Sunday, March 01, 2015
Michelle 'The Body' Lewin was born on 15th February 1986 in Maracay State of Aragua, Venezuela and lives in Miami Beach, Florida. She is one of the biggest names in female fitness models.
Michelle got into fitness after she had been modelling for a few years. She says as part of my job was to stay in shape I needed to go to the gym. I loved it and it led me to become a total gym rat. After months of intense training and a change of diet the abs started to show and I was enjoying the fitness lifestyle. Suddenly the modelling requests were coming from Fitness Magazines and Supplement companies. Michelle trains at Flamingo South Beach Fitness Center.
The Venezuelan beauty is known for her amazingly chiseled body, and amazing fitness tips aimed at females. Michelle teams sex appeal with raw muscles and it’s proving to be a winning combination!
Michelle is sponsored by Betancourt Nutrition and uses their Big Blend, Pro Amino, Bullnox and Fulldose products.
Michelle is a true inspiration for women across the globe and a sex symbol that embodies health and fitness. She has been on the cover of over a dozen magazines including being a Playboy cover model.
Her typical day starts with an early morning cardio workout with weightlifting in the evening. In between, Michelle is normally doing photo shoots for different companies.
Michelle's favourite quote is: “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights” – Ronnie Coleman
Michelle loves a 'selfie' and is the 'Queen of Social Media' - with a collective 4.5 million social media followers.
Chin Ups (Wide Grip) 4×12
Chin Ups (Normal Grip) 4×10
Row Machine 4×12
T-Bar Rows 4×12
Dumbbell Curls 6×12
EZ Bar Curls 4×12
Straight Bar Cable Curls 4×12
Lying Leg Curls 4×12
Seated Leg Curls 4×12
Seated Calf Raises 8×20
Standing Calf Raises (Smith Machine) 6×20
Standing Dumbbell Tricep Extensions 6×12
Skull Crushers EZ Bar 4 X 12
Rope Overhead Cable Extensions 4×12
Military Press 4×10
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3×10
Upright Rows with EZ Bar 4×12
Side Lateral Raises 4×10
Good Mornings 6×20
Leg Press (Single Leg) 4×15 (Each Leg)
Hanging Knee Raises 4×12
Crunch Machine 4×12
Crunches On Ball 4×20
Michelle Lewin's meal plan:
Meal 1: Oatmeal with Big Blend from Betancourt Nutrition
Meal 2: Ham with Swedish Crackers (Wasa)
Meal 3: Chicken Breast with Brown Rice
Meal 4: Pork Chops with Salad
Meal 5: Beef with Asparagus & Spinach
Meal 6: Salmon with Broccoli
Meal 7: Casein Protein Shake (Before bed)
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Buying footballers can be a tricky business.
For the most part, clubs do usually make wise decisions on how to spend their pounds, euros and dollars. However there have always been those select few player transfer deals that can only be described as 'atrocious business decisions' - whatever the reason!
Being considered as one of the next great young footballers is certainly a badge of honour, but it can also be an unnecessary layer of pressure that can cause those young players to either rise to the occasion or fall through the cracks.
You’d think that spending upwards of £20 million on a player would guarantee success.......not a bit!
Whether it was because of attitude problems, or serious injuries at an early stage in their career, or just extended periods of poor form for whichever club they played for, these footballers are a stark reminder that not everyone playing the beautiful game can live up to the monumental hype put on them as a youngster.
Here are some of the most hyped footballers of all time who didn’t live up to their full potential!
Denílson de Oliveira was a Brazilian starlet who was the world’s most expensive player when Real Betis purchased him from São Paulo in 1998 for £21.8 million. However, the story would end in misery for both player and club.
His second season with Betis saw the Spanish club relegated and Denilson loaned back to his boyhood club São Paulo. He eventually returned to Spain but was never an integral part of the squad.
From 1998 to 2005, Denilson competed in 186 matches for Real Betis but only scored 13 goals.
On leaving Real Betis the Brazilian went on to have short spells at clubs in the USA, France, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and in his native Brazil.
For a world-record purchase, the Brazilian failed miserably to live up to his early promise.
At the age of 14, Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu became the youngest American ever to sign a major league professional contract in any team sport, when he was chosen by D.C. United as the number one overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
His reputation at the age of 14 as “the next Pele” has arguably been his undoing, even though he’s only 25 now. That said, the Ghanaian-born Adu has experienced a number of poor, short-lived stints at clubs like Benfica, and the numerous clubs he was loaned out to while with the Lisbon club, namely AS Monaco, Portuguese club Belenenses, Greek side Aris and Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor.
His last club was Jagodina in Serbia, where he made one substitute appearance before being released in December 2014.
Adu is currently a free agent.
Juan Sebastián Verón
In 2001 Verón became the most expensive transfer in English football when Manchester United broke the bank for the midfielder. They paid a whopping £28 million to Lazio (14 years ago) for his services.
After only 51 appearances and 11 goals, Verón was shipped off to Chelsea, who also overspent on the player as United recouped £15 million. The Argentinian spent one season at Stamford Bridge before being sent out on loan, back to Italy with Internazionale and then to his boyhood club Estudiantes de La Plataand in Argentina. Eventually he signed for Estudiantes on a permanent basis in 2007 and is now their clubs 'Director of Sports.'
Verón may go down as one of the biggest wastes of money in football history. Not only were his statistics poor, but his overall play was never at the level that led anyone to believe he was ever worth such a big sum.
His several big-money transfers made Verón then the most expensive footballer in history with a cumulative total of £77 million at that time.
