The 10th Matchday: What to Expect

This is the Serie a femminile program that will see the capolista Roma, and winter campione, reopen the ostilità in house ospitando a Pomigliano reduced by the sconfitta with Sassuolo, but in good form before the national teams take a break.

The Giallorossi, who trail Wolfsburg by a point, want to keep running and try to gain ground on their rivals, especially with the direct match between Fiorentina and Milan on the horizon tomorrow at 14:30.

The goal for the viola is to hold the first two positions, while the rossonere are tasked with increasing the distance between themselves and Sampdoria, as well as the position that would catapult them from the Poule Scudetto to the Retrocession. A challenge among many ex, some with avvelenated teeth capable of delivering goal and spectacle.

Domenica, on the other hand, will see a clash between a Sampdoria that has been without a win for some time, despite remaining in fifth place in the table, and a Sassuolo that has given up the last place in the table and wants to show that the defeat was only a one-off and that the team can compete for other goals.

Sempre domenica scenderà in campo anche la Juventus, che ospiterà un Como che sta bene e ha raccolto cinque punti cedendo solo alla Roma capolista di misura nelle ultime quattro gare. La squadra galvanizata da pareggio in rimonta sul Milan all’ultimo prova di sgambettare anche le bianconere.

Luned sera, finally, the final game of the day will take place, with Parma fanalino of coda and reduced by the bruciant sconfitta in extremis versus Juventus, where he had cullato for a long time the taste of a clamorosa victoria, impegnato in casa con un’altra big like Inter, who could have the opportunity to scavalcare la Fiorentina al terzo post


Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur’s World Cup XI

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has chosen only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to start in his World Cup XI, which is somewhat surprising.

The 25-year-old had a plethora of top talents to choose from when SPURSPLAY (h/t Football. London) challenged him to make a starting eleven with only one player from one country.

He started Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois against France and teammate Hugo Lloris. The midfielder chose a defensive pairing of Matthijs de Ligt and Ruben Dias.

The most surprising selection was Trent Alexander-Arnold in the right-back position, which meant Harry Kane was no longer an option. Jordi Alba of Spain completed the backline.

He chose N’Golo Kante and Daley Blind for his midfield. It’s no surprise, as the two have formed a formidable partnership for us in the park this season.

“He’s my partner here at the club, and I think he’s having a great time as well.” He’s a fantastic midfielder, both attacking and defending, so I put him on the right.”

Lionel Messi was given a free role ahead of the midfielders, with Federico Valverde and Neymar playing on the wings. The midfielder then produced another surprise by selecting his striker.

Rodrigo Bentancur, a Uruguayan midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur. (Image courtesy of ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images.) )

Over teammate Son Hueing-min, Bentancur chose Chelsea and Germany international Kai Havertz to lead his line. This is a serious team that the 25-year-old has put together.

It’s also not surprising that Hojbjerg was on the former Juventus player’s team. Conte’s starting XI has included the two in recent months, with the former Bayern Munich midfielder revealing in April that he formed a ‘quick understanding’ with Bentancur.

The midfielder is in Qatar for the World Cup as well. He played the entire 90-minute match against South Korea, which ended in a goalless draw.

More Tottenham Hotspur Information

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech, a Tottenham Hotspur summer target, has not ruled out leaving Chelsea in January.

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Inter Milan and Netherlands right-back Denzel Dumfries.

Tottenham is competing with Arsenal and Chelsea for Villarreal starlet Yeremy Pino.

While the midfielder has chosen a team, it would be preferable if his teammates did not find out or if they would like to speak with him, particularly Kane and Son.


Tavecchio has no doubts: Donnarumma or Meret, the answer is crystal clear.

