Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - City Slicker and Sex Bomb Toni Duggan

Toni Duggan was born in Liverpool on 25th July 1991, and is an English footballer who plays as a winger or as a forward for Manchester City Ladies and the England women's national football team.

Duggan broke into the Everton side in the 2007–08 season when the regular forwards suffered injuries. She scored the winning extra–time goal against Watford Ladies to put Everton into that season's FA Women's Premier League Cup final.

Duggan was named as the FA Women’s Young Player of the Year in 2009.

Toni also played in Everton's 2010 FA Women's Cup final win over Arsenal. Her form in the second part of the 2011 FA WSL season led team–mate Rachel Unitt to predict a call–up to the senior England squad.

Toni Duggan joined Manchester City as one of four marquee signings at the end of 2013 on a three-year deal. She scored her first City goals in a 2-1 win over Reading in the FA Women's Cup and went on to find the net ten times in her debut season for the Club.
Amongst those strikes were a Continental Cup semi-final winner at Hyde, and a stunning volley in the last league game of the season. Both finishes occurred against Chelsea, with the latter voted 'Goal of the Season.'

In March 2007, 15-year–old Duggan came off the substitute's bench to score on her debut for England Under–17s. She has since represented England at Under–19, Under–20 and Under–23 levels. She played in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in both 2008 and 2010. On Duggan's 18th birthday, she scored the opening goal in England's 2009 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship final win, against Sweden in Belarus.

Duggan made her senior team debut in England's 3–0 win over Croatia in the European Championship qualifier against Croatia, at the Bescot Stadium on 19th September 2012. She was named England Women's U23 Player of Year in 2012. She scored her first international hat-trick in a match against Turkey on 26 September 2013, and was voted North West Female Player of Year 2013 and came 3rd in the PFA Women's Player of Year 2013.

Toni was named in the England squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup on 11th May 2015, currently being played in Canada.

When she's not kicking a ball, the blonde star player is regularly spotted, dressed to kill, enjoying the northern city's social scene. Like many a young footballer, Duggan has flirted with controversy.
Earlier this year, she 'blacked up' for a fancy dress party, dressing as actress Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act.

A recent restaurant meeting with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, captured on camera and subsequently posted on social media, saw her in hot water with her own club's fans. Duggan (far left) issued a hasty apology.

You can follow Toni on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Friday, June 26, 2015

All the very latest transfer gossip across Europe!

Here is all today's latest football news and transfer gossip with Sergio Ramos, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Barcelona, Juventus, Paul Pogba, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Carlos Bacca, Arsenal, Liverpool, Christian Benteke, Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli and AC Milan all in the news! 

Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!

Is your club involved?

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Valencia, Southampton, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Juventus, Barcelona, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Napoli, AC Milan, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Shanghai Shenhua, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Stoke City, Inter Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Marseille, Lazio, QPR, Newcastle, Watford and Genoa.................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.

Real Madrid have slapped a huge £64m (90m Euros) price tag on Manchester United target Sergio Ramos, claims AS.
Widespread reports in the UK say United have offered £35m for the defender, but AS claims Real want much more, while also reporting that Louis van Gaal’s side will also offer the Spain international a lucrative five-year deal worth £39m - AS and Marca (Spanish national daily sports newspapers)

Real have already lined up Valencia's 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi as a replacement should Ramos leave - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Manchester United are close to signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, for £24m, meaning they will not sign Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30 - Daily Star and

Benfica and Argentina attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 27, has a deal agreed to join Manchester United - subject to his club's permission, according to his agent - Metro and A Bola (Portuguese newspaper)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, "is very excited to come to Barcelona", according to the Catalan club's presidential candidate Joan Laporta - Daily Mail, via Catalunya Radio

The former Manchester United youngster is reportedly close to joining Manchester City for £60m - The Sun and

Liverpool are preparing a £25m bid for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, according to the - Daily Mirror and The Times

It was reported earlier this week by Sky sources that Villa have yet to receive an any offer for the Benteke, who we understand has a £32.5m release clause -

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is set for a medical today ahead of his proposed move to Arsenal. Earlier in the week the clubs agreed a £10.9m fee and it looked like the Czech would be undergoing the medical next week, but things appeared to have been brought forward -

Arsenal are getting ready to make a £21.3m bid for Chile and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal - Daily Mirror.

Nathaniel Clyne is set to have a medical at Liverpool next week, with the club expected to complete a structured £15m deal for the Southampton full-back.
The clubs are currently negotiating an agreement which will include a £12.5m fee followed by additional payments based on conditions met by the player -

Napoli want £67m - the buyout clause - for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 27, a target for Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan - The Guardian

Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in Barcelona forward Pedro. The 27-year-old could be allowed to leave for £18m despite signing a new contract this summer - Talksport, via Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona) and Daily Mirror

Barcelona are set to rival Chelsea for the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona) .

