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BBC agrees to only show fit and sexy female tennis players

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BBC presenter John Inverdale watches Marion Bartoli defeat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to take the Wimbledon title. He then tell BBC Radio Five Live:

“Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, ‘you’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?”

Ordinary looking women on the telly? Cor, luvvus! They’’ll be letting them vote next.

Bartoli was born in 1984. Sharapova was born in 1987. It’s more likely Mr Sharapova looked at his daughter and told her: “If you’re like Bartoli, they might notice you for more than your looks.”

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Posted: 7th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Liverpool sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal and Chelsea in time for ‘massive game’

PA 16339351 Transfer Balls: Liverpool sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal and Chelsea in time for massive game

TRANSFER Balls: A look at Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the news. When we last saw Suarez he was being misquoted and sent packing o Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. This is the more recent news (since June 30):

July 5

Daily Express: “Chelsea swoop for Liverpool’s Suarez”

Swoop? The Blues have triggered Suarez’s £40m release clause to do for his career what they did for Fernando Torres?

According to reports in Spain, Chelsea are on the verge of launching a £34m bid to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez with the Uruguayan set to be offered a £4.7m a season to join. 

You can trust those reports in Spain about the Liverpool player on his way to a London club. Spain is the go-to place for such inside knowledge. Recently reports in Spain told us that Gareth Bale was on his way to Real Madrid.

July 4

Daily Express: “Liverpool star Luis Suarez backed for shock switch to Arsenal”

Who backs him?

William Hill suspended betting on the market last night, while Paddy Power today price Suarez at 5/2 to join Arsene Wenger’s side – shorter odds than the 26-year is to move to long-term admirers Bayern Munich (7/1).

Real Madrid remain the 8/11 favourites, and with Arsenal set to bring in £22m Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, a move to snatch the La Liga outfit’s target looks unlikely.

This is news reporting based on betting patterns. The Express fails to tell readers how big the market in Suarez is. No newspaper tells us. You might be able to move the market for as little as a few hundred pounds. This would give the bookmaker a press release that willing newspapers lap up.

Experts tells the Daily Mirror the betting “would suggest they have heard something substantial”.

Or that someone in the bookies PR company stuck £50 on Suarez to the Gunners.

What say the ex players?

Steve Nicole, former Liverpool star, says selling to a “rival” like Arsenal or Chelsea is “madness“. Another former Red, Jan Molby, says “I think he’s made it pretty clear that he would like to try something new, including playing at a club that’s in the Champions League.”

Cue the Daily Mirror to tell us: “Luis Suarez has three weeks to sort out his future.”

What happens after three weeks?

After that, the controversial striker will be expected to knuckle down and commit himself to the Liverpool cause.

And if he still wants to leave or a big offer for him is received..?

The Uruguay international has been given until Monday July 22 to take a holiday in South America following Confederations Cup duty that only ended last Sunday, before reporting back to the club he has repeatedly said he wants to leave. No decision has yet been made on precisely where the forward will be told to join his team-mates, but it is almost certain he will be ordered to take part in the Reds’ tour of the Far East and Australia.

The three-week deadline is because Suarez is on holiday. And when it’s over, sod the Champions’ League, Suarez has got this to look forward to:

That could mean Melbourne, and the massive game Liverpool will play on July 24 at the Aussie city’s world-famous cricket ground. Far more likely is the prospect of him returning for the last leg of the tour, when the Reds meet a Thailand XI in Bangkok on July 28.

Saurez will be gutted to miss that.

July 2

Daily Star: “LUIS SUAREZ could still be a Liverpool player next season after Real Madrid cooled their interest in signing him.”

But the Star’s sister paper, the Express, says Real and hot favourites to sign Suarez? Are we to deduce from this that betting patterns count for nothing? And the Star does say on July 4:

ARSENAL LINKED WITH STUNNING LUIS SUAREZ SWOOP

It’s getting confusing.

