All organizations generate a lot of data. The challenge is knowing what to do with it—and what it can do for you. From gathering to reporting, this quick primer will help you get started transforming raw data into insights that will help your nonprofit be more strategic.Nonprofit data fits into four general categories:Financial and internal operations data: Think basic metrics like cash on hand, expenses, volunteer hours, and staff training. These are crucial for budgeting and making program decisions.Marketing, communications, and fundraising data: Also called “outreach” data—how many people signed up for your newsletter, or the number of new donors from your latest campaign.Program data: Arguably the most crucial for articulating the effectiveness of your mission, this includes things like the number of clients your organization served and the outcomes of that service.External data: Just like it sounds, external data comes from sources other than your organization, like the Census Bureau or private research firms.Lots of options, right? And you probably have limited resources. Here’s how to narrow down which data you collect so you can get the most bang for your buck.Focus on data that helps you answer important questions.Before you begin gathering numbers, decide what you want to know. Be specific. Instead of a broad-ranging question—“Is Facebook really working for us?”—ask one that requires specific answers: “What tangible results are we getting from Facebook?” The data could be engagements per post type, new likes over time, or donations resulting from specific types of status updates. Your analysis might show, for instance, that you aren’t getting much from Facebook, but you might also learn that your organization isn’t putting much into it.Beware of “it would be interesting to know…”If you don’t have a plan to use a certain type of data, it might not be worth going down lots of little rabbit holes. It’s easy to get carried away with gathering lots of data out of free-ranging curiosity. Focus on answering those specific, measurable questions we just talked about.Now that you’ve clarified your questions, it’s time to collect the data to answer them. These tips will get you started.Get buy-in from your team.You’ll probably depend on other people to help collect data. The key is helping them understand how it will benefit them—and that it won’t just be extra work. Here’s a great example of how data analysis helps your team target its efforts where they’re effective and skip where they aren’t.How many people is your team meeting at outreach events?Of those, how many are signing up for your newsletter?Of that second group, how many are further engaging in some form, like volunteering or donating?The events generating the most people in Question 3 are the ones your team should focus on. They can skip events with the lowest numbers.Appoint a data czar.Find the person who likes to run numbers and is good at Excel. The data might live in lots of places and be viewed by lots of people, but that one person collects it and helps explain it to the rest of the team.Start small, but with big impact.If your nonprofit is shifting to being more data informed, address resistance by looking at specific key questions your group is facing and finding data to answer them.Let’s say you want to increase fundraising from individual donors but don’t know who is the most effective target. Break down one year of donor records by how they originally made contact with your organization: Maybe some participated in programs (we’ll call them “alumni”), others signed up for your e-newsletter, and others are on your board. Your data shows that alumni are giving much higher average gifts—almost double—but fewer are actually giving. You make a small shift in communications and ask alumni to give using language that reflects their relationship with you. This results in more alumni making donations because now they feel engaged and part of the community.A really simple piece of data analysis can have a big impact.Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.In some ways, you’ll never know the full impact of your programs, but you can know how you’re doing along the way. Six months after a training, for example, call people and ask what they learned and if they made any changes because of it. You might not be able to call everyone, but you (or an intern) could call 20% or 60% of them. You can look at just a few pieces of data that will move you toward a better understanding of your impact.Record your method for Future You.When you go back to collect and report on the same type of data months or even years later, odds are you won’t remember how you did it. Write down your method in simple language so you—or someone else—can replicate it later and generate data that you feel confident comparing over time. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “Data Management Strategies to Maximize Your Success” with Heather Yandow from Third Space Studio. Download the complete webinar here.
