Preview: Football Corner
Value to be had at Euro 2012
We are now just over a week away from kick-off at Euro 2012 and going into the tournament in Ukraine and Poland, the Spanish are favourites to make it 3 major titles on the bounce.
Vicente Del Bosque's men are priced around the 11/4 mark to lift the trophy, but I am steering clear of them this time around. After a long hard season for many of the nation's key players, and indeed 4 years with barely a break, I think fatigue may set in and they won't even make the final.
So if Spain aren't going to win it, who do I think will?
Well Germany are the second favourites and you clearly have to respect their chances. In their ranks they have some of the best players on the planet right now, with the likes of Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger tipped to shine this summer. However, I am going to, like with Spain, steer clear of the Germans for the Euros for the simple reason that I don't feel the 3/1 on offer represents value considering the group they are in, alongside Holland, Portugal and Denmark.
One team who I just mentioned there was Holland and despite the fact they are in the Group of Death, Group B, I reckon they have enough to progress from that and then go on a bit of a run. The World Cup in 2010 proves that they are capable of making it into the latter stages of a major tournament and although they were narrowly beaten by Spain in the final, I think at 7/1 they are worth a few quid.
France are another side who I like. Les Blues are not fancied to do too much this time around, considering the youthfullness of their squad, but with the pressure off, I feel they may actually go all the way. They shouldn't have too many problems getting of Group D, alongside England, Ukraine and Sweden, and from there, who knows what may happen. The French are best priced 12/1.
In terms of a top goalscorer. Robin Van Persie goes into the Euros after a magnificent goalscoring season at Arsenal which saw him claim the Golden Boot in the Premier League and at 11/1, I would not put you off backing it. Another player I like in terms of the top goalscorer market is Poland's Robert Lewandowski. The 23-year old scored a terrific 30 goals for German Champions Dortmund this past season and at 25/1, he is worth a dabble.
My bet of the tournament is priced at just 11/10 I'm afraid. The bet is for their to be a hat-trick scored in the whole tournament. I really do fancy this, considering the amount of games played at the tournament and given the quality of striker which will be on show.
Feel free to leavr your tips in the section provided.
Barcelona v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Final
As FC Barcelona and Manchester United ready themselves for the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May, we take a look at some of the games along the way.First of all both Man United and Barcelona are fantastic teams, true champions with loads of stars playing for them – its going to be one incredible festival!! Cant wait..Man Utd seemed to have the easier route to the final, beating the German team Schalke fairly convincingly 6-1 on aggregate. Whilst Barcelona battled against their Spanish rivals, Real Madrid in the semi-finals. The first round was won by Barcelona 2-0, but not without controversy. Real Madrid forced a draw during the second leg, but it was too much for them to come back from 2-0 down on aggregate and win by more than 2 goals away at Barcelona.Some may question Barcelona’s tactics during their semi against Real Madrid, but they wont care they are in the final of one of football’s biggest events – the UEFA Champions League 2011 and they wont mind what people say about them.Perhaps it was because Barcelona have Unicef on their shirts and are seen as the do-gooders, whilst Real Madrid have sponsorship from bwin, a gambling and betting company... Who knows?? Conspiracy theorists if you really want to look into it further then make the most of it and get some great casino bonuses whilst you are there at some of the best online casinos.Might even fancy a few shillings on the final myself...There were accusations of racism, UEFA dished out fines and suspensions to both teams and Madrid’s coach José Mourinho, who was dismissed from the bench, made inappropriate (according to UEFA that is...) statements at the post match interview.In short, the semi-final was not the best advertisement for sportsmanship. UEFA have disciplined, European football will continue and onwards to the UEFA Champions League Final 2011, Wembley, London – May 28.[...]
It's Manchester United's title to lose
With four months still to go before we know who will be lifting the Premier League trophy, it seems that few are betting against Manchester United winning the title back.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men are sitting pretty at the top of the table, level on points with neighbours Manchester City, however, the Old Trafford club have two games in hand.
Arsenal lie in 3rd place, two points behind United, but Arsene Wenger's side have played a game more than the Red Devils.
Chelsea have slipped down the table and at this stage, they would be doing fairly well to finish in the top 4 with Tottenham breathing down their necks.
Given the fact United have yet to hit top gear this season, it all seems to point towards them winning yet another Premier League title.
It is quite scary to think that, arguably their best player, Wayne Rooney, has scored just two Premier League goals this season and yet they remain unbeaten in 21 league games.
