The Return

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Football Fanatics keeping in trend with Premier League clubs is moving to a new home at Kickstart Magazine, and I’m sure you will agree that the surroundings of the new stadium have improved along with new signings haha.. see you soon for more reports on the top flight league in English football..


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The sacking of Sky Sports pundit’s Andy Gray and Richard Keys

•January 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/template/utils/ooyala/telegraph_player.swf

Comment of the week

•July 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Xabi Alonso

So the saga with Xabi Alonso continues, before I make my feelings clear on the whole situation let me first post what I feel to be a very good comment that I read on Sky Sports website then I will come back to my point..

Adam Stonier (Liverpool fan) says…

“The problem is quite simple, through a long chain of events dating back to last year, where both the owners and the manager must take responsibility. Firstly the owners forced through a 20m deal to sign keane when he wasn’t the manager’s choice as a major signing. This then denied the manager the necessary funds to sign his major target Gareth Barry at the over inflated amount villa were quoting. Unfortunately the manager had to raise funds in his pursuit of Barry and tried to offload Alonso on the cheap. That was the big mistake and has resulted in Alonso hoping for a move to Madrid as he may have felt not wanted at Liverpool (not too dissimilar to the way Gerrard may have felt a few yrs back when Liverpool weren’t decisive enough in sorting out a new contract!!). He was our 2nd best player behind Gerrard last season so the fee being quoted now is justifiable in the current transfer climate. But for Madrid to say they wont pay over the odds is a little rich considering the amount they have already spent this summer. You pay big money for big players and Alonso is certainly in that bracket for Liverpool.”

Posted 13:49 28th July 2009 on Sky Sports Website

I agree with most things said about the Alonso situation and think what Adam Stonier (above) said was bang on the money. The problem with Alonso was not last season but the season before because even though his passing ability is second to none his defensive qualities were poor and the amount of costly free kicks he gave away in the wrong half of the pitch came to Liverpool’s undoing in major games which is why I belive Rafa wanted to replace him with the better defensive player in Barry. One other point which i agree on and have said this for the last 15yrs is when it comes to selling players Liverpool must be the worst team in Europe for losing out on cash for major players. I could start a list but it would be never-ending, also Benitez moaning about fergie spending more cash is stupid as we have spent just as much and if we were marketed as good as utd are then maybe we could compete more in the transfer window no matter were you are you can get utd merchandise, yet trying to get Liverpool kits etc etc is like trying to find gold dust sometimes, the club on a whole need to fix up from directors to players and we need another top forward 100% but as usual were dragging our feet in the transfer market.. I thought Rafa was holding out on signing a new contract unless he had total control over transfers, well he has signed his contract so what’s he waiting for? Always supported Liverpool since 7yrs old now 31 and my family (Dad, Spurs ha ha) all support  Man utd so please please please fix up sharp!!!!!!!!

Youngest Professional Player?

•July 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

In terms of ambition, Bolivian schoolboy Mauricio Baldivieso, 13, is no different from millions of other soccer-playing kids around the world. Baldivieso made his pro debut on Sunday for Aurora, a first division club in the Bolivian league.

“There’s no age for football. I am determined to make it, 200%,” Baldivieso said from Cochabamba, in Bolivia.

“He’s a very mature and down-to- earth lad. He’s definitely ready,” said his father, Aurora coach and former Bolivia international Julio Cesar, who gave him a run in the final eight minutes of a 1-0 loss to La Paz.
Baldivieso has been deluged by his local media since donning the sky-blue of Aurora . Now he has set his sights high.

“My father is my hero. But one day I want to play in Spain or England — for Real Madrid or Manchester United. I’m really dreaming about that,” he said .

Julio Cesar rejects any idea that he is blooding Mauricio too soon. “My lad has talent. Psychologically, he is very strong, despite his tender years,” insisted the 37-year-old, who made his own club debut at 15 for city rivals Wilstermann.
A Bolivian Football Federation spokesman said Baldivieso was free to play professionally. “The Bolivian league does not have a minimum or a maximum age in its regulations, so if he is fit to play then there is no obstacle,” said the spokesman. Fifa regulations have no specific provisions regarding the age a player must be to compete in a national competition.
If Bolivia make it to the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil, with Baldivieso junior in the side, he would be a month shy of being 18 .
Pele remains the youngest World Cup winner, scoring twice at 17 and 249 days in the 1958 final success over Sweden.
In England, Reuben Noble- Lazarus, of Barnsley, became the youngest player to appear in a league match last year at 15 years and 45 days.
But Matthew Briggs is the England Premiership record holder after turning out at 16 years and 65 days in May 2007 for Fulham.

Most Expensive Football Transfers

•July 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ronaldo

Earlier this month, Real landed Kaka from AC Milan in a £56m deal, breaking the record that they’d held since 2001, when they signed Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for what now seems like a paltry £45.62m. While the previous record last nearly eight years, that one stood for only a few weeks, as Real blew it out of the water when they completed the long-awaited and highly-anticipated signing of Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo for a whopping £80m.

