Blogorama - The Blog Directory Football knowhows: 2014

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Thierry Henry a new role or a change of club.

Thierry Henry announced his retirement from Major League Soccer and New York Red Bulls after a four years stint in MLS side and now, the speculation surrounding his future is mounting. There are some rumours which says that his future could be in Turkey.
Reports suggest that, Galatasaray are keen to lure Henry in the January transfer window to the Turkish side if he decides to continue his playing career with a lucrative offer.
The rumours compile and the same speculation went on for the Ligue 1 mega rich club Paris-Saint Germain, Laurant Blanc played down a potential move to the French Champions"I'm not thinking about that (Henry)," he told Football365 "I'm 20,000 leagues away from that."
Blanc however would be facinated with the addition of such a big name player but that as well will depend on Henry's choice of playing on.
The more realistic choice for Henry is definitely the Gunner where he made his name and became the star he is now. Manager Arsene Wenger has definitely kept an eye on that with a realistic believe that it will happen at sometime.
"Certainly one day he will come back here," Wenger said. "In what role, I don't know. That is what he has to think about, what direction he wants to give to his next life."
Henry has a long successful resume behind him and to add up on the 261 Premier League appearances and finished with 176 goal is his desire to add a little finishing touch to maybe before he actually plans to hang his boots.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Nominees for PFA awards 2013-2014

Here is a list of players nominated for the PFA player of the year award.

Full list of nominees for PFA Awards 2013-14:
Men’s Players’ Player
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Men’s Young Player
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

As we can see Liverpool bagged the most nominations showcasing their fantastic season. The award is definitely a big step and a great achievement for any football player. So we will be on standby and wait to see the Two awardees announced.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Suarez, Aguero or Hazard - Premier league boys rulling the premier League

The premier league this term have had the finest of talents at their disposal, with many foreign talents embracing the English soil. The premier league now seems to be a three horse battle and now football knowhows will look into the stars of these three teams which would most probably invite the interest of Mega clubs like Bayern Munich, PSG or even the mighty Real Madrid after snatching away Gareth Bale for a record transfer fee.

Luis Suarez - The Uruguay International has flourished since his €26.5 million move to Anfield from Dutch giants Ajax. At time becoming the center of media stories and headlining pages for things other than football, Suarez has fought back each time and showed that despite the disciplinary backdrop he still has what it takes to be a world class forward. Suarez was filled with speculation after the biting incident and had claims for a transfer request too, but Liverpool was able to keep hold of their star man and he have showed his doubter's, that he can lead Liverpool by becoming the league's top scorer and taking Liverpool to 1st position in the league table. With such fine form and goalscoring skills Liverpool will be tempted to reject an offer if any of the rich clubs tries to make him their prime target.

Sergio Aguero - The little Argentine have been followed by Real madrid since his Athletico days and he have earned praises for excellent dribbling skills and an eye for goal.Starting his career with Independiente, Aguero was scouted by Athletico and eventually made his move to Spain. Aguero was definitely the star man for Manchester city scoring the 94th min goal to give Manchester city their first Premier league title. This season had been disappointing for the Argentine, being sidelined by injuries Sergio still managed to bag 20 goals. Sergio provides a wonderfull footballing experience each time he plays , breaking defences and tormenting goal keepers, Sergio would perhaps agree for a move to Spain provided Real could offer enough to make the mega rich city consider any move for their star man.

Eden Hazard - The young Belgian has made immediate impact since his €32 million move to Chelsea. He has been in outstanding form for the blues this term, scoring goals and providing assist and becoming an integral part of Jose's Chelsea. With his immense skills and dribbling ability Hazard creates the perfect goal provider and snatcher credentials that any team would be privileged to have.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Top 5 players in Ligue 1 that PSG and AS Monaco could sign this summer

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Ligue 1 have definitely been the hub of stars where foreign clubs raid every transfer window with quality players available for good money.
With the recent injection of funds in the Ligue 1 clubs like PSG and Monaco, these clubs should look no further to find quality player at the realms of their own respective league. Here's a list of top 5 players that both of the mega rich clubs could look up to ahead of their campaign.
 1. Serge Aurier - The young Ivorian right back have been a subject of interest by other European clubs in recent weeks, but it could well be understood with the quality and skills showcased by the Toulouse fullback
surpassing his age and making him one of the most promising defender.

