Paul Pogba ‘tells Manchester United to increase his weekly salary to £600k’ in an effort to force a move

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has reportedly told Manchester United to increase his weekly salary to £600k (£30million-a-year).

 

The Frenchman who has been linked with a move away from Manchester United to Juventus and Real Madrid asked for huge wages in an effort to force a move in January.

 

According to Tuttosport, the midfielder who is currently on around £300,000-a-week would like to see that amount increased massively to around £600k-a-week.

 

Pogba has two years left on his contract, and United have an option to extend his contract for another year. But the footballer may call it a quit if his new demands is not met.

 

Back in 2016, Manchester United completed the transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world-record transfer fee of £89m.

Matthijs de Ligt had already decided to move to Juventus BEFORE Ronaldo’s charm offensive

‘Cristiano didn’t make a difference’: Matthijs de Ligt reveals he had already decided to move to Juventus BEFORE Ronaldo’s on-the-field charm offensive… after being convinced by ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

Matthijs de Ligt has admitted he had already decided to move to Juventus before Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to him at the Nations League finals.

The Dutch defender, one of the most sought after prospects in world football this summer, signed with the Serie A giants earlier this week in a deal worth £67.8million.

One of the most intriguing details of his transfer saga, however, came when Ronaldo encouraged him to move to Turin after Portugal’s win over Holland in June but De Ligt insists that conversation had nothing to do with his eventual transfer.

Matthijs de Ligt finally signed with Juventus earlier this week in a deal worth £67.8million

De Ligt admits he had already decided on Juventus before Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to him

De Ligt admits he had already decided on Juventus before Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to him

De Ligt sealed the move with a kiss as girlfriend AnneKee Molenaar posted this on Instagram

‘I’m still young but I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience for a 19-year-old, that’s why I made this move to gain more experience and to learn from the players here,’ he said in a press conference on Friday.

‘It’s a big step, my first outside of my home country. I was really honoured with how the Juventus fans welcomed me and I hope that I can give a lot back.

‘After the Nations League final I was already sure that I wanted to join Juventus, but it was still a big compliment to have Cristiano ask me to join here but it didn’t make the difference.

‘I have to get used to a new sporting culture here and a new sporting environment and I hope that I can give my best.’

De Ligt is looking forward to getting down to business after his drawn-out transfer saga

The former Ajax starlet addressed the world's media during his unveiling on Friday morning

The former Ajax starlet addressed the world’s media during his unveiling on Friday morning

De Ligt also revealed that all it took was a quick chat with manager Maurizio Sarri was enough to convince him that the footballing philosophy in Turin would match his own.

He added: ‘I spoke to Sarri on the phone before coming just to get to know each other.

‘He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence.

‘In Holland there is a lot of building from the back and defending high up the pitch. Italy is more about zonal marking and defending together, I think that Juve can help me and I can help them.

‘I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn and I hope to become a better player.’

De Ligt, who played a starring role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, also revealed he was a boyhood Juve fan. He believes the atmosphere among Juventus fans when playing there last season was also attractive.

De Ligt spoke with manager Maurizio Sarri on the phone and he described his tactical style

De Ligt spoke with manager Maurizio Sarri on the phone and he described his tactical style

He is excited to be playing in front of Juventus fans regularly after last season's taste with Ajax

He is excited to be playing in front of Juventus fans regularly after last season’s taste with Ajax

‘The photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time (Fabio) Cannavaro was a defender that I admired,’ he said. ‘I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I’ve always been a fan.

‘When I played here with Ajax I was really impressed with the atmosphere of the Allianz. There are four competitions and we want to win them all. This is the mentality of Juventus.

‘I came here because Italy is one of the most traditional countries for defenders. Juventus is a great forwards step for me. Pressure is normal in football and for me it’s not a problem. I will show what I’m capable of on the pitch.