Carlo Tavecchio has spoken about his strategy for resurrecting the Italian national team: the names of some players spit and a hot topic is apron. The former FIGC president has released statements in which he explains how, in his opinion, the Italian soccer movement can be resolved. Tavecchio, Carlo Carlo Tavecchio served as President of the FIGC from 2014 to 2017, inheriting the position of Abete only to relinquish it following the infamous failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. At the time of the resignations, he also asked the members of the Federal Council to do the same, but no one followed through. Following a period in which the Federazione was led by Commissioner Fabbricini, the current President Gravina was appointed. As previously stated, his persona has been the subject of controversy due to a famous phrase uttered in 2014, “Opt Pobà,” which has been deemed offensive in matches against foreign players. Furthermore, someone has assigned him some blame for his failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup: in particular, many tifosi would have preferred a separation from the CT Ventura prior to the playoffs with Italy. Tavecchio has recently returned to talk about Italian football and has advanced some proposals for resolving the movement, which has always been a hot topic. Tavecchio, here are his proposals for reviving Italian football. The former president of the FIGC has spoken on Mancini’s national radio station, Radio Punto Nuovo. Tavecchio has highlighted how difficult it is to watch a World Cup without Italy, as happened during his presidency in 2018. In both cases, the Azzurri were unable to obtain direct qualification and thus lost the playoff. Following the announcement, her focus shifted to those who could play a role in resolving the Italian football championship. Tavecchio has initially highlighted his delight in learning that President Gravina has decided to reopen federal training centers, but he has also thrown a wrench into the works. Gravina, Gabriele The first point of her proposal, in fact, concerns the number of foreign players present within the titolar formations. This is her statement: “I’ve given a tetto to the use of foreigners in Serie A, but there must be at least five Italians in the squad.” According to him, the national team requires that Italian players gain experience while playing with regularity. This topic has been discussed several times, but it has never been thoroughly discussed in any circumstance. The presence of foreign players is advantageous for clubs that prefer a seasoned and experienced player over a young Italian with no experience. However, it will be difficult to arrive at a tetto for the number of foreigners. The concrete example of ex-PresidenteTavecchio believes strongly in the presence of at least six Italians in title formations as a means of helping Italy grow. To bolster his case, the former FIGC president has offered concrete examples. “All that remains is to see how the presence of some of our best routes changes.” We’ve always had a strong tradition of portiers, but now there are almost exclusively foreigners in Serie A. “Standard advice for attackers”: this is Tavecchio’s example, even though Mancini, in reality, can target high-level players such as Donnarumma, Meret, and Vicario. Donnarumma, Gianluigi However, it is a discussion focused on the future: the less space there is for Italians in Serie A, the more the country will struggle to grow.


Portugal vs Ghana live updates: Joao Felix, Leao and Ronaldo summary, score, stats and highlights 0

As it happened: Portugal vs. Ghana
And that’s it! Breathe! FINAL: Portugal 3-2 Ghana Are you all right? Am I OK? Could you please check on Iaki? I believe we asked for objectives, correct?
I WAS ON THE verge of having a heart attack.
KIaki hid behind the goalkeeper as he threw the ball to the ground; the striker ran around him, attempting to take the ball, but slipping and the defense recovered!

Bukari comes close to becoming a hero with a long-range shot from wide. The ball just goes over.
Ghana is attempting, but they are unable to find the game-changing pass to get it to their forward players. Three more to go.
Bruno has been scheduled for a vengeance push.
Portugal has a free kick on the left wing. Bruno was defeated. They’ll approach this with caution and slow precision. It is directed to a Ghanaian player.
Ghana evolves
Abdul and Salisu are out.
ON: Semenyo and Kyereh

Iaki and Pereira were both booked for a leg tangle and an angry reaction from both players.

They’re yelling at each other, and I don’t believe they’re saying nice things.
Group H has objectives! Everyone should dance!


IT’S NOT OVER YET A long ball down the left is swung in towards substitute Bukari, who leaps to the highest to send the ball past Costa.
Portugal makes three substitutions: Bernardo, Jose, and Ronaldo J Mrio, J Palhinha, and Gonçalo Ramos play for ON.
Portugal is undergoing a slew of changes.
I feel like I just hit my head against a brick wall. Two goals in two minutes have killed both this Ghana team and my typing ability.
Ronaldo has a fantastic opportunity!
Ghana must exercise caution or this could turn ugly.
Huge gaps have opened up behind their defense, and Ronaldo is through on goal, but Zigi saves his chip.


Leao, Rafa!

Ghana loses another possession as Joao recovers the ball and passes it to Bruno, who immediately counters. He sprints down the middle before slipping it to Rafa Leao. The AC Milan winger coolly places the ball into the far corner, and Ghana may be out of the game.

