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Transfer Balls: Manchester City CAN Get Messi, Chelsea can’t but Manchester United could

Transfer Balls: Manchester City are buying Lionel Messi. Well, sort of. The Sun leads with news that City “CAN”get Messi.

 

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The “City Transfer Taunt” leads to a news story based on a line.

MANUEL PELLEGRINI has opened the door to a bank-busting Manchester City move for Lionel Messi.

How?

Pellegrini spoke about Messi after completing a £28million deal for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

Well, sort of. He was aked about Messi. And he replied:

“It’s normal we are linked with the best players in the market.”

And the taunt? That’s it. The £480m deal?

Messi, 27, has a £210m buy-out clause in his contract… The Argentine maestro would expect a six-year deal worth around £270m, taking any switch to a staggering £480m.

But if Messi won’t come to Pellegrini, will Pelligrini go to Messi at Barcelona?

“They are just rumours. I am very happy at City and I still have a year and a half on my contract.”

In other news, espn says today:

Lionel Messi: Why only Man Utd and Real Madrid can afford to buy him

The Mail reported a week ago:

Lionel Messi commits his future to Barcelona after Chelsea and PSG interest

Such are the facts…

 

Posted: 15th, January 2015 | In: Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Transfer Balls: Delph, Rabiot, Benteke and a ‘new Messi’ lead the charge

Spurs Transfer Balls: so who are Tottenham buying this January Transfer Window? We’ve looked through the mainstream media for insight into which footballers at heading to The Lane. It turns out ther are loads of them. Grab the scattergun:

Evening Standard: “Tottenham transfer news: Spurs eye Seydou Doumbia but club are reluctant to meet forward’s £25m buy-out clause”

The Indy: “Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike continues to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane after his agent claimed Tottenham remain in the hunt for the Nigeria international.”

The Indy: “Spurs enter race for £27m Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan; Carlos Bacca deal close”

Belfast Telegraph: “Spurs desperate to land in-form striker Danny Ings

Telegraph: “Villa face losing 25-year-old Fabian Delph for nothing at the end of his contract in the summer, but, again, Tottenham believe the Midlands club are prepared to forgo the fee they could get for the England international now in a bid to boost their chances of survival.”

Daily Express: “Liverpool LEADING Arsenal and Spurs in £5m to land ‘Iranian Messi’ Sardar Azmoun

Evening Standard: “PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot wants Spurs loan move”

Daily Mirror: “Spurs have their eyes on a series of strikers from West Brom’s Saido Berahino to Valencia’s Paco Alcacer to long-term target Christian Benteke… Napoli’s experienced Spanish star Raul Albiol is one ambitious target.”

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Posted: 14th, January 2015 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Perin, Gomis and Moreno arrive

Transfer Balls – Arsenal: To date Arsenal have been linked to – get this – 59 players. Not by some small websites. The mainstream media has said Arsenal are buying players in batches. And there are more:

Daily Express: “Arsenal will consider launching a £12million bid to sign Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.” The Mirror calls him “the new Buffon”.

Daily Mail: “Arsene Wenger is considering a move to sign Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis.”

Daily Mail: “Arsenal eye up swoop for Mexican centre back Hector Moreno to bolster defence”

Those three new players make it 62.

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Posted: 14th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Thomas Muller and Paul Pogba say the same thing to Manchester United

Transfer Balls: a look at football rumour, speculation and what unnamed sources say being passed off as fact in the mainstream media. Today, the Daily Express exels itself with a news of Manchester United, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller.

 

 

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Well, dealing with head scoop in turn:

Lionel Messi is not going to Cheslea.

Paul Pogba is not leaving Juventus for Manchester United.

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Posted: 12th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Aymeric Laporte and Nathaniel Clyne make it 30

Manchester United Transfer Balls: let’s catch-up with players signed by United this January Transfer window. The experts in the mainstream media have been informative:

Daily Mirror: “Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is also interesting Manchester United”

Daily Star: “Manchester United are trying to sign 20-year-old Athletic Bilbao centre-half Aymeric Laporte for £25m.”

