Latest football news FootballTop en La Liga – 2016/17 Preview <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/04764345.jpg" width="473" height="600" alt="04764345.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>When discussing <a href="">La Liga Santander</a> it is very easy to just not look any further than the two football institutions of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Still, there is so much more to the league than that and in reality it is rarely as foregone a conclusion as you would think. Since the formation of the league in 1929 there have been 9 different winners.</p> <p>But more interestingly, and perhaps surprisingly since the turn of the century 5 different teams have got their hands on the title. Welcome and overdue changes have taken place at a deep level in Spanish football – including the way the clubs are financed. This should open up the chances for more and more teams to have a go at achieving success in the league. This year Spain has 5 teams in the Champion’s League. As well as giving those teams extra financial muscle it is also a very good learning process for the players, clubs and managers alike to keep on improving. It also makes it easier to attract the world’s best talent to the club.</p> <p>So will it be any different this year? Here we have a look at who the contenders are likely to be, come May.</p> <h3>Barcelona</h3> <p>There isn’t anywhere else to start than with the Catalan giants. Clear favourites with the bookmakers and football fans around the world, Barca are looking to make it three La Liga titles in a row. Luis Enrique may not be everyone’s managerial cup of tea but there is no doubting he has brought success – winning 8 out of a possible 10 pieces of silverware during his tenure at the Camp Nou.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/lionel-messi.jpg" width="100%" alt="lionel-messi.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>When you have the likes of <a href="">Neymar</a>, Suárez and Iniesta in your starting 11 it seems crazy to suggest that they are anything approaching a one man team, but the fact remains they are hugely reliant on Messi – currently <a href="">lying number 1 in the ratings</a>. If anything was to happen to the Argentinian, you have to wonder if they do have enough to succeed in both the league and the Champion’s League, and you have to think Enrique would prioritise the latter.</p> <p>It will be strange to see Barcelona take to the field without a Dani Alves, and his loss could have an unsettling influence on an already suspect defence. Enrique has addressed this bringing in Lucas Digne at left-back and Samuel Umtiti, while the midfield has been bolstered with Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez.</p> <p>If everything goes there way, and they are lucky with injuries then it is for Barcelona to lose.</p> <h3>Real Madrid</h3> <p>Barca’s great rivals <a href="">Real</a> have picked up more points, won more games and scored more goals in the league’s history than any other team. They will be looking to go one better than last time. After just 5 months in the job Zinedine Zidane secured the club’s 11th Champion’s League trophy, and only missed out on the title by 1 point but huge question marks hang over the Frenchman’s head.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/2016-01-16t150946z_1_lynxnpec0f0el_rtroptp_4_soccer-spain.jpg" width="100%" alt="2016-01-16t150946z_1_lynxnpec0f0el_rtroptp_4_soccer-spain.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>Yes they have <a href="">Ronaldo</a>, but after a protracted transfer affair with Pogba ultimately resulted in them being significantly outbid by Manchester United they have basically been left with the starting 11 that they had last season. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but whereas their rivals have strengthened, they will instead be relying on Zidane to squeeze more points out of his squad over the duration of the season than Benitez managed. That could be a gamble, and that is the reason <a href="">bookmakers have them firmly in second place</a>. There have been some additions and players have been brought back after successful loan spells – most notably Marco Asensio, but whether they have enough strength in depth to compete on two fronts will remain to be seen.</p> <h3>Atletico Madrid</h3> <p>While a lot of the early focus will be on Barca and Real, this could well play into Diego Simeone’s hands. Atletico have not only managed to keep hold of their best players they have added to an already very good squad. The biggest success over the transfer window was that Euro 2016 golden boot winner Antoine Griezmann committed his future to the club. Having ultimately failed in getting Costa in from Chelsea, they have made several astute signings, all in positions where they needed strengthening. Kevin Gameiro and Nico Gaitán are likely to go straight into the team, while Sime Vrsaljko is perfect cover for both full back positions. The team – and most importantly the squad – now looks like genuine contenders not just for domestic honours, but for European ones as well.