Vincent Taylor Might Leave For NFL Draft If Grade Is Right

first_imgWhile 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. There was a little nugget buried in a post by Robert Allen recently about Piesman finalist Vincent Taylor, and it caught my attention. Taylor, who was voted All-Big 12 first team recently, is a junior but said he would enter the NFL Draft depending on the circumstances.Taylor has four blocked kicks to lead the nation, and he has 44 tackles, 27 unassisted, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, a pass broken up, two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery, and two fumbles forced. He is a very strong and disruptive force inside. I think the NFL will also advise Taylor to stay in school. It is unusual for a defensive tackle to get a first- or second-round grade as an underclassman, but Taylor is thinking it. “He told me that if he gets the grade that he’s going to go,” said a teammate commenting off the record. [Scout]“The grade” is a reference to how the NFL absorbs college talent. Up to five underclassmen from each school can ask for a grade from the NFL between now and when they have to declare for the NFL Draft to help them make decisions.“We want the kid to make an informed decision,” said NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent. “Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves.”The other change is in how players will be graded. In the past, there were five categories: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted. The league has cut that down to three categories — first round, second round, and neither, which will equal the board advising the player to stay in school. [NFL]I presume Taylor would want a first round or second round grade. If not, he stays at OSU.CBS Sports projects Taylor as a top 80 prospect but bordering on pick in the first two rounds. Mel Kiper Jr. does not have him as a top 10 defensive tackle (he’s No. 9 on CBS Sport. Underclassmen like Taylor (and Mason Rudolph and James Washington, for that matter) have until January 16 to officially declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.This would be bad but not devastating for Glenn Spencer’s defense. It’s a unit that is already losing Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Lenzy Pipkins, Ashton Lampkin and Devante Averette. It’s true that defensive tackle is probably the deepest spot on the defense, but losing an All-Big 12 DT from a defense that finished No. 67 in the country in points per drive given up would not be great.This will probably be the most interesting of the three NFL decisions. I would be shocked if Rudolph and Washington left because I think they have a lot to gain by coming back. Taylor might not be currently rated as high as those two on NFL Draft boards, but I think he also has less to gain by returning.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Postgame Show: Discussing The Oklahoma State Beatdown of Colorado

first_imgWhile 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. Carson Cunningham joined Kyle Porter after the Alamo Bowl to discuss James Washington, Mason Rudolph, that stingy Oklahoma State defense and what we can expect in 2017.Let’s talk about #okstate’s huge Alamo Bow win. https://t.co/NNT5MD7hNm— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016last_img read more

Stoner, Hill Among Oklahoma State Players With New Numbers

first_imgBrendan VaughnLB15Freshman I like Hill in the No. 5. Shades of Keith Toston. I’m not as excited about Stoner in the No. 17. I thought 80 was a solid look for him. Jelani in No. 18 is obviously solid although I think we could get him to look about 7’7 wearing No. 11. Dillon StonerWR1780 Justice HillRB527 Lamarcus MortonCB13Freshman Korie FraustoWR83Transfer Patrick MaconLB44Transfer Kevin HenryLB3328 Tyron JohnsonWR13Transfer Arlington HambrightOL51Transfercenter_img Jelani WoodsQB18Freshman Oklahoma State likely won’t have new uniforms for the second year in a row, but the threads some players wear will have a different look. Redshirt freshman Dillon Stoner and sophomore Justice Hill are among those who have changed numbers going into 2017.Newcomers like Tyron Johnson, Patrick Macon and early enrollees Jelani Woods and Lamarcus Morton have also chosen their digits. Here is a look at the numbers to know as spring ball rolls on in Stillwater. Taaj BakariDT9098 Tyler MooreOL77Transfer A.J. GreenCB422 PlayerPosition2017 Number2016 Number Philip Redwine-BryantS3883 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.last_img read more