Previously United have signed: Hugo Loris,Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels, Benedikt HowedesArjen RobbenWesley SneijderMorgan SchneiderlinDaniel Alves, Radamel Falcao, Sergio Busquets, Pepe, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop, Tyrone Mings, Gareth Bale, Enzo Perez, Nicolas Gaitan, Kevin Strootman, Seamus Coleman, Fabio Coentrao, Adil Rami, Ron Vlaar, Virgil van DijkMarco Reus, Victor Valdes (done deal!), Martin Odegaard, Nigel De Jong and Lewis Cook.

Running total of players linekd to Manchester United by the mainstream media: 30

Posted: 12th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paul Gascoigne Death Watch: The Sun scans Gazza’s ‘slippers’ for signs of a story

Paul Gascoigne Liver Watch: the Sun can’t leave Paul Gascoinge alone. The former Spurs, Newcastle and England footballer has been fighting alcoholism.

The Sun has taken it upon itself to keep track of Gazza, seeking signs of stories in his bins, hair and shoes. Unable to find one it creates a story from a photo of Gascoigne at the shops in Liliput, Poole.

 

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The story – an “EXCLUSIVE” (as in we bought the photo taken from across the road) – trills:

TROUBLED star Paul Gascoigne shuffles out of his local off licence in a pair of slippers. The former England football idol was sporting a new beard as he emerged from a branch of Oddbins.

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Posted: 11th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal sign Mandzukic, Bony, Berahino, Stegen and Rodriguez

Throughout this January Tranfer Window, Anorak has been noting the players Arsenal are going to sign. Like you, we’ve not heard a murmer from the Gunners about any players. They like to keep these things quiet until a deal is done. But the experts in the maintream media have ‘sources’. Usually one newspaper’s scoop is dutifully repeated as a scoop by its rivals. No facts. No sources. Just repetition.

So many players are heading to Arsenal, we’ve grouped them into batches:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

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Posted: 10th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ched Evans: blame Operation Yewtree for the hysterical trolls

Janie Turner looks at why Ched Evens is riding high on the news cycle. Ched Evan is, the convicted rapidt looking to return to professional football:

The forces used to stymie Evans’s return to football are extrajudicial, unfair and counter to the principle of rehabilitation of offenders. But this is not mob rule. Evans is simply unfortunate to have committed his crime at a moment when attitudes to rape and sexual violence have undergone a sudden, profound shift.

There is a thesis to be written about how our national consciousness was changed by the official reports and Operation Yewtree trials that followed Jimmy Savile’s death. Week after week, we were battered with revelations about the depravity of celebrated men. Avuncular stars, whose TV shows we loved as kids, who our mums would have trusted to take us out in their Rollers…

Being bombarded by these trials and reminded of an era when rape was brushed over, when copping a feel was a boss’s right, has, I believe, affected many British women. It not only made them angry; it made them bold. No longer would they let men, especially famous ones, act with impunity…

Ched was not the first. He just got soaked when the weather changed. Football is famous for young men who believe their wealth and status gives them licence to be sexual predators. What Evans did in a hotel room with his friend Clayton McDonald, who was cleared, was a “roasting”: several such footballer gang-bang/gang-rapes have come close to prosecution before.

Roasting has a modus operandi: find a drunk submissive girl (“I got a bird,” McDonald texted Evans, who rushed round with mates to video it); take turns to have sex with her; discard without care. If the FA won’t ban convicted rapists, maybe the tale of Ched Evans, the clubless pariah, who wasn’t even saved by his girlfriend’s daddy’s giant chequebook, might make them think twice.

So much for the climate. But the crime remains the same. What’s changed is the online petitioners are trolling Ched Evans, using his notoriety to prove their worth. The worrying thing is that the fevered and hysterical tone of reporting on the matter stymie debate and enforces a single view.

Posted: 10th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: plucky ‘underdogs’ Manchester United seduce Mats Hummels

Transfer Balls: Are Manchester United buying Mats Hummels, the Borissia Dortmund and Germany defender?

The Mirror tells its readers that if the price is right, Hummels is on his way to Old Trafford:

Manchester United launch £35million Mats Hummels bid as Van Gaal looks to capitalise on Dortmund woes

Back in October, the Mirror said that United would not get Hummels:

 

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The Guardian told its readers that Hummels would never leave Dortmund:

 

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He had told German media:

“I’ve been here [Dortmund] for six and a half years and it’s simply more exciting and more difficult to win trophies as an underdog.

