Barcelona Eyeing Gareth Bale as Eric Abidal Replacement?


Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale


According to reports, Barcelona are eyeing Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale as a possible replacement of Eric Abidal. The reports suggested that Chief Scout of Barcelona football club Albert Valentine was present at the game between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage last Saturday. Spurs won the away match 3-1. Gareth bale opened the scoring in the 10th minute and also assisted in the Aaron Lennon goal.

Reports suggest that Barcelona are ready to put forward a transfer request for the Welsh winger in the nest transfer window and the amount could be a shopping 35 million pounds.

Now, the question is whether Tottenham Hotspur would be willing to sell their much adored player even for that big amount? Well, the answer is that it is highly unlikely that they would. Spurs already showed in the previous summer transfer window that they will hold on to their prized asset for any price offered by any club. The best example being that of Luka Modric where Spurs held onto the midfielder even when Chelsea came down to them with 40 million pound offer.

Another reason is that Bale has been at his successful best while playing at the wing and not at the full back position. The clear example of which is his hat-trick against Inter Milan in San Siro in the Champions League. He tore apart the Inter defence, which is otherwise extremely solid.

But Barcelona do have a very good transfer record and eventually get the player they want as seen with Cesc Fabregas.

John Arne Riise, recently called Gareth Bale as the best left winger in the World. And it has to be taken seriously when it comes from a player who was one of the best left backs himself with Liverpool.



Mike Ashley Renames St. James’ Park as SportsDirect Arena

Newcastle United’s home stadium St. James’ Park has been renamed as SportsDirect Arena. Yes, it is (Sports Direct) is the same retailer brand which Mike Ashley owns. So financially this move isn’t worth much for the club but it was never suppose to be. The name changing move is to lure potential buyers for the naming rights of the stadium and finding a new shirt sponsor as well.

But while doing so, Mike Ashley has broken a 119 year old tradition with this. And fans of the club will be furious with this decision. While it seems that the fans of Newcastle United have gotten over the selling of Andy Carroll, a local hero and sacking of their inspirational coach Chris Hughton, who got them back in to the top flight of English football. The change of name from St James’ Park to SportsDirect arena is going to take some to heal.

But the question is, whether Mike Ashely is completely wrong in doing this supposedly heinous crime. Well the answer is no, because these are hard times for a Football club, economically that is. Newcastle United has done brilliantly this season and sit on the third spot. And the owner, looks like, wants to capitalize from this situation to make the club more strong. if they do, indeed find a new stadium naming rights partner, then it would certainly mean that present manager will have more funds to buy quality players this January or the next summer.

Newcastle United’s managing director Derek Llambias had following to say in the matter:

To grow sustainably and allow us to invest in our future, we will need to rely increasingly heavily on commercial income. These are very difficult economic times and the board have a responsibility to maximise all revenue streams for the benefit of the club.”

“Stadium rebranding offers a lucrative way for clubs to secure significant additional income. When we initially launched our plans at the end of 2009, we invited sponsors to attach their brand to that of St James’ Park.”

“However, it has become clear that in order to make the proposition as commercially attractive as possible, a potential sponsor must be given the opportunity to fully rebrand the stadium.”

“Naming the stadium the Sports Direct Arena helps up to showcase the opportunity to interested parties,”

Llambias added  “We are now actively seeking a long-term sponsor wishing to acquire full naming rights for the stadium.”

“Our shirt sponsorship deal with Northern Rock will also expire at the end of this season, which presents would-be sponsors with the opportunity to acquire both the naming rights and shirt sponsorship deals.”



FIFA African Player of the Year 2011 Nominees List

Ivory Coast trio from the Barclays Premier League, namely Yaya Toure, Gervinho & Didier Drogba,  head the list of the 2011 FIFA African Player of the year award.

Last year winner Samuel Eto’o is on the list as well.

FIFA African Player of the Year 2011 Nominees List

Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Anzhi Makhachkala)

Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast & Manchester City)

Gervinho (Ivory Coast & Arsenal)

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast & Chelsea)

Adel Taarabt (Morocco & QPR)

Kevin Prince Boateng (Ghana & AC Milan)

Andre Ayew (Ghana & Marseille)

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana & Sunderland)

Moussa Sow (Senegal & Lille)

Seydou Keita (Mali & Barcelona)


Neymar Signs New Contract with Santos

Amid ultra speculations, which has been going for quite a while now, Brazilian striker Neymar has signed a new contract with his present club Santos. The new contract seems to be a very lucrative one, the details haven’t been disclosed yet. The new contract is likely create to record for sorts as the kind of money it involves, the likes have never been heard in South American football.

Apparently Neymar signed the contract on Thursday after meeting with Santos President Luis Alvaro Oliveira. The only other person in the meeting was Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro.

Neymar has been connected with a lot of big names such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea & Manchester City. All the clubs capable of breaking any kind of money barrier, if they set their sight on some player. Neymar has been a ho commodity for some time now and the new contract is certainly bound to create ripples across the Footballing community.

But nowadays signing a new contract does not necessarily mean that the player would be their with the club throughout his tenure as  decided by his contract.

It can very well be a clever ploy from Santos to extract even more money than they had earlier planned. Or maybe they value the strike too much and don’t want him to leave. Nothing could be said right now but this has certainly set the ball rolling in the terms of the speculation the player has created in the recent time.

