While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve reached No. 60. That means we’re two months away from the start of college football!!! Let’s turn our attention to the most experienced player on OSU’s roster entering 2017 and the face of its offensive line.How he got to OSUA three-star tackle out of Mansfield High School (Mansfield, Tex.), Crabtree chose the Cowboys over offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Washington State and others. He was the nation’s 51st-ranked offensive tackle according to 247Sports. Joe Wickline was his chief recruiter but he would never play a snap under Wick’s tutelage. Crabtree has seen four (!) different offensive line coaches during his time in Stillwater.What he’s done in StillwaterCrabtree redshirted in 2013 but walked right into a starting job as a redshirt freshman the following year. After starting the first five games of the season, he missed four due to injury. He returned to the starting lineup on a cold, rainy night in Waco. Yeah, that night. Crabtree has started every game of Mason Rudolph’s career.Mike Yurcich talked about Crabtree’s value to the Cowboys’ offense ahead of last year’s Alamo Bowl.“Zach, a lot of experience, a lot of snaps,” said Yurcich. “He’s all ball. He’s all football man, and the guy is going to be a coach one day, and he’s a fun guy to be around. He keeps it light, but yet when game time comes, we run it his way because he’s a very consistent, tough player, and has emerged as one of our leaders on offense.”Role in 2017With Cal grad-transfer Aaron Cochran set to take up the left tackle spot, Crabtree can stay home as the starting right tackle. With Cochran and Crabtree manning the edge, the offensive line’s first string is pretty much set. Brad Lundblade at center, Marcus Keyes at left guard and my prediction is that Larry Williams reclaims his starting role at right guard to start 2017.Noteworthy stats and highlightsCrabtree was voted by the Coaches to the All-Big 12 second-team as he helped the Cowboys take a big stride forward for the OL in 2016. He enters 2017 as the leading Cowboy with 34 career starts.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Yesterday we got our first look at some defensive depth chart projections when we looked at the defensive line and what role Glenn Spencer’s group will play on the whole this year. Today, linebackers.LinebackersLB/Star – Kenneth Edison-Mcgruder – Jr. | Calvin Bundage – So. | Kirk Tucker – Sr.MLB – Chad Whitener – RS-Sr. | Gyasi Akem – Sr. | Devin Harper/Patrick MaconWLB – Justin Phillips – RS-Jr. | Kevin Henry – RS-So.AdChoices广告Pretty exciting group here. I’m not as high as most on Whitener, but he’s the guy in the middle who should be the leader. It’s kind of a boom or bust group in my opinion, I would expect some really incredble plays and some bone-headed mistakes and growing pains. This isn’t a great run stopping group, but I do think they will be better in pass coverage than past LB corps.Glenn Spencer mentioned this in the PFB video at Karsten Creek, but he certainly plans on getting Edison-McGruder and Bundage on the field at the same time even if they’re slotted for the same position.You can see the strategy playing out, picture it 3rd and 10 and you have KEM and Bundage at LB and Darius Curry, Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers at safety. That is a really strong pass defensive group right there, and you absolutely have to be able to defend the pass in the Big 12.I would expect this more and more if you see four-LB looks, especially when both guys have ability to drop into deep zone coverage. Those two (KEM/Bundage) have the biggest play-making ability of the entire group. Bundage is my favorite player on the defense, he is extremely physical and can make plays with his length. He needs to cut down on mistakes but he is a player to watch moving forward.Justin Phillips has a lot of ability, he was able to get some valuable experience last year and looked awesome at times.Nice recognition by Justin Phillips here in zone coverage. Sees first WR through zone, feels square in and makes the play. pic.twitter.com/6x4khwGpZE— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) July 29, 2017 Has the athleticism to make plays in pass coverage. He isn’t overly physical at point of attack but is sufficient enough there. I’ve said it a few times on Twitter, but I think Phillips and Bundage have the best chance to make it to the next level at the linebacker spot. Kirk Tucker will play a big role on special teams and in 3rd down passing situations.Having a Senior like Gyasi Akem at backup MLB is a nice thing to have, he is someone that provides some solid depth so we can keep Whitener’s snap count to a reasonable number. In previous years he has been on the field way too much.Kevin Henry provides nice depth at Will Linebacker behind Phillips. He had some moments last year where he played well, but he’s still young.Overall I would expect Edison-McGruder and Bundage to set the tone for this group. If they take the next step and maximize their potential this could end up being a really solid LB unit. If not I think it could be a long year for the OSU defense.