United are, unsurprisingly, favourites with all the bookies and sportsbooks to claim their 13th Premier League title.
So is it United's title to lose? Feel free to leave your comments below!
Premier League 2010/2011 Preview
So we are now less than two weeks away from the kick-off of the 2010/2011 Premier League season and I'm sure, like me, you are all getting very excited.
There are three clubs, in my opinion, who have a real chance of lifting the title come the end of the season. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Many believe Manchester City may challenge for the title this season given the vast amounts of money they have spent over the last few weeks. David Silva, Jerome Boateng
and Yaya Toure
have all arrived at Eastlands
this summer and if you have been keeping up with the sports news
of late, you will know that City's spending may not be over just yet.
I personally don't believe they have what it takes to go all the way this season and I think they would be doing well to finish in the top four this time around.
If I had to put my money on any team, I would probably bet on Chelsea to retain their Premier League crown.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, there are a large number of teams who could easily be relegated this season. Blackpool will probably finish rock bottom with West Brom
just above them in 19th
and then it will be intriguing to see who finishes in the place above them. It really could be any number of six or seven teams who finish 18th
but if I had to choose one, I would have to go with Birmingham.
We all love picking our squads for a fantasy soccer game
before the season starts and one player I suggest you have in your team this season is Liverpool's Joe Cole. I am convinced he will be a big success at Anfield
and I can see him scoring loads of goals this season.
The Transfer Window is now SHUT
After two months, the transfer window has today slammed shut. What a transfer window, eh?
Obviously the big spenders in the Premier League were Manchester City, spending over £115 million. Mark Hughes was certainly given to freedom to spend money left, right and centre, building almost a fantasy football
team in the process.
It seems the majority of football news
in Europe has surrounded Real Madrid this summer. The Spanish giants have spent nearly a quarter of a billion pounds on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Kaka. Many football betting
experts believe Real may be the team to beat in the Champions League this season and personally, I agree with them.
Elsewhere in the transfer window, Tottenham completed a transfer deadline day deal, bringing Portsmouth midfieder Niko Kranjcar to Fratton Park. Kranjcar became the second Portsmouth player to join Harry Redknapp at Spurs, following the arrival of Peter Crouch earlier this summer.
Manchester City to win the League?
any leading figures in the game have questioned whether or not Manchester City
can win the Premier League
title this season. Manchester United
boss Sir Alex Ferguson
has already dismissed City's chances, however both Harry Redknapp
and Martin O'Neill
think Mark Hughes'
men are contenders.
With the players they have signed over the summer (Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez
etc;) you would think that they must be contenders, however it is how they gel together is the main thing. If they lose two or three games on the trot, suddenly pressure begins to mount
and the players begin to lose interest, so it is vital Hughes keeps all of his players happy.
So, can City really challenge? I'm still undecided, however one things for sure, I wouldn't be betting against it
Carlos Tevez really does hate Sir Alex
(image) Carlos Tevez
just won't shut up about his now former club Manchester United
Speaking about his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson
, the Argentine
striker had this to say :
"He thinks I will return. But I know what I want and I know that Ferguson did not respect me
as a player. Before Berbatov
arrived in Manchester
, Ferguson told me, ‘You will still be the starting striker, so be cool’. But he lied to me
That is why I know I will not return to United. What I want to do next season is score against United. I promise I will not celebrate in front of the United fans
but I will shout in Ferguson’s face
. You can be sure of that - and it will be one of the most beautiful things I have done in football."
Although I am a Manchester City
fan, I really think Tevez should just keep his mouth shut. To put it bluntly, he's acting like an immature teenager
. On the other hand, wouldn't it be hilarious
to see how Ferguson would react if Tevez was shouting in his face.
What do you think? Comments below please.
Why on earth would Aston Villa want to sign this guy?
know it's that time of the year, when strange rumours begin emanating in the media, however I have never seen a stranger rumour than the one which can be found in today's Daily Star
The paper has today claimed that Aston Villa
are set to make a move for Wigan
defender Titus Bramble
. As you can probably tell from the headline, I'm not a massive fan of Bramble's, in fact, I think he's one of the worst players to ever play in the Premier League.
So why on earth would Villa manager Martin O'Neill
want to sign the one and only Titus Bramble? Comments below please.