“Everybody can win things with 25 superstars in the squad. At BVB, every single player has more responsibility but also more opportunity. It’s difficult to win trophies with Dortmund but it’s always possible. And when it happens, the feeling is simply indescribable.

“When we won the championship for a second time in 2012, each one of us could have gone wherever we wanted. But I thought: ‘No, what we have here is something truly unique.’ I’m happy I felt this way. You don’t often find a team where people are really friends with each other. If you’ve got the chance to play at such a high level with your mates you have to hold on to that for as long as possible.”

Which leds nicely to the Mirror’s back page, which has news of plucky underdogs Manchester United:

 

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Such are the facts…

 

 

 

 

Posted: 10th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who Replaces Andy Townsend at ITV Football: hooting simpletons, ‘better’ bores and other options

RAPTUROUS cheers broke out across Britain yesterday as ITV confirmed that Andy Townsend’s contract won’t be renewed when it expires in the summer.

Andy has been in-and-around ITV Football for over a decade now, including his much maligned ‘Tactics Truck’. He’s best known for ending every single sentence with ‘Clive’, stating exactly what’s happened a full 3 seconds after viewers have watched the incident AND replay of the event.

Quite simply, it is mystifying how Townsend held a job for so long on television. Then again, ITV also gave Jim Beglin a wage. At all. ITV are, of course, batshit mental.

Also on his way out is the nice, but ultimately ineffectual presenter that is Matt Smith.

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Posted: 9th, January 2015 | In: Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Persecution of Ched Evans: slum player in Hillsborough ‘fury’

Did the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association compare the “plight” of Ched Evans, the footballer jailed for raping a woman at a north Wales hotel, to the Hillsborough disaster?

The Times says he did:

 

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The Times reports:

Yesterday it was announced that Evans’s move to Oldham Athletic had collapsed, and he also apologised “for the effects” of his actions, while continuing to maintain his innocence. After the announcement, Gordon Taylor caused outrage when he made the “insensitive parallel” in a Radio 5 Live interview.

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Posted: 9th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Isco, Ramos and Luis Suarez arrive in a party of 54 new signings

Arsenal Transfer Balls: it’s been a busy, busy, BUSY January for Arsenal, who had at the last count bought 48 new players. Well, so say the experts in the mainstream media.

We’re onto Batch 6 of new Arsenal signgings. And it’s only January 9.

Today there is more news:

Daily Express: “Sergio Ramos puts Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal on RED ALERT with Premier League admission – SERGIO RAMOS has admitted he is more tempted by a move to Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea with every passing day.”

Number of mentions of Arsenal: zero. In fact. Ramos does not mention a single Premier League club. Not entirely incidentally, Ramos is in negotiations over a new Real Madrid contract.

The Metro: “Arsenal’s transfer moves for Edinson Cavani, Paolo Dybala and Jonathan Calleri are all in the balance”

Daily Mirror: “Arsenal ‘turn attention to Gabriel Paulista after back-tracking on Loic Perrin interest'”

The Mirror adds:

The Gunners were said to be keen on Saint-Etienne’s Perrin but have now decided that a move for the Brazilian defender is a more viable option

Said by whom? Well, there was that story in the…  Mirror, the one with no quotes, no proof, no sources (named or unnamed).  But hats off to the Mirror for debunbking its own Balls.

Daily Express: “Gunners renew Suarez bid”

Arsenal have bid for Barcelona’s Luis Suarez? No. They haven’t.

Daily Mirror:  “Arsenal news and transfers: Isco targeted in blockbuster £64MILLION move?”

Of course they are. Could any Arsenal fans doubt it?

Arsenal are preparing an incredible £64m move for Real Madrid star Isco in the hope to beat up off competition from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City…

But not from Manchester United. Maybe the Mirror’s saving that scoop for another day?

Total: 6 news players.

Previously:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

Batch 5: Nabil Fekir, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Busquets, Lucas Silva, Marco Reus, Matt Targett, Sebastian Giovinco, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic,, Gabriel Barbosa and Malcolm Silva.

Batch 6: Juan Quinetero

Running total of new Arsenal players: 54.

