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Blow For Los Blancos: Manchester United Superstar To Stay And Break Records At Old Trafford

The January transfer window has always been filled with speculations regarding the futures of a lot of big names in European football with players moving from one club to another. One player who has totally out performed this season, as compared to the previous years has been Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea. The Spaniard has put in some superb performances for United which has attracted the attentions of many big clubs including Real Madrid of late. The Daily Express had reported that the Premier League giants were desperate to hold on to their number one keeper, in order to avoid losing another one of their big stars to the Los Blancos. The current Champions League holders consider the current Manchester United number one goalkeeper as the perfect replacement for their veteran keep Iker Casillas.

David De Gea
David De Gea

The Red Devils have priced their 23-year-old goalkeeper currently at 50 million pounds to repel any potential interest from the Bernabeu. The Express also states that a new five-year deal, at 200,000-pounds-a-week deal will be offered to the Spanish superstar to keep him at Old Trafford. This means, the Spanish star is most likely to stay and break many more records at Old Trafford

De Gea who joined the Manchester side from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has since then made a total of 116 appearances for the Premier League club. United certainly have the money to offer De Gea a bumper contract, given the condition that their defence is in, at the moment and needs further quality additions in the near future. Knowing the fact, that when Real come calling, they rarely go back empty handed, it would be something that remains to be seen, how this transfer saga ends.

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Amidst recent rumours that Argentine and Barcelona super star Lionel Messi is set to join Chelsea after a dressing room incident with manager Luis Enrique, Messi has joined hands with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard recently for the new FIFA 15 advert for the Christmas period.

So, is this an extended Christmas for the Chelsea fans? Is it even possible that Lionel Messi, I repeat Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona for another club, while he is at his prime? There are several scenarios involved here, but it general, most of the sensible fans out there would know that this is nothing but the media just doing their thing on an another day. Anyways, that is upto the club’s hierarchy to deal with it.

I have managed to get my hands on FIFA 15 recently, thanks to offer price for which it was available recently and if you haven’t bought it yet, it is just the right time to get yourself one. Xbox One offers the perfect platform to experience the maximum potential of the game, build with quality that is just amazing and it’s Ergonomic design let the gamers enjoy non-stop gaming.

Watch the below trailer where Messi takes on Hazard in a match held at Stamford Bridge under snowy conditions and make use of your festive money to the maximum as January is a good time to have fun in the gaming world during which most of the gamers are active.


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Euro 2016 – Where’s The Value?

We’re just 18 months away from the next big international tournament as far as European countries are concerned. Euro 2016 will be hosted in France 18 years after the country memorably hosted the World Cup.

Of course on that occasion, the home nation emerged victorious and they’ll surely be strong contenders again on French soil. But they aren’t pre-tournament favourites. That honour, instead, goes to neighbours, traditional rivals and current World Cup holders Germany at around 7/2.

France are around 4/1, whilst holders and 2008 winners Spain are at 6/1 followed by England at 11/1.

Both latter teams will be desperately keen to make amends for pretty awful showings in the World Cup. But it’s two of the next three teams in the market that make most interesting reading. Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands are all roughly around the 12 or 13/1 mark. And history has demonstrated at both the European Championship and the World Cup the teams that tend to fare best are those that have done so in the past.

In other words, when you’re venturing in to international football betting, it can often be wise to go for the value bets based on history rather than current form at shorter odds. So from this point of view, both The Netherlands and Italy look interesting.

Both countries look like qualifying and both countries have a history of showing up at major world tournaments in mediocre form – then radically out-performing.

Italy spectacularly failed to do this in Brazil, crashing out at the first stage along with England (and despite beating England 2-1 in their opening game) but will surely be under huge pressure to do a lot better in neighbouring France. This is exactly what they achieved in the last European Championship of Euro 2012 when they reached the final – only to be soundly beaten 4-0 by Spain.

The time to back Italy is always when expectations are lowest – and they really couldn’t be much lower. But Italy are quietly doing what they need to do to qualify – and could well go a lot closer than the market suggests.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, are rocking – having suffered embarrassing defeats to both Iceland and the Czech Republic under new boss Guus Hiddink. The former Chelsea boss had even threatened to quit if the Netherlands had lost to Latvia back in November. But there’s no more experienced a coach out there and Hiddink’s previous spell as manager of the national side from 1995-1998 saw the team go close to World Cup victory in France as they only lost on penalties to Brazil in the semi-final.

As things stand, the Netherlands’ very qualification for Euro 2016 looks to be in some doubt. But Hiddink will surely turn things round in time. The Dutch side can turn up in France as strong contenders – and surely nowhere near the current 13 or even 14-1 on offer.