Real Madrid are ruining the transfer market, not Manchester City
t's funny, I remember back to middle of January
, when Manchester City
made that astonishing £107 million
bid for Kaka
. It seemed as though everyone in the football world
had something negative to say about City's audacious bid to sign the former FIFA World Player of the Year.Michel Platini was threatening to ban City from entering any European competitions
if they were just going to spend ridiculous sums of money on players. Platini's doesn't seem to be threatening to ban Real Madrid from entering European competitions even though they are now the ones actually spending the ridiculous sums on big name players
I don't know why this gets my so annoyed, but it does. Maybe it's because I have been a City fan
for quite some time and I hate to see my team criticised. I understand that City are bound to be criticised for spending £30 million plus
on players, however I don't understand why Real Madrid aren't criticised for spending £50 million plus
So those who say that Manchester City are ruining the transfer market
are just plain idiots because City haven't even spent £30 million this summer. Real have spent £180 million
What do you think? Comments below please.
Is the new Arsenal 3rd kit a hit or a miss?
have today revealed their new 3rd kit
for the 09/10 Premier League campaign
. I quite like the new jersey, but I'm keen to hear what you Gunners fans
and indeed any football fans
feel about the new kit.
You can find several Arsenal jerseys over at myfootballkits.co.uk
.Comments below please
Three words to sum up Cristiano Ronaldo's time at Manchester United
t's official, Cristiano Ronaldo
is a Real Madrid
player after spending six years with the Premier League Champions Manchester United
Love him or loath him, there's no denying he was one of the best players the Premier League has ever seen. In total, Ronaldo scored an incredible 118 goals
in all competitions for the Red Devils
establashing himself as a firm favourite amongst the Old Trafford
wants you to sum up Ronaldo's time at United in just three words. Whenever we do the "Three words to sum up"
we always get a good response from you, the readers, so let's do the same again. If I had to use three words to sum up Ronaldo's career at United, I would say he was : simply the best.
Leave your comments below
and as always, make them funny.
The Transfer Window is officially open
he Transfer window
is now officially open and boy are we in for a busy few weeks.
Many big money deals have already been confirmed, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo
signing for Real Madrid
and Glen Johnson
signing for Liverpool
The next few days are bound to be extremely busy with several big name players tipped to be moving including Carlos Tevez
and Karim Benzema
. So, make sure to stay tuned to Football Corner
for all the latest transfer news as it happens.
Who will be on the move this summer? Comments below please.
Arsenal midfielder would jump at the chance to join Barcelona
f I have the chance to play for Barcelona
, I'd be really happy."Andrei Arshavin
has today shocked Arsenal
by claiming that should the opportunity arise, he would love to join Barcelona
international moved to the Emirates
just five months ago for a reported fee of £17 million
. Since his arrival in North London
, the 28
-year old has scored six goals for Arsene Wenger's
men, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite in the process.
Before his move to Arsenal, Arshavin was strongly linked with a move to Barcelona, however nothing ever materialised with regards a move to the Camp Nou
. There has been talk in recent times that Arshavin and his wife, Yulia
, are unhappy in England
due to the high tax rates
and the food
In the immediate aftermath of Arshavin's switch from Zenit St Petersburg
to Arsenal, Yulia claimed she would have preferred if her husband had of moved to Spain
. Strange thing for Arshavin to say so early into his Arsenal career. Personally, I hope Arshavin doesn't leave the Premier League
anytime soon because I'm sure there is far more to see from the little playmaker. It will be interesting to see how the Gunners faithful
react to Arshavin's comments.
So Arsenal fans, what do you think? Comments below please
Arsenal, Villa, Bolton & Man City all set to hold talks with £12 million Portuguese midfielder
t has been claimed today that Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bolton
and Manchester City
will all hold talks with Sporting Lisbon
midfielder Miguel Veloso
international has been linked with a move to the Premier League
for quite some time now, however for whatever reasons he remains a Sporting player, but that may be about to change.
, is desperate to join an English
club during the summer transfer window and with four clubs now vying for his signature, a move looks a strong possibility. Whoever does eventually sign Veloso will have to cough up at least £12 million
and in my opinion, at that price, he would prove great value for money
He is still quite young
, he can play in a variety of different positions
and he has Champions League experience
. Personally, I think Martin O'Neill
should do all he can to convince Veloso to go to Villa Park
cause at the moment, he could really use a quality midfield player. Stay tuned to Football Corner
for all the latest developments on this and more over the coming days and weeks.
