Latest football news FootballTop en Chelsea’s Chances Under Frank Lampard, According To The Bookies <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="">Chelsea</a> officially confirmed Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge on Thursday Morning, bringing an end to weeks of speculation and angst. </p> <p>The 41-year-old, who left the club as its highest ever scorer after a 13-year spell back in 2014, will be taking over from where Maurizio Sarri left off, signing a three-year deal with the Blues in the hopes of keeping them competitive with a transfer ban looming and Eden Hazard gone. </p> <p>“I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach,” the former England international told the club’s <a href="" rel="nofollow">official website</a>. “Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.” </p> <p>Lampard is relatively inexperienced as a manager, having spent just one full year coaching before being offered the Chelsea job. But, given the Blues’ current circumstances, there’s hardly any doubt he’s the right man for the job. </p> <p>For one, he’s the man the fans wanted, and not simply due to the emotional attachment to the former midfielder who brought so much joy, scored so many goals and won everything there was to win with Chelsea save a Club World Cup. </p> <p>If there’s one complaint nearly every Chelsea fan has against every manager since Jose Mourinho’s first stint, is their insistence on overlooking academy talent. With Lampard, though, it’s likely to be the least of their concerns, especially as there’s not much of a choice anyhow. </p> <p>The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi (whenever they’re healthy) should get their fair share of minutes. Fikayo Tomori, who played under Lampard alongside Mount at Derby County, will probably get a look in as well. </p> <p>Fan favorite Michy Batshuayi, a striker who has rarely had a chance to shine at Chelsea, has returned from loan and will likely come upon his moment next season. </p> <p>Lampard’s arrival brings with it one of the warmest atmosphere’s Blues fans have experienced in a while. The first two years of Jose Mourinho’s second stint were probably the last time things felt this good at Chelsea and that Petr Cech is now technical director while Jody Morris, Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba are all going to be involved makes it so much better. It’s really a pity Gianfranco Zola has followed Sarri out but there’s enough legendary blue to go around now. </p> <p>At the very least, Lampard is expected to secure a top-six finish for Chelsea next season but of course, they’ll be working to finish the term in a Champions League place. Bet365 has odds of 1/5 on the Londoners finishing in the top six and 5/4 on a top-four finish and punters could secure <a href="">bonus offers</a>, free bets and the best deals from Freebets <span class="caps">UK</span>. </p> <p>William Hill’s offering 25/1 odds on the Blues winning the league title next season but Manchester City remain the favorites at 8/13 with Paddy Power. Chelsea are 2/1 to end the campaign as the top London-based outfit in the top flight while rivals Tottenham Hotspur are favored over them at 6/5. </p> <p>The Blues are 33/1 to succeed Liverpool as Champions League winners and are 9/1 to win the <span class="caps">FA</span> Cup with Betfair. They’ve been stamped with odds of 12/1 to capture the League Cup with Paddy Power as well. </p> </div></div></div> Tue, 30 Jul 2019 11:57:56 +0000 John Cage 645529 at Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America 2019 prediction and best tips <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 match of the 3rd round of the group stage of the America’s Cup will begin at 02:00 (June 25, 2019) at the Maracana Stadium. Match review, recaps and bookmaker odds — in this article.</p> <div class="editor-center-button"><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/chiuru-620x335.jpg" width="620" height="335" alt="chiuru-620x335.jpg" /></div> <h2>Chile</h2> <p>The Chilean national team after the first two rounds scored one hundred percent result and with 6 points heads the standings of their group. The difference between goals scored and goals is 6:1. Manchester United strikers Alexis Sanchez and Tigres Eduardo Vargas scored twice in the team.</p> <p>In the starting match,The Red Army played against the national team of Japan and scored a major victory with a score of 4:0. Defender Eric Antonio Pulgar (Bologna) opened the account. Then distinguished Sanchez and Vargas (double).</p> <p>In the second round, the wards of Reinaldo Rueda opposed the national team of Ecuador. The match turned out for the current owners of the trophy is very difficult. Ecuadorians practically did not yield to anything and also often attacked the gates of Chileans. It all started with a quick goal to the gates of Ecuador already in the 8th minute. Distinguished midfielder Jose Fuensalida (Universidad Catholic Santiago). However, the teams left for the break with the score 1:1. At the 26th minute, Ecuadorians earned the right to a penalty and clearly implemented it. At the beginning of the second half, thanks to a goal by Sanchez, the final score of the match was established. The assistant was midfielder Aranguis (Bayer).