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Sadio Mane pulang ke Liverpool dengan berita buruk

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Nasib yang agak malang?

Sadio Mane dikatakan mengalami kecederaan sekali lagi ketika bersama skuad Senegal yang baru sahaja berjaya melayakkan diri ke Piala Dunia 2018 di Russia.

Dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan semalam, Senengal FA mengesahkan bahawa Mane telah dihantar pulang ke Liverpool untuk memulakan proses pemulihan bersama doktor kelab Liga Perdana Inggeris itu.

“Selepas perlawanan Senegal vs Afrika Selatan pada Jumaat lalu, kecederaan lama Sadio Mane telah menyusul kembali.

“Kami mengadakan perbincangan dengan pasukan perubatan Liverpool dan membuat keputusan untuk menghantar beliau kembali ke England untuk memulakan proses pemulihan.”

Berita ini sudah tentu akan menghampakan Jurgen Klopp, yang jelas merindui kelibat Mane dalam kesebelasan utama Liverpool. Malah, Mane baru sahaja pulang dari kecederaan pada minggu lepas, apabile mereka menewaskan West Ham.

Penyokong Liverpool, apa perasaan anda tentang berita ini?

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KL boys earn two-year football scholarship after winning Million Dollar Feet

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For two talented young Malaysians, their decision to sign up for a football competition may be one which could possibly change their lives forever. Wan Muhammad Irfan Bin Wan Nizar and Muhammad Diniz Bin Irwan, both from Kuala Lumpur, were selected as winners for the second season of Million Dollar Feet™, the ultimate contest in Malaysia to discover the best talents in the country aged 11 to 16.

The two lads each won the grand prize – an all-expense paid trip to the United Kingdom where they will have the million-dollar opportunity of a lifetime to showcase their prowess for scouts from top European clubs and football academies, with the possibility of signing a deal.

Present at the Grand Finals to honour the two winners with their prizes was Deputy Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Kamalanathan a/l Panchanathan.

The two winners will follow in the footsteps of Adam Roshan Kris Azman and Mohd Yusry Haziq, winners of the inaugural season of Million Dollar Feet™ last year. Following their performance in front of scouts in the United Kingdom, they were each awarded an exclusive two-year scholarship from one of Europe’s top football academies – Brooke House Football Academy – worth a collective total of RM1 million.

“It was certainly a great run and this time around, we witnessed some top-notch talent among these participants, worthy enough to shine in the international arena, given the right platform and guidance,” said ex-Liverpool star, Steve McMahon.

“Our immediate task at hand is to prepare these two boys to give those scouts in the UK the best performance of their lives yet – and hopefully sign a contract with either a football club or a football academy. Either way, it’s going to be a springboard for their footballing career,” he added.

“This is what Million Dollar Feet™ is all about – going right down to the grassroots to find the best talents and football. They’re out there, just waiting to shine. And we’re here to find it,” said Peter de Kretser, Founder and Director of Football of Million Dollar Feet.

“Our thanks go out to our sponsors and supporters including the Education Ministry and YB Kamalanathan for helping make these young dreams come true, which all of Malaysia can and should certainly be proud of,” he added.

He added that already, there are talks and plans to take Million Dollar Feet™ into other Asian countries, as representation from these nations within the big European leagues is scarce.

“Hopefully, one day, the next Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo may just come from this part of the world. In essence, that’s what we’re trying to do here at Million Dollar Feet,” said De Kretser.

This second season of Million Dollar Feet™ is presented by BABA’S with the support of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia and the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. Sponsors include Etihad Airways, Brickfields Asia College (BAC), TGV Cinemas, National Kidney Foundation, Anita, LAC Printing, and 100 Plus.

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“History has been made” – Johor DT outclass Kedah to reign supreme in Malaysia Cup final

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Johor Darul Takzim ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Kedah to successfully clinch the Malaysia Cup for the first time since Tunku Ismail revolutionized the club in 2013.

JDT only needed three minutes to take the lead when Safiq Rahim’s cross found Aidil Zafuan and the defender headed in following questionable marking by Kedah defenders.

But as the match evolved, we perhaps saw more challenges and tackles compared to chances from both teams – Gary Steven Robbat and Baddrol Bakthiar were lucky not to see yellow cards on the 13th and 42nd minute respectively while S. Kunanlan & Gabriel Guerra were booked for strong challenges.