‘Ajax was a younger environment and here I hope that I can learn from great champions like (Giorgio) Chiellini, (Gianluigi) Buffon, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and many others.’

Aymeric Laporte called up to France senior squad but Didier Deschamps drops injured N’Golo Kante

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte earns long awaited call-up to France senior squad… as Didier Deschamps drops injury-troubled N’Golo Kante after Frank Lampard’s plea

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has earned a long-awaited international call-up for France’s senior squad for two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers – but injury-troubled N’Golo Kante is left out.

The 25-year-old defender was last summoned for international duty in 2017 but is yet to be handed his first cap.

Laporte had regularly featured for France’s international youth sides, but was sidelined by boss Didier Deschamps because of a fractured relationship between the two.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has received a long-awaited call-up for France

FRANCE’S 23-MAN SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Alphonse Areola, Mike Maignan

Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Leo Dubois, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Aymeric Laporte, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Hernandez, Lucas Digne

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, Steven Nzonzi, Moussa Sissoko

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Nabil Fekir, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Lemar, Jonathan Ikone, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder

However, the centre half’s stellar form at the Etihad now means he is set to finally make his senior debut.

N’Golo Kante was a surprise absentee from the 23-man squad, after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard implored France to drop the midfielder amid concerns over several injury setbacks.

Kante has struggled to regular match action since the tail end of last season, and was subsequently benched for the Premier League opener at Manchester United after falling short in a race to be fit.

He has made a handful of appearances under Lampard so far, but missed out entirely on the trip to Norwich because of a sprained ankle picked up at Old Trafford.

The string of concerns led to the new Blues boss appealing to Deschamps to allow Kante to remain at the club and continue rehabilitation during the international break.

‘It is a difficult one. He has had four years of constantly playing,’ Lampard had said.

N'Golo Kante was a notable absentee, however, amid concerns over a long-term knee injury

N’Golo Kante was a notable absentee, however, amid concerns over a long-term knee injury

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had appealed to France to leave the midfielder out of the squad

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had appealed to France to leave the midfielder out of the squad

‘[The] injury from the Europa League final has affected his pre-season. Then he hurt himself against Man United.

‘We are trying to get him through it. The international break will be great for him to get the injury right. It would be great for everybody [if Kante stays] because he’s been playing game after game after game.’

France take on Albania and Andorra in successive Euro 2020 qualifiers next month, with Les Bleus currently sitting at the summit of Group H.

Belgium 3-3 England: Lionesses may need to ‘suffer more pain’ – Neville

Highlights: Belgium 3-3 England

England boss Phil Neville said his side might need to “suffer more pain” in future friendlies after they drew with Belgium in their first game since the World Cup.

Having led 2-0, Nikita Parris’s late penalty saved England’s embarrassment as they avoided a first defeat by the Red Flames since 1980.

England were sloppy in defence as the hosts, ranked 15 places below the Lionesses at 19 in the world, entertained a lively crowd in Leuven.

Neville said: “The goals were really disappointing in a week where we have worked hard on being compact and hard to beat and three crosses into the box beat us. I’m not happy.

“I feel that with the plan we have for the next three camps we might have to suffer some pain a little bit. But I don’t want us to suffer pain in the areas we are working on. I want us to be better in those areas and that was the disappointment tonight.”

The Lionesses began positively as Jodie Taylor opened the scoring from Georgia Stanway’s through ball before Beth Mead followed up after Taylor’s shot was saved.

Steph Houghton then hit the post from a free-kick as the Lionesses threatened to run riot.

But poor defending let Belgium back into the game as goalkeeper Carly Telford’s own goal and an Ella van Kerkhoven header levelled matters on the stroke of half-time.

It got worse for Neville’s side in the second half as Houghton’s fluffed clearance fell straight to Van Kerkhoven to make it 3-2 before Parris’ penalty earned a draw.

Neville said before the game that he was looking for improvement from his side after their fourth-place finish in France, but on this evidence there is plenty to work on as England play a series of friendlies in the build-up to hosting Euro 2021.