</p> <h2>Uruguay</h2> <p>The Uruguayan team comes in second in the final round with 4 points and the difference is scored and missed in 6:2. In order to accurately ensure their access to the playoffs, the Uruguay national team must simply not lose in this match.</p> <p>Uruguayans also started with a major victory 4:0. The team of Ecuador acted as a rival. At the 6th minute, midfielder Nicholas Lodeyro (Seattle Sounders) opened the scoring. Then in the 24th minute, the opponent remained in the minority. And at the break the team went with the score 3-0 in favor of the Uruguay national team. Distinguished forwards Edinson Cavani (<span class="caps">PSG</span>) and Luis Suarez (Barcelona). After the break, the Uruguayan team has attacked less often, but nevertheless, in one of the attacks, the defender of the Ecuador national team cut the ball into his own net.</p> <p>In the second round, the Uruguay national team confronted the Japanese national team. Here, despite the serious advantage, The Sky-blue could not justify the status of the favorites. The match ended in a draw 2:2. Moreover, the Uruguayans campaign had to catch up with the match twice. Asians opened the account in the 25th minute. Some time later, a penalty kick was awarded at their gate and Suárez was not mistaken. At the beginning of the second half, the Japanese came forward again. But after a few minutes, defender José Maria Jimenez (Atletico) regained his balance. The rest of the match took place in the attacks of the Uruguayans, but the Japanese defended firmly and went from defeat.</p> <h2>Chile - Uruguay: head-to-head stats</h2> <p><strong></strong></p> <div class="editor-center-button"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <p>None of the last five full-time matches between these rivals ended in a draw. Uruguayans won twice with three victories against the national team of Chile. The last time the rivals met each other as part of the qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Then in 2016, Chileans in their field won with a score of 3:1.</p> <h2>Odds of bookmakers for match Chile - Uruguay</h2> <p>In this confrontation, bookmakers prefer the national team of Uruguay. Thus, the success of the wards of Oscar Tabares can be put for 2.07, while the victory of the current owners of the America’s Cup is estimated at 3.75. The peaceful outcome is given for 3.30. With regard to the impact of the fight at the Maracana stadium, the experts are a little inclined to the “base” option, giving a total of less than 2.5 keff 1.72. Total more than 2.5 is offered for 2.12.</p> <h2>Match Prediction and Bet</h2> <p>In this match, in fact, the opponents do not need anything, since the teams already probably go to the playoffs. The only thing that can motivate them is leadership in the group. This is especially necessary for Uruguayans, who will certainly want to take revenge for the defeat in the 2016 match. I expect an open game and the exchange of goals.</p> </div></div></div> Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:29:08 +0000 Victor 645093 at Prediction for the match Nice - Monaco (May 24, 2019) <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>Tournament: French Ligue 1<br /> Start: May 24 19:05 <span class="caps">UTC</span></strong></p> <h2>Nice</h2> <p>The current season for Nice is definitely not a good one. Yes, there was a recession last year, but in the current League 1 draw, the eaglets are scoring too little (only 28 goals in 37 games). However, the advantage of Nice - a reliable game in defense. Only 35 goals conceded in the team’s assets, only <span class="caps">PSG</span> and Lille are better protected. In their field, the eaglets missed only 14 goals in 18 matches. And Nice has failed in the defense only in two home matches. In the remaining 16 games, eaglets, if they missed, then no more than 1 ball. It is not surprising that with such a reliable game in defense, the team fought for the top 5 throughout the season.</p> <h3>Last matches Nice</h3> <p><strong>18/05</strong> Saint Etienne - Nice 3: 0 (1: 0)<br /><strong>11/05</strong> Nice - Nantes 1: 1 (0: 1)<br /><strong>04/05</strong> <span class="caps">PSG</span> - Nice 1: 1 (0: 0)<br /><strong>28/04</strong> Nice - Guingamp 3: 0 (1: 0)<br /><strong>20/04</strong> Nice - Caen 0: 1 (0: 0)<br /><strong></strong></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/3122_0.jpg" width="620" height="349" alt="Nice - Monaco - May 24, 2019" /></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <h2>Monaco</h2> <p>Through the efforts of Golovin, the Monegasques managed to win in the 37th round, which allowed Monaco to avoid playing in the playoffs for maintaining registration. Zhardim can breathe out and his players relax in the final match of the season. However, Monegasques, and with proper mood will not be the favorites of the meeting. After the return of Jardim, the ex-champions France had a number of good matches, but then did not shine. For 8 extreme fights, the team won only 1 victory at all. Yes, and that was produced in a home game with a competitor in the struggle for survival. Visiting the same Monaco can not win for 4 matches in a row. Although the opponents were unmotivated Rennes and Neem, as well as the worst team of the league - Guingamp.