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/63madrid1404a.jpg" width="100%" alt="63madrid1404a.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>Simeone has shown he is an astute manager, and he gets his team playing for him and the badge. Though he has made no secret of his love of the Champion’s League, and his team are perhaps more suited for the two leg format, it would be no surprise if they were to repeat their league heroics of 2013/14.</p> <h3>The Rest</h3> <p>Is there realistically anyone else who can wrestle the title from those three, or will they simply be looking to get into the European places, while looking for success in the <a href=""><span class="caps">ZTE</span> sponsored Copa del Rey?</a></p> <p>The first two obvious candidates are <strong>Sevilla </strong>and <strong>Villarreal</strong>. Unfortunately for both these teams, they have lost their respective influential managers. After looking like they had got themselves in a position to push on, this may well set them both back a season or two. Other teams to look out for as those possible contenders to upset the apple cart are <strong>Valencia</strong>, <strong>Real Betis</strong> and <strong>Espanyol</strong>.</p> <p>Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol side has some old heads in it, but importantly some talented old heads such as Martin Demichelis and Jose Antonio Reyes.</p> <p>Valencia lost a lot of their talent in the summer, and looking at their team you have to wonder whether they have enough to break the better teams in the division down.<br /> The main thing that Real Betis have going for them is their coach Gus Poyet. Poyet is a charismatic figure, and if his team are fortunate with injuries and suspensions and get on a role, you never know.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/gus-poyet-014.jpg" width="100%" alt="gus-poyet-014.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>Whatever happens, it will be a thrilling ride. If Leicester showed us anything last year it is that in football – even over a league season – anything can happen. And if there is ever a dull moment, there is always <a href="">these to watch and enjoy</a>!</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:53:21 +0000 dim 561426 at Our 5 favourite Premier League Strikers of the 90’s <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The 1990’s will be remembered for years to come as a defining decade in world football.</p> <p>Increasing price tags in the transfer market and the era of those amazing Nike adverts stemmed from a rising of truly great footballers who brought the quality from the 60s, 70s and 80s into a new dawn of ability, skill with increased emphasis on clean living and fitness. </p> <p>A quick look at the <a href="">European football betting</a> odds at the time of writing tells us that Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is the clear 13/8 favourite to be the Top Premier League goalscorer for the 2016/17 season. </p> <p>Here we will take a nostalgic look at our top 5 Premier League Strikers from the 90’s, which are sure to bring back some fond memories…</p> <h3>Alan Shearer</h3> <p>Alan Shearer was an absolute powerhouse for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United during the 90s and scored a colossal 283 League goals in his career, including a record 260 in the Premier League (of which 58 were penalties) with a record 11 Premier League hat-tricks, and a total of 422 goals in all competitions including International at all levels. </p> <p>Until his retirement from International football in 2000 he appeared 63 times for England and scored 30 goals. Remarkable player.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ok.jpg" width="628" height="420" alt="ok.jpg" align="center" /></p> <h3>Dennis Bergkamp</h3> <p>One of the finest examples of Dutch talent, “The Iceman” of Amsterdam graced our fields for Arsenal during the 1990’s and scored some of the best goals ever witnessed in English football.</p> <p>Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in his generation, Bergkamp finished 3rd twice in the <a href=""><span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Player of the Year award</a> and was selected by Pelé as one of the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> 100 greatest living players.</p> <p>In 2007, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, the only player from Holland to have such a feat. Due to his fear of flying, Bergkamp has been affectionately nicknamed the “Non-Flying Dutchman” by Arsenal supporters, but any football fan has to have him in their list of top strikers of this era. Genius.