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FILE PHOTO - A dancer entertains fans at the end of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket final match in Johannesburg, May 24, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
FILE PHOTO - A dancer entertains fans at the end of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket final match in Johannesburg
FILE PHOTO - A dancer entertains fans at the end of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 cricket final match in Johannesburg, May 24, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final
Aston Villa vs Fulham: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final
A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final
Aston Villa vs Fulham: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final
The latest transfer gossip from around the Premier League.
Transfer rumors: Fred to Man United; Icardi to Chelsea
The latest transfer gossip from around the Premier League.
The latest transfer gossip from around the Premier League.
Transfer rumors: Fred to Man United; Icardi to Chelsea
The latest transfer gossip from around the Premier League.
Catch all the highlights from the second qualifier of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
SRH vs KKR IPL 2018 Qualifier 2 Highlights: Rashid puts in a MoM performance as SRH win by 14 runs
Catch all the highlights from the second qualifier of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Catch all the highlights from the second qualifier of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
SRH vs KKR IPL 2018 Qualifier 2 Highlights: Rashid puts in a MoM performance as SRH win by 14 runs
Catch all the highlights from the second qualifier of the 2018 Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have qualified for the final of 2018 Indian Premier League after knocking out Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. Rashid Khan's all-round heroics blew KKR away in Qualifier 2. Needing 175 runs to win, KKR's middle-order collapsed dramatically and they could only manage 160/9. SRH will meet CSK in the final which will be also their 4th meeting in this term.
IPL Qualifier 2- SRH beat KKR: Match in numbers
Sunrisers Hyderabad have qualified for the final of 2018 Indian Premier League after knocking out Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. Rashid Khan's all-round heroics blew KKR away in Qualifier 2. Needing 175 runs to win, KKR's middle-order collapsed dramatically and they could only manage 160/9. SRH will meet CSK in the final which will be also their 4th meeting in this term.
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Lichtsteiner in Arsenal talks
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Lichtsteiner in Arsenal talks
Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
How to watch the Champions League final 2018 on TV tomorrow
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
How to watch the Champions League final 2018 on TV tomorrow
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
How to watch the Champions League final 2018 on TV tomorrow
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
Former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen believes Liverpool are a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League next season
Future is bright for Liverpool - Gudjohnsen
Former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen believes Liverpool are a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League next season
Former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen believes Liverpool are a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League next season
Future is bright for Liverpool - Gudjohnsen
Former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen believes Liverpool are a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League next season
Former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen believes Liverpool are a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League next season
Future is bright for Liverpool - Gudjohnsen
Former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen believes Liverpool are a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League next season
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : L'OM tenté par Marouane Fellaini et Yaya Touré ?
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
Infos mercato et rumeurs de transfert en direct : L'OM tenté par Marouane Fellaini et Yaya Touré ?
Goal fait le tour des dernières infos transferts et rumeurs de mercato en Ligue 1, Serie A, Premier League, Liga et Bundesliga.
The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark's squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood
I’m ready to move back to the big time, says Premier League target Boilesen
The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark's squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood
The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark's squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood
I’m ready to move back to the big time, says Premier League target Boilesen
The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark's squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood
The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark's squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood
I’m ready to move back to the big time, says Premier League target Boilesen
The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark's squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood
European clubs will have to declare how much money they have paid to football agents as part of new rules introduced by Uefa in an attempt to increase transparency within the game. The new Uefa regulations, which will be published in full next week, state that clubs in European competitions will now be obliged to publish their financial information. The governing body will also introduce “specific accounting requirements” for player transfers. The changes to the Financial Fair Play rules follow a review of agent regulations and come amid growing concern in Europe about the amount of money that is paid to intermediaries. Uefa has also considered imposing a cap on agents’ fees, and it is thought that regulations could be brought in which result in players being forced to pay their own agent’s fee, a payment which is often covered by clubs. The amount paid to agents by Premier League clubs is already made public, with the Football Association revealing in April that top-flight teams had paid £211m to intermediaries in the past year. Liverpool had paid the most, at £26.8m, while Chelsea were second with £25.1m. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool The change in Uefa’s regulations means that the body will be able to launch investigations into a club’s spending immediately after the transfer window has closed. It currently has to wait until the end of the season or financial year before beginning any investigation. The Daily Telegraph revealed earlier this year that the Association of Football Agents, the trade organisation for agents working in England, fears that changes to regulations will prevent intermediaries from “earning a living” in the future. The Premier League and EFL have launched their own reviews into the regulation of agents, and Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, has said that he is “very concerned about the huge amount of money flowing out of the football industry”.