Premier League Man Utd team news: Pogba starts alongside McTominay, injured Martial misses out Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:06 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League Manchester United Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Red Devils travel to Crystal Palace for Monday night’s football as Jose Mourinho’s side look to make up ground on leaders City Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are both in the starting XI again for Jose Mourinho as Manchester United look to reclaim second place in the Premier League when they face Crystal Palace.However, there is no Anthony Martial after the Frenchman picked up a knock which meant he was unable to travel with the rest of the squad on Sunday.Jesse Lingard steps in to replace Martial, with that being the only change for the Portuguese manager’s side following their 2-1 win over Chelsea last time out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That means United are once again likely to go with a 4-3-3 shape, with McTominay and Pogba either side of holding midfielder Nemanja Matic, but could easily switch once more into the 4-2-2-2 which eventually saw off the Blues with Pogba and Alexis Sanchez being given freedom to roam behind the front two.A victory for United would see them reclaim second spot after Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle on Saturday, and would also take them nine points clear of Chelsea in the race for Champions League football with only nine rounds to go.Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Sorloth, Townsend, Schlupp, Benteke, McArthur, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly.Subs: Cavalieri, Lee, Souare, Delaney, Rakip, Jach, Riedewald.Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.Subs: J Pereira, Bailly, Mata, Carrick, Rashford, Shaw, Darmian. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Juventus Allegri promises Juventus will compete with Champions League ‘favourites’ Goal Last updated 1 year ago 09:47 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juventus UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Videos The Juventus manager praised his team for advancing to the tournament’s quarter-finals, though he acknowledged a difficult road ahead Massilmiliano Allegri is pleased Juventus have made the quarterfinals of the Champions League, but has cautioned his team have a tough road ahead.Juventus came back from a goal down in the second leg against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, behind a three-minute pair of goals by the Argentine duo Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to advance past Spurs 4-3 on aggregate.The victory sends Juventus into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the third time in four years. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Allegri, who managed Juventus to the Champions League final last season, is pleased to have continued his success in the tournament.”First an foremost we’re really happy that we won tonight and that we made it to the last eight,” Allegri said. “I’ve always said since I first came to Juventus that our ambition is to go as far as possible.”However, Juventus now sit in a top-eight that features the likes of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, and Real Madrid, the latter of who have won the tournament the last two seasons. They may also be joined in the last-eight by Barcelona and Bayern Munich, meaning Juventus may well find themselves matched up against one of those sides in the next round.And Allegri is preaching caution, talking up the quality of the ‘favorites’ though promising his side will compete no matter the opposition.”But you just have to look around you,” Allegri added. “We’re in the last eight and there’s some really good teams. People talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are perhaps up there with the favorites, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to compete.”Juventus has advanced to the Champions League final in two of the last four seasons. In each of those appearances, they dispatched one of Real Madrid or Barcelona in the knockout stages, only to lose to the other in the final.
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba’s net worth, wife and everything you need to know about the former Chelsea star Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:46 13/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Ligue 1 Süper Lig Olympique Marseille African All Stars The two-time African Player of the Year called a day on his career on Monday, so Goal takes a look at the 40-year-old’s run Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from professional football.The former Marseille, Chelsea and Galatasaray forward will mark the end of a glittering career once current club Phoenix Rising’s season is complete.He told Telefoot: “It’s really a pleasure for me to play. I started late at the top level. I really enjoy playing. I like my role of owner-player a lot. I’m surrounded by a lot of youngsters, and I like passing my know-how on to them. But this season is the last. I’m 40, it’s time now.