West Ham are closing in on the signing of Barcelona defensive midfielder Alex Song, 27, on a free transfer. He spent last season on loan at Upton Park - Daily Telegraph

Marseille winger Dimitri Payet will complete his move to West Ham today after passing a medical ahead of his £10.7m move, but the French club are angry and say the 28-year-old has reneged on an agreement to see out the remaining two years of his contract - The Times and

Borussia Dortmund say they will not sell striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, a reported £30m target for Arsenal - Daily Star and Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Real Madrid were hopeful of sealing a deal for David de Gea this week but, with things dragging on, have revived their pursuit of Bernd Leno as a plan B. The Bernabéu chiefs have been tracking the Bayer Leverkusen shot stopper all season and have been in touch with his representative on several occasions. Leno, who is currently away at the European Under-21 Championship, where he is serving as Marc-André ter Stegen's understudy, has a €18m release clause. As such, any swoop for him would be a much simpler and cheaper task than the move for De Gea - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

After two seasons with Tottenham, and with two years still left on his current deal, Brazilian international central midfielder Paulinho (26) is getting more and more likely to join Luiz Felipe Scolari's Shanghai Shenhua -

Tottenham are hopeful of signing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, who was also wanted by Southampton after a loan spell last season - Daily Telegraph

Sevilla say they have not received any bids for striker Carlos Bacca, and hope that no club meets his buyout clause of £21m. Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old, who scored 28 goals last season - The Independent

Fiorentina have made a £3m bid to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, 23, and the London club could accept, despite paying £11m for him last year. (Daily Express, via and

Crystal Palace want Swansea City and Wales defender Ashley Williams, 30. He was valued at £12m by the Swans last summer - Daily Mirror

Stoke City have turned down a bid from Aston Villa for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic -

Inter Milan are close to signing Giannelli Imbula from Marseille. Inter want to sign Imbula on a four-year deal, but Marseille want to send him to the San Siro on an initial year-long loan, with a view to sealing a permanent deal next summer. - Sky Italia and Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian daily sports newspaper based in Milan)

Arsenal want Zenit St Petersburg's Argentinian international centre-back Ezequiel Garay (28). Garay joined Zenit just last summer. The former Benfica, Real Madrid, Racing Santander and Newell's. Garay, who has a Spanish passport, might leave for a fee in the region of 18 million euros -

Lazio have persuaded English midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, to play for them next season, despite interest from QPR Talksport, via Il Tempo (Daily Italian newspaper published in Rome)

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong has signed a new deal with the club to keep him at the San Siro for another three years - ESPN FC and

Newcastle United's Italian international wingback Davide Santon, (24) who spent time on loan at Inter Milan last season and is due back at Newcastle is on Watford's radar. The player seems however willing to stay put at Neroazzurri - Sportitalia,

On loan at AS Roma from Genoa, Italian international offensive midfielder Andrea Bertolacci (24) has agreed to sign for AC Milan on a five-year deal for a fee in the region of 17 million euros -

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dirty Little Secrets Women Keep From Men!

A friend of mine, a guy who used to occasionally step out on his woman and hook up with other girls, had the strangest theory about the female species. "Women don't cheat," he told me, when I asked if he was ever worried she was doing the same thing to him. "It's just not in their nature."
I just laughed. Of course, I was not at all surprised when he found out she'd been two-timing him for most of their relationship after their inevitable break-up, but he was completely shocked!

There are of course many things that men don't know about women, mainly because women don't want us to know and because if men did knew the truth, they would be afraid, very afraid!
Women also have this canny ability of being able to keep these 'dirty little secrets' hidden really well!

Ever stop to think what little dirty secret your woman is keeping from you?

Deep down women really hope that our male friends secretly want to sleep with them, and very often they will dress for them, and subtly flirt with them. They don't want to have sex with them, they just want our male friends to desire them.

Aside from the stray hair tie here and there, no woman ever 'forgets' to put on her panties before she leaves the next morning. That bra or pair of panties lying innocently under your bed was left there on purpose. Women like planting things in your home because firstly they want you to think of them when they're gone, but also because their panties are like little landmines that they hope the 'other woman' will step on then freak out and leave. A bit like a calling card!