More transfer balls every day…

 

 

Posted: 5th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Andy Murray squeezing toothpaste – the photos

ANDY Murray is tough. Some bright spark has noticed that the tennis star is tough enough to squeeze toothpaste:

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Posted: 5th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Wayne Rooney met Moyes six times this week when his agent was out of the country

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WAYNE Rooney Transfer Balls: A look at the Manchester United star in the news:

The Times says:

Wayne Rooney will have to submit a formal transfer request if he wants to leave Manchester United as the saga concerning the England striker’s future remains shrouded in uncertainty.

In other words: there is no news.

But the Express says there is news. Rooney stays!

David Moyes is set to announce that Wayne Rooney is staying at Old Trafford when he faces the media today for the first time since becoming Manchester United manager.

And to sum up that fact, the Telegraph quotes a man who knows nothing:

Wayne Rooney may leave Old Trafford, says former Manchester United manager Mike Phelan

The Indy says that United will offer Rooney a new deal:

Rooney’s failure to justify the most lucrative salary at Old Trafford is one of the problems new manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward face in matching his agent Paul Stretford’s expectations for a new deal

But wasn’t that all sorted when Moyes  met Rooney and the player’s agent Paul Stretford earlier this week? The Indy adds:

It was unclear whether the Rooney and United camps held the meeting they had scheduled for this week, though they did have the opportunity

Unclear. The paper’s not kidding. So far the experts have told us Rooney met United to talk money and contracts:

Sunday: The Sun

This week: The  Independent

Tuesday: Daily Mail

Wednesday: Guardian, Daily Mail

Thursday: The Sun

Friday: The Times has the scoop:

Rooney and Moyes have spoken briefly on several occasions in the past 48 hours, but a formally arranged meeting between the pair, Paul Stretford, the striker’s agent, and Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, which was scheduled for this week, has yet to take place.

It was unclear last night whether the meeting would now happen this week, with some suggestions that Stretford is out of the country, but Moyes is believed to have no intention of ducking questions about Rooney’s future today.

Such are the facts.

More transfer balls every day….

Posted: 5th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester City get 18m-rated Alvaro Negredo for £28m

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TRANSFER Balls: Today we look at Manchester City’s moves to spunk lots of cash on footballers.

So. Is Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo heading to the Etihad Stadium?

The Times says he is:

Manchester City close on £24m Álvaro Negredo to replace Carlos Tévez

Manchester City were close to a £23.8 million deal for Álvaro Negredo last night as a replacement for Carlos Tévez.

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs fans can thank Daniel Levy for keeping Garth Bale

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Spurs star in the news.

And the news is that Bale is staying at Tottenham. He won’t play for Real Madrid. At least not this coming season.

The Express say Spurs fan can thank the club’s Chairman Daniel Levy:

Madrid appear to have been guided to their conclusion by Bale’s reluctant agent Jonathan Barnett.

He will have made it clear to them that some of the shenanigans that have accompanied other transfer coups in the past – sulking, refusing to play, handing in transfer requests – are just not part of the Bale repertoire.

It has not been for want of trying on Barnett’s part though.

At the end of May he made an inflammatory appearance on Marca TV in which he said it would be “an honour” if Real Madrid made a bid and insisted they would “listen”

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Wayne Rooney vows to stay at Manchester United in a sit-down stand-off

rooney leaves Transfer Balls: Wayne Rooney vows to stay at Manchester United in a sit down stand off

WAYNE Rooney Transfer Balls: Will the Manchester United and England striker be leaving Old Trafford? Anorak’s round-up the news in the media over the past 24 hours:

Let’s kick off with the Daily Star, which keeps up its daily scoops with a question:

Have Wayne Rooney and David Moyes been involved in a stand-off over their imminent Manchester United talks?

Dunno. But this follows scoops that Moyes and Rooney met on Tuesday (Daily Mail) and Wednesday (The Guardian).

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


James Kingston’s Cambridge parkour tour underlines how hopelessly inadequate we all are

james kingston James Kingstons Cambridge parkour tour underlines how hopelessly inadequate we all are

THERE’S no hiding from the fact that people who can do Parkour are really, really cool. It is dangerous, dynamic and makes us all look like wobbling, wheezing pedestrians in every single way.