</p> <h3>Last matches Monaco</h3> <p><strong>18/05</strong> Monaco - Amien <span class="caps">SC</span> 2: 0 (1: 0)<br /><strong>11/05</strong> Nimes - Monaco 1: 0 (1: 0)<br /><strong>05/05</strong> Monaco - Saint-Étienne 2: 3 (1: 0)<br /><strong>01/05</strong> Rennes - Monaco 2: 2 (2: 0)<br /><strong>21/04</strong> <span class="caps">PSG</span> - Monaco 3: 1 (2: 0)</p> <h2>Forecast</h2> <p>It is rather strange to see an outsider of the championship a favorite of a strong team. Yes, Nice failed the last match, but the rival was a representative of the top 4. At home, the Eaglets and all lost only 1 of the 15 extreme fights (lost to Kahn, without realizing a number of scoring chances and penalty). For comparison, Monaco has only 2 guest victories in 2019. Monegasques beat with a score of 0-1, roughly speaking, the yard team, which played almost the entire match with ten men. As well as the wards of Jardim miraculously took 3 points from Lille, where the gate frame repeatedly saved Monaco from an inevitable goal. As part of the French Championship, the Monegasques scored only 4 victories away and scored only 18 points. Nice home gained 31 points and lost only 5 matches. In this case, the coefficients for the victory of Monaco are fairly set? No, what we will try to use.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 22 May 2019 15:31:20 +0000 John Cage 644686 at Manchester City in pole position to deliver their first ever Champions League trophy <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/pep1_0.png" width="620" height="412" alt="pep1_0.png" /></p> <div class="editor-right-button"><font>Image via <a href="" rel="nofollow"><span class="caps">BBCS</span>port</a></font></div> <p>Pep Guardiola’s impact at Manchester City has been similar to that of all the other clubs he’s managed. The Spaniard, who was hugely successful at both Barcelona and <a href="" rel="nofollow">Bayern Munich</a>, is clearly enjoying the project in Manchester and appears to be building something pretty special at the City of Manchester Stadium. </p> <p>With last season’s Premier League success - a title they won with relative ease - and the clear desire from the club’s hierarchy to maintain their rise in the years ahead and dominate English football like their city rivals in red did for so many seasons, the pressure has mounted on Guardiola at times this season. Liverpool’s rise to prominence under Jurgen Klopp has been nothing short of admirable, with the Anfield giants breathing firmly down the necks of the Citizens throughout the campaign and giving them the kind of pressure they certainly didn’t feel last season. </p> <p>The Premier League title race is heating up between the two clubs as they both look to be going full steam ahead and taking it right down to the wire. Odds on Pep’s City retaining their title are currently priced at 4/11 (skybet), making them slight favourites, but Klopp’s Liverpool side, who are coming in at 9/4 (skybet), are desperate for that long-awaited Premier League prize and, as they’ve proven throughout the campaign, are ready to pounce should City slip up. </p> <div class="editor-center-button"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <p>Domestic duties aside, Guardiola’s affinity with the <a href="">Champions League</a> alongside the impressive displays his Manchester City side are demonstrating in the competition, make the Manchester giants strong contenders for the competition as it enters its crucial stage. </p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow">After destroying German side Schalke 10-2 on aggregate</a> to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals, many experts and pundits alike were describing the showing as City’s coming of age in Europe. They weren’t wrong either. </p> <p>Before the match, Guardiola labelled his side as the only “teenagers in the competition”, perhaps trying to take the pressure off his troops in the process, but also suggesting he doesn’t expect his team to mount a serious challenge in Europe this campaign. He’s rarely incorrect, but Pep certainly seems to have made the wrong call on this one, especially judging by their annihilation of Schalke. </p> <p>With the likes of Sergio Aguero - arguably the greatest striker the Premier League has ever seen - and David Silva in their ranks, alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling to name a few, Manchester City are in a strong chance of winning the Champions League this season, whatever their manager says. Odds