Posted: 9th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Messi & Luis Suarez Cheslea and Manchester City bound?

THE Premier League has a lot of money, so every time someone half-decent flutters their eyelashes at the transfer market, there’s a good chance that player will be wooed by an English team.

With that, the Premier League could well see two of the world’s most famous players – although, famous for different reasons. Barcelona are having some problems with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who could both be dreaming of England and potentially starring in MOTD 2’s ‘2 Good 2 Bad’ section (which is all any player wants).

At the Nou Camp, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been under pressure as things aren’t running as smoothly as they have been. There’s a lot of chatter about a rift with Lionel Messi, who has been linked with a move to England for a while now. Reports say that Messi and Enrique fought through training last week, which the Barca coach refers to as “inaccurate and ill intentioned”.

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Posted: 8th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Van Gaal signs Arjen Robben, Gareth Bale and 26 others

Manchester United Transfer Balls: let’s catch-up with players signed by United this January Transfer window. The experts in the mainstream media have been informative:

So far United have signed: Hugo Loris,Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels, Benedikt HowedesArjen RobbenWesley SneijderMorgan SchneiderlinDaniel Alves, Radamel Falcao, Sergio Busquets, Pepe, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop, Tyrone Mings, Gareth Bale, Enzo Perez, Nicolas Gaitan, Kevin Strootman, Seamus Coleman, Fabio Coentrao, Adil Rami, Ron Vlaar, Virgil van Dijk and Marco Reus.

Now read on…

Daily Mail: “Meanwhile, United will accelerate contract talks with goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, after agreeing an 18-month deal with World Cup winner Victor Valdes.”

M.E.N: “Manchester United look set to miss out on highly-rated Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, who may move to Real Madrid.”

Daily Star: “AC Milan are ready to accept an offer from Manchester United for their midfielder Nigel De Jong.”

Daily Star: “Leeds have offered rising star Lewis Cook a new contract to fend off interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.”

Running total of players signed by Manchester United this Janaury: 28. And counting…

Posted: 8th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Transfer Balls: Mario Balotelli is not a patch on Mario Balotelli

Is it time for Liverpool to get shot of Mario Balotelli? Well, reading the Daily Mail you would think it was.

On August 31, 2014, Neil Ashton told Mail raders:When Rodgers reviews the tape of this game, he will be impressed with Balotelli. He worked hard and did the dirty work…

Then there is the unseen side, carrying out tactical instructions for the benefit of the Liverpool team. When Tottenham won their first corner of the game midway through the first half, he ran at three-quarter pace to make sure he was back in time to mark Younes Kaboul. Impressive stuff…

Balotelli is already part of the Liverpool family, sitting neatly into the environment Rodgers has created for this expressive team…

…when Balotelli settles into a routine of life at Liverpool and starts knocking in the goals again, he will wear the shirt of the Azzurri once again. We know he has the quality.

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Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Caley Thistle tell fans to ‘pay what you can’

THE topic of ticket prices in British football is a hot one. English fans will know that they’re routinely paying more to watch live football than any other country. There’s the small matter of everyone being skint, so what is being done about it?

Well, Inverness Caledonian Thistle have an idea which they’re trialling – and provided no-one takes the piss, it could be a real winner!

Caley Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron has announced that the club are doing a ‘Pay What You Can’ initiative, in a bid to get more supporters through the door at the Caledonian Stadium.

The Scottish Premiership club will test this move for the game against  St Johnstone on Tuesday, January 20th and, if it works, other teams should take note.

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Not only will the Caley Thistle fans be getting the best of the initiative, but the offer will also be extended to the travelling Saints supporters too. The Inverness chairman said: “If we can attract fans through the turnstiles on the evening of the 20th it will be a win-win for all.”

“Those that come will not only be paying ‘what they can’ but will also be generating match day income by buying merchandise, a match magazine, a coffee, pie or Bovril, and of course, they will add to the atmosphere which we all know means a lot to the management team and the lads.”

“If they like the action on offer on the pitch – and John Hughes is fielding a highly attractive team this season playing excellent football – then perhaps this incentive can be the trigger to their returning to further matches. We often hear in the press that games in Scotland are overpriced and if prices were slashed crowds would increase dramatically, well this is certainly an opportunity to dip our toes in the water and see if this is really the case.”

