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How James Milner went from being fringe player to focal point at Manchester City

Posted on August 24, 2015 by in English Premier League, Man City

In the summer of 2010, Manchester City spent around £150 million on reinforcing their squad and building a team to compete for the Premier League trophy. Of the eight signings purchased in that transfer window, five were in the region of £25m.
David Silva, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko have all proved their worth since and are still integral to the success of the side today.
Mario Balotelli made a number of significant contributions; however, he ultimately failed to live up to his promise before Roberto Mancini cut his losses and sent him back to Serie A. Englishman James Milner was the other signing, as he followed in the footsteps of Gareth Barry by swapping Aston Villa for the Etihad.

The midfielder clearly isn’t as technically capable as the aforementioned names and has certainly had less of an impact in the last four seasons. Milner has never been a regular at City either under Mancini or his successor Manuel Pellegrini. He started 23 league games in his opening campaign, although that diminished to just 12 starts last term under Pellegrini.

“There are two ways to react, a right and a wrong way,” admits Milner. “You can mouth off or work harder and working harder is the only way I know. Maybe that does count against me at times. The manager knows I’ll just carry on training as hard as I can. It’s no good for the team if someone sulks or disrupts training.”
Milner is now in the final 12 months of his contract and it was widely anticipated he would be moving last summer. He didn’t start the first three league matches, but an injury to Samir Nasri changed everything. The former Leeds man has become a vital component and not just when the Frenchman is missing.

With David Silva and Nasri as wide players the team has a tendency to become very narrow, with both playmakers looking to laterally move between the lines. Pellegrini appears to have found more balance by utilising the more direct Milner on the opposite flank when Silva plays out wide.

The Chilean likes to adapt his structure and generally opts for a 4-­4­-2 or 4-­2­-3­-1. “The truth is that I don’t have a defined system,” he confessed to Champions League Weekly. “The players are capable of playing in different formations within our concept of football. I think that a team that tries to win each match relying solely on tactics for that game will never become a team with its own identity.”

In matches with Arsenal and Tottenham, Silva has been used as a number 10 with Milner and Jesus Navas either side of him. The 1-­1 draw with Chelsea saw Milner occupy the right­ wing and excel against City’s most likely main competitors for the title. He made 12 more final third passes than Silva and completed 8/8 tackles.

His all-­round ability rarely gets the full credit that it deserves but it’s his commitment that has seen him return to the fold. Milner completes more key passes per game than any other player in the squad, while at the same time only Gael Clichy makes more tackles per match.

This improvement means that the club hierarchy would be mad to let him leave next year for free and a new contract is close. “We’ve been in talks with the club, we’ve talked about it and hopefully it can get sorted some time soon,” confesses Milner.

His eagerness and raw energy compliments the greater skilled members of the roster. He displays a tireless work-­rate, while his tactical awareness sees him assist his grateful full­-back with defensive duties. Last weekend, Milner was left out and the champions were surprisingly defeated by West Ham. Four of City’s five losses this season happened when Milner started as a substitute.

When he does come off the bench, his enthusiasm to make an impression is evident. This can have a positive influence on his fellow team-mates as they look to follow suit and replicate his desire.

His second half performance against Roma in the Champions League did exactly that, as he helped limit Maicon’s attacking intent. This cameo saw him rewarded with a start in the next match­day in Moscow against CSKA and he subsequently scored his first goal of the campaign.

Milner played under 20 minutes in both wins over Manchester United last season, but in the derby this weekend you can almost guarantee he will be restored to the line-­up.
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Everything you need to know about… Marcos Rojo

Posted on August 19, 2014 by in English Premier League, Man United

The 60-second story

Marcos Rojo’s journey from Argentina to Manchester United has been neither simple nor smooth. Lured in December 2010 from hometown club Estudiantes to Spartak Moscow, the then 20-year-old struggled – and a summer 2012 switch to Sporting Lisbon began in similar style.

Rash tackling, suspect positioning and an over-belligerent approach made him a liability at centre-back in his initial displays. Although he looked far more comfortable on the few occasions he was used at left-back, he made a full contribution to literally the worst season in the club’s 106 years of existence.