Pop quiz: Who should receive a thank you?a. A recurring donor who gives $15 a month.b. A major donor who gives a $10,000 gift.c. A first-time donor who gives a $50 gift.d. A regular donor who gives a gift to a special campaign like #GivingTuesday.e. A new donor acquired through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.f. All donors.If you answered “f,” you’re right! Every donor should be thanked for their gift. The type of thank you will vary, but no matter the size of the gift or where it came from, every donor should get a thank you.“Should I send multiple thank you messages to a recurring giver?” Have you ever heard of anyone getting mad for receiving too much gratitude? Not very often. Recurring donors are a special group of supporters who love your cause enough to give you a financial commitment on a consistent basis. You should thank these donors as often as you see fit. If that’s an email every quarter, go for it. But listen to donors’ preferences. If a donor provides helpful feedback that the frequency of communication they are receiving is too much (or too little), take it to heart and respect their input.“Is a thank you note enough for a major donor?” A thank you note is just the first step in your donor relations strategy. In addition to a thank you note, major donors should receive an appropriate level of recognition for their gift (or the option to remain anonymous), engagement with your organization, and updates on how their gift is used. Depending on who the donor is and what the funds will be used for, the thank you should come from your executive director or board director. We aren’t discussing the importance of a phone call as a thank you in this post, but this would be the perfect opportunity for the development director to pick up the phone and chat with a generous donor.“Can the receipt serve as the thank you for a first-time donor? I doubt I’ll see them again.” It’s an unfortunate but true reality: Most first-time donors won’t return to make a second gift. But with a sound donor relations strategy that starts off with a stellar message of thanks, you could turn this one-time donor into a loyal supporter who gives year after year!“Is it awkward to send another thank you to someone who gave to a specific campaign?” Most definitely not! In this case, your thank you message should focus on how the donor was part of the campaign’s success. If the campaign is ongoing, thank them soon after the gift was made, and then send a second note of thanks to update donors on the campaign’s success. Check out this great #GivingTuesday thank you from Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Did you notice how many times the word “you” was used in this thank you message? This is an excellent example of what a donor-centric, campaign-specific thank you message should look like.“Shouldn’t it be the responsibility of the peer fundraiser to thank those who gave to their campaign?” Sure, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t too. These donors gave to you because a friend asked not necessarily because they are super educated about your nonprofit. How can you show your appreciation, encourage them to stay connected to your organization, and educate them on what your nonprofit does? The best way to keep these new donors engaged is to start off the relationship right with some gratitude.Want more tips on donor thank yous? Download our newest eGuide: The Complete Donor Thank You Guide
Although it’s unclear exactly how the new tax law will impact charitable donations, nonprofits can’t afford to wait and see. Many nonprofits are now thinking of new ways to attract and retain donors to ensure that funding stays consistent.According to research by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the average donor retention rate in the U.S. after the first gift is around 45 percent. Without a focused effort to convert those one-time donors to regular, loyal supporters, nonprofits may struggle to generate enough new donations to reach their fundraising goals.If tax reform isn’t a big enough reason for your organization to create a donor experience that will keep supporter relationships thriving, here are three others to consider.It’s more expensive to attract a new donor than to retain one.Bringing in a new donor requires a series of steps. You have to raise awareness, build trust, make an emotional connection, and facilitate the process of actually making the first gift. These steps take time and can be expensive to implement. To retain donors, on the other hand, you simply need to keep the donors engaged with you and your work by focusing on their experience with your organization.Marketing costs alone eat up between 5 and 15 percent of a nonprofit’s total budget. Add to that your fundraising expenses, and you quickly realize how much your organization could save if you could convert the 55% of donors who only give once into regular supporters.Committed donors will give to multiple projects.If a donor is committed to supporting one of your programs, that person will likely want to give toward multiple projects within the program, or even to related programs. Loyal donors are already sold on the trustworthiness and effectiveness of your organization. They believe in your ability to use their donations to effect real change; so it’s easier to deepen the relationship and increase the amount or frequency of their giving.As you communicate with these donors and share the impact of their most recent donation, you can use that opportunity to introduce them to other areas of your program that might interest them.Regular donors will share insights that you can use to attract new donors.While it’s impossible to read the minds of prospective donors to know what moves them to give, you can gain insight from your regular donors that effectively gives you that superpower. Talk to your loyal supporters and listen to what they tell you. What initially attracted them to your organization? What gives them the confidence to continue supporting your work? What gets them excited about a particular program? What do they like your organization to share with them? What aspects of your charitable programs would they like to see firsthand? What experiences have made the biggest impact on them? The answers you receive to these questions will provide you with the information you need to improve your regular donors’ experience and to attract new donors.Planning and creating a donor experience that grows relationships and causes donors to increase their support takes time and energy. Take heart. The benefits your nonprofit sees will be worth many times over the resources you put into it. Organizations that focus on retaining donors as well as acquiring new ones will also be better positioned to weather the changes that come as a result of the recent tax reform. You’ll have confidence that your programs will remain funded and thriving.Learn why the donor experience is vital to a successful organization and how to implement an effective donor experience program by downloading this white paper “A Better Donor Experience: Is it the Cornerstone of Donor Loyalty?”
