Manchester City Revival | Transfers Galore! | Part 1

This post is kind of a story/review/memoir of the blue side of Manchester after 2008. Precisely after the takeover from the Abu Dhabi United Group. Manchester City after 2008 has been hard to ignore. Be it playing wise or the substantial amount spent on transfers of players or the controversies generated by all some of the superstars of the game. And its not just Carlos Tevez creating drama, there have been plenty more of them hoopleheads.

So we basically start when Mark Hughes was the manager at the club. Lets have a look at the major signings Manchester City has had since 2008.

 

Sheikh Mansour
Sheikh Mansour

picture source – www.footyfactor.com

 

Players bought during summer 2008

1) Vincent Kompany (from Hamburg)

2) Shaun Wright Phillips (from Chelsea)

3) Zabaleta (from Espanyol)

4) Robinho (from Real Madrid)

 

About 75 million pounds were paid to get the services of all the players during the summer transfer window of 2008/09 season. Since then Komapny & Zabaleta have prove their worth in the Premier League. High flying also started well but just wasn’t destined to be a blue manc.

 

Players bought during January 2009

1) Wayne Bridge (from Chelsea)

2) Shay Given (from Newcastle United)

3) Craig Bellamy (from West Ham United)

4) Nigel de Jong (from Hamburg)

 

A less successful transfer window for the club, still more than 35 million pounds were used in the transfer window. A very prominent figure for a Premier League in the January window.

 

Now we have the best & the most exciting list of players bought during the summer transfer window of 2009. Here we go.

 

Players bought during summer 2009

1) Joleon Lescott (from Everton)

2) Kolo Toure (from Arsenal)

3) Carlos Tevez (from Manchester United)

4) Emmanuel Adebayor (from Arsenal)

5) Gareth Barry (from Aston Villa)

6) Roque Santa Cruz (from Blackburn Rovers)

 

Mother of all transfers in the history of football & the world possibly, Manchester City splashed money above 120 million pounds. They got two defenders, 3 strikers & a defensive midfielder. Everyone was astonished with the price tag of a certain Joleon Lescott back then. Some of them still are, but he has proved that he is as good as anybody in the team right now.

Part 2

Javier Bardem Will Be The Next Bond Villain

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Nightline, Spanish actor Javier Bardem has confirmed that he will play the villain in the next James Bond movie. The movie has been aptly named Skyfall.

Javier Bardem has played one of the best roles of his life in a negative character in ‘No Country for Old Men’, which also starred Tommy Lee Jones. So this comes as no surprise as Sony Pictures have gone for the best this time around. After roping in Sam Mendes to direct the next Bond flick, the trio of Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig & Javier Bardem seems fanfuckingtastic.

Source : IMDB

 

Javier Bardem

 

 

Picture taken from okmagazine.com

 

 

Is Liverpool Correct in Demanding Bigger Share of TV Rights?

Alright, this could be a debate which would probably divide the world amongst Scousers & other people. Now that it is proven inevitable, lets proceed with the argument at stake here. Managing Director of Liverpool Football Club has made a statement about dividing the TV rights equally amongst all Premier League clubs.

Ian Ayre, Managing Director, has demanded the Spanish model to be applied for the division of TV rights. Clubs in Spain such as Barcelona & Real Madrid negotiate their own TV rights, which is miles better than the other La Liga clubs. Which makes the rich a little more richer.

He said  “Maybe the path will be individual TV rights like they do in Spain. There are so many things moving in that particular area. With the greatest of respect to our colleagues in the Premier League, but if you’re a Bolton fan in Bolton, then you subscribe to Sky because you want to watch Bolton. Everyone gets that. Likewise, if you’re a Liverpool fan from Liverpool, you subscribe.”

But it can also be fair as the clubs which are in favorable conditions have reached this status due to history, success or a large investment of capital. May be the last point does not act as a valid reason. But clubs like Manchester City, PSG alike have risen in the interest level for common football fans. Fans are generally curious about the state of affairs of the clubs because of their buying prowess.

Precisely Ian Ayre stated that ” But if you’re in Kuala Lumpur there isn’t anyone subscribing to Astro, or ESPN to watch Bolton, or if they are it’s a very small number. Whereas the large majority are subscribing because they want to watch Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.”

The current deal from 2010 till 2013 stands at a staggering 1.4 billion pounds.

Meanwhile both Manchester United & Chelsea have distanced themselves from the idea of changing the Premier League’s distribution of TV rights. Both the clubs have stated that they will continue to back the Premier League’s decision on the distribution of TV rights.