Pablo César Aimar Giordano, the playmaking midfielder was dubbed the "new Maradona" early in his career. When just 21, he signed with Valencia in Spain from River Plate for a fee of €24 million million in 2001. Aimar’s time with Los Che was blighted by injuries including a bout with meningitis and he would later sign with Real Zaragoza for €12 million in 2006 and then Benfica for €6.5 million in 2008. In 2013 he went to playclub football in Malaysia, but was released after one season due to injury problems. Aimar has apparently gone back to River Plate to train with the team, but injuries may hold him back from signing a contract.
Injuries played a major factor in Aimar failing to fulfil his potential, but he did earn 52 caps for Argentina over a 10 year period.
The 35 year-old is currently a free agent.
Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo made his professional debut back in 2001 for Sporting Lisbon, but is only now finally starting to get his career somewhat back on track following a successful season last year with Porto, and just missing out on being selected for Portugal’s 2014 World Cup squad.
The Portuguese winger who has speed, finesse and an array of fancy footwork was once hailed as a talent with just as much promise as his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo. He has largely failed to live up to high expectations, and has been criticised for having attitude problems and purported selfishness on the pitch.
Sporting sold Quaresma to Barcelona for a reported €6 million fee in 2003, but in the summer of 2004 he announced his refusal to play for Barça as long as Frank Rijkaard was in charge. As a result he joined Porto not long after. Quaresma was heavily criticised during his first year with Porto for being selfish and frequently trying to dribble past defenders rather than making a simple pass. He gradually began to incorporate his team-mates into the game, however, and by his third year with Porto, he had become a fan favourite and a key component of the squad.
In September 2008, Quaresma signed for Italian champions Internazionale, managed by José Mourinhoin a cash/player exchange fee of €18.6 million but his time in Italy was not considered a success, with him being given the Bidone d'oro (Golden Trashcan) award for being Serie A’s most disappointing player in 2008. In 2009 he joined Chelsea on loan before returning to Italy, but he did not feature much in Mourinho's plans as the club
In 2010, Quaresma joined Beşiktaş in Turkey for €7.3 million, but in April 2011 Quaresma and veteran player Nihat Kahveci had a spat on the pitch. Nihat was upset at Quaresma for failing to pass the ball and the altercation was broken up by team mates. He also had an altercation with manager Carlos Carvalhal in the dressing room at half-time in March 2012 after Carvalhal substituted Quaresma.
Quaresma did not take the news lightly and began throwing water bottles before launching a stinging attack at Carvalhal. He was released by the club in December 2012, six months before his contract was due to run out.
Quaresma returned to Porto on 1st January 2014 where over ten thousand fans greeted him at the training ground.
Robson de Souza began is career with Santos in Brazil in 2002 at the age of 18. His form for Santos was sensational and similar to Freddy Adu, Robinho’s skills were compared to those of Pele. Robinho's goal record for Santos stood at nearly a goal every other game and earned him a big money move to Real Madrid in 2005. Despite needing time to make himself a regular at Madrid his three years spent with Los Galacticos was considered a success, making 101 appearances and scoring 25 times.
Robinho's £33 million move to Manchester City was a definite setback for his career. Signing with the big-spending club despite wanting to sign for Chelsea, Robinho did well in his first season but injuries caused him to be an afterthought, eventually going back to Santos on loan in January 2010. He then signed with AC Milan for £15 million in August 2010, which was also an up and down time for him. In July 2013, Robinho signed a new contract with Milan on a reduced wage, keeping him with the Rossoneri until 2016.
In August 2014 he re-joined Santos on a one-year loan deal.
Jose Antonio Reyes
For someone who made their senior team debut for Sevilla at the age of only 16, followed by a £10.5 million transfer to Arsenal at age 20, you could say that much was expected of this Spanish winger’s future. Although he’s turned out to be a decent player, José Antonio Reyes Calderón hasn’t exactly been the offensive dynamo people hoped he would be, with his time at Arsenal being largely highlighted by homesickness and inconsistent play, despite winning the league title with them in 2004.
In 2006/07 Reyes joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal and it was expected he would join them permanently after his loan expired.
However in 2007 Reyes penned a four-year deal, reportedly worth €12 million with Real's city rivals Atlético Madrid.
After only one season with Atlético, it was announced that Reyes would be joining Benfica on a one-year loan deal.
Reyes returned the following season and had a much more productive spell with Atlético, before falling out with new manager Gregorio Manzano in 2011.
In January 2012 Sevilla confirmed the signing of Reyes, and that is where he continues to ply his trade.
Dmytro Anatoliyovych Chygrynskiy is arguably the worst purchase in Barcelona history. Chygrynskiy was the first Ukrainian player to ever play for Barcelona.
The Ukrainian was just one of many terrible moves made by former manager Pep Guardiola.
Chygrynskiy made his debut for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League in 2004, at the age of 17. Chygrynskiy was thought to be a formidable defender able to play with the ball at his feet and provide strong aerial coverage for the back line. However, his ability never panned out, and the defender really struggled in La Liga.
After just one season and a mere 14 matches, Barcelona sold the defender back to his former club for €15 million (a loss of €10 million overall)
Chygrynskiy left Shakhtar by mutual consent in February 2015 and seven days later Chygrynskiy joined Ukrainian rivals FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Alberto Aquilani made his debut for Roma in Serie A at the age of 18 in May 2002.
His favoured position is that of central midfielder, a position which enables him to make attacking runs and at Roma he had been praised for his vision, technique, quick incisive passing and long-range shooting.