“We feel it is certainly worth trying and if it successful we would certainly look at doing it again and then the carry-over from that would be a full review of our pricing structures for next season.”

And, even further, Caley Thistle will also allow free entry to children (under 12) when accompanied by a paying adult at the Highland derby against Ross County on January 31st.

That’s how you do it.

Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Marco Reues, Sami Khedira are two of 48 new signings and COUNTING

Arsenal Transfer Balls: let’s catch-up on what players are being signed by Arsenal in the Janaury 2014 Trasnfer Window. The Press are never wrong.

Today the Star says Arsenal are signing Juan Quinetero:

SOUTHAMPTON manager Ronald Koeman is ready to battle Arsenal to sign Porto’s Columbian World Cup star Juan Quintero.

Number of quotes from Arsenal, the players, scouts or even an unnamed ‘source’: zero.

Yeah, just one player. The odd thing is that Arsenal are usually players in batches. Let’s recap:

Batch 1: William Carvalho, James McCarthy, Mario Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Loris Karius, Ilkay Gundogan, Teddy Bishop.

Batch 2: Loic Perrin, Mattia Destro, Federico Valverde, Rayan Souici, Sami Khedira, Yohan Cabaye, Ayoze Perez, Bruno Martins Indi, Moussa Sissoko and Takefusa Kubo.

Batch 3: Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, Adrien Rabiot, Stephan El Shaarawy, Marcelo Brozovic, Krystian Bielik, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Victor Wanyama, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adil Rami, Paul Pogba, Sebastian Lichtsteiner, Morgan Schneiderlin and Winston Reid.

Batch 4: Aymeric Laporte, Virgil van Dijk and Ron Vlaar.

Batch 5: Nabil Fekir, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Busquets, Lucas Silva, Marco Reus, Matt Targett, Sebastian Giovinco, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic,, Gabriel Barbosa and Malcolm Silva.

Running total of new Arsenal recruits this January, as told by the Press: a decent 48.

Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Transfer Balls: Karim Benzema and nine other players kickstart the Anfield revolution

Transfer Balls catches up with comings and goings at Liverpool. Over the current transfer window there have been no new arrivals at Anfield. But the Press need exclusives. So. Let’s see who is defintely heading to Liverpool.

So far, we’ve bene told that Xherdan Shaqiri has signed for Liverpool and Inten Milan; Saido Berahino for £20m; Wilfried BonyJermain Defoe; Luciano Vietto; and Steven Gerrard, as soon as he, er, leaves.

 

Karim Benzema:

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Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rabbit tennis: Lycra suits are designed to give racing camels the edge

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“The full body suit can help racing camels run faster, while the cream of the species entered into camel beauty contests will have the ability to stand taller after using the suit,” says Abu Dhabi’s Al Shibla Middle East.
The mission statement from the company retailing its full lycra camel suits to the camel racing community is worth repeating:
Sportswear and equipment is a booming business. Everywhere we look we can see people in tracksuits, swimwear, football kits and jogging shorts-we are told to use the proper attire or else we risk injury, inefficiency or even disqualification. The development of ever more impressive technologies to help advance this market is relentless, and the enterprise is rapidly expanding. But why should this be limited to humans?
Rabbit tennis?

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Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: Sports, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United buy Chelsea fan Paul Pogba for £21m more than he’s worth

Transfer Balls: So. Paul Pogba, the France and Juventus footballer. What’s he up to?

Well, so far, the experts in the mainstream media have told us: Manchester United have bought him for £60m; he’s a Chelsea fanan Arsenal fan; heading to Arsenal for £40m and to Manchester United for £77m; is loved by Manchester City; and is heading to Liverpool for £50m.

 

The latest news is that Paul Pogba is worth £56.4m:

Messi should cost an eye-watering £172m if anyone (Chelsea, Man City, PSG) is seriously considering making a bid for the forward. That’s according to CIES Football Observatory research into the current market values of the world’s leading players….