God, how irritating these Parkour types are.

That said, when we’ve stopped being jealous, we can only admire these people and the things we do – especially James Kingston who stars in a frankly astounding video, designed to make all your genitals retract into your body with vertigo and fear.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Anorak TV, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bournemouth v Real Madrid is the Chairman’s gift Cherries fans pay £60 for

bournemouth real Bournemouth v Real Madrid is the Chairmans gift Cherries fans pay £60 for

ONE of Anorak’s favourite football chairmen, AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Mitchell, is understandably excited about his side’s match with Real Madrid on the sunny south coast.

Says the property developer:

“We see the fixture as a well earned gift to our fans for their unwavering dedication to AFC Bournemouth…”

In other news:

Ticket prices

Cherries season ticket holders:

Adult: £55
Concession: £40
U16: £25
Executive: £75

General sale price:

Adult: £60
Concession: £45
U16: £30
Executive: £80

It’s the gift you buy yourself….

PS – Normal ticket prices for the club’s Championship matches start at £5 and rise to £36.

Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Soledad Fandino photos to pin on the Arsenal doggers bulletin board

(SO) Soledad Fandino is dating Arsenal-bound Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. 

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was in conversation with ESPN sports:

ESPN: “Are you excited about the prospect of Gonzalo Higuain joining Arsenal?”

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Posted: 2nd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roman Abramovich ‘only bought Chelsea to protect himself from Putin and exploit the game’ (video)

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TIMES journalist and former table-tennis champ Matthew Syed is talking about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to Sky Sports News. Sayed shows us why journalists and not ex-pros make the best pundits. Syed tonks  Roman Abramovich’s tenure as Chelsea with the bare facts. Tony Cascarino, who also writes for the Times, says Abramovich has been “a huge success for the Premier League” . How? By winning the Premier League for Chelsea?

Abramovich has been a huge success for Chelsea. That much is certain.

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Posted: 2nd, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Spurs’ Gareth Bale hums Zadok the Priest as he heads to Manchester United

bale Transfer Balls: Spurs Gareth Bale hums Zadok the Priest as he heads to Manchester United

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news. Today’s Transfer Balls:

July 2:

Belfast Telegraph: “Manchester United manager David Moyes told: Go and buy Gareth Bale”

Manchester United told David Moyes yesterday that he can break the British transfer record this summer if he so desires.

The club’s American owners are happy to show they mean business by backing the new manager with a ‘marquee signing’ before the transfer window closes.

And for Moyes, that means carte blanche to land Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale, even if it means having to spend an eye-watering £60m on the Spurs player.

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Transfer Balls: Wayne Rooney snubs Arenal for Chelsea and isn’t learning French

TRANSFER Balls: Anorak’s look at Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker. Will he go? Will be stay? Will he tie himself to a radiator and drink a glass of Terry Waite’s urine? Let’s see what the experts have said in the past 24 hours:

DNA: “New Manchester United boss David Moyes has reportedly secretly met Wayne Rooney to convince the concerned star to stay at the club”

Or as the Mail reports:

David Moyes officially began life as Manchester United manager on Monday but is increasingly resigned to the fact that Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford career is coming to an end. It has emerged that the two men met before going on holiday earlier this summer, and the feeling is that if the conversation had gone well there would have been no need for a make-or-break summit this week that will also involve Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford and new United chief Ed Woodward.

But it did go well. The Sun cites Rooney “source”:

“It was an amicable meeting but it gave Wayne the chance to get a lot of things off his chest. There is little doubt the new boss wants to keep Wayne. Any suggestions the two don’t get on is complete rubbish.”

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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal ‘sign’ QPR’s Julio Cesar and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina as Wojciech Szczesny ‘fights for place’

PA 16910019 Transfer balls: Arsenal sign QPRs Julio Cesar and Liverpools Pepe Reina as Wojciech Szczesny fights for place

TRANSFER BALLS: A look at Arsenal’s moves for a new goalkeeper, as reported by the experts in the news media with a wet finger held up in the breeze and a deadline to hit.