After Real Madrid purchased Xabi Alonso in 2009, there was a giant hole in the Liverpool midfield. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez turned to Italian starlet Aquilani to fill the void left by Alonso. Liverpool paid Roma a substantial fee for the Italian, reportedly £17 million and handed him a five-year contract.
The midfielder was never able to find his form or provide a decent cover for the departed Xabi Alonso.
Injuries played a big part in the saddening career of Aquilani in England. The Italian played only 28 games for Liverpool, and scored just twice.
Aquilani was sent back to Italy on loan, representing Juventus between 2010 and 2011 and AC Milan between 2011 and 2012. Aquilani then returned to Liverpool for pre-season training in preparation for their 2012–13 season. Although his agent stated that Aquilani would remain at Liverpool the club accepted an undisclosed fee for the midfielder from Fiorentina, and his transfer was completed in August 2012.
Liverpool in fact allowed Aquilani to leave the club for free therefore 'The Reds' never received anything back on their hefty investment, and thus Roma also received nothing from the bonus clause that they inserted in his transfer between the two clubs.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Before the 1990s, most soccer players did not use agents. In some cases, they used their fathers as agents. Because of most parents' naivete about the football business, these young footballers were often given less-than-stellar contracts by football clubs, which yielded lower salaries than they thought they deserved.
The influx of money into the game since the formation of the 'Premiership' in England in 1992 (now known as the Premier League) created a merchant class in soccer – agents. Modern agents represent both players and managers, and they’re largely responsible for brokering transfers between clubs, managing contract negotiations, and handling all the paperwork involved as the intermediary between players and club management.
Some agents have also got obscenely rich thanks to all the money floating around the game these days.
Generally speaking, agents get a small percentage cut of their players’ contracts. The precise amount will vary wildly from agent to agent, but that isn’t their only source of revenue. When agents are involved in brokering transfers between clubs, they tend to get a pretty significant amount of cash as well.
Sure, we may be only talking about 3-5%, but 3-5% of £50 million is still £1.5 – £2.5 million – all for a few weeks of work. Few agents make that kind of money, but the men on this list all have superstar clients who command those kinds of prices, and all that wealth has trickled down to make these agents wealthy and powerful beyond their wildest dreams.
Although not strictly a player agent, Barry Silkman has made his name and his fortune as a master broker for transfers between top clubs. After a 16-year playing career spanning 14 clubs, in which he was mildly successful, Silkman attempted to turn management into his new day job. When that fell through he found his calling in acting as an agent in the 1990s, and he hasn’t stopped yet. With clients such as David Villa, Demba Ba and Ravel Morrison, Silkman’s ever-growing portfolio of star players means the 61-year-old will be around for the foreseeable future.
England’s most famous agent has spent a career representing some of the biggest names to ever play in the English Premier League. A banker by trade, Anderson made the transition into player representation just before agents became the powerful merchant-class they are today in the game. Initially he made his name thanks to the talent he brought to Arsenal at the turn of the 21st century; Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, Ian Wright, all were brought to Arsenal thanks to Anderson’s help. These days he’s more closely associated with Manchester City, but represents a wide array of players including John Obi Mikel, the Belguim Axel Witsel and Kieran Gibbs.
Zahavi hit the headlines through his dealings at Chelsea following the takeover by Roman Abramovich in 2003. Zahavi was actively involved both in the purchase of the club and of negotiationg contracts for all the star players that it would sign in the initial 2-year period after the purchase, with several transfers being investigated for alleged corruption.
The Israeli was also involved in several dodgy takeovers at Portsmouth, but his bread and butter is transfers. He currently represents players such as Carlos Tevez and Rio Ferdinand.
The mastermind behind journeyman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Raiola has become an increasing presence in a number of big transfer deals, from all across Europe. Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan is his latest client, and he stands to make plenty of money this summer with Liverpool and Inter Milan both keen.
Raiola is ruthless, and also represents the likes of Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli and Tottenham and France star Etienne Capoue, while Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani counts him as an adviser.
Known for helping launch Lennox Lewis’ career in boxing, Barnett hit the headlines in 2006 when he was charged over tapping up offences, relating to Ashley Cole’s transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea. These days he keeps his head down, only boasting a few – albeit huge – clients.
These include Gareth Bale, Joe Hart, Wojciech Szczesny, Rafael, Fabio and Darren Bent.
Most agents tend to stick to their native countries to draw most of their talent from, which makes perfect sense. Naturally their network of contacts is larger and deeper in their home countries.
Cezary Kucharski is the biggest agent in his native Poland, and he’s made his name attracting some of the top Polish talent to his brand in recent years. He has world-class Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski under contract, as well as Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszcykowski.
Kucharski was a player himself as recently as 2007, but now the 42-year-old prefers to sit back and let others handle the on-field work while he takes care of the paperwork in the back – getting considerably richer in the process.
Brother of Bayern Munich coach Pepe, Pere Guardiola is an established agent in his own right, representing talent such as Barcelona's Luis Suarez, Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral, and Deportivo de La Coruña winger Isaac Cuenca.
Stretford is one of the boldest agents around, having dared to take on a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney - one of the most marketable players in the world and manage his career ever since. He was the driving influence behind the England striker’s two transfer requests at Manchester United, and it speaks volumes for the agent that he even dared to take on Sir Alex Ferguson.
Stretford will work closely with Rooney between now and the Summer, as he likely plots a move away from Old Trafford. It will be the second big move of his career, and nothing looks like standing in the way this time, with Stretford likely to use his master contact Jorge Mendes to negotiate a transfer abroad.
