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
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 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
The Premier League has traditionally been known for not having any kind of winter break at all and this year will not be any different as clubs in the top tier England league are going to be competing against each other during the time when the majority of other leagues are going to be taking a break.
Liverpool’s JurgenKlopp is not happy about the agenda that his team has in December as they will be competing on New Year’s Eve on December 31st against Manchester City and then only 2 days later, another league match is scheduled to take place against Sunderland.
‘’Now I have seen the fixtures and I am not too happy. We have less than 48 hours between our game against Man City on December 31 and playing in Sunderland on the 2nd.Forty-eight hours is an interesting idea but less than 48 hours I cannot believe’’
‘’I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it and I have absolutely no problem but now having a match day with two days between there should be another possibility. I don’t know why we play Monday. Is January 2 a special day in England? Forty-eight hours between two games, how does this work? And then you will sit there and say: ‘You didn’t perform too well, how did this happen?’ or ‘Injuries. Oh? ’’JurgenKlopp said as he expressed his disgust in having to compete in such a short lapse of time and especially in a festive period.
La Liga and Serie A are a few of the other top European leagues and both of them will have a 2 week long rest where none of the clubs that are competing in those leagues do not have any scheduled matches starting from December 24 until January 7 but clubs on the Premier League on the other hand do have to compete in that period of time.
During the entire 15+ years long playing career of NemanjaVidcic, he has had to face off with top players from different clubs from all over the world.
Inter Milan and Manchester United are the top 2 European clubs that Vidic performed with back when he was still an active player and the Serbian defender was a regular starter for both of those teams.
Being a consistent starter in both Inter Milan and Manchester United, this has allowed NemanjaVidic on being able to compete in various different competitions as well as also being able to face off against a number of types of players.
It’s been around 7 months since NemanjaVidic announced his retirement from playing football at a competitive level and after having performed in top clubs and European competitions, the Serbian recently took time to talk about which player was the toughest one for him to play against as a defender.
As a defender, the main role that they have to accomplish is keep out the offensive forces from the opposing team by not allowing them any space to pass, dribble or move the ball around and hopefully get the chance to steal the ball away from them. Continue reading NemanjaVidic’s worst nightmare was Didier Drogba
German giant FC Schalke 04 has confirmed the new status of Chelsea defender Baba Rahman ahead of the forthcoming season.
The Bundesliga club say the player is set to play for them in a season long deal agreed with the London-based English club. the Ghanaian full back is set to join the rest of his new team mates in Austria for their pre season training, according to the club.
Chelsea is expected to confirm the deal shortly, especially in light of the defensive problems the team is expected to suffer from as the new season begins. The first choice for the right back position Branislav Ivanovic is set to miss the beginning of the season slated for new week due to a dislocation in his shoulder. Ivanovic has been struggling with form of recent and the injury might further rain down on his form when he eventually returns. However, Schalke used their official twitter page to confirm the deal as they posted: “Abdul Rahman Baba is travelling with the Schalke squad to the training camp.”
Continue reading FC SCHALKE 04 CONFIRM BABA RAHMAN’S NEW STATUS
According to reports from investment banker Keith Harris, some Premier League stars that joined in the last campaign would not have been able to play if the vote to leave the European Union was in play.
The banker told Sky Sports News that players like Romelu Lukaku, Dimitri Payet, N’golo Kante and even Anthony Martial that make a huge impact in the past season might not have been able to join their clubs.
Harris helped oversee the sale of these top stars but he said it would have much more difficult if the Brexit was in place. Players within the European Union can move to play in Great Britain without work permit but with the planned exit, this will no longer be possible. Records say about 432 European players were registered to play in the Premier League but this would not have been possible with the Brexit situation. Continue reading HOW BREXIT WOULD HAVE AFFECTED PREMIER LEAGUE LAST SEASON
English Premier League surprise squad, Leicester City must wait at least one more day for its first English Premier League title.
This is as a result of the draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Had the team won the game, the premier league title would have been sealed off. Manchester United led first but the resilient Foxes fought hard to pick a very crucial point.
The team would be crowned champions if second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, which trails Leicester by eight points
, fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Spurs would have a tough job as the Bridge is a place where they have not won since 1990.
After the game, Leicester City player Wes Morgan said:
“It was very tough. Manchester United dominated possession and we had to dig in and be resilient.
“It’s a point and it’s a step in the right direction.
“It proved to be an important goal and to score at Old Trafford was a great feeling. It’s not ours until we get two hands on the trophy.”
Leicester finished the game with 10 men after Drinkwater was sent off for a second bookable offence five minutes from time meaning he would miss Leicester’s next game at home to Everton, when victory will secure the title even if Tottenham beats Chelsea. Continue reading LEICESTER CITY MUST WAIT ONE MORE DAY FOR FIRST ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY
Former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton believes that the Premier League outfit should try and sign Paris St Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swede is one of the instantly recognisable names in world football and he recently revealed that an exit from the French capital may be on the cards. His contract runs out at the end of the campaign and that there has been no talk about a new deal. At 34 years of age, he still has only a couple of years left at the top of the game. Even though PSG may be interested in giving him a new contract, it is understood that Zlatan wants to experience a new culture and challenge.
West Ham will provide these aspects and their move to the Olympic stadium in the summer fits perfectly into the requirements of the 34-year-old. The massive stadium will be able to support 60,000 fans at the same time. This will bring West Ham in line with clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United in terms of stadium capacity. After having played only for big clubs throughout his career, Ibrahimovic will not want to play in front of a few fans. For this reason, Ashton believes that West Ham may have a chance to sign Ibrahimovic and that the club should not forgo this option at any cost. Continue reading Dean Ashton backs Zlatan Ibrahimovic as new Signing