on them to win it are currently best-priced at 5/2 (Unibet), making them current favourites, but it’s a tag Guardiola won’t be keen to endorse. Nor, will he be taking quarter-final opponents Spurs too lightly. </p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/kun1_0.png" width="620" height="346" alt="kun1_0.png" /></p> <div class="editor-right-button"><font>Image via <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></font></div> <p>Much like their rivals for the Premier League crown in Liverpool, competition is strong in the Champions League too though. <a href="">Online betting free bets</a> enables maximum value to be had whoever you fancy for the prize, but City will certainly be up there alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, who are currently priced at 10/3 (bet365), and Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, who are rated as being in with a 7/2 chance of winning it all on June 1st. The prices for other sides after the quarter finals draw are: Liverpool 4/1, Manchester United 20/1, Spurs 28/1, Ajax 33/1 and Porto 100/1. </p> <p>As the season draws to a close and an important period approaches for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s side should not only be focusing all their efforts on retaining their domestic prize but also lifting a trophy Pep Guardiola himself is all too familiar with - the Champions League. This season, more than any before, the Citizens have a squad capable of challenging on both fronts and are in-form. </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:55:00 +0000 John Kartor 641833 at Messi Became the Highest Paid Football Player in the World <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/7257/1121_0.png" width="620" height="349" alt="1121_0.png" /></p> <p>The famous sports newspaper L’Équipe has put Lionel Messi at the top of the list of the 10 players participating in European championships and having the highest salaries last week. His annual salary is more than 125 million euros per year. Let’s remember how his career started. But first, try your luck and <a href="">find a bride</a> who also loves football.</p> <h3>2003-2004</h3> <p>The only drawback for Leo in the first year of training in the Spanish club was the lack of a family: his mother, sister, and brothers were forced to return to Rosario. His father remained with Leo, but the longing of the city where his happy childhood passed in the circle of a large Argentine family didn’t leave him. But his passion for football outweighed all the difficulties: new country, lack of language, difficulty in communication, fear that his illness wouldn’t allow him to fulfill his dream of playing football. Messi overcame all this thanks to his persistent nature. Three years later, he made his debut in the youth team in a friendly match with Porto, and a year later, he played in the official match with Espanyol. In 2004, the guy earned already 10 thousand dollars a week – he was only 17 years old. By this time, he had already completed the treatment, thanks to which his skills had increased significantly. The club’s shareholders were pleased that they were not mistaken by spending the <a href="" rel="nofollow">money</a> on him.</p> <h3>2005-2014</h3> <p>On the day of his 18th birthday, a new contract was signed with him, allowing Leo to become the highest paid footballer among young players. He earned 1 million 200 thousand dollars in 2005. And just three months later, Lionel was named the top sportsman of the youth world championship, which affected his income: the amount was doubled. After a couple of years, the club’s board of directors re-reviewed his contract and doubled his salary, and a year later, the income of a 21-year-old player approached $8 million. The terms of his contract were corrected several more times, and a significant change occurred in 2014 when the club management offers him $20 million. The deal was called unprecedented in world football at that time. Shareholders could afford it because the club became the leader among other football clubs. In 2010, he became the owner of the Golden Ball. Ten years later, the income of Leo was four times more than <span class="caps">US</span> President Obama.</p> <h3>2015-since now</h3> <p>Last year, Leo earned $104 million. Western media write that he beat the record of the highest-paid players in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo was the only person Messi couldn’t outdo in earnings. Real Madrid paid Ronaldo five million more. However, the situation has changed very soon: the media revised the ratings and counted the dollars in the accounts of the participants of the 2018 World Cup. In the new ranking, the Portuguese lost in price last year. The eternal confrontation of two famous football players was followed by their fans with interest. Messi scored his 100th goal with Barcelona, and in January 2018, the 400th ball from Messi got into the gate of the Espanyol team. Of course, it brought additional income because he started receiving offers for cooperation with sports campaigns. The deal with Barcelona was concluded until 2021. Together with the team, he made it one of the most successful clubs: Barcelona won the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Spanish</a> championship eight times, won the National Cup five times, won the Champions League four times. By the way, the contract established 700 million euros of compensation for the forward. No wonder that Messi earns more than the rest of the footballers having such success.