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goal takes a look at the two-time African Player of the Year and some of his finest moments in the game.Drogba’s net worthDrogba is estimated to be worth around $90 million and has worked with some of the world’s largest brands in Samsung, Pepsi, Adidas, Nike and Konami.Previous clubsAs a child, Drogba split his time between his parents in the Ivory Coast and with his uncle, former professional football player Michel Goba, in France. As such, Drogba played his football for a number of youth teams, including US Tourcoing FC, SC Abbeville, Levallois SC, and Vannes Olympique Club, before breaking into the first team at Ligue 2 Le Mans, who Drogba would go on to represent for four seasons.Drogba’s first professional contract was signed in 1999 at the age of 21, considerably later than many of his team-mates, and it would take the birth of his son, Isaac, for the forward to take his career seriously. “Isaac’s birth was a turning point in my life, it straightened me out,” Drogba said during an interview in 2004.A season and a half with Guingamp led to a switch to Marseille, for whom he scored over 30 goals in his only season with the top-flight club.It would be during Drogba’s time at Chelsea that he would earn his reputation, however.Drogba’s Chelsea statsDrogba arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and would go on to make 226 Premier League appearances and score 100 league goals before he left for China in 2012.He also scored a further 57 goals in cup competitions, taking his total number of goals to 157 in 341 appearances across all competitions.Drogba returned to west London for the 2014-15 campaign and scored four goals in 28 appearances, though only eight of those were starts.In total, Drogba scored 104 Premier League goals for Chelsea in 254 appearances, and 164 in 381 games altogether with 86 assists.The end of his first spell at Chelsea came when his contract expired at the end of the 2011-12 season, with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua picking him up on a two-year, £200,000-per-week contract, though he left for Turkey after just six months, joining Galatasaray in January 2013.A successful two-year stint in the Turkish Super Lig was followed by a brief return to Chelsea, before he signed for MLS outfit Montreal Impact as a Designated Player. Drogba’s time in Montreal fizzled out before joining Pheonix Rising as a player, but also as an owner.Goals & awardsDrogba scored 14 goals in 69 appearances for first club Le Mans, 23 in 49 for Guingamp, 32 in 55 for Marseille, 164 goals in 381 for Chelsea, and 20 goals in 53 games for Galatasaray. In China, Drogba scored eight goals in 11 games for Shenua, and for Montreal Impact he scored 23 in 41. Club Appearances Goals Assists Le Mans 69 14 NA Guingamp 49 23 NA Marseille 55 32 1 Chelsea 381 164 86 Shanghai Shenua 11 8 2 Galatasaray 53 20 13 Montreal Impact 41 23 7 Total 659 284 109 Drogba has a host of team and individual accolades, including four Premier League titles with Chelsea. He also helped the Blues to four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Community Shields, as well as scoring the winning penalty to seal the club’s first ever Champions League title in 2011-12.During his time with Galatasaray, Drogba won the Turkish Super Lig title, the Turkish Super Cup and the Turkish Cup.On a personal basis, Drogba was named as the Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2004, scored the Ligue 1 Goal of the Year in the same year, and also bagged a spot in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season.Drogba was named as the African Player of the Year in 2006 and again in 2009 and has been named in the CAF Team of the Year on five occasions. His 20 Premier League goals were enough to win him the 2006-07 Golden Boot, and he was named as the league’s top scorer again in 2009-10 with 29.Drogba finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or voting in 2007, was named Chelsea’s Player of the year in 2007, and was named to the 2016 MLS All-Star team.Drogba’s wife & familyDrogba married long-term partner Diakite Lalla in a private ceremony in Monaco in 2011, and the pair have three children together. Their eldest son, Isaac, born in 2000, signed to the Chelsea academy as a youngster before leaving for Guingamp in February 2018. He has a daughter called Iman, and another son named Kieran.Drogba also has two footballing brothers, Joel, 32, and Freddy, 26.As mentioned, Drogba’s uncle, Michel Goba, also played football, while Michel’s son Kevin has played across the lower divisions in France. He is also the cousin of former Birmingham and Celtic defender Olivier Tebily.How old is Didier Drogba?Drogba celebrated his 40th birthday Sunday, March 12.Charity work & political careerFollowing Ivory Coast securing their place in the 2006 World Cup, Drogba used his status to make a desperate call for a ceasefire in his war-torn country.”It was just something I did instinctively,” he told the Telegraph in 2007. “All the players hated what was happening to our country and reaching the World Cup was the perfect emotional wave on which to ride.”Within a week of Drogba’s plea, warring combatants had agreed to lay down their arms following five years of civil war. Drogba was also involved in relocating an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar to the rebel stronghold of Bouake.Drogba is a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and in 2010 joined iconic figures such as Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan as sportsmen to be named in the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine.His charity body, The Didier Drogba Foundation, has worked on numerous projects throughout Africa and teamed up with FIFA in 2014 in an attempt to tackle ebola. Drogba also previously donated a £3m fee he earned through a sponsorship deal with Pepsi to pay for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan.Despite being the face of his country, Drogba recently denied that he would make a move into politics or run for presidency following former PSG and AC Milan star George Weah becoming the 25th President of Liberia in 2018.“It’s not necessarily the case that all footballers will [now] want to become president. George [Weah] has opened the way for him to make an impact in his own way, and others can make an impact on their communities in other ways.”Drogba’s Instagram & TwitterDrogba has a following of 1.5 million on his official Twitter account, and just short of 6m on Instagram. The 40-year-old falls some way short of making the list of the top 25 followed footballers on Instagram, however, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi topping the bill.
