Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd open Alex Sandro talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd open Alex Sandro talksManchester United have made contact with Alex Sandro’s agent, but face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the Juventus defender, reports Gazzetta dello Sport .Jose Mourinho is expected to sign a new left-back in the summer and a deal for Brazil international Alex Sandro would likely cost in excess of €50 million (£43.8m/$58.3m).Juventus are hoping to tie Alex Sandro down to a new contract , but may have to ward off interest from rival clubs to achieve their aim. 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 Hazard pushing for Sarri at ChelseaEden Hazard is pushing for Chelsea to appoint former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to replace current manager Antonio Conte, according to Gazzetta dello Sport . Chelsea are close to agreeing a two-year contract with Sarri , worth £5 million per season, and Hazard is keen for the Italian to take over at Stamford Bridge.Hazard has spoken to Napoli attacker Dries Mertens about Sarri and has been pleased with what he has heard from his Belgium international team-mate.West Ham want Barcelona defenderWest Ham are interested in signing Barcelona defender Marlon Santos this summer, reports Mundo Deportivo .Santos is currently on a two-year loan at Nice, but Barcelona have the option to recall the Brazilian and would be open to selling for the right price.Barcelona are now waiting for West Ham to make an offer for the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with fellow Premier League side Leicester.Martinez saw Man City & Barca moves blockedInigo Martinez has accused Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay of blocking a move to Manchester City, after a transfer to Barcelona also fell through.The centre-back caused a stir when he left Anoeta to join Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao in January as a replacement for Aymeric Laporte, who had joined City for a fee of €65 million (£57m/$76m).Martinez had himself been linked with a move to the Premier League club, while it had looked likely he would join Barca in the previous transfer window only for the deal to collapse at the last moment.Read the full story here! Sarri to bring Napoli players to ChelseaMaurizio Sarri is planning on bringing several Napoli players to Chelsea when he takes over, The Evening S tandard reports.The Italian has left Napoli after failing to agree on a new contract and is set to replace Antonio Conte during the summer.And Sarri is already eyeing moves for Kalidou Koulibaly, Elseid Hysaj, Piotr Zielinski, Raul Albiol and Jorginho at his new side.’Griezmann a gift at €100m’Signing Antoine Griezmann for his reported release clause of €100 million would be “a gift”, according to former France international Christophe Dugarry.Atletico Madrid star Griezmann has been heavily linked with Barcelona this season, while Manchester United are also believed to a long-term suitor of the forward.The 27-year-old is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2022, but it remains to be seen if Diego Simeone’s side can keep hold of their prized asset.Read the full story here! Werner promises Klopp summer fundsLiverpool chairman Tom Werner has assured supporters the club will strengthen the squad regardless of the result in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.They have become accustomed to swiftly losing their best players in recent seasons, the likes of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona and Raheem Sterling leaving for Manchester City.Werner, though, promised fans that manager Jurgen Klopp will be backed in the transfer market, as Liverpool seek to close the gap on Premier League champions City and runners-up Manchester United. Read the full story here! Man Utd to put Pogba in Kroos dealManchester United are willing to offer Paul Pogba and a sizeable transfer fee for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, according to Don Balon .The Red Devils are readying themselves for a summer rebuild and are prepared to part with their £89 million record signing.Jose Mourinho is, however, looking to bring in Kroos as a replacement and will only let Pogba go if Madrid open themselves up to a deal for the World Cup winner.Arsenal eyeing DembeleNew Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to make Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele his first signing, reports Don Balon .The France international only moved to Camp Nou in the summer of 2017 but struggled for form and fitness in his debut campaign and may be allowed to move on if a tempting offer is tabled.Man City to offer €80m for IscoManchester City are readying an €80 million (£70m/$93m) bid for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, claims Mundo Deportivo .The Spain international has been a long-standing target for Pep Guardiola and he believes that he can finally get his man amid reports of unrest at the Santiago Bernabeu.No Martial in Alderweireld agreementManchester United are not prepared to include Anthony Martial in any deal for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, reports ESPN .It had been claimed that the France international forward would be used as a makeweight by the Red Devils in their efforts to land a highly-rated Belgian centre-half.Gunners to get LichtsteinerArsenal are in advanced talks to sign defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a two-year contract, Goal understands.Lichtsteiner, who is approaching the end of his contract at Juventus, has been targeted by the Gunners as they look to bolster their defence this summer, with Hector Bellerin currently the club’s only natural right-back.Read the full story here! Chelsea closing on SarriChelsea are closing in on agreeing a £5 million-per-year contract with prospective new manager Maurizio Sarri.Goal understands the Blues have agreed to pay the £8m ($11m) release clause in Sarri’s contract with Napoli, which still requires paying despite Sarri having been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.Read the full story here! Mourinho to make Cancelo moveManchester United will seek to bolster their full-back options this summer with a £30 million ($40m) move for Valencia’s Joao Cancelo, claims The Mirror .The Portugal international spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Inter, who hold a purchase option, but the Red Devils are hoping to nip in and beat the Serie A side to the punch.Juve plan to keep CostaJuventus fully intend to complete a permanent deal for Douglas Costa this summer, claims Calciomercato , despite interest from Manchester rivals United and City.The Premier League duo are said to be planning £80 million ($106m) bids, but the Serie A champions will push through a prior agreement with Bayern Munich for the on-loan Brazilian.Mascarell to return to RealReal Madrid have decided to activate a buy-back clause in the contract of Oscar Mascarell, claims Diario Gol .The holding midfielder was sold to Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016 but, after impressing in Germany, is set to be brought back to the Santiago Bernabeu. 