“We cannot waste time on any camp thinking we will get it right at the Olympics, get it right at the SheBelieves Cup or Euro 2021,” Neville added. “While we are waiting, other teams are improving and we have to make sure we are improving faster than anybody else.”

Sloppiness costs England

Prior to the match, Neville also said England were still “hurting” from their failure to make it past the World Cup semi-finals and had an “incredible desire” to do better.

But there were several periods of sloppiness which were also a feature of some games in France, and it is a trait the team can ill-afford if they have designs of winning a gold medal in two years’ time.

The Lionesses were missing several key players through injury, including Ellen White, Jill Scott and Fran Kirby, as Lucy Bronze, who became the first English player to win Uefa’s Women’s player of the year award, moved into midfield.

Neville said there “was a never a moment in the game where Bronze looked like a full-back playing in midfield” and it was a strong England side, who once again were clinical but failed to manage the game once taking the lead.

The match was characterised by a home fan who attempted to stir the team on her own via a megaphone as they fell behind to two slick England goals.

As Stanway’s clever pass set up Taylor, Mead seemingly put England in control and Houghton rattled the woodwork, the supporter was an isolated voice.

But by the end of the first half, she had the stand she occupied rocking after England let their lead slip and then went behind.

Thankfully for the visitors, Parris helped them avoid a terrible start to their Euro 2021 campaign as she slammed home a penalty after Janice Cayman’s handball.

Having missed two at the World Cup it was at least one sign that some lessons had been learned.

Williams extends cap record

On a chaotic night for England, Fara Williams came on during the second half to extend her caps record to 171 and she did help to steady things for England later on in the game.

Chelsea forward Beth England made her debut from the bench and impressed Neville, but there were still chances for Belgium as Tine de Caigny’s shot was blocked late on.

The worrying aspect for Neville will be that his side also suffered friendly defeats by teams ranked lower than them in the build-up to the World Cup.

At the time, he brushed them off saying England would come good in the World Cup, which they did to some degree based on the record TV audiences which followed them to their third successive semi-final at a major tournament.

However, the inclusion of 35-year-old Williams underlined the limited midfield resources that Neville has at his disposal.

With Scott rested and Jordan Nobbs and Izzy Christiansen still recovering from long-term injuries, Neville needs them back in the team.

The England head coach, who has said he will pick players based on their character, also needs to ensure his players can concentrate for longer periods in games.

There will be no inquest given it is a first game of the season, but Neville will want England to improve when they face Norway in their next friendly game in Bergen on Tuesday.

Player of the match – Ella van Kerkhoven (Belgium)

Van Kerkhoven starred for her side and was in the right place to capitalise on poor defending to score twice

Slavia Prague bosses can’t stop laughing at Champions League draw – social media reacts

Dortmund to practice corners for Barcelona, Benfica feel ‘curse’ of Bela Guttmann and Slavia Prague bosses can’t stop laughing after ending up in Group of Death… social media reacts to the Champions League draw

The draw for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage was made in Monaco on Thursday and social media was quickly awash with reaction to it.

When Czech side Slavia Prague were drawn from pot four in a group containing Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, the reaction of club officials quickly got the attention of fans.

The camera panned to the Slavia Prague officials and they were seen unable to hold in their laughter having been drawn in what many consider to be the Group of Death in this year’s group stage.

Slavia Prague bosses couldn’t hold in laughter at the Champions League group stage draw

Borussia Dortmund joked they are to practice corners after they were paired with Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund joked they are to practice corners after they were paired with Barcelona

Slavia Prague are considered the weakest team in the group and the laughter did not go unnoticed, with many joking their bosses had seen the funny side to what was a nightmare draw.

One of their opponents in Group F, Borussia Dortmund, reacted better to facing Barcelona with the German side feeling they can exploit a key weakness.