June 30:

Arsenal will buy QPR’s Julio Cesar:

Julio Cesar has dropped his biggest hint yet that he will leave QPR for Arsenal this summer by admitting he wants to continue living in London… when asked if his son had admitted to him that he wants to remain in London, Cesar said: “Yes, me too. I love the city and I’m enjoying living there.”  - Evening Standard

June 29:

A bid has been made for Cesar? This site says it has been:

Arsenal Launch Formal £1.5m Bid for QPR Keeper Julio Cesar – Caught Offiside

But let’s take that with pinch of salt. At the end of May, Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb stated Arsenal has already bought Cesar.

Arsenal have stepped up their interest in QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar – but face a battle with Roma and Fiorentina to land him. – Metro

June 28:

Arsenal have two scouts at the Confederations Cup and are well aware that Cesar is available following QPR’s relegation to the Championship. They have also been monitoring Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Stoke’s Asmir Begovic but either of those options would be likely to cost in excess of £10 million. – Daily Telegraph

The Daily Mail says a deal will be done:

Arsenal will look to complete the signing of Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar after the Confederations Cup. Arsene Wenger wants an experienced goalkeeper to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny.

June 26:

The Sunderland Echo says Cesar is off to join Sunderland.

The Evening Standard says Arsenal want Liverpool’s Pepe:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains a keen admirer of Reina, having tried to sign him two seasons ago, and he is considering a number  of options as he looks to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

The Mail said Arsenal want the Spaniard, having bid £20m for him in 2010.

The Mail also told us:

Cech wanted by Arsenal as patience runs out with mentally fragile Szczesny

That’s the same Mail that also says Szczesny isn’t leaving and will fight Cesar for the No.1 jersey.

June 25:

Cesar is off to Italy?

Arsenal goalkeeping target Julio Cesar refuses to rule out Serie A return. “I played for Inter but this doesn’t preclude my return to Italy,” Cesar told Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport. – Daily Express

Well, he’s not ruled it on. But he’s not ruled it in, either.

The Standard then notes:

Julio Cesar keen on return to Italy

No. That’s not what he said.

More transfer balls every day….

Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: wanted by Real Madrid, Luis Suarez signs for Manchester City and learns German

PA 16339351 Liverpool: wanted by Real Madrid, Luis Suarez signs for Manchester City and learns German

TALKING Balls: Anorak’s look a transfer speculation in the news. Today we look at Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s past week. This is Suarez, the skilful player billed in the British Press as being essentially low-minded and very foreign. He does things that no British gentleman would ever do (unless you’re Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale or, as is alleged, John Terry). Now read on….

June 30:

Daily Star: “JAN MOLBY: LIVERPOOL SHOULD LET LUIS SUAREZ GO”

Molby, 49, said: “Liverpool are preparing for life without Suarez. “It is just a question of getting as much as they can for him. I think Suarez is very keen on moving to Real Madrid.”

Molby thinks Suarez is keen on Madrid. That would be Suarez who said he would “give my soul in every match” for Real and:

A player always aspires to the top, and Madrid are always one of the highest ambitions for any footballer. Every player would love to get to the absolute top and Real Madrid is it.

He also said:

“I don’t feel comfortable here anymore. They know it, so I think it is understandable that I leave.”

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Posted: 30th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Transfer Balls: Gareth Bale to hook up with Ronaldo at Manchester United

PA 16695476 Spurs Transfer Balls: Gareth Bale to hook up with Ronaldo at Manchester United

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s  look at the Tottenham Hotspur in the news media – a murky world between fact and fiction. The latest round of Transfer Balls is typically light on fact and, as ever, features not a single word from either the player or Spurs to suggest Bale is leaving.

Football Espana says “Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has hinted that he will be signing for Tottenham Hotspur, where he expects to link up with Real Madrid target Gareth Bale”.

Hinted? It was Paulinho who said:

“I couldn’t turn them down if they made me an offer. It would be a fantastic opportunity to play for Tottenham.”