But in 2013/14, a rejuvenated Sporting finished second, and the night-and-day transition from the previous season was perfectly reflected on an individual level by the Argentine defender. Without losing his bristling aggression, Rojo showed he was intelligent enough to learn from his mistakes and was the club’s most improved player.

He became a pillar and a leader at the centre of defence, utilising his lightning pace to make endless timely interventions. He also became a potent goal threat with his powerful aerial game and thunderous left-foot shot, scoring six goals during the season – before impressing again at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Why you need to know him
Because he’s signing for Manchester United. Marcos Rojo is a player perfectly suited to the unmatched physicality and pace of Premier League football. “I always liked English football. I’m sure I’ll adapt quickly to the style of play,” Rojo said yesterday.
His attributes back up that belief. Pacy and powerful, there is no doubt the Argentine will be up to the physical demands of English club football.
Strengths
Two of Rojo’s foremost assets are his speed and strength. He is also excellent in the air, posing a real threat in the opposition box at set pieces. He has a wonderful left foot which he uses to good effect, firing off thunderous shots and delivering dangerous crosses from the left flank. While the way he forced his move out of Sporting left an unpleasant taste, on the pitch there was never any doubting his commitment was absolute.

Weaknesses

Without being a malicious player, Rojo can be reckless in his efforts to get to the ball first, flying into tackles, as attested by 27 yellow cards and five reds in two seasons in Portugal. He has improved this facet of his game considerably, but there is still work to do: he managed to pick up a suspension after just four matches at the World Cup. When playing at centre-back, he has a tendency to be pulled out of position.
They said…
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone: “Rojo won the hearts of the Argentines at the World Cup. He was very good both attacking and defending. [Alejandro] Sabella put his trust in him and he responded really well. He had an excellent World Cup and was the best left-back among the four semi-finalists.”

Did you know?
Rojo was the only Argentine named in the Castrol Index Top 11 for the Brazil World Cup.

What happens next?
Opinion is very much split regarding whether or not Rojo’s move to Manchester United will be a success. The defender would appear to have the perfect assets to fit on the left of Louis van Gaal’s desired three-man defence: experience at both left-back and centre-back, pace to burn to cover for lack of numbers, accurate short and long-distance distribution, and unstinting energy and staying power.

He will have to work hard on his positioning and some growing pains are to be expected as he learns the new system, but just as at the World Cup, he could well prove the doubters wrong and do well at Old Trafford.

 

Stats Zone Premier League Striker of the Season 2013/14

Posted on May 27, 2014 by in English Premier League

Stats Zone Premier League Striker of 2013/14: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Well, you weren’t really expecting anyone else now were you? Put simply, the Liverpool striker enjoyed one of the greatest individual seasons in Premier League history. The Uruguayan’s 31 goals in 33 games levelled the haul achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United in the 2007/08 campaign– albeit having played one game fewer.
Suarez wasn’t quite the sole source of Liverpool’s impressive title bid last season, but his explosive goal getting more than compensanted for the Reds’ woes at the other end. He even missed the first five games of the season after chomping Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic the previous term, but was utterly brilliantupon his return.
The Uruguayan’s finest game of the season is debatable, of course, but just try arguing his four-goal haul against poor Norwich at Anfield. His quadruple accounted for all but one of Liverpool’s goals on Merseyside in a 5-1 victory, and produced the only instance of a player netting as many in a game last term. Unsurprisingly, he also recorded the most shots on target of any player in a game (6), crafted the other goal for Raheem Sterling and carved out another 3 opportunities on top of that.

It’s about this time that we’re supposed to reel off the men who ran him close for the Stats Zone Striker of the Year gong, but realistically nobody else stood a chance.Daniel Sturridge’s 20-goal haul was a superb achievement for the man cast aside by Chelsea in January 2012, whileSergio Aguerowould have almost certainly ran Suarez close had injury not curtailed his blistering start to the campaign.If you’re interested, Hull’sYannick Sagbo was the striker (25+ games) who boasted the best shooting accuracy (78%);Olivier Giroud trailed Suarez’s 181 shots with 112;Peter Crouch won the most aerial duels (247), but Christian Benteke and Wilfried Bonynetted the most headed goals (5).

