Lee Clark joins Tribalfootball: Newcastle & Fulham so special to meby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWe here at Tribalfootballare proud to announce our new guest columnist for 2019, former Newcastle United and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark.Lee brings with him almost 30 years of experience playing and managing in the Premier League and across the Football League. As a player, Lee quite literally lived the dream. Not many players get to play for their boyhood heroes, let alone help reignite an entire city. But that’s what Clark did, having played 46 league games as a 20-year-old in Newcastle’s record breaking 1992/93 season, which ended their four-year exile from the top flight.It was a golden period for Toon. In the 1995-96 season, when Kevin Keegan’s side, dubbed ‘The Entertainers’, famously finished second behind Manchester United.The likes of David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Peter Beardsley lit up St. James’ Park on a regular basis and Clark was right there alongside them. He says the experience helped raise his game to another level.”Absolutely, every training session and game really, really mattered,” Clark tells Tribalfootball. “We could never rest on our laurels even in training, you knew you had someone, senior players, internationals. “And you knew that one, you wanted to get a place in the team. And two, you wanted to keep it, which was the hardest bit. You had to perform every single day in training. I think that’s the reason why most players during that period had there most successful time of their careers, really.”In 1997, Clark crossed the north-east divide for a brief two-year stint at Sunderland under Peter Reid and helped the Black Cats lift the First Division trophy in 1999. Fulham then paid £3m for Clark’s signature in the early days of the Mohamed Al Fayed revolution. Clark secured his status as a promotion specialist when he picked up another First Division title in 2001. Wearing the captain’s armband, Clark led the Cottagers to their then-highest Premier League finish in 2003/04. Speaking about his six-years in west London, Clark says: “I love the club. The people there, the way me and my family got treated. “The six years I had there as a player were magnificent. We had a great time and I love going back. And it’s quite ironic that it’s Newcastle vs Fulham at St. James’ on Saturday. I’ll be at the game and it will be pulling on the heartstrings really because I want neither of them to be involved [in the relegation battle].”And also another club close to me where my managerial career started, Huddersfield, they’re down in the mix as well. So it’s like I don’t want any one of these three to go down, but unfortunately I think that’s the way its going to be.”There was no break from football for Clark, who immediately joined United’s coaching staff after retirement in 2006. Two years later, he would take up the manager’s position at Huddersfield, spending four successful years in Yorkshire before joining Birmingham City in 2012.Stints at Bury, Blackpool and Kilmarnock have followed and at just 46 years of age, Clark still has plenty left to give to the game.”You learn from the ups and you learn from the downs. I’m a much improved manager than I ever was from the start. And I’m wanting to get back in. I love it. I love being on the graft. I love coaching players and trying to improve them. “I’m absolutely wanting to get back in the game but you know everything has to be right for me and also its not just the U.K, I’d quite enjoy and it would be a good test to work abroad.” TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazzari backing Muriel for big Fiorentina successby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Fiorentina star Andrea Lazzari says fans will enjoy new signing Luis Muriel.The attacker has arrived on-loan from Sevilla.“Luis can make Florence fall in love,” Lazzari told Radio Bruno Toscana.“He has the characteristics of a champion. His movement is reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo, though I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two.“I don’t see him as an out-and-out striker, I prefer it when he plays a bit further from the goal. That’s the area of the pitch where his qualities shine best.“He’s also a good lad who gives everything in training and is really committed.”
Ex-Chelsea keeper Green: Hudson-Odoi kept smiling during Bayern Munich sagaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green has spoken about Callum Hudson-Odoi and how the youngster handled rumours of a move to Bayern Munich.Hudson-Odoi was unhappy at a lack of playing time under previous Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.Bayern were offering big money for a January transfer, but Chelsea refused to entertain any bids for the player.He has since committed to the club by signing a new contract.Green spoke to BBC 5 Live about the situation, saying: “We would hear the Bayern Munich chat, the chat about other clubs and Callum would just be there smiling.”He knew it was all going on but it was water off a duck’s back for him. “Pressure didn’t exist for him. It still doesn’t.”You look at someone like that, the way he carried himself, the confidence that he had in and around the dressing room was incredible to watch.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made it clear a few weeks back that he’s tired of reporters asking about the term “Clemsoning”, given how consistent his team has been the past few years. Still, he got another question about it Wednesday on the ACC teleconference. His response was predictable. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney on “any anti Clemson factions” and “Clemson-ing: “I don’t why people keep asking questions like this. Next question”— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) November 4, 2015Uh oh. Swinney gets a “Clemsoning” term question on ACC teleconference. “I don’t know why people keep asking about this. Next question.”— Brad Senkiw (@BradSenkiw_AIM) November 4, 2015Clemson is the No. 1 ranked team in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2015 campaign. Perhaps it is time to hang up the phrase.
