Posted on | June 13, 2013 | No Comments
Javier Zanetti was offered a one year contract extension which will keep him at Inter until the summer of 2014. His current contract was about to expire this month.
Zanetti’s career was put in doubt when he suffered a terrible injury at Achilles tendon. Even if he declared that he will recover from the injury and that he will came back stronger most of the fans were pessimist about his return. But there are some great news from Italy.
The 39 years old player has signed a contract extension with Inter and gives the fans all over the World hopes that they will see him soon the field.
Zanetti declared that he is delighted to have signed a new contract and wanted to thank Inter for their support. The former Banfield man hopes to repay club support on the field.
Zanetti is Inter’s legend and it would be a pity to end his career in such a manner.
Posted on | June 7, 2013 | No Comments
Losing the Premier League title into the city rivals favor and the Champions League disastrous campaign haven’t gone without consequences at Manchester City. The first victim was Roberto Mancini who was sacked by City’s board.
But that’s not all as the English giants have started the transfer campaign with two big signings in order to increase their chances of winning the title next season. According to betting odds Manchester United are still the favorites to win the Premier League next season. Until then you can check the daily naps for some horse racing tips.
Fernandinho signing came just a few days after Jesus Navas arrival. The Brazilian midfielder has cost City €40 millions and he signed a four years deal with the club.
It’s well known that City is used to pay more than other clubs to get the players they want but €40 millions is a big sum even for them. That’s why some of their fans have started to put questions about the transfer.
Fernandinho played only for Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe and that’s why he is a new figure for most of the fans. Also he has made only five appearances for Brazil squad due to the same reason. Even if Shakhtar dominated the Ukraine league in the last decade and they won the Uefa Cup in 2009, Fernandinho made himself noticed last year in Champions League group stages.
The Brazilian playmaker is one of the few top player who can play on both fronts, attack and defence. He is the type of player that is called “box to box” midfielder. His passing and long shots makes him a complete player and that’s why City wanted him so much.
On the other part we must say that Lucescu, the Shakhtar coach, did not wanted to let his star leave for less that 40 millions which was his release clause.
City will appoint a new coach soon and it is believed that Manuel Pellegrini will be announced in the following days.
Posted on | June 5, 2013 | No Comments
Manchester City have announced the signing of the Spanish international Jesus Navas. The transfer fee is believed to be around €25 millions and the player has signed a five years contract with the English club.
The 27 years old winger is the first summer signing for Manchester City. It is believed that Manuel Pellegrini, the new coach, has insisted for the Spaniard international.
Navas has spent his entire career at Sevilla. He has made the debut in football in 2003. Since then Navas had a few offers from other clubs but the player refused to leave his city. It looks like the player has got over those problems and is ready for a new chapter of his career.
Navas has won 2 Uefa Cup, European Super Cup, 2 Copa del Rey and one Spanish Cup with Sevilla.
Posted on | May 31, 2013 | No Comments
AS Monaco have confirmed the signing of Radamel Falcao. The 27 years old forward will reunite with his former Porto colleagues Moutinho and Rodriguez. This is the fourth big signing for Monaco as the French club have also signed Carvalho who’s contract with Real Madrid has expired.
The transfer sum is not known but probably Monaco have paid the release clause for the Colombian star, which is believed to be around €60 millions. Falcao was brought at Atletico Madrid from Porto for €45 millions in 2011 to replace Aguero who left for Manchester City. The Colombian has signed a five years contract with the French side.
Probably Monaco will became a force in Europe but they will have to wait for at least one year to play in European competitions. Their goal for next season is to finish top 3 which would guarantee a place in Champions League for the next season.
Falcao scored 31 goals for Atletico this year and helped the club reach Champiosn League place and won Copa del Rey against their rivals from Real Madrid.
Posted on | May 30, 2013 | No Comments
It has been confirmed that Stoke have appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager and he will appear at a press conference at the club’s training headquarters this morning.
The former QPR boss replaces long term manager of seven years Tony Pulis, who left Stoke last week by mutual consent. Hughes had a tough spell at QPR; he was in charge for 11 months in which he only won 8 out of 34 games, which lead to him being sacked. The Welshman was replaced by Harry Redknapp shortly after.
