Latest football news http://www.footballtop.com/news/rss FootballTop en Sneak Peek: Welcome to Scorum, A Rising Star in the Sports Media Game http://www.footballtop.com/news/sneak-peek-welcome-scorum-rising-star-sports-media-game <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><em><strong>Bringing Blockchain Based Innovation to Reward Fans Worldwide.</strong></em></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/fb-cover.png" width="100%" alt="ScorumCoins Crowdsale" align="center" /></p> <p><strong><a href="https://scorumcoins.com/">Scorum</a></strong> is here to enrich and enable the massive global population of sports fans; the passionate legions that rejoice, weep, follow, and “like” their favorite clubs, teams, and athletes across the wide world of sport. In our vision of the near future, this passion for sports will manifest itself in tangible rewards for all the energy and time fans put into their lifelong pastime.</p> <p>Who among us cannot recall the preeminent joys of youth spent playing sports, gleefully attending games, matches, or competitions fraught with emotion, and adoring, idolizing even, the <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/ratings">heroes of our game</a>? The rush of every goal scored, the overwhelming roars echoing around the stadium, and the shared sorrow of stinging defeat; each experience etched deeply in our memory. As time passed, the fans continue to gather, socialize, and bond around the competitions that unite each of us within a global community now over one billion strong.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/screen_shot_2017-10-21_at_3.21.46_pm.png" width="100%" alt="Sports Market Revenue" align="center" /></p> <p>Born out of this collective passion for sports, Scorum is here to provide bold new platform, a paradigm shift in the way fans participate in the massive sports industry. We see an opportunity for everyone involved to take to the field and share a piece of the action. An all-inclusive cross-platform source for every sport that will reward passionate fans in a clear, fair and transparent manner.</p> <blockquote><p><a href="https://hackernoon.com/why-everyone-missed-the-most-mind-blowing-feature-of-cryptocurrency-860c3f25f1fb">Instead of rewarding just the people at the top, who’ve been rigging the rules in their favor since the beginning of time, the game will completely reset with a new set of rules.</a></p> <div class="editor-right-button">@Daniel Jeffries</div> </blockquote> <p>Having established the why, let’s move on to how we want to change the game. The core of Scorum will be the innovative blogging platform where authors and readers can create, curate, engage, and be rewarded each step of the way. Based on anticipating the trends outlined in this Nielson report, Scorum is on the cutting edge of a new wave of sports media allowing <span class="caps">IP</span> owners to take control of content and the conversation.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/commercial-sports-trends.png" width="100%" alt="Commercial Trends In Sports 2017" align="center" /></p> <p>Given groundbreaking movement towards decentralized systems recently, blockchain technology is the obvious foundation upon which to base Scorum. We’ve decided to build Scorum’s blockchain protocol on the <a href="https://objectcomputing.com/resources/publications/sett/march-2017-graphene-an-open-source-blockchain/">Graphene Framework</a> utilizing a Delegated Proof of Stake consensus algorithm which will best meet the needs of our high-traffic network. As we move closer to our <a href="https://scorumcoins.com/">Crowdsale</a>, we’ll share in more detail about using this foundation for Scorum.</p> <p>Our vision is that Scorum will be a primary player in the future role of media creation and consumption by the passionate audience of all sports worldwide. To that end, the features we have and continue to develop for Scorum will be focused on anticipating and meeting the needs and interests of our potential user audience of 1 billion active fans across the globe. </p> <p>The realization of our vision will follow<strong> three core principles</strong>: </p> <ul><li>First, our cryptocurrency will be supported by real economic drivers</li> <li>Second, all participants within the system must benefit from their engagement</li> <li>And finally, profit distribution should be objectively fair and controlled by the user community.</li> </ul><p>Follow along to learn more over the coming days about how we’ll bring Scorum to life.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:44:30 +0000 AlEXTAZY 607204 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/sneak-peek-welcome-scorum-rising-star-sports-media-game#comments La Liga – 2016/17 Preview http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="http://www.laliga.es/en" rel="nofollow">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="http://www.neymaroficial.com/en" rel="nofollow">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="http://www.footballtop.com/ratings">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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/real-madrid">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="http://www.cristianoronaldo.com/" rel="nofollow">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="https://www.betstars.ro/#/soccer/outright/2154128" rel="nofollow">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="http://www.ztedevice.com/" rel="nofollow"><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="http://www.footballtop.com/media/video/video84162">these to watch and enjoy</a>!