European clubs must declare payments to agents as part of Uefa attempts to increase transparency
European clubs will have to declare how much money they have paid to football agents as part of new rules introduced by Uefa in an attempt to increase transparency within the game. The new Uefa regulations, which will be published in full next week, state that clubs in European competitions will now be obliged to publish their financial information. The governing body will also introduce “specific accounting requirements” for player transfers. The changes to the Financial Fair Play rules follow a review of agent regulations and come amid growing concern in Europe about the amount of money that is paid to intermediaries. Uefa has also considered imposing a cap on agents’ fees, and it is thought that regulations could be brought in which result in players being forced to pay their own agent’s fee, a payment which is often covered by clubs. The amount paid to agents by Premier League clubs is already made public, with the Football Association revealing in April that top-flight teams had paid £211m to intermediaries in the past year. Liverpool had paid the most, at £26.8m, while Chelsea were second with £25.1m. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool The change in Uefa’s regulations means that the body will be able to launch investigations into a club’s spending immediately after the transfer window has closed. It currently has to wait until the end of the season or financial year before beginning any investigation. The Daily Telegraph revealed earlier this year that the Association of Football Agents, the trade organisation for agents working in England, fears that changes to regulations will prevent intermediaries from “earning a living” in the future. The Premier League and EFL have launched their own reviews into the regulation of agents, and Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, has said that he is “very concerned about the huge amount of money flowing out of the football industry”.
Gaizka Mendieta says even though Liverpool have had an 'amazing' Champions League campaign, Jurgen Klopp must target the Premier League next season.
Liverpool must next aim to win the Premier League - Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta says even though Liverpool have had an 'amazing' Champions League campaign, Jurgen Klopp must target the Premier League next season.
Gaizka Mendieta says even though Liverpool have had an 'amazing' Champions League campaign, Jurgen Klopp must target the Premier League next season.
Liverpool must next aim to win the Premier League - Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta says even though Liverpool have had an 'amazing' Champions League campaign, Jurgen Klopp must target the Premier League next season.
Gaizka Mendieta says even though Liverpool have had an 'amazing' Champions League campaign, Jurgen Klopp must target the Premier League next season.
Liverpool must next aim to win the Premier League - Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta says even though Liverpool have had an 'amazing' Champions League campaign, Jurgen Klopp must target the Premier League next season.
Liverpool are keen to bolster their attack while Real Madrid are trying to keep poachers away from rising star Marco Asensio. Manchester United are ready to spend big bucks after falling short in the Premier League title race and are already nearing in on two big signings. Here are the top rumors from European papers.
Football: Asensio, Costa, Fekir could be on the move
Liverpool are keen to bolster their attack while Real Madrid are trying to keep poachers away from rising star Marco Asensio. Manchester United are ready to spend big bucks after falling short in the Premier League title race and are already nearing in on two big signings. Here are the top rumors from European papers.
Am Samstag bestreitet Ryan Sessegnon mit dem FC Fulham das Finale der Aufstiegsplayoffs zur Premier League gegen Aston Villa (18 Uhr live auf DAZN ). Der 18-Jährige gilt als eines der größten Talente des englischen Fußballs und weckt Erinnerungn an Gareth Bale.
International: Fulhams Sessegnon: Englands Antwort auf Gareth Bale
Am Samstag bestreitet Ryan Sessegnon mit dem FC Fulham das Finale der Aufstiegsplayoffs zur Premier League gegen Aston Villa (18 Uhr live auf DAZN ). Der 18-Jährige gilt als eines der größten Talente des englischen Fußballs und weckt Erinnerungn an Gareth Bale.
In this photo taken on Sunday, April 1, 2018, a view from the stands of the new World Cup stadium in Yekaterinburg during the Russian premier league soccer match between Ural Yekaterinburg and Rubin Kazan in Russia. (AP Photo/Anton Basanaev)
Gli stadi del mondiale 2018
In this photo taken on Sunday, April 1, 2018, a view from the stands of the new World Cup stadium in Yekaterinburg during the Russian premier league soccer match between Ural Yekaterinburg and Rubin Kazan in Russia. (AP Photo/Anton Basanaev)
In this photo taken on Sunday, April 1, 2018, a view on the new the World Cup stadium in Yekaterinburg prior to the Russian premier league soccer match between Ural Yekaterinburg and Rubin Kazan in Russia. (AP Photo/Anton Basanaev)
Gli stadi del mondiale 2018
In this photo taken on Sunday, April 1, 2018, a view on the new the World Cup stadium in Yekaterinburg prior to the Russian premier league soccer match between Ural Yekaterinburg and Rubin Kazan in Russia. (AP Photo/Anton Basanaev)
The Spain star is a target for some of England's biggest clubs after a season when he was not an automatic starter in the Spanish capital
Real Madrid rejected €150m Premier League offers for Asensio – agent
The Spain star is a target for some of England's biggest clubs after a season when he was not an automatic starter in the Spanish capital
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
List of most valuable European clubs released
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
List of most valuable European clubs released
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
List of most valuable European clubs released
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
List of most valuable European clubs released
Six Premier League clubs are among the top 10 most valuable in Europe.
FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah runs past Crystal Palace's James Tomkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park stadium in London. Liverpool is set to play a 4-3-3 formation with free-scoring forward Mohamed Salah the star player this season, during the Champions League soccer final against Real Madrid on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah runs past Crystal Palace's James Tomkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park stadium in London. Liverpool is set to play a 4-3-3 formation with free-scoring forward Mohamed Salah the star player this season, during the Champions League soccer final against Real Madrid on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah runs past Crystal Palace's James Tomkins during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park stadium in London. Liverpool is set to play a 4-3-3 formation with free-scoring forward Mohamed Salah the star player this season, during the Champions League soccer final against Real Madrid on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Mohamed Salah arrives in Kiev with his Liverpool teammates Credit: UEFA Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
How to watch the Champions League final 2018 on TV tomorrow
Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time on Saturday night but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. All eyes will be on the final in Kiev - here's our TV guide to ensure you do not miss a moment. What TV channel is showing the Champions League final? BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final. BT Sport 2 will be broadcasting from 6pm with Gary Lineker, while match coverage begins at 7pm on the same channel. What time does Champions League final start? The match itself starts at 7:45pm UK time, which equates to a 9:45pm start in Kiev, where the match is being held. How Liverpool can beat Real Madrid in Champions League Final Is it on free to air? Yes. Like they did with the Europa League final last Wednesday, BT have decided to make this weekend's Champions League final available to non-subscribers. Real Madrid vs Liverpool will be streamed live on YouTube in 4K UHD at https://www.youtube.com/btsport. Gary Lineker will present BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final Credit: Getty Images The match will also be available to watch on the BT Sport app. If you would prefer to watch the match without the aid of an internet connection, BT Sport are also offering three months free to any customers who sign up to BT Sport between May 23 and May 29. What is the latest news? Liverpool fans have been arriving in Kiev since Thursday Credit: AFP There was anger on Friday evening as a number of flights from Liverpool to Kiev were cancelled at the last minute. Liverpool have said that as many as 1,000 fans have been affected by the disruption to travel plans. The match itself will feature two of the most in-form goal-scorers in Europe with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo going head-to-head at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Mohamed Salah arrives in Kiev with his Liverpool teammates Credit: UEFA Salah, who broke the Premier League record the most goals in a 38-game season, has paid tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's influence on his debut campaign at Anfield. "From the first day, we were friends - he treated me like a friend so we are very close to each other, but still he is the boss and I am the player," said Salah. "As a coach - as you can see - everyone knows him." Liverpool are the top-scoring team in this season's competition, with their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino contributing 29 of the club's 40 goals.
Meilleur buteur de Premier League, Mohamed Salah est fier d'être considéré comme l'égal de Cristiano Ronaldo et Lionel Messi.
Liverpool, Mohamed Salah fier d'être comparé à Cristiano Ronaldo et Lionel Messi
Meilleur buteur de Premier League, Mohamed Salah est fier d'être considéré comme l'égal de Cristiano Ronaldo et Lionel Messi.
Meilleur buteur de Premier League, Mohamed Salah est fier d'être considéré comme l'égal de Cristiano Ronaldo et Lionel Messi.
Liverpool, Mohamed Salah fier d'être comparé à Cristiano Ronaldo et Lionel Messi
Meilleur buteur de Premier League, Mohamed Salah est fier d'être considéré comme l'égal de Cristiano Ronaldo et Lionel Messi.
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A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final
Aston Villa vs Fulham: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
A place in the Premier League is up for grabs in the Championship play-off final
Mark Hughes a prolongé de trois ans son contrat avec Southampton, qui a arraché son maintien en Premier League.
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Mark Hughes a prolongé de trois ans son contrat avec Southampton, qui a arraché son maintien en Premier League.