Welcome to the fourth of my 10 preseason questions about Oklahoma State (at this rate, we might not even make it to five). These are, of course, unanswerable — like a lot of the writing we do — but still fun for discussion and debate.Let’s jump into today’s question. Here’s a list of previous questions.1. Can you Change a Discipline Culture in One Year2. Who is RB2?3. Wait, Chuba’s not better than Justice, right?4. Are we underrating the offensive line?Carson and I recently ran through our overrated/underrated position groups on a podcast, and as we were doing it, I realized I’d whiffed. I said the defensive line for Oklahoma State had a chance to be underrated — and while that might be true — I think I got the wrong side of the ball.It’s actually OSU’s offensive line that has an opportunity to shine as a position group we don’t expect to shine in 2019. Part of this is self-inflicted. After allowing just 24 sacks in 2017, that number rose to 34 in 2018, outside the top 100 in the country. While that’s not the only measure of success for an OL, it’s emblematic of a line that was oftentimes quite shaky in protecting QB1.Enter Vince Lombardi Charlie Dickey, Mike Gundy’s most prized assistant coach hire since … Dana Holgorsen? Dickey is raved about both in front of and behind the scenes in Stillwater, and he’s inheriting a cupboard that’s quite full thanks to Josh Henson.Although not much has changed in terms of the starters at the end of last year (only Bryce Bray is new), OSU has far more depth than it’s had in years. Here’s the two-deep.LT: Dylan Galloway (297 lbs), Hunter Anthony (330!)LG: Marcus Keyes (309), Hunter Woodard (295)C: Johnny Wilson (304), Ry Schneider (320)RG: Bryce Bray (300), Ry Schneider (320)RT: Teven Jenkins (330), Jacob Farrell (308)OSU running 295-plus across the board on their two-deep with four guys who were just entering college a year ago (Anthony, Woodard, Bray, Farrell), while not super unusual in 2019, is nonetheless encouraging. More importantly, Dickey molding them into something worthy of a Big 12 contender seems imminent.“The offensive line has come a long way,” said wide receiver Dillon Stoner recently. “Coach Dickey is an awesome guy and a great coach. I know all the guys respect him a bunch. Assignments-wise, they just seem sound. Very few mistakes on the line from what I’ve noticed. Obviously, I’m out running around, but they seem to be doing great and I love our o-line.”There is a sense of organization and toughness from that crew that there just hasn’t been in recent years. Henson was a great recruiter and a good coach, but Dickey seems like he might be great at both. And it’s not as if last year’s OL was completely lousy. They did creat enough space for OSU to average 4.8 yards a pop in 2018 (more than Gundy said is necessary).And we haven’t even mentioned who they get to block for. RB1 is one of the most electric (and versatile) in the country. QB1, no matter who it is, will be able to escape more and be more elusive than Corndog (an underrated runner!) ever was. Add it all up, and I’m excited for a group that includes four redshirt freshmen in the two-deep and some potential pros starting.Only the games will give us the answers we want here, but with Oregon State on deck, there’s a ton of reason to be optimistic about a position group that hasn’t been at the forefront in years in Stillwater. A loaded class of 2019 is stepping into the mix with somebody Gundy has coveted for years at the helm. Maybe it still goes badly and Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders get sacked 34 more times, but heading into the 2019 season it seems as if this is one position group that’s moving forward in the right direction. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy has his guys. Over the years they’ve been the Brandon Pettigrews, Orie Lemons and Kendall Hunters of the world. I think Tylan Wallace might be in that category. I thought it before, and I really think it now.Wallace missed Saturday’s game and will miss the rest of OSU’s games this season with a torn ACL. Gundy addressed Wallace’s injury for the first time after the game.The way he said what he said made me realize two things. The first is how special Tylan is as a player and a person. And the second is much Gundy is in on him. These are not quotes you would get from Gundy on just anyone.“I mean, I don’t really have to explain Tylan,” said Gundy. “What’s difficult, and I told the team this on Thursday night when I meet with them just them and me, the most difficult thing for a coach is when a player gets hurt.”Gundy said he tried to keep all of this under wraps and even kept it from his family for a while. As somebody trying to report on this injury, I believe that!“Especially guys that give everything they have to an organization. Tylan is a special talent, we all know this. But he’s very humble, he’s very unselfish, and he’s a tremendous player, and he’s a very, very hard worker. When you lose guys like that for a while, it’s difficult. It’s just hard for a coach to swallow.“It just almost ruined my week when I left the office, when I went home. When I’m here, I don’t flinch. I stay the course, but when I go home, it just makes me sick to where I can’t hardly function at all. It’s hard to lose a guy like that, not only as a player but as a person, what he brings to the table.”So yeah, those are some pretty cool quotes.They have been truths in my (limited) interaction with Tylan, too. He’s thoughtful, smart and seems like he has a real plan for what he’s trying to do both on the field and in life. /subscribedAnd while it sucks that No. 2 is done for the year (and his career?), the way Gundy addressed it on Saturday is a reminder of both how great he is and just how galvanizing a college football team can be. Get well soon, two.