When Gabriel Jesus’s injury-time winner against Tottenham was ruled out by VAR, it not only robbed Manchester City of two points, it blighted the brilliant start the Brazilian badly needs.Jesus had already had a goal chalked off for a microscopic offside decision in the Premier League opener at West Ham. A winner against a title rival would have made up for that but, when VAR spotted the ball glancing Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up, a late winner was dramatically ruled out for a second successive game against Spurs.City’s No.9 couldn’t hide his frustration, berating referee Michael Oliver, who stood stoically with his finger jammed in his ear. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? This is a big season for Jesus if he is to fulfil his potential as the long-term successor to Sergio Aguero at the Etihad.Aguero is now 31 and shows no signs of letting up his incredible strike rate, with last season his fifth in succession when he hit more than 20 Premier League goals. He has two already this campaign – ironically benefitting from a VAR decision when his missed penalty at West Ham was ordered to be retaken.But Aguero has two years remaining on his contract and hopes to return to his boyhood club Independiente when it runs out , and City will be already scouting potential candidates to replace him.Where any new signing will sit in the pecking order will depend on Jesus’s performance over the next few months.City have huge faith in the long-term future of Jesus, rewarding him with a new five-year contract in 2018 as the club moved to tie down the majority of their exciting young talent.“Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football,” director of football Txiki Begiristain commented at the time.He is still only 22 despite being a veteran of three league titles – two with City, one in Brazil with former club Palmeiras – a successful Copa America and a far less successful World Cup.And there’s an excitement amongst insiders at the club’s training ground that this is the season when Jesus will take the next step to becoming a star.His return comes on the back of leading the attack in his home country as Brazil secured their first Copa America for 12 years with goals in each of the victories over Argentina and Peru in the semi-final and final respectively.Previously he had started campaigns in difficult periods. In his first full season he returned to the miserable Manchester weather in August 2017 as a young man and without his close circle of friends and beloved mother Vera Lucia. It wasn’t until they arrived in mid-December that he was able to find his very best form.Another setback followed the next summer when he was singled out for criticism after Brazil’s dismal World Cup campaign when he failed to score. “I went to the World Cup as a key player and I ended up not scoring. It affects you,” he admitted afterwards. Despite that, he finished last season with a solid return of 21 goals and shone at Wembley in the FA Cup to help City to the third leg of an unprecedented domestic treble, scoring twice in the final against Watford and the only goal in the semi-final victory over Brighton.After reproducing that form at the Copa, there’s a buzz about the way Jesus has returned excited and energised with a feeling that he is fully ready to step out of Aguero’s shadow.Pep Guardiola played down a touchline tiff with the Argentinian after substituting him in the draw with Spurs but there’s no doubting that Jesus looked sharper and more dynamic as his replacement.For the first time since his very earliest days at the club, Jesus could claim to be the go-to striker for City’s trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.It was at the same venue in February 2017, just three games into his City career, when Jesus was justifiably picked as the No.9 while club legend Aguero cut a glum figure in the ugly Vitality Stadium dugouts.A blistering 4-0 victory away to West Ham the week before saw Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling match hard work with devastating speed and quality, just as Guardiola had demanded and Aguero had seemingly struggled to produce.But 15 minutes into that game at Bournemouth, Jesus hobbled off with a broken metatarsal that would keep him out for two months of the season and Aguero responded to Guardiola’s gameplan with possibly his best individual performances of his City career.Since then, Jesus has largely been the stand-in – a cover for injuries, cup ties and busy schedules.The Brazilian is happy at City, but not content to play back-up forever.”I want to be involved and I want to help my team-mates, respecting my manager,” he said in the summer. “But of course I’m hoping to get minutes.”Last season I didn’t play as much, but I expect and wish to play a little more, not to put pressure [on Guardiola], but on myself. Sometimes I don’t play as much as I wanted because of me. I have got to be strong and work hard. If I get the chance, I won’t let it go.”His happiness and determination has been picked up by coaching