Women secretly compare you to their ex. This particularly happens at the beginning of a relationship. Everything you do from how you kiss to how you comfort her, she is secretly comparing the way you do things to her ex. She isn’t doing it to hurt you, she either may not be over him or she is mentally just taking notes to see if you are worth it. If she is doing the comparing for the silliest reasons it only means she’s secretly evaluating who makes the better boyfriend and long-term partner.
Women also regularly check in on what their exes are up to via social media, emails or texts. As long as the technology is available, they will never be fully out of their lives or minds. This doesn't mean they still love them; but they are curious about what they are up to.

Always remember women have wild fantasies too. According to Women’s Health Magazine the top fantasies women secretly have are:

1/ Boss and Employee Fantasy. 56% percent of women have sexual fantasies about getting it on with co-workers in their office.
2/ Have Sex Outside.
3/ Be an Exhibitionist.
4/ Be Voyeuristic.
5/ Make A Sex Video.

According to a study done in 2010 and reported by NBC News, 80% of women fake the big O. This thety believe boosts a man’s self esteem. Another reason women do fake it according to, is to actually get turned on if their partner is failing them in this department. But don’t worry guys, sometimes they are just having an off day and don’t want to hurt your ego.

According to a study conducted by Marie Claire magazine, 1,500 women ages 20-40 were questioned about their honesty when it comes to shopping. The percentages were quite shocking, these women admitted that 80% of newly purchased clothing items and shoes are kept secret from their other halves. Women really aren’t that great at saving as they make men think. There are many women who spend money that their men don’t even know they have. Some hide credit cards and have secret bank accounts. So the next time she says, “I got this on sale,” think long and hard before you believe it. There may even be more clothes hiding in the trunk of her car, to be taken out when you aren’t around.

She’s keeping a close eye on you. She uncovers intel on you with an efficiency that would
make James Bond envious. She snoops through your cell phone, email, glove compartment, Facebook account, and anything else she can get her hands on. She will drive past your house late at night to make sure your car is there and someone else’s isn’t.......Oh, and her girlfriends are watching your ass too, and they’re gonna rat you out.

Women tell their friends everything. One of the things women enjoy about their close friends is that with them, they are free to talk about anything and everything. This includes talking about sex. Women know their close friends won’t repeat things. The point is, everything about the guy a woman is with is 'conversation.' Girlfriends are going to share general things and may sometimes get into a bit of detail, but it’s meant to be positive and to learn from it.

According to Fox News, women do in fact want their men to be a little jealous. Not scary violent jealous, but more cutesy, territorial jealous. All women want to feel wanted and the way we go about it is not always right. If a woman feels as though you aren’t as into her as much lately or aren’t as jealous as she would like, there are times when she may provoke you, just a little!
Women know that by laughing at another guy’s jokes (a little too much) and smiling at guys across a bar will in fact get you to become more territorial, therefor it works.

A man doesn’t really want to hear about how many other guys before him, a woman has taken to bed. But they are curious to know the number, sadly they most often won’t hear the truth. According to Daily Mail 52% of women will lie about how many men they have slept with, and 78% will lie to make their new partner like them more.

Women are 'evil' for three days before their periods. PMS is a legitimate condition. Some cry as a result of PMS, sometimes women feel the need to talk about your relationship with them, and why you won't just commit, (while we're crying, of course). Women claim to feel fat during this time and generally hate us and sincerely believe that us guys enjoy seeing them in pain!


Monday, June 08, 2015

All the very latest transfer gossip across Europe!

Here is all today's latest football news and transfer gossip with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Gonzalo Higuain, Chelsea, PSG, Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Hugo Lloris, West Ham, Arsenal, Zenit, Steve McClaren, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Juventus and Steve Bruce all in the news! 

Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe today!

Is your club involved?

Arsenal, PSG, Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, Napoli, Lazio, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Swansea, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Real Sociedad, Arsenal, Benfica, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Stoke City, Barcelona, Sevilla, Real Madrid, West Brom, Everton, Bayern Munich, Valencia, Tottenham, Monaco, Olympique Marseille, West Ham, Leicester City, Wolves, Aston Villa, Southampton, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Everton, Fenerbahce, Espanyol, Samdoria, Newcastle United, Inter Milan, Derby, Aston Villa, Reading and Hull City.................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, as we speak.