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:18:14 +0000 John Cage 639901 at UEFA Champions League. The results of the matches of Tuesday 6/11/2018 <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 first day of the 4th round of the <a href="">Champions League 2018-2019</a> presented a lot of interesting results.</p> <p>In the early matches, the main sensation of the day happened: Red Star, whose chances of winning were rated by the bookmakers as 1 to 16, confidently beat the finalist of the last draw of <a href="">Liverpool</a>. The selfless game of the Serbs, coupled with the unsuccessful game of the British led to a final 2-0 on the scoreboard.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/klopp_salah_1_0.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="klopp_salah_1_0.jpg" /></p> <p>In a parallel meeting, Monaco continued to “sink”. In the appendage to the failures in Ligue 1, a crushing home defeat was added from not the grandee - the Belgian Brugge. 4: 0 in favor of the guests.</p> <p>Dortmund Borussia suffered the first (!) defeat of the season. The culprits of the interrupted series - Atletico Madrid players, who won in their own stadium - 2: 0.</p> <p>Porto finally finished off Moscow Lokomotiv - the fourth defeat in the four rounds of the Champions League railway. The Portuguese won big - 4: 1. Now the team Semin hardly have a chance even to third place in the group.</p> <p>Schalke defeating Galatasaray, secured a comfortable advantage of 4 points over the Turks. Yes, and the leading Porto has only 1 point more.</p> <p>Tottenham finally won the first victory in the current draw - the British hardly beat <span class="caps">PSV</span> - 2:1. Londoners, losing almost the entire match, pulled out 3 points thanks to the double of Harry Kane in the final fifteen minutes.</p> <p>In the central matches of the day, the Italian teams tied with the champions of France and Spain - 1: 1. Serie A continues to revive.</p> <h2>Results of the Champions League game day</h2> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/snimok_ekrana_2018-11-07_v_1.36.23_1_0.png" width="620" height="491" alt="snimok_ekrana_2018-11-07_v_1.36.23_1_0.png" /></p> <h2>Standings - Champions League groups after 4 rounds</h2> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/tablicy_gruppovogo_etapa_lch_1_0.png" width="620" height="942" alt="tablicy_gruppovogo_etapa_lch_1_0.png" /></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 12:23:24 +0000 Tony Jack Ross 630697 at Who will win the UEFA Champions League 2018/2019 – Odds and Predictions <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/ucl-trophy-1411046791_0.jpg" width="623" height="379" alt="ucl-trophy-1411046791_0.jpg" align="center" /></p> <p>People all over the world are looking forward to seeing Champions League matches. Though the qualification matches have started we all can’t wait the group stage and even try to predict the champion. For hundreds of millions football fans around the world bets on the Champions League are a kind of favorite occupation. For someone bets are just entertainment while for others it is a constant source of income. But for the majority betting is an extra adrenaline to a very beloved and already spectacular sport. Let introduce your attention the predictions of book-makers according to Paddy Power on the teams likely to win The Champions league.</p> <h3>1. Manchester City</h3> <p>Manchester City is on the top of this list with coefficient 5.5/1.<br /> Guardiola noted that he doesn’t consider Manchester City the favorite of the Premier League season-2018/19. And they will concentrate on Champions League. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sky Sports</a> Josep Guardiola said:<br /> “We do not have a goal to win the Premier League title for the second time in a row. Now our goal is to win the Champions League.” And promised to surprise the fans with totally new football. ManCity has everything to win: youth, proficiency and Pep.</p> <h3>2. Juventus </h3> <p>Turin club is the main loser of recent years in the Champions League. Juventus can not find equal rivals in Italy but they have already stumbled twice in the finals of the main European tournament. Punters looking to place a bet on Juventus should be considering this; Now Juve have a secret weapon. As <span class="caps">BBC</span> reported on July 10 Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will become Juventus player in the new season. “I signed a contract with Juventus for four years. I am very happy and satisfied, because this is one of the greatest clubs in history.» <span class="caps">BBC</span> quoted Ronaldo. This definitely ups the odds of them being the great winners. As a matter of fact <a href="">the bookies offers</a> are so optimistic for Juventus that they are backing the win on: 6/1. These odds are according to leading bookmakers Coral, Bet365 and Ladbrokes, and more.