staff and he now feels more comfortable in Manchester being able to communicate in English as well as an expanded Portuguese-speaking influence at the club.If he is to convince Guardiola and the City hierarchy that he is ready to shoulder the load of being the top striker at a club intent on domestic domination and competing for Champions Leagues on an annual basis, this is the season.City have shown they are eager to use the transfer market to keep getting stronger and will do so again when the time comes to replace Aguero. Jesus is determined to prove that his successor is already at the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 08: A general view of Alumni Stadium during the second quarter of the game between the Boston College Eagles and Holy Cross Crusaders at Alumni Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)The starting quarterback for the Boston College Eagles suffered what appears to be a significant leg injury.During a first-half scramble, quarterback Anthony Brown escaped the pocket and ran towards the endzone. Before encountering a Louisville defender, Brown attempted to juke and move to his right.As he planted his left foot into the ground, Brown’s knee appeared to buckle inward.Video of the play seems to suggest a significant knee injury. Anthony Brown makes a cut and picks up 14 yards on a QB draw two plays later, but immediately grabs his knee after the run.Replay doesn’t look good. Brown is getting looked at by trainers in the medical tent.*Remember, Brown tore his ACL against N.C. State back in 2017. pic.twitter.com/NqLtD2h0aA— Andy Backstrom (@AndyHeights) October 5, 2019Brown immediately went to the ground and grabbed for his knee. He was eventually helped off the field and into the medical tent by trainers for the team.Initial reports suggest Brown is likely done for the day and possibly done for the year. We don’t want to speculate, but non-contact knee injuries are never a good thing.Former walk-on Dennis Grosel took over at quarterback for the Eagles after Brown’s exit. Grosel found a rhythm early, hitting Korab Idrizi for a 10-yard touchdown pass.Before Brown left the game, he led Boston College to one touchdown drive and racked up over 200 yards of offense by himself.Louisville currently holds a 21-14 lead late in the first half.Stay tuned for the latest on the game and Anthony Brown’s injury.
Napoli roared back from 3-0 down against Juventus only for Kalidou Koulibaly’s injury-time own goal to hand the Serie A champions a dramatic 4-3 victory on Saturday.Juve, whose coach Maurizio Sarri was again absent from the Allianz Stadium due to a bout of pneumonia, produced a commanding performance for the first hour to open up a sizeable lead over Carlo Ancelotti’s side.Danilo broke the deadlock with his first touch just 29 seconds into his debut as a substitute for Mattia De Sciglio, before Gonzalo Higuain doubled the lead against his old club and Cristiano Ronaldo struck a third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Napoli were allowed back into the match through quick-fire goals from Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano, another man in his first Serie A outing, before Giovanni Di Lorenzo thought he had earned a dramatic draw.However, in the second minute of injury time, Koulibaly put through his own net to gift Juve an early boost in the Scudetto race.Wojciech Szczesny saved superbly from Allan and Juve struck within seconds of the resulting corner being cleared, as Douglas Costa raced into the box and pulled the ball back for Danilo to finish.29 – #Danilo has found the net after 29 seconds since he joined the game: the last player to have scored a faster goal in his Serie A debut with a new club was Duván Zapata in September 2017 (17 secs). Presentation.#JuventusNapoli— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) August 31, 2019It was 2-0 three minutes later, Higuain spinning away from Koulibaly and firing into the top-right corner in fine style.Victory for a commanding Juve was seemingly assured 62 minutes in, when Ronaldo met Costa’s cut-back and placed a left-foot shot beyond the attempted block of Koulibaly and dive of Alex Meret for his first goal of the season.Suddenly, though, they seemed to crumble. Manolas met Mario Rui’s cross with a fine header and, barely two minutes later, Lozano slotted past Szczesny after being picked out by Piotr Zielinski from the left.Costa’s shot was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Meret and, as anxiety seemed to build within the stands, Napoli snatched an equaliser when Di Lorenzo diverted Jose Callejon’s delivery into the net from inside the six-yard box.Yet with barely 90 seconds remaining, a hopeful free-kick was lofted into the Napoli area and Koulibaly sliced a clearance high into his own net with no Juve player nearby. What does it mean? Juve’s collapse offers hope to chasing packMany had predicted Napoli to provide a far greater threat in the title race this season and they looked a long way below the standards of the Old Lady for the first hour