Transfers USMNT defender Lichaj completes Hull City move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 11:30 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bill Streicher Transfers Hull City Nottingham Forest United States The former Aston Villa man made a move to the Tigers from Nottingham Forest on Friday U.S. national team defender Eric Lichaj has completed a transfer to Hull City from Nottingham Forest. The 29-year-old, who has 15 caps with the USA to his name, made the jump from Championship side to Championship side on a two-year deal, with the club holding the option for a third year. Lichaj established himself as a regular with Forest, having made 190 appearances for the club since joining in the summer of 2013 from Aston Villa. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I’m excited about playing here and I’m looking forward to getting started with pre-season next week,” he said in a club release. “It’s a fresh start for me and I want to repay Hull City for the faith that they have shown in me by bringing me here. I’ll be working my hardest, as I always do, every day in training and on matchdays.”Lichaj was given his debut for the USA in 2010 but had his best year as an international in 2017, when he played in four matches and scored his first international goal in a 2-0 quarterfinal win over El Salvador in the Gold Cup. The defender also memorably scored a brace against Arsenal in a stunning 4-2 FA Cup win for Forest, earning himself a dog along the way.
World Cup Iran contest not all about Golden Boot candidate Ronaldo, insists Santos Stephen Creek 07:01 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Iran v Portugal Iran The striker has scored all of his nation’s goals so far in Russia, but Santos believes there is quality across his Portugal squad Portugal head coach Fernando Santos said his side’s third World Cup group game was not a case of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Iran as he warned his players of the tough contest awaiting them.Ronaldo has scored all four of Portugal’s Group B goals so far, netting a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain before getting the winner in a 1-0 victory over Morocco.Despite the Real Madrid striker’s excellent form, Santos rejected the suggestion that the responsibility would be on Ronaldo to deliver a result against Carlos Queiroz’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “He makes a difference here, in Real Madrid, in Manchester United, in Sporting,” said Santos, recounting Ronaldo’s current and former clubs.”This is not a game between the coach of Portugal and that of Iran; this is not a game of Cristiano against anyone; this is, yes, a game of Portugal against Iran.”The 63-year-old spoke of his close friendship with Queiroz, whose side are one point behind Portugal in the Group B standings after a win over Morocco and a defeat to Spain, both by a 1-0 scoreline.Santos said he had been impressed by the former Real Madrid and Portugal coach’s progress with Iran since his appointment in 2011.”He has been my colleague and friend for 35 years,” said Santos. “We travelled many times by train and we talked a lot of football because he taught at the time and I was an engineer. He will do his best to win for Iran, I am sure.”I had the opportunity to see these two Iran games in the World Cup and the 10 that they played in qualifying. I soon felt certain that they are a very strong team: nine wins, one draw, conceding only two goals with Syria when they qualified.”There are experienced players with a strong strategy. We have seen here Iran’s defensive organisation and not only because they know how to play well and play ball.Ultimo jogo da fase de grupos! Forca, Portugal! #ConquistaOSonhoIrao x Portugal7 PM (Portugal Continental)Mordovia Arena pic.twitter.com/cZvEnVpk9B— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 24, 2018″There will be two teams that fight a lot, that will give everything.”I want to win, my colleague wants to win and it’s going to be a tough and strong battle. We have to be prepared.”
Chelsea are looking for Eden Hazard to take in a “long” stay with the club, with Gianfranco Zola hoping to see an end to long-running transfer talk.Speculation continues to suggest that the Belgian forward’s days at Stamford Bridge may be numbered.Real Madrid have made no secret of their admiration for the 27-year-old, while Hazard has dropped regular hints suggesting that his future will lie in Spain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chelsea are, however, refusing to accept that a move is inevitable, as they seek to agree fresh terms with a key man, and Zola is looking for a talismanic presence to cement a standing as an all-time great in west London.The Blues legend, who is now assistant to Maurizio Sarri, told reporters in the wake of Hazard’s match-winning showing in a Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth: “He’s certainly one of the players who has given this club a lot of satisfaction.”He is 27, and hopefully he will stay long with us and become even bigger.”Chelsea had been hoping to avoid giving Hazard another run out against the Cherries, as he nursed a foot complaint.He was, however, required to step off the bench.Having been introduced, Hazard proceeded to register the only goal of the game and book a semi-final showdown with capital rivals Tottenham.”The difference was the changes we made. When Pedro and Eden came on, they gave us an extra gear,” Zola said.”Eden is the type of player who can make a big difference when he comes on, even for 20 minutes.”Hazard has now netted in back-to-back matches, having previously gone 12 games without a goal for club and country.He is into double figures for the season and is just one effort short of reaching 100 for Chelsea.Another opportunity to hit that landmark will present itself on Saturday when Sarri’s side, who sit fourth in the Premier League table, play host to Leicester.