</p> <h3>3. Barcelona and <span class="caps">PSG</span></h3> <p>According to Paddy Power bookies offers for both clubs are the same: 6.5/1. These two football clubs are top, so there is no doubt that they always have nice chances for winning. The fans strongly considered that Neymar and Mbappe will help <span class="caps">PSG</span> to overcome the curse of the Champions League quarter-finals. The main thing is not to face Barcelona at this stage. </p> <h3>4. Bayern Munich</h3> <p>The new motivated coach, all players are without serious injuries, Neuer has returned and Lewandowski seems to be in great shape. Nice chances for winning and bookies offers 8/1</p> <h3>5. Real Madrid</h3> <p>Zidane did his best to reach the fantastic results. But now it’s rather new period of time for Real Madrid. They have to prove that they can be the best anyway. Without Zidane or <a href="">Ronaldo</a>. Bookmakers offer 9/1 for Real winning.</p> <p>Bookmakers offer an incredible number of betting lines for the Champions League matches, online and text broadcasts, Live bets that allow you to catch very favorable odds on the Champions League right during the match. So find the best variant for you!</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:45:30 +0000 Lana 626494 at The World Cup Has Proven That Football Still Has a Soul <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Whether you’re a fan of football or not, it’s fair to say that the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup has so far provided us with some of the most memorable sporting moments of the last decade. The tournament has also provided us with a welcome break from league football, which has become somewhat tedious in recent years owing to the ridiculous sums now associated with wages and transfers. The latest instalment in the Cristiano Ronaldo saga is perhaps the most recent example of this, with Juventus <a href="" rel="nofollow">reportedly offering around £88 million for a player</a> who turned 33 last February. </p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/ron_0.png" width="501" height="625" alt="ron_0.png" align="center" /><br /> Source: Cristiano Ronaldo via <a href=";oh=6f08d7b113cb018409f86630208695d0&amp;oe=5BA716C6" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></p> <h3>Fans Still Have An Important Part to Play</h3> <p>It’s also important to point out the role that the fans play in the World Cup. Supporters of rival clubs are happy to put aside their differences to cheer on their respective nations and the multitude of different flags draped over the stadium tiers is proof that fans have flocked from far and wide to support their country. The time, money and effort expelled by many travelling supporters truly encapsulates the soul of football, something in danger of being lost in the ether. One can only hope that this passion and goodwill will translate to the players and stay with them when they return back to their respective clubs when the tournament is over.</p> <h3>Football Is Alive and Well In The Betting Stakes</h3> <p>With the pre-tournament <a href="" rel="nofollow">favourites Germany failing to reach the knockout stages</a> for the first time in 80 years, the stage is now set for one of the most wide-open competitions in the modern era and you could make a case for each one of the remaining eight teams lifting the trophy on the 15th July in Moscow. Whilst there are a number of bookmakers offering various bets on the World Cup, <a href="">they say Sport Interaction’s casino is also great</a>, providing punters with extensive football markets which include La Liga and the English Premier League, as well as major tournament betting including the Champions League and, of course, the ongoing World Cup in Russia. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">Your support across the globe was incredible. We celebrated together in 2014, but sometimes in football you have to accept defeat and admit that your opponents were better. <br /><br />Congrats to <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">#<span class="caps">SWE</span></a> and <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">#<span class="caps">MEX</span></a>, and of course to <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="nofollow">#<span class="caps">KOR</span></a> on their win. <br /><br />Thanks to Russia for your hospitality! <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>— Germany (@<span class="caps">DFB</span>_Team_EN) <a href="" rel="nofollow">June 28, 2018</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script><h3>The World Cup Is Still The Pinnacle of Football</h3> <p>It’s fair to say that, <a href="">when players pull on their nation’s jersey</a>, the pride and passion is there for all to see and any thoughts of money, fame and adulation go out of the window. Well, for 90 minutes, at least. In either case, whether you’re fancying a flutter or simply enjoying the tournament as a casual observer, the World Cup has proven that the game of football does indeed still possess a soul.