New Cowgirls Soccer Stadium Looks Stunning

first_imgWhile 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. The Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer team is getting a stunning new stadium because of a donation from booster Neal Patterson who is the CEO of a company called Cerner Corporation and makes a lot of money. He is also part of a group that owns the Sporting Kansas City MLS team.Patterson’s name will go on the new facility. Construction on the 3,500-seat stadium has already begun and is slated to be completely finished for the 2018 season.“When you provide an education to someone with intelligence, work ethic, determination and big dreams, you occasionally create a force that changes the world,” said athletic director Mike Holder in a statement. “Neal Patterson has done that in the health care industry and our goal is to use his investment in OSU soccer to attract bright, determined, big dreamers from around the world to our soccer team.“We have been blessed to have an abundance of successful and generous people that have helped transform our athletic department,” he added. “Our hope is that Neal’s gift will motivate someone else to make a difference on our campus. His name on the stadium is our way of saying thank you and inspiring that next great donor.”Sounds like a request to finish the baseball stadium which has been “almost completed” since Washington crossed the Delaware. But seriously, this is awesome for Cowgirl soccer. It’s a big time program (six Big 12 titles since 2003) that had little time facilities (i.e. a glorified intramural field) to play on.“A facility of this magnitude is a game changer for our program,” said OSU head soccer coach Colin Carmichael. “It helps the current student-athletes to be in one of the nicest facilities in the country. Our fans are going to have a much better game day experience. We want it to be a real family atmosphere.“We have always had a good student following,” he added. “But we want to enhance their experience, which will make for a better atmosphere. And of course this will affect recruiting.The photos of what this will all look like are stunning as is the site that houses the entirety of the project. Good on Patterson for the donation, and good on Cowgirl soccer for stepping into a bright future. last_img read more

How Good Is Mike Gundy at Producing NFL Talent?

