Usain Bolt was the yardstick in Athletics after riding on a long stretch of success during his time on the track. But there has been enough dirt on the road for the retired sprinter, whose transition to football has begun to go downhill. Bolt announced his retirement from athletics, after enjoying long bouts of success in the competition–a news that stirred mixed reactions among fans.
New Zealand international Ryan Thomas has completed a summer move to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven. The All Whites midfielder has put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract with the Eredivisie holders following five seasons with mid-table club PEC Zwolle, where he made 143appearances across all competitions. Speaking to PSV’s official website, the 23-year-old spoke about his progress at Zwolle and he is hopeful of making the next step in his career with the reigning champions, he said: “I am really looking forward to working at a higher level I think it’s time to take the next step in my development. I learned a lot at Zwolle. The fact that I can now show what I have in store at a top club like PSV is fantastic.”
The New Zealand female national team is poised to clash with their Japanese counterparts in June, as per reports. The Ferns wants to test their abilities against the World No. 11 in a friendly ahead of their World Cup qualification bid set for later in the year. The one-off friendly game is expected to happen on June 10 in Wellington. The New Zealand side is ranked 20th in the World Football Ranking so they set out to prepare by facing strong sides.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has spoken fondly about the club’s strikers in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw against Stoke City. Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have been the main strike combination for Dyche upfront and Dyche was particularly pleased with the form of the latter, who netted his sixth goal in eight appearances. Speaking after the game, he said: “Barnesy is alive to the chance, and as a striker that’s what you want.You want good goals, every striker does, but you take anything. I saw Harry Kane arguing (over a goal) and people questioning that. Why would you question that? Top strikers want goals, that’s the thirst and hunger you want from your strikers, trust me. I think our strikers have that.”
Fritz Schmid was recently appointed as the latest New Zealand coach. The Swiss manager replaces Anthony Hudson, who has been in charge of the role over the last couple of years. The 58-year-old manager does not have top-level experience, but he should be more than enough to guide New Zealand to major success in the coming years. The team faced disappointment with regard to reaching the World Cup 2018. After having done well to reach the south of the World Cup a couple of years ago, New Zealand has been disappointed in the subsequent editions. The team failed to qualify for Brazil 2014 and the same fate has fallen upon them for the 2018 edition.
West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that club-captain Winston Reid may not return until the Premier League outing versus Liverpool at the end of the month. The New Zealand international has made good progress from a groin strain sustained last month, but he is ruled out for the Watford game this weekend with throat infection and a lack of match fitness. Moyes said: “We don’t have an awful lot back in the long term. We’re getting close to having all the short-term injured back. Jose Fonte is back and needs some practice matches and we have a couple of others, Winston Reid one of them, who are close, but others like Pedro and one or two others like Edi Fernandes who are going to be out for longer.”
The New Zealand All Whites would have a new manager in Fritz Schmid, according to reports. The Swiss tactician is set to take over the coaching role of the team. He is set to be announced as the man in charge on Friday. There were rumours online initially and then strong speculations when the man involved tweeted a goodbye message to Malaysia and started following New Zealand Football. He was the national technical director for Malaysia until late last year. He has also worked with the Austrian national team in the past as assistant coach. There are reports that his links with New Zealand Football technical director Andreas Heraf, whilst with the Austrian team, helped him get the nod for the New Zealand role.
New West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that he has very less option but to play Winston Reid against Watford this weekend. The centre-back will be making the long trip from South America following New Zealand’s 2-0 defeat to Peru in the World Cup playoff which will see them miss next year’s tournament in Russia. Ahead of his first match in charge of West Ham, Moyes spoke about the need to play Reid with the likes of José Fonte and James Collins in the treatment room, he said: “Winston Reid will be the last one back today and in a perfect world we maybe wouldn’t use him on Sunday. We’re a bit short in central defence so we’ll see how he is.”
Anthony Hudson has revealed that he is left impressed by the fitness of his squad ahead of the friendly with Japan. After the recent World Cup qualifying matches against Solomon Islands, the manager took a decision to send Dane Ingham away from the squad as he felt that the defender was not fit for selection. Other players who were left out of the squad include Bill Tuiloma, who also faced the similar issue. As a result, there was a lot of speculation that Hudson was not coming up with the correct fitness regime in order to get the players in shape for the crucial World Cup qualifiers. However, the manager has revealed that the group has done excellent progressing with regard to fitness compared with the last set of matches. He says that every player should be in a great condition in order to be eligible for selection. Hudson says […]
New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has revealed that he is trying to keep things simple in terms of training. The Englishman believes that this may help the New Zealand team in the World Cup qualifiers during a busy period. New Zealand will be taking on Solomon Islands in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers in September. The national team gets its players from across the world. As the new campaign has just begun in Europe and most parts of the world, players will have witnessed a few weeks of top-level action already. In addition to the tiredness, any jet lag associated with the lot of travelling in order to get back to New Zealand may cause adverse effects to the players in these two matches, according to Hudson. As a result, he is trying to take away any pressure from the players and to reduce their intensity in the training. These changes […]