A few English media outlets have picked up on a report on Italian website 'Tuttomercatoweb' which suggests Zlatan Ibrahimovic is considering leaving PSG and the club would be willing to sell him for just £11 million as he has one year left on his contract. Reports in Italy indicate Arsenal could be willing to meet that price tag -

Juventus are set to rival Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli. The newspaper reports the two Premier League clubs have held talks with his brother who acts as his agent, but Juve are thought to be interested amid talk they could lose Carlos Tevez - Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian daily sports newspaper based in Milan)

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign striker Danny Ings from relegated Burnley on July 1 after his Turf Moor contract expires, subject to a medical -

Manchester United are set to try to outbid Chelsea for the signature of Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson with the 22-year-old set to attract offers around £30m - Daily Star

Manchester City are set to pay £40m to bring Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 23, back to the Premier League. The Belgium international previously played for Chelsea - Daily Mirror

Manchester City will make "an imminent" bid for Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling, 20, as they look to boost the "home-grown" quota of players in their Champions League squad for next season - Manchester Evening News

Both Juventus and Wolfsburg are interested in Atletico Madrid's 29-year-old forward Mario Mandzukic - El Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona)

Hugo Lloris has stunned Spurs by admitting he fancies moving to Manchester United and Tottenham could lose a second player after Liverpool opened talks over signing Nabil Bentaleb for £10m - The Sun

Swansea have joined Crystal Palace and Southampton in the race to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28, who is keen for more starts than he managed in his debut season at Stamford Bridge - Daily Mirror

Out-of-favour Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, 22, has been linked with a £6m move to Spain to join David Moyes' Real Sociedad - Daily Mail

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, although the move may be dependent on Angel Di Maria's departure from Old Trafford -

While working on closing the negotiation with Yevhen Konoplyanka, Stoke City are looking to sign another offensive winger, Aaron Lennon (28). Playing on loan for Everton and still on a deal with Tottenham until June 2016, the former English international would cost Stoke in the region of 11 million pounds -

Zenit Saint Petersburg's Argentinian international centre-back Ezequiel Garay is on the radar of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. The 28 year-old is also being tracked by Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Valencia and his ownership is esteemed around 18 million euros -

Barcelona have agreed a deal with Sevilla to sign versatile wide-man Aleix Vidal for £7.5m, plus performance related add-ons of up to £5m, but he can't play until January - Daily Mail and

West Brom are close to sealing a £3.4m deal for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Cristian Benavente, although the Spanish club will insist on a buy-back clause. He has been playing for their second team, Castilla - The Times

Tottenham are keen to sign Monaco striker Anthony Martial with the highly-rated 19-year-old likely to cost them £18.2m - Daily Telegraph and

West Ham have almost completed the signing of Ghanaian international winger and forward André Ayew (25), due to leave Olympique Marseille as a free agent after five seasons playing for Ligue 1 giants - Daily Mail

West Ham have agreed a £4.3m fee for Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang, although the 23-year-old has yet to agree terms - / Italian sports journalist

Sampdoria will have to splash out over £30m if they want to prise Enner Valencia away from West Ham - Daily Mirror

Southampton are lining up a move for Espanyol defender Hector Moreno in case they lose Toby Alderweireld, who is a target for Tottenham and Chelsea - Daily Mirror

Bayer Leverkusen have completed the permanent signing of Greek international Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke after the centre-back spent the season on loan at the BayArena

Everton will look to bring former Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles to the club after being put on the transfer list at current club Fenerbahce - Liverpool Echo

Leicester City are leading the race to sign Wolves forward Bakary Sako, who is also being looked at by Aston Villa and West Brom - The Sun

West Brom will attempt to coax former Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 28, back to the Midlands from Crystal Palace as cover for first-choice Ben Foster - Birmingham Mail

Liverpool will look to beat Arsenal to the signature of Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic after reportedly being told he would cost just £18m - Liverpool Echo

Steve McClaren will immediately discuss the need to make domestic signings at Newcastle United, after completing his expected appointment as manager this week - Newcastle Chronicle

Derby County are expected to make Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, 31, and Reading defender Alex Pearce, 26, the first two signings under new manager Paul Clement, both on free transfers - Derby Telegraph

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has placed a £30m price tag on left-back Andy Robertson -
Hull Daily Mail

Monday, June 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - Jess Who's Back?

Yes the comeback has begun for Jessica Ennis-Hill!

The Olympic heptathlon champion has booked her place at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in her first competitive event since winning gold in London nearly three years ago.

The Sheffield born babe finished fourth overall at the gruelling two-day Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria (above) at the weekend, meaning she can defend her title in Rio de Janeiro next year. The 29 year-old's points tally of 6,520 easily surpassed the Olympic qualifying mark of 6,200 points.

Jess missed most of 2013 season through injury and then gave birth to her son last summer, thus making her achievement in Gotzis even more remarkable!

Despite the frustration of not hurdling as well as she would have hoped, and failing to throw the javelin as far as she would have liked, Ennis-Hill finished just 11 points adrift of Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands who took third, and 27 points behind second placed Carolin Schaefer of Germany.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the Canadian who won the prestigious invitational event, amassed nearly 300 points more than the former world champion and recorded the highest score (6,808) by a heptathlete since Ennis-Hill won in London back in 2012.