</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:53:21 +0000 dim 561426 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/la-liga-2016-17-preview#comments Our 5 favourite Premier League Strikers of the 90’s FootballTop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/our-5-favourite-premier-league-strikers-90s-footballtop-com <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="http://www.101greatgoals.com/betting/" rel="nofollow">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="http://www.topendsports.com/sport/soccer/list-player-of-the-year-fifa.htm" rel="nofollow"><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="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester_United_F.C." rel="nofollow">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/our-5-favourite-premier-league-strikers-90s-footballtop-com#comments English Clubs Make Noise Over Dominating Europe http://www.footballtop.com/news/english-clubs-make-noise-over-dominating-europe <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/maxresdefault_1.jpg" width="100%" alt="maxresdefault_1.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>As football fans, we are often prone to over exaggeration especially so early into the season. The old analogy that nothing is won in August and September may be true, but a season can be lost.</p> <p>Thanks to Manchester United’s victory over Ajax in May’s Europa League final and Liverpool overcoming Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifying stage, England has five representatives in Europe’s top league and four at least have gotten off to a flyer.</p> <p>Manchester United played ‘Playstation football’ to overcome Basel 3-0, Chelsea tore apart Azerbaijani champions Qarabag <span class="caps">FK</span>, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stars dismantled Feyenoord in Rotterdam and Tottenham dispelled their Wembley woe with an impressive 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.</p> <p>The sole English club not to win, Liverpool, still picked up a useful 2-2 draw at home against Sevilla and despite only being one game in, for the first time in a long while, optimism is high that a team from English shores can go all the way.</p> <p>Champions League <a href="https://www.10bet.co.uk/">betting odds</a> still place Real Madrid as favourites at 15/4 but Man City, Man United and Chelsea have been instilled as fifth, sixth and seventh favourites respectively.</p> <p>It is easy to get carried away after a few positive results but the level of opposition must be slightly brought into question.</p> <p>No disrespect to Qarabag, Basel and even Feyenoord, but anything other than a win for the English sides would have been somewhat of a disappointment with only Liverpool and Tottenham playing universally stiffer opposition.</p> <p>However, what is encouraging is the ease in which Man City, Man United, Tottenham and Chelsea dispatched their opponents when in years gone by, it would have been no surprise to have witnessed laboured and nervy encounters.</p> <p>Manchester City appear to finally be adapting to life with Europe’s elite and with supercoach Pep Guardiola at the helm, the Citizens will be expected to go deep in the competition with little to suggest they won’t.</p> <p>Manchester United also appear back to their Sir Alex Ferguson era best under serial winner Jose Mourinho. The red devils last triumphed in the champions league in 2008 but under the Portuguese stewardship, already look the class of the Premier League.</p> <p>However, it was Tottenham’s victory over Borussia Dortmund which has given neutrals belief that English football could take the leap and dominate European football in the immediate future.</p> <p>Two strikes from Harry Kane after Yarmolenko had equalised for Dortmund showed true tenacity and strength in depth at a venue Spurs have been dismal at.</p> <p>Of course, tougher tests will come for each side, for example Chelsea still have to face Roma and Atletico Madrid in their group whilst Tottenham still have a two-sided affair with Real Madrid to contend with.</p> <p>However, the adage says you can only beat what is put in front of you and it is even more important to get the job done when expected.</p> <p>Sterner challengers will follow but so far English clubs have passed the first test with flying colours, now we wait to see whether it was a flash in the pan or the real deal.