Wojciech Szczęsny vs Jack Wilshere in FIFA 12 | Legendary Banter

Arsenal players Wojciech Szczęsny  and Jack Wilshere showed at their skills in the new FIFA 12 game. Wojciech Szczęsny is a funny guy and apparently pretty good at fun banter.  Szczesny can speak English quite nicely and have taken the English accent too, as evident from the video. Poor Jack Wilshere, it seems, is no match for Szczesny’s banter.

Check out the video below to see the amusement youself.


Danny Welbeck Believes Tom Cleverley will be World Class

Manchester United and England forward player Danny Welbeck has said that his team mate, both at national and club level,Tom Cleverley will be a force to reckon with in the near future. In an exclusive interview with United Review, Welbeck mentioned the special abilities of  his friend Tom Cleverley and his influence in the EPL.

Few excerpts from the interview can be read below.

“I think he can become a world-class player”

“Football is such a simple game, it’s how hard you make it for yourself. Tom keeps it so simple and it is hard to do that when you’re in centre-midfield, but Tom does that.

It was Cleverley’s pass that allowed Welbeck to score his first goal of the season for Manchester United against Spurs.

“He gets the ball, passes it, moves into space and he’s just always there as an extra option every time you’ve got the ball.

“He’s really good to play with, I enjoy playing with him so much and he’s got the awareness, the vision and the ability to pick out a pass and actually produce a final pass as well.

Both the players have played together quite a lot since their academy days.

“He’s just going to carry on improving. You can see that every single day in training. He’s a really good player.”

“We are really good friends off the field and quite a few people come up to us and tell us that it shows on the field.

“We’ve been through the same training in the academy, the same coaches have taught us the same things, so we’re on the same wavelength and we know each other’s games inside out.”




Daniel Agger says Luis Suarez is Unstoppable

Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger


Danish national team captain and defender has told LFC magazine that his Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez is one of the better strikers in the World today and is a head ache for him in the training sessions.

In an interview with the LFC weekly magazine Daniel Agger stated that “Everybody can see that he is a class player. He is so different. I cannot find any other striker that looks like him or plays like him.”

The defender was all praise for the Uruguayan and rightly so Suarez has set the ball rolling since his transfer to Liverpool this January.

“It’s not because he does any fancy things or anything like that, he just gets the ball in front of goal and creates the chances for himself. Sometimes the way he gets the ball and the way he gets in on goal – you don’t believe it.

“But all credit to him and if he can continue like that, he is definitely going to be one of the world’s best.

The center back didn’t hide anything and revealed that in his training sessions too the striker is unstoppable.

“He does it every day in training, so we know how hard he is to play against. People can see every Saturday afternoon that defenders are struggling to keep him at bay.

Daniel Agger also said that he realizes how important Luis Suarez is for Liverpool and their effort to enter the top 4 in the EPL points table

“It gives everybody in our team a boost to know we have someone like that in attack. To achieve something, I think you need players like that in your team.”



Turbowolf Streaming the New Album Exclusively on Facebook

UK psychedelic rock band with punk influences Turbowolf are streaming their new self titled album in its entirety on Facebook. Of course, you would have to like the page first to access the album.

The self titled album is getting released on 11 November 2011 through Hassle Records.

Band Members:

Chris Georgiadis – Vocals/Synth

Andy Ghosh – Guitars

Joe Baker – Bass

Blake Davies – Drums


Turbowolf self titled album track listing:

1) Introduction (2.41 min)

2) Ancient Snake (2.25 min)

3) Seven Severed heads (1.53 min)

4) Bag O’ Bones (2.49 min)

5) Read + Write (3.41 min)

6) TWI (2.00 min)

7) The Big Cut (4.17 min)

8) K-J (1.22 min)

9) A Rose for the Crows (3.47 min)

10) Sun (Son)  (4.32 min)

11) Things Could be Good Again (2.26 min)

12) All the Trees (3.28 min)

13) Let’s Die (4.38 min)




Barcelona Fixtures for 2011 – 12 Season | La Liga

Complete list of fixtures for Real Madrid Football club for season 2011 – 12. The list obviously is for all the La Liga matches only.

Date Fixtures
20-Nov-11 Barcelona vs Real Zaragoza
27-Nov-11 Getafe vs Barcelona
04-Dec-11 Barcelona vs Levante
11-Dec-11 Real Madrid vs Barcelona
18-Dec-11 Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
08-Jan-12 Espanyol vs Barcelona
15-Jan-12 Barcelona vs Real Betis
22-Jan-12 Barcelona vs Malaga
29-Jan-12 Villarreal vs Barcelona
05-Feb-12 Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
12-Feb-12 Osasuna vs Barcelona
19-Feb-12 Barcelona vs Valencia
26-Feb-12 Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
04-Mar-12 Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon
11-Mar-12 Racing Santander vs Barcelona
18-Mar-12 Sevilla vs Barcelona
21-Mar-12 Barcelona vs Granada
25-Mar-12 Mallorca vs Barcelona
01-Apr-12 Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
08-Apr-12 Real Zaragoza vs Barcelona
11-Apr-12 Barcelona vs Getafe
15-Apr-12 Levante vs Barcelona
22-Apr-12 Barcelona vs Real Madrid
29-Apr-12 Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona
06-May-12 Barcelona vs Espanyol
13-May-12 Real Betis vs Barcelona


Kindly note that the first club in the a particular fixture will be the home side and the other one will be playing away.