ESPN College GameDayESPN has updated its college football “future” power rankings. The “FPR” is a projection of which college football teams will dominate the sport over the next three years. Here’s ESPN’s description:FPR is a projection of a program’s strength over the next three years, not just the 2016 season. An eight-person panel of ESPN reporters and analysts — Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach — graded teams based on five criteria, which were weighed differently to account for their impact on overall sustained success. The criteria: coaching (27 percent of the formula), current talent (27 percent), recruiting (20 percent), title path (16 percent) and program foundation (10 percent).Which team does ESPN think will rule the sport over the next three seasons? The reigning national champions.Alabama, which was overtaken by Ohio State in the 2015 edition of the FPR, has its No. 1 spot back. The Crimson Tide continue to recruit as well as ever and, coming off a national title, they’re an obvious choice for No. 1. Here’s the rest of the top 25: Alabama’s at No. 1, of course.AlabamaOhio StateFSUClemsonMichiganLSUStanfordOklahomaNotre DameMichigan StateFloridaGeorgiaUSCTennesseeTCUUCLATexasAuburnMiamiOle MissWashingtonOregonLouisvilleOklahoma StateNebraskaYou can view ESPN’s full rankings here.
Mauritania claimed their first ever point at the Africa Cup of Nations after grinding out a 0-0 draw against Angola in a game that leaves both sides hopeful of progressing from Group E.The Lions of Chinguetti might have picked up their maiden victory at the competition had Adama Ba buried a golden opportunity to score after an hour of a contest that saw Corentin Martins’ men grow in confidence as it unfolded.Mauritania went into the game still smarting from a 4-1 drubbing by Mali and their determination to run a tighter ship at the back paid off as they kept Angola’s talented front four at bay, although they breathed a sigh of relief when Wilson Eduardo misfired with the goal at his mercy and a late Geraldo strike was correctly ruled out for offside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The result leaves Angola with two points from two games and a strong chance of qualifying from Group E if they can get a result from their final game against Mali.Meanwhile, Mauritania will need another gritty performance as they attempt to get something from their clash with Group E favourites Tunisia.A few shots from #MTNANG #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/jXinwbap5s— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 29, 2019Djalma headed narrowly wide from Bruno Gaspar’s cross and the Alanyaspor forward’s pace caused Mauritania problems as Angola dominated the first half.Fredy Ribeiro’s clever pass played Gaspar in for a shot at goal from close range but he hesitated and fluffed his lines, while Mauritania threatened through Bakary N’Diaye, who headed straight at Tony Cabaca after rising to meet Khassa Camara’s free-kick.Mauritania’s best chance of the game fell to Ba after the interval. He met Ismael Diakite’s fizzing cross from the right with a first-time shot that Gaspar did brilliantly to slide in and block with his legs.Moments later Angola squandered an even better opportunity when Gelson Dala burst into the box and pulled the ball back to substitute Eduardo but the Sporting Braga forward scuffed his shot and sent the ball wide to the left of the gaping net.Geraldo thought he had won it when he volleyed Paizo’s cross into the net at the far post in stoppage time, but an offside flag was correctly raised against him and Mauritania breathed a sigh of relief before celebrating a historic result.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners takes the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Oklahoma is nine days away from opening up its 2018 football season. The Sooners host FAU in Week 1.When the two teams take the field that day, the turf at Owen Field will have a different look to it. Oklahoma is rolling out a new field design.The update was unveiled today. Most notable are the changes at midfield and in the end zones.Overall, nothing too crazy, but it looks a little sharper in our opinion.Owen Field will sport a new look this season. New streamlined logo at midfield, new wordmarks in the endzones, and new number font for the yardlines. pic.twitter.com/Hz4EPiKtnV— Sooner Tracker (@SoonerTracker) August 23, 2018The Sooners have been playing home games at Owen Field (otherwise known as Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium) since 1923. The stadium attendance record was set in last year’s win over TCU.Oklahoma will play rival Oklahoma State at home this season, as well as two big non-conference opponents, Florida Atlantic and UCLA.The FAU and UCLA games will be the first two of the regular season. Overall, four of OU’s first five games are at home.Oklahoma and FAU will kick off at noon ET on Sept. 1. FOX will broadcast the game.