first_imgX 2013 SCHOOLDRAFT PICKS BAYLOR32 2017 2015  XX KANSAS12 IOWA STATE10 OKLAHOMA STATE21 During Gundy’s 13 years as head coach, 21 Cowboys have been selected in the Draft. That’s six first-rounders, two second-rounders, one third-rounder, two fourth-rounders, one fifth-rounder, five sixth-rounders and four in the final round of the Draft.If we want to eliminate any conference bias, let’s just look at the draft picks for the teams currently in the Big 12 over that same span. X 2011 As last weekend’s NFL Draft dragged on, we waited patiently for a former Cowboy to hear his name called.Day 1 …Day 2 …Day 3.Finally, towards the end of Saturday, in the 6th round, Vincent Taylor heard the inevitable, yet overdue, ring of his phone and was informed that he would be selected by Miami. One round later, Chris Carson started packing his bags for the opposite corner of the country after John Schneider and Pete Carroll of Seattle made him their final draft pick of 2017.The lack of early-round talent (or draft picks at all) is not strictly an Oklahoma State problem. It’s a Big 12 problem. The conference finished dead last in the number of players drafted out of all Power 5 conferences — and it wasn’t close.2017 Draft PicksSEC – 53ACC – 42Pac-12 – 36Big Ten – 35Big 12 – 14In fact, the American Athletic Conference had one more draftee (15) than the flyover union and Conference USA wasn’t far behind with 9.Whether it’s due to a vast talent gap between the Big 12 and the others, or slanted perception — or both; you can’t argue with the numbers. Either perception becomes reality or reality influences perception.But at the very least, Oklahoma State has been one of the more consistent teams in the Big 12 when it comes to getting players drafted.Here is an interesting stat that shows current streaks of schools having at least one player drafted each year. Oklahoma State sits at nine straight beside Big 12 peers Baylor and TCU, as well as Utah and Alabama(?!)Active streaks of consecutive years with at least 1 player taken in the #NFLDraft. #GoBlue #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LCU3mUWRVq— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) April 30, 2017Obviously, this is just one stat. A technicality, really. Oklahoma State is not on par with Alabama in the terms of producing NFL talent. The Crimson Tide had 11 players declare for the 2017 Draft and 10 were selected — all in the first 4 rounds. OSU had two players drafted, both late on Saturday.Furthermore, OSU has had only one player taken in four of the last five drafts.Here’s a look at Oklahoma State’s draft picks since Mike Gundy took over in January of 2005. Granted, he took over immediately following the 2004 Alamo Bowl and that draft class was coached by Les Miles, but that is the number of draftees OSU is claiming for Gundy so we’ll stick with that. 2010X X KANSAS STATE20 2009X 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. 2007 2008 2006 2014X X X X 2016X TCU32 TEXAS48 WEST VIRGINIA34 X 2005XX YEAR1st Rd2nd Rd3rd Rd4th Rd5th Rd6th Rd7th Rd 2012X X TEXAS TECH19 It’s not top-heavy. It’s a landslide.Since Mike Gundy took the reins in Stillwater, his I-35 counterpart has sent almost 3 1/2 times as many players to the NFL. That’s over 5.5 picks per year to Gundy’s 1.6 average. Now this doesn’t completely nullify T. Boone’s gripe with the Bedlam record but it definitely casts another light on the series.But … recruiting is part of the job.There are reasons for the difference. It’s hard to recruit to Stillwater. You’re always competing with Oklahoma and Texas for a lot of the same recruits. And Gundy admits that he would rather leave a 5-star waiting if he has his eye on a solid 3-star with a good head on his shoulders.The Cowboys find their gems. Their Dez Bryants and Justin Blackmons. They get their Russell Okungs. They have a couple of potential first-rounders on their roster for this fall. The players then send to the NFL generally find a lot of success. They just don’t send enough of them.Will Mike Gundy ever average four draft picks a year? That would be quite a jump. Is this just as good as it gets at OSU or can the program even climb to that next level? Or will Gundy’s group of assistants continue to climb the recruiting rankings to a top tier status? That likely comes with continued and increased success in the win column.With all that being said, Oklahoma State just might have a shot at a College Playoff berth this year, if Gundy can exorcise his crimson demons. Not to mention, that might mean beating the Sooners twice. Does that mean it can’t get better? Or does it start from there?Mike Gundy is an enigma. He is both stubborn and stuck in his ways while also being both forward thinking and innovative. He is often simultaneously the butt of social media jokes (even as he’s in on them) and the unquestioned leader of a major college football program, a school and a fan base. He might be the most interesting man in college football.So we’re left to admire the coaching job he’s done and the culture he’s nurtured at Oklahoma State. We’re also left to wonder what else the program could be under Gundy.Oklahoma State draft picks during Gundy’s tenure2017Vincent Taylor – 194th overall (6th round)Chris Carson – 249th (7th round)2016Emmanuel Ogbah – 32nd overall (2nd round)2015Josh Furman – 252nd overall (7th round)2014Justin Gilbert – 8th overall (1st round)2013Joseph Randle – 151st overall (5th round)2012Justin Blackmon – 5th overall (1st round)Brandon Weeden – 22nd overall (1st round)Markelle Martin – 190th overall (6th round)2011 XX Kendall Hunter – 115th overall (4th round)2010Russell Okung – 6th overall (1st round)Dez Bryant – 24th overall (1st round)Perrish Cox – 137th (5th round)Zac Robinson – 250th (7th round)2009Brandon Pettigrew – 20th overall (1st round)2008No Draft picks2007Ryan McBean – 132nd overall (4th round)Corey Hilliard – 209th (6th round)2006Charlie Johnson – 199th overall (6th round)2005Darrent Williams – 56th overall (2nd round)Vernand Morency – 73rd overall (3rd round)Billy Bajema – 249th overall (7th round) OKLAHOMA72 XXlast_img read more