The club’s English twitter account wrote: ‘Time to practice our corners.’

It is a reference to Barcelona’s semi-final collapse at Anfield last season when Lionel Messi and Co were caught out by the quick-thinking of Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold from a corner.

Bayern Munich waved to Tottenham on social media after the sides were drawn together

Bayern Munich waved to Tottenham on social media after the sides were drawn together

Bayer Leverkusen could not contain their relief after they avoided joining Barcelona in Group F

Bayer Leverkusen could not contain their relief after they avoided joining Barcelona in Group F

German clubs are particularly funny on their social media platforms and while Dortmund prepared to perfect their set-piece routines, Bayer Leverkusen put out a ‘phew’ GIF having avoided Barcelona.

Leverkusen’s twitter account shared the initial relief of supporters before it became clear their route to the knockout stages will see them go up against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus and also Atletico Madrid.

For Bayern Munich, their draw was much more kind and their social media showed no fears or disappointment after being drawn alongside 2019 finalists Tottenham.

The Bundesliga champions’ US account shared a GIF waving to the account of Spurs and they will hope their goal-laden performances against Arsenal can continue against the Gunners’ north London rivals.

While the German clubs kept things fairly simple in terms of their reaction, Zenit St Petersburg’s English account went to the history books to bring up the ‘curse’ surrounding Benfica.

Zenit St Petersburg questioned whether Benfica are cursed as they keep heading to Russia

Zenit St Petersburg questioned whether Benfica are cursed as they keep heading to Russia

Benfica responded and said Bela Guttmann's curse could once have been lost in translation

Benfica responded and said Bela Guttmann’s curse could once have been lost in translation

Zenit were drawn in Group G alongside Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig and the Russian club questioned whether the ‘curse of Bela Guttmann keeps sending Benfica east to their country.

Guttmann, the Hungarian football coach, is said to have cursed the Portuguese giants after leaving the club at the end of the 1962 season.

He allegedly told bosses on his departure: ‘Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champions.’

Benfica’s account joked that the meaning of the curse could have been translated wrong and that the punishment may be another match in Russia after being paired with Zenit.

Transfer news: Man United confirm Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on season-long loan deal

Alexis Sanchez finally completes loan move to Inter Milan from Manchester United, with Italian side saying: ‘He wants nothing except to play football’

Alexis Sanchez has completed his loan move to Inter Milan from Manchester United.

The winger had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and will now hope to rediscover his best form at Inter.

A statement on Inter’s official website read: ‘Throughout Alexis’s life, football has always represented everything, and he has always been happiest with a ball between his feet.

Alexis Sanchez poses in the Inter Milan shirt after joining on loan from Manchester United

Sanchez posed alongside a picture of fellow Chilean Ivan Zamorano, who also played for Inter

Sanchez was in a positive mood as he secured a season-long loan move to the Italian side

Sanchez was in a positive mood as he secured a season-long loan move to the Italian side

Inter Milan welcomed Alexis Sanchez to the club, saying: 'He has always been happiest with a ball between his feet'.

Inter Milan welcomed Alexis Sanchez to the club, saying: ‘He has always been happiest with a ball between his feet’.

‘From now on he’ll have a chance to do this in Nerazzurri colours. So, on behalf of the entire Nerazzurri family, we’d like to wish him a very warm welcome and the best of luck. #WelcomeAlexis.’

Sanchez had not yet met his new Inter team-mates, who were snapped while out for dinner by Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian also joined Inter from Manchester United this summer, but in a permanent deal.

Sanchez was in a positive mood as he posed wearing the Inter shirt for the first time, and he posed alongside a picture of fellow Chilean Ivan Zamorano, who played for Inter between 1996 and 2001.

Recapping Sanchez’s football journey, Inter said: ‘Alexis had a great future ahead of him and he wanted nothing except to play football. He always said so, practically from the day he was born on 19 December 1988.