Your web strategy for online fundraising should include three main objectives: maintain a site design that has high usability, remember that content is king, and determine ways to increase site traffic. Work these initiatives into the part of your online fundraising plan dedicated to website improvement: Nonprofit Website Design TipsMake it easier for people to donate. Put your “donate” button above the fold, and make it BIG. Make it interactive with email capture, surveys, contests and other dynamic content. Make it accessible. You know that different people will visit your site for different reasons (to research, to donate, to kill some time). Give them each a chance to shine. Put out different welcome mats–for donors, seekers and Web-surfers. Make it simple to spread the word. Incorporate tactics to increase word-of-mouth marketing, such as tell-a-friend, email links and downloadable materials for your constituents to share. Nonprofit Content TipsIncorporate the four parts of a great message: Connect to things your audience cares about: saving time, feeling good about themselves, feeling powerful, etc.Identify and offer a compelling reward for taking action: Remember that good rewards are immediate, personal, credible and reflective of audience values. Have a clear call to action: Good actions are specific, feasible and filmable (in other words, easy to visualize doing). They should also measurably advance your mission. Make it memorable: What makes something memorable? It’s memorable if it’s different, catchy, personal, tangible and desirable. But a word of caution: memorable elements should always be closely tied to your cause. Think of all the advertisements that were so funny or memorable that you told a friend about them, but when asked what product the ad was for, you couldn’t remember. Driving Site Traffic TipsIncrease your visibility on corporate partners’ websites. Does a local restaurant provide in-kind support for your events? Do you hold Board meetings in a local office building’s conference room? You both win if you make a plan to make your presence known on their websites. (Think a twist on the old Vidal Sassoon ad: If I (for-profit partner) look “good,” you (non-profit) look good.) Promote your events on event-listing services like CitySearch.com, local message boards, etc. Improve your searchability. Invest in Google AdWords. Learn what meta-tags are.
I’m blogging from the opening day of Independent Sector, from the first-day session, “Harnessing Election Momentum for Nonprofit Causes.” On the panel are Maya Enista of Mobilize.org, Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP and Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza. (I’m sitting next to fellow blogger Rosetta Thurman, whose fingers are flying. Be sure to read her stuff, too. She’s someone to watch in our sector.)I’d sum up the session for you this way: What the election teaches us – and what we need to sustain the kind of momentum it created among so many audiences – requires two things. The themes were:1. Audience appeal2. Infrastructure (both human and technological)By audience appeal, I mean the ability to appeal to the personal concerns of your audience. If you read this blog regularly, then you know I say this ad nauseum. You probably want to plug your ears by now. But I have to keep saying it, because it’s so very true. And we so often forget. The panelists offered great examples of the power of an audience-centric approach on the campaign trail. Benjamin Jealous talked about jobs and financial security as top issues among his members.Maya Enista talked about how the youth vote turned out because “the candidates gave youth a reason to vote. They talked about jobs, the cost of college, personal debt and predatory lending on college campuses, and they used online engagement to do it.” She said “We need to know the issues that appeal.” Janet Murguia talked about the importance of the rhetoric around immigration in engaging her community, as well as the “Yes we can” message of hope harkening back to Chavez and resonating with Latino voters, a group she calls aspirational in nature. Maya Enista talked about calling her mother the night of the election at 11 pm and asking her, “Mom, is this the reason you immigrated here?” Her mother said “yes” through her tears.It’s all about personal relevance. So learn it from the campaign trail: It’s the audience, stupid, and it always will be. An appeal to your audience’s values is the only way to get and keep momentum.Second, you need the engine behind, around and underneath that audience. The panelists identified one obvious engine: community-based organizations. That’s the human, organizational part of the engine. If those community-based organizations work together, which is hard to accomplish in our sector at a time where everyone is fighting for grants, you get a super-engine. (Maya suggests we need not only more cooperation but some mergers as well.)They also discussed a second engine: online engagement. That’s the technological part of the engine. The Obama campaign may not have invented Facebook, as Maya reminded us, but they sure knew how to tap into the platform and all social media to mobilize a younger generation. This is an era when you can enable someone to learn the location of their polling station via Twitter. Online tools put word of mouth on steroids. They also do wonders for your outreach, your fundraising, everything. They enable you to do less with more, as well as to reach new audiences. It’s the audience and the engines you tap. No matter how small your cause or how puny your pocketbook, you can accomplish much if you keep that in mind.More to come from the conference – stay tuned!