2. Kurt Zouma - The young St. Etienne defender have been in great form this term for his club, with his immense physicality and strength and a great look for tackles, Zouma have established himself as a central player for his club and his nation as well.

3. Florian Thauvin - The former Lille and Bastia midfielder have been one of the hottest prospects in France, but have struggled since his move to Marseille. The 21 year old French midfielder has the ability to play around the ball and always has an eye for goal making him a great addition for the suitors in France as well as foreign nations.

4. Sebastian Corchia - The young Lille fullback has been in great demand in recent years, with his excellent performances in the Ligue 1 it would be hard to keep hold of the player in the upcoming summer. Corchia was linked with moves for Arsenal and Newcastle united which eventually failed to materialise, but the summer looks like the perfect gate for the young defender to make a move and succeed.

 5. Maxim Gonalons - The 25 year old Lyon captain have been in terrific form of late and caught the eye of Napoli but the deal failed and Lyon could hold their star man for few more months. The summer would be exciting to see Lyon's resolve when a big bid would be received for their captain.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Can Manchester City be a force to be reckoned in Europe ?

The blue half of Manchester have certainly been in the lime light for many years over their red counterparts, but things are changing. The takeover of the club by the Abu Dhabi group has certainly provided the much needed funds to compete or even excel the red devils. Much to the insight the purchase of several big names and rotating managers, Manchester city is now under a new era of success guided by Pellegrini's mastermind and the backing of the Etihad's proud owner.

The champions league draw hasn't favoured city much this season, being second in the group gave them a trip to the Camp nou where the lost and the despair can only be taken as a challenge and lesson to bounce back stronger next season, becoming a force to be noticed in the modern football era.

Now with the capital one cup already in the bag city can look forward to the league and hopefully after succeeding domestically, Europe domination won't be far.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Isco - The future of Real Madrid ?

Isco, the Spanish starlet joined the Los Blancos in the summer of 2013 in a deal worth €31 million. He was one of the most highly coveted midfielder last year with teams like Manchester city, Chelsea and PSG were heavily linked with the player before he eventually signed for the Spanish giants. The 21 year old attacking midfielder was the star man for Malaga C.F last term but his move to the Santiago bernabau has shown a decrease in his appearances hence his overall performances.

His lack of game time can be understood with the vast talented squad that Madrid have at its disposal.

 Isco still showed his class and importance to the capital club by scoring 10 times in 34 games in which most of them he played as a substitute. With his age and immense talent only time will tell how will the future of Madrid and Spain will show his class eventually.
Isco's current manager also compared him to the dutch midfielder Seedorf where he was once made to adjust to a more defensive role to help his team. Isco could as well opt to do the same by changing his role but will that help the young starlet ? 
Isco have at times been deployed through the wings and also deep, showing his versatility.
Isco's Italian coach believes that the player will eventually grow to be a future Blancos Star. But now with Jese, Bale, Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo all showing great form and skills, will the young Spaniard have the opportunity to showcase his talent and be the future of Madrid Only time will tell.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Players that Liverpool may target in the summer - Liverpool transfer news

Liverpool have gone against the odds to sit at the top of the Barclay's premier league table with the exceptional strike partnership of Sturridge and Suarez, but Brenden rodgers feel that the squad depth should be increased to compete for honours in Europe. 
According to Mirror, Liverpool is monitoring the situation of Alexandre Lacazette and could make an offer for the Frenchmen.
Liverpool will have to battle with Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle and Juventus if they want to land Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, according to The Express.
“Would I like to play for Juventus? I’d be a liar if I said no,” he said. “I’m tempted to try and experience abroad at a big club. And Juventus are one of the greatest clubs in Europe.
“Are Arsenal and Liverpool interested in me? I repeat that an experience in another major championship fascinates me.
"But for now I just think of doing well for Lyon, the club where I have grown up.