JDT on the other hand were quick in their attacks and they should’ve gone 2-0 on the 22nd minute when Guerra collected Hazwan Bakri’s left-wing low cross unmarked, but Mohd Ifwat saved the shot with his head to keep Kedah’s hopes alive.

Four minutes later, Liridon Krasniqi’s lob found Ken Ilso but with Izham Tarmizi running off his line to clear it, Ilso couldn’t get the ball on-target.

A key factor in this match were JDT’s trio of Safiq, Gary and Natxo Insa. They were able to stifle the influence of Liridon & Amirul Hisyam which resulted in Kedah’s attack lacking quality – a running theme throughout the whole match.

Kedah’s first clear-cut chance came before half-time when Ilso just failed to get a touch on Syazwan Zainon’s low cross and Izham was on hand to catch it.

Three minutes after the restart, Baddrol entered the JDT box with a fine run, but couldn’t get a clean header from Liridon’s lob.

On the 56th minute, Kedah should’ve equalized when Syazwan Zainon’s cross found Baddrol unmarked, but Izham pulled off a fine save to tip his header over the bar.

10 minutes later, JDT doubled their lead when Gonzalo Carbrera got ahead of Rizal Ghazali to slide the ball in from Hazwan’s cross, despite Ifwat’s best efforts to keep it out. At this point, it already seemed like the game was over.

Baddrol could have reduced the deficit when he once again ran into the box unmarked to receive Sandro’s low cross, but with just centimetres in front of goal, he somehow hit the post.

Kedah looked short on inspiration and ideas as JDT looked completely assured to hold on and clinch their first Malaysia Cup triumph since the inception of TMJ’s era.

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Apa cara terbaik untuk menewaskan Manchester City?

Apa cara terbaik untuk menewaskan Manchester City?

Musim ini, pasukan Manchester City boleh dikatakan antara pasukan terbaik di Eropah. Mungkin juga pasukan yang terbaik kerana Real Madrid sedang bergelut dengan kemerosotan prestasi, manakala Bayern dan Barcelona turut mempunyai masalah mereka yang tersendiri.

Di bawah Pep Guardiola, City jelas bermain dengan corak permainan yang cukup cantik. Pemain seperti Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva dan juga Gabriel Jesus berada dalam keadaan yang terbaik dan mereka nampak seperti sebuah pasukan yang susah untuk ditewaskan. Cuba bayangkan, Manchester City berjaya menewaskan Liverpool 5-0!

Namun, video ini memberi analisi yang cukup baik tentang cara-cara yang boleh digunakan oleh mana-mana pasukan untuk menewaskan City.

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Jurgen Klopp telah mengenal pasti calon untuk menggantikan Simon Mignolet

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Ketua jurulatih Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp telah memilih penjaga gol Real Madrid, Keylor Navas sebagai calon utama untuk menggantikan Simon Mignolet musim depan.

Pasukan Liverpool jelas mengalami masalah di posisi tersebut dan Klopp mahu membawa masuk penjaga gol baru untuk dijadikan calon utama, di hadapan Mignolet dan Karius.

Menurut laporan Daily Mirror, Klopp telah menelefon Navas secara peribadi untuk menerangkan pelannya untuk musim depan dan meyakinkan penjaga gol Madrid itu untuk berhijrah ke Anfield.

Navas dikatakan tidak begitu gembira dengan layanan daripada presiden Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, terutamanya selepas mereka tewas 2-1 di tangan Girona pada hujung minggu lalu.

Dan Klopp berpendapat bahawa dia mampu menarik perhatian Navas dan menggunakan peluang tersebut untuk menyelesaikan masalah di gawang gol Liverpool.

Apa pandangan anda?

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Mampukah Man City ulangi pencapaian skuad ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal?

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Invincibles.

Fasa yang begitu positif buat pasukan Arsenal, bukan? Mereka bukan sahaja mempunyai skuad yang berkebolehan tinggi pada masa itu, malah keserasian pasukan mereka juga cukup bagus. Dan pada tahun 2004, mereka berjaya menjuarai Liga Perdana Inggeris tanpa tewas dalam mana-mana perlawanan liga – pencapaian terbaik dalam sejarah kelab tersebut.

Sejak itu, banyak pasukan telah cuba mengulangi pencapaian tersebut tetapi kesemuanya gagal. Namun, ramai orang berpendapat bahawa pasukan Man City boleh mengulangi rekod tersebut pada musim ini, berdasarkan corak permainan yang dipamerkan setakat ini.