To find true value in major football tournaments, it pays to be a little contrarian in our thinking and to look to history. So The Netherlands and Italy is where this value hunt clearly takes punters today.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Off His Swede

It’d be unreasonable to suggest that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been anything but prolific in front of goal. The Swedish hit man has over 320 goals to show from fewer than 600 games in all competitions, during a 15-year career that shows no signs of petering out just yet. Of course, his current club are still in the mix for a Champions League title, with Ibrahimovic a tantalising outside bet for top scorer at 80/1 with betfair.com (if you still can’t make up your mind, there are plenty more betting tips to be found here). But, when it comes to self-confidence, it’d be far from unreasonable to suggest that Zlatan is ever short on a word or two of ego-inflating praise.

Sometimes infuriating, sometimes downright comical, you can always count on the current FIFA Puskás Award winner (given for global goal of the season) for controversial sound bites. His most recent comments have certainly had tongues wagging.

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Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish daily newspaper, ran a poll in search of the greatest sporting Swede of all time (you can see where this is going, right?) Out of the 150 sports men and women ranked by the paper, Zlatan came a respectable second just behind tennis legend Björn Borg. Respectable, that is, unless you happen to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Eager to break the ‘good news’ to the PSG striker, Dagens Nyheter picked up the phone and gave him a bell – things did not go as planned. According to reports, Zlatan responded to the compliment by suggesting that he should’ve been selected in all top five positions – with due respect to the other athletes, of course. Seems fair, really; I mean, Borg only won five straight Wimbledon titles and six French Opens in his time. Hardly worth getting out of bed for.

Now, if it weren’t Sweden’s target man making those comments, you’d be forgiven for marking it down as a one-off rant but this man’s got an impressive track record that goes before him. I’ve selected five of my favourites below.

First off, Norwegian front man John Carew made the mistake of criticising Zlatan and his style of play. When asked what he thought about those comments, Ibra came back with the classic line, ‘What Carew can do with a football, I can do with an orange.’

Secondly, you’d think that a man with as much money as Zlatan could afford to be a generous soul. That might well be the case most of the time but it would seem not with his wife. Quizzed as to what he’d bought his better half for her birthday Ibrahimovic kept things nice and simple, saying, ‘Nothing, she already has Zlatan.’

Next up in the firing line is former manager Pep Guardiola. Comparing Pep to José Mourinho, he suggested that, ‘Mourinho is Guardiola’s opposite. If Mourinho brightens up the room, Guardiola pulls down the curtains and I guess that Guardiola now tried to measure himself with him.’ Cutting.

And, as you might expect, the big Swede isn’t keen on having to prove himself to anybody. ‘Arsène Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.’

Finally, the PSG number nine doesn’t do house hunting in quite the same way as most of us. As a recent addition to the Paris Saint-Germain squad, Zlatan was on the lookout for a new pad. ‘We are looking for an apartment (in Paris), if we do not find anything, then we will just buy a hotel’, he claimed. What a novel approach.

Whether you love him or hate him, at least Ibra has an opinion, and we’ll never get tired of characters in the game, will we?

App Review: SofaScore LiveScore

Sofascore - Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid line-ups

Over the course of last two seasons where we have seen the growth of mobile traffic all over the globe, the need for mobile friendly versions of websites and apps have grown rapidly. And when you have a mobile version for everything, the need for an APP amongst the public mass grows together.

That’s where the SofaScore Livescore comes in. An app that comes in handy when you need to check the latest across Basketball, Football/Soccer, Tennis and more, when on the go.

So where to start? It’s pretty, it’s fast, and it’s packed with simple features. You get to see live notifications, match scores and results in-depth including a notification for a red card. The most interesting and surprising option that I came across was it’s ability to generate match predictions based on the cookies collected from the users of the app.

And then there are the usual tables, schedules and squad listings plus news feeds and live action updates.

SofaScore is available in all mobile platforms: iOS, Android and Windows.

Here are some of the screenshots taken from the app.

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Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Yes, the speed is pretty much quick. Not many apps can be quicker in-terms of updating the scores, but SofaScore does that with ease.
  • Features (3.5/5) – With leagues from all over the world represented, I believe it is hard to build too many features in a single app. However, there are scopes to further enhance the product.
  • Looks (4.5/5) – I must accept that the looks of the app is pretty much the main reason why, I continue to use the app to this day. Not that it doesn’t have good features in it, but I am person who gives more importance to presentation.
  • Overall (4.5/5) – A simple and reliable app to use.

