for her to be abruptly dismissed months later. In a poignant protest, five players, including the prolific striker Cristiane, retired in distress.
Former players, current players, and experts followed up with a powerful Dave Dravecky Authentic Jersey letter. The federation president, Marco Polo Del Nero, has been described as a “playboy” and is reluctant to leave the country for fear of being arrested for corruption, organised a committee to address concerns. The committee worked for months but it was unexpectedly disbanded in February. One more protest co-opted, dismissed and such hard work wasted.
Chilean players, meanwhile, made a surprise move when they formed a players’ union in 2016, which eventually integrated into the men’s union and gained enough momentum to reorganise their team after years of neglect. It was the union that convinced the Chilean federation to host the Copa América, another step toward the revitalisation of women’s football on the continent.
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If Tottenham Hotspur had set out to create a modern parable showing all that is wrong with football, they could not have done better.

Details of the eagerly awaited new stadium were revealed last week, with season ticket price rises of up to 70%. The glossy brochure boasting of sumptuous facilities looks decadent now the ticket prices are known. Instead of welcoming an improved new “home”, many fans are saying that European oak finishes and brushed steel on the food court worksurfaces are not the reason they come to the match. And the placing of over 1,000 premium-lite exclusive membership club tickets costing £2,200 across the centre of the vaunted single-tier home end looks like a calculated insult.
Impervious as ever to fan criticism, the club at first denied there were any complaints, then ludicrously claimed prices had not risen because the product was not comparable. After the Supporters’ Trust dug deep into the figures and highlighted the implications for many fans, the club put out a statement containing the claim that there were more tickets at £995 available than there were season tickets at the old ground. That is supposed to be a good thing. The spirit of Marie Antoinette lives on.
Those who would respond that this is the commercial reality of modern football should think again. As should the club. The income from these prices will do very little to boost player wages – something that is in any case less of a priority for a fan base energised by seeing a successful team being coached rather than bought. And in any case there is no commitment from the club to break its wage cap. The stadium is financed, like all major builds, on debt and that must be paid off. The banks have been persuaded by the projected loyalty of the club’s support. Build it and they will come, goes the theory, and when they do they will create an atmosphere that helps sell the product to global TV for high sums.
That http://www.officialauthenticpatriots.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_CYRUS_JONES_JERSEY.html might be true for one season at a new stadium, or until the team hits a dip in form. But what then? Having priced out some of its most loyal fans and turned one of the most atmospheric crowds in the country into just another set of customers consuming, rather than creating, the product, how valuable will Brand Spurs be?
The old saying about knowing the price of everything but the value of nothing is apposite. All fans are passionate about their club, but Spurs fans have maintained a Eric Weddle Womens Jersey passion that has drawn admiration, if only grudging, from elsewhere through lean times. There have been feelings that the club has lost its way before, but the last few years under Mauricio Pochettino have led to the strengthening of a bond between fans and club and a new feeling of shared identity. The club looked to have recognised that, with its dignified and moving handling of the last months at White Hart Lane and its talk of putting atmosphere and the supporters “front and centre” of the new stadium. How foolish we were to believe that.
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Or it could carry on regardless, changing the nature of the product. Spurs could end up just another high street destination rather than a unique brand with a living history. The current board could be remembered as the visionaries they want to be. Or they could be remembered as the builders of a monument to the folly of modern football. wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys
Last month Gareth Southgate did a long broadcast interview with the journalist Guillem Balagué. It kicked off with Balagué lobbing up a soft one, asking England’s manager what album he would choose to keep if he Authentic Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey could listen to only one.

Rather than just doing the decent thing and saying, yeah, I listen to Drake in the car, Southgate went on to talk – for absolutely ages – about how lucky he was to have been in so many dressing rooms, to have been exposed to different kinds of music, different genres and cultures.