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Stats Zone Premier League Games of the Season 2013/14

Posted on May 27, 2014 by in English Premier League

Most passes in a game: 1192
Arsenal 2-0 Hull City, 4 Dec 2013
For those who love what Xavi calls the “pum, pum, pum, pum” of passing, the place to be was the Emirates, back when the advent calendars remained relatively pristine. The Gunners, who scored in the second minute of each half, piled up 803 passes (721 completed), the Tigers a hardly shabby 305 of 389.

Fewest passes in a game: 544

Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa, 21 Dec 2013
Less than a fortnight later, with the advent calendar a plundered shell and Christmas drunkenness all around, Stoke and Villa concocted the Premier League’s most pass-free game of the season. The Potters’ passing improved notably this season but they contributed just 186 completed passes (of 286) to this unseemly scrabble, while their guests were worse, with 158 out of 255. Might have been better to go Christmas shopping.

Most unblocked shots: 33
Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea, 3 Feb 2014
Shooooooot! The summit meeting at the Etihad, renowned in retrospect as a Mourinho masterclass in defence, actually provoked the highest total of unblocked shots, of which City had 19. The hosts’ problem was accuracy: of their 24 shots in total, only 3 were on target, whereas Chelsea got 6 of their 18 on target.

Most shots (inc. blocked): 44
Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland, 1 Feb 2014;
Sunderland 0-1 Everton, 12 Apr 2014
Heck of a season for the Mackems, who were also involved in the two matches with the most shots in total. Up the road at Newcastle, they won 3-0 despite only having 16 shots to their neighbours’ 28 (10 of which were saved by Stats Zone Awards Goalkeeper of the Season Vito Mannone). Just over two months later, they had their own barn-door day with 24 fruitless shots on Tim Howard’s goal; even Everton’s winner was an oggie off Wes Brown.

Fewest shots: 9
Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton, 19 Apr 2014
Strikers, look away. Southampton’s trip to Villa, which also produced the fewest unblocked shots (7), featured a home side who apparently couldn’t hit a cowshed with a brass band – looking at the Stats Zone screen, at least two of their six efforts may have produced throw-ins – and a Southampton side so timid that they restricted their three shots from an area the size of a tea towel.

Highest overall pass completion rate: 89.9%
Man United 3-1 Hull City, 6 May 2013
An evening of firsts (goalscoring debutant James Wilson) and lasts (final Old Trafford appearances for Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs) also produced a pleasingly high percentage of accurate passing – and, as in the game at Arsenal which produced the most passes overall, Hull played their part. The Tigers completed 449 of their 511 passes, while the hosts connected with 583 of their 637. Well done, everybody.

Lowest overall pass completion rate: 62.7%
Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa, 21 Dec 2013
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Most fouls: 40
West Brom 0-1 Southampton, 17 Aug 2013
Maybe it was a refereeing directive that didn’t reach anyone but Kevin Friend. Or maybe this opening-day encounter was just as “scrappy” as almost every match report calls it. Whichever, when Mauricio Pochettino’s side turned up to face Steve Clarke’s Baggies, they acted like anything but Saints, committing 25 of the 40 fouls given by Friend. None of them mattered as much as one of the game’s last infractions – Youssouf Mulumbu’s 89th-minute foul on Luke Shaw which led to recent goalscoring England debutant Rickie Lambert striking from the spot.

Fewest fouls: 9
Manchester United 2-2 Fulham, 9 Feb 2013
One of the season’s most peculiar games, in which Rene Meulensteen returned to Old Trafford with a line-up best described as “solid” and Fulham escaped undefeated for only the second time in 51 years… somehow. The Cottagers produced as many fouls (6) as shots; at the other end, United used their 75.4% possession to rack up 31 shots and a startling 82 crosses… but still allowed Darren Bent to steal a point with an injury-time equaliser.