Are there any stumbling blocks to the move? The player replies:

“This summer there has been interest in their Coach and their best player[Bale] – and they have been clear they both are not going anywhere.”

What about the reports of Bale’s agent meeting Real Madrid’s accountants?

Former Spurs player Glenn Hoddle tells the Sun:

“If he does move, I think he will settle easier at another club in England. The only ones he can realistically join are Manchester United and Manchester City. He could get Champions League football there. But I want him to stay at Tottenham.”

If? He is staying at Spurs. And, as this blog says, the Manchester Clubs won’t get Bale:

…you would imagine Daniel Levy would rather sell to Real Madrid or PSG than Manchester United.

The Mirror says, “Real Madrid have offered cash AND players to Spurs in a bid to deliver Gareth Bale for newly-appointed boss boss Carlo Ancelotti.”

 

The Star adds:

MANCHESTER UNITED will turn their attention to Gareth Bale if they fail to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

As an aside away from the Daily Transfer Balls, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has produced All Star European and Rest of the World XI for a new fantasy football game. Cooking up a dream team is the kind of thing fans and journalists do when they need to kill time. When Wilshere does it its becomes a story in the Huffington Post entitled:

Jack Wilshere’s Gareth Bale Omission Stems From Jealousy

No. It stems from marketing.

More Balls Balls every day….

 

Posted: 29th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton star Marouane Fellaini wanted by Chelsea and Man City signs 125,000 a week deal at Arsenal

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TRANSFER Balls: A week in the life of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. When we last covered the story, Fellaini was on his way to Arsenal, the Gunners had made a bid and the Belgian has rejected a contract worth £70,000-week. Now read on…

June 28:

Everton Manager Roberto Martinez:

“You are not talking about a player who is out of the squad or in negotiations with another club. I won’t look to speak to him about this because there is nothing to speak about. What I want is him to be ready for the next season, to be ready to take an important role at the club and understand that it is a big season for him. As an individual, he has got an exciting year in front of him and I don’t think he is personally thinking, ‘Am I going to be here?’ I don’t think that’s in his head.” - Thame Today

And:

…Everton have yet to receive offers for the midfielder, who has a clause in his contract that would allow him to move in the event of a £24m bid. The clause expires in mid-August… Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in the 25-year-old – The Times

June 27:

The British transfer window is about to open and Arsenal look set to make some big moves in the coming days. It’s understood Arsene Wenger has been given a transfer kitty of around £60m. Everton’s towering power-house midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a key target for Wenger and he could be ready to trigger the £24million release clause in the Belgium internationals contract. – Winner Sports

What was £70m is now £60m. Also, the Premier League transfer season  begins on the final day of the season and ends on Augusta 31. Other than the that the report is accurate.

June 26:

CaughtOffside understands that Wenger is set to make a £22m bid for Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini, an offer that will trigger the Belgian’s release clause which should set in motion a move to bring the 25 year old to the Emirates Stadium.

£22m or £24m, someone should tell Arsenal. The site adds that Arsenal will offer Fallaini £125,000-a week.

June 25: 

The Daily Mail says Fallaini wants £100,000-a week to play for Arsenal.

The Week says Fellaini earns £75,000-per-week at Everton.

Also, we learn that Zenit St Petersburg or Manchester City are eyeing Fellaini.

And this site adds:

Arsenal Stumble Over Potential £50m Price for Fellaini

June 24:

Fellaini… Who he?

Manchester United & Arsenal lead £5m ‘new Fellaini’ chase. Belgian midfielder Bernard Malanda-Adje is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United - GiveMeSport

June 22:

The Gunners, who have already activated the Belgian’s £22 million release clauseYahoo

June 21:

…the Arsenal manager is considering activating Fellaini’s £23m release clause at Everton. – Evening Standard

Such are the facts. More Transfer Balls every day…

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Gareth Bale ‘signs new contract’ at Spurs as his agent ‘talks to Real Madrid’

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THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the football transfer gossip mill. Having heard Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas state that Bale not leaving the club, today we get news that he is. Well, maybe.

TalkSport says Bale is heading to Real Madrid and Angel di Maria is heading in the opposite direction with lots of cash.

