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Jan Siewert appointed new Huddersfield head coach

Huddersfield have appointed Jan Siewert as their new head football coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract until 2021.The 36-year-old German leaves Borussia Dortmund II to replace David Wagner, who departed the Terriers last week.

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle said he had identified potential successors to Wagner while he was still at the club, in case he moved to a bigger team.Hoyle revealed Siewert was pinpointed over two years ago while working with German side Bochum, and that Huddersfield have kept in touch with him ever since

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Hoyle explained: “When David let us know he intended to step aside at the end of the season, we quickly moved to meet Jan; his name was still at the top of our list of possible successors.”There was an immediate connection; you could see why he was so highly thought of. He is articulate, passionate and he has a huge ambition to be a success.”Many of his core philosophies and beliefs about how he wants his teams to play match our own. He likes high effort, high intensity, high pressing football that is good to watch.

“However, he also made it very clear that he has his own beliefs and level of detail that will be a change for this club. That’s exactly what I wanted to hear; that Jan feels he can build on what has been achieved here and add to it.
“Importantly, Jan also has a proven track record in working with and developing young, talented football players through his work with Germany’s younger age groups.
“Everyone knows our preference is to recruit and develop young, hungry players and, again, this fits with Jan’s beliefs perfectly.

De Bruyne admits Liverpool would be worthy champions if Reds can hold off Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne has admitted Liverpool will be worthy champions if they manage to finish ahead of his Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
City are four points behind the Reds with 15 games to play – a huge turnaround from the five-point lead they held in early December.

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With Liverpool having only lost one league game in the season to date – a 2-1 defeat to City earlier this month – De Bruyne revealed the Reds would deserve the trophy if they finished above a 90-point haul from his team.”You would just have to take it as it is and say, ‘We had a good season, but someone was better’ and congratulate them,” the Belgian midfielder told reporters.”We try to do the best as possible, but in the end if Liverpool get more points it is because they deserve it.

“Obviously you always want to win it, but if you get a season where you’re runners-up with 90 points, there’s not a lot you can say afterwards.

“There’s always luck involved. If you want to win something, you need luck, you need good form, everybody needs to be on it. It’s a consequence of everything.”

Both teams had their fair share of luck during the last matchday with Liverpool being gifted a goal in their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, while Manchester City’s third goal was offiside in the 3-2 victory against Huddersfield Town.

De Bruyne, who has only started two Premier League games this season because of injury, was aware City would need Liverpool’s luck to run out, having already played the Reds home and away this season, and said the Citizens would just focus on winning their matches.

Source: Goal

Chelsea’s Miazga mocks Lainez’s height as tensions boil over in USMNT win over Mexico

he United States national team defeated Mexico 1-0 in Nashville on Tuesday nightthanks to a Tyler Adams goal, but it was Matt Miazga who may have set off the night’s fireworks.

With the the contest between the North American rivals scoreless in the 65th minute, Miazga got into it with promising Mexico midfielder Diego Lainez , prompting a coming together of both teams.

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It started when Miazga and Lainez were chasing a ball over the top. The Nantes defender, on-loan from Chelsea, won it and was fouled by the Club America teenager.The two players got into each other’s faces, with Miazga then gesturing to the much shorter Lainez about the teenager’s height.

Mexico forward Angel Zaldivar immediately got between the pair, with USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen also getting into the mix. Miazga drifted away, but continued to mock Lainez’s height from across a group of players, which prompted Mexico defender Edson Alvarez to bump his USMNT counterpart. Tempers flared further, with the linesman and the referee having to break the fracas up, though the only yellow card was issued to Alvarez. Miazga had already picked up a caution earlier in the contest.

Zaldivar was quickly shown his marching orders for a tackle on midfielder Wil Trapp after coming in studs up and over the ball on the U.S. midfielder.

After the match, Lainez tried to down play the incident, telling reporters: “It’s something that happens in soccer. A little run-in. It’s nothing. It’s something that’s totally normal.” Miazga agreed it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary but believed the situation threw the Mexican players off their game. “It’s normal. We talked a little smack,” Miazga told reporters. “It’s part of the game. It’s mental warfare. We got in their heads, they got a red card right after and you saw what happened. We took control and we won the game.” It is the second time in as many games a U.S. defender has made the news with his comments to an opposition player.

Source – Goal


Brazil 5 El Salvador 0: Two-goal Richarlison leads rout as Neto ends eight-year wait

Neto made his long-awaited international debut and Richarlison scored a brace as Brazil eased past minnows El Salvador 5-0 on Tuesday. There were no surprises in Maryland, where captain Neymar converted his second penalty in two games, while Richarlison and Philippe Coutinho were also on target at FedEx Field. Neymar opened the scoring when El Salvador were harshly penalised for a foul on Richarlison inside two minutes, before the latter capped his starting international debut with a stunning curled effort in the 16th minute, and Coutinho added a third on the half-hour mark

Richarlison netted his second of the match – the Everton star producing another fine finish past Henry Hernandez five minutes into the second half – and Marquinhos completed the rout in the 90th minute. All eyes were on goalkeeper Neto, however, after the 29-year-old ended his wait for a senior appearance following eight years and 25 games. Fans barely had a chance to take their seats when Neymar stepped up and scored from the spot after Richarlison went down under a challenge from El Salvador’s Roberto Dominguez in the second minute.

Neymar’s opener took his international tally to 59 – three adrift of Ronaldo and 18 behind all-time leading scorer Pele.It was routine for Brazil – who defeated the United States 2-0 last time out – as Richarlison got himself on the scoresheet with a beautiful first-time shot from the edge of the area.

Neymar should have made it 3-0 six minutes later but his shot rattled the crossbar, though, Brazil eventually got their third in the 30th minute via Coutinho, who left the keeper stranded having received a ball from the former just outside the penalty box. El Salvador emerged from the interval with renewed enthusiasm and attacking intent, and it caused some nervy moments for Brazil, however, it left the CONCACAF nation exposed in defence.

Richarlison was at it again in the 50th minute, firing a low shot into the bottom corner of the net as he showcased his goalscoring instincts, before Marquinhos headed home Neymar’s corner at the death.

Source – Goal

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