‘His first ever football boots were a gift from the mayor of his town, and he wore these for his first real footballing experience with Cobreloa.’

Sanchez has yet to meet his Inter team-mates, who were pictured out for dinner together

Sanchez has yet to meet his Inter team-mates, who were pictured out for dinner together

Alexis Sanchez posted a farewell message to his Manchester United teammates on Thursday

Alexis Sanchez posted a farewell message to his Manchester United teammates on Thursday

Sanchez posted a picture with some of his United teammates on his Instagram account

Sanchez posted a picture with some of his United teammates on his Instagram account

Alexis Sanchez waves to fans upon his arrival for medical checks in Milan on Wednesday

Alexis Sanchez waves to fans upon his arrival for medical checks in Milan on Wednesday

It marks a fresh start for Sanchez and brings to an end a torrid 18 months at Man United

It marks a fresh start for Sanchez and brings to an end a torrid 18 months at Man United

Earlier, Sanchez posted a farewell message to his United teammates.

Sanchez previously spent three seasons in Serie A with Udinese from 2008 to 2011.

Sanchez brings to an end a torrid 18 months at United, where he scored just five goals in 45 appearances following his arrival from Arsenal.

Posting a picture with some of his United teammates on his Instagram account, Sanchez wrote: ‘Good luck for the rest of the season @manchesterunited.’

He will now link up with former United striker Romelu Lukaku, who left the club in a £73million deal this summer.

Sanchez will still be United's second-highest earner despite being on loan to Inter Milan

Sanchez will still be United’s second-highest earner despite being on loan to Inter Milan

Sportsmail reported earlier, however, that Sanchez will still be United’s second-highest earner despite being on loan to Inter.

It is understood that the 30-year-old pockets an eye-watering £400,000 a week, before bonuses, at United after signing from Arsenal last January.

Inter have agreed to pay close to £4.5m of the Chile international’s £21m annual salary, meaning United will have to subsidise a significant portion of his wages.

Inter Milan will pay £4.5m of his annual £21m earnings - the rest will be covered by United

Inter Milan will pay £4.5m of his annual £21m earnings – the rest will be covered by United

Sanchez has sealed a reunion with close friend and former Man United teammate Lukaku

Sanchez has sealed a reunion with close friend and former Man United teammate Lukaku

Lionel Messi suffers injury setback and is now a major doubt for Osasuna game

Lionel Messi suffers injury setback and is now a major doubt for Barcelona’s game against Osasuna at the weekend

Lionel Messi has suffered another injury setback and will almost certainly be out of Barcelona’s La Liga fixture with Osasuna at the weekend.

Messi has struggled to get back to fitness after he picked up a calf injury while playing for Argentina in the Copa America earlier in the summer.

The 32-year-old has been working closely with club physios but is still some time away from full fitness.

Lionel Messi will almost certainly miss Barcelona’s La Liga fixture with Osasuna on Saturday

Given his importance to the side, manager Ernesto Valverde is keen on him recovering as quickly as possible but also realises he must not be rushed.

Valverde said after the Real Betis match, which Messi missed, that there wasn’t a ‘positive feeling’.

He added: ‘We already said that we wouldn’t rush any player [and] what we wanted to avoid was a relapse.’

Barcelona started off the season with a defeat at Athletic Bilbao before defeating Real Betis 5-2 without the injured Messi.

Messi watched from the stands as Barcelona beat Real Betis in La Liga last weekend

Messi watched from the stands as Barcelona beat Real Betis in La Liga last weekend

Transfer News: Isco ‘kept his phone off all summer so he could remain at Real Madrid’

REVEALED: Isco ‘kept his phone off all summer so he could ignore interest and remain at Real Madrid’ after being given assurances over his role by boss Zinedine Zidane

Isco dropped off grid this summer in a bid to remain at Real Madrid.

The Spain international’s Bernabeu future looked ambiguous, having fallen out of favour for much of last season, but Zinedine Zidane’s return changed his outlook.