The GiveMeSport site says that’s great news. It says that with new signings, Spurs can improve. Bale is old news. Well, not quote. The Real Madrid spokesperson is talking about him:

“We are on it. The president is excited to bring him [Bale] to Madrid. The new Real Madrid coach Ancelotti also voted his support in the favour of signing the North London sensation by claiming that: ‘If we can bring him here, it would be very good.’”

Or as Ancelotti actually said:

“We’ve not spoken of signings because today is the first day I am here. I cannot give any information on the players who might come in or those who will leave. The squad is very good. In the next few days we will talk with the club about what we need. It has a lot of young players from the youth set-up. That’s good. Having youth products is good because they have ambition and enthusiasm.”

This blog adds:

Despite the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy slapping a 100 million euro price tag on Gareth Bale…

When did he do that? All we know of Levy is that he, apparently,  told AVB that Bale is staying put. AVB told media in Portugal:

“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay.”

Or as the Daily Mirror puts it:

Spaniards hope a players plus cash offer will make Daniel Levy take his fingers out of his ears and stop saying ‘Na, na, na!’

What do Spurs get for Madrid tapping up their player?

Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is among several stars that the Spanish giants are willing to hand over to the White Hart Lane club with in order to land the Premier League’s Player of the Year.

But better than that, the Times says Real are offering Spurs cash and Gonzalo Higuain. That’s he player the Sun has alreayd dubbed ‘Gunnzalo‘ on account of his impending move to Arsenal.

The Express says such things were discussed when the Welshman’s reportedly met Bernabeu officials in  Madrid lest week.

Finally, the Borehamwood & Elstree Times, Gareth Bale has signed a new contract with Tottenham“.

More balls every day….

Posted: 27th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football Balls: Spurs manager Andre Vill-Boas races from Paris and Ryan Giggs begins his Manchester United Countdown

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FOOTBALL Balls: Anorak’s look at summertime reporting of the national game. Today we look at non-sequiturs.

The first features Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, the subject of an article in the Times called “End of an aura at Manchester United, says André Villas-Boas”.

The Spurs coach says without Fergie, United are vulnerable:

“The aura that Sir Alex had, David Moyes does not yet have,” Villas-Boas said. “This could have a direct influence on the players of Manchester and their opponents. United had, because of Sir Alex’s history of winning, an aura of invincibility.

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Posted: 26th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gareth Bale could be sold, says Spurs manager Andre Villa-Boas

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s look at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news:

The Mirror quotes Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas’s words to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay.”

But:

“In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.”

How’s that for blind faith?

 

Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (30) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal buy £50m Gonzalo Higuain for £25.5m with a bid of just £22m

ARSENAL transfer news: more expert views on Gonzalo Higuain in the media:

Is Gonzalo Higuain leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal? Having previously reported that the deal was done and dusted, some voices in the media should consider the words of the player’s agent and father, the one and same Jorge Higuain. He tells La Gazzetta dello Sport:

“Real Madrid will decide. There is still no signature, but I can assure you that agreements with both Arsenal and Juventus are very advanced.”

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Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal swoop for Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and, er, Tony Adams?

PA 1382788 1 Arsenal swoop for Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney and, er, Tony Adams?

ARSENAL balls: A looks at the transfer of Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain and Tony Adams?

Tony Adams says he should be in charge at Arsenal. How you view that news will depend on your opinion of the former Arsenal skipper as either a great on-field captain, an off-the-field mess or a disappointing manager. The Mirror says of Adams:

Arsenal legend Tony Adams reckons he’d make a better Gunners chairman than Sir Chips Keswick

“Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice – and he is 73. If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me”

Tony, no. Sir Chips is Runyonesque. The curent Arsenal upper echelon features ‘Silent’ Stan Kroenke, a Russian-Uzbek heavy called Alisher Usmanov, Farhad Moshiri, Sir Chips, Ken Friar, Lord Harris of Peckham and Ivan Gazidis. It’s a pretty exotic collection of names, although, admittedly, not as wonderful as the pre-Kroenke days when the Arsenal board featured Danny Fiszman, David Dein, Keith Edelman, Richard Carr, Peter Hill-Wood and Nina Bracewell-Smith. Tony Adams is not a name that fits.