The former Manchester City boss will remain with the Saints having helped guide them to Premier League safety in 2017-18
Hughes signs three-year deal to remain Southampton manager
The former Manchester City boss will remain with the Saints having helped guide them to Premier League safety in 2017-18
Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester City - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - May 13, 2018 Southampton manager Mark Hughes acknowledges fans during a lap of appreciation after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester City
Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester City - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - May 13, 2018 Southampton manager Mark Hughes acknowledges fans during a lap of appreciation after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
The German has faced criticism throughout his time at Anfield, but is now established as the Reds' No. 1 and being backed to get even better
Karius the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League, claims Liverpool legend Grobbelaar
The German has faced criticism throughout his time at Anfield, but is now established as the Reds' No. 1 and being backed to get even better
The German has faced criticism throughout his time at Anfield, but is now established as the Reds' No. 1 and being backed to get even better
Karius the best value for money goalkeeper in the Premier League, claims Liverpool legend Grobbelaar
The German has faced criticism throughout his time at Anfield, but is now established as the Reds' No. 1 and being backed to get even better
Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester City - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - May 13, 2018 Southampton manager Mark Hughes waves to fans during a lap of appreciation after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester City
Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester City - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - May 13, 2018 Southampton manager Mark Hughes waves to fans during a lap of appreciation after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has vowed to deploy his “best weapons” against Aston Villa as he looks to target 37-year-old John Terry in Saturday’s Championship play-off final. Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. “If you don’t make them tired, it will be easy for them,” said Jokanovic of Villa’s experienced defensive pairing. “I will try to use my best weapons at the end, the game can be long. And I am going to be ready on the bench too for what can be interesting situations.” The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window. “He [Mitrovic] is a strong man and probably we need to make Terry move a little bit more, to stop him having the opportunity to use all his experience,” said Jokanovic, who played with Terry at Chelsea in the early 2000s. “It is going to be a great challenge. A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs.” Jokanovic wants to make Aston Villa's defenders 'tired' Credit: PA Fulham have become known for their attractive brand of football under Jokanovic, but the 49-year-old insisted his side is capable of “parking the bus” if required. “We trust if we follow the style we have followed for these two years, we will be more close to winning the game,” Jokanovic said. “It is not a question about aesthetics. It is not a question of showing how we play very good football. We know it is only important to win the game. “My team will try to perform well and try to find our style to have more opportunity to win the game. If we need for the last 15 minutes to park the bus on the 18-yard box, we are going to do it. But we cannot do it at the beginning because this way cannot guarantee us to be successful. “I believe that if we are confident for doing what we do always, we are going to have more chances to win the game.” Fulham have young, vibrant attackers Credit: pa The winner of the the final, which has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, will receive at least £160m in revenue following promotion to the Premier League. For Fulham, there is also the question of what will happen to the club if they do not achieve promotion this time around. They will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next season and are likely to lose a series of key figures if they remain in the Championship. Captain Tom Cairney has interested a number of Premier League clubs and teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon would command a hefty transfer fee. There is also unease over the future of Jokanovic, who could be targeted by a top-flight club in the summer. Jokanovic gained promotion with Watford in 2015 but left the club before he had the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. “I have more connection with this club than with Watford,” he said. “These are memories, and it is behind me. I was really happy there and now I must continue to live my life and push myself and people around me to be successful.”
Slavisa Jokanovic: Fulham will target John Terry in play-off final
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has vowed to deploy his “best weapons” against Aston Villa as he looks to target 37-year-old John Terry in Saturday’s Championship play-off final. Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. “If you don’t make them tired, it will be easy for them,” said Jokanovic of Villa’s experienced defensive pairing. “I will try to use my best weapons at the end, the game can be long. And I am going to be ready on the bench too for what can be interesting situations.” The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window. “He [Mitrovic] is a strong man and probably we need to make Terry move a little bit more, to stop him having the opportunity to use all his experience,” said Jokanovic, who played with Terry at Chelsea in the early 2000s. “It is going to be a great challenge. A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs.” Jokanovic wants to make Aston Villa's defenders 'tired' Credit: PA Fulham have become known for their attractive brand of football under Jokanovic, but the 49-year-old insisted his side is capable of “parking the bus” if required. “We trust if we follow the style we have followed for these two years, we will be more close to winning the game,” Jokanovic said. “It is not a question about aesthetics. It is not a question of showing how we play very good football. We know it is only important to win the game. “My team will try to perform well and try to find our style to have more opportunity to win the game. If we need for the last 15 minutes to park the bus on the 18-yard box, we are going to do it. But we cannot do it at the beginning because this way cannot guarantee us to be successful. “I believe that if we are confident for doing what we do always, we are going to have more chances to win the game.” Fulham have young, vibrant attackers Credit: pa The winner of the the final, which has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, will receive at least £160m in revenue following promotion to the Premier League. For Fulham, there is also the question of what will happen to the club if they do not achieve promotion this time around. They will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next season and are likely to lose a series of key figures if they remain in the Championship. Captain Tom Cairney has interested a number of Premier League clubs and teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon would command a hefty transfer fee. There is also unease over the future of Jokanovic, who could be targeted by a top-flight club in the summer. Jokanovic gained promotion with Watford in 2015 but left the club before he had the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. “I have more connection with this club than with Watford,” he said. “These are memories, and it is behind me. I was really happy there and now I must continue to live my life and push myself and people around me to be successful.”