Another of Liverpool transfer target Mathieu Valbuena could be offloaded by Marseille in the summer. Mathieu was a transfer target for Liverpool during the January transfer window but the deal failed to materialise, so Liverpool would try snatch away the 29 year old from the Stade Velodrome. The deal looks more likely to happen since the player have already spoken of his desire for new challenge.

According to Metro Liverpool are ready to make an £8million summer bid for Mateo Kovacic after his agent revealed the player is unhappy at Inter Milan. 
Liverpool have been long term admirers of the Croatian and would seemingly prepare a bid to bring the young pass master to Anfield next season.

Liverpool have had an awesome season in front of goals this season but the problem with Liverpool have definitely been the backline. According to Rodgers "We will be in the market for good and top players but there is more to it than that. The money is great and we will be in the market to compete but what is important is still having a vision of how you want the club to progress."
Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool certainly needs to reinforced the defence with players like Lovren, Boateng, Asley Cole and Marcelo all being linked with liverpool who will surely add european experience as well a strong defence which liverpool is lacking right now.

Apart from the signings liverpool must keep hold of key players such as Suarez with many clubs encircling the forward like sharks.
With a couple of some quality signings and the already present excellent managing, Liverpool could be back among the elite's in Europe

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Top youngsters who could be the stars of tommorow

We had several players over the years who have entertained us with their skills and talents. But soon the likes of Pirlo, Terry, Lampard, Puyol,  Buffon and co, would soon be the name on the legendary list of football stars. Behold the football world will soon be overtaken by the young generations and here I list out a few of them who could be on the verge of becoming the next football stars.

Julian Draxler - The 18-year-old German was the fourth-youngest player in Bundesliga history when he debuted for Schalke 04 in January of 2011. Last seasons stats show the wilderness of his skills where he notched three goals in 15 appearance. This year Draxler has been more regular and already notched four goals and have becomes an integral part of Schalke.

Stefanos Kapinos - The 18-year-old goalie playing for Panathinaikos was the youngest ever to play for Greece’s U-17 (at 15) and senior (at 17) squads. At 6'5", Kapinos has required physical asset to be a dominant goalkeeper with a quality mix of athleticism, reflex and range making him a world class goalkeeper in the making. In his first season in the Panathinaikos, he started 10 out of the 11 super league games he appeared in and came away with two clean sheets.

Marco verratti -  The young Italian has already amassed over 100 appearances in Serie A for Pescara and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, Verratti has the credentials to be a world superstar. The young holding midfielders who possess the ability and skills to excel in midfield and  have a love for tackles which distinguishes him from other young players. With comparisons already being drawn to seasoned veteran Andrea Pirlo, it's clearly understandable why PSG spend over 10 million for the youngster.

Raphael Varane - The 20-year-old French centre back has already been touted as the one of the worlds finest centre-backs. His aerial presence, skilled defensive tackles and solid man marking have already earned him admirers over the world.

Zakaria Bakkali - Zakaria may not be a name familiar to most readers but he is the youngest player of all time to score a hat-trick in the Dutch league at the age of just 17 years.The winger talented with excellent ball skills and great pace has been a blinding success at every level of Belgium's youth international team. Currently blowing the dutch league with his skills and talents bakkali could soon be a name renowned worldwide.

Adnan Januzaj - The young attacking midfielder from Manchester united have been at times deployed before the likes of Valencia or Nani. With Moyes using the young midfielder more often, Adnan takes it up and displays an excellent show for the spectators as well as his coach.The 19 year old have been excellent for united this season scoring 3 goals and providing 3 assist in just 23 appearances.

 Sardar Azmoun - The 19 year old forward currently playing for Russian side Rubin Kazan has scored 3 goals and provided 2 assist in just 12 games. The young forward has been a great threat in front of goal and with his tender age we can only imagine what more is to com from him. Azmoun has been touted as the Iranian messi with Arsenal being linked with the player in recent weeks.

 Apart from these mentioned names alot of other hot prospects are on the way to make the game of football ever more exciting. The likes of Rose Barkley, Serge Aurier, Kourt Zouma, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Lukaku, Raheem sterling and many more will certainly add a spark to footballing experience around the globe.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Top players who could be on the move this summer.