I’m blogging from the session at Independent Sector, “Community Empowerment through New Media and Innovative Journalism,” moderated by Ben Binswanger of the Case Foundation. The panelists are Linda Fantin of Minnesota Public Radio and the Center for Innovative Journalism, Ramya Raghavan of YouTube Nonprofits and Alyce Myatt of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media.Here’s my take on the panel. Just as marketing is no longer a monologue but rather a conversation with an audience, so is new media. It is two-way communication. As Linda pointed out, public insight journalism is predicated on the idea that everyone has expertise, and people know what matters to them. The audience isn’t just an audience – they are a participant that takes part in creating the content – either by interacting with those covering the story or suggesting angles to a story, or by creating the story themselves. If you’re still doubting this idea, or don’t know how it relates to you, consider two principles of persuasion: relevance and trust. These are two old-school, good old bread and butter ideas. First, we only tune into what is personally relevant to us. Second, we trust ourselves (and people like us) more than traditional authorities. That’s why word of mouth is so desirable. What’s great about new media is it allows us to establish personal relevance and trust on unprecedented levels. Because the audience is the messenger! That’s where old school meets new media.Take the example from Ramya of voters filming their experience at the polls at Video Your Vote at YouTube vs. CNN talking about long lines on air. There’s nothing quite like watching a first-time voter in Georgia filming herself talking about waiting in line for seven hours to vote – with her baby. It has a level of immediacy and credibility that traditional media doesn’t achieve.As Linda put it, this ideally changes the nature of how stories are reported via traditional media as well. She said, “If you want to find a left-handed baker who can make pineapple upside down cake while making a YouTube video, you could. But this is not about finding the right example to plug into a set story. It’s about what is happening among real people, and that information shaping the story.”So what does this mean to you, even if you’re not in the business of media? The bottom line is these tools can make every interaction with your constituency more powerful. Put video in the hands of your donors or people you help. Engage your supporters in a conversation about how they spread the word about your issue. Give them the tools to do it. And then if they give you input, be sure to acknowledge it, use it and celebrate it. When you lose control of the story, it’s a little scary, but the alternative is having an audience of only one: yourself.
In addition to the 10 holiday fundraising tips from Sea Change Strategies and Care2 in the “Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-end Fundraising,” here are three bonus tips to consider. These important themes should influence your fundraising thinking:People want vivid examples of how their donations will be used. So if your audience has given before, tell them all the great things they’ve done – then all the wonderful additional things more support will bring. As one MarketingProf member pointed out, “I give money regularly to groups where I have been able to see what they accomplish. I’m not impressed by marketing appeals, what interests me is being able to see the impact in action.”Emotion motivates. People are more inclined to give if the cause is local or if they know the person asking for help. This holiday, ask some of your biggest supporters to invite their friends and family to support you. The passion they feel for your cause is incredibly compelling to their circles of influence. Bloggers may be a good target. Says one MarketingProf member: “One of the things that I enjoy about blogging is that as the readership and influence of my blog grows, I have a greater ability to help promote ideas and causes. I’ve noticed that many of the blogs I read also make a point to promote their favorite causes and charities from time to time. This of course costs us nothing, but I think it greatly benefits charities and causes, many of which aren’t very social-media savvy.”Trust is sacred. Be honest and transparent about your programs, your spending, your impact-everything. As SeaChange advises, show exactly where the money goes and what the donor’s investment will do. And then report back on that investment, again and again.
Question: “John Kenyon mentioned using images in e-mail… What about Outlook automatically blocking those images? Is it worth including since the user has to take another step to download the image?” – JohnAnswer: An image is a compelling way to entice folks to click through to full stories and capture their attention quickly. Even the blocks of white space created when images are blocked draw the eye. This is where “Alt-text” comes in handy: In your email marketing tool (not Outlook!) you have the ability to decide what text is shown if the image itself it blocked. Here’s a chance to work your copy-writing skills and persuade folks that they’re missing out if images are blocked! Another way to combat image-blocking side effects is to encourage readers to view your full email in their Web browser where all images show up crystal clear. Let us know if you need an email marketing tool that lets you include images in a stylish, effective way!
This week, I flew on Virgin America. It was UNBELIEVABLE. A cool, space age-looking interior. A power plug for your laptop under your seat, in economy. Internet access on board. Your own TV on the seat with live television and loads of movies. Hungry? You just tap on the seatback screen and order whatever you want, whenever you want. The flight attendant brings it right to your seat. All for less than $300 for a roundtrip flight from DC to San Francisco.So let me ask you something, are you going to think about flying Virgin America next time you fly?Let me ask you something else: have you seen any ad lately that got you as interested in the airline as I did?I’ve spent a lot of time in my speeches lately talking about how important the messenger is in marketing.Sometimes, the messenger IS the marketing.If a company or organization is the messenger promoting themselves, that’s one thing.If your friend or neighbor professes love for that company or organization, that’s quite another.Now is the best time in the world to get people other than your employees to talk about you. It works way better. For prompting action of any kind.And it’s free. I didn’t get a dime from Virgin America to say how much I like them, on this blog or when I was emailing friends on board (saying how great it was to be able to work and communicate at 35,000 feet.)Being extraordinary gets people to talk about you, so treat your audience like Virgin Airlines passengers. Those valentines (the people who love you) will do you the great favor of proclaiming their affection far and wide.