It is the matter-of-fact bluntness of the statement by Tom Werner, the Liverpool chairman, that underlines how far the club have come in eight years of Boston-based ownership. “We were perhaps a day away from administration and potential financial disaster,” he recalls, referencing the legal battle that facilitated Fenway Sports Group’s takeover from George Gillett and Tom Hicks. “We knew we had a lot of work to do.” Many will argue that first victory remains the owner’s most critical of FSG’s reign. Should Jurgen Klopp’s side lift the Champions League trophy in Kiev on Saturday night, that off-the-field win will finally have a credible on-field rival. Werner freely admits there have been “bumps in the road” between London’s High Court and Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, but there is certainty that Anfield’s upward trajectory will not be compromised, whatever the outcome against Real Madrid. “I don’t think the progression has been completely smooth but we are very proud of what we have accomplished, what the club has accomplished and especially under the direction of this leadership team,” said Werner. “It starts with Jurgen and extends to the football recruitment team of Michael Edwards, Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter. I know they have been subject to unfair criticism at times but if you look at the talent in our squad and the fact we are going to augment it and improve it this off-season, we couldn’t be more proud of what we have done. “We have already announced the signing of Naby Keita. Obviously, there is a lot more work to do. We consider this to be a marker, but not the pinnacle. What we have always said is that it is our intention to win trophies – and that is a plural – we were disappointed in Basel [in the 2016 Europa League final]. We were all there, but what I feel proud about is that we deserve to be playing in Kiev.” Werner, like all the FSG partners, is in no doubt what has been the catalyst for the upsurge; Klopp’s arrival in October 2015 is described by the chairman as “a perfect marriage”. “We cannot articulate adequately how extraordinary Jurgen has been for the club,” he says. “I remember I was at his first press conference and he said he was ‘the normal one’, but he is so extraordinary. “Mike Gordon [FSG president] and I have had the privilege of knowing Jurgen off the pitch and had the pleasure of celebrating with Jurgen and his family in Rome. He is one of the most extraordinary individuals I have ever met. Obviously, he is charismatic but I think he is humble, kind, brilliant at his job but beyond that he has integrity and a strength of character that I cannot say enough compliments about. Under Jurgen, the great players of the world see the strategy and unity that he brings to playing football.” Keeping emerging superstars is equally important. Roberto Firmino was the first of Liverpool’s celebrated attacking trio to extend his deal. There are ongoing efforts to ensure others follow. “I know there have been some people who say, ‘What about Mo Salah?’ but I believe Mo Salah is happy at Liverpool,” says Werner. “I know he had a remarkable season scoring more than 40 goals and winning the PFA player of the year award, but we expect him to play to that level next year and we are looking forward.” The truest barometer of Liverpool’s growth is not just comparison with the pre-FSG era in 2010, when debts were mounting and the fans lining the streets around Anfield were doing so to protest rather than acclaim. In 2014, Liverpool last met Real Madrid in the Champions League in what proved the beginning of the end of Brendan Rodgers’s reign. The previous Champions League campaign was humiliating, yielding a solitary win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets. It is the work since that has restored prestige. FSG considers Liverpool have re-established their position as European royalty. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “Someone said to me, what is your favourite moment?” says Werner. “There have been so many but to watch the way we played in the first half against Manchester City. If we can approach that level then we will do just fine [on Saturday].” Over eight years of FSG ownership, Liverpool have won a single League Cup but lost an FA Cup final, a League Cup final, Europa League final and narrowly missed out on the Premier League. The Champions League could easily have completed a set. But if this becomes the first of the Klopp era, it will feed the thirst for more. “I think it is a dream match but we deserve to be there and we have all been part of this journey,” said Werner. “We look forward to the next step.”
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner: 'We couldn't be more proud of what we've done'
It is the matter-of-fact bluntness of the statement by Tom Werner, the Liverpool chairman, that underlines how far the club have come in eight years of Boston-based ownership. “We were perhaps a day away from administration and potential financial disaster,” he recalls, referencing the legal battle that facilitated Fenway Sports Group’s takeover from George Gillett and Tom Hicks. “We knew we had a lot of work to do.” Many will argue that first victory remains the owner’s most critical of FSG’s reign. Should Jurgen Klopp’s side lift the Champions League trophy in Kiev on Saturday night, that off-the-field win will finally have a credible on-field rival. Werner freely admits there have been “bumps in the road” between London’s High Court and Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, but there is certainty that Anfield’s upward trajectory will not be compromised, whatever the outcome against Real Madrid. “I don’t think the progression has been completely smooth but we are very proud of what we have accomplished, what the club has accomplished and especially under the direction of this leadership team,” said Werner. “It starts with Jurgen and extends to the football recruitment team of Michael Edwards, Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter. I know they have been subject to unfair criticism at times but if you look at the talent in our squad and the fact we are going to augment it and improve it