From nowhere!! After a long pass from Bruno, Joo breaks away down the right. Partey was the one who fumbled the ball in the middle of the field. Portugal retakes the lead after the Atlético Madrid player clips it over Zigi!
Ghana’s Future
OFF: Kudus (surprised) and Andre Ayew
Jordan Ayew and Bukari are present.
The stadium is alive with the sounds of drums and trombones!


Mohammed ‘Magic man’ Kudus breaks down the left flank and pokes a cross through the legs of Portugal defender Pereira. Andre Ayew is the first to react to the bobbling ball, slamming it into the net. The stadium erupts, and the party resumes!
He fires a long-range shot into the hands of Costa.
Salisu with some excellent recovery work after Ronaldo appeared to be closing in again. The Portuguese has had his half-time oranges.
Some control for the Black Stars as they realize the impetus must now come from them.
They don’t last long, and poor Iaki is forced to return to chasing the defenders.
Ghana Must Change
Lamptey: SeiduON: Lamptey
Ghana is back in action, and they have a lot of work to do. It’s time for them to get to work.
If anyone wants my opinion, that appeared to be a very close call.
Ronaldo will not be bothered.


Whacks the penalty away flawlessly. Breaking the deadlock! So, it appears that it will be taken… Ronaldo takes the initiative…
After being put through on goal, Salisu brings down Ronaldo in the box. It appeared to be extremely light.
Ghana has more possession of the ball and is forcing Portugal to make mistakes. The second half hasn’t settled down quite as well as the first, which is to everyone’s advantage.
Portugal’s replacement
W. CarvalhoOFF: Otávio
Seidu has been booked. He appeared to move his head towards Joo Félix, causing him to fall over.
The handbags are on the floor, and Joo is holding his face.
Partey initially loses the ball in the middle, and Ronaldo runs onto a through-pass but dilly-dals for too long, allowing Ghana to recover the ball.
As the Portuguese defense scrambles back, they quickly launch a counter-attack, and Kudus drives with the ball. He decides to shoot from a long distance, but his shot is wide. Certainly the Black Stars’ best chance of the game. Salisu leaps, but misses the ball, which lands at Seidu’s feet. He misses with a wide shot.
Okay, maybe we should play a little more. Ghana has a couple of attacks down Portugal’s right now, and Kudus hits a cross that goes out for a corner.
Right-back Seidu sends a ball in from the right, but it flies over everyone’s heads and lands on the other side of the pitch with Baba, the left-back. A lovely pass, but not what he was looking for.
Crowds applaud as Andre Ayew makes a run down the left channel, but he’s offside.
Ghana has a strategy; they just aren’t very good at executing it.
William Carvalho is getting ready to play.
Portugal immediately pushes Ghana back into a low-block, sweeping the ball from left to right in search of an opening. Ghana is not giving anything away; if they maintain the concentration levels seen in the first half, it will be a huge accomplishment.
Peep! Ghana takes the lead from left to right. So far, nothing has changed.
The players are back on the field, hopefully with plenty of goals on their minds.
Let’s get started!
So far, binary code for Group H
At least the fans in the stands are having a good time – Stadium 974 has a fantastic party atmosphere.
group HTMPWDL1GHA110102POR110103COR110104URU11010
Ouch! Sofascore isn’t holding back… These are the HT ratings from Sofascore’s lovely lads: Ronaldo has the lowest rating on the field (6.0). Eek.
Opta depicting Ghana’s difficulties
Yes, the eye-test confirms what we suspected: Ghana has done very little so far.

That’s all I have for now!

