Transfers Icardi the ideal Lewandowski successor at Bayern – Toni Goal 16:57 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Bayern München v Stuttgart Udinese v Internazionale Internazionale Serie A Bundesliga The Poland international has been linked with a summer switch to Real Madrid and the former striker believes FCB should let him go Bayern Munich should sell Robert Lewandowski and buy Inter star Mauro Icardi to replace him, according to former striker Luca Toni.Lewandowski’s agent said last month that the Poland international “needs a change and a new challenge in his career”, possibly paving the way for a move to Real Madrid.The European champions have been credited with an interest in the Bundesliga’s runaway top scorer, though Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has denied claims the clubs have discussed him in recent meetings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The possibility of Lewandowski leaving the Bavarian outfit has raised some concerns over who should replace him, but the solution is a simple one for ex-Bayern and Italy forward Toni.The 41-year-old sees no reason for Bayern to hold Lewandowski back if he wants to go, telling Sport Bild: “If a player wants to go, you should let him go.”And the former Juventus No.9 is confident that a suitable successor is already lying in wait, with Icardi being linked with a move away from Inter again after his 29-goal season in Serie A.”Mauro Icardi from Inter would be perfect for Bayern, he is very strong and younger,” he said of the 25-year-old.Icardi himself has said his future depends on Inter’s situation, stating he is willing to leave if it is in the best interests in the club.”If it’s good for the team that I stay, then I’ll stay, otherwise I will leave,” he said. “I always do what is best for the club and the team. When the season ends, we’ll talk to the club and see what is best for them.”Icardi’s agent and wife said last month that many clubs are willing to match the forward’s release clause in the next transfer market, while coach Luciano Spalletti admitted his side may be unable to prevent him from leaving in the near future.
Transfers Chelsea starlet St Clair leaves for Venezia after rejecting new deal Chris Burton 20:32 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Chelsea Venezia Serie A Premier League The 19-year-old midfielder has opted against penning fresh terms at Stamford Bridge and will instead look to continue his development in Italy Chelsea have seen highly-rated midfielder Harvey St Clair opt against signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge and instead complete a move to Venezia.The 19-year-old had been on the Blues’ books since joining their U8 team, progressing through the ranks to make his bow for the U18s at just 15 years of age.He was highly regarded in west London, but he has opted to continue his development elsewhere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move St Clair told the Scottish FA’s official website: “I’m really pleased that everything’s settled because it’s been on my mind for months.“I’ll go out to Italy on July 7 to start pre-season preparations and I’m looking forward to it already, but it was a really difficult decision to leave Chelsea and one I didn’t take lightly.“It’s been a very hard decision for me and my family. I first trained with Chelsea when I was six years old so I’ve been associated with the club for a long time now. They’ve done so much to help me over that period of time.“They’re a great club with an unbelievable academy. I just feel like it’s the right decision for me at this point in my career.“I really want to be playing regular first-team football if I can and with the depth of talent Chelsea have available to them then I just didn’t see that happening in the short term.“That’s absolutely not a criticism of them – just a fact of life. It’s the level that they’re at.“Venezia are really ambitious and looking to go places and, like I said, my focus is to be playing first-team football. It’s something I feel I need at this age.”With his current contract set to expire at the end of June, Chelsea had been hoping to put fresh terms in place for a man who made 17 appearances for their U23 side last season.He netted three goals and provided three assists in those outings, but was reluctant to commit to an extended stay.Welcome Harvey St Clair! 🙌🏻🦁👉🏻 https://t.co/panB6rrEYP pic.twitter.com/VmVWUWCcv0— Venezia FC (@VeneziaFC_IT) June 16, 2018Instead, St Clair has taken the decision to link up with an outfit currently turning out in Serie B.Having completed a medical with Venezia, a youngster who won the FA Youth Cup and U18 Premier League with Chelsea has signed a four-year deal.He will now be hoping to build on a productive summer which has already delivered productive outings at the 2018 Toulon Tournament.St Clair formed part of the Scotland side which reached the semi-finals of that competition before losing 3-1 to eventual winners England.Those efforts were reported to have attracted interest from the likes of Watford and Zenit St Petersburg, but they have been left empty-handed.The talented teenager feels that a permanent switch, rather than the loans Chelsea are partial to, will better serve his efforts to fulfil his undoubted potential in the years to come.