Having secured a place at the World Championships in Beijing this August, Ennis-Hill may not compete in China unless she is in tip-top condition.
She said: "If I am a medal contender I will go, I don't want to go to the World Championships under-prepared."

Over the next week or so, Ennis-Hill and her team will deliberate over whether she can make the necessary progress in three months to improve by 200 to 300 points, perhaps risking injury should she push herself.

You can follow Jessica on Twitter, Instagram and on her Official Website

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The 'Football Legend' that is Ali Dia

The name Ali Dia doesn’t ring a bell for many of you out there, but for those who watched Premier League football back in the 1990’s, it is a name that is mainly remembered as one that’ll go down in the league’s folklore.

Ali Dia is famous in the Premier League for being the greatest conman in the history of the game and his name is one Graeme Souness would dearly love to forget.

It was November 1996, when Southampton’s manager at the time, Graeme Souness, received a phone call from someone claiming to be George Weah (one of the greatest African footballers of all-time and World Footballer of the Year at the time) recommending his cousin, a certain "player" called Ali Dia to Southampton Football Club.

This person on the other end of the phone (who obviously wasn’t George Weah) told Souness that Dia had played for Paris Saint-Germain, was currently at a German 2nd division club and had been capped by Senegal 13 times.

Souness was told that he should consider giving him a trial at the club. Unfortunately for Souness and Southampton, the phone call was a fake. The phone call to Souness was made by a fellow university student of Dia's at Portsmouth. Dia had never played for Senegal or PSG and his cousin was most certainly not George Weah. In fact Dia’s footballing career was no better than the average Sunday league player - he’d turned out for a few unheard of French teams, before unsuccessfully trialing at a number of lower English league clubs. He did however make one appearance for Blyth Spartans of the Northern Premier League.

Putting things into perspective a little bit, there was no internet at the time or anything high-tech that could possibly have allowed Souness (right) to know whether or not this was true (though the fact that Weah is from Liberia and Dia is from Senegal should have been a good clue).
The Southampton manager took the risk and was convinced by the phone call. After all, the scouts at the Dell didn’t want to lose out on a prodigious talent to their rivals - indeed only Matt Le Tissier came anywhere near the word ‘talent’ in a Southampton shirt at that time. To hoard off any interest from other clubs, the Saints offered Dia a one-month contract with the club to prove his worth in the Premier League.

Saints legend Le Tissier had gone on record to say that Dia trained once with the first-team squad, showing as much skill in a five-a-side game as a man with his feet tied together. Not one member of the Southampton team thought Dia would ever be involved in a match day squad.

Dia was given the nod to play a reserve game the week he joined, but due to poor weather conditions the game was postponed. So when Southampton faced Leeds at The Dell the following day imagine their surprise when Souness named his new Senegalese superstar on the substitutes bench for the crunch match with Leeds United on 23rd November 1996.

After Le Tissier pulled a thigh muscle during the game, the number 33 went up on the fourth official’s board, signalling that Dia (right) would be introduced for his debut in front of 15,241 football fans.
He came on as a substitute after 32 minutes, but his debut was so poor that he was later substituted himself (for Ken Monkou) in the 85th minute, as Southampton lost 2-0, and the most ambiguous of Premier League matches went down in the game’s folklore.

In the words of Le Tissier:
"His performance was almost comical. He kind of took my place, but he didn’t really have a position. He was just wondering everywhere. I don’t think he realised what position he was supposed to be in. I don’t even know if he spoke English – I don’t think I ever said a word to him. In the end he got himself subbed because he was that bad."

Peter Harrison, who managed Dia while he was with Blyth Spartans, even spoke of his shock when he saw his former striker playing against Leeds: "Next thing I knew I was watching him on ‘Match of the Day,’ playing for Southampton, which was pretty unbelievable at the time."

The following day Dia went to the physio with an ‘injury’ and then never showed up again. He went on to play for non-league side Gateshead, but then vanished again. His whereabouts are unknown today, but his name is still sung by Southampton fans to remember his story: “Ali Dia, is a liar, is a liar.”

Most people in football probably think what Dia did was a bad thing. The most notorious player ever and number one on several lists of the most woeful transfers in history.
But I tell you now that Ali Dia is a legend!

Most of us untalented footballers will never play for a Premier League side, or even get close. Ali Dia managed it with a massive amount of luck, but with balls and with persistence, and with the help of a friend. Ali Dia is the fan in the crowd supporting his beloved team who is suddenly called upon by his manager to get stripped, warm up and and get ready to take the field and play.