this off-season, we couldn’t be more proud of what we have done. “We have already announced the signing of Naby Keita. Obviously, there is a lot more work to do. We consider this to be a marker, but not the pinnacle. What we have always said is that it is our intention to win trophies – and that is a plural – we were disappointed in Basel [in the 2016 Europa League final]. We were all there, but what I feel proud about is that we deserve to be playing in Kiev.” Werner, like all the FSG partners, is in no doubt what has been the catalyst for the upsurge; Klopp’s arrival in October 2015 is described by the chairman as “a perfect marriage”. “We cannot articulate adequately how extraordinary Jurgen has been for the club,” he says. “I remember I was at his first press conference and he said he was ‘the normal one’, but he is so extraordinary. “Mike Gordon [FSG president] and I have had the privilege of knowing Jurgen off the pitch and had the pleasure of celebrating with Jurgen and his family in Rome. He is one of the most extraordinary individuals I have ever met. Obviously, he is charismatic but I think he is humble, kind, brilliant at his job but beyond that he has integrity and a strength of character that I cannot say enough compliments about. Under Jurgen, the great players of the world see the strategy and unity that he brings to playing football.” Keeping emerging superstars is equally important. Roberto Firmino was the first of Liverpool’s celebrated attacking trio to extend his deal. There are ongoing efforts to ensure others follow. “I know there have been some people who say, ‘What about Mo Salah?’ but I believe Mo Salah is happy at Liverpool,” says Werner. “I know he had a remarkable season scoring more than 40 goals and winning the PFA player of the year award, but we expect him to play to that level next year and we are looking forward.” The truest barometer of Liverpool’s growth is not just comparison with the pre-FSG era in 2010, when debts were mounting and the fans lining the streets around Anfield were doing so to protest rather than acclaim. In 2014, Liverpool last met Real Madrid in the Champions League in what proved the beginning of the end of Brendan Rodgers’s reign. The previous Champions League campaign was humiliating, yielding a solitary win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets. It is the work since that has restored prestige. FSG considers Liverpool have re-established their position as European royalty. Champions League final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “Someone said to me, what is your favourite moment?” says Werner. “There have been so many but to watch the way we played in the first half against Manchester City. If we can approach that level then we will do just fine [on Saturday].” Over eight years of FSG ownership, Liverpool have won a single League Cup but lost an FA Cup final, a League Cup final, Europa League final and narrowly missed out on the Premier League. The Champions League could easily have completed a set. But if this becomes the first of the Klopp era, it will feed the thirst for more. “I think it is a dream match but we deserve to be there and we have all been part of this journey,” said Werner. “We look forward to the next step.”
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has vowed to deploy his “best weapons” against Aston Villa as he looks to target 37-year-old John Terry in Saturday’s Championship play-off final. Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. “If you don’t make them tired, it will be easy for them,” said Jokanovic of Villa’s experienced defensive pairing. “I will try to use my best weapons at the end, the game can be long. And I am going to be ready on the bench too for what can be interesting situations.” The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window. “He [Mitrovic] is a strong man and probably we need to make Terry move a little bit more, to stop him having the opportunity to use all his experience,” said Jokanovic, who played with Terry at Chelsea in the early 2000s. “It is going to be a great challenge. A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs.” Jokanovic wants to make Aston Villa's defenders 'tired' Credit: PA Fulham have become known for their attractive brand of football under Jokanovic, but the 49-year-old insisted his side is capable of “parking the bus” if required. “We trust if we follow the style we have followed for these two years, we will be more close to winning the game,” Jokanovic said. “It is not a question about aesthetics. It is not a question of showing how we play very good football. We know it is only important to win the game. “My team will try to perform well and try to find our style to have more opportunity to win the game. If we need for the last 15 minutes to park the bus on the 18-yard box, we are going to do it. But we cannot do it at the beginning because this way cannot guarantee us to be successful. “I believe that if we are confident for doing what we do always, we are going to have more chances to win the game.” Fulham have young, vibrant attackers Credit: pa The winner of the the final, which has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, will receive at least £160m in revenue following promotion to the Premier League. For Fulham, there is also the question of what will happen to the club if they do not achieve promotion this time around. They will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next season and are likely to lose a series of key figures if they remain in the Championship. Captain Tom Cairney has interested a number of Premier League clubs and teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon would command a hefty transfer fee. There is also unease over the future of Jokanovic, who could be targeted by a top-flight club in the summer. Jokanovic gained promotion with Watford in 2015 but left the club before he had the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. “I have more connection with this club than with Watford,” he said. “These are memories, and it is behind me. I was really happy there and now I must continue to live my life and push myself and people around me to be successful.”