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:10:07 +0000 Dmaison 604585 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/english-clubs-make-noise-over-dominating-europe#comments Forget the title race and seek betting value at bottom of Premier League http://www.footballtop.com/news/forget-title-race-and-seek-betting-value-bottom-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="http://www.freebets.co.uk/premier-league-betting/" rel="nofollow">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="http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37239386" rel="nofollow">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/forget-title-race-and-seek-betting-value-bottom-premier-league#comments The Premier League title race: Will they? Won’t they? http://www.footballtop.com/news/premier-league-title-race-will-they-wont-they <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/chelsea.jpg" width="100%" alt="chelsea.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>With four games of the <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/championships/english-premier-league">Premier League</a> season gone, we assess the three favourites who are currently leading the pack: champions Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs. We look for reasons why we should expect them to win top honours this year and also reasons to be wary – starting with the Citizens…</p> <h2>Manchester City</h2> <p><strong></strong></p> <h3>Why they will win it</h3> <p>Pep Guardiola’s side have dropped just two points in their first four games. That draw came against Everton, when they had to play 44 minutes of that match with 10 men and still looked the better side.</p> <p>When they had a man advantage themselves, they used it far better and dominated Liverpool with a 5-0 win. That match saw a successful partnership of Gabriel Jesus, one of the most talented young forwards in the world and Sergio Aguero, a <a href="https://www.sportito.co.uk/blog/top-10-fantasy-football-goal-scorers-2016-62/">proven goalscorer</a>. The former was replaced by Leroy Sane, who bagged a 33-minute brace including a wonderful curling effort. His first goal involved a slick one-two with Bernard Mendy, who provided pace, power, skill and crossing ability down the left flank, the ex-Monaco left-back and Kyle Walker on the right stretching play to create space for more central magicians.</p> <p>Kevin De Bruyne has been arguably the most creative technician in England since joining from Wolfsberg. The Belgian can thread balls through the eye of a needle, assisting the first two goals on Saturday while David Silva has provided similar qualities for many years. Starting both in the same team necessitates a more destructive midfielder behind them and Fernandinho fits that bill better than Yaya Toure did last season.</p> <p>The whole team showed spirit at Bournemouth, keeping their nerve until the end to score a 97th minute winner. The mark of champions?</p> <h3>Why they won’t</h3> <p>The lack of attacking ambition from their opponents has meant they’ve been able to play every match so far on their own terms. However, previous champions have needed top level centre-backs who are capable of defending their box well when circumstances aren’t ideal. With Vincent Kompany out injured again, it can be questioned whether Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones will be good enough in that department. It is yet to be seen how Ederson Moraes recovers from his injury after a nasty collision with Sadio Mane, but the idea of Claudio Bravo potentially deputizing will not fill fans with too much confidence.</p> <h3>Verdict</h3> <p>They’ll almost certainly be the most entertaining side this year with so much attacking talent, but loyalty to one tactical approach could limit them when it comes to the crunch.</p> <h2>Manchester United</h2> <p><strong></strong></p> <h3>Why they will win it</h3> <p>Manchester United’s performances last season were not dissimilar to those of Chelsea in 13/14, in that they created chances but needed a beast of a striker to put them away.<br /> Romelu Lukaku fits that bill better than any available front-man in world football. The Belgian has been ruthless in front of goal, starting the season with five in five games. Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks buoyed by his Europa League form last season, starting the campaign in creative mood with five assists already. Nemanja Matic adds steel to the midfield while Paul Pogba continues to excite and enthral, both midfielders playing so well <a href="http://www.footballtop.com/news/ander-herrera-signs-manchester-united">that someone as good as Ander Herrera</a> has struggled for starts.</p> <p>United look like a side that can win games in any manner required. They can hold onto the ball to tire the opposition out for long periods, then when the chance comes, they can bulldozer their way through with pace and power. Oh, and Jose Mourinho has won the domestic title in each of his last five second seasons as a manager.</p> <h3>Why they won’t</h3> <p>Neither Eric Bailly nor fellow centre-back Phil Jones covered themselves in glory in the 2-2 draw at Stoke. The former remains inexperienced while the latter sometimes lacks the positional composure to induce confidence. Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling meanwhile face similar question marks and the absence of an obvious centre-back pairing could be problematic.</p> <p>A lack of width on the left could also hinder United. With Luke Shaw continuing to suffer from injury problems, alternative options include Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, who are more conservative. That would not be a problem if either played behind a winger capable of stretching play on the outside, but only Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have played on the left so far and both want to cut inside to find goalscoring positions.</p> <h3>Verdict</h3> <p>Mourinho has addressed the main issues from last season and his side now look ready for any battle that comes their way. They are <a href="https://sports.betway.com/en/sports/">11/4 to win top honours with Betway as of 12th September</a> and we think they’ve got what it takes.</p> <h2>Chelsea</h2> <p><strong></strong></p> <h3>Why they will win it</h3> <p>Chelsea have won the Premier League title in two of the last three seasons: five members of their current squad had been influential behind both successes. Alvaro Morata has started in positive goalscoring form, netting three times in four league appearances. They have already beaten Tottenham, Everton and Leicester without starting arguably the best player in the Premier League, Eden Hazard, who featured from the bench on Saturday. Gary Cahill, an ever-present during their title win last season, was also absent, which indicates that there’s leadership in alternative places.</p> <p>N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko run midfields with their sheer tenacity and dynamism, but they have a player who can control matches in a different way, Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard picks passes that only a select group of players in the world can, which is crucial to unlocking stubborn defences.</p> <h3>Why they won’t</h3> <p>Internal tensions between Antonio Conte and the board are apparent. There are question marks about the amount of power he has in transfer dealings and the general running of the club, when many fans feel his work last season deserves more trust.</p> <p>Transfer business in the summer was left late and had the feel of sideways steps. Tiemoue Bakayoko and Morata are effectively replacements for Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa, <a href="http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/chelsea/transfer-talk/news/diego-costa-moves-family-to-madrid_306915.html">the latter’s relationship with Conte looking irreparable</a>.</p> <p>Those sideways steps aren’t ideal, with the return of Champions League football. While last season’s title win was based on tactical consistency, Conte cannot continue to pick the same eleven players this time around.</p> <h3>Verdict</h3> <p>They haven’t regressed as a side since last season, but they’ve not improved either. With more games to contend with and Manchester clubs improving, staying at the same level might not be enough to retain their crown.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:26:51 +0000 St. Anger 604030 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/premier-league-title-race-will-they-wont-they#comments Juventus reject Manchester United’s opening offer for Paul Pogba http://www.footballtop.com/news/juventus-reject-manchester-uniteds-opening-offer-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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/manchester-united">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="https://blogun.ru/myrrhdahacig.html" rel="nofollow">https://blogun.ru/myrrhdahacig.html</a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:06:32 +0000 Di 550245 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/juventus-reject-manchester-uniteds-opening-offer-paul-pogba#comments Arsenal vs Liverpool. Live streaming (watch online on 24.08.2015) http://www.footballtop.com/news/arsenal-vs-liverpool-live-streaming-watch-online-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="http://www.footballtop.ru/news/arsenal-liverpul-pryamaya-translyaciya-smotret-onlayn-24-08-2015-po-kanalu-ntv-futbol-1"><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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/arsenal">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/arsenal-vs-liverpool-live-streaming-watch-online-24-08-2015#comments Manchester United vs Club Brugge. Live streaming (watch online on 18.08.2015) http://www.footballtop.com/news/manchester-united-vs-club-brugge-live-streaming-watch-online-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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/manchester-united/video#section-2"><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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/manchester-united">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/manchester-united-vs-club-brugge-live-streaming-watch-online-18-08-2015#comments