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ok2.jpg" width="627" height="435" alt="ok2.jpg" align="center" /></p> <h3>Eric Cantona </h3> <p>Speaking of genius, what about this man. A fiery French wizard who had a capability to bend both the football and defences to his will with the minimum of fuss, a man who transcended the sport during his time at <a href="">Manchester United</a>. </p> <p>He wasn’t without his quirks but the legacy he left the game with leaves us in no doubt that “Cantona” is a name synonymous with the brilliant strikers of the 90’s. For what it’s worth, he scored 131 goals during 369 club appearances, along with 20 goals from 45 caps for France. He had flare, he had presence, he had it all. </p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ok3.png" width="628" height="473" alt="ok3.png" align="center" /></p> <h3>Ian Wright</h3> <p>A goal-scoring machine, Wright scored 239 goals in 501 club appearances. </p> <p>He was never the most skilfull player, but was as natural a striker as you’re likely to find and his reign at Arsenal makes him an obvious inclusion in our Top 5 list. </p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ok4.jpg" width="568" height="427" alt="ok4.jpg" align="center" /></p> <h3>Gianfranco Zola</h3> <p>Finally, a little Italian who scored 193 goals in 629 club games, but is best known for his time at Chelsea between 1996-2003, where Zola amassed 59 goals from 229 matches. At his best, he was a mesmerising sight, with the ability to score from anywhere. He was just brilliant.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ok5.jpg" width="628" height="437" alt="ok5.jpg" align="center" /></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:02:34 +0000 dim 561381 at Forget the title race and seek betting value at bottom of Premier League <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>With the season starting to settle down, now is perhaps a good time to consider a long-term <a href="">bet on the English Premier League</a>.</p> <p>Manchester City have blasted off the blocks with five straight wins, but they did the same last season and we all know how that eventually panned out. </p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/guardiola-manchester-city-pep_3408830.jpg" width="100%" alt="guardiola-manchester-city-pep_3408830.jpg" /></p> <p>The Citizens look a more determined outfit this time with Pep Guardiola, but they will also have serious Champions League ambitions and that potential distraction makes a current top price of 8/11 decidedly unattractive. There’s a case to be made for a handful of other title candidates, but it’s a market that’s just too difficult to call at this stage.</p> <p>The value could be found at the other end of the table, where Hull City’s surprisingly strong start to the season confounded all expectations after a summer in which they lost manager Steve Bruce and failed to add to their paltry squad under the last days of the transfer window. </p> <p>There was a late rush to bolster the ranks with <a href="">six signings</a> in the last couple of days of the transfer window, but the squad still looks short of depth and quality in places. </p> <p>The 4/1 available with SkyBet for the Tigers to finish bottom of the Premier League looks a decent shout. There are other candidates, notably Burnley, but the odds on the Tigers have appeal given the ongoing chaos surrounding the club under the ownership of the unpopular Allam family.</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:22:56 +0000 dim 560071 at Juventus reject Manchester United’s opening offer for Paul Pogba <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Juventus have rejected Manchester United’s first offer for Paul Pogba worth a total of £100m with £13m of that in performance-related add-ons. The Serie A club want United to pay £100m with a further £8m in add-ons, which would make the Frenchman the most expensive player ever.</p> <p>Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met the Juventus directors Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici as well as the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, on Tuesday to discuss a possible transfer but was told that the opening bid fell short of what Juventus wanted for the player.</p> <p>It was not all bad news for <strong><a href="">Manchester United</a></strong>, however, as Raiola told the Juventus officials that he now wants to bring Pogba to the Premier League. Raiola has already overseen the transfers of two of his players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, to United this summer.</p> <p>Furthermore Raiola has already agreed a fee with United for bringing back the 23-year-old to the club he left in 2012 and the player is ready to accept United’s contract offer of £250,000 a week for five years. Pogba himself is understood to be relaxed about his position as he would accept a move to United but would also be happy to stay at his current club.</p> <p>More talks are scheduled between the parties and United now have to decide whether they want to spend a world record fee for the midfielder, who has won four Serie A titles in four years with Juventus and reached the 2015 Champions League final with the club.</p> <p>Real Madrid are the only other club the player could join, although the Spanish club’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, admitted earlier this week that he is happy with his current squad. “Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already,” he said.</p> <p>“There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything. We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment.”