Blogorama - The Blog Directory Football knowhows: April 2014

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.