Having heard from one former Gunner, TalkSport hears from another, one Perry Groves.

“As an Arsenal fan if you sign Higuain, Rooney and trigger the release clause for Fellaini, then that would increase [the quality of] your side by 30-40% straight away.”

As as Arsenal fans, Groves should have realised by now that he’s dreaming. Or is he? The site SportsPulse says:

Arsenal have made a £23,000,000 bid for Marouane Fellaini’s which activates his release clause and have started talks with the Everton midfielder.

Or as The Daily Post reports:

ARSENAL are expected to finally launch a £24m bid to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

This site says Arsenal have offered Felliani £70,000 a week. The Telegraph says Arsenal “Are ready to activate Marouane Fellaini’s £23 million release clause at Everton.”

On planet football £1million is a small matter.

Ray Parlour, yet another former Gooner being paid to voice an opinion, says:

“They need to go out and spend money now, reports are saying there’s £70m available at the moment. If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d say go out and spend £100m and get the right players to have a real go of it next season.”

Where Wenger gets this extra £30m from does not bother Parlour. It’s football. Money just happens.

On EuroSport, Jan Molby is also talking big numbers:

It’s currently looking like Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will be the first big acquisition, but I would dare to suggest that this potential signing would be the absolute highest they go for anyone all summer. The reported record fee of £25million is still less than what Manchester City, Chelsea and company spend on a lot of players. Sometimes it has even been half the value of a City or Blues purchase.

Everyone else is reporting that Higuain is being bought for £22m or £20m. Molby just thinks bigger. If you are going to speculate, why not just add a few million?

More transfer balls every day…

Photo: Steve Morrow (left), recovering from a broken arm, in the Clementine Churchill Hospital, is visited by his Arsenal team captain Tony Adams, with the Coca-Cola Cup that Arsenal won by beating Sheffield Wednesday. It was, famously, Adams who dropped Morrow during the team’s celebrations at Wembley. 

Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Posters from British wrestling’s glorious heyday

mick McManus Posters from British wrestlings glorious heyday

ONCE upon a time, 4pm on Saturday afternoond meant wrestling on the telly.

You could back the corporate patriot Big Daddy (formerly The Blonde Adonis, Mr. Universe and The Battling Guardsman), the walking famryard Giant Haystacks, Les “Laughing Boy” Kellett, Jackie (“Mr. T.V.”) Pallo, the mysterious Kendo Nagasaki or the villainous – boo! – Mick McManus. You’d tune in to ITV’s World of Sport to see the Greco-Roman tradition enlivened by men in cotton knickers being slapped about the body and head by umbrella and handbag-wielding grannies.

McManus died this year, and we can still heat him crying out in agony – was it real? - “Not the ears, not the ears!” How he hated his ears rubbed.

Was it fixed? Did Big Daddy really put down the gargantuan Haystacks? All real, said McManus:

“It’s ridiculous to say the bouts were fixed. You should have seen the injuries. Sometimes it was impossible to get out of bed the next day because you were battered so badly.”

In 1988, wrestling was taken off the telly. All we’re left with is memories and these wonderful posters:

 

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Malcolm Marshall: ‘You know, I wanna dish out pain’

PA 1242161 Malcolm Marshall: You know, I wanna dish out pain

I ONCE stood very close to the great West Indian cricketer Joel Garner as he was running into bowl at Lord’s. At six feet 8, and holding a rock hard ball high above his head, Garner was the most terrifying and fantastic sight I’d ever seen. Malcolm Marshall was shorter at 5ft 9. But he was faster and deadlier. In his series on the “XI most intimidating bowlers” Allan Donald looks at the fearsome West Indian star who died in 1999.

I walked out of the change room and I sat, because the pitch was nearer the Rea Bank Stand at Edgbaston, near the Colts ground, B field. So I walked right around and I sat in the stand there, and I just watched this guy run in all day.