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Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0: Cheryshev, Golovin star in World Cup opener despite Dzagoev blow Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:03 6/15/18 Getty Images Denis Cheryshev scored his first Russia goals as the World Cup hosts brushed Saudi Arabia aside at Luzhniki Stadium. Denis Cheryshev scored a brace and Aleksandr Golovin starred as Russia kicked off their first home World Cup with a rampant 5-0 Group A win over a lacklustre Saudi Arabia side in Moscow.Yuri Gazinskiy and Cheryshev struck first-half goals to open their international accounts at Luzhniki Stadium, Artem Dzyuba adding a third 89 seconds after his introduction as a second-half replacement, but an injury to star man Alan Dzagoev will cause concern for Russia.Dzagoev hurt his hamstring in the opening period and could be a doubt for the rest of the tournament, depending on the results of a scan. 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 Gazinskiy headed in Golovin’s cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev’s replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval.Russia started the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament but the hosts were a class above Saudi Arabia, Dzyuba’s header stretching the lead in the 71st minute.Cheryshev showed he could be the man to fill Dzagoev’s shoes with a fantastic injury-time goal, finding the top corner with a sublime shot with the outside of his left boot, before Golovin bent in a brilliant free-kick to finish the match in style.Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men struggled to create a chance of note, failed to record a shot on target and gave away possession on countless occasions, enabling Russia to record their first World Cup win since 2002.1990 – The first goal of the #WorldCup was a header (Yuri Gazinskiy ), for the first time since 1990 (François Omam-Biyik ). Opening. pic.twitter.com/RkCOSRevfJ— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 14, 2018Russia took the lead in the 12th minute with the first shot on target of the World Cup.Golovin kept a cleared corner alive and delivered a floated cross to the back post, with Gazinskiy exploiting slack Saudi marking to plant a firm header past Abdullah Al-Mayoof.But there was a major blow for the hosts mid-way through the half as star playmaker Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Cheryshev.Russia had a penalty appeal turned down in the 35th minute, but Saudi captain Osama Hawsawi got enough on the ball when he challenged Golovin to avoid censure from VAR.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side did not let Dzagoev’s injury affect them and they scored the second goal their enterprising play deserved three minutes before the break.After a fine team move, Roman Zobnin slipped the ball to former Real Madrid winger Cheryshev, who evaded a pair of poor challenges in the box before slamming an unstoppable finish into the roof of the net.1 – Denis Cheryshev is the first ever sub to score in a #WorldCup opening game. History. pic.twitter.com/tZLdJg1Y2V— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 14, 2018Salman Al Faraj headed a decent chance over the crossbar as Saudi Arabia sought a reply after the interval.But Russia’s win was all but sealed in the 71st minute with Golovin again the creator, the CSKA Moscow midfielder producing a lovely centre from the right that allowed Dzyuba to nod in within two minutes of his introduction.Russia were not done and two terrific injury-time strikes fired a message to Group A rivals Egypt and Uruguay, who meet on Friday.Cheryshev was a threat throughout and he hit an early contender for goal of the tournament with a brilliant strike that gave helpless Al-Mayoof no chance.And the Saudi goalkeeper was beaten again in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, Golovin adding to his two assists with a curling free-kick that left brought the home fans to their feet once again.The 2018 FIFA #WorldCup is currently averaging five goals per game!The perfect start for @TeamRussia!#RUSKSA #RUS #KSA pic.twitter.com/jPPUiycsJD— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2018Key Opta stats:- Russia’s victory means that the host nation has never lost their opening match in any of the 21 editions of the World Cup (W16 D6 L0).- Russia scored more than twice the amount of goals in this game (5) than they did in the entire 2014 World Cup finals, over three games.- Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9). Their last win in the competition dates back to the 1994 group stages.- Russia’s Denis Cheryshev became the first substitute to score a goal in the opening match of a World Cup tournament.- Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming off the bench; the quickest goal by a substitute at a World Cup since Marcin Zewlakow for Poland v USA in 2002.- In this game, Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup match for Russia/USSR (38 years & 335 days old). read more
Stats Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick record, penalty record & goalscoring stats Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 18:45 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(29) Getty/Goal Stats Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portugal Primera División The Portuguese forward has scored over 600 goals for club and country in his career, but how accurate is he from free kicks and penalties? One of the greatest goalscorers of all-time, Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes and holds the records for most goals scored in both the Champions League and the European Championship.With over 600 goals to his name, Ronaldo’s prowess both inside and outside the penalty area also sees him handed penalty and free-kick responsibilities for both club and country with 78 set-piece goals to his name for Real Madrid.RONALDO’S FREE-KICK RECORD 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 Ronaldo’s unique free taking stance is familiar to football fans the world over, and has even been included in FIFA 18 after the Real Madrid forward was made the cover star for the game. It stems back to his time at Manchester United, where he was also a prolific free-kick taker, with his 100th goal for the club coming from a dead ball situation in a 5-0 win over Stoke City where Ronaldo scored two free kicks. In fact, his final ever goal for United before his £80 million transfer to Real Madrid was a free kick against local rivals Manchester City.Ronaldo’s first Champions League goals for Madrid were both free kicks, coming against Zurich after an impressive run of goals in the league where he scored in each of his first four games. The 32-year-old has scored a free kick in each of his first eight seasons at Santiago Bernabeu, with a season high of four in both the 2010-11 and 2012-13 La Liga campaigns. However, in the past two seasons, his return has been poorer scoring just one free kick in the league in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.Despite the number of goals from free kicks, the forward is often criticised for being wasteful from set pieces. But just how accurate has Ronaldo been from free kicks for Real Madrid? Competition Free-Kick Goals Free Kicks Taken Accuracy La Liga 20 301 6.6% Champions League 10 106 9.4% Total 30 407 7.3% RONALDO’S PENALTY RECORDOne of the criticisms often incorrectly levelled at Ronaldo is the fact so many of his goals are penalties, earning him the derisory nickname ‘Penaldo.’ However, for both Real Madrid and Portugal, penalties are just a small percentage of his overall goalscoring tally. The superstar is capable of scoring from anywhere with both his left and right foot as well as his head, which is why he has over 500 club goals and over 75 for his country.The reason Ronaldo is handed penalty taking duties is because he is lethal from the spot. In both 2010-11 and 2013-14, he scored all of his penalties in La Liga, and in 2011-12, had an impressive return of 12 from 13 attempts. A perfectionist, who continues to try to improve his game, Ronaldo rarely makes the same mistake twice. Only two goalkeepers have seen Ronaldo miss twice against them – former Malaga shotstopper Carlos Kameni and ex-Valencia keeper Diego Alves.He finished off his trio of goals with a free-kick that sailed past David de Gea in order to earn Portugal a crucial point against rivals Spain. Competition Penalty Goals Penalties Taken Accuracy Premier League 11 13 84.61% La Liga 61 71 85.91% Champions League 14 16 87.50% International 7 11 63.63% Total 93 111 83.78% What percentage of Ronaldo’s goals are penalties? Competition Penalty Goals Total Goals Percentage Premier League 11 84 13.00% La Liga 61 311 18.97% Champions League 14 105 14.70% International 7 84 8.75% Total 93 584 15.92% RONALDO’S GOALSCORING RECORDWhen Ronaldo moved to Manchester United from Sporting CP in 2003, he became the most expensive teenager in British football. Alex Ferguson paid over £12m for his signature despite the fact he had just scored three league goals in Portugal. He opened his account for United with a free kick before going on to score three more goals in his first season at Old Trafford. However, it was not until 2006-07 that he really made a breakthrough, netting 17 times in the league and then 31 the following season.Ronaldo finished his stay at Manchester United with 84 league goals, 16 European goals and 118 in all competitions. At Madrid, he has been even better. In four of his eight full La Liga seasons so far, he has finished with a better goals than appearances record – the highpoint of which was 2014-15 where he scored an amazing 48 times in 35 league games.How many goals has Ronaldo scored in his career? Club League Europe Other Total Sporting CP 3 0 2 5 Manchester United 84 16 18 118 Real Madrid 286 95 32 450 Total Club Goals 398 121 52 573 Portugal – – – 84 Club & Country 657
The Australian 18 Years training camp is now just 2 short months away. Each player selected has been sent a ‘Player Profile’ and as they fill them in and return them, they are available for everyone to read. Simply hold your mouse over the ‘Team profiles’ tab on the left hand side of the page, then click on ‘Junior Teams’, then ‘2006 Australian Under 18 Squads’. Here you will be able to view all of the stories on the sqaud, as well as all of the player profiles as they come in. These young players have excitement, talent and could just be our future Aussie Open representatives.
The New South Wales Touch Association’s 22nd Country Championships are set to take place in Dubbo next weekend, 26-27 May 2007. 88 teams will battle for titles in Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed formats from under-20s to Seniors, with several grouped divisions in the round games. There have been some notable changes to the format of the competition this year. Last year, an interstate challenge was introduced for teams from the ACT, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania. This year there will be no interstate challenge, but two men’s and two women’s open teams will travel from the ACT to compete in the main draw. Kathleen Finn, ACT Women’s Open captain, is looking forward to the carnival. “Just the opportunity to play in the tournament is a big step forward and it can only benefit us as a franchise. Those sort of tournaments are always good fun,” Finn said.Finn has confidence in the side that she will be leading in the tournament. “We’ve got a mix of some experienced players and some younger girls that are getting the opportunity to play in an open’s team for the first time, so hopefully it should be a benefit for everyone. We’re just going to turn up and hopefully other regions will field strong sides and it will be a great weekend.” Finn said.The invitation for ACT teams to compete in the main draw will open the door for ACT players to face tougher competition.“The best thing for us is that it’s another opportunity for ACT to develop as a franchise, because we don’t get a lot of opportunity to play in strong competition so any chance we can get I think it will be a huge benefit for us,” Finn said. The other major innovation at the Championships this year is the merger of two age groups. Traditionally there has been an under-18 and an under-23 division, but this year there will just be an Under-20 and Open Division. Dawn Redman is the highly successful coach from the Wallsend Wolves affiliate in Newcastle. Redman has coached the Wallsend under-23s Mens side to an incredible six consecutive titles at the NSW Country Championships. This year she will be taking the reigns of the new under-20 teams, and says her side is raring to go. The Wallsend under-20s are sure to be strong, with many of the players that featured in the Wallsend under-23 title last year still eligible for this year’s under-20 side. “We had some 15 and 16-year-olds playing in last year’s side. It’s been really good to be able to bring the younger boys through with the older boys to mentor them.” Redman said. Redman said the boys were excited about the chance to play the state’s best. “We always love Dubbo, it’s always great out there. I haven’t seen the draw yet but the competition will be tough, I’d say.” Redman added.Redman has been heavily involved in developing young Touch Footballers and is enjoying her role working with a younger team this year. “Being the younger age group, I think it’s even more of a plus because it shows the way that they’ve been guided in their Touch careers, and the way they’ve been coached, and the way that they’re learning,” she said. The long serving coach would cherish nothing more than adding a seventh consecutive Country Championship to her trophy case. “It doesn’t matter what age group, winning the age group is just the pinnacle of what you’re playing for. It’s the goal that you set and we want to get there,” Redman said. 330 games will be played over the weekend with nearly 1000 players on 11 fields. Divisions contested include: Men’s Open/Men’s 20s, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Women’s 20s, Men’s 30s/35s, Women’s 30s/40s, Men’s 40s, Men’s 45s, Men’s 50s, and Senior Mixed.There will be several grouped divisions for round games, with seperate finals for each age division.NSW Touch Association Operations Manager Rob Summers is confident the venue can handle the action. “I was out there last week and had a look at the fields. The areas around there are very good. They haven’t had water restrictions out there, so the fields are great,” Summers said. Further information about the event can be found by going to the NSWTA web-site www.nswtouch.com.au and accessing the tournament page for the 2007 NSWTA Country Championships.