The midfielder informed Madrid officials at the end of the last season he was not prepared to leave the club under any circumstances and went to great lengths to ensure he stayed in the Spanish capital.

Isco was considering his future last season but decided he wanted to stay at Real Madrid

According to Marca, Isco has had his phone off for the whole summer and will keep it switched off until the transfer window closes in Spain on September 2.

They claim several clubs enquired about Isco’s availability but the player told the club he will refuse to listen to any proposals.

Zidane is a huge admirer of Isco and is understood to have given him assurances about playing a more prominent role this season.

Isco had been unhappy at the number of games he played under former boss Santiago Solari last campaign and was considering his future before Zidane took over the reins again in March, having only quit 10 months earlier.

The 27-year-old has kept his phone off the whole summer to ignore interest from other clubs

The 27-year-old has kept his phone off the whole summer to ignore interest from other clubs

The return of Zinedine Zidane is a big factor why Isco decided he wanted to stay at Madrid

The return of Zinedine Zidane is a big factor why Isco decided he wanted to stay at Madrid

The 27-year-old only completed 90 minutes on three occasions last season and is expected to feature more regularly this term.

He came on in the second half as Real Madrid won their opening La Liga fixture 3-1 at Celta Vigo and started the draw against Real Valladolid but was forced off early after suffering a hamstring injury.

Isco is facing two to three weeks out on the sidelines but is expected to return in time for next month’s derby against Atletico Madrid.

Europa League: Can Wolves win the competition?

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo salutes the crowd after his side qualify for the Europa League group stage
In this of all weeks, it is worth remembering Wolverhampton Wanderers were less than an hour away from going out of business in 1982.

It turned out their saviours, the Bhatti brothers, had debatable motives. After a land purchase went wrong, investment was cut off. Half of their ground was shut and Wolves were relegated to the fourth tier of English football for the first time in their history before the long climb back to prominence began.

In reaching the Europa League group stage, Wolves returned to European competition they played a significant role in inspiring over 60 years ago.

And, after beating all England’s top six at some stage last season – including the two sides that met in last year’s Europa League final – is it possible Wolves could go all the way and lift the trophy in Gdansk on 27, May 2020?

Honved under the lights
Just reaching the Europa League group stage has not been an insignificant task for Wolves.

Home and away victories in the play-off round against Torino represented only the 11th time an English club has beaten the same Italian opposition in back-to-back games in the entire history of European competition.

It is a notable achievement for a side whose history is based around Europe.

On 13 December 1954, under the Molineux lights and in front of the BBC cameras, Wolves, then champions of England, played Hungarian champions Honved in a game many view as being instrumental in the launch of European club competition nine months later. A crowd of 55,000 watched the home side secure a thrilling 3-2 victory.

Wolves were the second English team – after Manchester United – to play in the European Cup in 1958-59 and 1959-60. They also reached the Uefa Cup final in 1972, beating Juventus in the quarter-final before losing to Tottenham in a two-legged final.

European experiences form a significant part of the impressive Wolves museum at Molineux.

Six in a row
Wolves equalled their club record six successive European wins with their 2-1 success against Torino on Thursday.

Mexico striker Raul Jimenez took his personal tally to six European goals with his side’s opening strike of the game.

For Wolves fan Steve Bishop, it was another night to remember from a campaign that includes a 6,370-mile round trip to Armenia to see 18 minutes of the 4-0 win over Pyunik Yerevan after he arrived late due to flight delays.

Wolves fan Steve Bishop
“We have a great history in Europe, you just have to be quite old to remember it,” he said.

“I do remember going to the final against Tottenham but, to my chagrin, I never went to the return game and, obviously, we have not reached that level since.

“The thing is, at Wolves, we have always thought of ourselves as a big club, maybe not one of the teams at the very top but certainly the level below but, for 40 years, we have not come close to fulfilling our potential.”