Portugal 0-0 at halftime Ghana Group H is shaping up to be one of the best. There were no goals in Uruguay’s match against South Korea, and the situation appears to be similar in this match. Ronaldo came the closest with a one-on-one, but Zigi saved it. Aside from that, we haven’t seen many clear opportunities. On the ball, Portugal has tried everything: they’ve tried to tiki-taka their way through like Spain; they’ve tried to long-ball their way in like Sean Dyche; and they’ve tried to launch cross after cross into the box like David Moyes. Nothing has worked so far. Ghana will be pleased with how well they have defended against such attacking talent, but they will want to take advantage of Iaki Williams’ pace and try to find gaps behind the Portugal defense, which will be present behind Dias and Pereira. Let’s see what happens in the second half. Zigi takes his time with a goal kick, and there are only a few seconds left in the half… 2 added on. Is that a low tournament score?
Kudus receives a yellow card for kicking Bernardo. Boy, you’ve been naughty.
Joo Félix covers his face as Cancelo’s low cross flies past everyone after some ping-pong passing on the box’s edge. Ghanaian fans dance in the stands as the clock strikes midnight.
Bruno plays Ronaldo through on the left, but the ex-Manchester United man takes too long to shoot, and the opportunity flies by.
Raphael gets on the end of a lofted ball back into the box, but it is caught under Ronaldo’s feet and cleared again.
Portugal is resorting to more crosses into the box, which is not a bad idea given their aerial threat, but it is a sign of frustration.
Ghana’s first corner comes in the 37th minute… Kudus to accept. Bruno heads out the rebound after Neves clears it. The Black Stars have added another corner. They understand that these set pieces are their best chance of scoring. Cristiano departs this time.
Otávio makes a lovely 270o turn and chips a cross towards Ronaldo, but it is cleared.
Ghana currently has no shots on goal, while Portugal has five (only Cristiano’s one-on-one is on target).
Bruno will take the free kick after Ronaldo was fouled.
Cristiano is inside the box, pointing to Bruno as if he were a number one. Perhaps he only wants to score one goal. The free kick has been cleared. There is currently no “one” for Ronaldo.
THE BALL HAS ENTERED THE NET. RUNNING OUT. Ronaldo slips the ball in behind Zigi from the left side of the box, but the goal is disallowed due to a foul in the build-up.
After Ghana launches an attack, Portugal responds quickly, and an enraged Bruno is brought down. Bernardo will swing in a long free kick.
After Bernardo Silva set him up with a lovely cut-back from the left channel onto the edge of the box, Joo slices a shot miles over the bar.
After a Raphael cross from the left, a fantastically acrobatic header away from Amartey.
For the last 15 minutes, this is the closest anyone has come.
Joo Félix, in addition to having lovely hair, appears to have a buzz of electricity whenever he touches the ball. He’s been the only player who has appeared capable of making something happen.
That was very close. Kudus grabbed a loose ball in the middle of the field and attempted to feed Iaki through the lines, but his pass was too short. Portugal got lucky because he would have been away.
The crowd erupted as Ghana pushed Portugal all the way back to the goalkeeper. So far, there have been a few disgruntled expressions among those wearing red shirts.
With a lovely switch of play, Neves finds Cancelo, but the ball can only get as far as the start of Ghana’s defense. So far, they’re keeping the Portuguese at bay.
Anyone up for a ‘necessary skill from Ronaldo’ on the bingo?
Iaki is touched! Baba sends a ball down the left channel, but the striker lacks extendo-legs and is unable to get a full foot on the ball. That sounds more like it.
Ghana launches a mini-counter-attack that gets about halfway before breaking down. Just in case you forgot, the ball is white.
Portugal with some tiki-taka on the box’s edge before slipping in Joo down the left. Beautiful work. Ronaldo gets on the header from the next corner, but he heads wide.
The ball is played through the lines, and Ronaldo makes a break through the defense. Zigi is quick to get off his line and spreads himself well to prevent the striker from getting a strong touch on the ball. Close.
Ghana hasn’t had any real possession yet because they’ve struggled to keep the ball so far.
I’m not sure if poor Iaki knows what color it is.
Joo Félix attempts a daring run from deep with the ball, making it all the way to the box. Luckily, Amartey is nearby to sweep the ball away. Ghana is in danger.
Otávio scores the game’s first goal. He tried his luck from the edge of the box as the corner was headed out. Goal for the Black Stars.
So far, Portugal has struggled to get the ball into the midfielders, while Ghana has held their shape admirably.
As I’m saying this, Pereira becomes bored and attempts a long ball over to the top, but it goes out for a corner.
Huge applause for Ronaldo as he makes his first touch. Clearly a popular man, he is liked by more than just Piers Morgan.
Ghana wants to press Portugal right away; Iaki and Ayew are up front, with Kudus close behind.
So far, the Europeans have had calm possession as they ease into this.