Dreams are made of what Ali Dia built.

His ’fifteen minutes of fame' actually lasted 53 minutes, but he can tell his kids that he played for a top, top side. He can pretend that he was that good. Hell, he could tell them the truth, and say he pulled the greatest hoax in history, and it would still be amazing!
If this were a movie, of course, the audacious young hero would have scored the winning goal. It may not have been a movie.........but it is very much a true story!

Southampton starting line-up that day:

Goalkeeper: Chris Woods
Defender: Jason Dodd
Defender: Ulrich Van Gobbel
Defender: Richard Dryden
Defender: Claus Lundekvam
Defender/Midfielder: Graham Potter
Midfielder: Eyal Berkovic
Midfielder: Matt Oakley
Midfielder: Jim Magilton
Midfielder/Forward: Matt Le Tissier
Forward: Egil Ostenstad


Aly Dia for Matt Le Tissier on 32 mins
Robbie Slater for Matt Oakley on 72 mins
Ken Monkou for Aly Dia on 85 mins

Monday, May 11, 2015

Football's Finest Free Agents this Summer!

Since the introduction of the Bosman ruling in 1995, clubs have strived to extend deals more than 12 months in advance of their contract expiry in a bid to avoid losing key assets for knock-down prices, or worse still for free come deadline time.

With the Financial Fair Play rules now in place, many clubs are looking for bargains when it comes to signing players. This is why they will be checking on who is available on a free transfer at the end of this season.

A look at the list of players nearing the ends of their contracts across Europe raises the possibility of many intriguing deals.

Here I take a look at a selection of the players whose current deals are due to expire in the summer of 2015!

Sami Khedira - Age: 28 / Current Club: Real Madrid / Position: Defensive Midfield

Luiz Adriano - Age: 28 / Current Club: Shakhtar Donetsk / Position: Forward

Yevhen Konoplyanka - Age: 25 / Dnipropetrovsk / Position: Left Wing

Danny Ings - Age: 22 / Current Club: Burnley / Position: Forward

Dani Alves - Age: 32 / Current Club: Barcelona / Position: Right-Back

Alexandre Pato - Age: 25 Current Club: São Paulo FC Position: Forward

André-Pierre Gignac - Age: 29 / Current Club: Olympic Marseille / Position: Forward

Giorgio Chiellini - Age: 30 / Current Club: Juventus / Position: Defender

Ron Vlaar - Age: 30 / Current Club: Aston Vila / Position: Centre-Back

Klaas Jan Huntelaar - Age: 31 / Current Club: Schalke 04 / Position: Forward

James Milner - Age: 29 / Current Club: Manchester City / Position: Right Midfield

Neto - Age: 25 / Current Club: Fiorentina / Position: Goalkeeper

Andrea Ranocchia - Age: 27 / Inter Milan / Position: Centre-Back

Ignazio Abate - Age: 28 / Current Club: AC Milan / Position: Right-Back

Fabian Schär - Age 22 / Current Club: FC Basel / Position: Centre-Back

André Ayew - Age: 25 / Current Club: Olympic Marseille / Position: Left Wing

Mathieu Flamini - Age: 31 / Current Club: Arsenal / Position: Defensive Midfield

Maxi Pereira - Age:30 / Current Club: Benfica / Position: Right-Back

Cássio - Age: 27 / Current Club: Corinthians / Position: Goalkeeper

Glen Johnson - Age: 30 / Current Club: Liverpool / Position: Right-Back

Stéphane Mbia - Age: 28 / Current Club Sevilla FC / Position: Defensive Midfield

Nigel De Jong - Age: 30 / Current Club: AC Milan / Position: Defensive Midfield

Edin Džeko - Age: 29 / Current Club: Manchester City / Position: Forward

Mikel Arteta - Age: 33 / Current Club: Arsenal / Position: Midfielder

Loris Karius - Age: 21 / Current Club: FSV Mainz 05 / Position: Goalkeeper

Jack Cork - Age: 25 / Current Club: Swansea City / Position: Midfielder/Forward

Rafael van der Vaart Age: 32 / Current Club: Hamburg SV / Position: Attacking Midfield

Friday, May 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - Knight Fever

Hilary Atwood Knight was born on 12th July 1989, in Palo Alto, California, but grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire. She is an professional ice hockey player for the Boston Blades in The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL), and also for the United States women's national ice hockey team.

When Hilary was five-years-old her family made the move from California to Chicago, where she truly started playing the sport.