Before this summer, Real held the top two spots in the list of the world’s most expensive transfers, and now they hold the top four spots for most expensive purchases.

Top 10 Overall Transfers

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to Real Madrid – £80m (2009)
2. Kaka: AC Milan to Real Madrid – £56m (2009)
3. Zinedine Zidane: Juventus to Real Madrid – £45.62m (2001)
4. Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid – £37m (2000)
5. Hernan Crespo: Parma to Lazio – £35.5m (2000)
6. Gianluigi Buffon: Parma to Juventus – £32.6m (2001)
7. Robinho: Real Madrid to Manchester City – £32.5m (2008)
8. Christian Vieri: Lazio to Inter – £32m (1999)
9. Dimitar Berbatov: Tottenham to Manchester United – £30.75m (2008)
10. Andriy Shevchenko: AC Milan to Chelsea – £30m (2006)

Top 10 Premier League Transfers

1. Robinho
2. Berbatov
3. Shevchenko
4. Rio Ferdinand: Leeds to Manchester United – £29.1m (2002)
5. Juan Sebastian Veron: Lazio to Manchester United – £28.1m (2001)
6. Michael Essien: Lyon to Chelsea – £24.43m (2005)
7. Didier Drogba: Marseille to Chelsea – £24m (2004)
8. Wayne Rooney: Everton to Manchester United – £23m initially (2004)
9. Shaun Wright-Phillips: Manchester City to Chelsea – £21m (2005)
10. Fernando Torres: Atletico Madrid to Liverpool – £20m (2007)

Transfers in the Premier league 2009-2010

•July 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Liverpool F.C

  • In (signed): Chris Mavinga (PSG); Glen Johnson (Portsmouth, £18.5m); Aaron King (Rushden and Diamonds, free)
  • In (rumours): Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow); Brede Hangeland (Fulham); Alvaro Negredo (Almeria via Real Madrid); Kleber (Cruzeiro); Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid); Paolo De Ceglie (Juventus); Goran Pandev (Lazio); Mathew Upson (West Ham); Micah Richards (Manchester City); Leandro Fernandes (Dynamo Moscow); Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough); Nikolaj Kohlert (Esbjerg)
  • Out (signed): Sami Hyypia (Bayer Leverkusen); Jack Hobbs (Leicester City, undisclosed); Paul Anderson (Nottingham Forest, £250,000); Jermaine Pennant (Real Zaragoza, free); Sebastian Leto (Panathinaikos, undisclosed)
  • Out (rumours): Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid); Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Real Madrid); Andrea Dossena (Juventus); Andriy Voronin (Hertha Berlin, Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen); Dan Agger (Milan); Jermaine PennantSunderland); Sebastian Leto ( (Panathinaikos); Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid)

Manchester City F.C

  • In (signed): Gareth Barry (Aston Villa, £12m); Nils Zander (Schalke 04); Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn, £17m); Stuart Taylor (Aston Villa, undisclosed); Carlos Tevez (MSI, £25.5m)
  • In (rumours): Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure (both Arsenal); Arjen Robben (Real Madrid); Maicon (Inter); Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid); David Trezeguet (Juventus); Joan Angel Roman (Espanyol); Sebastien Bassong (Newcastle); Mesut Oezil (Bremen); David Bentley (Tottenham); Lucas Neill (free agent); Luisao (Benfica); Matthew Upson (West Ham); Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid); Joleon Lescott (Everton); Sergio Sanchez (Espanyol); Chris Samba (Blackburn); Brede Hangeland (Fulham); Carles Puyol (Barcelona); John Terry (Chelsea)
  • Out (signed): Jo (Everton, season long loan); Gelson Fernandes (St Etienne, undisclosed); Joe Hart (Birmingham, season-long loan); Danny Mills, Dietmar Hamann, Michael Ball (all released); Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea, free); Darius Vassell (Ankaragucu, free)
  • Out (rumours): Elano (Internazionale); Richard Dunne (Sunderland, Stoke, Tottenham, Everton); Micah RichardsLiverpool); Felipe Caicedo ( (Wigan, West Ham, Sporting); Robinho (Barcelona); Craig Bellamy (Tottenham); Benjani Mwaruwari (Blackburn, Stoke)

Chelsea F.C

  • In (signed): Ross Turnbull (Middlesbrough, free); Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City, free); Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow, undisclosed)
  • In (rumours): Maicon (Internazionale); Andrea Pirlo, Alexandre Pato (both Milan); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Internazionale); Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow); Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid); Goran Pandev (Lazio); Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid); Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough); Bruno Alves (Porto)
  • Out (signed): Ricardo Quaresma (Internazionale, end of loan); Ben Sahar (Espanyol, undisclosed); Jimmy Smith (free agent)
  • Out (rumours): John Terry (Manchester City); Jose Bosingwa (Bayern Munich); Ricardo Carvalho, Deco (both Internazionale); Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev, Roma); Franco Di Santo (Blackburn); Frank Nouble (Arsenal)

