English Premier League: Who is buying whom in Football Transfer deals?

There is just another week for the windows to be slam shut and plenty of deals to be done. The English premier league is going on and  Football teams are going through a major reshuffle and it is  important to know who is buying whom.

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The four major Football clubs remain the center of attention: Arsenal,  Liverpool and Manchester United and Chelsea.

It must  be noted the deals involving several players will run into millions of dollars. While the total valuation of the players runs into millions of  dollars, the worth of these Football clubs and the Premier League runs into billions.                                                                                          The size of the deals is of course very large and is a must know for football fans and those who closely watch the English Premier League. The Players will of course be worth their penny in Euros.

Arsene Wenger is already cheering up Arsenal fans. Arsene Wenger  doesn’t fail to impress and he gets it right most times. Jose Mourinho,  who moved to Manchester United FC this year does not want  disappointment. He is all ready to boost the spirits of the team. Jose will  guide the Manchester United FC with his personality and leadership  qualities, though there are those who don’t agree.

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Part of the deal will be goalkeepers, strikers and just everyone who will be a key players in the Premier league teams..

There have been enough of breaking news off late this week as the deals  continue and will end in a weeks time on 31st August 2016. The transfer windows began on June 09 2016 will end on August 31st 2016. There have been a flurry of social media posts, tweets and other stuff that might interest football fans to keep track of the new  entrants and the developments taking place with the transfer deals happening.

Players in the news – Lucas Perez, Eduardo, Claudio Bravo, Will Miller,  Alessio Romagnoli, Bersant Celina, Ronald Koeman, Phil Jones.

The deals will be important for football clubs who are not compromising  to have the best players as part of the clubs and teams.

Younger players in the age group like Will Miller has been loaned by Tottenham to Burton Albion. The Under 21 player is seen as a contender to  score goals. The excitement is building up. Manchester City have signed  Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. Claudio Bravo will be with Manchester city as part of a four year old deal. While the price is not known – it is rumored to be around 17 million Pounds.

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Bersant Celina, midfielder from Manchester city has joined FC Twente and will be on loan. The 19 year old was linked to another team, but now is  confirmed to be with Twente FC. He will be part of  a four year old  contract.

Scott Hogan will be another major player as part of Hull and Derby. H&D have purchased Scott Hogan as part of a 7 Million Pounds dealing.

Swiss Midfielder, Fernandes is now part of West Ham United. Chelsea has bought in Eduardo.                                                                                 The 33-year old goalkeeper from Portugal will be on a one year deal. On the other hand, Sunderland FC has signed up Manquillo on a loan deal with option to buy.

The ongoing transfer deals will finish on 31st of August 2016. It is left to  see where these transfer deals will take the Premier league teams to a new pace and also give football club fans what they had expected.

India at Rio Olympics is about Girl Power

Two Indian women have won medals at the Olympics held in Rio.Indian women have been at the center of the Olympics 2016 held at Rio. Women in badminton, Golf and Wrestling.

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Till recently, only men were at the helm of sports events but this time women have taken India to an all new level by winning medals.

Firstly lets look at PV Sindhu, the badminton player who has won a silver at the Olympics. PV Sindhu is certainly an example for Indian women not just in sports but all walks of life. PV sindhu won a silver against Carolina Marin of Spain in women’s single’s category. PV Sindhu has been under the coaching of P Gopichand. Success truly comes to those who work hard and are determined to get it. PV Sindhu has not used a Mobile phone in the last three months and was busy preparing for the Olympics. It is only after the Olympic games that Sindhu will go back to using her mobile phone. Her coach Gopichand said that, he will be returning her mobile phone now after a long break. It must be noted that PV Sindhu is the youngest Indian to win an Olympic.

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Let us look at teenaged woman, ,Aditi Ashok who is representing India in golf at the Olympics. Aditi Ashok has qualified for the finals.

Long distance runner Lalita Babar is the second Indian woman to qualify for final track and finished 10th in the 3000m steeplechase final. Sakshi Malik has brought India a bronze medal in the 58  kg women’s wrestling category becoming the first Indian female wrestler and fourth Indian woman  to win an Olympic medal.

India has only known PT Usha to win medals and a handful other women sports. However this version of the Olympics is seeing a resurgence of women in sports. Women’s sports now seems to be in safe hands

Most of the Indian women who attained success in sports in the past decade were considered to be affluent and westernized, however the Rio Olympics has seen Indian sportswomen coming from all walks of life. As long as there is sponsorship and support, people can excel in sports.Let’s hope that Women in India will excel in sports like countries in the west.