When it came time to choose a college, Knight had her pick – nearly everyone was recruiting her. Her parents wanted her to attend an Ivy League school, but suggested she visit Wisconsin. After visiting Wisconsin Hilary decided that if she was going to play in college, she wanted to play for a great coach on a great team, where she could learn and prepare to make the 2010 US Olympic team.

Hilary appeared in a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Championship Final in all 4 of her years as a Wisconsin Badger.

In her freshman year, Knight ranked second on the team in goals (20), and tied for fifth on the team in assists (18) and helped the team to second place in the NCAA Championships.

As a sophomore (2008-2009), Hilary led the Nation with 45 goals and went on to win a National Championship with the Badgers.

In her junior season (2010-2011) the Badgers won the NCAA Championship and Hilary was named joint MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the Championship as well.

In her senior season, Hilary captained the Badgers to the National Championship Game, the WCHA title and set multiple new records in Women’s Hockey. Hilary set the all time record for goals scored surpassing her coach’s previous record which had stood for over 30 years.

She graduated with 262 career points, and is the Badgers all-time leader in goals (143), game-winning goals (30), power-play goals (37), and short-handed goals (8).

Selected third overall by the Boston Blades in the 2012 CWHL Draft, Knight would end the season third overall in league scoring. She would become the first American-born player to grab the CWHL’s Most Valuable Player Award. In the post-season, she would emerge as the leading scorer, helping the Blades win the 2013 Clarkson Cup.

As a teenager, Knight was a member of the United States senior national team. In November 2006, she played for Team USA in the Four Nations Cup and was the youngest player for Team USA at 17 years old.

At the 2007 IIHF World Women's Championship, she was the youngest player on the United States squad. Her head coach was also the Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson. Knight earned silver at the tournament for the US.

She scored the game-winning goal as the U.S. Women’s National Team won its third consecutive world title with a 3–2 overtime victory against Canada at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship at Hallenstadion. In the United States first game of the 2011 IIHF Eight Nations Tournament, Knight scored a hat-trick in a victory over Russia.

In 2010, Hilary Knight made her Olympic debut for the United States of America, in Vancouver at age 20 and was the youngest member of the US team that went on to take a silver medal.
She also participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and scored the team's first goal of the 2014 Olympics, where the team again went on to take the silver medal overall.

You can follow Hilary on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram

Monday, April 27, 2015

Professional Football Association Awards for 2015

The results of the 42nd PFA Awards held at the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday 26th April 2015:

Team Awards:

Premier League Team of the Year 2015:

David De Gea - Manchester United

Gary Cahill - Chelsea
John Terry - Chelsea
Ryan Bertrand - Southampton
Branislav Ivanovic - Chelsea

Nemanja Matic - Chelsea
Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool (right)
Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal
Eden Hazard - Chelsea

Diego Costa - Chelsea
Harry Kane - Tottenham

Championship Team of the Year 2015:

Keiren Westwood - Sheffield Wed

Richard Keogh - Derby
Russell Martin - Norwich
George Friend - Middlesbrough
Simon Francis - Bournemouth

Grant Leadbitter - Middlesbrough
Matt Ritchie - Bournemouth (right)
Alex Pritchard - Brentford
Bakary Sako - Wolves

Daryl Murphy - Ipswich
Troy Deeney - Watford

League One Team of the Year 2015:

Frank Fielding - Bristol City

Tom Clarke - Preston
Aden Flint - Bristol City
Nathan Byrne - Swindon
Joe Bryan - Bristol City

Massimo Luongo - Swindon
Luke Freeman - Bristol City
Dele Alli - MK Dons (right)
Korey Smith - Bristol City

Joel Garner - Preston
Eoin Doyle - Chesterfield

League Two Team of the Year 2015:

Daniel Bentley - Southend

Conor Goldson - Shrewsbury
Steve McNulty - Luton
Ben Coker - Southend
Phil Edwards - Burton

Danny Mayor - Bury
Jed Wallace - Portsmouth (right)
Danny Mayor - Bury
Matt Grimes - Exeter

Ryan Woods - Shrewsbury
Matt Tubbs - Portsmouth

Women's Soccer League Team of the Year 2015:

Carly Telford - Notts County

Casey Stoney - Arsenal
Rachel Corsie - Notts County
Emma Mitchell - Arsenal
Lucy Bronze - Liverpool (right)

Jill Scott - Manchester City
Karen Carney - Birmingham
Ji So-Yun - Chelsea
Josanne Potter - Birmingham

Nikita Parris - Everton
Eniola Aluko - Chelsea

Individual Awards:

Men's PFA Players' Player of the Year - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Men's PFA Young Player of the Year - Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Women's PFA Players' Player of the Year - Ji So-Yun (Chelsea)

PFA Women's Young Player of the Year - Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

PFA Merit award - Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard

Friday, April 17, 2015

All the latest football news & transfer gossip across Europe!