Touch Football Australia is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for various coaching positions within the referee discipline for the 2016/17 National Touch League.Please find below information regarding the available positions, and associated requirements as part of the expression of interest process. NTL Referee Coach Expression of InterestInterested parties are encouraged to review this information carefully, noting the various updates to roles, in line with the recently reviewed Volunteer Structure.Expression of Interests close – Midday Monday, 30 November 2015.Related LinksReferee Coach EOI
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Saha backing Zidane for Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha is backing Zinedine Zidane for the Old Trafford job.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began life as United’s interim boss with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday, while Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the leading contender to take the job permanently.But Saha, who played for United for four years from 2004, backs three-time former Real Madrid Champions League winning manager Zidane for the role.”He was an exceptional player (and) the coach, there is no equivalent,” Saha said in an interview with Omnisport. “In communication he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it’s incredible.”He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence.”At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It’s huge.”For me it’s the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we’re going to give him time.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer fears for Newcastle: Sooner Ashley sells the betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer fears for his old club.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Rafa was criticised recently for saying Newcastle needed a “miracle” to stay up.”But it is very difficult to believe what managers say at this time of year because they are trying to send out a message.”Rafa was trying to tell people how it is and at the same time send a message to the owner that he desperately needs players in.”But anyway, his comments are not too different to what I said at the start of the season — that Newcastle would be in a relegation battle.”And that is a pretty sad indictment of where Newcastle are considering where they have been.”If Mike Ashley is still the owner in May, then Rafa will be off. He is not coming back. Why would he?”He, like all fans, desperately wants a takeover to happen so he can at least try and achieve something at Newcastle.”The sooner it is sold, the better it will be for the whole football club.”
Bournemouth loan manager Fletcher in Leyton Orient talksby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth loan manager Carl Fletcher is in talks with Leyton Orient.The Daily Echo says Fletcher has been offered the job as Leyton Orient boss, the Daily Echo understands.Fletcher changed roles at Cherries last year having previously coached the club’s under-21s.But he is now close to leaving the club as he looks to agree terms with League Two Orient, with a deal increasingly likely.Ross Embleton is currently in temporary charge of the O’s, having replaced the late Justin Edinburgh over the summer after the club clinched promotion from the National League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jameis Winston Draya MicheleFormer Florida State and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston made the news again yesterday after he had an odd exchange with Draya Michele, the “Basketball Wives” star and former girlfriend of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Essentially, Draya wasn’t too keen on Jameis opening up her car door for him.Winston is a lightning rod for criticism, and he’s taken some ribbing for this. He tried to set the record straight on Instagram today.Winston may just be telling the truth in this instance. He didn’t seem to be trying anything slick when he approached her. It was a weird moment though for sure.
We’ve seen some dirty plays in soccer – Zinedine Zidane’s head-butt immediately comes to mind, as does Luis Suarez’ shoulder bite. But what you’re about to see below is arguably more absurd than anything out there.A goalkeeper named Cassie Sturtz, who plays for Pine Forest High School in North Carolina, has reportedly been suspended for two games after being assessed a flagrant foul against Pinecrest Thursday night. In the clip below, you can see her charge Pinecrest’s Riley Barrett before launching herself at her. The Fayetteville Observer first reported the news and posted the video:Here’s more:Ernie Fisher, regional supervisor for soccer officials in the Cape Fear region, said that the officials calling the game originally did not assess Sturtz a penalty. However, Fisher said the officials conferred shortly after the game ended and agreed Sturtz should have been called for a flagrant contact foul.Luckily, Barrett left the field under her own power.With no backstory here, it’s hard to know exactly why this happened. But it’s starting to go viral for obvious reasons.