Lately, the top 40 airwaves (which get a lot of play in my car and house because of my daughters) have been chockablock with the Flo Rida remake of the song, “You Spin Me Round.” Flo Rida took out the record player line of the original song, probably because people like my daughters wouldn’t know what the heck a record player was. I explained to my kids that the original was pretty darn good. Then I showed them the video original, by Dead or Alive – who is, by the way, alive and well on YouTube. All I can say is: Oh. My. God. What’s with the hair? The shoulder pads? And the eye patch?!My daughters laughed hysterically through the entire video. (Another friend’s son had the same reaction.) Then my ten year old IMed her friends with a link to it to show how pathetic her mom’s heyday era was.All of this, NATURALLY, got me thinking about nonprofit marketing. Because I just had to find a reason to post this video, regardless of how big a stretch this is. So here goes.Remakes have value. In this era, we have to remake our oldie but goodie offline style for online audiences who might not relate to our originals.Times have changed. You can’t slap your offline newsletter on your website, install a Donate button and call it a day.1. We have to get shorty: Long works in direct mail. Short works online. If you put long, text heavy stuff online, you’re going to be ignored – and irrelevant.2. We have to reflect our audience rather than stick to our own same-old: What are our audiences talking about? What do they care about? How do they relate to others? We need to reflect their interests, use their preferred modes of communication, and engage them in a conversation. Monologue is so old school.3. Target, don’t blanket: Old-school outreach was “spray and pray.” Online, we can and must to do a far better job segmenting our audiences and speaking to them personally. In fact, we can do that so easily and cost effectively, there’s no excuse not to do this.And so on.Lesson – Get with the times. Oh, and don’t parade around with big hair and a eye patch talking about record players.
Fundraising events are wonderful for connecting with your community of supporters, but can also create waste. Fortunately there are many ways you can help encourage eco-friendly practices when planning your event. Here are 10 simple ideas to help make your nonprofit’s next fundraising event greener, courtesy of our friends at Event 360.Apparel. If you’re offering a t-shirt or other souvenir item, be sure to use eco-friendly apparel including organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester.Bottled water. Avoid serving individual bottled water. Encourage participants and spectators to bring their own reusable water bottles (ex: Klean Kanteen, Nalgene) or use biodegradable recyclable plastic water bottles. Also consider providing compostable cups for water service at rest stops or water stations.Styrofoam. Make your event styrofoam-free.Recycle. Provide marked recycling containers throughout your venue. Use recycling bins that are visually different from other waste receptacles. Use clear plastic bags as liners for recycling bins for easy identification and removal of contaminants. Use opaque black bags in garbage bins. Don’t forget to compost when appropriate!Train. Know the local rules for recycling & composting. Train volunteers about procedure and restrictions. Post volunteers near all recycling bins to monitor deposits.Go paperless. Consider whether or not your event materials can be viewed on the event website instead of being printed and mailed. You can manage ticketing and attendee communication all online with Network for Good’s easy-to-use fundraising pages. Reuse. When printing is necessary, print materials on recycled paper. Print double-sided when possible. Use soy-based ink. Consider designing your signs and other placards so they could be used for more than one event.Transportation. Choose sites that are accessible by public transit and are bike friendly. Promote transportation alternatives. Encourage the use of public transportation, ride-sharing, fuel-efficient vehicles, cycling and walking.CO2. If car and air travel are necessary to attend your event, encourage participants and spectators to offset their CO2 emissions by purchasing carbon credits.Biodiesel. Look into biodiesel fuel for trucks, busses and diesel generators.Event 360 is the nation’s leading designer and director of fundraising, advocacy and awareness events for nonprofits. In six years we have worked with our clients to raise more than a third of a billion dollars. For more information, visit http://www.event360.com/.
This is one of the most common questions I get asked: How do I build by email list? Here are 14 ways courtesy of Kivi Leroux Miller, queen of email knowledge, and Network for Good. Nonprofits marketing friends, this is a must-read!If you want more, please join our free training with Kivi this week. Register here for:7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising & CommunicationsDo you want to grow/build your email list? Do you know if anyone is reading your emails? Does your email outreach need a design or copywriting upgrade?Free TeleconferenceSpecial Day & Time:Thursday, June 25 at 4 p.m. (eastern)