Wolves ‘are capable of winning it’
Friday’s draw will be held at 12:00 BST.

It is anticipated Wolves will be in the third section. Fellow English qualifiers Arsenal and Manchester United will be in pot one, where they will be joined by Sevilla, Roma and Porto, amongst others.

Scottish challengers Celtic are set for pot two, with Rangers in pot four.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says he regards his side’s progress since he joined the Black Country outfit in May 2017 as ‘massive’.

Predictably, he refused to speculate about the chances of his team reaching the final, merely stating that “after training, I will watch the draw”.

Others, close to the club, feel it is a distinct possibility.

“Yes, they are quite capable of doing it,” said Mel Eves, who made 214 appearances in nine years for his home town club from 1975 and, prior to this season, was the last Wolves player to score in Europe.

“Nobody under 40 will have any recollection of Wolves being a European team but those who are older do and it is that success the current owners are trying to emulate.

“In the 1970s we were always capable of competing with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, even if we weren’t consistent enough to win league titles.

“This week, with all that has happened at Bury and Bolton, it has been easy to remember when it was us, when Wolves were the ones in trouble and falling down the leagues.

“Our owners now want to return us back to where we were in the glory days – and everyone is loving it.”

Bowling is on the Rise Again!

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Bowling back in the 50’s and 60’s seemed to be the thing to do and was at its highest percentage than any other decade including this decade. The main reason for the surge in its popularity in the 50’s and 60’s was due to the automatic pin setter.

 

It continued to boom into the 70’s but in the 80’s there started to be a decline in its popularity mainly due to people not having the time to commit to being in a league or just not having the time to do family activities in general. Although bowling is not at its peak like it was in the 50’s and 60’s it seems to be finding its way back as a fun family and team activity. There are new bowling alleys with modern amenities which make it more appealing for this new generation to start bowling.

Bowling is not just for the retired or senior citizens or the individuals who are part of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). Anyone of any age can bowl. Most people, after they have tried bowling, come away loving it and want to bowl again and again and even possibly join a league. Many bowling alleys have bowling leagues every night which allows people the opportunity to join a league that fits with their schedule and let’s them fulfill the commitment of being part of a team. You can form your own team with your family or friends or a mixture of both or you can join a team and have the opportunity to meet new people. Your team can really feel like a team by getting bowling jerseys or t-shirts with your team name on it. Getting a sublimated jersey or t-shirt does not cost a lot and it really can bring a lot of excitement to your team and even to other teams in the league. Your team would be the envy of other teams when they see you all wearing your custom sublimated bowling apparel. There are leagues that are serious which are called sanction leagues but there are many leagues that are just meant to have fun. You still have the competition but the fun leagues are exactly that they say, FUN. There are some bowling leagues that even give free bowling balls at the end of the season and there are discounts given for food purchases and discounts for bowling on non bowling league nights. I know for myself and my family when we joined a bowling league it was something that we all looked forward to every week because we knew it was at least one night out of the week we were all going to be able to be together for a few hours of fun. In the busy world we are in right now it is tough for families to find time to be together and enjoy each other’s company. Having every family member commit to one night or day a week to a family activity is the best gift you can give to your family. The memories it will create will last a lifetime. Deciding on a team name will always be an adventure and then having that team name put on a custom sublimated t-shirt would be the icing on the cake. Getting a sublimated jersey or t-shirt is better than screen printing because you can design it however you want. You can have as many colors as you want and the cost doesn’t change if you want your team name and a logo or how many places you want decoration on the jersey. It is a one set cost which is different than screen printing or heat press which it does matter how many colors and how many places on the jersey that is decorated.

If you have never tried bowling or you have bowled in the past but life got in the way and you haven’t been able to bowl in a while drive to your nearest bowling alley and begin getting those strikes. If you have never bowled you will find it is something you will love to do. If you are a returning bowler you will probably wonder why you stopped going in the first place. Happy Bowling!