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Real Madrid Announce Stadium Development Plans

5 Aug


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed plans to redevelop the Santiago Bernabeu, a move which will cost 340 million.

Despite splashing out on world-record signing Gareth Bale for just short of the 100 million mark, Perez has claimed the club are ready to spend another 340 million in an attempt to improve the club’s legendary home stadium.

Perez said: “The redevelopment will cost between 300m and 400m.”

“The winning project will be awarded in the next few weeks.”

The Bernabeu which currently holds over 85,000 fans is now set to be upgraded further; as yet no figures of seat numbers have been revealed.

The report suggests that Perez is keen to ensure all fans are seated under a roof which could indicate as well as more seats being added; a roof could also be part of the development, although I would think this would be very unlikely.

Madrid’s home ground is third in the list of the largest stadiums in Europe, just behind the Nou Camp and Wembley.

Source: Goal.com

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Premier League Betting Tips 21/22 September

4 Aug

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I was 3/4 last weekend with only Chelsea letting me down. Manchester United and Arsenal were comfortable winners as predicted whilst Sunday’s tip of under 2.5 goals between Southampton and West Ham was more than safe at 0-0.

Premier League sides performed well in Europe midweek with 5 of the 6 teams winning. Manchester United (4-2), Manchester City (3-0), Swansea City (3-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (3-0) all won by at least 2 goals too. Chelsea were shocked at home, losing 2-1 to Swiss Super League side FC Basel.

Returning to domestic action, Chelsea host Fulham in Saturday evening’s televised game with Jos Mourinho looking to break this two-game losing streak.

To start the weekend, Norwich City host Aston Villa kickoff the action with both sides recording only 1 win in their opening four games.

Returning from Marseille midweek, Arsenal host Stoke City looking to extend their 6-game winning streak in all competitions. North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur had a home game against weak opposition Thursday and return to domestic action at Cardiff on Sunday.

The most-anticipated game of the weekend sees Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes participate in their first Manchester derby as the blue half of Manchester hosts the defending Premier League champions.

If you’re looking to have a punt on the Premier League this weekend, here are a few tips:

Newcastle vs Hull City Saturday 21 September 15:00

* Newcastle have won their last two Premier League games

* Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in each of Newcastle’s last two games and put in a good performance in both

* Tim Krul has conceded just 1 goal in his last 3 Premier League games combined

* Hull City have lost both away game and not scored in either of these to start their season

* Striker Danny Graham has gone 20 Premier League games since he last scored

* Maynor Figueroa is absent and Paul McShane is injured in defence

Recommended bet: Newcastle to win 5/6 Paddy Power ( 50 Free Bet)

West Ham vs Everton Saturday 21 September 15:00

* West Ham failed to score in any of their last 3 Premier League games

* Jussi J skel inen has kept 3 clean sheets in his first 4 games to start the season

* West Ham have had just 6 shots on target in their opening 4 games combined – the lowest in the Premier League

* Everton have kept 3 consecutive clean sheets

* Steven Naismith’s goal against Chelsea was the only goal for or against Everton in their last 3 Premier League games

* Romelu Lukaku available to make his Everton debut

Recommended bet: Under 2.5 goals 4/5 Skybet

Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspur Sunday 22 September 16:00

* First choice Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall a doubt having missed last weekend’s game

* Cardiff’s defending of Tom Huddlestone’s right wing cross for Hull City’s goal was poor last weekend

* Fraizer Campbell has looked like their only real goalscoring threat in first few games

* Tottenham boast a wealth of attacking talent – Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Erik Lamela, Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho all good in attack

* Tottenham have conceded just 1 goal in their 7 games in all competitions this season, winning 6 of 7

* Tottenham’s Europa League game on Thursday night was at home and against an opponent that barely caused Andr Villas-Boas’ side to break sweat

Recommended bet: Tottenham to win 10/11 Skybet

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Formula 1 2013 Italian Grand Prix – Red Bulls Whip The Prancing Horse

21 Jul


Red Bull Continue High-Speed Success

Red Bull took their race-winning high-speed package to Monza to deliver a strong performance to wrap up the European season and extend their lead at the head of both championships.