Ghana wore all white, while Portugal wore red shorts, green shorts, and red socks. It’s probably my favorite World Cup shirt. Ronaldo will kick us off from the left side.
Let’s get started! The players are on the field, and it’s time for the national anthem! Portugal comes first: A little slow for my taste, but a strong pass from the players for the singing. Better than the dummies used by ventriloquists in England. Ghana: A lot of solemn expressions. Although they have a nice tune and a colorful flag, Portugal takes the early lead today.
Only ten more to go!
The players are in the locker rooms for the final time before kickoff – we’re almost there!
Here’s how the Black Stars begin the game.
Iaki Williams starts for Ghana in a thrilling starting lineup. I know the hype surrounding Ghana’s prospects has been waning recently, but that lineup is a big bag of football fun.
Portugal’s starting lineup
Today’s lineup for the Seleço…
Atlético Madrid’s Joo Félix starts alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hello there! Welcome to the live feed of Portugal vs Ghana in Group H’s second game. Hello, my name is Joe, and I’ll be taking you through all of the action at Stadium 974, the site of the mega-exciting Mexico 0-0 Poland on Tuesday – surely there will be goals, right? To be honest, I believe Spain ate up all the goals last night, as we’ve already had Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon and Uruguay 0-0, so let’s hope we don’t continue the trend of the day.


facing 126 is Darwin Nunez

Gonzalo de Los Santos will always remember seeing Darwin Nunez for the first time. It was the spring of 2018 at Club Atlético Penarol’s Montevideo-based training complex, and it only took a single glance at a half-fit version of the forward for the former Uruguay and Valencia midfielder to uncharacteristically intervene. “When I saw him train after his patella injury, I immediately spoke to the first team coach and told him to include him in the main squad,” Los Santos, the former Penarol sporting director, tells the ECHO. “He had a strong mentality and a strong desire to grow.” While the Uruguayan was recovering from a second major injury to his left knee, Los Santos had become aware of the prodigy’s potential less than a year after joining Penarol’s board of directors. READ MORE: Man City transfer highlights Liverpool problem as FSG sale search continues READ MORE: Five other Liverpool transfer targets in the wake of Jude Bellingham and Konrad Laimer updates On that particular occasion, the recommendation came from the club’s academy director, who wanted to familiarize the 46-year-old with the unconventional frontman who would soon ascend to supremacy in his homeland. “‘Remember this boy because he will go far!'” Los Santos adds, quoting advice given to Nunez as he hobbled around the perimeter of the club’s training pitches in the final stages of his rehabilitation. Nunez has had a breathtaking journey within the professional ranks since such optimistic back-and-forths were exchanged in the depths of Montevideo over four years ago, commanding close to £100m in transfer fees and following in the footsteps of compatriot Luis Suarez in making the move to Liverpool after a brief stint at a European side engrossed in their brilliance of yesteryear. However, on Thursday evening, the boy from the impoverished neighborhood of El Pirata, Artigas, will see his career reach a climax when he dons the sky blue shirt of Uruguay for their World Cup opener against South Korea. It will also be the final classes of Nunez’s unparalleled apprenticeship for La Celeste, as the illustrious duo of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, who have a combined 126 goals in 267 appearances for their country, are set for their international swansongs following the conclusion of this year’s finals in Qatar. The match at Education City Stadium will thus mark the start of a new era for the plucky South American underdogs, who have become masters of defying the odds in international tournaments and are one of only eight countries to have lifted the sacred trophy. Both victories were achieved in less than a decade. The first of the conquests came on home soil in 1930, when Uruguay won the inaugural FIFA World Cup, defeating South American rivals Argentina in a six-goal thriller thanks to four goals in the hosts’ favor. “Those two World Cup victories, as well as the Olympics and Copa America, carry a tremendous amount of weight,” football historian Martin da Cruz, author of From Beauty to Duty, tells the ECHO. “Being the first hosts and winners fuels pride and aspiration, with every Uruguayan hoping to repeat such feats.” It tells the players and fans that anything is possible, with 1930 demonstrating that they can be leaders and 1950 instilling the belief that, while they are never favorites, they can beat anyone.” Football is central to all Uruguayans’ lives. They are obsessed with football. It’s commonplace, and you’ll see it during the World Cup, when the entire country comes to a halt and puts differences aside. For Uruguayans living abroad, the game serves as a source of pride as well as a means of staying connected to their homeland.” The now prosperous municipality of Montevideo holds a special place in the hearts of every native after hosting all 18 matches across only three venues in the inaugural showpiece event 92 years ago. However, the Liverpool striker’s affection for the capital city is understandably heightened. At 14 years old, it was Montevideo that offered the dream-chasing whiz-kid an escape from his origins and later authorized Nunez to migrate 350 miles away from his north-western home in order to pursue his professional dream. “Being a boy from the outskirts of the country, his adaptation was slower than usual,” Los Santos says of one of Penarol’s most successful exports. “Montevideo represents a significant shift! He comes from a humble family who always supports him.” Nunez is hoping for an unexpected return to Montevideo later this year, but this time with the gleaming 18-karat gold World Cup trophy in tow. He, Federico Valverde, and Ronald Araujo are the young leaders of La Celeste, tasked with leading an unlikely quest for glory as all 26 members of Diego Alonso’s squad strive for immortality in their homeland. The 23-year-old is expected to be given a starting spot on the left side of a three-man attack shortly before dusk settles over the Qatari desert on Thursday evening. While Suarez is expected to spearhead the attack, Nunez’s athleticism, bullish practice, and undeniable mastery in disrupting opposing defenses will be hoped to assist his 35-year-old counterpart. Of course, the Liverpool forward is expected to relieve Suarez of the goal-scoring burden that has weighed heavily on his shoulders since Diego Forlan’s retirement in 2014.