Sessegnon dreams of Premier League

first_imgTransfers Tottenham target Sessegnon dreaming of Premier League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 20:42 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 2017 Getty Images Transfers Fulham Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Championship Premier League Manchester United Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Cottagers left-back wants to make the jump to the top-flight, having been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and even Real Madrid In-demand teenager Ryan Sessegnon is dreaming of the Premier League, with Fulham battling to finish in the Championship’s play-off places.Sessegnon, considered one of the hottest properties in English football, has hit 13 league goals this season for Fulham, who sit fifth in the table.The 17-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid, as well as Premier League giants including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, with many comparing the versatile left-sided player to Gareth Bale. 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 Indeed, Goal understands that Fulham rejected a £25 million bid from Spurs for Sessegnon last year, prior to Sessegnon signing a new deal at Craven Cottage.And the youngster, who followed in the footsteps of Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli in claiming the Young Player of the Year prize at the London Football Awards, is focusing on helping Fulham get to the top flight as speculation over his future continues to mount.”It’s a great feeling for me, to win two awards is a brilliant achievement, but credit to the team,” Sessegnon told Perform at the London Football Awards. “The way the team plays is good and is helping me to become a better player.”I think for any young player playing outside the Premier League, the dream is to be in the Premier League. So I think winning this award makes me want to keep improving as a player.”If you look at those two young English players [Kane and Alli], they’ve done it at a young age and they’re doing it currently in the Premier League.”I’m no different to any other player, I just want to play at the highest possible level.”Congratulations for these deserved awards, @RyanSessegnon . There will be more if you keep working hard. A proud moment for the @FulhamFC academy. #LFA18 pic.twitter.com/HOmPPzosq6 — Slavisa Jokanovic (@Jokanovic) March 1, 2018 Bale made his name at Spurs before earning a move to Real Madrid, with Sessegnon accepting it is an honour to be likened to the Wales star.”I think ever since he was at Tottenham as a young left-back, I’ve watched him for many years,” Sessegnon added. “People compare me to him and it’s great to be compared to someone like him. I’m happy to be myself and keep pushing forward.”Right now I wouldn’t say I have a favourite position, I like to play anywhere on the pitch. But I’m enjoying my role at left wing at the moment.”The London Football Awards Manager of the Year! pic.twitter.com/oLmOxoKVNw — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 2, 2018 Former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson won the Manager of the Year prize, having led Crystal Palace out of the Premier League’s relegation zone, and the 70-year-old feels Sessegnon has what it takes to make it at the top level.”He’s got enormous potential, he’s playing at a club that is very close to my heart,” said Hodgson. “A very, very great club and a club which has a great possibility this year of getting back into the Premier League, where they were when I was managing them and where I’d like to see them again.”Players like Ryan Sessegnon are going to help the manager [Slavisa Jokanovic], who has done an excellent job. They’re going to help him and the club, I hope, to achieve that goal.”It was very good to see him receive the award. I was impressed with the way he spoke, with the maturity he has shown and the humility with which he spoke.”It’s important he continues to play well between now and the end of the season because, like ourselves, everything will be decided in the next couple of months and we are playing for big stakes.”last_img read more

Boone: OSU’s Second Half Shutout Provides Momentum Ahead of Big 12 Play

first_imgOklahoma State improved to 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa and escaped a trap game with exactly the thing it needed to capture leading into next week’s Big 12 opener: momentum.And better yet, dare I say it, the rarest kind for OSU: defensive momentum.While the 40-21 final isn’t going to elicit the same reaction a shutout would, the numbers and the adjustments mid-game should have OSU fans feeling a little dangerous as the Cowboys head to Austin to face No. 12 Texas on Saturday.“It was a really, really good job by our defensive coaches making adjustments at halftime, and then our players taking the information from the locker room to the field to shut them down,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday. “Made those adjustments at halftime, came out and made plays, which was awesome by our defense — mainly our coaches for their adjustments.”The 21 points OSU surrendered seems good but maybe not great, but that number was only achieved in the first half. No one expects the OSU defense to pitch a shutout, but in the second half, the unit held the Golden Hurricane to a Golden Goose Egg.“They changed our alignments,” said Gundy of the defensive coaches. “Got another guy up closer to the ball.”That’s … it. Moved another guy closer to the ball by bringing a secondary defender down into the box, and bam — shutout?Bam, shutout.Now it won’t be that simple against Texas on Saturday, so don’t get TU and UT players confused — they’re both vastly different in total talent and have the backing of better coaches and better schemes.But if Saturday provides one thing outside of a tally in the win column, it’s the hope that just maybe, possibly — hopefully! — this beleaguered defense and the coaches holding the controls are starting to catch a groove going into the Big 12 opener vs. the Longhorns.“They got tired, they got it broke off on them in the second quarter,” said Gundy of the defense. “But then Jim made adjustments, we came out and they were better in the second half — a lot better. It’s hard to [make adjustments], but they got it done.” 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.last_img read more