</p> <p>The United manager, José Mourinho, is desperate for the club to seal the deal to add to the summer signings of Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly. The Portuguese manager flew out to China with the rest of the team on Tuesday for the club’s pre-season tour, where they will take on Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.</p> <p>United’s domestic season starts with the Community Shield game against Leicester City on Sunday, 7 August, before their Premier League campaign begins a week later at Bournemouth.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:06:32 +0000 Di 550245 at Arsenal vs Liverpool. Live streaming (watch online on 24.08.2015) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/478776_orig.jpg" width="593" height="396" alt="478776_orig.jpg" /></p> <p><a href=""><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/45471/2015/transla_0.jpg" width="100%" alt="transla_0.jpg" align="center" /></a></p> <p><strong><em>The biggest match of Premier League gameweek 3, the clash between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates has been scheduled for Monday night</em></strong></p> <p>In the first two matches Arsenal did not leave London and faced Slaven Bilic’s unpredictable West Ham United and Alan Pardew’s solid Crystal Palace. It was a tough start and the Gunners lost three points on home ground. West Ham were brilliant defensively and exploited two howlers from Petr Cech. The Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez returned just in time to play at Selhurst Park and Arsenal celebrated a controversial, yet important win.</p> <p>Liverpool managed to earn six points from two opening games at Britannia Stadium and home game against Bournemouth. However, the first win was delivered by Brazilian wonder boy Philippe Coutinho in the last minute, while Christian Benteke’s goal against Bournemouth only stood courtesy of an appalling mistake from the linesman.</p> <p>Welbeck, Rosicky, Wilshere are sidelined for Arsenal, while Liverpool still wait for the return of firepower Daniel Sturridge, as well as Allen and Flanagan. The appearance of captain Jordan Henderson is questionable.</p> <blockquote><p><strong><em>English Premier League<br /> matchday 3</em></strong><br /> 24.08.2015. London. Emirates. 20.00</p> <p><strong><a href="">Arsenal</a> — Liverpool: where to watch live streaming?<br /> You can watch Arsenal vs Liverpool match online at <em>livesoccertv</em></strong></p></blockquote> </div></div></div> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:35:39 +0000 Leon Smolski 441907 at Manchester United vs Club Brugge. Live streaming (watch online on 18.08.2015) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/champions_league_2008_1.jpg" width="596" height="396" alt="champions_league_2008_1.jpg" /></p> <p><a href=""><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/45471/2015/transla_0.jpg" width="100%" alt="transla_0.jpg" align="center" /></a></p> <p><strong><em><a href="">Manchester United</a> return to <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League and face Belgian vice champions Club Brugge in bid to enter the group stage.</em></strong></p> <p>United have gone through major rebuild in the summer and started the season with two narrow wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Summer signings Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sergio Romero have already made their debuts and it’s getting more exciting to track their contribution as well as the teamwork.</p> <p>Brugge have started the season earlier and played a couple of matches more. However, they didn’t manage many good results losing to Gent 0-1 in the Belgian Super Cup, Sint-Truiden 1-2 in Pro League and Panathinaikos 1-2 in the Champions League qualification. The club revived against Mechelen 3-0 and return leg against Panathinaikos 3-0. The latest results were a draw against Charleroi and the 2-1 victory over Kortrijk.</p> <p>The Red Devils are clear favorites among bookmakers with 1.30 odds.</p> <blockquote><p><strong><em><span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League 2015/16<br /> Play-off round.</em></strong><br /> 18.08.2015. Manchester. Old Trafford. 19.45</p> </blockquote></div></div></div> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:13:09 +0000 Leon Smolski 440663 at Chile - Argentina (penalty shoot-out 4-1). Match review, penalty shoot-out video (4.07.2015) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/45769/2015/1fe6744a5e0a80d0f804053b4eab89e3_1.jpg" width="100%" alt="1fe6744a5e0a80d0f804053b4eab89e3_1.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>Chile beat Argentina courtesy of penalty shoot-out in what was a challenging and tense match to claim Copa America 2015 title.</p> <p>Neither team managed to score in regular or extra time despite the presence of many stellar players in both squads. The hosts proved stronger in penalties as they netted all four attempts. Lionel Messi was the only man who scored against Claudio Bravo. Gonzalo Higuain attempt went well above the crossbar, while Ever Banega failed to beat the Barcelona keeper.</p> <p>In front of their own crowd Chile won their first ever title.