He was not a tall man. He was skiddy. He had the knack, the skill, of swinging the ball both ways. He took 11 wickets in the game in three days. When I got to the crease eventually, there was a huddle, and I walked past and he said, “Were you the kid sitting in that stand earlier?” I didn’t wanna say anything. I don’t know what was coming.

And I was waiting for something quite harsh to come and he tapped me on the back of my head and he goes, “Good luck, son.”

It took him two balls – just two balls. Just lost my off stump and he swung it away like this.

He only demolished Donald’s stump. Be thankful.

He had this passion for knocking over batsmen. This passion for hurting batsmen and this passion for helping others, and that to me was priceless. I learnt so much. Andy Lloyd, who was my captain at Warwickshire, Malcolm ended his career in two balls. I saw the photo of Lloyd lying on the ground and holding his face. It was two balls in a Test and it was all over.

He had this thing about this pain factor that he always talked about. He found a lot of pleasure of really not only just intimidating them but he found a lot of pleasure in saying, “You know, I wanna dish out pain.” 

I was there:

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Gareth Bale: Spurs wants Real Madrid to bid £100m for Manchester United’s Bale in 2014

PA 4730818 Gareth Bale: Spurs wants Real Madrid to bid £100m for Manchester Uniteds Bale in 2014

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s daily look at the Tottenham Hotpsur star in the news. Today’s transfer balls:

Wales Online: “Wales legend Mel Charles says Gareth Bale’s £80m price tag is ‘ridiculous’”

Has he got a price tag? In the Press, Bale’s value has fluctuated between £60m and £85m. But Spurs have not broadcast any asking price. Who is this legend that knows better?

But the brother of John Charles says Bale’s rating as one of the world’s best should be something Wales is proud of

The legend is John Charles’ brother. Can you name him?

Former Wales and Arsenal star Mel Charles, whose brother John left Leeds for Juventus in a then British record transfer record deal of £65,000 in 1957, said the money talked about in the rumoured Bale switch is “ridiculous”.

If a decent player like Mel Charles is a legend, what does that make the great John Charles – a god?

In any case, £85m is meagre. The Star is rounding it up to a neat £100m

The Star: “DANIEL LEVY: £100M NOT ENOUGH FOR REAL MADRID TO LAND GARETH BALE”

Oddly, Levy doesn’t make any statement. He apparently prefers to talk to a friend who talks to the paper:

White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy has told friends he will not budge in his stance to ensure the Wales wonder stays for one more year. And that means rejecting a staggering £100m offer – £20m more than Real paid Man United for Cristiano Rionaldo.

One said: “He held firm when Chelsea wanted Luka Modric and is showing the same determination this time. Daniel also thinks it is for Gareth’s own good. He believes he is still learning and will get better if he remains with them. Who knows what will happen in a year’s time? The club might even lose money but Daniel is prepared gamble on it.

“He wants the best for Spurs and Gareth and even if Madrid raised their bid to £100million he will resist.”

But if Real Madrid want to up their purported £85m bid to £100m they can alsy see if Mr Levy’s friends are right.

After that horse trading, we learn that Real will lose out to Manchester United:

The Sunday Express: “David Moyes has Gareth Bale in his sights”

If Rooney, who fell out with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of last season, still wants to leave, then Moyes will contemplate using the England striker in a swap deal plus cash for 28-year-old Ronaldo. If he wants to stay, then United will step up attempts to bring Wales international Bale to Old Trafford.

Has Moyes got £101m?

Despite Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s assertion that Bale will remain in North London at least for another season, aimed at putting Real Madrid off the scent, United sources indicate that Moyes’ new employers believe they are in with a decent chance of sealing a deal which would be worth around £60m.

Then United could swiftly sell Bale to Madrid for £85m or £100m. Easy money.

After that bilge, the Express reports:

It’s believed Perez has reneged on an agreement hatched between the clubs which would see Bale remain at Spurs for another season with no bids from the Bernabeu until next summer.

Byt which time Bale will be at United, as reported in the trusty Express

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