True cost of a Premier League season ticket in 2013/14

Posted on May 20, 2014 by in English Premier League

These comparison tables are a real eye opener. Man United are feeling the pain after so long at the top. Thanks for Vouchercode.co.uk for this.

The annual Football Value League Table examines how much season ticket holders paid per win and per goal on home turf over the 2013/14 season.
Rivals United have taken a hit since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. After coming second in the Value League last year they have plummeted seven places in the table to 8th in 2013/14; their supporters paying £79.22 per home win, £35.45 more per win at home than they did last year.
After a disappointing season all round, Fulham are not only facing up to relegation but have also suffered the ignominy of coming bottom of the Value League. The Cottagers won just five of their league games at home in 2013/14 (26 per cent), meaning Fulham’s season ticket holders will have paid a whopping £128 for each win at Craven Cottage – or £26.67 for each goal.
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How UEFA will dictate Man Citys summer transfers

Posted on May 20, 2014 by in Champions League, Man City

Manchester City’s summer transfer dealings look set to be complicated. Even without the club’s€60 million fine and trimming of next season’s Champions League squad to 21 playersfor breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, Manuel Pellegrini already had enough plates to keep spinning with his current squad.
Firstly, he will need to resolve the uncertain futures of Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Micah Richards, James Milner and Aleksander Kolarov, all of whom are all approaching the final 12 months of their current deals. Milner’s situation in particular could prove troublesome, after reports on Monday suggested that the England man could be keen to leave the Etihad this summer.
Dzeko is enjoying his most prosperous season for the club since joining from Wolfsburg for £27m in January 2011. He has compensated for the drastic loss of form experienced by Alvaro Negredo and there would be no shortage of takers should he become available. Samir Nasri, a £24m purchase, has also experienced a renaissance under Pellegrini after falling out of favour under Roberto Mancini. Both are believed to have commenced contract talks and the club will be keen to tie them down before the World Cup, where Nasri won’t be this summer.
Kolarov has provided stiff competition for Gael Clichy this term and Pellegrini appears to be a fan of the versatile Milner (which makes the 28-year-old’s unhappiness worrying). But Micah Richards has already stated his desire to leave for first-team football and resuscitate his international career. He has yet to feature under Roy Hodgson and, as things stand, is a long way from adding to his 13 England caps. Whether or not Richards will be allowed to leave depends on City’s ability to name eight English players in their next 25-man squad, which looks highly unlikely at present.

UEFA regulations state that all English clubs in European competition can name a maximum of 17 foreign players. City have space for one more and appear to have their heart set on Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, who could well become a household name at the World Cup. Of their English contingent, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry (currently on loan at Everton) and Richard Wright (yes, he’s still there, look it up) are all set to depart when their contracts expire at the end of next month, Richards wants to leave, Milner too, while Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell remain on the periphery. That leaves Joe Hart.
So if you’re English or ‘home grown’, you know where to send your CV, because Manchester City will be forced to set their sights on players that spent at least three years over here during their formative years. It leaves Milner in a very strong position with regards to negotiating new terms on his £80,000-a-week deal, and may result in them holding on to Richards for another year before letting him leave for nothing in 2015. Now their Champions League squad has been cut, the need to sign players of a suitable standard is more pressing than padding out the squad with fringe players.
It also means they may have to part with some of their foreign players to make room for home grown players. Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley may tickle their fancy, but if they need to reinforce a different position and cannot identify a suitable candidate from these shores they will have to sell, buy a replacement for a player that does not require replacing, plus the player they actually require. So if they wanted to sign Bacary Sagna, who will see his Arsenal contract expire shortly and has been linked with a move to the Etihad, the move could involve a chain of four transfers to facilitate it; the Frenchman’s capture, the sale of Richards and one of their foreign players, then the signing of a home-grown replacement.
Their acclaimed academy may yet bail them out, but that would require fast tracking the likes of Marcos Lopes, Karim Rekik and Emyr Huws, and whether that would aid or hinder their development is another matter. However they decide to tackle the situation, they look set to endure a difficult summer. With no one to blame but themselves for the punishments and stipulations forced upon them, a lack of foresight would appear to be their toughest opponent in the near future.