Penarol’s Darwin Nunez in action

Regardless of collective or individual success in the Middle East over the next four weeks, Nunez’s participation will be a far cry from the life he led during Penarol’s 2018 title-winning season, when his eye-catching cameos drew an influx of European scouts to the Estadio Campeon Del Siglo to catch a glimpse of a 20-year-old forward quietly forging a promising reputation across the Primera Division, leaving his meteoric Speaking to those who have had a hand in Nunez’s development, the sentiment is one of admiration for the skillset he possesses, with many believing he has the credentials to develop into one of the most complete strikers to arrive in Europe in recent times. That was the impression David Badia had as he returned to his office after his first encounter with the towering Uruguayan in November 2019. At the time, Badia was working as an assistant manager at UD Almeria in Spain’s second division after being invited by the club’s newly appointed manager, and Real Madrid legend, Guti, to help steer the club up the division following a series of chaotic managerial appointments. Despite Nunez’s 16 league goals, the Spanish duo would only last less than a year at the club after failing to achieve promotion, and Badia looks back on his time working with Nunez with great admiration. “He was an extremely talented player,” Badia tells the ECHO. “Nunez had incredible speed and vision in front of the goal.” He was humble at the same time. Guti saw him as a player with a lot of potential. He was always pleasant, friendly, and eager to learn. He knew he had a good chance of progressing in his career with the Spanish second division team and a good coach like Guti.”

Darwin Nunez joins Luis Suarez in celebrating.

After only a few weeks of working with Nunez, the 46-year-old admits that he and Guti were prepared to lose Uruguay’s most compelling prodigal son, even if they did secure an unlikely promotion to La Liga. “We all knew he’d be in a big club and that Almeria would be a short step for him,” Badia adds. “He is a very quick player with an exceptional one-touch finish.” Most importantly, he works hard in the defensive phase. The 48-year-old, who now manages Akritas Chlorakas in Cyprus, will be keeping a close eye on events in the Middle East, hoping his former scholar can steal the show over the next four weeks. When asked if Nunez has the mentality to become the face of Uruguayan football, Badia responds, “Of course.” “He is now beginning to believe in himself and demonstrating to the football community that he is an incredible player.” His former Uruguay directors’ message is also straightforward. “If he puts his mind to it, he has all the potential to be one of the most important soccer players in Uruguay and Europe,” Los Santos says, beaming with pride ahead of La Celeste’s Group H opener. “I want him to go his own way and not be compared to Luis, Edi, or Diego.” People in Uruguay are overjoyed because Liverpool is a massive institution with a long history where Darwin can flourish!” READ NEXT: Kylian Mbappe just demonstrated Liverpool’s potentially dangerous new attacking strategy FSG is stunned by Manchester United’s announcement regarding the sale of Liverpool. Luis Diaz of Liverpool explains his ‘childish’ transfer wish and his meeting with Lionel Messi. What Declan Rice told Jude Bellingham prior to England’s World Cup victory amid Liverpool transfer speculation What Salah and Nunez have accomplished in only ten games is almost unbelievable.