Stretford also represents superstar coaches Harry Redknapp and Roberto Mancini.
Few are better connected in world football than Mendes, the king of football agents - and he’s never even set foot on a pitch as a player or as a manager!
Having secured a monopoly on Portuguese football years ago, the names of his clients are a who's who in the footballing world: Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, José Mourinho, Ramadel Falcao and Angel Di Maria to name but a few! Mendes is the most sought after agent in the world for both players and clubs, and with good reason; he has control of some of the game’s elite-tier talent, including his crown jewel Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Anastasia Ashley was born 10th February 1987 in San Clemente, California and is an American big-wave surfer, and occasional fashion model.
Anastasia began surfing at the age of 5 right before moving to Hawaii. At the age of 6, she won a surf contest using a run-down board that she found in a trash can outside of her house. By the age of 7, she picked up a sponsor to replace her run-down board with new ones.
In September 2014, she started her own Gypsy Jet Set jewellery line in collaboration with OK1984, a jewellery company.[ She was featured in the October 2014 issue of Maxim Magazine. In November 2014, she went to Ireland for a Web Summit on how to maintain an competitive edge in surfing with a focus on social media tools. Ashley was interested in convincing Taoiseach Enda Kenny to surf.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Beer is not much different than wine when you explore past the boundaries of liquor stores. There’s a whole world out there of microbreweries crafting delicious brews for us to enjoy and share memories with.
Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but the point is these beers are truly something special and deserve to be celebrated. It’s a daunting and likely impossible task to try and taste them all, and that’s a great problem to have if you’re a beer connoisseur.
With that in mind, the purpose of this list isn’t to lay claim to the best beers ever - that would be a difficult undertaking for even the most knowledgeable of beer drinkers.
Think of this as a beer recommendation directory, if you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting any of these brews.
Rigor Mortis ABT
Brewed by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Quebec, Canada this strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers. It is aptly named with its 10.5% ABV (alcohol by volume).
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
This American IPA with a 6.4% ABV is brewed by the Muskoka Brewery out of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Mad Tom is exploding with depth of flavour and a distinct fruity back that pleasantly lingers. It possesses a nice blend of citrus undertow with a strong hop base. The colour is synonymous with its crisp, refreshing taste as it pours golden brown and really does taste like liquid gold. It’s just a well-balanced beer that is unlikely to disappoint even the stingiest of beer connoisseurs. That it’s reasonably priced and easy to get your hands on is a nice bonus.
La Shawinigan Handshake
Le Trou Du Diable is a phenomenal microbrewery out of Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada that is remarkably consistent with world-class beers. You’ll pay a pretty penny, but your taste buds will melt away in heavenly elation. Shawinigan Handshake is a Weizenbock style of beer—a stronger wheat—that packs a bit of a punch at 6.5% ABV. The politically-themed label will provide a laugh as you tilt one back and let the golden flow of orange and grapefruit flavours and pine back invigorate your insides. This beer is also heavy on hops and has a nice spicy flavour integrated in its complex flavour. Take a few sips, sit back and enjoy!
Chimay Triple (White)
Although not from North America I felt I had to include this terrific Belgium beer in the list. The Chimay Triple, last-born of the Abbey, is labelled "Cinq Cents" on the 750 ml bottle. Of a golden colour, this Trappist beer (which means it comes with the badass story “that it is brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery under the control and responsibility of the community of monks, and whose revenue is devoted to social service.)” combines sweet and bitter in a rare balance. The beer's aroma felt in the mouth comes from the hops' perfumes: above all, they are fruity touches of Muscat grapes and raisins, even ripe apples. This traditional Belgian beer from the Chimay Brewery is best savoured fresh at a temperature of from 6 to 8°C.
Propeller Revolution Russian Imperial Stout
Propeller Revolution Russian is possibly one of the finest stouts on the market. Propeller Brewing Company is Nova Scotia’s best selling microbrewery. This beer was born for greatness. Sent by English brewers via the Baltic Sea to the court of the Czars and brewed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, it’s a coffee lover’s dream beer as strong notes of chocolate and coffee beans dominate its aroma. At 8% ABV, it pours jet black but goes down smooth with a rich flavour full of bitterness and sweetness that nests in your mouth with its balanced combination of citrus and chocolate. It’s so delicious I had to run out and grab one while writing this entry.
Le Castor Oatmeal Stout
The Oatmeal Stout from Le Castor, a Quebec microbrewery, is your prototypical Canadian beer. Its modest 5% ABV shouldn’t be taken lightly as the beer offers a full flavour of chocolate, coffee and a back of maple syrup without being overpowering in sweetness. This beer is well-balanced and a great gateway brew for beer drinkers looking to delve into the delicious world of microbrews. Make no mistake, however, this is a complex creation bursting with flavour and a nutty aroma that begs to be absorbed before taking a sip. Whether you’re an experienced microbrew drinker or newly introduced, you can’t go wrong with Le Castor’s Oatmeal Stout.
MacTavish In Memoriam
MacTavish is an American Style Pale Ale. This is a beer for the ages, aptly described as “legendary ale” on the memorable label and brewed by Le Trou Du Diable in Shawinigan, Quebec.
Fruity hops, a honey undertow and a pleasant floral aroma ship you away in the lucid world displayed on the front, inviting you to breathe in the fresh smell of a Scottish meadow before finishing the experience with a lingering but pleasant bitterness that coats your tongue with its complex flavour. 5% ABV in a custom made bottle, just for Le Trou du Diable!
