Gaining success at lower levels involves both good and bad things. The Victoria Highlanders had to play a vital game at the United Soccer League 2 against the TSS Rovers of Vancouver at the Centennial Stadium without four players who are headed towards Germany to be the part of the trials. They also have to play minus those players for the rest of the season as well. Alec-Michael Petrizzi, Connor Guilherme and Joshua Walter left to pursue the pro opportunities regarding the fourth and fifth division. 4th player, Jonathan Walter got a chance to play with U-19 German clubs.
The Walter Brothers are out of the Niendorf’s Pacific Elite Soccer Institute, based in Victoria. They were also part of the Westcastle team, the champion of the Vancouver Island Soccer League Jackson Cup, this spring. Petrizzi belongs from Florida, while Connor Guilherme has just been out of the UBC Thunderbirds as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy. Niendorf spent 26 years in Calgary, though he was born and raised in Berlin. He still maintains close connections with German soccer. He played a vital role in the signing of Owen Hargreaves, former English international by Bayern Munich, known as the legendary club of Germany. He also had a major role to play in the signing of Nik Ledgerwood with 1860 Munich. The signing of Adam Straith of Victoria, former Canadian internationals, to Energie Cottbus and Kevin McKenna of Calgary to FC Koln was also done by him.
Former Manchester United star Paul Ince claims that Ashley Young has become somewhat similar to James Milner in that his professionalism has been very crucial to United’s campaign. Young is towards the tail end of his career and he is already one of the long serving members at Manchester United. The 33-year-old came to Manchester United in the summer of 2011 for around £ 20 million. He was signed from Aston Villa as a winger and he is one of the few players left in the squad are to have been signed by Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, his contract is up at the end of the year and it is highly unlikely that Manchester United will renew the deal considering his age. Even though he was a winger at the start of his career with Watford, Young has slowly been able to play a number of roles for Manchester United over the years. The winger has also been capable of playing as the full-back. This versatility has also helped him make an appearance for England after making his debut in 2007. Best known for his accurate crosses during his best years, Young was never able to touch the heights of a David Beckham. Even though the player has been marginally used in recent seasons, Ince says that United’s stand to benefit a lot from the presence of Young this season.
Manchester United have had good success under interim manager Ole Gunnar SolksJaer as the Old Trafford outfit moved into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Latest reports from Italy claim that the Red Devils could be set to sign PSV star Hirving Lozano.
According to the reports Manchester United are in the race to sign the Mexico international alongside Napoli in what could be a bidding war in the summer. Calcio Napoli 24 claims that both clubs are ready to launch a bid for the 23-year-old winger.
Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has offered his thoughts on Newcastle United’s relegation battle and believes the Magpies have absolutely no chance of getting relegated from the Premier League.
Hargreaves, who now works as a pundit for BT Sport, is surprised to see Newcastle battling for Premier League survival considering the quality in their ranks but is confident they will retain their Premier League status.
Owen Hargreaves has had a great football career and the only reason he had to leave Manchester United was due to his health issues. Nonetheless, he was always praised by Sir Alex Ferguson and his team. Hargreaves has been a renowned person in the dressing room. He did 39 appearances in a span of 4 years. In 2007, the former Manchester United champion won the Champions League double and Premier League. Towards the end of 2011, he joined City as his contract came to an end with United.
The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder did advice Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Chelsea midfielder to accept a 2-year loan especially if he continued getting restricted play time at the club. The Chelsea midfielder achieved 3 goals within 3rd
appearance as he was under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri when Chelsea defeated BATE Borisov with 3-1 last month in the Europa League. As far as the performance of the England midfielder is concerned, he scored his initial 2 minutes in and tucked away from a distance of 12 yards post Davide Zappacosta tried pulling back the ball. In addition, he did add an extra 6 minutes from a corner and flicked on the corner of Willian to achieve an unexpected brace. This made the Englishman achieve an excellent hat-trick in the match with a delayed strike.
The international of Portugal was shown a pretty red card in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Valencia. The red card was shown to him when he was seen pulling hairs of opposite team’s player. Here is the detailed description of the event. Owen Hargreaves has spelled out the red card of Cristiano Ronald in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Valencia in the Champions League.
The international debut of Portugal with the old lady was nothing short of a disaster after he was sent out during the match on 29 minutes just. It was not clear what had happened at the start when Ronaldo apparently clashed with Jeison Murillo from the ball and away from the referee. Replays showed that there was a small blend between the two players, but Ronaldo did not seem to push out his rival with his hand or head.
Former Real Madrid player Owen Hargreaves believes that Real Madrid should sign at least two players to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. He said that Ronaldo was a massive player for them and that they need to replace him if they do not want to be weakened.
He said that Real Madrid already has two great strikers in Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale but they need to have back-ups. He said that the team will suffer if any one of those two players gets injured. He said that Asensio is a really good player but at the moment he is too young to fill in the void left by the Portuguese striker.
The Vancouver Whitecaps team president, Lenarduzzi has said that Davies has the skill that justifies his record breaking contract which will take him to greater heights in no time. The Canadian midfielder will go from Major League Soccer to Bayern Munich. In fact, a Canadian teen has not been chosen for the first time by Bayern Munich. The club had chosen Owen Hargreaves from Calgary in 1997 when was a teenager. The 16 year old began to play 7 seasons with Bayern Munich besides 5 more seasons with Manchester City and Manchester United in the English Premier league. As a result, he was fit to be a part of England and played for World Cup squads in 2002 and 2006.
The midfielder’s talent did make his land in the English team. Many things were in his favor which made it feasible for Owen Hargreaves as he played the World Cup tournaments for England in 2002 and 2006. Hargreaves as a teenager shifted to Europe for pursuing his soccer career post signing a deal with Bayern Munich. It was not just his talent which got his name on the soccer jersey of Team England, but it was through his ancestry. His mother was Welsh and father was English. Therefore, he was made to play for England in spite of being born in Calgary.
Liverpool have booked their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League. This is the first time they would go this far in the continental competition since the 2008/09 season. Following their 5-0 demolition of FC Porto in the first leg of the fixture away, it was a done deal. They played a goalless draw in the return leg at Anfield.
The 5-0 aggregate ensures Jurgen Klopp’s men enter the quarter finals but they face unfamiliar fate as they would likely clash with another Premier League side. Despite all this Owen Hargreaves opines that the club is peaking at the right time as the business end of the season draws nigh. In the domestic tournaments, Liverpool are seeking a second place finish. They would have to fight off Manchester United though. Continue reading
Player turned pundit Owen Hargreaves opines that Liverpool have the easiest draw in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. The former Manchester United man says the Reds are lucky to have Porto as their next opponent when the continental tournament restarts in February.
Well given the other possibilities Coach Jurgen Klopp would be contented that they got Porto as the pool of second Pot had very tough teams. With the Porto draw, Liverpool avoid top teams like Real Madrid and Juventus. Many, including Hargreaves, expect Liverpool to get past the Portuguese side in the knockout phase.