After a tense batting session, Bo Jackson almost choked his teammate to death.

Getty Images/Ron Vesely The pressures of competition can bring out the worst in anyone. And in professional sports, where the stakes can be sky-high, the worst can mean all-out brawls on the field or court, particularly between long-standing rivals. In 2006, Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth stomped on the head of Dallas Cowboys guard Andre Gurode, resulting in a bloody scene and dozens of stitches to Gurode’s face. On the basketball court, Larry Bird was notorious for yelling at his opponents, which resulted in the famous 1984 fist fight between him and Julius “Dr. J” Irving. After being beaned by a pitch from Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan in 1993, Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura charged the mound, sparking a bench clearing for both teams and becoming one of the sport’s most famous fights to this day. And we don’t even have to tell you about Mike Tyson’s infamous 1997 boxing match with Evander Holyfield.

It’s understandable, and even encouraged by some coaches, to harbor ill will toward your opponents. It’s quite another when those feelings bubble over in your own clubhouse. That’s exactly what happened in 1988, when the Kansas City Royals had to put out a fire between left fielder Bo Jackson and third baseman Kevin Seitzer on their own team. Seitzer was a well-known issue on the team. Getty Images/Rick Stewart Kevin Seitzer (above) would go out of his way to be a problem for other players on the team, according to Jeff Pearlman’s 2022 book “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson.” “”Kevin was annoying,” Jeff Montgomery, a team reliever, told Pearlman, adding, “Not a bad person.” But he pushed when it was better to back down.” Other players described Seitzer as a constant irritant who seemed to relish getting under his teammates’ skin. “He always contributes his two cents. And the guys are like, ‘Will you shut up?’ “Jackson stated.

But, on that fateful day early in the 1988 season, Jackson was unconcerned about Seitzer’s opinion. During batting practice, Jackson quickly went to the locker room to change his gear, and Seitzer, who had already had one at bat, jumped Jackson in line while he was gone. When Jackson returned, he said, “Excuse me… but didn’t you just take your f***ing turn?” According to Pearlman’s book, Seizer responded with, “Well, you should have been here.” According to Jackson, Seitzer crossed the line after some more jawing back and forth. “‘F*** you — you weren’t here,’ Kevin said to Bo.” According to Brian Watley, a Royals batboy. “Saying ‘f*** you’ to Bo seemed a little risky,” he added. “Don’t say anything else to me, or I’m going to kick your ass,” Jackson warned. Seitzer was unable to keep his mouth shut. Getty Images/Focus On Sport Jackson missed his first cut after Seitzer cleared the cage. Seitzer chuckled, seemingly pleased with Jackson’s whiff. That’s when Jackson decided enough was enough. He slammed his bat to the ground, snatched Seitzer’s throat, and slammed his head into a nearby concrete wall. Seitzer’s eyes rolled back in his head, according to Pearlman’s “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson.” But that wasn’t enough to make Jackson stop. “Look, you f***ed with the wrong motherf***er on the wrong day!” Jackson yelled. “Don’t ever talk to me like that again as long as you’re alive! I’m going to break your neck, motherf***er!”