Hughes will meet with the Stoke chairman Peter Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes at the media gathering at Stokes’ Clayton Wood training base today, in which it is said they will confirm the appointment.
“We had lots of inquiries about the job, including some very interesting names, but we decided Mark Hughes was a fit for us”, said Chairman Peter Coates in a recent interview with the Stoke Sentinel.
“His record speaks for itself. He has done excellently by anyone’s standards. He’s also a thoughtful, intelligent man with an intense desire to win.”
In his playing career Hughes has played for the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and scored over 200 goals.
Hughes managed Wales on a part time bases where he guided them to a World Cup qualifying play off. He started his club managerial career at Blackburn in 2004 which saw him lead Rovers to three successive top 10 finishes before leaving the club in 2008 to take charge at Manchester City.
Despite a heavy period of investment, Hughes was unable to deliver success at City and was sacked in December 2009. A positive stretch at Fulham in 2010-11 saw the London club finish eighth in the Premier League and helped rebuild the Welshman’s reputation.
After just one season in charge at Craven Cottage, Hughes resigned and started his spell at QPR in January 2012, replacing Neil Warnock. Hughes was sacked 11 months later after he was unable to move Rangers away from the bottom of the table despite healthy financial backing in the transfer window.
Following news of the appointment betting-news.co.uk posted a tweet showing one fan who protested by parking his van outside the stadium with a large sign saying ‘Hughes Out!’. The appointment of Mark Hughes may not be popular with fans according the chairman of Stoke City’s supporters club Bryan Shaw.
“From all the people available, he would not have been my first choice, although he has a reasonable record apart from at QPR,” he said.
“If you ask the majority of Stoke supporters, Mark Hughes would not be their first choice. That said, whoever the chairman appoints we have to get behind. We just have to hope he proves us wrong.”
Posted on | May 7, 2013 | No Comments
Lates news from Premier Leagues suggest that Arsenal are in negotiations with Fiorentina over the transfer of their star Stevan Jovetic.
Arsene Wenger is ready to spend high and challenge for a trophy this year as he is willing to add two new strikers to the squad. One of them is Jovetic from Fiorentina.
The Serie A club value Jovetic at around €25 – €30 millions a bit more than Arsenal valuation who are willing to offer not more than €23 millions. The negotiations will probably start at around €20 millions.
According to the sport bet Jovetic was close to leaving Fiorentina last year for Manchester City along with Nastasic but the Italians have convinced the Montenegrin striker to stay for one more year.
Lewandowski and Dzeko are the other candidates for the target man position. A partnership like Jovetic – Lewandowski or Jovetic – Dzeko whould be lethal for any Premier League side.
Arsenal are looking also for a goalkeeper, right defender, central defender and a central midfielder.
Posted on | April 4, 2013 | No Comments
It is well known that rugby is one of the most toughest sports. Hutt Old Boys Marist players have started to wore the electronic mouthguards to detect better the concussions and ensure better the players healthy.
The mouthguards were imported from US by the team doctor to measure the received by the players on the field.
The players wore the mouthguards last game against Wainuiomata in the Swindale Shield match and will probably do the same on Saturday game against Oriental-Rongotai. The rugby odds are giving them as favorites for the game.
King, the team doctor, started this work after he witnessed the dead of Leaonardo Va’a in 1998. The player died on the field after he suffered a few concussions and a bleed on his brain. The player was declared dead at the arrival at the hospital. That incident marked King and determined him to want to know more about it.
He started to work in rugby last year when HOBM decided that all players should make the tests after every match.
King declared that the New Zealand Rugby union is not involved in this even if they know all about it. The club players are forced to take a break of three weeks in case of a diagnosed concussion. Unfortunately this is only for professional players.
King also declared that most of the players have embraced the concept but there are some of them who were reluctant in accepting it.
Posted on | February 8, 2013 | No Comments
Latest reports from the sports betting and online casino industry conclude that sports’ betting is on the rise. Here we will look at some of major trends that are affecting sports betting revenues.
Mobile sports betting is having a significant impact on the market and is changing the whole demographic of sports bettors by bringing in a much younger group of participants. The ability to make bets at any time, in any place and to stay current with up to the minute information is a big attraction.