Egypt ‘Mohamed is fit’ – Salah’s agent issues positive update on Egypt star’s fitness Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 20:26 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Egypt World Cup Russia v Egypt Russia Mohamed Salah The Liverpool star missed his country’s loss to Uruguay but is set to return against Russia in a must-win encounter Mohamed Salah’s agent has confirmed that the Liverpool forward is fit to return to action for Egypt at the World Cup for Tuesday’s clash with Russia.The 26-year-old missed his country’s loss to Uruguay on Friday because of the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.Egypt were blunt without their star man, falling to a disappointing 1-0 defeat, with Jose Gimenez’s injury-time header gifting victory to a below-par Uruguay side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Salah looks set to return to action for Egypt’s vital second group game, against the host nation, although previous insistence that he would play against Uruguay will plant seeds of doubt in many minds.His agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, tweeted, simply: “Mohamed is fit.”Mohamed is fit.— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) June 17, 2018Russia ran riot in their opening game, thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 to take control of Group A.That result, coupled with Egypt’s defeat, means that they cannot afford another defeat on the biggest stage, and they will be hopeful that Salah can replicate his 2017-18 club form against Russia.Salah scored a staggering 44 goals in 52 appearances for Liverpool, as they finished fourth in the Premier League, and reached the final of Europe’s premier club competition.His shoulder injury, sustained in a challenge with Sergio Ramos, has led to doubts over his participation in Russia.The Egyptian Football Assocation has declared Salah fit, saying: “He was fit to play against Uruguay but the coach did not want to take the risk.”However, pictures have emerged from Egypt training showing Salah’s team-mates helping him put on a t-shirt, adding to the mystery over his fitness.Manager Hector Cuper is bullish, though, claiming it is “almost 100 per cent” that he will play.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) has recently designed and released the new banner for SportingPulse online systems used by the Touch Football community. This is just a small part of TFA’s re-branding objective, and continuous technological developments for the current strategic cycle.The Touch Football Online tool is the ‘official Membership and Payments system of TouchFootball Australia’, and is available for all recognised affiliates. It helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s membership and financial details.No matter the size or scope of your affiliate, SportingPulse Membership can build new efficiencies into your business processes, saving you time while enabling you to manage your membership information the right way.For more information, please click on the attached memo. Related Filestouch_football_online-_banner_release-pdfRelated LinksTouch Football Online
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Power Productions to professionally film and produce for broadcast/live stream, the 2016 Elite Eight series and selected National Touch League Grand Finals (from 12.40pm Saturday, 12 March 2016). The Elite Eight Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s grand finals as well as the NTL Mixed Open and selected NTL grand finals will be live streamed direct from C.ex International Stadium by Power Productions; the package includes expert commentary and live scoring for all games (stay tuned to the TFA website for links) â€“ bringing you all the drama and latest with team changes and form guide going into the finals.The Elite Eight Grand Finals will feature in a special 90-minute show set to broadcast on Fox Sports 1 just three weeks following the event.The initial scheduling of the TV program will be Tuesday, 5 April at 4.00pm and Saturday, 9 April at 9.00am (AEST). Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!Power Productions has a wealth of experience and achievements in the industry televising sport and events, including prominent Touch Football events like the State of Origin and the opening day of the Touch World Cup in recent years. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for the links to the live streaming of games on the TFA YouTube channel (â€˜TFATVâ€™), throughout the 2016 National Touch League (from Wednesday, 9 March).You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2016 National Touch League as follows â€“ visit, view, share, like and join our conversation in coming days as we get for the â€˜Best of the Bestâ€™ live from Coffs Harbour:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 NTL Live!
Touch Football Australia has countless volunteers who dedicate their time across the country to make significant contributions to our Touch Football family.To celebrate and recognise these contributions, each State and Territory were asked to nominate one highly valued volunteer to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2017.The nominees for the 2017 TFA Volunteer of the Year Award are: Toby Burgess – TASToby Burgess is a name that is synonymous with Touch Football in Tasmania. A lifelong volunteer to sport both as a player, referee and coach, Toby has been a part of Touch Football for over 20 years. Toby Burgess over the last 12 months has been a great asset to the Tasmanian Office. Toby’s focus on improving our Tasmanian State Teams is second to none and has always put his hand up to be a coach over the years. This past year was no different, when Toby was head coach for two of our elite state teams. Toby also implemented additional training sessions for our teams during the week to ensure the highest level of performance at the NTL. Gabe Hodges – ACTGabe has made significant impacts on gender diversity in our sport. She has primarily worked with young female Touch Football players, providing them with opportunities to invest in our game at all levels following their interaction with her. Gabe is also a valuable member of the ACT SOAP, offering her years of experience in junior development over the last 4 years.Gabe has dedicated a significant amount of her time to the growth of Touch Football in the ACT – committing herself to at least four nights of Touch Football per week in a coaching or playing capacity. Her friendly, encouraging and happy disposition has made her a favourite amongst the ACT community. Graham Knights – NSWManly Warringah is one of the top affiliates in NSW, not only for their on the field performances but also their off field performances. Graham’s has been instrumental in this success. His vision of ensuring that the club has policies and procedures for every aspect of their operations has laid out a clear and concise platform to ensure not just success but also sustainability in one of the most competitive environments and landscapes in NSW.This platform paved by Graham importantly is having a great impact at grass roots level and the growth of the organisation. His and his clubs work is not just having an impact with the Manly Warringah TA, but also with other affiliates across the state. Many of whom are looking to Manly to replicate their success by following the programs and principles laid down by Graham and his team. Importantly Graham is willing to share his experiences with other affiliates and members. Thomas Edgword – NTTom has had a huge impact with improving the culture within the sport across the NT. He recognises the need to high standards to set a benchmark for others to strive to achieve to show our sport in good standing. Tom is a damn good bloke. He is loyal, enthusiastic, committed and passionate in all he does. He loves the game of touch and represents our game in the highest both in his personal and work life. He has and continues to represent the Army in touch football at the highest level. He willingly takes others under his wing to guide and nurture them within the touch football environment. Tom is the type of person who will do anything with integrity for our game. Deirdre Morrow – SADeirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally. Steve Watterson – QLDHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs. Monique Williamson – WAOver the past 12 months Monique has once again remained President of Perth Brothers Touch Association, a position she has held since 2009. Monique is Perth Brother – she is a coach, team manager, helps in the canteen and looks after the Junior Referees. Monique does everything!Monique’s impact on the organisation has been enormous, she has bought a sense of community and pride to the Perth Brothers through her professionalism, hard work and leadership in a largely diverse area of the Perth Metropolitan area. Monique strongly deserves this nomination as a reward for the professionalism and leadership she has bought to Perth Brothers TA and is now bringing her skill and experience at the SOAP level.Congratulations to all our nominees for their nominations and a big thank you for all your hard work and effort. The winner will be announced in the coming weeks.