From: General

Sat 30 Nov 2013 15:00 – Norwich v Crystal Palace (Carrow Road)

Posted on November 29, 2013 by in English Premier League

Sat 30 Nov 2013 15:00 – Norwich v Crystal Palace (Carrow Road)

Referee: Chris Foy

After five straight away defeats, Crystal Palace finally won a game on the road against Hull last weekend. They also scored only their third away goal of the season to secure a 1-0 victory against the Tigers. The Eagles will have new Manager Tony Pulis in the dugout this weekend and will be hoping for a positive “honeymoon” period under their new boss. Norwich have not had a great start to the season either and Chris Hughton’s men are just four points ahead of their relegation rivals ahead of this clash.

Both teams have been burdened with long injury lists for a while now and will enter this game with six absences apiece. Palace may have McCarthy available after a recent groin injury.

Norwich score an average of 1.2 goals per game at home and the same number against while Palace score an average of just 0.5 goals per game away from home yet concede an average of 1.8. Both teams have good disciplinary records and there is a very high possibility of fewer than 35.5 booking points in this game as 100% of Norwich’s home games, and 67% of Palace’s away games have produced this result.  Some great stats for online betting.

Initially this game looks like a home win when you take the away form of Crystal Palace into account; but the home draw against Everton and the away win at Hull, combined with the appointment of a new Manager, could give them the boost they need to get a result from this game. Norwich are by no means convincing at home but had their best result yet in their last home fixture against West Ham. This will be a tight game that could end in a no-score or low-score draw.

Match prediction: Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace

Man United win the Premiership and QPR get kicked out

Posted on April 29, 2013 by in Man United

Manchester United secured their 20th Premier League title Monday night after defeating Aston Villa 3-0 on the strength of a first-half hat trick by Robin van Persie. The victory gave the Red Devils a 16 point lead over Manchester City with four games remaining and thus clinching the title.

Manchester United signed a EPL club sponsorship deal with bwin last year and used some of that money over the summer to secure Van Persie, a deal that has proved to be the difference maker this season for the club.

Van Persie wasted little time reminding fans of his importance to the club this season as he first home a goal just 81 seconds into the contest. He then fired home goals at the 13th and 33rd minute to secure the hat trick. The first goal proved to be enough as the club ran a clean sheet against Aston Villa, a team struggling to remain in the premier league.

This game was a contrast in teams with differing goals. The Red Devils were looking to add another title to their long and storied history while Aston Villa is looking just to retain their spot in the Premier League. The club is just three points above Wigan with four games remaining.

Wigan, Queens Park Rangers, and Reading where slated for relegation after the season based on their position. Aston Villa is three point ahead of Wigan with four games left but is not the only club flirting with relegation. Sunderland, Stoke City, and Newcastle United are only 6 points above Wigan and must keep losses to a minimal to stave off relegation. QPR will be relegated this season but, Harry Rednapp has will stay with the club and help them retrieve their rightful position in the English Premier League.

Champions League Final 2013 Predictions

Posted on February 12, 2013 by in Champions League, Man United

The UEFA Champions League matchups have been announced and football enthusiasts across the globe are busy speculating on which teams will make it through to the finals. Today, we’ll explore the Champions League Final 2013 predictions.

Notably, to the dismay of many football fans who would love to see a high-stakes encounter between longtime rivals Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson, favourites Manchester United and Real Madrid will not be appearing in a 2013 Champions League matchup.

The reason? Both Real Madrid and Manchester United have been selected to play in the stand-out tie of the last 16 Champions League teams on 13th February 2013. Despite their incredible popularity, only one of the two teams will be eligible to play in the final.

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A total of 16 teams have proceeded to the knock-out stage, which is comprised of 16 match ups. The most likely successors are Real Madrid and Barcelona, which will no doubt meet each other again in the final. Real Madrid hold the record for most Champions League finals, as they’ve won a total of 9.