This is a summer beer also from Le Trou Du Diable, a brewery in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada. This 6.7% ABV IPA is an amber beer with tropical accents. Shawi Beach is a renowned beer for its floral bitterness and delightful blend of citrus flavours including mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange. It is said to possess a piney aftertaste and strong aroma with an attractive foamy head.
List of breweries in Quebec:
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The January transfer window has been open nearly three weeks now, and there has been plenty of talk, a little bit of action, but only one high profile bank busting deal so far - Wilfried Bony's transfer from Swansea to Manchester City for a reported £28million.
Are clubs going to wait until the final few hours of the window to get their transfer targets over the line, or are player price tags, often influenced by their agents putting off would be suitors! As is often the case many clubs may look abroad for players in a market that they consider is better value for money.
The rumours though are hotting up as one would expect, and players including: De Gea, Arbeloa, Hummels, Alves, Khedira, Schurrle, Pogba, Soldardo, Pique, Gomis, Sinclair, Fletcher and Reid are all in the news!
Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe and North America today!
Is your club involved?
Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Spurs, Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham, Wolfsburg, Fiorentina, Barcelona, Crystal Palace, Hoffenheim, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Real Sociedad, Inter, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Partizan Belgrade, Valencia, Roma, Malaga, Ipswich, West Brom, Anderlecht, Mainz, Leicester, Club Brugge, Stuttgart, Everton, Leeds, Swansea, Ipswich, Wigan, Chicago Fire, Celtic, Dundee United, Bradford City, Parma, Toronto FC, Lokeren, Mechelen, Nantes, Charlton and Brighton...............are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.
Manchester United have placed a £50m valuation on Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, who is wanted by Real Madrid - Daily Express
Germany international defender Mats Hummels, 26, has disappointed Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea by saying he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund - Daily Star
Tottenham's struggling Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, 29, is wanted by German club Bayer Leverkusen - Daily Mirror and Daily Mail
Álvaro Arbeloa (right) has played down suggestions he is set for a return to the Premier League after reiterating his desire to finish his career at Real Madrid.
The full-back, who left Liverpool to join Real Madrid in 2009, has been heavily linked with his former club, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent days - skysports.com
Barcelona are set to decide Dani Alves' future at the club in the coming weeks, according to Camp Nou president Josep María Bartomeu. A number of Premier League sides are believed to be monitoring his situation - skysports.com
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27 - Daily Star
West Ham's New Zealand international Winston Reid, 26, has told the Upton Park club he will not sign a new contract and wants to join Arsenal - Daily Mirror
Wolfsburg are ready to pay £23m for forward Andre Schurrle, 24, but Chelsea want £30m - Daily Mail
Manchester United are preparing a £15m bid to bring back defender Gerard Pique, 27, from Barcelona - Daily Express
Chelsea are reportedly considering meeting the buyout clause in the contract of Fiorentina and Columbia winger Juan Cuadrado (right), 26 - Daily Star and skysports.com
Crystal Palace have upped their bid for Swansea left-back Neil Taylor to £4.5m - Daily Mirror
Tottenham have agreed a £5million deal with Swansea for right-back Kyle Naughton - Daily Mirror and skysports.com
Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is keen for his potential transfer to Aston Villa to go ahead. Villa are prepared to offer £1.5m for the player, but they have informed the Premier League champions that they won't match the £3m fee that they want - Daily Mirror and sportsmole.co.uk
Juventus General Manager Giuseppe Marotta Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that Real Madrid have contacted the club regarding a possible move for 21 year-old Paul Pogba. He said: "We will do all we can we can to keep Pogba. The problem may be the salaries that other clubs offer him, but at the moment we are not thinking about selling him" - transfermarketweb.com and sportsmole.co.uk
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 30, is being linked with a move to Valencia and West Ham as he struggles to get playing time under manager Louis van Gaal - skysports.com
Hoffenheim are reportedly willing to sell the 26-year-old if a club meets their valuation of £5million - TalkSPORT
Bafetimbi Gomis claims there is a chance he could move to Borussia Dortmund after complaining about his relationship with Swansea - The Times
Arsenal striker Joel Campbell is available for a loan move. The Costa Rica international is reportedly a target for David Moyes at Real Sociedad - skysports.com
West Ham hope to hold off Inter Milan to land midfield enforcer Mario Suarez, 27 from Atletico Madrid - The Sun
Chelsea are in talks with Serbian side Partizan Belgrade over a deal for Danilo Pantic. The Serbian under-19 international is out of contract in the summer and he has been linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest clubs, The Blues opened talks with Partizan on Saturday night after learning that Italian side Juventus had made an approach to sign the 18-year-old midfielder, and they are now the front-runners in the race to get the player's signature - Daily Mail and sportsmole.co.uk
West Ham are also keen keen on signing the Scotland international from Manchester United - The Times
Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Tin Jedvaj from Roma. The Croatia international was loaned out to the German club last summer and has impressed to such a degree that they have made the move permanent - skysports.com
Leicester City's want to sign Mainz forward Shinji Okazaki (right), but The Foxes feel the £10million asking price is too high for the 28 year-old Japan international - skysports.com
Kevin Bru has extended his contract at Ipswich Town. The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Blues in the summer following a successful trial - skysports.com
West Brom are interested in signing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy - The Times
Chelsea winger Marko Marin has joined Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season - skysports.com
Swansea's £5.5m bid for Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim, 24, has been rejected by the German club - Daily Mail
Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton are among the Premier League teams showing interest in young Leeds talent Sam Byram, 21.
Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing of keeper Paddy Kenny, until the end of the season.