Here’s the Top 10: 1. Lionel Messi £172.6m, 2. Cristiano Ronaldo £104.3m, 3. Eden Hazard £77.6m, 4. Diego Costa £65.9m, 5. Paul Pogba £56.4m, 6. Sergio Aguero £51m, 7. Raheem Sterling £49.4m, 8. Cesc Fabregas £48.6m, 9. Alexis Sanchez £47.8m, 10. Gareth Bale £47m…

Such are the facts…

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Steven Gerrard misses the pink

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is leaving the club at this season’s end. That means we will have five long months of tributes to ‘Stevie G’.  Today’s words to the wise are from the BBC’s commentator Guy Mowbray, who watching Gerrard score the two decisive goals in plucky Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round win over mighty AFC Wimbledon (#justice), opined:

“If (Steven) Gerrard does complete his hat-trick he will pick up the one memento he doesn’t have – a pink match ball”

Well, as he quips, that and a Premier League winners’ medal…

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Xherdan Shaqiri signs for Liverpool and Inten Milan

 

Transfer Balls: Is Xherdan Shaqiri heading to the Premier League? Let’s see what the to-deadline experts are saying:

Daily Mirror, June 4:

Liverpool have also made a firm approach for Bayern Munich’s World Cup star Xherdan Shaqiri, with the English club committing to a fee of around £10m with the German champions.

Talk Sport, January 5:

Inter Milan have beaten Liverpool in the race to sign Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri…

Daily Express, January 5:

Liverpool WIN RACE for Bayern’s Xherdan Shaqiri after TRUMPING Inter’s wage offer

Daily Mail, Janaury 6:

Xherdan Shaqiri and his brother Erdin will be in Munich on Wednesday to hold crunch talks with Bayer Munich about a move to either Inter Milan or Liverpool. The Bayern Munich forward is well liked by Brendan Rodgers but Liverpool are reluctant to spend now and would prefer to look at a deal in the summer instead. Inter have offered a £2million loan deal, similar to the one proposed to Arsenal for Lukas Podolski, but Bayern want to sell outright and would like Liverpool to come to the table.

Such are the facts…

 

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football Balls: In 1967 Leões FC posed for this great team photo

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In 1967 Leões FC, based in Peniche, Portugal, posed for this great team photo. That protective headgear sported by goalkeeper on the far right shames Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech’s helmet.

Other things to note:

* Donald Sutherland in a great moustache

* Robin Van Persie’s dad

* Little Ron Atkinson

* Jeremy Clarkson

* Dennis Wise (far right)

Spotter: Pies

 

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: drive begins to get rid of smoking Wojciech Szczesny

How do Arsenal get rid of their failing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny?

Well, the biggest story in the world of sport, according to the Mirror, is that Szczesny followed his shoddy performance against Southampton – he got an assist for both Saints goals in a 2-0 defeat –  by smoking a cigarette in the shower:

 

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The Sun agrees that smoking a cigarette is a huge deal. But unlike the Mirror’s “Smoking Gun” it opts for ‘Smoking Gunn”.

 

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Both paper agrees that the Gunners’ ‘keeper was fined £20,000 for “SMOKING in the showers after a game”.

Fans of frugal Arsenal might hope the Pole smokes a pack a day, the £20,000-a-pop cigarettes boosting Arsenal’s coffers until Szczesny’s paying to pay and the club can afford a better alternative.

 

Unless it’s all just nonsense. The Sun waters down the fury of the smoking Gunner by calling the smoke “crafty” and “cheeky”:

 

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The report ends:

Former Arsenal star John Jensen had claimed on Danish TV that Szczesny, 24, had suffered a bitter fall-out with Wenger and would not play again this season. The club denied this specific allegation and say Szczesny remains part of their first-team plans.

And he will do just as soon as they can get shot of the player whose as use as as a wet fag…

Posted: 6th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Transfer Balls: Gunners sign the ‘new Pogba’, the ‘new Messi’ and 31 others

Arsenal Transfer Balls: So far this transfer window, the mainstream media have reported that Arsenal are buying 23 players. Yeah, that’s all.

But that’s not all. Today we read that Arsenal are buying even more footballers:

 

Loic Perrin:

The Indy: “Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Loic Perrin confirms interest from Gunners”

 

Mattia Destro:

Daily Star: £12 bid for the Roma striker. Well, maybe.

 

Federico Valverde:

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Posted: 5th, January 2015 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0