Here is all today's latest football news and transfer gossip with Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, Chelsea, Alan Pardew, Barcelona, PSG, John Carver, Radamel Falcao, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Daniel Sturridge, Brendan Rodgers, Newcastle, PSV, Yaya Toure, Arsenal, Valencia, Liverpool, Gary Monk, Crystal Palace, Lyon, Paul Lambert, Roma, QPR, Inter Milan and Southampton all in the news! 

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley wants to strengthen his squad by signing Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, 25. Ashley hopes the move for Austin will show the club's ambition and encourage Derby manager Steve McClaren to take charge. Crystal Palace and Southampton are also watching the striker closely - Daily Mirror

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has distanced himself from reports linking him to West Ham. Monk has been touted as a potential successor to current Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, whose contract expires at the end of the season - BBC Sport

Edinson Cavani has revealed that he does not want to leave Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with moves for the 28-year-old, but he is keen to stay in the French capital - Daily Star

Atletico Madrid and France international forward Antoine Griezmann, 24, is a transfer target for Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola - Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Premier League clubs and players have received more than 130,000 abusive posts on social media this season, according to a study by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out.
The research found Chelsea were the most targeted club, while Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli suffered more abuse than any other player - BBC Sport

Alan Pardew has put a £20m price tag on Yannick Bolasie and says Crystal Palace will be buying, not selling this summer -

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been told to send Radamel Falcao back to AS Monaco and spend the money on a striker who suits his system - Daily Express

Valencia's planned move for 29-year-old AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who is on loan at Manchester United, looks set to be scuppered because the Spanish club must complete a permanent deal for Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo - Daily Telegraph

Barcelona attacker Pedro wants to sign for Inter Milan – news which will disappoint Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. - Daily Express

Manchester City are willing to listen to offers for Yaya Toure this summer, but the midfielder is determined to stay at the club - Daily Mail

Daniel Sturridge is a major injury doubt for Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa on Sunday - Daily Star

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has told Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne that it's time to make his mind up - Daily Star

Roberto Martinez is already planning Everton's summer transfer activity amid reports of a move for Tom Cleverley. Cleverley on loan at Aston Villa played under Martinez at Wigan and will be a free agent when his Manchester United contract is up in the close-season -

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned forward Raheem Sterling, 20, and winger Jordon Ibe, 19, of the conduct he expects after the pair were pictured with a shisha pipe - The Sun and The Guardian

Oscar says he has no plans to leave Chelsea amid reports he could be sold at the end of the season. The Brazil international has started 24 of Chelsea's 32 Premier League games this season, but has been substituted in 18 of them. A newspaper report on Thursday claimed Jose Mourinho is ready to listen to offers for the midfielder, who cost £25m when he was bought from Inter in the summer of 2012 -

Real Madrid's 16-year-old attacking midfielder Martin Ødegaard could be loaned to Villarreal The Norway international only joined the Galácticos from Strømsgodset in January of this year - (Spanish based football website)

Newcastle United manager John Carver will "review" the club's captaincy this summer and could take the armband away from defender Fabricio Coloccini, 33, to give it to 25-year-old right-back Daryl Janmaat. Daily Mail and The Guardian

Manchester United and Liverpool have revived their interest in AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, with the 25-year-old set to have talks with his employers about his future next week - Metro and Daily Mirror

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert could be a target for Sunderland and Fulham if he does not return to former club Borussia Dortmund - The Sun

Carl Jenkinson says he is unsure whether he will remain with West Ham next season or return to Arsenal - and Sport magazine

PSV Eindhoven skipper Georginio Wijnaldum has ambitions of securing a move to a top European side - and insists the Premier League is an option. The attacking midfielder who has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle in recent months only signed a new four-year contract last August, but says he is open to leaving the Dutch club -

The agent of Netherlands international Marco van Ginkel, 22, says the midfielder wants to return from his loan at AC Milan to play for Chelsea next season - Daily Express and

Wojciech Szczesny could be Arsenal's Wembley FA Cup hero - and still be shown the door at the end of the season - Daily Mirror

Striker Alexandre Lacazette, 23, a transfer target for Arsenal, Manchester United, and Newcastle has confirmed he wants to sign a new contract with Olympique Lyonnais - Daily Star

Despite a meeting today with the agent of Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, Atletico Madrid say they are not interested in signing the Argentinian born striker -

Stoke City want Barcelona's teenage winger Moha El Ouriachi - Daily Mirror