Elated Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino compared Heung-min Son to Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi after his late winner against Newcastle on Saturday.Son made the difference at Wembley as Rafael Benitez’s team were denied in the final minutes of the Premier League clash.With just seven minutes left on the clock, the midfielder hit the game’s only goal, sending his side into second place ahead of Manchester City, who face Arsenal on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The goal also took Son’s Premier League tally to 10 for the season, and Pochettino believes it was no less than his star deserved.”He works so hard, always pushing, never gives up. He tries, tries, tries. He’s like this in his effort with and without the ball, he’s very regular and consistent and that is most important,” the Argentine said to reporters at the final whistle.”Sonny is like when you have a battery, you work, work, work and then the battery is gone. He is like this, he gives you everything and when he’s exhausted he says: ‘I need to change’ or [that he] needs to rest. He’s like this.”Always on the pitch he’s 100 percent in every action without or without the ball. That is the most important thing, it’s a very good example for everyone, watching him play.”Of course after the first season, he understood what we expected of him. Now if you see him, he’s one of the players who is always moving on the pitch, trying to get the best position in defensive and offensive situations. Always giving options to team-mates, running forward, dropping and then arriving from the second line. He is a very complete player today and we are so happy with his performance.”The former Espanyol boss also drew parallels with his distinguished compatriot, pointing out that how a player runs is just as important as how much distance he covers.”It’s not about the distance, it’s about the quality of the run. You can run 12km but if you don’t have sprints or beat your opponent, and depends how you run it’s not going to affect the game,” Pochettino added.”The most important thing is how you run and how you affect the game and the capacity and quality. It’s not about distance. It’s like if you say Messi ran a lot of distance.”No, but in the distance he applied the pace, or how powerful he is in the moment which made the difference. Sonny is similar, the quality is top because he has a lot of quality in his movement.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s 2018 quarterback situation remains unsettled. It looks like it might be that way for quite a while, too.Nick Saban has two starting-caliber QBs on his roster in Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. Is he going to end up picking one of them (and potentially prompting the other to transfer) or will he play both of them?Alabama’s head coach spoke on this topic in a recent interview with USA TODAY. He can see both guys playing.“We kind of did when A.J. (McCarron) was a young player and Philip Sims,” Saban said. “Not quite the same because neither one of those guys had played, they were just both high-profile guys. So look, my responsibility and obligation to the two players is to be fair and honest with each player and give them every opportunity to compete and play if they deserve it.“And my responsibility and obligation to the team is play the best players. And that would be at any position so why would it be different at quarterback?”Tagovailoa is definitely the favorite to win the job. If he does, and Hurts eventually decides to transfer, where would he go?Five schools have been named options.5 potential transfer options for Jalen HurtsEarlier this year, Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Staples laid out some options.Would the Houston-area native head back to his home state and play in the Big 12? He’d fit well in the offenses at Texas and TCU. If he were to watch video of Quinton Flowers playing for Willie Taggart at South Florida, he might be intrigued by the idea of playing in that offense for Taggart at Florida State.Hurts is a native of Channelview, Texas, just outside Houston. Texas A&M is the most local Power Five program, and one that was the main competition to Alabama in his recruitment. It is highly unlikely that he will be allowed to become an Aggie though, as he would then face Alabama every year.Greg McElroy also thinks the Longhorns are a strong option, should Jalen Hurts transfer. From an interview with The Dan Patrick Show earlier in the year:“I think that’s a real possibility,” McElroy said of a potential Hurts transfer. “He’s from Texas and the Texas Longhorns are in the quarterback market. And, by the way, he didn’t redshirt. So when he does transfer– if he does– and I would assume that’s what he will do because he’s a quarterback and it’s hard to go to a guy and say ‘You mind playing outside linebacker? Are you good moving to running back?’ Not a lot of guys take kindly to that move, especially at the collegiate level.TCU has a recent history of using dual-threat quarterbacks like Hurts well, and the Horned Frogs are a pretty consistent program in his home state. There are few coaches with a better reputation than Gary Patterson.Florida State is also very intriguing. Willie Taggart turned Quinton Flowers into one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in college football during his time at USF. He accounted for 11,739 total yards as a Bull.There’s a chance that Hurts could also drop down to a smaller school, although he probably won’t need to. However, Houston has been a Group of Five power, turning into one of the best schools outside of the Power Five under Tom Herman. Also, keep an eye on whatever happens with Lane Kiffin. FAU may not land Jalen Hurts, but if he plays out the year at Alabama, and Kiffin moves on to a bigger job, which is definitely in play, that could be an option. Kiffin was one of the lead recruiters for Hurts at Alabama, and obviously got a lot out of him as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Jalen Hurts transfer and join Kiffin at a bigger school, if he moves on from FAU to a Power Five job.***It seems unlikely that Hurts will be making a decision anytime soon. Stay tuned.
When Virat Kohli would cry because he wasn’t allowed to bat: I went through great injusticeVirat Kohli who is arguably the best batsman in the world, revealed that there was a time when he would not be allowed to batadvertisement Ritayan Basu New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: January 1, 2019 08:40 IST Virat Kohli said that in his childhood he would get to do everything but bat (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli ended 2018 as the No.1 ranked batsman in Tests and ODIKohli scored a total of 2735 runs across all formats in the year 2018Kohli said in an interview that his brother and his friends did not let him batVirat Kohli had a stellar 2018, as he ended the year as the No.1 ranked batsman in Tests as well as ODI and that too for the second-time running. Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in 2018 with 11 hundreds and he also became the first Asian captain to register Test wins in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.Kohli, arguably the best batsman in the world, was once not allowed to bat.The Indian cricketer in an interview for his app, revealed how in his childhood his elder brother and his friends would not allow him to bat and would all just go when his time came.”Mere sath bhot nainsafi bhi hui hai (I went through great injustice). They knew I was passionate about cricket so I would take any position. Whenever it was my turn to bat, they would all just go home and I used to cry that they made me do everything but did not let me bat. It was frustrating at times, but with my cricket he was committed in helping me in every way he could,” Kohli recalled.”My brother is seven years elder to me. I did not spend much time at home with him as he was doing his own set of things with his own set of friends. I remember I always wanted to be a part of their group because I felt that they were cooler. That curiosity used to be there but they never allowed me as I was too young.”advertisementKohli though is very fond of his brother, saying that he was the one who would take him for cricket practices and matches.”He (Kohli’s brother) was obviously involved in the business with my dad, but whenever I had a game, he made it a point to take me, watch the game or bring me back when I was really small. When I was older, I used to go by myself. Obviously he was very important to me. He never compromised on any of my game and his efforts in that were massive. My father’s efforts as well but I think my brother ensured that none of the things were compromised,” Kohli said.I’ve got something for everyone who want to get to know me better, go to the following link to watch the full video. https://t.co/0MnACwK3s0 pic.twitter.com/ny0FqliKH3Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 31, 2018When asked about how he behaves with youngsters in the Indian cricket team, Kohli said that he likes to befriend them and make them feel comfortable. He said that he just can’t be senior.”In all honesty, I cannot behave like a senior. I can’t do it even when someone gives me a lot of respect. I can’t relate to myself as a senior cricketer.””If someone comes and starts saying things which are too respectful, I crack some joke and be like ‘itna bhi koi serious hone ki zarurat nahi hai’ (you don’t have to be this serious also). So I try to make them comfortable immediately. Because I like the idea of people opening up. I don’t like the idea of not speaking up or not knowing whats going on. We should be organic and that’s the way I like it,” Kohli said.Kohli also let everyone in on the secrets of his training and gym routines.”Something that I really enjoy apart from all the weightlifting and running and condition and all that stuff is a lot of resistance work with therabands or resistance bands. I think it is a great way to do focused and precise work on your muscles. It is something that is not too hectic but also gives you right amount of burn on your muscles. I think resistance training is one of my favourites apart from weightlifting and running,” Kohli said.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s 2018: 2735 international runs, 11 hundreds and 4 overseas Test winsAlso Watch | Indian cricket’s most viral videos of 2018 featuring Kohli, Jadeja and RainaAlso Read | ICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gainsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Year enderFollow KohliFollow No. 1 RankingFollow Kohli interview
Press Trust of India ChennaiJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 21:35 IST The Tamil Nadu government had ordered the state pollution control board to seal and “permanently” close the plant on May 28. (Photo: Reuters)DMK on Friday (January 4) urged the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law to ensure the continued closure of Vedanta’s copper plant Sterlite at Tuticorin.Citing the National Green Tribunal setting aside the state government’s closure order, saying it was non-sustainable, DMK MLA P Geetha Jeevan said it was the wish of the people that the government take a policy decision to ensure that the plant continued to be shut.Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, she said Sterlite cannot stake a claim to reopen the plant and urged the government to enact a law for the “permanent closure” of the plant.On December 15, the National Green Tribunal had set aside the Tamil Nadu government order for closure of mining company Vedanta Ltd’s Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin, which was at the center of massive protests over alleged pollution, saying it was “non-sustainable” and “unjustified”.Thirteen people were killed in police firing on May 22-23 and several injured after the protests against Sterlite turned violent in Tuticorin.She demanded enactment of a law similar to that passed by the state government to allow the bull-taming sport Jallikattu.In January 2017, Tamil Nadu amended the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to ensure that the sport was held without any hindrance.Though no prohibitive orders are now in place at Tuticorin, the DMK MLA said a sense of unease prevailed and police were not granting permission to hold meetings.On the ban on single-use plastic items like carry bags that came into force in Tamil Nadu from January 1, she wondered why popular snack brands of multinationals were spared and demanded that the state ban them too.advertisementIntervening, Environment Minister K C Karuppannan said the government has not favoured any multinational firm and pointed out that only 14 types of single-use plastic items, which cannot be recycled and are non-biodegradable, had been banned.When Jeevan referred to boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen left to rot after they were impounded by Sri Lanka, FisheriesMinister D Jayakumar said the government bore the expenditure of bringing them back ensuring that fishermen did not spend even a Rupee for it.Replying to Congress MLA H Vasantha Kumar, who sought expansion of Tuticorin airport, Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju said 601 acres have been acquired and handed over to the airport on December 31, 2018 for the purpose.Initiating the debate, Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman urged the government to provide coconut saplings free of cost to the farmers.He wanted the government to come up with sapling varieties that would reach a height of only about 5-10 feet and provide good yield in a short time and withstand cyclones as well.He also wanted a separate district with Pollachi as its headquarters.ALSO READ | Tuticorin’s wrath not a first for Vedanta: The firm’s controversial history in 5 pointsWATCH | Exclusive footage of Tuticorin violenceFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPallavi Kumar Tags :Follow Vedanta Enact law to ensure closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant: DMK tells Tamil Nadu governmentOn December 15, the National Green Tribunal had set aside the Tamil Nadu government order for closure of mining company Vedanta Ltd’s Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.advertisement
Cheteshwar Pujara proved you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to succeed: Ravi ShastriIndia vs Australia: Ravi Shastri said nothing in the world could change Cheteshwar Pujara’s determination to leave balls outside the off-stump after India’s No.3 batsman won the man-of-the-series award following a historic triumph in Australia.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 18:33 IST Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged the player of the series for his 521 runs from 4 Tests (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri lauded Pujara’s dedication following his starring role in India’s series win over AustraliaShastri said Pujara understands his game well and has the ability to stay completely focusedPujar scored 521 runs from 4 Tests as India won their first ever Test series in AustraliaRavi Shastri said if he had to pick a batsman to bat out an entire day and save a Test match for India it would be Cheteshwar Pujara. Shastri lauded Pujara for his sensational performance in India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia.Pujara scored 521 runs and smashed three hundreds as India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Shastri said Pujara could focus for long periods of time and his preparations are meticulous,Pujara scored a hundred in the first Test in Adelaide to bail India out of trouble before scoring a classy half-century in the second innings to ensure India had enough on the board for victory. After a rare failure in Perth, Pujara was at