Let’s have a look at the knock-out stage matches and the latest predictions. The first legs will be played on 12, 13, 19 and 20 February, with the second legs slated for 5, 6, 12 and 13 March 2013.

On 20 February, Milan and Barcelona will take to the pitch. This match is going to be one to watch, since many predictions have Barcelona coming out on top and proceeding to the finals. The second leg is scheduled for 12 March, 2013.

Valencia will take on Paris Saint-Germain on 12 February, with a second leg slated for 6 March. This match up will also be one to watch, as David Beckham will be playing for free. Predictions have Paris Saint-Germain knocking out Valencia.

Among the most anticipated match ups, Manchester United and Real Madrid will battle it out on the pitch on 13 February, with a second leg set for 5 March. Predictions have Real Madrid coming out on top.

Another match-up, set for 20 February, is between Galatasaray and Schalke 04, with a second leg set for 12 March, 2013. Predictions have Schalke 04 coming out on top for the win.

The second match-up is between Celtic and Juventus, with the first leg scheduled for 12 February and the second leg to take place on 6 March. Of this pairing, predictions have Juventus favoured for the win.

On 19 February, Arsenal and Bavern Munich will take to the pitch for the first leg; a second leg is slated for 13 March. Arsenal is the favourite and predictions have this team taking this knock-out match.

Shakhtar Donetsk will play Borussia Dortmund on 13 February. The second leg is set for 5 March. Of these two teams, it’s predicted that Shakhtar Donestsk will take the win.

And finally, Porto will take on Malaga on 19 February. The second leg is set for 13 March. If predictions are correct, Porto will be victorious.

Who will replace Modric at Tottenham

Posted on August 14, 2012 by in English Premier League, Spurs

Spurs transfer news

News surrounding Luca Modric increases by the day. Real Madrid are look like the most likely destination. A move that will pay for new transfers for Tottenham. So who’s going to take the midfielder’s role at Tottenham?

Tottenham have signed the Icelandic Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. Reported picking up a 5 year contract Sigurdsson must have the full backing of the Spur hierarchy. Something the Icelander is most happy about because he believes ‘Spurs are going places’. A top for place and Champions League football?

Sigurdsson has shown signs that he can live up to being Modric’s replacement after netting 7 goals in 19 appearances for Swansea.

A more likely replacement for Modric is the Brazillian wonder boy Oscar rumored to be making a £20million move from a Brazillian side. This looks like a Villas-Boas inspired move whereas Sigurdsson’s possibly isn’t.

As Villas-Boas looks to make is mark it’s alarming how much he is changing the team around. Brad Friedel’s place is in doubt and apparently Villas-Boas is considering changing van der Vaart. Players that where fundamental in Tottenham’s success in the 2011/12 season.

It will be an exciting start to the new season.

Home grown rule will not save our World Cup hopes

Posted on August 6, 2010 by in England, English Premier League, FIFA World Cup, Home Grown Talent

The home grown player rule will help Britain’s next World Cup attempt but is it enough?

Press recently about the ‘home grown’ players rule has been mixed. The home grown players rule is basically a quota that will apply to the Premier League only. Premier League clubs must name a squad of 25 players. Eight of which must have been trained in England or Wales for three years. 

On the face of it this rule looks great for promoting home grown talent at the grass roots level.  An unlimited number of under 21 players are allowed in the squad which add to this.  After coming up through a youth academy Wayne Rooney has stated his support for the initiative, ” vital to the future of England and the Premier League” Wayne said. 

This is exactly right.  The national team needs a boost and fresh talent if they’re going to have a chance at future World Cup tournaments.  Another plus point to the new ruling is that it should spice up the transfer market.

However, some important points have been left out of the press releases.  The rule states players must have been playing in the UK for at least 3 years.  So the players don’t actually have to be English.  Any foreign players already playing her for three years apply.  But, it’s a step in the right direction.

The Premier League has also boosted youth development by increasing the amount of coaching hours at academies.  Hopefully the second step in this process will be to alter the rule so that it applies only to English players.  Something we can possibly expect over the coming years.