In play betting is another expanding area and new technology has improved user experience considerably. It is particularly applicable to specific sports, but there have been occasions in recent times where it has gained a tarnished reputation because of corruption. However it seems to have recovered from that and is trending upwards.
Both the Olympics and Euro 2012 have had a large positive effect on the market even though all the bets on who would light the cauldron at the opening ceremony were refunded. However, while betting on Olympic sports generated significant revenues, there was also a negative effect on other forms of sports betting with some operators reporting an overall dip in revenues.
Sports betting is increasingly being seen as an alternative to speculating on the stock exchange. Many of today’s sports betters are highly sophisticated and are finding that they can make more money from that than they can from more conventional investments.
Horse racing is one area of sports betting that is currently in decline. It seems that the principal problem is the inability to attract young people to the horse racing scene. British Horse racing has made several attempts to do so, but have fallen at every hurdle. It seems that horse racing simply does not appeal to the younger generation, and the reason is that probably there are just too many alternatives on offer.
Last year saw sports betting revenues rise to £800 million, and it seems that the rising trend is set to continue for the foreseeable future.
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Posted on | October 25, 2012 | No Comments
Alongside the strong promotion of the league – both through live television coverage and the availability of promotional activities at online casino sites and other places, one of the factors which greatly contributes to the enormous public enthusiasm for the English Premiership in other countries is the fact that so many players from different countries play in the league. After all, there can be little doubt that football fans, say, in Australia would want to keep track of the career progress of their favourite Socceroos stars – more and more of whom are opting to try their luck in English football. One of the Australian stars from the last decade to make a big impression on football in the UK is Harry Kewell.
The Australian midfielder played for two big English clubs during his time in UK football: Leeds and Liverpool, but arguably his most striking period as a player came during his time with the former. He had an eight-year career with Leeds United, running from 1995 to 2003, and was a major part of the team that reached such heights at the turn of the century – including making it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1999/00 season; although unfortunately for Kewell, he was ordered off during this tie, which contributed to Leeds’ eventual defeat to Galatasaray. The side would go on to reach even greater heights when they made it to the semis of the Champions League the following season, and the Australian again played a major role in this.
He moved to Liverpool in 2003, in controversial fashion, with Leeds United collapsing under the weight of excessive debts, and his time on Merseyside rarely reached the same heights. Kewell began to be more affected by injury and inconsistency, although he was selected for the Champions League final in 2004 – only to be substituted early in the game due to injury. His career for the Australian national team – which began at the age of 17, making him their youngest ever debutant –has been an impressive one, yielding 17 goals in 56 appearances.
Kewell has kept online casino sites on their toes throughout his carrier, like many footballers before him. One online casino even has a football slots game called Game on! which can be found in http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/au/online-pokies/. In the game the reels have nostalgic football themes on them and you get to play the game with good old fashioned trading cards. Ending up in an online casino game is a great achievement for any footballer, and no doubt Kewell has a similar future.
Posted on | August 18, 2010 | No Comments
The video replay one of the most discussed topic in football in the recent years.
Everyone expects from the referees to be perfect, or at least to reduce the mistakes during the games but it looks that this is a very hard task to do. So everyone tries to find solutions, and Fifa is pressed from all sides to come with an alternative.
In the first phase Fifa tried the system with 6 referees, tested it in Europa League, but even this solution doesn’t seem to be better. There were also speculations that the ball should contain a chip to signal when the ball passes the line of the goal but the solutions is not well seen by the specialists.
So at the moment it looks like the only viable solution is the video replay.Regarding the video replay the opinions are divided with a plus for it. Fifa is pressed to take a decision especially after the World Cup mistakes, when some of them proved to be crucial.
So after rugby, basketball, tennis or american football we might have video replays also in football. This decision would bring advantages but not only.
At advantages we can mention fewer mistakes that can decide games and fewer scandals. On the other side the spirit and the charm of the game would suffer. Imagine for example a game show with a similar setup – a Who Wants To Be Millionaire Online Game for example would take so long and become boring. Also the game could have more than 10 minutes of additional time which could determine the players to lose their patience awaiting for the verdict, the fluidity of the game could also suffer.
The final decision will be taken in November but there are chances for a positive answer.keep looking »
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