Chile - Argentina (penalty shoot-out 4-1). Match review, penalty shoot-out video (4.07.2015) http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dBBxVZMOtcA" 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 = "http://tube.buzzoola.com/js/buzzlibrary.js"; 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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/chile-argentina-penalty-shoot-out-4-1-match-review-penalty-shoot-out-video-4-07-2015#comments Copa America 2015 final: Live Broadcast (watch videos online 04/07/2015) http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="http://www.footballtop.ru/media/video/video423398"><img src="http://www.footballtop.ru/sites/default/files/imce/45769/2015/layvtv.jpg" 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="http://www.footballtop.com/countries/argentina">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/copa-america-2015-final-live-broadcast-watch-videos-online-04-07-2015#comments Chelsea vs Burnley FC - 1-1. Video Highlights (21 February 2015) http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/chelsea/players#section-2">Chelsea squad 2015</a></strong></p> <h1>Chelsea 1-1 Burnley - Video Highlights</h1> <p><strong></strong></p> <iframe src="//vk.com/video_ext.php?oid=-39374659&amp;id=171087476&amp;hash=e7dad8219a893a59&amp;hd=2" width="620" height="345" frameborder="0"></iframe><p> <strong><a href="http://www.footballtop.com/news/swansea-vs-manchester-united-2-1-video-highlights-21-february-2015">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 FootballTop.ru 380181 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/chelsea-vs-burnley-fc-1-1-video-highlights-21-february-2015#comments Swansea vs Manchester United - 2-1. Video Highlights (21 February 2015) http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="//vk.com/video_ext.php?oid=-39374659&amp;id=171087456&amp;hash=f44faf1af230ba82&amp;hd=2" width="620" height="345" frameborder="0"></iframe><p> <strong><a href="http://www.footballtop.com/media/video/category/funny-stories-humor"><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 FootballTop.ru 380172 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/swansea-vs-manchester-united-2-1-video-highlights-21-february-2015#comments Champions League. Galatasaray - Arsenal - 1:4. December 9, 2014. Goals, review (VIDEO) http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="http://vk.com/video_ext.php?oid=270556726&amp;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 FootballTop.com 355025 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/champions-league-galatasaray-arsenal-1-4-december-9-2014-goals-review-video#comments Everton sign Romelu Lukaku on permanent deal http://www.footballtop.com/news/everton-sign-romelu-lukaku-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="http://www.footballtop.com/players/romelu-lukaku">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/everton-sign-romelu-lukaku-permanent-deal#comments Liverpool have signed Belgium international Divock Origi http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="http://www.footballtop.com/players/divock-origi">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/liverpool-have-signed-belgium-international-divock-origi#comments Arsenal sign youngster Calum Chambers from Southampton http://www.footballtop.com/news/arsenal-sign-youngster-calum-chambers-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="http://www.footballtop.com/clubs/arsenal">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/arsenal-sign-youngster-calum-chambers-southampton#comments Dejan Lovren signs for Liverpool http://www.footballtop.com/news/dejan-lovren-signs-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="http://www.footballtop.com/players/dejan-lovren">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="http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2892/transfer-zone/2014/07/27/4987549/lovren-confirms-liverpool-move?ICID=HP_BN_2?CMPID=TWUK_%3C140727%3E%20_%3Clovrenliverpool%3E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.goal.com</a></div></div></div></div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:36:05 +0000 Leon Smolski 292188 at http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/dejan-lovren-signs-liverpool#comments Arsenal sign Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina http://www.footballtop.com/news/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="http://www.footballtop.com/players/david-ospina">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/arsenal-sign-colombian-goalkeeper-david-ospina#comments Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 on Louis Van Gaal debut http://www.footballtop.com/news/manchester-united-beat-la-galaxy-7-0-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="http://www.footballtop.com/coaches/louis-van-gaal">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 http://www.footballtop.com http://www.footballtop.com/news/manchester-united-beat-la-galaxy-7-0-louis-van-gaal-debut#comments