Wigan Athletic forward Shaun Maloney is close to completing a move to MLS side Chicago Fire. The Scotsman almost joined Premier League side Leicester City last week but talks reportedly broke down over personal terms - Daily Mail and sportsmole.co.uk
Club Brugge and Australian international goalkeeper Mathew Ryan (right), 22, has confirmed he wants to play in the Premier League and is wanted by Liverpool - Metro
Celtic have made an official approach to Dundee United for 22 year-old midfielder Stuart Armstrong - Daily Record
Arsenal and Liverpool both want striker Reece Webb-Foster, 16, from Bradford City - The Sun
Valencia attacker Fede Cartabia is reportedly a transfer target for a number of Premier League clubs. The 22-year-old is highly regarded at the Mestalla, but has spent the first half of this season on loan at Cordoba. Valencia would be tempted into a sale should a figure of £6m be offered - Superdeporte (leading sports newspaper in Valencia)
Experienced Uruguayan midfielder Cristian Rodriguez is reportedly close to joining Parma on loan from Atletico Madrid - Football Espana
Toronto FC have signed Italy forward Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus on undisclosed terms - sportinglife.com and sportsmole.co.uk
Belgium club sides Lokeren and Mechelen are keen on Nantes 21-year-old forward Adama Niane - Footmercato.com
Leon Best has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season - skysports.com
Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic has joined Charlton Athletic on loan for the rest of the season - skysports.com
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or award last night for the second consecutive year at a ceremony held in Zurich.
This was the Real Madrid forwards third Ballon d'Or (2008/2013/2014), as he topped a poll of journalists, international coaches and captains to the title of 'World's Best Player' during the calender year 2014, beating Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Ronaldo has also been runner-up on four occasions (2007/2009/2011/2012).
Ronaldo received 37.66 per cent of all votes, while Messi just pipped Manuel Neuer to second place, with 15.76 per cent compared to 15.72 per cent for Germany's World Cup-winning goalkeeper.
The remaining 30.86 per cent of the votes were split between a number of other players including: Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm and Neymar to name just a few.
Ronaldo's latest success comes on the back of 12 months during which he scored 56 goals in 51 club games for Real Madrid in all competitions, along with 21 assists. Among his 56 club goals he scored a competition-record 17 in Real Madrid's Champions League-winning campaign.
Roanaldo also made 9 appearances for the Portuguese national team, scoring 5 times with one assist.
On receiving the award on stage from guest Thierry Henry, 29 year-old Ronaldo said the following:
"I can see my mother, my family. I would like to thank all those who voted for me. My coach, my fellow player, the President of my club.
It's been an unforgettable year. To win this trophy, a trophy of this kind, is something unique and all I can say is I want to continue working as I have so far, trying to go on to more titles - individual and as a team - for my mother, my father who is up there looking at there any my son.
I want to get better as the days go by. I want to say to all the Portuguese that I never thought I could win this trophy on three different occasions. Of course it is something that is always with me, I want to become one of the greatest players of all time, and this requires a lot so I would like to thank you for all this evening. BOOM!"
Germany national manager Joachim Low won the 'Coach of the Year' award ahead of Real boss Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
The Puskas Trophy for the best goal of 2014 went to Columbia's James Rodriguez for his volleyed World Cup goal against Uruguay,
Republic of Ireland women's striker Stephanie Roche was 2nd for her ball juggle and volley for Peamount United, with Robin van Persie third in the public vote for his diving header in Holland's 5-1 win over Spain at the finals.
Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler added FIFA's Women's World Player of the Year trophy to the UEFA equivalent she won last year.
Ralf Kellerman also of Wolfsburg won the award FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
FIFA's World Team of the Year for 2014 was as follows:
Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)
Philipp Lahm (Germany/Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Brazil/PSG), David Luiz (Brazil/PSG), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Andrés Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Ángel Di Maria (Argentina/Manchester United)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/Bayern Munich).
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
The January transfer window has been open a week now, and there has been plenty of talk, but not a great deal of action!
The rumours though are hotting up as one would expect, and players including: Bony, Isco, Valdes, Bale, Berahino, Reus, Shaqiri, Vlaar, Nastasic, Lambert, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Defoe and Evans are all in the news!
Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe and North America today!
Is your club involved?
Arsenal, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Swansea City Manchester City, Manchester United, Oldham, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, Rijeka, Wigan, Burnley, LA Galaxy, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Tottenham, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Strømsgodset IF, PSG, Real Sociedad, AC Milan, Schalke, Hull City, Bordeaux, Atletico Madrid, West Ham, Besiktas, Porto, Southampton, Chicago Fire, Luton, Millwall, Bayer Leverkusen, Stoke and Cardiff...............are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.
Arsenal are preparing an incredible £64m move for Real Madrid star Isco (right) in the hope to beat up off competition from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City - Daily Star
Real Madrid will sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United for £120m to make room for Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, who can leave for just £20m in the summer due to a clause in his contract - Daily Express and skysports.com
Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, is on the verge of completing a big-money move to champions Manchester City - Multiple News Sources
Ched Evans and Oldham Athletic have agreed personal terms over a potential move to Bounday Park, according to Sky sources - skysports.com
Ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes (right) is close to agreeing to join Manchester United, with the Red Devils having offered the Catalan a deal to move to Old Trafford until the summer of 2016 - Mundo Deportivo (Spanish daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona).