here.That said, the way Juve gave up their lead will be of huge concern to Sarri. The manner in which they went from authority to calamity in the second half was alarming, and only Koulibaly’s awful miscue denied Napoli a draw they barely deserved until those breathless final 25 minutes.Crafty Costa offers something differentJuve are blessed with huge depth in attack but few of their forwards offer the same direct threat as Costa does on this kind of form.The Brazilian got two assists and smashed the crossbar with a fierce strike. He at least deserved to win.De Ligt does not deliverSerie A debutant De Ligt lost Manolas for Napoli’s first goal, was well out of position for the second and let Di Lorenzo score the third. With Giorgio Chiellini sidelined for the foreseeable future, he will need to sharpen up quickly.Key Opta FactsThe last Serie A encounter between Juventus and Napoli with seven or more goals was back in March 1993.Danilo found the net 29 seconds after joining the game: the last player to have scored a faster goal in his Serie A debut with a new club was Duvan Zapata for Sampdoria in September 2017 (17 seconds).Danilo is the first Juventus player to find the back of the net on his debut in Serie A since Miralem Pjanic (10/9/2016 vs Sassuolo).The last Napoli player to score an own goal vs Juventus was Ciro Ferrara in December 1993.Napoli have conceded seven goals in the first two matchdays in Serie A.They last conceded more (eight goals) over the first two matchdays back in 1962-63.What’s next?Juventus head to Fiorentina after the international break, while Napoli host Sampdoria. read more
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Unai Emery insists he respects Shokdran Mustafi’s decision to remain at Arsenal and says the defender will still be part of his plans this season.Mustafi was widely expected to leave the Emirates during the transfer window, with Emery publicly stating that a move would be best for the German’s career after his error-strewn stay in north London.But despite Arsenal moving several unwanted players out throughout the summer, Mustafi remained – with the centre-back deciding to stay and fight for his place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Mustafi has not played a minute of football yet this season and is not expected to be involved this weekend when Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to Watford.But with the Europa League and Carabao Cup starting up again within the next fortnight, he could soon come back into contention as Emery begins to rotate his squad.And Arsenal’s head coach insists the 27-year-old will not be treated differently to anyone else in the squad.“Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here, he’s like any other player,” said Emery.“Of course I respect his decision. When he decided I spoke to him and said, ‘You’re one more in the squad, I’m going to work with you as other players’.“I don’t know exactly who was in his decision [to stay], but when he decided to stay here, it’s another player in the squad.”Mustafi’s last action in an Arsenal shirt came against Barcelona during the club’s final pre-season friendly of the summer.That followed on from the Emirates Cup, when he was booed by his own fans having been brought on as a second-half substitute against Lyon.The defender was also booed by Arsenal supporters during the club’s tour of the United States earlier in the summer.But despite all that, Emery believes Mustafi is in a good frame of mind and says he has been impressed by the way he has trained in recent weeks.“Since he decided to stay here, he’s working every day with a big motivation and good spirit,” said the Spaniard.“That is one issue I want from every player: training with good spirit, helping and after giving us his performance in training and after, if I decide, in the match.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chelsea have had better teams in their recent past but not one with as much soul as Frank Lampard’s.That heart was in evidence again in a rousing 5-2 win over Wolves at Molineux on Saturday – but there was also greater solidity and, most thrillingly of all, further evidence that, in Tammy Abraham, the Blues have unearthed a genuine goal machine.The 21-year-old went above Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in the Premier League’s goalscoring charts with a fine hat-trick to take his tally for the season to seven – in just five appearances so far this campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The doubters who emerged after his Super Cup final penalty miss have been well and truly silenced.Some scepticism surrounding Abraham would have been understandable, of course. He had never proven himself at this level but sometimes young players just need a chance. And not many former academy stars at Chelsea had been given one in recent years.However, things have changed since Lampard took over during the summer. He and Jody Morris knew full well how much potential there was to be unlocked at Stamford Bridge.Some critics said that