</p> <h2>Video Chile-Argentina (penalty shoot-out 4-1)</h2> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><div class="buzzplayer-stage" data-hash="XKYmYyY14N0uRxfFufNXAwhmYunNNCDiZut3QUndocY" data-width="450" data-expandable="true" data-target="div[class='field-items']:p"> <script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!-- (function(w, d) { var c = d.createElement("script"); c.src = ""; c.type = "text/javascript"; c.async = !0; var f = function() { var p = d.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; p.parentNode.insertBefore(c, p); }; "[object Opera]" == w.opera ? d.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", f, !1) : f(); })(window, document); //--><!]]> </script></div> </div></div></div> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:44:32 +0000 Leon Smolski 424060 at Copa America 2015 final: Live Broadcast (watch videos online 04/07/2015) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href=""><img src="" width="100%" align="center" /></a></p> <p><strong><em>Let alone the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal, the little maestro has never won a major tournament with his national team. Can he break the spell in Copa America final?</em></strong></p> <p>Chile has been the most controversial team throughout the tournament. Arturo Vidal was detained for drunk driving and crashing his red Ferrari, but went on playing for his side. Gonzalo Jara performed a dirty trick on Edinson Cavani in the quartefinal and was banned for the rest of the tournament. Chile got 7 points in a relatively easy group with a goal difference of 10-3, but in play-off they only started to score after some of the opposing players got marching orders. The emotional Chileans are desperate to win their home tournament, but Argentina are definitely not a piece of cake.</p> <p><a href="">Argentina</a> started slow sharing points with Paraguay, but notched Uruguay and Jamaica to reach play-off stage. In the last eight David Ospina had to work hard to pull the team through penalty shootout versus Colombia. It was the semifinal against Paraguay that proved their ambition to win the tournament. 6-1 thumping and brilliant display from most players, including Lionel Messi.</p> <p>Bookmakers trust in Argentina with 1.5 odds.</p> <p><strong>Copa America 2015<br /> Final<br /> 4.07.2015. Santiago. Estadio Nacional stadium. Kick-off 22.00 (<span class="caps">CET</span>)</strong></p> <p>Chile - Argentina</p> </div></div></div> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:37:50 +0000 Leon Smolski 423677 at Chelsea vs Burnley FC - 1-1. Video Highlights (21 February 2015) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/45769/1424542195524.jpg" width="100%" alt="1424542195524.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><em>Chelsea could not beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge.</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Chelsea 1-1 Burnley</strong><br /><strong>Goals:</strong> Ivanovic (13) - Mee (81)</p> <p><strong><a href="">Chelsea squad 2015</a></strong></p> <h1>Chelsea 1-1 Burnley - Video Highlights</h1> <p><strong></strong></p> <iframe src="//;id=171087476&amp;hash=e7dad8219a893a59&amp;hd=2" width="620" height="345" frameborder="0"></iframe><p> <strong><a href="">Swansea vs Manchester United - 2-1. Video Highlights (21 February 2015)</a></strong></p> </div></div></div> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:43:15 +0000 380181 at Swansea vs Manchester United - 2-1. Video Highlights (21 February 2015) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/45769/a5204a6ed93d4570a7ad1b86d7ac1aa5.jpg" width="480" height="179" alt="a5204a6ed93d4570a7ad1b86d7ac1aa5.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><em>Swansea City unexpectedly beat Manchester United.</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Swansea City 2 – 1 Manchester United</strong><br /><strong>Goals:</strong> Ki Sung-Yueng (30), Bafetimbi Gomis (73) - Ander Herrera 28.</p> <h1>Swansea vs Man Utd 2-1 Video Highlights</h1> <p><strong></strong></p> <iframe src="//;id=171087456&amp;hash=f44faf1af230ba82&amp;hd=2" width="620" height="345" frameborder="0"></iframe><p> <strong><a href=""><span class="caps">FOOTBALL</span> - <span class="caps">FUNNY</span> <span class="caps">STORIES</span> (<span class="caps">VIDEO</span>)</a></strong></p> </div></div></div> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:07:30 +0000 380172 at Champions League. Galatasaray - Arsenal - 1:4. December 9, 2014. Goals, review (VIDEO) <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><iframe src=";id=171112250&amp;hash=d5b5298cfde65f9c&amp;hd=1" width="607" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></div></div></div> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:08:36 +0000 355025 at Everton sign Romelu Lukaku on permanent deal <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/42124/2014/6bd4xcytzt0_0.jpg" /> Everton have secured the services of Belgium international, <a href="">Romelu Lukaku</a>, on permanent basis for a fee of £28million after the 21-year-old had a successful loan spell with The Toffees last season. Lukaku has become the most expensive player in Everton history. The player signed a five-year contract and got number 10 shirt. Shortly after the deal had been completed, however, Chelsea manager <strong>Jose Mourinho</strong> claimed Romelu was not prepared to compete for a place in the sarting line-up: <em>'He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly as the first choice striker which in club of our dimension very difficult to promise to a player that status. That reduced, immediately, his desire to come to us.'