his best in Melbourne where his hundred helped India win their first ever Boxing Day Test.After a fruitful 2018, Pujara began the New Year well with his 17th Test hundred – a fluent 193.Little wonder then that Shastri was impressed with his No.3.”Absolutely fantastic. If you want a batsman to bat out a day in a Test match, to save the team you’d pick that guy. Once he gets in he smells leather… there is no messing around,” Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exlcusive interview.Shastri also lauded Pujara’s discipline and for the way he played Nathan Lyon. Pujara had struggled on the last tour of Australia four years ago but minor technical adjustments helped him fight back and play a key role in India’s victory.advertisement”He is so focussed, he has understood his game so well, what are his strengths and what are the strengths he should be capitalising on.”And he doesn’t barge from there. Nothing in the world can change his mindset there, his determination and his discipline in leaving balls, making the bowlers bowl at him.”And what he did in this series as opposed to the last time he came to Australia was the way he played Nathan Lyon. He used his feet beautifully and looked to get outside the line. If you are struck on the pads, leg before was taken out of the fray and he worked the ball onto the leg side.”And if there was anything full-pitched outside the stumps, where he could get to the pitch, he would put that away to the boundary. It was magnificent batting.. good old Test match batting,” Shastri said.Pujara is very different from a lot of modern batsmen. In this age of T20 cricket, when batsmen look to attack, dominate and play those glamour shots, Pujara believes in wearing bowlers down before unleashing his wide array of shots.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs.”You saw that with Virat Kohli in England and even with those two here. Pujara took it to another level when there would be days when he would be beaten once. You can imagine what a fast bowler must be thinking.. you could imagine what Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood must be thinking – ‘next morning you have again bowl to this guy'”.Also Read | BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso Read | Rishabh Pant now needs to learn how to finish games, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Ravi Shastri slams Team India critics: Jabbering crowd a minorityFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ravi ShastriFollow India vs Australia
Next Honor 20 quick review: Premium, power-packed phone with a lot of camerasThe Honor 20 series launches in India on June 11, which is when we will know the official India price of the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. Ahead of its launch in India, we spent a brief amount of time with the Honor 20 and here are our first impressions.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 09:57 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Honor 20 series launch date in India is set for June 11.The Honor 20 comes with a punch-hole display, quad cameras and Kirin 980 SoC.The Honor 20 price in European markets is EUR 499 (approx Rs 38,780).Huawei may be going through a major crisis right now, but that hasn’t stopped the company and its sub-brand Honor from dishing out some really attractive phones this year. After launching the fantastic Honor View 20 flagship earlier this year, Honor recently launched the Honor 20 series in London. The series sees three new models – the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 Lite – and they are set to launch in India on June 11.The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are premium flagship devices that come with features like a punch-hole AMOLED display, Kirin 980 SoC, all-glass design and quad rear cameras, among other things. We are still a couple of weeks away from the launch of the Honor 20 series in India, but we did get to spend a brief amount of time with the regular Honor 20. After interacting with the Honor 20 for a few days, here are my first impressions.The Honor 20 is identical to the Honor 20 Pro on the outside, but it does get some subtle differences in specs under the hood with regards to RAM, internal storage, cameras and battery capacity.When it comes to the design, the Honor 20 is clearly a stunning device. It looks incredibly premium with glass on the front and back. The rear glass panel comes with what the company calls a 3D Triple Mesh design, which is just a way of saying the panel has three layers to offer a holographic-like reflective finish. The unit we received was in Sapphire Blue, but it also comes in Midnight Black and Icelandic White.advertisement The blue colour looks great, but the panel can easily attract fingerprints and smudges within a matter of minutes. For a phone that sports a 6.26-inch display, it feels quite compact. This is largely because the Honor 20 sees little to no bezels around the display. Apart from a very thin chin, the Honor 20 is all display. The panel gets a small circular cutout on the top left corner to house the front camera.The FHD+ (2340×1080) display looks sharp and vivid with good brightness both indoors and outdoors. You have the option to change the colour mode to Normal if you want lower saturation levels and a warmer temperature. In our in-depth review, we will talk about how the display holds up for watching videos, playing games and general usage.Not only does the Honor 20 feel compact, but it is also lightweight at 174 grams, making it easy and convenient to hold and carry with one hand. The buttons on the side are well within reach, especially the power button which doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. The thumb rests naturally on the sensor and the phone unlocks in a jiffy.The Honor 20 offers a dual Nano SIM slot with no support for storage expandability. You get a single speaker grille on the bottom next to a Type-C port.Honor’s latest flagships are powered by Huawei’s flagship Kirin 980 SoC. The Honor 20 is offered in a single variant that comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. All of this sounds sufficient to offer a fast and smooth performance. A quick browsing of the UI felt smooth and fast while apps opened in a snap. The Honor 20 Lite ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.1, which is essentially a version of EMUI. With Magic UI, you get square-shaped app icons for all apps, which looks consistent and aesthetic. There are a few preloaded apps that come with Magic UI like Honor Club, HiCare, Honor Store, Vigo, Netflix, Booking.com, Facebook and so on. You can uninstall most of these apps if you don’t wish to use them ever.On the back, the Honor 20 gets a quad camera setup almost similar sensors as the Pro model. The primary camera is a 48-megapixel f/1.8 sensor for ultra high-resolution photography. There is a 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera as well. The third and fourth cameras come with 2-megapixel sensors each where one will be used for depth sensing while the other is a macro lens. The basic difference between the two Honor phones is that the regular model gets a depth sensor while the Honor 20 Pro gets an 8MP telephoto camera. Up front, both the Honor 20 phones get a 32MP selfie camera. I briefly snapped a few pictures in the limited time that I spent with the Honor 20 and the results already impress me. The main camera can capture some incredible photos in daylight, especially close-up macros. With AI scene detection enabled, the camera tends to oversaturate colours if you’re snapping greenery or food. There is plenty of dynamic range to be found and selfies look extremely crisp and detailed. I will have more to say about the cameras in a full review.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESLastly, the Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, which is 250mAh smaller than the battery inside the Honor 20 Pro. This may mean some difference in battery life delivered between the two phones, but it’s too early to talk about the performance of the Honor 20. You will also be pleased to hear that the Honor 20 supports fast charging and you get a 22.5W charging brick with the box.After checking out the Honor 20 for a couple of days, it seems the company has another special flagship on its hands. This might be the last Honor flagship to run on Android, and it sure looks like an attractive flagship from the outside and inside. Honor typically prices its premium phones at mid-range prices, so we expect a similar treatment with the Honor 20 as well.The Honor 20 series launches in India on June 11, which is when we will know the official India price of the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. In European markets, the Honor 20 costs EUR 499 (approx Rs 38,780), while the Honor 20 Pro is priced at EUR 599 (approx Rs 46,500).ALSO READ | Honor 20 series will go on sale in India via Flipkart after launch on June 11Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 20