College GameDay Crew Picks Oklahoma State to Best Kansas State

first_imgIn a clean sweep last weekend, the ESPN College GameDay pickers chose Texas to top Oklahoma State.They were right. OSU fans will hope they are right again this week, as Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit picked that the Cowboys would beat Kansas State on Saturday night in Boone Pickens Stadium. Celebrity guest pickers Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union took the Wildcats.Howard said he didn’t think K-State could score enough to keep up with the Pokes. Union said she and Wade are friends with former K-State player Jaime Mendez, and that’s why they backed the Wildcats.Corso didn’t give much of a reasoning. Herbstreit praised the Cowboys’ three-headed attack of Spencer Sanders, Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard and said OSU will outscore K-State. 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.last_img read more

Eriksen can take Denmark to the next level – Kjaer

first_imgDenmark Eriksen can take ‘confident’ Denmark to the next level, says Kjaer Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Eriksen Denmark 2018 Getty Images Denmark World Cup Peru v Denmark Peru Although the strength of the Danes lies with the collective, the Spurs playmaker can provide the extra spark that could be decisive at the big moments Denmark captain Simon Kjaer says that his side are in confident mood ahead of their World Cup opener against Peru – and that Christian Eriksen is the man who can make their campaign special.The Danes come into the competition off the back of a 2-0 win over Mexico, which was their 15th successive match undefeated. Tottenham star Eriksen has played a key role in that run – the country’s best since the establishment of their national side in 1907 – and he can be key to helping Kjaer & Co. enjoy a lengthy run in Russia. 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 is the individual who can take our team to the next level – he had an amazing qualifying campaign, scoring a lot of goals,” he told Goal. “Christian and I started in the national team at the same time, we were both selected as very young players for the World Cup in South Africa, and we have played a lot of matches together. He has developed a lot in Tottenham since then and is now our star player.”However, he stressed that every member of the 23-man squad is vital.“Football is a team sport, and I believe that our Denmark squad is a symbol of that,” he added. “The team spirit is our strength, and I am proud of that as captain of this great group, who can work hard but also laugh together. “No one is above our team – even though we have one player, who could deserve to hold that position in Christian Eriksen. He is definitely the star of our team, but he is also ‘just’ one piece in the puzzle of 11 players – or more correctly of the full squad. He never puts himself above the team.”After being forced to watch World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016 from afar as Denmark failed to qualify, the Sevilla centre-back is determined to make the most of this opportunity.“We definitely have the ambition to advance from the group stage, and I believe that we also have the quality in the squad to do that,” he said. “And then in the knockout phase we all know that anything could happen – it depends on hard work as a team of course, but also on a moment of brilliance or just a bit of luck. “We go into the World Cup with a lot of confidence after our long unbeaten run, and that feeling is important.”Paired with Peru, France and Australia, the Danes face a daunting pool.Simon Kjaer Denmark“It’s a very tough group, with three teams in the top 12 of the FIFA ranking – and the Asian champions,” he pointed out.“Peru plays another style of football than we are used to in Europe, and we prepared ourselves with a friendly against another strong South American nation, Chile, just like we have met – and defeated – World Cup teams like Panama and Mexico who also play this non-European style. “South American teams are always top class, and you don’t qualify for the World Cup from their continent unless you are a superb team. The FIFA ranking shows that Peru win a lot of matches.“I know that Australia are reigning Asian champions, and that tells a lot about their quality. They know how to achieve success together in a big tournament, and they work hard as a team. They have shown some good results in their friendlies as well.“Obviously France are the favourites to win our group, but we are in the World Cup to create surprises and maybe even sensations, and what would be a bigger sensation than beating France? “I can’t wait to play them – that’s what we live for.“I had two great years in Lille and in France, so I know a lot about the extremely high level of French football – which goes for both the national team and Ligue 1.”The prospect of another summer at home was not an appetising one, either for Kjaer or his team-mates.“The two missed qualifications obviously did pray on my mind,” he admitted. “I did not want to spend another summer just watching the big tournament on TV. It left us with some extra pressure not to disappoint ourselves again, but it also made our appetite even bigger in qualifying.”HD Simon Kjaer DenmarkTheir efforts culminated in a spectacular playoff win away over Ireland.“That night in Dublin was unforgettable. We blew Ireland out of their own stadium, where they are usually so strong, winning 5-1 in the all-decisive match to reach the World Cup,” he said. “The result in itself is one that I will never forget, and I am sure that it will be go down in Danish football history and will be remembered by the football fans in my country as a symbol of the success of this team. It was our finest hour – so far.”This will be Kjaer’s second World Cup, and it is one that he is relishing particularly due to his role as captain.“Before this qualifying campaign my partner in the central defence Daniel Agger retired from football, and I took over as the Denmark captain – and I am extremely proud of that honour,” he noted. “Leading the boys – and our country – to the World Cup will forever be one of my greatest memories from football.“I have already been at one World Cup as a starter, back in 2010 in South Africa. Now at 29 my role and responsibility is very different being the captain of the team. “A part of my job is to share my own international experience – from hundreds of games in the biggest leagues and from the World Cup and the Euros – with the younger players. “Playing at a World Cup is a personal highlight – something we have all dreamed of since we were kids. “The magnitude of the event in itself can blow you away, if you don’t keep your feet on the ground. As a player you must enjoy playing on the biggest stage – and find the mental balance where you are able to give everything you’ve got, because it might be a once in a career opportunity.”last_img read more