</em> Everton head coach <strong>Roberto Martinez</strong>, in his turn, could not hide his joy over the deal: <em>"Welcoming Romelu Lukaku back to Everton on a permanent basis is the news that all Evertonians wanted to hear.</em><em>"The arrival of Rom is more than just a signing, it's the fruition of a lot of hard work to get the player we wanted. This is a big moment for Everton's history and the perfect way of getting the squad ready for the start of the season.”</em></div></div></div> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:36:50 +0000 Leon Smolski 294211 at Liverpool have signed Belgium international Divock Origi <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Liverpool have completed the signing of Belgium national team striker <a href="">Divock Origi</a> from Lille.</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/origi.jpg" width="517" height="310" alt="origi.jpg" /></p> <p>The 19-year-old, who scored for Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil, has made 45 appearances for Lille during two seasons and netted 7 goals.</p> <p>However, the youngster will stay with the French club for the season 2014/2015 on loan.</p> <p><em><strong>‘I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited.</strong></em><br /><strong><em>‘I was very happy because I know that Liverpool are a big club. I was very excited and knew this could be something big for me.</em></strong><br /><strong><em>‘For me, it was my dream to play for a big club. I know Liverpool is a club with a great history, so for me it was perfect.</em></strong><br /><strong><em>‘I always watched Liverpool on the <span class="caps">TV</span> when I was small and if you see players like Gerrard and Sturridge, it’s exciting to know that you’re going to be playing with them.’</em></strong></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:29:57 +0000 Leon Smolski 292879 at Arsenal sign youngster Calum Chambers from Southampton <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><a href="">Arsenal</a> have completed the capture of teenage defender Calum Chambers from Southampton.</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/cha.jpeg" width="640" height="360" alt="cha.jpeg" /></p> <p>England U19 captain has become the fourth summer signing after Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina. The London club paid an estimated fee of around £16m for the 19-year-old, who will provide competition for Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson at right-full-back position.</p> <p><em>“We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us,”</em> said <strong>Arsene Wenger</strong> in a press-conference. <em>“The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality. He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure that he will do well with us.”</em></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:18:10 +0000 Leon Smolski 292583 at Dejan Lovren signs for Liverpool <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><em>Croatian centre-back <a href="">Dejan Lovren</a> has become the third Southampton player to switch for Anfield this summer.</em></strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/072714-soccer-liverpool-dejan-lovren-j2-pi.vadapt.955.medium.0.jpg" width="694" height="396" alt="072714-soccer-liverpool-dejan-lovren-j2-pi.vadapt.955.medium.0.jpg" /></p> <p>Brendan Rodgers continues shopping at St. Mary’s Stadium as Dejan Lovren follows Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to Merseyside. The Reds have paid £20 million for the player, who only arrived to England last summer from Lyon.</p> <p><strong><em>“It’s a dream come true,” Lovren told the club’s official website. “I’m happy and glad to be here. I’m proud and can’t wait to start.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>“I know we have millions and millions of supporters - Liverpool is more than a club. “After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: ‘One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool’.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>“The fans will know from the first minute that I’m a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch.”</em></strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-news-original-link field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Источник:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="ftop-original-link-item"><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></div></div></div></div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:36:05 +0000 Leon Smolski 292188 at Arsenal sign Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/14752/2014/17497654x347_guinness_cup_1.jpg" width="474" height="475" alt="17497654x347_guinness_cup_1.