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:50:50 +0000 CRAFTIK 625574 at How Important Was England's Penalty Shoot-Out Victory Against Colombia? <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Before their last 16 victory against Colombia, England had <a href="" rel="nofollow">failed to win a World Cup penalty shoot-out</a> in three attempts and with squads down the years packed full of competent penalty takers it was quite clear that the problem had become more of a psychological stumbling block than anything else. When Eric Dier smashed home the winning penalty against Colombia in their last 16 game on Tuesday, the neutral onlooker could have been forgiven for thinking that England had just lifted the Jules Rimet trophy after seeing the celebrations both in Russia and back home. However, the importance of this win to England cannot be overstated.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="" data-instgrm-version="8" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">A post shared by Football / Soccer / Fútbol (@90footy)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2018-07-03T21:01:24+00:00">Jul 3, 2018 at 2:01pm <span class="caps">PDT</span></time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async="" defer="defer" src="//"></script><h3>England’s Penalty Shoot-Out Record Is Now Rather Respectable</h3> <p>Despite only winning one out four penalty shoot-outs in World Cup competitions, their 25% success ratio is <a href="" rel="nofollow">exactly the same as that of Italy and Spain</a>, after the latter bowed out of this year’s competition on spot kicks to hosts Russia. Quite bizarrely, with Harry Kane putting England 1-0 up against the Colombians, England have now scored all eleven penalties they’ve been awarded in normal time at World Cups, which is further proof that the shoot-out problem is mental as opposed to physical and that the added pressure of a sudden death shoot-out was the root cause of England’s problems.</p> <p><strong>You Could Do Worse Than Bet On England To Go All The Way</strong><br /> With pre tournament favourites Germany and Spain going by the wayside, the draw seems to be opening up nicely for England. For those wanting to back England to go all the way in the tournament, <a href="">have a peek at this post about winner casino</a>, who, aside from hosting over 300 top quality Playtech games and slots, also run a comprehensive sportsbook where you can bet on single matches and major sporting tournaments including the 2018 World Cup. With Sweden up next, England look like a good bet to reach the next stage of the tournament at least and with Russia or Croatia waiting in the wings in the semi-final, who knows how far the Three Lions can go?</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/bez_zagolovka_0.png" width="623" height="623" alt="bez_zagolovka_0.png" align="center" /></p> <p>Source: <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup via <a href=";oh=daf95b242dcab5cce5ca10a388051284&amp;oe=5BAB9EB9" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a></p> <h3>Confidence Is Key and England Have Plenty Of It</h3> <p>There is a growing feeling in footballing circles that this may just be England’s year. The fact that the team had become synonymous with penalty shoot-out losses was becoming a real problem for the squad <a href="">and provided the media with plenty of ammunition</a> - now that the monkey is off their back, the players are evidently starting to believe that they can go all the way and lift the trophy. Can they do it? We’ll have to wait and see.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:41:27 +0000 casazza 625571 at Attention Sports Writers: Join the Bold New Sports Media Platform <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Become an author on the sports blogging platform Scorum.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/dqmyyoxmccr51zcays4l6tggsxvtboj1jjvbrssdz7ned3g.jpeg" width="100%" alt="SCORUM" align="center" /></p> <p><strong>Scorum</strong> will launch its operational version of our sports blogging platform as early as this May. Authors will be able to monetize their quality sports texts and active users will get rewards for content curation and spot-on commentaries.</p> <p>Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona player <strong>Alex Hleb</strong>, <span class="caps">NBA</span> Champion <strong>Timofey Mozgov</strong> and other professional athletes will have their blogs at Scorum. There will be more great authors like Alexei Belov, Scorum co-founder with 10 years of sports journalist experience and Oleg Smolerov, lead fantasy sports expert of the Russian market as well as other well-known journalists and bloggers.