What do you think? Comments below please
Manchester United finally spend some of the Ronaldo money
(image) Manchester United
are on the brink of completing their first signing of the summer, with Antonio Valencia
likely to complete his £16.5 million
move from Wigan
winger has spent just over two years at the JJB Stadium
, becoming one of Wigan's most prized assets during that time. Valencia, 23
, was also strongly linked with a move to Spanish
giants Real Madrid
, however it finally looks as though Sir Alex Ferguson
has got his man.
Valencia has never hidden his desire to move to Old Trafford
and once Cristiano Ronaldo
left for Real Madrid earlier this month, it was only a matter of time before things began to happen. Many people have questioned whether or not Valencia has the ability to replace Ronaldo and in my view, he hasn't.
For me, Valencia was just a very good player
in an average team
at Wigan (with all due respect to Wigan of course). He is just a slightly better version of Nani
and I'm sure the United faithful will be hoping for Sir Alex has someone else up his sleeve. I would be extremley surprised
if this is the only business we see United do in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to Football Corner
for all the latest.What do you think?
Is Valencia really that good? Does he deserve to wear the famous number 7 shirt
? Comments below please
Arsenal ready to wave goodbye to Adebayor and say hello to £30 million Real Madrid & Man United target
manager Arsene Wenger
is ready to let Emmanuel Adebayor
join AC Milan
for a fee believed to be around £23 million
. It was confirmed yesterday, by the Milan president, Silvio Berlusconi
, that the two clubs had been in contact regarding Adebayor's future at the Emirates
and it would appear that a deal could be concluded in the coming weeks.
With that done, Wenger will obviously need to bring a new frontman to North London
and if you are to believe what you read in the papers, that man will be Lyon's Karim Benzema
international has been linked with several clubs in the past few days, including the likes of Real Madrid
and Manchester United
, however as of yet, neither club has managed to reach an agreement with Lyon. Arsenal are confident that a bid of £30 million
will force Lyon to sell, however the tricky part for them will be to convince Benzema to leave the Stade Gerland
-year old has stated on several occasions that he would like to remain at Lyon for at least one more season in order to ensure his place in the France World Cup squad
. With Arsenal underachieving in terms of silverware
in recent years, Wenger knows that this season must see an improvement to prevent key players
leaving next summer and with that in mind he needs to bring in a player of the calibre of Benzema.
It will be fascinating to see who Benzema is playing for when the new season kicks off in six weeks time. I for one, hope he is playing Premier League
football and personally, I think he would be perfect for Arsenal. Could you imagine seeing Benzema partnering Robin Van Persie
in the Arsenal attack next season?What do you think?
Would Benzema be a good replacement for Milan-bound Adebayor? Comments below please
Van will be playing in North London next season
(image) Robin Van Persie has today pledged his future to Arsenal amid reports linking him with a shock move to Manchester United.
When asked about the possibility of him leaving the Emirates this summer, Van Persie had this to say : "I'm not in negotiations with any other club - just Arsenal."
The Dutch international has just 12 months remaining on his current deal with Arsenal, however Arsene Wenger remains confident that a new deal will be signed in the coming weeks.
Wenger recently stated : "We want to extend the contract
Van Persie, 25
, was Arsenal's top goalscorer last season scoring an impressive 20 goals
in all competitions. With Emmanuel Adebayor
likely to depart in the coming weeks, I feel it's vital that Arsenal manage to tie down Van Persie to a new long-term deal
. When he's fit and on form, I personally don't think there are many better strikers in the Premier League
What do you think? Comments below please.
Samuel Eto'o to partner Carlos Tevez up front at Eastlands
t looks increasingly likely today that Samuel Eto'o
will be joining Manchester City
president Joan Laporta
confirmed that the world's richest club have made a 'stratospheric' offer
to the player.
striker has been strongly linked with a move to Eastlands
in recent weeks, with City the only club willing to meet Eto'o's heafty wage demands of £1 million a month
. Agreeing a transfer fee is unlikely to be a problem for the two clubs, with Barca willing to let Eto'o go for as little as £23 million
due to his current contract expiring in just 12 months.
-year old has spent five years at the Camp Nou
, scoring an incredible 130 goals
in just 200 appearances
. His last appearance for Barca was last month's Champions League
final where Eto'o scored the opening goal of a 2-0
victory over City's arch rivals Manchester United
It is thought the whole deal could be finalised as early as Tuesday
. Eto'o is likely to be partnered by Carlos Tevez
at City. The Argentine
striker will finalise his £30 million
move on Wednesday after spending weeks considering his future. This is unlikely to be the end of Mark Hughes'
spending this summer, with a defender now believed to be his number one priority.