“Yes OK, but what album?” Guillem cut in, not giving it http://www.officialpanthersfootballstore.com/Trai_Turner_Jersey up. “Well,” Gareth mused, dwelling a bit more on his recent experience of new music through the younger generation, how varied the cultural palate is, how diverse and multilayered, before concluding, “I guess I’d have to say The Joshua Tree by U2.”
As moments of endearingly David Brent-style comedy go, this made for a good start to an interesting interview. But it also seemed to Geno Atkins Youth jersey chime with the wider sense in Southgate-era England of a lot of carefully managed chatter, a place of DNA and cultures and multifaceted whatnot, all set against the same rather careful stadium-rock football.
Or perhaps not. Gareth and The Joshua Tree also came to mind, briefly, as the team for Friday night’s friendly against the Netherlands was announced. The current England squad is a mixed affair, with plenty of outsiders, form horses, and many who have reached this level via the road less travelled. Could it be that England really are Bill Russell Jersey about to set off for a major tournament with a team made up of left-field cuts Authentic Nick Williams Jersey and indie favourites?
In the event the opposite happened in Amsterdam. This was instead a Joshua Tree of a team, compromised entirely of mainstream, platinum-selling parts. All 10 outfield players were drawn http://www.authenticbluesjerseys.com/Authentic-Vince-Dunn-Jersey from clubs http://www.goldenstatewarriorsauthentic.com/Womens-David-West-Jersey in the last 16 of the Champions League. Every player had spent some part of his youth at a Premier League-or-equivalent academy. Only two Englishman over the age of 27 touched the ball all night.
There has been an understandable urge to play down the import of a 1-0 win away to a poor Dutch team, who had only three Champions League players of their own on the pitch. Two years ago England beat the world champions and the current European champions as part of their preparations for being humiliated by Iceland at the European Championship.
But there are also times when credit is due for the methodology as much as the endgame. This was in its own way a process realised, a case of Peak Gareth. Win or lose, this team puts to the test the structures and tactics incubated at St George’s Park, via Premier League academies and Southgate’s own under-21 group.
There were plenty of coherent elements. It was striking to hear Ronald Koeman, who knows a bit about elite winning teams, say that England had been more comfortable on the ball. It is a significant cultural shift, and a genuine departure after decades spent watching England teams for whom the ball has so often appeared to be square.
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If this was Alex McLeish’s attempt to dispel the sense of indifference that had come with his underwhelming appointment as Scotland manager last month, then not all went to plan. His was the archetypal international football hiring, and this was the archetypal international friendly, with not much to rouse the smattering of fans inside Hampden beyond the novel sight of a few new faces in the dark blue shirt.

Of course, Costa Rica are off to the World Cup this summer, and so this fixture at least had some tangible purpose for them as they go through their final preparations before heading to Russia. But for Scotland this was about kick-starting a new cycle which, they hope, will lead them to a major tournament not far down the line.

McLeish’s experimental lineup included places for the Aberdeen centre-back Scott http://www.goldenstatewarriorsauthentic.com/Womens-Latrell-Sprewell-Jersey McKenna, while Kevin McDonald partnered the newly Scottish Scott McTominay in midfield. The enigmatic but unproven Oli McBurnie led the line, providing a source of curiosity for those who had not seen a professional footballer play with socks around his ankles since the 1970s.
With so many making their debuts it was little wonder that Scotland looked disjointed from the start, falling behind after only 14 minutes when Bryan Oviedo’s pulled-back cross from the left was guided Marqueston Huff Authentic Jersey home by Marco Ureña. Callum Paterson threatened a reply moments later, but saw his glancing header from a Matt Ritchie Derrick Coleman Authentic Jersey cross flash just past the far post.
The decision to play a back three, with Paterson and Andrew Robertson as the wing-backs, was designed to allow Scotland to go down the outside of the opposition, but there was little sign of that until Robertson drilled a low ball into the box after 34 minutes. While at Liverpool Robertson so frequently finds Roberto Firmino or Mohamed Salah on the end of his deliveries, there was nobody in dark blue to turn home this one.
With José Mourinho watching McTominay from the stands, the Manchester United midfielder struggled to get a grip of the game, getting caught out by the bounce of a ball at the start of the second half, allowing Costa Rica to break forward in numbers. Bryan Ruiz appeared to have been forced wide enough, but easily beat Robertson to cut inside at the byline and ping a strike off the Scotland crossbar from a tight angle.
There was some nice passing from Scotland in the middle of the pitch, but all too rarely did it lead to http://www.authenticfootballonlinestore.com/atlanta-falcons-c-1574_1575.html anything in the final third. Tom http://www.detroitlions.us.com/WOMENS-TAHIR-WHITEHEAD-JERSEY.html Cairney is one of the many talents many believe Gordon Strachan should have been called up to the Scotland squad long ago, but the Fulham attacker did little to justify that claim here. Ritchie was handy from set pieces, but he still does not http://www.nflvikingsofficialonline.com/authentic-adrian-peterson-jersey.html have the kind Womens Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey of influence on this Scotland team that he enjoys at Newcastle.
With just under an hour played, Cairney and McTominay were withdrawn for Stuart Armstrong and Callum McGregor, with the Celtic pair immediately injecting some life into a stagnant affair. While there has been much excitement north of the border over McTominay’s rise at Old Trafford, he is not one to dominate a match, doing well enough on his international debut but not shining. He will grow into his surroundings in Scotland over time, just as he has in Manchester.
McGregor nearly created the equaliser on the 65 minute mark, bursting through midfield before threading a pass for Ritchie, who had peeled away from his marker. But the Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas was equal to the shot from 16 yards. Scotland forged another opening soon after, with Robertson getting down the left to fizz a ball Emmanuel Sanders Womens Jersey across the face of goal. McBurnie failed to make the connection.

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