Slavisa Jokanovic: Fulham will target John Terry in play-off final
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has vowed to deploy his “best weapons” against Aston Villa as he looks to target 37-year-old John Terry in Saturday’s Championship play-off final. Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. “If you don’t make them tired, it will be easy for them,” said Jokanovic of Villa’s experienced defensive pairing. “I will try to use my best weapons at the end, the game can be long. And I am going to be ready on the bench too for what can be interesting situations.” The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window. “He [Mitrovic] is a strong man and probably we need to make Terry move a little bit more, to stop him having the opportunity to use all his experience,” said Jokanovic, who played with Terry at Chelsea in the early 2000s. “It is going to be a great challenge. A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs.” Jokanovic wants to make Aston Villa's defenders 'tired' Credit: PA Fulham have become known for their attractive brand of football under Jokanovic, but the 49-year-old insisted his side is capable of “parking the bus” if required. “We trust if we follow the style we have followed for these two years, we will be more close to winning the game,” Jokanovic said. “It is not a question about aesthetics. It is not a question of showing how we play very good football. We know it is only important to win the game. “My team will try to perform well and try to find our style to have more opportunity to win the game. If we need for the last 15 minutes to park the bus on the 18-yard box, we are going to do it. But we cannot do it at the beginning because this way cannot guarantee us to be successful. “I believe that if we are confident for doing what we do always, we are going to have more chances to win the game.” Fulham have young, vibrant attackers Credit: pa The winner of the the final, which has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, will receive at least £160m in revenue following promotion to the Premier League. For Fulham, there is also the question of what will happen to the club if they do not achieve promotion this time around. They will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next season and are likely to lose a series of key figures if they remain in the Championship. Captain Tom Cairney has interested a number of Premier League clubs and teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon would command a hefty transfer fee. There is also unease over the future of Jokanovic, who could be targeted by a top-flight club in the summer. Jokanovic gained promotion with Watford in 2015 but left the club before he had the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. “I have more connection with this club than with Watford,” he said. “These are memories, and it is behind me. I was really happy there and now I must continue to live my life and push myself and people around me to be successful.”
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has vowed to deploy his “best weapons” against Aston Villa as he looks to target 37-year-old John Terry in Saturday’s Championship play-off final. Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. “If you don’t make them tired, it will be easy for them,” said Jokanovic of Villa’s experienced defensive pairing. “I will try to use my best weapons at the end, the game can be long. And I am going to be ready on the bench too for what can be interesting situations.” The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window. “He [Mitrovic] is a strong man and probably we need to make Terry move a little bit more, to stop him having the opportunity to use all his experience,” said Jokanovic, who played with Terry at Chelsea in the early 2000s. “It is going to be a great challenge. A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs.” Jokanovic wants to make Aston Villa's defenders 'tired' Credit: PA Fulham have become known for their attractive brand of football under Jokanovic, but the 49-year-old insisted his side is capable of “parking the bus” if required. “We trust if we follow the style we have followed for these two years, we will be more close to winning the game,” Jokanovic said. “It is not a question about aesthetics. It is not a question of showing how we play very good football. We know it is only important to win the game. “My team will try to perform well and try to find our style to have more opportunity to win the game. If we need for the last 15 minutes to park the bus on the 18-yard box, we are going to do it. But we cannot do it at the beginning because this way cannot guarantee us to be successful. “I believe that if we are confident for doing what we do always, we are going to have more chances to win the game.” Fulham have young, vibrant attackers Credit: pa The winner of the the final, which has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, will receive at least £160m in revenue following promotion to the Premier League. For Fulham, there is also the question of what will happen to the club if they do not achieve promotion this time around. They will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next season and are likely to lose a series of key figures if they remain in the Championship. Captain Tom Cairney has interested a number of Premier League clubs and teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon would command a hefty transfer fee. There is also unease over the future of Jokanovic, who could be targeted by a top-flight club in the summer. Jokanovic gained promotion with Watford in 2015 but left the club before he had the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. “I have more connection with this club than with Watford,” he said. “These are memories, and it is behind me. I was really happy there and now I must continue to live my life and push myself and people around me to be successful.”
Slavisa Jokanovic: Fulham will target John Terry in play-off final
Slavisa Jokanovic, the Fulham manager, has vowed to deploy his “best weapons” against Aston Villa as he looks to target 37-year-old John Terry in Saturday’s Championship play-off final. Jokanovic hopes his young forwards will be able to exhaust Terry and defensive partner James Chester in a game in which Fulham expect to dominate possession. The Fulham manager fielded an energetic front three of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara, none of whom are older than 23, in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Derby County last week. “If you don’t make them tired, it will be easy for them,” said Jokanovic of Villa’s experienced defensive pairing. “I will try to use my best weapons at the end, the game can be long. And I am going to be ready on the bench too for what can be interesting situations.” The powerful Mitrovic, whose loan move from Newcastle United ends after this game, has scored 12 goals since joining Fulham at the end of the January transfer window. “He [Mitrovic] is a strong man and probably we need to make Terry move a little bit more, to stop him having the opportunity to use all his experience,” said Jokanovic, who played with Terry at Chelsea in the early 2000s. “It is going to be a great challenge. A Premier League striker against two Premier League centre-backs.” Jokanovic wants to make Aston Villa's defenders 'tired' Credit: PA Fulham have become known for their attractive brand of football under Jokanovic, but the 49-year-old insisted his side is capable of “parking the bus” if required. “We trust if we follow the style we have followed for these two years, we will be more close to winning the game,” Jokanovic said. “It is not a question about aesthetics. It is not a question of showing how we play very good football. We know it is only important to win the game. “My team will try to perform well and try to find our style to have more opportunity to win the game. If we need for the last 15 minutes to park the bus on the 18-yard box, we are going to do it. But we cannot do it at the beginning because this way cannot guarantee us to be successful. “I believe that if we are confident for doing what we do always, we are going to have more chances to win the game.” Fulham have young, vibrant attackers Credit: pa The winner of the the final, which has been dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, will receive at least £160m in revenue following promotion to the Premier League. For Fulham, there is also the question of what will happen to the club if they do not achieve promotion this time around. They will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next season and are likely to lose a series of key figures if they remain in the Championship. Captain Tom Cairney has interested a number of Premier League clubs and teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon would command a hefty transfer fee. There is also unease over the future of Jokanovic, who could be targeted by a top-flight club in the summer. Jokanovic gained promotion with Watford in 2015 but left the club before he had the opportunity to manage in the Premier League. “I have more connection with this club than with Watford,” he said. “These are memories, and it is behind me. I was really happy there and now I must continue to live my life and push myself and people around me to be successful.”