Relax And Watch Live Football Online

Posted on July 3, 2010 by in English Premier League

Are you bored with not being able to Watch Live Football and miss your favorite soccer team because your cable or satellite subscription does not carry it? Are you a die-hard fan of one of Europe’s best football players or, if you are that way inclined, just into the stunning game due to those even more beautiful players? Whatever drove you to watch live soccer, surely you’ll be thrilled to read this text.

With the advancement in online technology and frequently a minimum amount to pay, you will be ready to watch live soccer on your computer providing you have got a valid Internet connection. You will not have to pay a high-priced wire subscription or shell out for expensive satellite clobber and installation charges.

The web has progressed beyond recognition during the last couple of years and many aspects in humdrum life rely on Internet technology. From medical well being to educational issues, crime management and now sports telecasts, the Net has revolutionised how we live our day-to-day lives.

With just minimum searching on the web, it’s possible to find websites which permit you watch live soccer online . For a low fee, infrequently one-off, sometimes yearly, dependent on the service you sign up to, you can watch a plethora of live soccer on your personal computer. Soccer is not the only subject material you can watch, these websites can also grant you access to sports, comedy, films and music.

It is improbable these websites really stream any information themselves. They are more likely to act as a gateway and give you access to links to other services which give the exact streaming service.

If you are troubled you may not get good value for cash, have a look on the web and check the schedules offered by these internet sites for live streaming football. You will find you can watch most european matches usually limited to cable or satellite restrictions and membership to one of these sites can grant you access to above ten, twenty or even more matches every single week.

When you have signed up and are presented with a considerable number of links to select from, watching your preferred match is simple. Most matches are available through Windows Media Player or Real Player but some require specific peer-to-peer applications, but these are all unreservedly available to download.

when you’ve all this in place you will be able to access masses of local, regional and international broadcasts which can sometimes be accessed from wherever you are in the world as long as you are hooked up to the net. Hours upon hours of fun is just a mouse click away!

Is 4th the new 1st in the Premier League?

Posted on April 20, 2010 by in Man City, Spurs

The race for the fourth spot in the Premiership is more entertaining than seeing the same old stalwarts jostling for the top spot. Seriously Chelsea, Man United, and Arsenal in the top three, yawn.  Same ol same old story.  Although individually there are some interesting aspects to Man United’s and Chelsea’s seasons, viz, Man U’s performance after the loss of Ronaldo and of course Rooney’s disastrous ankle injury. Chelsea’s ups and downs have been well documented, what with a loss against Tottenham in the final leg of the season and problems with the Captain (Terry).  Arsene Wenger’s fighting to make something of his young Arsenal side hasn’t even been mentioned.

No the action is all about the coveted fourth spot.  It has been noted how things have gone from bad to worse with the chances of Liverpool recently.  What with Rafa Benetez’s position as manager being called into doubt.  The final nail in the coffin must surely (not for Benetez but for Liverpool) be the injury of Fernando Torres.

No no no, forget all that lot.  Tottenham Hot Spur and Manchester City, both having played the same number of games and being within 2 points of one another, is where it’s at.  What a show down.  Tottenham are cooking after defeating Chelsea, which combined with the win that Paul Scholes stole in the final minute against Man City has really mixed things up at the end of the season.

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Goalkeeping problems at Arsenal

Posted on February 20, 2010 by in Arsenal, English Premier League

No surprise to see that Arsene Wenger is holding the referee responsible for Lukasz Fabianski’s errors, which culminated in Arsenal’s defeat to Porto recently. The blame will no doubt end up be laid upon the Polish goalkeepers shoulders.

It is hard to follow some of the goal keeping greats that stood before Fabianski. The search for a reliable first choice goalkeeper continues. Something that has evaded Arsenal since the departure of David Seaman. Similar to what happened at Manchester United after Peter Schmeichel left. Big shoes to fill, well, in front of goal mouth rather than commentating.

Man U have now found Edwin Van Der Sar……….but the search continues at Arsenal.

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