Nobody could make Jackson stop. “The harder I squeezed, the further back his eyes rolled in his head,” Jackson explained to Pearlman. “And the more they yanked on me, the stiffer my arm became.” Jackson had lifted Seitzer off the ground, and his face had started to turn blue. While Jackson stewed in the locker room, he let go of Seitzer, who was taken to the training room for treatment. He wasn’t finished yet, storming into the training room and hovering over Seitzer: “Don’t ever cross me again,” Jackson warned. “If you do, I will not give those coaches enough time to grab me. I’m going to rip your a**hole, and I mean it with all my heart.” Seitzer, who was unable to speak, indicated that he understood. Jackson informs Seitzer of the situation. Getty Images/Ron Vesely After being firmly put in his place, Seitzer attempted to mend fences with Jackson. According to Pearlman’s “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson,” about a half-hour later, Seitzer approached Jackson and asked him if they could put the incident behind them and be friends. Jackson replied emphatically, “No!” He informed Seitzer, “That’s not how the s*** works. You’ve said what you want to say, and you mean it, but now you want to come back and lick my ass and apologize? No.”

That year ended up being a disaster for the Royals. According to Sports Illustrated, manager John Wathan had lost the players’ respect and was having difficulty managing the team. The team’s morale was low, and there was open hostility between the bullpen and the rest of the lineup. Racial tensions appeared to be a factor as well. Jackson said goodbye to the Kansas City Royals in 1991, hampered by a hip injury, and did his best to leave without an ax to grind. He even gave Seitzer a hug as he exited the clubhouse. “I don’t want this to be another War of the Roses,” Jackson stated (as reported by Sports Illustrated). Seitzer, for his part, told Pearlman years later that Jackson was “a very good teammate, but not someone I knew that well,” adding, “We weren’t close.”


Stephen Curry Makes a Long Statement

Getty Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry Over the last decade, the Golden State Warriors have had an incredible run. They have won four of the last eight championships and are the current NBA champions. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t had some lighthearted controversy along the way. One of the more dubious events to occur during their dynasty occurred following the 2014-15 NBA Finals. Andre Iguodala was named Finals MVP. Stephen Curry stated that he believes he deserved the award during a recent appearance on The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. “The question is, ‘Do I believe I deserve it?'” Without a doubt… “The power of the narrative can distract you from the actual goal,” Curry explained. “Obviously, we’re not going to win the Finals if I don’t play like I did. I thought I played exceptionally well. We won’t win the Finals unless Andre plays like he did, and that adjustment [of Iguodala serving as LeBron James’ primary defender] worked, with him providing such a huge boost throughout the series.” Curry, Stephen On Creating the Warriors Culture, Competing with LeBron and Kyrie, Changing the NBA, and More Today’s episode of The Old Man and The Three is one for the books. Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ guard and the greatest shooter of all time, is our guest. Steph was kind enough to provide us with nearly 90 minutes of stories, insights, and so much more. Topics include: Klay’s immediate importance… 2022-11-22T12:00:00Z Iguodala won the award in large part because of his series-long defense of then-Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. He was also the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 52.1% field goal shooting and 40.0% from distance. Curry claims he was critical to the Warriors’ victory. While Iguodala’s performance was impressive, and he improved his game for the Finals, Curry remains the favorite in the debate. Having said that, he admitted that they were both deserving of the award, and he doesn’t want to diminish Iguodala’s achievement. “We both thought we deserved it,” Curry said. “I’m sure he thought to himself, ‘No, it’s him,’ when he heard his name called.” And if it had been me, I would have done the same thing. It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t have another chance, or that he didn’t deserve it.” During the Finals, the Warriors’ point guard also put up impressive numbers. He appeared in all six games, averaging 42.5 minutes per game. Curry averaged 26.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 44.3% from the field and 38.5% from distance. Iguodala believes he is deserving. Over the summer, Iguodala demonstrated that Curry’s belief that they both deserved the award was correct. He told The Athletic’s Sam Amick that he believes he deserved the award, despite the fact that the team set him up well to win it. “I believe it was well deserved.” “I just took advantage of the opportunity,” Iguodala told The Athletic’s Sam Amick over the summer. “The plan was for me to beat [James].” That doesn’t happen all that often in the Finals. Normally, the guy who is the favorite, [who has] the odds, is the one who wins the NBA Finals MVP. And I believe I simply took advantage of the situation.” In the end, Curry got a Finals MVP award of his own this past year, and both can happily say that they’ve earned the honor.