Di bawah kendalian Pep Guardiola, Man City sedang menerajui carta liga pada masa ini dengan 28 mata daripada 10 perlawanan. Setakat ini, mereka berjaya memenangi 9 perlawanan, termasuk kemenangan 5-0 ke atas Liverpool, dan hanya seri satu kali. Dan menurut lagenda Arsenal Ray Parlour, sekiranya Man City berjaya menghabiskan musim ini tanpa tewas dalam sebarang perlawanan, pencapaian itu akan mengatasi pencapaian skuad ‘Invincibles’.

“Anda lihat enam atau tujuh pasukan teratas dalam Liga Perdana Inggeris, mereka semua cukup kompetitif. Apabila kami berjaya melakukannya pada tahun 2004, hanya Manchester United dan Chelsea memberi cabaran kepada kami. Pasukan lain tidak sekuat sekarang,” kata Parlour kepad Talksport.

“Bagi saya, lebih susah untuk mana-mana pasukan melakukannya sekarang. Manchester City nampak begitu bagus, dan mereka mempunyai gaya permainan yang berkualiti.

“Namun, persoalannya adalah, mampukah mereka bertahan dan mengelak dari tewas sebarang perlawanan apabila prestasi semasa mereka menurun sedikit sepanjang musim ini. Itu soalan yang perlu dijawab,” tambah Parlour.

Mampukah City mengulangi pasukan Invincibles? Apa pandangan anda?

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Neymar menyesal tinggalkan Barcelona?

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Sesal dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tiada gunanya.

Mungkin itu yang boleh dikatakan mengenai nasib bintang Paris-Saint Germain, Neymar.

Menurut laporan TV Catalan, La Porteria, bintang Brazil itu dikatakan menyesal dengan tindakannya meninggalkan Barcelona dan merindui kehidupannya di sana.

Neymar juga dikatakan tidak menyukai corak latihan pengurus PSG, Unai Emery.

“Pemain itu tidak gembira dengan corak latihan Unai Emery. Dia juga tidak selesa dengan persekitaran Paris,” kata La Porteria di laman Twitter mereka.

Sejak berpindah ke PSG, Neymar dilihat berdepan pelbagai masalah walaupun telah menjaringkan 10 gol daripada 11 perlawanan.

Neymar dilayangkan kad merah dalam perlawanan menentang Marseille yang lalu. Photo credit: Sports.yahoo.com

Sebelum ini dia telah bertelingkah dengan rakan sepasukannya, Edinson Cavani selepas pemain Uruguay itu enggan memberikannya peluang untuk mengambil sepakan penalti.

Neymar juga dilayangkan kad merah baru-baru ini dan dikatakan bersikap diva di dalam bilik persalinan.

Unai Emery telah menegur Neymar untuk tidak terperangkap dengan taktik kotor pihak lawan yang mahu melakukan provokasi.

“Dia seorang pemain yang bijak, tahu apa yang sedang dilaluinya.

“Ahad lalu akan memberikannya pengajarang.

“Pemain Marseille menolak dan melakukan kekasaran ke atasnya. Ianya penting untuk pengadil mengawal keadaan. Tetapi dia juga tidak sepatutnya terperangkap dengan provokasi pihak lawan, namun saya faham bahawa pemain juga manusia.

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Gol Olivier Giroud dinobat sebagai pemenang anugerah Puskas 2017

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Tahniah Olivier Giroud!

Penyerang Arsenal itu telah dinobat sebagai pemenang Anugerah FIFA Puskas 2017 dengan jaringan ala ‘Scorpion’ yang dilakukan ketika menentang Crystal Palace pada bulan Januari lalu.

Gol tersebut meraih undi yang paling banyak dan sekaligus menewaskan pencabar terdekat, penyerang pasukan wanita Venezuela B-17, Deyna Castellanos dan juga penjaga gol Afrika Selatan, Oscarine Masuluke.

“Pertama sekali, anugerah ini memang suatu kebangsaan yang bermakna bagi saya. Saya memang gembira untuk menerima anugerah ini di hadapan lagenda-lagenda bolasepak,” ujar penyerang Perancis itu.

“Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua orang yang mengundi untuk gol saya. Saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada 10 calon lain yang turut menjaring gol-gol yang cantik.

“Saya juga ingin berterima kasih kepada rakan sepasukan saya kerana saya tidak mungkin dapat jaringkan gol ini tanpa mereka,” tambah Giroud.

