Movie Rating: five / 5
Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon recently spent £ 3 million in acquiring the services of Scottish midfielder Ryan Gauld. The deal has surprised many given that the player is only 18 years old. It is extremely uncommon for Scottish footballers – even for the talented ones – to leave British football at such a young age. In addition to this, Gauld will be playing at a club where the likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo came through the ranks. This has put massive pressure on the young shoulders, but he says that that he is not coming to the club in order to follow the likes of Ronaldo.
He is only concentrating on showing his ability to the world. Gauld reportedly has a release clause of €60 million inserted into the six-year contract that he signed with the Portuguese club. Even though it is highly unlikely to be activated right now, the deal has resulted in a number of top European clubs taking notice on the 18-year-old. He came through the ranks at Dundee United before making the debut for the Scottish club in 2012. He went on to make 42 appearances in the league for the Scottish club in these two years.
Yet to appear for the national team, he has featured in the U21 teams on a couple of occasions.
“They’re [Figo and Ronaldo] two very good players but I’m just concentrating on myself. Everyone knows it’s a great club, a very big club, good at developing younger players. That’s played a bit part in my signing. They’re just looking forward to me going over for training and we’ll see how it goes from there. The deal shows that they’re not expecting too much, too soon – it’s probably a long-term investment. I would just like to say thanks for everyone at Dundee United for giving me this chance,” said Gauld.
Video clip Ranking: 5 / 5
Movie Ranking: / five
Video Ranking: four / 5
US national team striker Landon Donovan has been one of the important players for the national team over the last decade, but he appears to have fallen out with manager Jurgen Klinsmann just weeks ahead of the World Cup 2014. His role in the team has been unclear for the last few matches, but the LA Galaxy star has stated that he is not worried about his position in the team. The 32-year-old took a sabbatical recently without the permission of Klinsmann and this seems to have started a war between the two parties.
Donovan has competed in three world cups – 2002, 2006, and 2010. Despite being a veteran of such major tournaments, it is expected that he will play a fringe role in the team. He may then be used out wide when his best position is up front. Further, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are expected to be the main men in the team, but this does not bother Donovan. He came close to announcing his retirement from football a few years ago due to burnout. Now, he says that he is ready to accept any role within the team.
The US are involved in a tough group stage in which they have to overcome the likes of Germany and Portugal.
“I’m very much at peace with the whole process and what it’s going to be. I’m excited to help in a way I’ve never been able to before. I see it all very clearly now. I understand what it’s going to be like. I understand what it’s about. I’m not caught up right now in thinking about Brazil. I’m just focusing on what I’m doing now because I know when that time comes that I will switch gears and I’ll be able to put my entire focus on that,” said Donovan.
Online video Ranking: 4 / 5
Video clip Ranking: 4 / five
Movie Rating: 4 / 5
On the 1st of February, the US national team played against South Korea on a friendly match that saw the Americans claiming a 2-0 triumph. It was more like a preparation match than anything else for the side which is being led by Jurgen Klinsmann as they have to get ready for their upcoming World Cup matches against Ghana, Portugal and Germany.
Chris Wondolowski scored both goals for the American team but there was something else that the head coach Klinsmann did which made an impact for the squad and that was appointing Donovan as the captain.
Donovan is the most experienced player in the squad that played against South Korea as he celebrated his 155th appearance and even though he failed on marking his name on the scoreboard, the veteran forward still managed to influence the match on different levels.
The former Everton player provided Wondolowski with the assist for the 2nd goal of the match as well as being in the middle of many attacking sequences for his team throughout the entirety of the match.
When the game concluded, Donovan stated that much of his performance can be credited to the armband as he confessed that when he is wearing it, he plays better.
“I don’t know the statistics, but throughout my career, when I’m wearing the armband, I would guess that I play significantly better. And I take that role very seriously. I take it professionally and, again, someone can do the stats, but I think our team record is probably pretty good when that happens.” Donovan said.
The side of Jurgen Klinsmann has another friendly match scheduled before they go on playing their World Cup matches. They will play against Ukraine on March 4 and Donovan is very likely to wear the armband once more.