 

EPL Weekend 2: The Games have just begun (5 Talking Points)

  1. Chelsea’s Troubles?

The 2-2 home draw to Chelsea, was down to the poor performance on the right flank of the team, however for this side to be caught out for similar traits two games running is peculiar.

Branislav Ivanovic was the target man for the Manchester City attack line and it was executed perfectly with most of the attacks coming from that side. Kolarov and Sterling took turns in overlapping the Serbian whilst attacking leaving him high and dry at many a time. However, it just isn’t Ivanovic who is to blame. Cesc Fabregas was played alongside Nemanja Matic in the deep lying midfield, but he was seen most off the time in City’s half and was didn’t retreat well, exposing the back four and instigating Mourinho to take off John Terry for the first time in the Premier League era.

Jose Mourinho also called Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City a “fake result”, a bogus representation of his side’s performance in the second half.

  1. Will Arsenal gamble on Coquelin for the whole season?

When Le Coq was a foul away from being sent off, Wenger turned to his to his bench to look for a solution. The sight of Mikel Arteta being summoned was a stark reminder of the limited options that Arsene Wenger has at his disposal in that position should Coquelin have been suspended. Or on any other day, injured or suffer a sudden loss of form.

Wenger denied any interest in either of the German Internationals, Lars Bender or Chris Kramer on Friday and, though Arsenal does not necessarily need an upgrade on Coq, certainly they are in need of a viable alternative.

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  1. City on Rampage mode.

Manchester City built on their normal 3-0 destruction of West Bromwich Albion on matchday one in the Premier League by doing likewise to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. City are setting a standard that may as of now be unachievable for the chasing pack. On the off chance that this is the means by which they deal with Chelsea, their title rivals at the beginning of the season, then Everton are in for one hell of a match, one week from now. This is a superb team playing exqusite football and with everyone finding their place and form in the line-up, there may be no stopping them this season.

  1. The Friday night football match.

This is this the first time a top flight game has been played on a Friday night outside of the holiday season since 2004 (Arsenal beat Leeds United 4-0) which is pretty cool in itself. However, it’s also a good warm up for next year. From the 2016-17 season onward, there’ll be regular football on a Friday evening. The match on focus that night was Aston Villa taking on Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj marked his first start for Manchester United in six months with the game’s only goal, taking the Red Devils to their second win in the opening two games of a season for the first time since 2011. Although it was far from a vintage display, Louis Van Gaal side’s kept their second-straight clean sheet and go top of the table for the first time since the start of the 2013-14 season, albeit shortly.

All of that was possible thanks to the Belgian’s first-half goal that was calmly taken following Juan Mata’s through ball from the inside the left flank.

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  1. Spurs facing a “Striking” issue.

After slumping to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in the opening game, Spurs went on to blow a two-goal lead at home against Stoke City after Kane was withdrawn at the 65-minute mark. Pochettino’s side is very light in the strikers’ department and has moved quickly to sign Clinton Njie from Lyon and there are rumors of Saido Berahino joining them before the season ends. However, as seen during the match, Spurs looked lost at the final third of the pitch whilst attacking. The absence of Kane was visible and felt by all. While Pochettino’s emphasis is on pressing the opposition which certainly troubles defences, he needs to get a striker capable of popping in the goals on the other end to relieve some pressure of Kane.

Inagural EPL Weekend 2015-2016 – Five Talking Points

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  1. Emergence of Swansea City

Swansea City was backed by manager Garry Monk to improve further, after giving a fight to Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Swansea came from behind twice to secure a point against the champions at West London thanks to an Andre Ayew strike on his debut and a Bafetimbi Gomis penalty. Earlier Oscar’s free-kick and a Federico Fernandez own goal had put Chelsea in front on two occasions. Swansea had a plethora of chances to secure a first Premier League win over Chelsea after Thibaut Courtois’s red card for fouling Gomis. This could’ve been another 1st day victory over the top 4 after a win over Manchester United 12 months ago. However, he can be content with the performance of the team as a whole.

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  1. Leicester New Life under Ranieri

Leicester City’s teamwork and offensive playing qualities were lauded by Claudio Ranieri after their 4-2 opening-day victory over Sunderland. The Leicester manager made his Premier League return at King Power Stadium and witnessed a clinical first-half display by his team en-route to beating Sunderland. A Riyad Mahrez brace and a Jamie Vardy goal put Leicester 3-0 up at half time. Jermain Defoe pulled one back in the second half only for Marc Albrighton to kill the with Leicester’s fourth. Steven Fletcher got a goal for Sunderland later but it was no more than a consolation one. Ranieri, a former Chelsea manager who took over Leicester from Nigel Pearson was pleased with the start.

