Premier League’s Potential African World Cup Stars

Whatever Premier League team you support, your side will probably have at least one representative at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. Such is the international nature of the Premier League, that at any one time, there can be 60 or more nations represented amongst the squads of the 20 teams. While other major European leagues are not far behind, the English top flight remains the most cosmopolitan of the lot.

The African contingent

The African continent is well represented in the English league and some of those players will be involved come June. Continue reading Premier League’s Potential African World Cup Stars

Crystal Palace’s Unsung Heroes

With Premier League survival in touching distance and the Crystal Palace Player of the Year award set to be contested between talisman Wilfried Zaha and set-piece expert Luka Milivojević, we take a look at some of Roy Hodgson’s Eagles who’ve gone under the radar this season.

Andros Townsend

No Palace player has completed more Premier League minutes this season than Roy’s most-trusted asset, Andros Townsend (2774). The winger has developed a dynamic understanding with Wilfried Zaha and has learnt to take advantage when opposition defences double up on his opposite number. Offering more than just work ethic, he’s had a hand in eight Palace goals, scoring two and assisting another six.

Townsend is now 26-years old and has matured from the powerful, tricky winger that fired his way into the England set-up. He’s one of the first names on the Palace teamsheet, not through Hodgson’s soft spot for him but his sheer work rate and do-or-die performances, and recent debutant Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be the first to tell you what Townsend provides defensively. Continue reading Crystal Palace’s Unsung Heroes

MUELENSTEEN EXCLUDES WES BROWN FROM LINE UP

After not playing the opener of the Indian Super League where his team Kerala Blasters played a scoreless draw, Wes Brown is now not likely to feature for the Yellow army in the second game of their campaign either which is scheduled against Jamshedpur.

Rene Meulensteen, who is in charge of the Kerala Blasters, for the on-going season, said that he didn’t want to rush players to action and risk a long term injury. He reckons it’s better to give them extra time to do some more strengthening work and get match fit.
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COLOCCINI’S RETURN TO SAN LORENZO

FabricioColoccini returned home to Argentina to join San Lorenzo last year after eight years with Newcastle United, with the north-east club announcing their captain’s contract had been terminated by mutual consent.


The move back to his home country had been long rumoured, with a move to the PrimeraDivisión club mooted as far back as November 2013 when Coloccini said: “I would like to return as soon as possible”.

Coloccini joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruña in 2008, shortly before making his debut against Manchester United in a 1-1 draw in a season-opener at Old Trafford.

He went on to make 275 appearances for the club and became club captain for the 2011-12 season.

The managing director of Newcastle United, Lee Charnley, said: “It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United since he joined us before the start of the 2008-09 season”. Continue reading COLOCCINI’S RETURN TO SAN LORENZO

Senol Gunes will remain in charge of Besiktas

Senol Gunes will remain in charge of Besiktas and won’t take charge of his country’s national side.


Initially the soccer association of Turkey had approached Gunes to fill the vacant spot of the head coach of the national side, but, the 65-year old refused to take up the job.

After that, the association asked the Besiktas hierarchy if they could allow Gunes to perform the dual role of the head coach of Besiktas as well as that of the national side on a temporary basis.

The Besiktas hierarchy refused to that and conveyed to the national association that they don’t think it’s a beneficial proposition for any of the two parties concerned.

Recently Besiktas put forward a statement on social media in which they confirmed that a proposal was there for Gunes to oversee the operations of both the sides, but, that was not accepted by them. Continue reading Senol Gunes will remain in charge of Besiktas

DIRK KUYT HANGS UP BOOT ON A HIGH

The tireless, peerless and talented goalscorer Dirk Kuyt ended his career on a high as he is set to quit the Feyenoord team after leading them to the Eredivisie title.


The Dutch talisman ended the club’s 18-ywar wait for the title as he scored a hat trick to deliver it ahead of Ajax.

He scored from a narrow angle, then a header before finishing it off with a well-taken penalty in the 3-1 victory over opponents Heracles Almelo. He is largely the factor responsible for the club’s first Eredivisie title since 1999.

Though the victory is not in the league of Leicester’s when they overcame a 5000 to 1 odds to lift the Premier League last year, it still presents a difficult prediction as at when the league started. Continue reading DIRK KUYT HANGS UP BOOT ON A HIGH

CARLISLE MOVE UP TO THE SEVENTH SPOT

Carlisle United defeated Yeovil 2-0 to move up to the seventh spot in the League Two.


After seven games without a win, United were excited to get the result. Keith Curle’s men had lost their previous six games but defeated struggling Yeovil, who are languishing in the last six. They had lost to Crewe Alex at home, Mansfield Town away, played a draw against Luton Town and conceded three at home against Cambridge United in recent matches.

Blackpool’s defeat by Luton ensures Carlisle are back in the race for a playoff spot. John O’Sullivan headed a quick free kick by Danny Grainger to end a 701-minute drought for Carlisle. The hosts struggled during the game, barely creating chances. Tom Eaves opportunity went wide as the first half ended. Continue reading CARLISLE MOVE UP TO THE SEVENTH SPOT

Stephen Warnock Believes Aston Villa Do Not Belong in the Championship

Former Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock reckons that the club certainly belong in the Premier League and not in the Championship.


It has gone horribly wrong for the Midlands outfit over the last few years. After flirting with relegation for almost 3 seasons, the club finally ended up in the Championship at the end of last season. As a player who used to represent Villa for a number of years, Warnock is surprised by the decline of the club. However, he expects Villa to bounce back strongly even though they have struggled for form this season.

As one of the few teams to have won the European cup in England, Villa had the reputation of having the gone down into the second division of English football since the Premier league was founded in 1992. More than the club’s relegation, it was the disappointing start to the campaign in the Championship that proved to be the biggest disappointment since many were expecting Villa to challenge for the title straightaway. Continue reading Stephen Warnock Believes Aston Villa Do Not Belong in the Championship

Carlisle United Ready to Offer Mark Gillespie a New Contract, Says Keith Curle

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says that the club are expecting offers for goalkeeper Mark Gillespie in January.


Hence, they are preparing to offer a new contract for the 24-year-old, who has already been scouted by a number of clubs this season. While the manager says that he would like to complete negotiations and extend the player’s contract before the end of December, the finances at the club will have a major role to play.Curle is aware about the interest in Gillespie largely because those who have attended the games to watch Carlisle United players are goalkeeping coaches.

Gillespie is an attractive option for clubs across the English league considering that he will be available on a free transfer in the summer. Rather than lose him for nothing, Carlisle United are likely to accept a small compensation in the January transfer window. Continue reading Carlisle United Ready to Offer Mark Gillespie a New Contract, Says Keith Curle