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
Aston Villa facing financial disaster if they fail to make Premier League
Aston Villa will head into the “life-changing” £170m shoot-out with Fulham facing the prospect of a financial nightmare if they fail in their promotion mission. Villa’s cash worries will be removed with victory at Wembley tomorrow, but defeat will see them under pressure to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play rules and being hit with a possible transfer embargo. With the stakes so high, it is arguably Villa’s biggest game since the 1982 European Cup Final. Steve Bruce, the manager, is acutely aware of the doomsday scenario. Captain John Terry would be expected to leave, while deals to permanently sign loan players Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Lewis Grabban will be scrapped. The futures of stars including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia will inevitably be plunged into doubt and it is understood that Villa may even have to consider selling their Recon Training Complex, if they fall short in the Championship play-off final. Mile Jedinak, the Australian international, has admitted the game is crucial to the club’s future. John Terry would likely leave Villa if they were not promoted Credit: Reuters “We haven’t spoken about it but everybody knows. Nobody is kidding themselves, people are aware of it, they know the situation. We are doing the right thing and making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. “The game on Saturday is life-changing. You all know what Premier League football comes with and the reward of that. “It is a crossroads moment. It can go one of two ways: that’s what you’re dealing with. Some don’t take the time to think about it and that’s up to them. I can’t speak for everybody but that motivates me. I use that on the field to make sure I’m doing everything I possibly can. Is this game pivotal to Villa’s future? Oh yes, that goes without saying.” Tomorrow’s game is widely agreed to be the most valuable in world football and years of cost-cutting will be over for Villa if they emerge as winners. Bruce only spent £2.5million last summer, while raising £18million from player sales to ease a mammoth wage bill. He admits next season’s team will be “totally different”, if Fulham win. As one of Bruce’s most senior players, Jedinak will be crucial this weekend and has previous experience of the play-offs after winning promotion with Crystal Palace five years ago. Steve Bruce knows Aston Villa fans expect their club to be playing top-flight football next season Credit: Getty Images The 33-year-old has also triumphed in the face of incredible pressure, after scoring two penalties in Australia’s play-off victory over Honduras last year which clinched a place at the World Cup. “There’s pressure everywhere. I’ve done it in a World Cup where it’s 1-1 and you need to score to go 2-1 up against a Holland team that went on to make the semi-finals,” he said. “At that point in time with the Honduras penalty there were three or four players trying to kick the ball away and step on the mark. “The referee finally got everyone away and then it’s you, the ball, the goalie and where it’s going to go. You stay focused. There’s no secret. You have to stay focused and disciplined. “You get to that point through experience and having learned the hard way and had setbacks through your whole career, not just now when everyone sees it’s good.” Villa will end a two-year absence from the Premier League if they find a way past Slavisa Jokanovic’s entertainers, who are the favourites. A £4million signing from Palace in 2016, Jedinak said: “When I came to this club all I was thinking about was getting this club back. I want to be a part of that, hopefully for many more years to come. “There have been stumbles along the way and steps to get us there and we’ve been given this massive opportunity and it’s up to us now. “I’m glad I’m part of that to make sure that we see the job through. On Saturday you are going to have to see everybody’s last drop of sweat. Everyone is going to have to leave everything on that field for us to get the desired outcome.” Central to Villa’s hopes of a Wembley triumph will be homegrown talent Grealish, who has proven one of the Championship’s best performers this season. Grealish’s influence in the final weeks of the league campaign was crucial, with a winning goal against Cardiff in April reviving Villa’s previously flagging play-off bid. Jack Grealish has been pivotal for Villa this campaign Credit: getty images Bruce is backing the 22-year-old to flourish on the big stage and admitted he could even have been named in the World Cup squad. “I'd have thought he might have had an outside chance. They're all talking about [Fulham attacker] Ryan Sessegnon, which I can understand, but if you've watched us since Christmas then Jack’s got that ability to get you off your seat and go 'wow',” he said. “He can go past somebody and create something, which is quite unique in this country. I really hope that on the big stage he can go and perform to the level which he's been performing at. “I hope we can give him the platform in the years to come. He's a mad Villa fan, his family are Villa through and through so let's hope it can be positive for everybody.”
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