Saturday, May 28, 2011

Congratulations to FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Winners 2011

Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley tonight to win the 2011 UEFA Champions League Trophy

'Magical Messi' celebrates after scoring tonight

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The 2010/11 European Domestic League's Winners and Losers, and the Top Scorers.

English Premier League:
Winners: Manchester United
Runners-Up - Chelsea
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Man City
Relegated - Birmingham, Blackpool, West Ham.
Top scorers: Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd 20 goals), Carlos Tevez (Man City 20), Robin Van Persie (Arsenal 18), Darren Bent (Aston Villa 17).

Spanish La Liga:
Winners - Barcelona
Runners-Up - Real Madrid
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia
Relegated - Deportivo La Coruna, Hércules, Almería.
Leading scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid 40 goals), Lionel Messi (Barcelona 31), Sergio Agüero right, (Atletico Madrid 20), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla 20), David Villa (Barcelona 18), (Giuseppe Rossi Villarreal 18), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao 18), Roberto Soldado (Valencia 18).

Italy's Serie A :
Winners - AC Milan
Runners-Up - Inter Milan
Automatic Champions League Qualification - AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli
Relegated - Sampdoria, Brescia, Bari.
Top scorers: Antonio Di Natale (Udinese 28 goals), Edinson Cavani (Napoli 26), Samuel Eto'o (Inter 21), Alessandro Matri (Cagliari 20).

German Bundesliga:
Winners - Borussia Dortmund
Runners-Up - Bayer Leverkusen
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen
Relegated: Eintracht Frankfurt, St Pauli.
Top scorers: Mario Gomez right, (Bayern Munich 28 goals), Papiss Demba Cisse (SC Freiburg 22), Milivoje Novakovic (FC Koln 17).

French Ligue 1 League Table:
Winners - Lille
Runners-Up - Olympique Marseille
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Lille & Olympique Marseille
Relegated - Monaco, Lens, Arles.
Top scorers: Moussa Sow (Lille 22 goals), Kevin Gameiro (Lorient 21), Youssef El-Arabi (Caen 17).

Dutch Eredivisie League Table:
Winners - Ajax Amsterdam
Runners-Up - Twente Enschede
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Ajax
Relegated - VVV Venlos, Willem II, SC Excelsior Rotterdam.
Top Scorers: Björn Vleminckx (NEC 23 goals), Dmitriy Bulykin (ADO Den Haag 21), Mads Junker right, (Roda JC 21).

Ukrainian Premier League Table:
Winners - Shakhtar Donetsk
Runners-Up - Dynamo Kiev
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Shakhtar Donetsk
Relegated - Metalurh Zaporizhya, Sevastopol.
Top Scorers: EvgenLast Seleznev (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 17 goals), MarkoLast Dević (Metalist 14).

Portuguese Liga Sagres League Table:
Winners: FC Porto
Runners-Up - Benfica
Automatic Champions League Qualification - FC Porto
Relegated - Portimonense, Naval 1º de Maio.
Top scorers: Givanildo 'Hulk' Vieira de Souza right, (FC Porto 23 goals), Radamel Falcao García Zárate (FC Porto 16), João Henrique Tomás (Rio Ave 16).

Belgian Jupiler Pro League Table :
Winners - Anderlecht
Runners-Up - Racing Genk
Champions League Group Stage Qualification - Racing Genk, Standard Liege
Relegated - AS Eupen, Royal Charleroi SC.
Top Scorers - Jelle Vossen (Racing Genk 17 goals), Ivan Perišić (16), Ronald Vargas Aranguren (Club Brugge 15).

Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig Table:
Winners - Fenerbahce
Runners-Up - Trabzonspor
Automatic Champions League Qualification - Fenerbahce
Relegated - Bucaspor, Konyaspor, Kasimpasa.
Top Scorers - Alexsandro 'Alex' Souza right, (Fenerbahce 28 goals), BurakLast Yilmaz (Trabzonspor 19), Mamadou Niang (Fenerbahce 15).