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first_imgLogistics SurveyGizmo is trusted by tens of thousands of brands around the world. Please take my survey now Hello Tomorrow Once a month Online advertising Barcelona Your chance to win a Barcelona jersey Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Luis Suarez Lionel Messi Paulinho Barcelona Getty Barcelona Primera División You could win a 2018-19 home Barcelona jersey by answering our simple survey Please fill out the short survey below and you will be entered into a draw to win a Barcelona jersey. Never visited Rakuten Arena None of the above Sports in general 5. Have you heard of Rakuten Arena? Baseball Facebook 1. Which of these brands do you associate with football? Video Streaming Believe in the future 2. Have you heard of Rakuten? Adidas Heineken Ford eCommerce 6. What types of content are you most likely to view on Rakuten Arena? All of the above Audi Be Connected. Be Discovered. Twitter 0% All of the above Pepsi Real Madrid FC Barcelona Google None of the above Basketball Juventus No Press IT Services Football Yes McDonalds Skip survey header Once a week Other (please specify): 6. Which Rakuten Arena channel do you follow? Instant Messaging Rakuten No Rakuten phase 2 Viber Be Moved 3. You said Rakuten is an official partner of FC Barcelona. Where did you find out about this partnership? The world on time Radio None of the above Social media 4. Which of these statements best describes your opinion of Rakuten? I like this brand Neutral – I have no opinion on this brand Chelsea All of the above 6. On average, how often do you view Rakuten Arena content? Television None of the above Every day I love this brand Bayern Munich 3. Which of these brand messages do you associate with Rakuten (please tick all that apply)? I dislike this brand Amazon Sports/News Website 3. What services does Rakuten provide (please tick all that apply)? Manchester United Yes Tennis Home Electronics Never stand still Instagram None of the above Music & entertainment Sustainability content All of the above 3. Which of these clubs is Rakuten an official partner of? All of the above last_img read more