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top cornerbacks in the 2019 recruiting class has flipped his commitment.Jeffery Carter, a four-star defensive back, had been committed to Texas A&M, though the top prospect de-committed and pledged to another school on Saturday.The four-star prospect has flipped to Alabama.Carter announced his decision on Twitter.What’s understood don’t need to be explained? RESPECT MY DECISION! pic.twitter.com/v1iNZM6JfK— Scooby (@jcarter2133) December 9, 2018Carter is ranked the No. 11 CB and No. 91 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Alabama has the No. 1 class in the country.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Mascot Lil Red of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks on the sidelines during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes on November 24, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 37-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Nebraska football is no stranger to selling out football games.The Huskers have a regular season streak dating back to 1962, even through some lean years recently.Now, for the second straight season, the spring game has sold out too.Last year’s game presented the first opportunity to see Scott Frost’s Nebraska team in action. 86,818 fans packed Memorial Stadium for the event.Things didn’t sell at quite the same pace, but the Huskers have now sold out the event for a second straight year. It is made more impressive by the fact that the tickets are priced at $10 for most seats, while many other programs give away spring tickets for free.This afternoon, Nebraska football announced that the April 13 game has sold out as well.From the Omaha World-Herald:The game will be Scott Frost’s second spring game at Nebraska. Last season, NU set a school attendance record with 86,818 fans. The game sold out quicker in 2018, as it was Frost’s debut. This year, tickets went on sale to season ticket holders on Tuesday, with the general public being able to purchase them Wednesday. Roughly 80,000 tickets were distributed in the first 48 hours.Frost’s first team finished the year just 4-8, but the team improved a ton throughout the season, and won four of its last six games, and was very competitive in losses to Ohio State and Iowa.With quarterback Adrian Martinez entering his sophomore year, the hype has not dissipated much.[Omaha World-Herald]
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We can debate for days and weeks on end about which college football team is the best, or has been the best over a certain period of time. But nothing helps to make an argument quite like cold, hard data.ESPN college football insider Phil Steele compiled the FBS records and determined the teams with the best win rates over the past decade.Unsurprisingly, Alabama leads the pack with a record of 127-13. Given that they’ve won five national titles and eight SEC titles, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise.Coming in second is Ohio State, which despite only winning one national title in that span has been the dominant force in the Big Ten. They’ve lost more than two games in a season only once in the past 10 years.Here is the full list from Steele:15. Michigan State – 91-4114. Appalachian State – 89-3813. Georgia – 96-3912/11 (tie). TCU/Oklahoma State – 94-3610. Florida State – 97-369. Oregon – 99-338. LSU – 97-327. Wisconsin – 102-336. Stanford 102-325. Oklahoma – 105-284. Clemson – 112-273. Boise State – 109-242. Ohio State – 115-191. Alabama – 127-13FBS records last 10 years1 Alabama 127-132 Ohio State 115-193 Boise St 109-244 Clemson 112-275 Oklahoma 105-286 Stanford 102-327 Wisconsin 102-338 LSU 97-329 Oregon 99-3310 Florida St 97-3611 TCU, Okla St 94-3613 Georgia 96-3914 App St 89-3815 Michigan St 91-41— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) August 18, 2019Perhaps the most surprising name to see on the list so high is Boise State. The Group of Five titans haven’t been in the national title conversation since their Western Athletic Conference days, but have won at least eight games every year since 1999.The inclusion of Appalachian State on the list may also seem a bit out of place. Though they now dominate the Sun Belt Conference, the Mountaineers spent half of the previous decade in FCS.How, if at all, will this ranking change after the 2019 season?