Posted on | May 23, 2013 | No Comments
Juventus are searching for a top striker for a few seasons now. Even if they did well in Serie A where Juventus have managed to defend the title won last year, they suffered in Champions League.
Anelka joined the club in the winter transfer period and those from Juventus were hoping that his experience will help the club in Champions League but it wasn’t the case.
Even if they still have Vucinic, Matri, Quagliarella, Bentner and Giovinco they will go for another striker. Higuain and Jovetic are on top of the list for Juventus.
It is believed that Juventus and Higuain have already agreed on contract details and it only remains that Real Madrid and Juventus to reach to an agreement. The Argentinean will earn around €6 millions a year if he will join the Serie A champions.
Real Madrid are asking €25 millions on the striker but Juventus are not willing to offer more than €20 millions. But as the difference is not big the clubs will probably came to a deal.
Higuain has played 188 games for Real in which has scored 120 goals.
Posted on | May 16, 2013 | No Comments
David Beckham has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. PSG would have want to offer him one more year deal but the 38 years old midfielder decided that is best to hag up his boots.
This means an end of a golder era. Gary Neville was the first one who retired from his generation. Then after only a few months it was Paul Scholes but he returned to football field again and will hang up his boots also at the end of the season. Also Sir Alex Ferguson shocked everybody with his retirement. Now the only active player from that generation is Ryan Giggs but he will probably end the career in one or two years.
David Beckham is the most known English player all over the World. He has won trophies that most of the players are only dreaming of it with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
He is also the only English player who played and won the title in four different European countries with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan and PSG.
Beckham declared that he is proud of what he achieved in his career and wanted to thank PSG for giving him the opportunity to play in Champions League again. Beckham will probably feature in the last two games of the season with PSg against Brest and Lorient.
Posted on | May 15, 2013 | No Comments
The winner of this year’s Europa League will be decided this evening. Chelsea will play against Benfica on Amsterdam Arena.
According to betting odds from Unibet, Chelsea are clear favorites to win the game and bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge. It’s worth to mention that this is the first Europa League final between two teams that came from Champions League. This could easily have been the Champions League final.
Also Chelsea have the chance to win both Europa League trophies in consecutive years, which will be a first. If the London club will win the competition then it will be fourth club which has won all three European club competitions. Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich are the other three clubs that have done that.
On the other side Benfica have lost only one game since September last year but that match could cost them the title in Portugal. With only two games left to play Benfica were first in the standings, two points above their arch-rivals FC Porto but things have changed after last game. Porto managed to win the game in the last minute and now Benfica have small chances of winning the title.
Those from Benfica fear the worst in the last act as they have lost all of the last six European finals since 1962. Coincidence or not that was after Hungarian coach Bella Guttmann, who has won two consecutive Champions Leagues in 1961 and 1962 with the club, said that Benfica do not deserve to win another European trophy. All this happened because Benfica’s president refused to increase his salary.
Now more and more Benfica fans think that this is a curse. In 1990 before the Champions League final Eusebio went to Vienna to Bella Gutmann grave to try to remove the curse but unfortunately for them Benfica lost the game by 1 – 0.
Even so there are some optimist players in their squad. Nicolas Gaitan believes that Benfica will win the game and so he will follow the steps of his idol, Diego Maradona who won the cup in 1989. Also Sven-Goran Eriksson believes in a victory for the Lisabona team. Their main advantage in his opinion is that they play a quick football and have a lot of technical gifted players.
The London club has a moral advantage. Chelsea and Benfica met last year in Champions League quarter final and the England club has won both games, 2 – 1 and 1 – 0.
John Terry and Eden Hazard will miss the game due to injuries while on the other side the squad is complete. This will be the second consecutive European final miss for Chelsea’s captain John Terry.
Posted on | May 11, 2013 | No Comments
Chelsea’s game against Aston Villa has a special meaning for Lampard and for the Chelsea fans all over the World. The 34 years old midfielder became Chelsea’s top goalscorer after scoring both goals for The Blues.
With those two goals Lampard has now 203 goals for Chelsea. The previous record was owned by Bobby Tambling from 1970.
Lampard is also one of the most capped Chelsea player with 606 appearances in those 12 years spent at Stamford Bridge. The English international makes part of the selected group of players that have made over 600 appearances for a single club.
Chelsea won the game by 2 – 1 and have secured a place into the next season of Champions League.
Even if Lampard is now part of the club history his future at Chelsea is in doubt. His contract with the London club will expire at the end of the season and it’s not known if he will be offered a new deal. His presence into the starting lineup was more sporadic this year as Chelsea are rebuilding their squad.
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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