 

 

 

 

Real Madrid vs Real Betis | La Liga | 15 Oct 11

Real Madrid vs Real Betis, La Liga, Match Preview, 15 Oct 11

Kick Off: 17.00 GMT

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

 

Victor Fernandez led  Real Betis will travel to Santiago Bernabeu to take on the home side. Real Madrid is in the 3rd spot in the points table below Barcelona & Levante. yes, Levante. Betis are 3 spots down on the 6th position. Levante was the team which beat Betis at home before the International break. So with that Real Betis are definitely looking to get at least a draw to secure a point from this fixture.

On the contrary Real Madrid enjoyed a superb win over Espanyol, beating them with four goals to none. Gonzalo Higuain netted a hat trick with Jose Callejon being the other scorer.

Nuri Sahin might have a part in the game after being declared match fit some days ago. Sahin is a very exceptional young player and Mourinho will have to be very precise with the amount of time he gives him in the game. With Ozil, Ronaldo & Alonso in the midfield, Nuri Sahin can turn out to be a powerhouse. He could be the key for Real Madrid this season and to beat Barcelona.

Real Betis will look forward to Roque Santa Cruz for some much needed motivation. Santa Cruz has always been a class striker and with better support from midfield can prove  devastating for Madrid. Real Madrid cannot make any more slip ups as the gap against Barcelona would be too much too soon. Although its just one point now.

So all together the weekend looks very cool with some crazy fixtures across the globe. First we have the juggernaut in Liverpool vs Manchester United at Anfield. Then again for Premier League we have Newcastle at home against Spurs. Wonder what is happening in Bundesliga.

 

 

 

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspurs | EPL | 16 Oct 11

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspurs,  Barclays Premier League, Match Preview

Kick Off: 16.00 (UK Time)

Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

A very important match in the context of the points table, Spurs travel to Newcastle on Super Sunday. The Magpies have had a dream start to the season taking 15 points from the first seven games. They now sit at the 4th spot ahead of Liverpool & Spurs. Tottenham are in the 6th position with 12 points having played a match less than all teams above them in the table.

Both the teams will go in to match after convincing wins in their previous fixtures. Newcastle defeated Wolves 2-1, while playing away. Demba Ba & Jonas Gutierrez were the scorers against a resilient Wolves side. Demba Ba has been an absolutely smashing buy for Newcastle and it can be seen on the results they have had till now. To be honest Newcastle have had the most exciting  summer in terms of buying players and with Ben Arfa back fit they should be a force to reckon with.

Last weeks London derby saw Spurs at home beating Arsenal 2-1. Kyle Walker scored a corker to put the match out of Arsenal’s reach. Gunners might had an abysmal match for most of the time but Tottenham had a very good game going on for themselves throughout the match. Van der Vaart scored the first goal for Spurs. Gareth Bale also had a decent match with a lot of quick run ins which made Arsenal very uncomfortable at the back.

So both the clubs on the back of good victories will have to be at their best to achieve a result in their favor next week. Home advantages for Newcastle cannot be ignored. But this fixture has all the signs of being a goal fest. Good attack & a very attacking midfield is what we will get from both the sides. Or at least we expect to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool vs Manchester United | EPL | 15 Oct 11

Liverpool vs Manchester United, Barclays Premier League, Match Preview

Kick Off: 12.45

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

 

Before we start this, let us just make one thing clear, that Liverpool vs Manchester United is still Premier League’s top derby. And the statement is beyond any kind of bolloxed arguments. As bad a season Liverpool witnessed last year, both the matches against Manchester United had the same level of intensity to it.

After 7 matches Manchester United sit at the top with 19 points whereas Liverpool are in the 5th position with 15 points. so a win for Liverpool at Anfield will set up the points table beautifully. Don’t know about the position Liverpool will be after the match on 15 Oct 11 but they would just be a point behind the red Manchester side.

Though, to overcome United’s force the Reds will have to display the finest of football on that day. Probably the best of the season so far. Manchester United with Vidic back will as menacing as they have been this season. Manchester United have got a red hot strike force. Rooney, Welbeck & Hernandez have been frightening the defenders for seven matches now. Plus the addition of Nani to this line up acts as the catalyst for the Manchester side.

Liverpool have not been bad this season yet, other than the couple of losses while playing away. While attacking the force has been with Liverpool on most of the occasions. Luis Suarez can single handedly destroy Manchester United’s defence. Andy Carroll seems to get in to the groove with every match. The bashing which he generates online is quite amusing. Liverpool will have their Captain Fantastic Steven Gerard back, fully fit. One gets the feeling that he will start this weekend. Gerard coming back is huge for Liverpool in every aspect of hugeness.

But Liverpool do have a problem with their defence as it is not easy to ignore. Injury to Daniel Agger is massive for their defence. But it does not mean that they cannot cope with the challenges put forth by the opposition.