With the winter transfer window far behind, several players are on the brink of a summer move with rumours already piling up as the window approaches.

Looking towards the summer of 2014, some transfers appear to be imminent and here's the list of players who could be on the move come summer.

 Mirko Vucinic - the old lady forward will be on the lookout for a new club with game time at juventus seemingly rare. Mirko might leave Juventus for Tottenham, Arsenal and Inter.

Sebastian Giovinco - the atomic ant attracted interest from Torino, Bologna, Genoa and Lazio in January. This summer looks more likely the way out for the Italy international as he may opt for a relative smaller club for more playing time.

Fredy Guarin - With the addition of Hernanes from Lazio, it may come to view the need for guarin, the player will most likely be shipped out come summer with teams like juventus and Manchester united ready for his signature.

Jackson Martinez - with the injury to falcao, martinez seems to be replacing falcao for the colombian frontline in the world cup and with a string of good performances offers could be tumbling in for him.The 27-year-old’s new $68 million release clause in his contract will be a challenge for many clubs.

Diego Costa - Chelsea is on the look out to solve their striking problems and costa seems to be the ideal solution. The deal should also determine the future of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois—currently a Chelsea player on loan at Atletico Madrid.

Wilfried Zaha - The on loan Manchester united forward have made little impact since joining United and at his young age a summer move seems to be in the card for the Englishman in the summer.

Matthias ginter - the young centre back at times deployed as a defensive midfielder has grown too well for his club to hold him too long with clubs like Manchester united and arsenal interested in the player.

Jan Vertonghen - The former Ajax defender is reportedly unhappy at Tottenham and will be looking forward for a move away in search of champions league football. The defender though have many options, Barcelona FC seems to be his ideal destination.

Eliaquim Mangala - The young centre back have definitely caught the eye of several big clubs and a bid in the summer will be very likely and possible a transfer with porto looking forward for a huge chunk for the highly rated defender, regardless of the price Mangala seems destined to be wearing a new jersey in the summer.

David Luiz - The former Benfica defender is not short of transfer spices with Barcelona being heavily linked. Luiz did not come up to the mark for Mourinho and with luiz leading the Brazilian backline , the summer could be the turn the player need.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

What happened to Serie A? Downfall of Italian fooball.

Serie A. Yes, the top football division in Italy experienced a huge turnover in the last decade or so. Who could have thought that the Serie A teams like the Milan duo could find it an uphill battle even to qualify for the champions league next season, these are the Same milan clubs which dominated Europe alongside Juventus in the 80s and 90s.

 So what happened ? Why aren't there any Italian team in the last 8 of the champions league this year. The only Italian team competing in europe is Juventus and that too in the second tier (Europa League). Many questions arise to why the nation where foreign legends like Zidan, Maradona, Cafu and Ronaldo to name a few have once outplayed the rest of europe to proclaim the best league status has now been under the shadow of star departures. The reason behind this could be many among them is the lack of revenue, yes, the Italian football do have a great anual revenue but so is the expenditure.

Serie A never experienced International exposure like the Premier League and hence causing a decline in their income. Since we are talking about income let me just inform you that the match day income of any italian club is also much much less in comparison to their european counterparts. The reason behind this being the stadium which most of the clubs don't own and not to mention the lack of services provided to the fans. Fans also play an important in the financial status of a club, as we can see during any serie A match, most of the grounds are half empty. Apart from the financial loss the fans in most italian matches seem violent and encourage racism.

 Due to the above facts alone foreign players of good callibre don't prefer italy as of now and in the process hamper the overall quality of Italian football. With the sale of star players like Cavani, Thiago Silva, Ibrahimovic and many others, what got affected the most is the quality of italian football as player would prefer a move to either the Premier league or La Liga and now even France.

Apart from the above factors the main reason for the downfall of Serie A seems to be the "calciopoli Scandal" in 2006, where many of the clubs were accused of match fixing and referee preferences were taken. The club that suffered the most from this was Juventus. Juventus got their title taken away and wer demoted to the second division which eventualy caused a massive stir in Seria A resulting in less sponsors and the worst, player leaving their clubs. Though juventus did manage to get promoted and now stand at the Top of the table after becoming champions last year. So if Juventus can bounce back from Serie B to take away the Serie A title then what happened to the other clubs ?.