Austrian Bundesliga League Table:
Winners - SK Sturm Graz
Runners-Up - FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Champions League Group Stage Qualification - SK Sturm Graz
Relegated - LASK Linz
Top scorers: Roland Linz (Austria Wien 20 goals), Roman Kienast (SK Sturm Graz 19), Hamdi Salihi (Rapid Wien 17), Roman Wallner (Salzburg 17).

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blackpool have hardest task on epic final day - Betting News with Betfred


It has been a massive season for Blackpool and they now have to do things the hard way as they travel to Manchester United on the final day of the season.

Ian Holloway's side have been the entertainers of the Premier League since their promotion last year, and have received rave reviews from the football world for their adventurous, attacking style of play.
However things have been tough for the Tangerines since the turn of the year, and they are 9/2 with Betfred to record a shock victory at United on Sunday.

They now sit in the bottom three on goal difference, knowing a win is vital if they wish to retain their Premier League status, but United are unbeaten at home this season, dropping just two points out of a possible 54 at home, and will be keen to give the Old Trafford faithful a tremendous send-off as they celebrate winning their record 19th league title.

There are numerous permutations surrounding the final weekend of the season and any two teams from five could be relegated depending on results elsewhere.

A point could be enough for Blackpool (and it is 10/3 the draw at fortress Old Trafford), if Birmingham lose at Tottenham, and/or Wolves lose at home to Blackburn by two goals or more. Should Wolves beat Blackburn then only an 'unexpected' Blackpool victory would see them overtake Rovers.

The Premier League betting odds understandably favour Blackpool to be relegated as have the toughest final game against United, and Betfred go 4/11 that they will be plying their trade in The Championship next season.

What must worry fans of the Seasiders is they have a notoriously leaky defence and travel to a United side capable of scoring a hat-ful, even if Sir Alex Ferguson decides to put out a weakened side with one eye on the Champions League final next week.

Even if Ferguson leaves out some of his star names then those that take to the field will be out to impress the Scotsman, and show him why they deserve a place in the Champions League final squad - so it could be a long old afternoon for Blackpool.

Alex McLeish's Birmingham side are 5/1 to win at White Hart Lane and 8/13 to be relegated in the Premier League betting, but The Blues have been on a shocking run of form of late, recording just two wins in their last twelve league games!

The other team in the relegation mix that we have not yet mentioned are Wigan, who travel to Stoke in their final fixture of the campaign. The Latics have the same number of points as Blackpool but an inferior goal difference than all of their relegation rivals, albeit a marginal one.

It would be close to a a miracle if Blackpool survive – but Ian Holloway is without doubt the man you would most want in charge of a team in a relegation dogfight on the last day of the season.

It has been a breath of fresh air having the Seasiders in the Premier League, but they look set to be one-season wonders but their fans will have been left with some unforgettable memories.

My Tip of the Weekend:

Expect wins for United (4/7), Spurs (4/7), Wigan (17/10) and Wolves (6/5) in the vital games, which would see Birmingham and Blackpool join West Ham in dropping down to the Championship.

Sunday 22nd May:

Manchester Utd v Blackpool, kick-off 4pm, live on Sky Sports 1.
Tottenham v Birmingham City, kick-off 4pm, live on Sky Sports 2.

By Drew Swainston
(Guest writer from Betfred on behalf of Beer Footy and Birds!)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pub Football Team - Last Orders!

'Stella' Bucharest - (Steaua Bucharest)

Lauent 'Sauvignon Blanc' - (Laurent Blanc)

Julian 'Peroni' - (Julian Speroni)

Bruce 'Rioja' - (Bruce Rioch)
Lucas 'Radebeer' - (Lucas Radabe)
Chris 'Captain Morgan' - (Chris Morgan)
Robert 'Hooch' - (Robert Huth)

Micky 'Gin' - (Micky Gynn)
Wilson 'PaleAlecios' - (Wilson Palacios)
Nigel 'Reo-Coca Cola' - (Nigel Reo-Coker)
'Scotch' Parker - (Scott Parker)

Dennis 'Kronenbourgkamp' - (Dennis Bergkamp)
'Cider' Gudjohnsen - (Eidur Gudjohnsen)

Jimmy 'Glass' - (Jimmy Glass)
Nicky 'Baileys' - (Nicky Bailey)
Steven 'Pina Colada' (Steven Pienaar)
Jermaine 'Tennent' (Jermaine Pennant)
'Shandy' Cole - (Andy Cole)
Teddy 'Sherryingham' - (Teddy Sherringham)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All The Latest Transfer Gossip

As the 2010/11 football season reaches its climax, transfer rumours and gossip are in full swing as we speak, as clubs go chasing the players they feel could make a difference in their pursuit of success next season.