Manchester United F.C

  • In (signed): Antonio Valencia (Wigan, undisclosed); Michael Owen (Newcastle, free); Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux, £3m)
  • In (rumours): Dentinho (Corinthians); Alexis Sanchez (Udinese); Dodo (Corinthians); Douglas Costa (Gremio)
  • Out (signed): Carlos Tevez (end of loan); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, £80m); Lee Martin (Ipswich Town, undisclosed); Rodrigo Possebon (Braga, season long loan); Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland, £3.5m)
  • Out (rumours): Nani (Sporting, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid); Dimitar Berbatov (Atletico Madrid); Darron Gibson (Wolves, Everton); Danny Simpson (Birmingham, Newcastle, Ipswich)

Arsenal F.C

  • In (signed): Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax, £10m)
  • In (rumours): Dentinho (Corinthians); Thomas Hitzlsperger (Stuttgart); Mesut Oezil (Bremen); Yaya Toure (Barcelona); Brede Hangeland (Fulham); Cristian Zapata (Udinese); Obafemi Martins and Sebastien Bassong (both Newcastle); Goran Pandev (Lazio); Lorik Cana (Marseille); Blaise Matuidi (Saint Etienne); Ever Banega (Valencia)
  • Out (signed): Amaury Bischoff (released); Rui Fonte (released)
  • Out (rumours): Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona); Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, Internazionale, Milan); Mikael Silvestre (Bordeaux); Kolo Toure (Manchester City); Emmanuel Eboue (Internazionale); William Gallas (Internazionale); Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna (both Real Madrid); Nicklas Bendtner (Roma); Armand Traore (Birmingham); Philippe Senderos (Fiorentina)

A work permit for Emmanuel Adebayor appears to be the only thing standing between Manchester City and yet another jaw-dropping £25million signing.

Even before Carlos Tevez put the finishing touches to a five-year deal, rumours were circulating that Adebayor was undergoing a medical after a fee had been agreed with Arsenal.

Then it emerged he will attempt to secure a work permit – which should be nothing more than a formality – before heading off to South Africa, via Abu Dhabi for a brief meeting with the Blues owners.

City officials remained silent on the prospect of the transfer being speeded through, although Hughes, given his general reluctance to discuss possible new recruits, rather gave the game away by first confirming talks had taken place, then suggesting they were at quite an advanced stage.

“There has been discussions between ourselves and Arsenal,” he said. “It is not the right time or place to discuss it but yes, there has been contact and possibly there is a deal to be done.

“It has not been concluded as we speak. Until it happens, it is not the time or the place to talk about it.”

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Liverpool F.C News

•July 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Benitez at sky

Benitez holds transfer talks with Barcelona

Rafa Benitez held transfer talks with Barcelona officials yesterday to discuss Javier Mascherano’s future.

Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain held a conference call with the Liverpool boss and formally registered Barcelona’s interest in the midfielder despite being told that the player is unavailable. An official bid will now follow.

Alonso clause – new information

The latest gossip is that Real Madrid are holding off making their bid for Xabi Alonso official until after July 1st because of a sell-on clause in the player’s contract that would see his former club receive a 20 percent cut of any transfer fee that Real pay us, fresh claims now state that the clause expires on July 18th and not July 1st.

I am not sure if that claim is accurate but I do know that it continues to explain why the Spanish giants have been holding back with their formal bid.

Liverpool confirm sale of winger

Liverpool Football Club have agreed to sell Sebastian Leto to Greek side Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee due to work permit problems.

The deal has been confirmed at Anfield.

Liverpool owners tipped to secure refinancing

George Gillett and Tom Hicks have been tipped to secure refinancing of their huge debts before the July deadline.

One of football’s top takeover experts believes the American duo will be given cash to extend their stay at Anfield despite suggestions that at least one of the two banks – RBS and Wachovia – won’t agree a deal.

Former Football League chairman Keith Harris, who helped broker takeovers of Chelsea and Manchester City, said: “I think there will be a negotiated settlement.

“The only way banks can make money is to start lending again. The two banks RBS and Wachovia, have said they don’t want to be involved in this kind of business and RBS are quite stretched.

“But it’s amazing how things look like they’re about to fall apart and people come together.”

Harris has also warned the duo that if they’re still prepared to sell that they will have to lower their asking price by as much as 20%.

He added: “There is some renewed interest now (in Premier League clubs). There’s been a shocking fallow period but just like you are seeing investors putting money into property companies and banks, people are investing again in football clubs.

“Generally, asset values have fallen – so 10 to 20 per cent is a decent estimate.”

Harris also said that he would be surprised if Stephen Hester, the new chief executive of RBS, refused a deal.

Liverpool Pre-season friendly’s

15 Jul, 2009 – St Gallen – Away game

19 Jul, 2009 – Rapid Vienna – Away game

22 Jul, 2009 – Thailand – Away game

26 Jul, 2009 – Singapore – Away game

02 Aug, 2009 – Espanyol – Away game

05 Aug, 2009 – FC Lyn – Away game

08 Aug, 2009 – Atletico Madrid – Home game