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/dqmekk2x3drr4gehmfypuqyvagexeam1wphd7slwxmdfqsx.jpeg" width="100%" alt="Scorum Bloggers" align="center" /></a></p> <h3>Why it is worth writing on Scorum</h3> <p>If you are planning to become an author on our blogging platform, you can join in now. In this case you will establish your audience on the platform before others do and get maximum support from project team. We will fully assist bloggers to make their Scorum experience both comfortable and rewarding.</p> <h3>How authors can earn: A clear and simple Reward process</h3> <p>Steemit members will already be familiar with the reward system that Scorum uses for its blogging platform:</p> <h3>Bloggers create content.</h3> <ul><li>Other users upvote this content if they like it. Smart voting algorithm will block reward manipulation by cheaters.</li> <li>Authors of the best posts will get rewards in Scorum cryptocurrency, namely <span class="caps">SP</span> tokens (Scorum Power) and <span class="caps">SCR</span> (Scorum Coin). <span class="caps">SCR</span> coins can be exchanged at exchanges for other cryptocurrencies or classic fiat money.</li> <li>Users who accumulate <span class="caps">SP</span> increase the power of their upvotes and influence on revenue distribution among platform users. The more Scorum Power a user has, the stronger his upvote.</li> </ul><p>You can find more details on voting system in our <a href="">White Paper</a> (p. 31)</p> <h3>Will there be a hard line content policy?</h3> <p>We can understand your doubts when you start cooperating with a new platform; this is why our content policy will be quite mild for bloggers who join us early. If you already write for another platform we are not against you posting your previously published pieces. You can thus use Scorum for monetizing your work if this does not contradict copyright conditions. On the other hand, users will most probably like exclusive content published on Internet for the first time more, which will be reflected in your rewards.</p> <h3>Support chats</h3> <p>In order to help all authors understand the whole process better we launched special chats in Telegram messenger. There you can ask any questions, exchange your thoughts on the platform and look for ideas for your publications. To join in just click the banner and fill out the form.</p> <h3>Promotion of your posts among other authors</h3> <p>You can also send links to your posts into the chat so that other community members including the Scorum team can see them. This will also be reflected in your earnings. In order to get access to authors chat you need to fill out a <a href="" rel="nofollow">small questionnaire</a> for Scorum authors.</p> <h3>Special reporters for 2018 <span class="caps">FIFA</span> World Cup</h3> <p>Scorum team comprises professionals who have huge experience in sports media and always ready to help you with specific ideas for your posts and blogs about World Cup in Russia. If you are ready to closely cooperate with Scorum during the World Cup we will be happy to offer you some special conditions. You will get more information in authors chat.</p> <p><em>Would you like to become an author at Scorum? Click the banner below. Welcome to the team!</em></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/7257/dqmekk2x3drr4gehmfypuqyvagexeam1wphd7slwxmdfqsx.jpeg" width="100%" alt="Scorum Bloggers" align="center" /></a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:48:36 +0000 AlEXTAZY 616923 at Sneak Peek: Welcome to Scorum, A Rising Star in the 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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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 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="" 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="" 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="">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="" 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="" 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="" 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="">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="" 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="" 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="" 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 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="">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 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="" 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="" 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 The Premier League title race: Will they? Won’t 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="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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 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