In England, there are only a couple of outstanding issues in the top flight still to be decided - relegation from the Premier League, the FA Cup this Saturday, with European qualification at stake next season for the winners, and of course the UEFA Champions League Final on the 28th May, when Barcelona take on Manchester United at Wembley.

For everyone else it is back to the drawing board, so expect a lot of wheeling and dealing to be done this Summer by a host of clubs, both at home and abroad.

Manchester City, AC Milan, Ajax, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Schalke, Manchester United, Olympique Marseille, Fiorentina, Auxeere, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Blackpool, Bolton, Blackburn, Sevilla, Wolfsburg, Valencia, Zenit St Petersburg, QPR, Borussia Dortmund, Aston Villa, Birmingham, Everton, Hull, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Chievo and Leicester..........are all currently caught up in transfer gossip.

Is your Club involved?

Manchester City are chasing Ajax star Jan Vertonghen (right), Ajax coach Frank de Boer has confirmed. The 24-year-old Belgium international defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal also rumoured to have him on their radar -

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says he also wants AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Eastlands - BBC Sport, along with Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, in an attempt to power Manchester City to the Premier League title next season. The Arsenal skipper is already being hunted by Barcelona - The Sun

Roman Abramovich is moving a massive step closer to his total rebuilding of Chelsea with a £25million deal for Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Kaká - Daily Express

Arsenal are looking to offload Brazilian Denilson - Sevilla and Wolfsburg are both interested - The Mirror

Arsenal are set to be offered the chance to re-sign defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra by Real Madrid this summer, with Real wanting around £12m - Daily Express/Daily Mirror

Currently on a deal with Olympique Marseille until June 2014, French international midfielder Mathieu Valbuena (right) might leave in order to join Manchester United in the summer, since Alex Ferguson is still keen on him -

Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar insists he has no plans to leave Schalke this summer. Huntelaar is contracted to Schalke until June 2013 and has netted eight goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances -

Schalke are also battling with arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund for the signing of Auxerre's Irenusz Jelen, according to the Poland international's agent -

Fiorentina are looking at the possibility of re-signing the AC Milan and Italian international forward Antonio Cassano, for a fee thought to be in the region of about 18 million euros -

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Aston Villa's Ashley Young (right) for a £15m fee. The England forward rejected a new deal at Villa Park earlier this season and has also been linked with a move to Manchester United - The Guardian

Blackpool's Charlie Adam is still on Liverpool's agenda following a thwarted move in January and a new central defender is also among the targets with Bolton's Gary Cahill and Phil Jones of Blackburn both possible targets - The Guardian

Birmingham are on alert after long-term target Nathaniel Clyne put talks over a new deal with Crystal Palace on ice - Daily Mail

Neil Warnock has offered Jimmy Bullard a Premier League return with QPR having made a bid to sign the Hull midfielder on loan next season - Daily Star

German champions Borussia Dortmund are interested on QPR talisman Adel Taarabt - Daily Mail

Chelsea are ready to make a fresh move to sign Valencia winger Juan Mata (right) - TalkSPORT.

Andrei Arshavin would be welcome back at Zenit St Petersburg if Arsenal decide to sell the striker, the Russian club have confirmed - The Telegraph

West Ham's 22-year-old center back Winston Reid has denied rumours linking him with Italian outfit Chievo. "I don't know anything about it, I am not thinking about the market. I am just thinking about ending the season and I hope that we won't be relegated." -

Aston Villa, Birmingham and Everton are monitoring Leicester defender Sol Bamba - Daily Mail

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Clash of the Titans at Old Trafford - Betting News with Betfred


It has been billed from all quarters as potentially the Premier League title-deciding game of the season, so let's hope Manchester United versus Chelsea is an exciting encounter that lives up to all the pre-match hype.