Abraham was nothing more than ‘a Championship striker’; while more superstitious sorts felt he would be unable to break ‘The curse of Chelsea’s No.9 shirt’.They couldn’t have been more wrong. Abraham looked like a complete striker as he took the lead in the race for the Golden Boot by following up back-to-back braces with three clinical finishes at Molineux.Abraham’s first goal was a classic poacher’s finish; the second an expert header from an inviting Marcos Alonso cross. However, his third hinted at a forward of real and rare quality. Abraham produced a wonderful first touch to control Jorginho’s lofted pass into the Wolves third. Then, he showed his impressive strength in holding off Conor Coady before showcasing his blistering turn of pace and lethal finishing by blazing past the Wolves skipper and firing low into the net.Tellingly, Abraham didn’t even celebrate his hat-trick goal as enthusiastically as Fikayo Tomori’s opener. The striker, like everyone else clad in blue, had been blown away by the defender’s sublime 25-yard curler.Abraham stretched his arms out and sprinted some 30 yards to celebrate his fellow academy graduate’s goal in front of the delirious Chelsea supporters.Abraham already knew how good it felt to score for Chelsea. But this was a particularly special moment for Tomori; who has been with the Blues since Under-8s level!That Mason Mount also got on the scoresheet – meaning all of Chelsea’s goals so far this season have been scored by former youth-team players – only added to the feel-good factor for Chelsea. This is truly a team that the Chelsea fanbase can connect with.Lampard, thus, deserves the utmost credit for trusting in the youngsters, even if his hand may have been forced a tad.However, the former Blues midfielder should also be commended for switching to a 3-4-3 formation for the trip to Wolves.They may have shipped another two goals but, for the first time this season, Chelsea controlled an entire match.The system switch even evoked memories of Antonio Conte’s decisive change to the same formation in 2016. It is highly unlikely that Lampard embracing 3-4-3 will spark a 13-game unbeaten run that will end in a Premier League title.However, this was welcome progress after four games of obvious vulnerability and uncertainty. Chelsea had this game wrapped up by the break.Obviously, Wolves’ two late goals showed why nobody should be getting carried away.However, this was an important win for Lampard and his players ahead of their Champions League opener, against Valencia, and the visit of Premier League leaders Liverpool.Those two crunch clashes can now be approached with optimism. Chelsea have three more points, a new formation and the most in-form striker in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cardiff City are to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the FIFA Players’ Status Committee ruled they must pay Nantes €6 million for the late Emiliano Sala.The Championship club claim the verdict was reached “without considering the full documentation presented by Cardiff City FC to FIFA”.Sala, Cardiff’s record signing, and pilot David Ibbotson died when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed in January. The striker had accepted a move from Ligue 1 side Nantes but the Bluebirds claimed the agreement to pay Nantes a £15 million ($18m) fee was not legally binding because conditions insisted upon by Nantes were not fulfilled. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Cardiff, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, refused to make the first scheduled payment over what chairman Mehmet Dalman identified as “anomalies” in the deal, prompting Nantes to make a complaint to FIFA which culminated in Monday’s decision.Cardiff’s statement read: “Cardiff City FC is extremely disappointed at the decision of the Players’ Status Committee to award against the club.”It would appear the committee has reached its conclusion on a narrow aspect of the overall dispute, without considering the full documentation presented by Cardiff City FC to FIFA”Nevertheless there remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering it null and void.”We shall be appealing to CAS in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.”This is a complex matter, which includes ongoing civil and criminal considerations both in the UK and abroad, which will likely have an impact on the validity of the transfer.”It is therefore vital that a comprehensive judgement is reached following a full assessment and review of the facts.”The €6 million Cardiff have been ordered to pay constitutes a first instalment of the overall transfer fee.Nantes president Waldemar Kita told L’Equipe in May he did not want to receive money for Sala.”The truth is, I don’t even want that money, and I may never get it,” he said.”I don’t want to make money on someone who died tragically. I’m not interested in that.”When asked why he had therefore not brought the issue to a halt, Kita replied: “I am not involved at all in the case. The lawyers are in charge of it.”