 

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Liverpool lwn Man Utd: Kami perlu agresif di Anfield, kata Emre Can

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Pemain pertengahan Liverpool, Emre Can berpendapat bahawa pasukannya perlu menerapkan corak permainan yang agresif apabile mereka turun padang menentang Manchester United, esok.

The Reds sedang menduduki posisi ke-7 di Liga Perdana Inggeris selepas mengalami bulan September yang kurang memberasangkan. Setekat ini, mereka hanya berjaya meraih tiga kemenangan daripada tujuh perlawanan. Namun, Can masih mempunyai harapan untuk menewaskan United esok.

“Kami perlu agresif, kami perlu cuba menguasai perlawanan dan jaringkan gol malam esok. Setiap kali kami bermain di Anfield, ia memang istimewa. Dan bila lawan kami adalah Manchester United, memang lebih istimewa,” kata Can, menurut laman web rasmi Liverpool FC.

“Sejak beberapa minggu ini, keputusan perlawanan kami memang tidak begitu bagus. Tapi, situasinya bukan seteruk yang disangkakan. Hakikatnya, corak permainan kami memang bagus, cuma kami tidak berjaya jaringkan gol bila diberi peluang.

Namun, kami perlu bersatu sebagai satu pasukan dan beri aksi terbaik kami di atas padang. Lambat laun, kami akan mula memenangi perlawanan. Kalau kami boleh mula jaringkan gol, kami akan kembali yang landasan yang positif,” tambah Can.

Liverpool akan bermain tanpa Sadio Mane setelah pemain tersebut mengalami kecederaan ketika bersama pasukan kebangsaan tempoh hari. Manakala, Man Utd pula akan bermain tanpa Paul Pogba dan Marouane Fellaini – dua pemain yang masih belum pulih dari kecederaan masing-masing.

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Five strikers Vingada should consider calling up for the next international break

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Malaysia’s 2-0 defeat at Hong Kong was compounded by the fact they played with no strikers, something Nelo Vingada lamented, after Shahrel Fikri & Hazwan Bakri were ruled out with injury and Darren Lok was only fit enough for the bench, although he did came on after half-time.

To prevent something like this from happening again, here is a list of strikers Vingada can take a look for the next international break and beyond:

1. Abdul Malik Mat Ariff (Kuantan FA)

In the Premier League, Shahrel’s goals made PKNP surprising genuine contenders for Super League promotion until the very end, having recently been promoted from the FAM League.

For Abdul Malik, his goals prevented Kuantan FA from being in a far worse situation than they already are. While his primary position is a winger, he is also able to play as a forward. His finishing earned him 14 goals in the league this season. Without them, Kuantan would have surely been relegated to the 3rd tier by now.

2. Fauzi Roslan (Melaka United)

Another winger/forward player. Primarily playing as the left-winger to accommodate Marko Simic, he can be counted upon as a center-forward to cause chaos in the attacking line.

The former Pahang player is known for his agility and strength to keep the ball at all costs along with his swift movement inside the box, something Malaysia were severely lacking against Hong Kong the other night.

3. N. Thanabalan (FELCRA)

Vingada said Thanabalan isn’t ready for the big stage just yet. But his performances during the SEA Games surely proves he has plenty to offer in his tank.

Granted, he’s also another winger. But being the goal poacher he is, he can be at the right place and at the right time to anticipate where the ball might wind up in the opponent’s box and in most times, you can count on him to bury those balls in the back of the net.

4. Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (FELDA United)

If Norshahrul is having a good day, he will dazzle on the pitch. He has a tendency to cause so much grief to the opponent’s backline and once he is in a good position, he is capable of finding the back of the net. Having played for the national team for years, he knows how to deal with the pressure that comes with donning the national kit.

However, some times he can be a little sluggish and uninspiring. But if he is handled right, he can repay the coach’s faith by performing brilliantly on the pitch.

5. Rozaimie Abdul Rahman (JDT II)

The wildcard in this list. Rozaimie had a scintillating record when he played for the U23 squad a few years back, scoring 15 goals in 15 games. Now with JDT II, he has been coasting and struggling to repeat the heroic form he had for Sabah and the U23 team between 2011 and 2015.

But if given the proper chance, he can perhaps be the solution Malaysia needs and recapture the form that made him one of the best young players in Malaysia at one point.