How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now New York-based Basic Outfitters has redefined the basic clothing game for men in just over a year.The company has built a following and much fanfare through simple, efficient basics (think t-shirts, underwear, and joggers) in tailored cuts at affordable price points.Now, husband and wife founding duo Michael and Laura Dweck are taking Basic Outfitters to the next level with an appearance on competition show Shark Tank this Friday.“When we first started Basic Outfitters, we knew we were onto something big because we were addressing a real need and creating an incredible solution,” they said through a statement. “We intend to grow this business tremendously, and we knew that getting onto Shark Tank would fast track that growth.”Along with 25% average month-to-month growth, their innovative “Create-A-Drawer” service propelled them onto the show. It’s a tailored service through their site where customers can fill their closet with socks, underwear, tees and joggers in just a few simple click. It’s an easy buy for the busy professional demographic they’re seeing plenty of.Out of 50,000 companies that apply each year, the Dwecks were chosen to be one of 80 business featured on the show, which is pretty damned impressive.You can tune in and see if they can strike a deal this Friday January 6th at 9:00 PM EST / 10:00 p.m. PST on ABC. Editors’ Recommendations Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style
NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A menswear designer and retailer, Grahame Fowler has toiled in fashion for 42 years. And for the last ten, this English transplant to New York City has run an eponymous, impressive, menswear shop in Greenwich Village that carries his own line, as well as high-quality brands from England, Japan, and Italy. Located in a former dry cleaner, the cozy, slightly eccentric space retains the former tenant’s revolving mechanical hanging rack on which Fowler displays the store’s outstanding selection of button-down shirts.Fowler, who says that he has “always done my own thing and been left of center,” recently gave The Manual an in-depth look inside his excellent Anglo-inspired emporium, which he aptly describes as “a small gem in The Village.”Congratulations on your ten-year anniversary. What’s the story behind the store?I don’t pander to fashion. This shop has a particular viewpoint. It has an English accent and angle to it just because we’re all English that work in here and a lot of the stuff is rooted in our youth culture from the Sixties–whether it’s brogue shoes or button-down shirts or Fred Perry or classic Barbour waxed scooter and motorbike jackets.What are your bestsellers?My own shirts. I make them here in America–some in New York and some in Massachusetts. And I sell Tricker’s shoes. I do a lot of my own style of Tricker’s, so I go over there and choose the lasts and the leather and details and do very small runs of limited editions. Once they are sold they’re gone and then I’ll do another run. I do the same with the English shoe company Sanders. And then I sell Levi’s Vintage Clothing– some of the limited release stuff. The same with Red Wing. And there are Japanese brands as well like Shuttle Notes. It’s stuff that just fits in aesthetically with what we’re feeling.What else do you carry?We have bags from England and we make our own ties and belts. And we sell Fox Umbrellas–the best umbrella in the world.We’re also doing a collaboration with Gola that will be here in a couple of weeks. That was one of the shoes we wore as kids with Puma and Adidas but Gola was made in England, so it had a certain following.You also have quite a selection of watches. I know you are a well-known vintage watch collector and expert…I’ve been a big watch guy for a long time, but it’s just that suddenly it became fashionable. I’ve stood in the corner with it and then the spotlight hits you. I’ve collected them for a long time and I’ve always had them in the shop and bought and sold and traded watches as well. Specifically dive watches, specialty dive and military watches is my bag.Who’s the customer who shops here?Oh, Lord! It runs the gamut really. We have a lot of people who are in the arts like actors, photographers, film directors or stylists. We get all kinds of people. People that visit from Italy and England. We even have people who come from Japan just to buy certain things. But it still is very niche. Always has been and always will be. I have no plans to make it bigger and deal with all the headaches. I’ll let the J. Crews and the Ralph Laurens of the world deal with that.How much of the merchandise is available from your webshop?More of it is going to be. It will be very tailored and there may be more objects on there too, like knives and tool rolls and socks and watches.What, in your opinion, sets Grahame Fowler Original apart?The reason to exist in a store like this is to have stuff that isn’t available everywhere. You have to seek it out and come in and try it on and buy it. Lots of people come in and try the shoes on because they are not going to buy them online. If you want the true sensory perception of what the shoe is you have to go and try it on. And I think that visceral experience is more of what we’re about. We’re not about stacking it high and selling it cheap. We seek things out that are unusual and rare and not available everywhere.What is the price range?Shirts are $125 to $200. Sneakers are about $200 to $225 and then we go up to the cordovan Tricker’s that are nudging $1,000. But if you buy that boot in cordovan leather and you take care of it, it will last you 20 to 25 years. So it’s a boot for life. It might seem at lot at $950 or $1,000, but divided by 25 years it’s a good investment and it’s cheaper than a pair of trainers you buy every six months and throw away.And then there’s everything in between. The sweet spot is probably $450 to $550 on the shoes, $150 on the shirts, $400 on the jackets and $200 to $275 on the pants.What has been the best part about having your own line and running a shop?I think it’s the fact that I am working here today and I know the history of everything I’m selling and I can 110 percent stand behind it. I can stand behind the fit, the quality of the cloth and the shoes. The whole process of designing it, making it, tweaking it, putting it in the shop, merchandising it, and having someone try it on and buy it is very encompassing and very satisfying.It’s not made in China and doesn’t come here in a container and get unpacked and get rebranded. It is what it is. It’s a proper well-made piece of clothing whether it’s knitwear, shirts, jackets, shoes or accessories. Everything has been touched and it’s sold with soul. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? 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