Sadio Mane has joined Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Salah in exclusive company as the Liverpool winger scored the opening goal in the Reds’ Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.Mane scored within the first nine minutes at Anfield on Wednesday, helping ease nerves after Liverpool slumped to defeat against Napoli in their European opener.Playing against his former club, Mane combined effortlessly with Roberto Firmino, who slid the winger in for a first-time finish to give Liverpool the early lead in a thrilling 4-3 triumph. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The goal was Mane’s 15th Champions League goal for Liverpool, and first European goal of the campaign, as he joined the likes of Gerrard and Salah in an exclusive club.Mane, Salah and Gerrard are the only three Liverpool players to score 15 Champions League goals for Liverpool, with Salah two ahead of Mane on 17 after scoring later in the first half before scoring the eventual game-winner in the second.However, the two current Liverpool stars continue to chase Gerrard’s record of 21 goals for the club in Europe.The Senegal international scored four goals en route to the Champions League title last season, including two goals against Bayern Munich in the last16 and a goal against Porto in the quarter-finals.15 – Sadio Mané is the third Liverpool player to score 15 Champions League goals, after Steven Gerrard (21) and Mohamed Salah (15). Pedigree. pic.twitter.com/vOJj290M8E— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 2, 2019However, it was the campaign prior where Mane truly made his mark as he scored 10 goals in 13 matches as Liverpool lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid.Mane scored in each leg of the semi-final against Roma before netting Liverpool’s only goal of the final, a 3-1 loss to Madrid after two goals from Gareth Bale and a further finish from Karim Benzema.Liverpool ended up doubling their advantage over Salzburg 16 minutes later through Andrew Robertson, who fired home an assist from fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to push the scoreline to 2-0.With that goal, Robertson became the first Scotsman to score for Liverpool in European competition since Gary McAllister scored against Alavés in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.Liverpool went into halftime with a 3-1 lead, with Red Bull Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-chan scoring in the 39th minute to give the visitors a lifeline.From there, the Austrian side stormed back on goals from Takumi Minamino and Erling Braut Haaland to make it 3-3, only for Salah to seal the victory in the 69th minute. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford is not a target man but can still be a huge asset for Manchester United if deployed in the right way.Rashford scored the opening goal in United’s clash with rivals Liverpool on Sunday, though the Red Devils were denied victory thanks to a late Adam Lallana equaliser. It was just rewards for a much-improved performance by the 21-year-old, who hadn’t scored in his previous five United appearances in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The England forward was played as a split striker alongside Daniel James, who set up Rashford for his goal.Former Red Devils manager Mourinho praised current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the tactical switch as he feels it brought the best out of the young forward.”When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movement,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I do not think he is a pure nine. If Ole is going to play him as he did today then I think he is the perfect player for him.”He’s young but he is experienced. With 21 years he probably has more matches than some players who are 24, 25. For me he is potentially a very good player, in some models and in some positions.”As a number nine I don’t think he has the 30 goals a season in him. I don’t think he can get better as a target man. To be better as a target man is difficult for him.”Former United defender Gary Neville felt Rashford benefited from some time away from the Red Devils during the international break.Rashford scored the opener in England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria on Monday and carried that form into Sunday’s clash against Liverpool.”I thought he looked beat two weeks ago. I felt he needed to come out of the team. The international break has done him good. He looked like himself,” Neville told Sky Sports. “He’s still young. Players have to develop. United have to make a decision – they have to buy but not necessarily at the expense of Marcus Rashford. Of course he needs help.”Former United midfielder Roy Keane also praised Rashford’s display but has challenged him to maintain his level of performance in the coming weeks.”He looked back to his old self – energy, a goal threat, strong and powerful,” he told Sky Sports. “The position suited him a bit more. But he’s got to be consistent and kick on now.“The goal for England gave him confidence… you speak to any striker – it’s a confidence boost. You could see in his body language; he was taking people on, making things happen.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.