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><em>Nice and Colombia national team goalkeeper <a href="">David Ospina</a> has joined Arsenal.</em></strong></p> <p>The 25-year old penned a four-year contract with The Gunners in a deal worth an estimated 3,5 million pounds.</p> <p>In the season 2013/2014 Ospina made 32 appearances for Nice, kept 15 clean sheets and conceded 27 goals. David was part of Colombia national side that made it to the last eight at 2014 World Cup.</p> <p><strong>Arsene Wenger</strong> was delighted he now has a competitor for Polish number one, Wojciech Szczesny: <em>“David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia.”</em></p> <p><font size="1" color="gray"><em>photo: Arsenal <span class="caps">FC</span> Instagram</em></font></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:13:48 +0000 Leon Smolski 292183 at Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 on Louis Van Gaal debut <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><a href="">Louis van Gaal</a> debut match at the helm of Manchester United was a success as The Red Devils crush Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena.</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/2014-07-24t051310z_160723948_nocid_rtrmadp_3_mls-friendly-los-angeles-galaxy-vs-manchester-united.jpg" width="673" height="373" alt="2014-07-24t051310z_160723948_nocid_rtrmadp_3_mls-friendly-los-angeles-galaxy-vs-manchester-united.jpg" /></p> <p>Manchester United are off to a winning start as they outclass Robbie Keane’s team in the first game under Louis Van Gaal. The Dutch specialist fielded arguably the strongest side from the starting whistle and presented a new, pretty much a 3-5-2 formation that he used with Netherlands in Brazil. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans all played in defence, Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher paired in midfield, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia started as wingers, while Juan Mata assisted Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney up front. Welbeck opened the scoring after just thirteen minutes and Wayne Rooney netted a brace before the break. At half-time Van Gaal substituted all the players but Herrera and Fletcher, and debutant Reece James, who replaced Luke Shaw, scored a double. With minutes left to play, United outcast Ashley Young added a brace to complete a 7-0 drubbing.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:31:20 +0000 Leon Smolski 290593 at QPR seal the deal for Steven Caulker <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><em>Cardiff City centre-back <a href="">Steven Caulker</a> is moving to Queens Park Rangers.</em></strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/53cec169ac920_caulk.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="53cec169ac920_caulk.jpg" /></p> <p>Caulker has already worked under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur and will likely pair up with another summer addition Rio Ferdinand. transfer fee is undisclosed, but believed to be in the region of £8m. Steven penned a four-year contract with the London side.</p> <p>Last season the centre-back maed 39 apearances for Cardiff City and netted 5 goals.</p> <p><em>photo:</em></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:35:06 +0000 Leon Smolski 290255 at Real Madrid have secured the signing of James Rodriguez <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/38399/2014/314520_heroa.jpg" width="620" height="430" alt="314520_heroa.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><em>Real Madrid have agreed the details of a transfer for Colombian star <a href="">James Rodriguez</a> from Monaco. According to various reports, the Spanish giants will pay a fee in the region of €70 to €80 million.</em></strong></p> <p>The midfielder has completed a medical at Santiago Bernabeu and has agrred a 7 million/year salary. The transfer leaves the door open for Angel Di Maria, who is linked with <span class="caps">PSG</span> and Manchester United.</p> <p><font size="1" color="gray"><em>Photo:</em></font></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:24:22 +0000 Leon Smolski 289986 at Patrice Evra completes a move to Juventus <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>The French defender <a href="">Patrice Evra</a> completes a move to Juventus, ending his eight and a half year-spell with Manchester United</strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/20033/patrice-evra_2221780b.jpg" width="620" height="388" alt="patrice-evra_2221780b.jpg" /></p> <p>The 33-year old full-back was brought in to Old Trafford from Monaco in January 2006 and made 379 appearances for The Red Devils. Since then he won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the <span class="caps">UEFA</span> Champions League.</p> <p><strong><em>‘Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable. Through the good times and the bad times we have all stuck together and remained loyal. I have always said you don’t just join Manchester United, you join the family and long may that tradition continue.’</em></strong></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:54:47 +0000 Leon Smolski 289716 at