What do you think? Comments below please
Is Xabi Alonso really worth £35 million?
t has been claimed today that Liverpool
have told Real Madrid
they will have to bid £35 million
if they are to have any chance of signing Xabi Alonso
. The Spanish
midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu
all summer, however as of yet, Real are yet to make a bid.
£35 million is a hell of a lot of money and it has got me thinking, is Alonso really worth that much? I'm undecided, but what do you think? Please leave your comments below
Spurs willing to let striker leave for £18 million
(image) Darren Bent's
days as a Tottenham
player appear numbered after club chairman Daniel Levy
admitted the England
striker could leave once the club's valuation of £18 million
, has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane
since his £16.5 million
arrival from Charlton
back in 2007
are believed to be the only club currently interested in Bent's signature, however the £18 million price-tag which has been placed on Bent should see Steve Bruce
cool his interest.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp
is desperate to offload Bent as soon as possible to allow him to move for the likes of Klaas Jan Huntelaar
and/or Luca Toni
. With the World Cup
fast approaching, Bent knows he needs to be playing regular first team football
to have a chance of getting into Fabio Capello's
England squad and at Spurs, that is unlikely to happen.
Personally, I think Tottenham would be lucky to get £12 million
from the sale of Bent. I would say even Bent himself is laughing at the £18 million price-tag. Bent hasn't done much during his time at Spurs, and let's face it, a player who struggles to get into the Tottenham starting eleven
is not worth £18 million. Stay tuned to Football Corner
for all the latest on this and more.What do you think?
Are Spurs asking for a bit too much or is their £18 million valuation spot on? Comments below please
The latest twist in the Carlos Tevez saga
t would appear that Carlos Tevez
will be joining Manchester City
after months of speculation regarding his future. The Argentine
striker has been strongly linked with several Premier League
clubs in recent weeks including the likes of Liverpool
, however City look to have finally won the race.Tevez
recently revealed that he had rejected Manchester United's
offer of a new deal at Old Trafford
because he didn't feel wanted by the Premier League Champions.
It has been reported today that the 25
-year old has enrolled his 4
-year old daugther
in a private school in Chesire
, which would seem to indicate that he plans to stay in the north-west
City have been the favourites
for a long time to sign Tevez
and I'm sure today's revelation
will make them even heavier favourites. A player like Tevez
will no doubt help Mark Hughes
in his quest to make City one of the biggest clubs in the world
and as a City fan myself, I just can't wait to see Tevez
arrive at Eastlands
.What do you think?
Can you see Tevez
signing for anyone other than City or is it a certainty now? Comments below please
Is Glen Johnson really worth £17.5 million?
m sure you've all heard the news that Liverpool
have completed the signing of Glen Johnson
for a fee of £17.5 million
. The England
defender has signed a four year contract
after spending a successful three years on the south coast with Portsmouth
-year old has emerged as one of, if not the best right-back in the country, forcing Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez
to cough up quite a sizeable chunk of money for his signature. Many people have questioned whether or not Johnson is really worth that much money but in my opinion, he is worth every penny
Johnson is still very young
for a defender and I think in the years to come he will prove to be an integral part
of the Liverpool defence. The only worry I have about him is that he is quite an attacking right-back
, however I'm sure Benitez will know how to manage him.
What are your thoughts
on Johnson? Worth every penny or a huge waste of money? Comments below please.
Bye Bye Ronaldo
(image) Cristiano Ronaldo
has this evening put pen to paper on a six-year contract
giants Real Madrid
. The announcement brings to an end Ronaldo's six year spell with Premier League Champions Manchester United
It's been over two weeks since the news broke that an £80 million
fee between Real and United had been agreed and finally the news has broke that Ronaldo has agreed personal terms
with the La Liga
A statement released just a few minutes ago read : "Real Madrid and Manchester United have signed the final agreement
for the transfer of the rights of the player Cristiano Ronaldo effective July 1
. The player will remain at Real Madrid for the next six seasons and will be presented on July 6
at the Bernabeu
No matter what you think of Ronaldo, you will all have to agree that the Premier League won't be the same without him. He was an incredible character
both on and off the field who I for one, will sorely miss. I really wish him the very best of luck with his move and let's hope one day he returns to England
to play, even if it was just for a Champions League encounter
What are your thoughts on Ronaldo? Comments below please.