After dominating qualifying at the famous circuit to lock out the front row, the Red Bull cars held off a strong challenge from Ferrari to take two steps on the podium on their way to another intimidating victory. Vettel once again lead from the front to fairly cruise to his 32nd career victory.

Into the Weekend

Two weeks after the mighty Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 headed to Monza, the oldest track on the calendar to bring the European season to a close. Another high-speed, low drag circuit, focused on engine power and top speed; it is another wonderfully passionate, emotive circuit that rarely fails to deliver a great weekend.

After dominating at Spa, Red Bull were looking strong as they arrived in Italy, confident after their Belgian performance. Ferrari were seeking a strong performance in front of a capacity home crowd and to try and turn over Red Bull for the victory to steal some much needed points. Mercedes wanted to reverse the disappointment they found in Spa with a good result that one might expect from their strong engine, whilst Lotus were hoping to get back to successful points finishes after they only brought one car home in Belgian.

McLaren were intending to get another good result from their car, which seemed to perform better in low drag conditions, taking them to points and fifth in the constructors last time out. Force India had a disappointing race in Spa and slipped behind McLaren, so they were looking to reverse their fortunes in Italy to capitalise on a key characteristic of their car that has often been so good; their clean aerodynamics and engine power. Torro Rosso were seeking to get both their cars into the points after the promise of Spa failed to pan out for them.

Sauber struggled in their last outing so were seeking to improvement they could find, targeting points. Williams poor form continued in Belgium, with no sign of any increase in their raw pace and were just hoping to get forward and mix it with those chasing the points. Caterham held their position over Marussia in Belgium but had mixed fortunes due to a retirement, and were intending to convert their competitive edge into a result in Italy. Marussia were aiming to close the gap back to Caterham once more and reverse their fortunes of recent races.

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10 Twitter Accounts Every Sports Journalist Must Follow

21 Jul

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Sports Journalism is a precise art and there are ways in which you can make your own life easier when trying to focus your efforts into being the best possible sports journalist you can be. Each journalist will have their own little cheats and tips on how to get ahead of the game and make sure your articles are the best and most accurate that they can be. A helping hand, therefore, for doing this is making sure that you’re viewing the right accounts that will help you as much as possible on social networking sites- especially Twitter.

Focusing mainly on football journalists, I’ve quickly selected the 10 accounts that I’d most recommend you follow. Each account is helpful in its own way, either with news, views, or for humour. This is a personal view on which twitter accounts football journalists must follow and if you do have any suggestions of your own then please leave them in the comments and I’ll give them a look.

The 10 accounts I have chosen have millions of followers so someone else clearly agrees with me…

10. Sky Sports News – @SkySportsNews – 2,108,800 followers

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The Sky Sports News account is definitely on the ball when it comes to reporting breaking news- including results and reports. I personally follow Sky Sports News because they are usually the best for breaking news stories.

Sky Sports also have their own dedicated accounts for various sports including @SkyFootball and @SkyCricket. This makes it easy to distinguish between what is necessary and what isn’t when using Sky as a source of information. The general news account however is probably better for both casual journalism and for your own personal use. Sky Sports News comes highly recommended.

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Liverpool Transfer News: Mamadou Sakho, Victor Moses & Thiago Ilori Deals Complete

6 Jul

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Liverpool have started deadline day in exciting fashion with a huge triple deal as confirmed by Liverpoolfc.com.

The Merseyside club had already been busy this summer with five incomings but have now taken the total with eight with the arrivals of Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea, Mamadou Sakho from PSG and Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon.

Moses is set to bring even more talent to an attacking line up that already includes Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho. Moses made 23 league appearances for Chelsea last season but is not in the plans of Jose Mourinho.

Sakho will bring huge amounts of defensive experience and quality. Sakho may just be 23 but he already has 14 caps for France and is a strong player comfortable on the ball who made over 150 league appearances for PSG where he came through the youth team.