SofaScore is available on:

Web: http://www.sofascore.com
iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sofas…
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/de…
Windows phone: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/sto…
Windows 8 Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-…

How Do Football Clubs Generate Wealth?

Football is a sport of money, regardless of whether its supporters feel like acknowledging that fact. It may come from working-class roots, but the modern game involves substantial sums of money and requires a constant stream of income to maintain. The way that a club generates wealth today can be a complex proposition, but most do fall into one of three simple categories – sales, merchandising, and licensing. Each aspect of wealth generation can help a team not only to provide more money for its players, but to stay afloat in the years when the club seems to be at its worst.
Clearly, the major way that football clubs create wealth is through ticket sales. These sales are the basis for the football club’s existence, and they bring in a fair bit of money any time that a game has a good crowd. The most basic local clubs tend to survive off of this wealth generation method, even if they don’t fully engage in any other type of moneymaking process. Ticket sales are a fickle beast, though, and many clubs that depend solely on good crowds can find themselves facing closure after a few bad seasons. As a basic element, though, these sales are still important to wealth generation.
Clubs that are a bit more successful tend to make more money off of merchandising. Basic items like clothing and banners tend to pull in a steady stream of income, even if the team is having a poor year. More reliable than ticket sales, merchandising is still subject to the whims of the crowd. Clubs that are particularly successful can make more off of merchandising than they ever will off of ticket sales, while teams going through a rough patch might find that their merchandise sales can help them to barely stay afloat.
Licensing is also a very important piece of the money making puzzle. Licensing is much like merchandising, but it allows a third party to take most of the risks. The club enters into a contract with another party for a particular fee (sometimes flat, sometimes based on sales), and the club then makes a steady profit stream. Licensed deals can include anything from clothing to an online slots company, but the important factor is that the use of the club’s name or image which allows the club to make money through different channels. Teams with licensing deals have an easier time weathering bad years and dealing with salary issues.
Football clubs have many ways of generating wealth. Be it through simple ticket sales or complex licensing arrangements, any club can find a way to make money. The most successful clubs are those that create wealth when not on the pitch, and that can continue to make money even when they have a bad year. While football is always a fickle mistress, smart planning can allow any club to continue to make money and to prepare for a better year in the future – it just takes a bit of effort for the team’s marketing group to accomplish.

 

(PICTURES): Theo Walcott meets Prince William

Arsenal star Theo Walcott looked immaculate as he dressed to meet Prince William taking time off from his regular training sessions. The midfielder met the second-in-line for the throne as part of an FA project. It is believed that the Football League, Premier League and British Council had asked young children from schools across the country to design plaques to commemorate the football match played during World War I on Christmas Day.

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Walcott was tasked with choosing the competition winner, and posted the following message on his Instagram page:

“So many incredible entries for the @BritishCouncil#FootballRemembers competition. HRH The Duke of Cambridge and I have chosen 10 year old Steven Turner as the winner, congratulations!”

He also put up a picture sitting with Prince William.

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There are also reports from English Tabloid Express that the Gunners are set to hand Walcott a bumper new contract. The 25-year-old has returned to training and manager Arsene Wenger is confident the winger will be available for action after the upcoming international break.

 

Manchester United suffer huge blow in chase of £30m rated Chelsea target

Manchester United have suffered a major blow in their pursuit of Roma’s Mehdi Benatia as the defender is set to open talks over a certain contract extension with the Wolves. The Express reports that the 27 year old Moroccan’s agent set to meet the Giallorossito discuss a new lucrative contract. The player’s future seemed away from Roma over the summer but it is now believed that the capital club is set to retain their most prized asset. United have thus failed to acquire yet another major  transfer target and after Nmenaja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand leaving the club at the end of last season, the Red Devils are seriously short on cover in the back line. Earlier Bayern Munich had a bid rejected of their own in a piece of news we had earlier reported.

Moreover, It would have been surprising if Benatia would have gone on to sign for Manchester United as he had earlier said that he wants to pursue his career in the highest echelons of European football. But the Red Devils will not be able to provide Champions League football at least for this season. Chelsea were also interested in the player and was close to have signed the player but Jose Mourinho had a late change of heart saying he had significant cover in the back four.

But now with Marcos Rojo agreeing to sign for the Red devils, it isn’t likely that Van Gaal will look to press for yet another transfer in the defensive backline in the coming days. The reports from express have also mentioned that Benatia’s agent Moussa Sissoko is set to meet with Roma chiefs in order to thrash out a four-year deal which would see the player land a significant income. Benatia is settled at Rome and it is believed that he would prefer to stay with Rudi Garcia’s side if he is adorned with a superb contract that reflects his true potential on the field.