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  1. Cech’s Home Debut

It was supposed to be a dream start for Arsenal’s new signing Petr Cech after joining from Chelsea for 11 million dollars this summer. He was touted to be their knight in shining armor who would lead the team to their first premier league title in 10 years. However, the dream was shattered with Cech conceding two easy attempts on goal, which otherwise should have been saved. Adding to the misery of the Arsenal fans, it was the first victory of West Ham over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium since 2007.

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  1. Harry Kane Misfiring

Harry Kane came into this season with a burden of expectations to his name. Kane had to a tough beginning for this season as he faced a new look Manchester United. And it was to be proven right with the United rear-guard keeping Kane away from the ball and not giving him space to make his runs nor the time to position himself. It is to be seen if he was a one season wonder or not. However the Spurs faithful can take solace in the fact that it was one of those days where he was carefully isolated by Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick and successfully followed up by Schneiderlin.  With him being a prime transfer subject for many clubs, such performances may not find him any suitors come the end of August.

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  1. The Goalkeepers – Second Choice Talent

This season is widely looked upon to be the season of Goalkeepers. Vorm, Ospina, Begovic, Romero, Jääskeläinen; these are the second choice goalkeepers for some of teams in the EPL. A plethora of talent is there on show this season, hence making it very difficult for strikers to score. Whether or not we will get to see these players on the pitch regularly is impossible to tell, but with such talent on the bench, a sense of security will always be present with the defenders come a moment of madness by their 1st choice keeper. E.g. we witnessed such an incident when Chelsea played Swansea in the opening day fixture of the Premier League, where Courtois was sent off, but was ably replaced by Begovic.

THE ASHES 2015 – Aussie Batting Missing

ashes ausAhead of the fourth Test, England remain just as capable of running through the Australian middle order as they are to succumbing themselves. This year has seen very little of team cricket, with many a star throwing away his wicket, or losing form. We have seen out-right match winners in Joe-Root and James Anderson for England and Steve Smith and the ever- erratic Mitchell Johnson for Australia.

Whichever side winds up winning this Ashes series,they will presumably have done so by avoiding a domino-effect collapse. From the players available in the rosters of both teams, we can see some who wouldn’t be able to make it past a century of runs – that too collectively. A reason for this below par performance could be attributed to the emergence of the shorter format of the game. Yes, the age old debate of whether T-20 is killing Test Cricket. There were glimpses of that answer in the debacle that was witnessed first at Sophia Gardens, then at Lords and also Edgbaston. We can’t rule out some stump splattering mayhem at Trent Bridge either. The emergence of T-20 cricket as a major focus of domestic cricket championships (Big Bash-Australia, IPL- India, CPL-West Indies, Ram Slam – South Africa, NatWest Blast, etc) has pushed the batsman to change his playing style and technique with “Rampage mode” at all times. This has made players like Chris Rogers, a batsman capable of knuckling up a century with the red ball, move to the sidelines and wait for his turn to play in a schedule filled with the shorter form of the game. In terms of statistics, let us have a look at Rogers’ and David Warner’s respective batting performance during this series; Rogers has faced 640 deliveries at an average of 106 per innings while Warner has faced 354 at an average of 69.

The latter often getting out early in the innings, playing risky shots as he may have done so in T-20 cricket. However, it becomes harder to point fingers at Warner as he is barely supported by the lower order batsmen. Given the state of the Australian team, they will have to rely solely on the services of Steve Smith, unless Warner finds a way to partner Rogers through a significant chunk of the innings. The prospect of the lower order finding its form at the crease continues to be largely implausible.

In all this chaos, a certain Mitchell Marsh might be allowed a few more opportunities to cement his position in the side. With the dithering form of Watson, Australia is in need for a broad shouldered all-rounder to step up. While Mitchell Marsh is great when the middle order is playing with all guns blazing, he becomes something of a liability when they are not.

Australia began the series armed with what seemed a more attacking and well structured line-up but after two majorly disappointing performances,they have got to get their mojo back. They can may be find some inspiration from the capitulation of England at Lord’s.The home side is never far away from putting in a shocker either, but the Australian team may be better off not betting on it.