Ilroi is only twenty and while he will bring more cover for the centre of defensive is very much seen as one for the future and only ever made twelve appearances for the Portuguese club.

This could spell the end of Liverpool’s incomings however outgoings could happen with rumours linking Fabio Borini with Sunderland.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Romelu Lukaku Set For West Brom Loan

4 Jul

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According to Sky Sports News, young Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku is set to re-sign for West Bromwich Albion on loan for the season after enjoying a successful temporary stay with the club last year.

The Belgian striker has apparently turned down Everton to re-link up with West Brom, as he would prefer, according to Sky Sports News, to join back up with the side he is familiar with. The explosive striker would represent a considerable coup for West Brom, especially considering how well he did last year, and he could enjoy more first team time than if he were to head elsewhere, which is clearly more valuable to Chelsea.

West Brom currently sit at the bottom of the league, having failed to score in three consecutive games, despite welcoming Nicolas Anelka back from compassionate leave against Swansea City at the weekend.

If Lukaku does sign for West Brom, he could potentially be joined by both Victor Anichebe from Everton and Sunderland’s out-of-favour forward Stephane Sessegnon, and the Baggies would line up with an all-new attack for their next Premier League game if they are able to push through their deadline day deals.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by Baggies’ ‘keeper Ben Foster, who tweeted the following:

Ben Foster

Do you think Lukaku has made the right decision is choosing West Brom? Share your opinions below.

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Arsenal Transfers: Could Lyon Striker Bafetimbi Gomis Be Late Option?

4 Jul

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We all knew that Arsenal desperately needed new signings to strengthen all areas, and Arsene Wenger has duly obliged, pursuing Mesut Ozil, Emiliano Viviano and Demba Ba.

But though Wenger has been successful in his pursuit of the first two, the last part of that hasty trinity doesn’t appear to be on his way to the Emirates, with Chelsea finally calling a halt to the Gunners’ attempt to sign the Senegalese striker on loan.

The whole thing leaves the manager at something of a loss – with only Olivier Giroud available as an out-and-out first team frontman, the cupboard looks bare for Arsenal and in desperate need of restocking.

But who should they pursue? For my money, they could do a lot worse than long-term Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis.

According to France Football’s Matt Spiro, Wenger is a long-term admirer of the bullish Lyon striker, but has never quite turned his thoughts into actions.

Well, there’s no time like the present, and faced with a real striking shortage, the manager might be forced to play his hand and snap up the French international.

And why not? Gomis is clearly an excellent performer – though never prolific, he always fetches his side 10-20 goals a season so in terms of sheer end-product, he would certainly be a worthwhile investment.

Yet he brings so much more than that – often labelled the ‘mini Drogba,’ the 28-year-old takes after his illustrious namesake in physicality as well as playing style, battering down defences and playing in teammates to score.

Frankly, this is what Arsenal need right now – as Bill Shankly once said, a football team is like a piano – you need eight men to carry it, and three men to play the thing. What Arsenal have at the moment are far too many players, and not enough lifters.

With this in mind, what Gomis would represent is a plan B for Arsenal that Giroud simply doesn’t, and his presence in the line-up would mean that the Gunners would very rarely be physically cowed.

So really, Wenger should crack upon his much-vaunted checkbook and give Lyon a call. After all, it’s not as if he isn’t for sale – the main stumbling block Lyon have experienced during this saga is that no club has stumped up enough in wages to seriously turn his head.

If Ivan Gazidis is correct, this won’t be a problem for Arsenal. So really Arsene, what are you waiting for?

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Formula 1 2013 Belgian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel Springs Spa Surprise

22 Jun


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Sebastian Vettel converted Red Bull’s clear pace into a dominant display at the mighty Spa-Francorchamps circuit to further extend his lead at the head of the drivers championship.