 Now it remains very unclear where the future of italian football lies, but the future does looks bright with the asian ownership of Inter and the massive spending of Napoli only time will tell whether we can see the italian giants wake up again or they will be overpowered by the ever growing Premier League and La Liga.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Top Premier league players with expiring contracts

Here is the list of players in the Barclay's premier league whose contracts will be expiring in the summer.

Frank Lampard
Franky the Chelsea legend is yet to accept a contract renewal and could be on his way out in the summer. The English man has also been linked to MLS so the possibility lies in the summer transfer window.

Dimitar Berbatov
The former Manchester United and Tottenham striker will also be out of contract next summer. The player is currently enjoying his loan at Monaco scoring goals so the summer might come up with great offers for him.

Joleon Lescott
The former Everton defender was looking for as way out in the winter transfer to make his way through the English squad for the world cup. Turkish side Besiktas is said to be interested in his service but the slaggy defender would prefer a deal rather in his homeland.

Michael Carrick
The 32 year old was the most consistent player among the United ranks but now with his contract expiring and Moyes on the verge of a rebuilding we can only wait to find out wat awaits for him.

Johnny Heitinga
The Dutch defender joins the list of players who will be out of contract come summer, but the defender is yet to sign a new contract in Everton neither any noticeable offers are made.

Sebastian Larsson
The dead ball specialist from Sunderland will be a free agent in the summer. The former Birmingham man will be helping his team fight relegation and may get his contracts renewed but his future lies on Sunderland avoiding relegation which seems unlikely.

Bacary Sagna
The french defender was a subject of speculation regarding his contract renewal but now the player seems more likely to leave if Arsenal signs a replacement with clubs like PSG and Liverpool said to be interested.

Ashley Cole
The 33 year old Englishmen will be a free agent in the summer and is yet to sign a new deal. He is still among the best left back in the premier league and a host of clubs will be looking in the situation with Real madrid heavily linked with the player.

 Patrice Evra
The Frenchmen is said to have a clause in his contract which can enable him to further extend his contract by one year but that seem unlikely with united interested in Baines and Shaw, evra could well be a bench warmer if he decides to stay.

Samuel Eto
The former Barcelona man was brought to Chelsea just as a stop gap striker. His best days are definitely behind and now with his contract expiring he could well make a move to America.

UEFA Champions league quarter final fixture 2014

Uefa Champions league quarter final draw 2014
The draw for the Champions league is out and we will be seeing a host of fixtures of the best clubs around europe.
Barcelona FC V/S Athletico madrid - Tata's men would be looking forward for revenge against Athletico as the two spanish sides go head to head. Athletico have caused Barcelona all sorts of problem in the domestic league and cup and this match would surely pump up the occasion.
Real Madrid V/S B.Dortmond - Real would be definitely looking forward to this match after last years semi final exit at the hands of the German power package.
PSG V/S Chelsea - The table toppers of both England and France will go head to head and we will witness the might of Europe keeping in mind both of the clubs financial strength.
Manchester United V/S Bayern munich - Bayern munich is on the verge of successfully defending their tittle but will definitely face a test against the current English champions.
The match will take place on April and the teams will fight to reach Lisbon to play for the UEFA Champions league tittle.

Arsenal transfer rumour.

Arsenal is rumoured to be looking for a new fullback and a host of name have already been linked. With Bacary Sagna on the verge of a move away from the emirates Arsene Wenger have shortlisted a few young fullbacks for life after Sagna.
 Serge Aurier, the Ivorian fullback from Toulouse has been in great form recently and have captured the eye of the arsenal boss. Though Wenger would also be looking at other options which also include Southampton's Luke Chambers, the young defender have definitely impressed Wenger and with his performances have eventually fend of any doubters. The young age of these player may be a stumble as they would not prefer to leave their parent club, but any big bids would surely make it happen.