On countless occasions, the most-hyped Premier League matches tend to disappoint, but when these two sides met at Stamford Bridge back on the 1st March, it was a classic!

The Champions League games failed to match these heights, but the fate of this particular game is very much in Chelsea's hands, as it is they who need to come out fighting and take all three points, if they want to keep their back-to-back title ambitions alive. The Premier League betting makes the Londoner's 9/4 to win the game.

A few months ago Chelsea were on course to drop 18 points behind their Manchester rivals, when they went 1-0 down to United at Stamford Bridge, but they came back to win that game 2-1, and it immediately boosted the confidence around the club, and they have been in sparkling form ever since.

Having taken 25 points from a possible 27 available, the Blues' are snapping at the heels of United, knowing a win at Old Trafford on Sunday and they can draw level with their rivals - and that is something that looked a long shot back in February when they were still in their slump.

If Chelsea can hit top spot with two games remaining the impetus would be with them, but United always manage to step up in the important matches and that is why they cannot be discounted, especially at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are 5/4 to win the match and 2/9 to win the Premier League with Betfred.

Most tipsters in the Premier League title race make United favourites to regain the title, particularly as Ferguson's men have the luxury of knowing a draw on Sunday will be good enough to keep them three points clear, with just a couple of games to play.

Chelsea captain John Terry reckons he "always believed" they could get back into the title race, but they are still outsiders to win the title as United have looked fairly solid, if not setting the world on fire, for many months now.

Chelsea, who are 3/1 to win the title, managed to win this fixture at Old Trafford last season, and the England defender reckons there is "no reason" why they cannot go on and repeat that feat again, and put the outcome of the Premier League title race firmly in their own hands!

My Tip of the Week:

Expect Chelsea to go hell for leather for the win, but United should manage 'their usual trick' and get the goals to hold their rivals. A draw is priced at 23/10, but a 2-2 scoreline also looks appealing at 14/1.
Meanwhile United's on-fire Mexican striker Javie Hernandez is 6/4 to score at anytime in the match, and add to his 19 goals already this season.

Sunday 8th May: Manchester United v Chelsea, kick-off 4.10pm, live on Sky Sports1.

By Drew Swainston
(Guest writer from Betfred on behalf of Beer Footy and Birds!)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Babe Of The Month - The Alluring Pippa Middleton

Philippa Charlotte Middleton (Pippa) was born on the 6th September 1983, in Reading, Berkshire. She is the second of three children, and the only sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Pippa was initially educated at St Andrew's School, Pangbourne, then at Downe House, a girls' boarding school in Cold Ash, and finally at Marlborough College.

She then followed her sister to higher education in Scotland, attending the University of Edinburgh to study English literature.

She was the maid of honour at her sister's Royal Wedding to Prince William on the 29th April 2011.

The bride's sister, looked the picture of elegance on the morning of the Royal Wedding, as she fulfilled her maid of honour duties with aplomb, calmly shepherding the tiny bridesmaids into Westminster Abbey before returning outside to arrange her sister’s train.

The slinky white cowl-neck gown she wore was made by Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton, and showcased her enviably slim figure, with the cap sleeves keeping it youthful. The back of her dress, revealed as she carried Kate's train into the Abbey, was studded with tiny silk-covered buttons.

She wore lily-of-the-valley in her hair, which was styled identically to her sister’s in a demi-chignon.

Pippa had featured in various pre-wedding photos of her sister shopping for the 'Big Day.'
However until she appeared on the morning of her sister's wedding, stepping out of the Abbey to meet her sister's car, the general public was not aware of how stunningly attractive she truly is.

She has now confirmed herself as one of the most eligible single girls in London society, although Miss Middleton is understood to be dating Alex Loudon, a friend of Prince William's who is a former professional cricketer for Kent and Warwickshire, and now works in the City.

Pippa, who at 27 is two years younger than Kate, works as a party planner for a company called Table Talk for three days a week, and spends the rest of her time running the online magazine Party Time, an off-shoot of the Middleton's party supply company, Party Pieces.

"Pippa has a reputation as being the really fun one, slightly louder and more outgoing than Kate," Tatler magazine editor Catherine Ostler tells the Royal Diary. "She’s a Chelsea party girl, almost to the extreme."

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