After the challenge of Mercedes in qualifying, Vettel swept Hamilton aside on the first lap and pulled away as the rain held off to cruise to a second victory in Belgium, out of reach of the pole sitter or Alonso as he carved through the field in pursuit. The victory extended the lead at the head of both championships to maintain a stranglehold on the competition in an uncharacteristically dry, uneventful Belgian Grand Prix.

Into the Weekend

Following a summer break of four weeks, Formula 1 arrived at quite possibly everyone’s favourite circuit, Spa-Francorchamps. Following the tight and twisty Hungarian Grand Prix, the contrast couldn’t be much starker when presented with the long, high-speed, flowing nature of Belgium. An iconic circuit, it never fails to deliver an exciting race.

Following an excellent maiden win at the previous round, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were seeking to build on their rapidly improving form to take their momentum into the second half of the season, whilst eliminating their reliability issues that saw Rosberg fail to finish shortly before the end of the race. Lotus wanted to stay back in the hunt after another podium for Raikkonen in Hungary, amid swirling rumours of him joining Red Bull or Ferrari again for the 2014 season, while Grosjean sought to match his teammate and put his overtaking-related penalties behind him. Red Bull were out-performed in the former Soviet state, but kept a healthy grasp on the constructors with a third and fourth, and intended to keep their nose in front at Spa.

Ferrari were again lagging in Hungary, and hoping that work in the weeks between races will yield results at the classic Spa circuit. After a strong Hungarian race, that saw McLaren put both cars in the points on a day when rivals Force India fell away with reliability issues, the British team were hoping to show well at Spa, where Jenson dominated last year. Force India were seeking to use their clean car and strong engine to get back into solid points to stretch their gap to McLaren after it was slashed to just two points. Torro Rosso showed some good pace in Hungary but were unable to get into the points on race day, so were seeking a return to the top ten at a track that should suit their car.

Maldonado gave Williams some good news as they turned over Sauber to take tenth place and a crucial point, showing some progress for the famous team. Bottas retired however, and this weekend Williams were aiming to be in touch for the points again. Sauber meanwhile were looking to be more competitive at a circuit that should demand less of the technical aspects their car lacks. After putting Marussia to the sword in Hungary, Caterham were intending to stay ahead of their back-row rivals and get in touch with the midfield ahead, while Marussia aimed to get back into the tough battles with Caterham they enjoyed at the start of the season.

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Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea: 5 Things We Learnt

20 Jun

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Matches between title contenders fall into two categories, it seems – matches that have a profound, some say devastating effect on the title race, even two games in, or ones where not much happens, not much changes, and everyone lives to fight another day. The first match between title rivals this season fell very much into the latter category.

Still, there plenty of interest for football enthusiasts, starting right from the team selections (more on that later) to the substitutions and then into ‘Moyes time’, which rather appropriately enough considering the differing personalities of the incumbent and his predecessor, there was no real last gasp excitement.

Here are five things we learnt…

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Man Utd Transfer News: Red Devils Want Samuel Eto’o?

9 Jun

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Chelsea target Samuel Eto’o is also on Manchester United’s radar this summer, according to sources close to the striker and a report in the Mirror.

The 32-year-old had been lined up by Blues manager Jose Mourinho as a possible alternative for Wayne Rooney, following United’s insistence that the England star, who played in last night’s friendly win over Scotland, is not for sale.

Eto’o wants out of Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachakla after the club’s billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov stopped ploughing money into the club.

And the Cameroonian’s representatives have claimed that along with Chelsea, Napoli and Inter Milan, a fourth club are also interested in signing the forward.

And sources close to Eto’o claim the last bidder is United.

Eto’o’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, had previously insisted that talks with Chelsea over a move in recent days had been positive but that the striker was willing to speak to any potential employer.

And that could leave the door open for United who may be in the market for a new goalscorer this summer.

Along with the ongoing Rooney issue, the Premier League champions also have concerns over Danny Welbeck, who, despite scoring in last night’s 3-2 win over Scotland, has not netted for United since last October.

Eto’o, despite his age, managed to score 21 times in 44 appearances for Anzhi last season.

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