Leicester City have beaten Chelsea to the signing of Rijeka's 23-year-old Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric after agreeing a club-record fee of £9.7m and the Premier League strugglers are looking at a move for Burnley frontman Danny Ings - The Times, Daily Express and skysports.com
Leicester remain confident of signing mercurial Wigan Athletic attacking midfielder Shaun Maloney, despite the club having already had one offer for the Scotland international rejected in January - skysports.com
Liverpool have agreed a £10m deal to sign Bayern Munich's 23 year-old midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (right) although both Inter Milan and Stoke City have also expressed an interest in the Swiss international - Daily Star and BBC
Steven Gerrard is set to confirm his move from Liverpool to LA Galaxy in the next 24 hours - Daily Star
Tottenham are being offered West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 21, in exchange for midfielders Andros Townsend, 23, and Aaron Lennon, 27 - Daily Mirror
Crystal Palace are interested in signing Liverpoolstriker Rickie Lambert.
Newcastle United have told PSG they will have to make a mouth-watering offer to sign midfielder Moussa Sissoko - Daily Express
Manchester United are poised to increase the pressure to land Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar - Daily Star
Real Madrid are on the brink of signing 16-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard (right) from Strømsgodset IF - a reported target for many of England's top clubs - after flying him to the Spanish capital in a private jet on Tuesday evening - Inside Futbol and Daily Mail
Queens Park Rangers are hoping to be able to take out-of-favour Chelsea wide man Mohamed Salah on loan until the end of the season - skysports.com
David Moyes's Real Sociedad are in advanced talks to sign 22-year-old Arsenal forward Joel Campbell - Mundo Deportivo (Spanish daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona)and Daily Express
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is also among the targets for Real Sociedad boss David Moyes - Daily Express
AC Milan and Schalke are interested in Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic who can leave the club for £8m - skysports.com and Daily Mirror
Hull City will have to find £10.4m in wages to bring striker Jermain Defoe to the club - The Sun
Arsenal hope to land West Ham defender Winston Reid (right) for a cut-price £3m this month - The Sun
Morgan Schneiderlin could leave Southampton in the summer. Arsenal and Tottenham are interested but know they are unlikely to seal a move until the next window - Daily Star
Nathaniel Chalobah could also be leaving Chelsea on loan during the January transfer window, with Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux understood to be interested - skysports.com
Borussia Dortmund appear willing to let Manchester United sign £16m-rated midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24, this winter - Daily Express
West Ham are showing an interest in 27-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez - Daily Mail
Swansea City frontman Modou Barrow has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the Premier League club that keeps the 22-year-old Gambian at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2018 - skysports.com
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul, 29, is set to quit the club after falling out of favour, with Turkish side Besiktas having made an approach - The Sun
Arsenal and Southampton will battle it out for £16m-rated Colombia midfielder Juan Quintero, 21, (right) currently at Porto - Daily Star
Chicago Fire have announced the signing of former Southampton striker Guly do Prado - Daily Mail
Luton Town are interested in striker Andrew Johnson, 33, who is a free agent after his short-term deal at Crystal Palace expired - Daily Mail and skysports.com
Stoke City are set to sign Bayer Leverkusen defender, Philipp Wollschied.
The German international is initially expected to join on loan and a deal should be done in the next 24 hours - skysports.com
Cardiff City have announced the signing of Millwall left-back Scott Malone, subject to international clearance - skysports.com
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Whether clubs are primed to contest the title race, battle over European places or fight tooth and nail to avoid the drop, the winter transfer window (January 1st-31st) is their chance to shuffle the squad.
Clubs notoriously play it rather cagey in the early part of the window. But as soon as a couple of big deals happen later in the window, it often sparks a mad scramble as clubs look to bolster their squads at knockdown prices.
Of course, January is also a time out-of-favour players agitate for a move away or clubs look to ditch high earners.
Pre-contract agreements can also be penned by players who have less than six months remaining on their deals, as we saw with Robert Lewandowski's move to Bayern Munich last term.
So, keep track of all the latest transfers this month with a guide to the Premier League players that are free agents and are to talk to other sides beginning on 1st January 2015.
Current club: Arsenal
Current club: Arsenal
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Current club: Arsenal
Current club: Aston Villa.
Ron Vlaar (right)
Current club: Aston Villa.
Current club: Burnley
International: England U21
Current club: Chelsea
International: Ivory Coast
Mark Schwarzer (right)
Current club: Chelsea
Current club: Everton
Current club: Everton
Hatem Ben Arfa
Current club: Hull City (on loan from Newcastle)
Anthony Knockaert (right)
Current club: Leicester City
International: France U21
Current club: Man City
Current club: Man City
Current club: Man Utd
Tom Cleverley (right)
Current club: Aston Villa (on loan from Man Utd)
Current club: Man Utd
Current club: Newcastle
Current club: QPR
Current club: QPR
Current club: QPR
Jack Cork (right)
Current club: Southampton
International: England U21
Current club: Southampton
Current club: Stoke
Current club: Stoke
International: Republic of Ireland
Current club: Sunderland
Current club: Swansea
Current club: Tottenham
Ravel Morrison (right)
Current club: West Ham
Position: Cardiff (on loan from West Ham)
International: England U21
Current club: West ham
International: New Zealand
# Information sources: Thanks to The Telegraph Newspaper and The Mail Online.
Monday, December 22, 2014
The January transfer window is open in just over a week and Clubs across Europe and North America are busy targeting new players to bolster their season.
Whatever their agenda, it is a crucial time for many clubs as this transfer window could mean the difference between success or failure come the end of the 2014/15 season!
Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!
Is your club involved?
Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Galatasaray, Aston Villa, Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Leipzig, Crystal Palace, Lille, Fiorentina, Spartak Moscow, FC Karpaty Lviv, Lyon, Corinthians, Hull, Nottingham Forest, Wigan, AS Roma, Tottenham, Seattle Sounders, Olympiakos, Werder Bremen, Southampton, Everton, Red Bull Salzburg, QPR, VfB Stuttgart, Stoke City, Newcastle, Swansea City, Benfica, Napoli, Aston Villa, Standard Liège and Charlton................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.
Liverpool and Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, 26, after it was made clear he was unwanted at the La Liga side - Daily Express and skysports.com
Inter Milan are keep tabs on the situation at Liverpool of winger Lazar Markovic - Tuttosport (Italian sports newspaper)
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has made Wolfsburg's £20m-rated midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (right), 23, one of his top January transfer targets just 11 months after the Belgium international left Chelsea for £18m - Daily Star
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 26, but Paris St-Germain are also keen on the Spanish international - Diario AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper) and Daily Express
Manchester City and Southampton look set to miss out on signing Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30, in January after the Turkish side promised to meet all the Dutchman's contract obligations - Daily Mirror and skysports.com
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen to make Manchester United's on loan midfielder Tom Cleverley's deal a permanent one. The fee for the 25 year-old is thought to be in the region of around £7m - transfermarketweb.com
Arsenal look likely to miss out on highly rated Bayer Leverkusen holding midfielder Christoph Kramer's coveted signature.The Germany international, who was heavily linked with a £20m move to the Emirates in the January transfer window, has now extended his contract with Leverkusen until 2019 - skysports.com
Arsenal are ready to submit a £4m offer in order to purchase 24 year-old German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (right) from Eintracht Frankfurt in January. Currently on a deal with KSV Hessen Kassel until June 2016, the player is also of interest to Inter, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig - transfermarketweb.com
Out-of-favour Tottenham Hotspur and Romania international centre-back Vlad Chiricheș, 25, will be leaving the North London club to sign for Serie A outfit AS Roma when the January transfer window re-opens, initially on loan with a view to a permanent deal - skysports.com
Crystal Palace have made a £2.5m bid for Lille left-back Pape Souare, 24, but the French side will not let him go for less than £3m - Daily Mail
Slovenian internatinal central defender Gregor Balažic, 26, is on the radar of Crystal Palace who are keen to sign the who becomes a free agent at the end of December - skysports.com and Daily Mirror
Crystal Palace are ready to make a January move for Arsenal's 6'4" striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, (below) a French U21 international - The Sun
Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle fears losing Norberto Neto with the Brazilian goalkeeper strongly linked with a move away from Florence in January, with both Roma and Liverpool touted as potential destinations - sportinglife.com
Spartak Moscow are obviously keen on signing out-of-favour Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah next month, at least judging by manager Murat Yakin's comments on the Egyptian - skysports.com
Chelsea are monitoring the progress of Brazilian Malcolm Silva. The 17 year-old Corinthians striking sensation is also interesting Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United - Daily Star and The Sun
Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, 21, after his father admitted he will only leave France for the Gunners - Le Parisien (French daily newspaper)
Hull manager Steve Bruce is considering recalling Tom Ince from his loan spell at Championship club Nottingham Forest and Maynor Figueroa from his loan spell at Wigan - sportinglife.com and The Sun
USA international right-back DeAndre Yedlin (right) will join Tottenham Hotspur in January after securing a work permit. Tottenham announced in August that Yedlin had agreed a four-year deal to move to White Hart Lane from MLS franchise the Seattle Sounders for a fee of £2.5m. He will be officially unveiled as a Spurs player when the transfer window reopens.
Recently appointed Inter Milan head coach Roberto Mancini has ruled out making a move for Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon when the transfer window reopens for business next month - skysports.com
However it appears Queens Park Rangers are lining up a swoop for the 27 year-old Tottenham Hotspur winger in the January window - Daily Telegraph
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 25, has responded to interest from Arsenal by admitting he loves the Gunners and says it is his dream to play in the Champions League - L'Equipe (French sports newspaper), Daily Star and The Sun
Greek champions Olympiakos are chasing Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky. The 34-year-old has made just eight appearances this season - The Independent
Former Inter, Lazio, Napoli and Macedonian international striker Goran Pandev, 30, could leave Galatasaray during the next transfer window - Fanatik (Turkish newspaper)
Southampton have moved a step closer to landing £4m-rated Werder Bremen and Dutch international wide man Eljero Elia, 27 (right) - The Sun
Southampton will sign Ryan Bertrand permanently from Chelsea in 2015 - The Sun
Barcelona are ready to loan out teenage prospect Adama Traore and Everton could be in pole position - Daily Mirror
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is trying to sign free agent Lassana Diarra. The French midfielder played under Redknapp at Portsmouth - The Sun
Stoke City and West Ham are ready to try signing Romanian international offensive midfielder Alexandru Maxim, 24, from VfB Stuttgart in January - Ziare (Romanian newspaper)
Swansea City are being heavily linked with a loan move for Benfica's Nelson Oliveira (right) as Garry Monk searches for a striker - skysports.com and South Wales Evening Post
Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli are interested in signing Aston Villa left-back Aly Cissokho in January - The Sun and sportinglife.com
Bundesliga strugglers Borussia Dortmund have agreed to sign Slovenia international Kevin Kampl from Red Bull Salzburg in January - sportinglife.com
Standard Liège's Scottish striker Tony Watt wants to leave Belgium in an effort to kick-start his stuttering career with a surprise move to Charlton Athletic - Daily Express