Monday, March 23, 2015

All the latest transfer gossip across Europe, North and South America!

Here is a round up of all the latest transfer gossip across Europe, North and South America today!

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Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Dynamo Kiev, AS Roma, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Newcastle United, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Barcelona, Hoffenheim, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Valencia, Manchester City, Arsenal, Palermo, Sporting Lisbon, Derby County, Wolves, Colorado Rapids, West Ham, Tottenham, Stoke City, Queens Park Rangers, Rosario Central, Inter Milan, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Fenerbache, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Bretford, Wycombe Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley.................are all caught up in the latest transfer news/rumours across Europe, North and South America as we speak!

Spanish international goalkeeper David de Gea (24) has just rejected a new contract offer from Manchester United. Currently on a deal with the Red Devils until June 2016, the former Atletico rising star is one of Real Madrid's main targets, and is seen as a possible heir to Iker Casillas. De Gea is valued at roughly £50 million but United fear they will have to sell him for a cut-price deal this summer or he will just walk away for nothing a year later - Metro, Daily Mirror and

Liverpool are weighing up a £19.5m move for Dynamo Kiev winger/forward Andriy Yarmolenko (right), who played a major role in dumping rivals Everton out of the Europa League. AS Roma are also interested in the Ukrainian winger/forward - The Daily Star, transfermarketweb and

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are talking about a possible loan swap deal involving Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani (28), who would join Red Devils, and Argentinian international offensive midfielder and winger Angel Di Maria (27). Cavani is however still a main target for Juventus and Atletico Madrid as well - and

Juventus have no need to sell France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, amid interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, says their general manager Giuseppe Marotta -

Newcastle United's Dutch international right back Daryl Janmaat (25) is being tracked by a number of European clubs, including Liverpool, PSG, Juventus, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Manchester United -

Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson (24), has become a main target for Manchester City, who look likely to lose James Milner in the Summer. The former Sunderland player is also tracked by Barcelona -

Speculation over the future of Lazio forward Felipe Anderson swirled in Italy on Monday after it was reported representatives from Manchester United had come to watch the Brazilian sensation -

Manchester United target Arturo Vidal (right) has rubbished talk of a move away from Juventus - claiming he is happy with life in Italy. The Chile international has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford since last summer's World Cup, but no move has taken place.
The Red Devils are thought to be weighing up another approach for the midfielder when the window re-opens at the end of the season as Louis van Gaal looks to strengthen his squad - TalkSPORT

Newcastle United are keen on Hoffenheim right-back Andreas Beck. Germany international Beck can go this summer for around £1.5million with Napoli also keen on the 28 year-old - Daily Mirror

Manchester United have reportedly sent a club official to Spain to help thrash out a deal for Valencia and Argentina international defender Nicolas Otamendi - Metro and Manchester Evening News

Bayern Munich are ready to rival Manchester United for Italian full-back Matteo Darmian. The 25-year-old caught the eye of several clubs at last summer's World Cup in Brazil - but elected to stay at Torino despite interest from abroad. Torino have put a price tag of £15m on Darmian and will not entertain bids lower than that amount.

Arsenal are poised to meet Palermo officials next week to secure the £28.9m signing of 21 year-old Argentine forward Paulo Dybala (right). Manchester City and Tottenham have been linked with summer swoops, while Juventus are also reportedly keeping tabs on the situation - Metro, Daily Express and Sky Sport Italia

West Ham management are ready to try again signing Togolese international striker Emmanuel Adebayor (31), who's much likely to leave Tottenham as a free agent. Adebayor is also being tracked by Stoke City and Queens Park Rangers as well - Daily Mirror

Argentinian club Rosario Central's offensive midfielder and winger Franco Cervi is being tracked by Tottenham. The 20 year-old Argentinian is also a target for Inter Milan. It is believed that any deal for the player will cost in the region of 4 million euros -

Valencia are tracking Sporting Lisbon'ss 22-year-old midfielder William Carvalho - Record (Portuguese sports newspaper)

Manchester United and English Under-20 international winger and forward James Wilson (19) has been targeted by Derby County in a loan deal -

Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has signed a pre-contract agreement with Colorado Rapids. Doyle has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with a 12-month option and will link up with the MLS side on July 1 when his contract at Molineux has expired - Daily Mirror

Norwich City and Nottingham Forest are seeking to sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, 19, on loan for the rest of the season - The Sun and Nottingham Post

Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike is threatening to quit Turkish club Fenerbache after being racially abused by his own fans - The Sun

Middlesbrough have agreed a deal to bring in Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta on loan for the rest of the season - Gazette Live

Brentford pair Sam Saunders and Nico Yennaris have extended their loans at Sky Bet League Two Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the season -

Tranmere Rovers have extended Janoi Donacien's loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season -

John O'Sullivan will return to Blackburn Rovers this week after his loan spell with Barnsley ended -

Monday, March 16, 2015

Some Interesting, Unusual and Bizarre Facts about Football Players - Part Two

# In 1995 Zinedine Zidane almost joined Blackburn Rovers. However, the club chose Tim Sherwood instead, with chairman Jack Walker saying: “Who needs Zinedine Zidane? We’ve got Tim Sherwood.”

# Hull City defender Maynor Figueroa has three toes on his left foot.

# Swedish defender Jan Olsson was the unlucky player that Dutch legend Johan Cruyff made a fool of with the very first and now famous “Cruyff Turn” in the 1974 World Cup Finals held in West Germany.

# Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a checkered past growing up. The son of a tough Croatian mother and hard-drinking Bosnian father, he grew up in the Malmo ghetto of Rosengard. One of the current mega stars of football was a thief when he was a youngster. In fact he stole a lot - bikes, sweets, cars, anything and everything!

# Sir Stanley Matthews never received a booking in his 33-year long career.

# According to Mexico City police, crime rates in Mexico reduce when Javier Hernandez plays football. Additionally, and almost unbelievably, they suggest that more women go into labour than usual when the Manchester United striker plays.

# Fernando d’Ercoli, while playing for Pianta against Arpaxin 1989, got so mad after getting a red card that he snatched the card from the referee’s hand and ate it.

# Similarly in 1984, Mike Bagley of Bristol took the referee’s notebook and ripped out the page with his name on after he had been booked, and ate it.

# No doubt about it, the worst disciplinary record goes to Ricky Goddard of North Warnborough, a small village in North East Hapmshire. By 1992, he had been suspended for five out of his nine years as a footballer. On one occasion, he was banned for six months when he sneaked into the ref's changing-room at half time and urinated over all his clothes.

# Jack Charlton and Bobbie Charlton's uncle was the Newcastle United and England legend Jackie Milburn

# In 2008 Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandoski had agreed to sign for Blackburn but an Icelandic ash cloud cancelled all airline flights, meaning the paperwork couldn't be completed before the deadline.

# While playing for Barcelona Danish legend Michael Laudrup participated in the 5–0 victory over bitter rivals Real Madrid during the 1993–94 season. The following season while playing for Real Madrid he aided in the revenge beating that Madrid gave Barça, the final score also being 5–0.

# Liverpool's Simon Mignolet started his career as a forward, and tried his hand at being a goalkeeper after he was dropped.

# On the other hand, Fernando Torres started his career as a goalkeeper, and later switched to become a striker.

# In 1978 Sheffield United boss Harry Haslam spotted a 17-year-old Diego Maradona on a scouting trip to Argentina and was so impressed that he struck a £200,000 deal there and then. But when Argentinos Juniors demanded more cash the Blades board refused to cough up, and bought Maradona's countryman Alejandro Sabella instead.

# Ryan Giggs' estranged father Danny Wilson is a former British professional rugby league player of the 1970's and 1980's. A Wales international stand-off, he played his club rugby for Widnes, Swinton, Runcorn Highfield and Springfield Borough.

# Dimitar Berbatov’s childhood hero was Alan Shearer, and the former Tottenham & Manchester United striker used to sleep in a Newcastle shirt when he was kid.

# In 1996, George Weah paid for his team-mates kits and expenses so Liberia could enter the African Nations Cup

# Arthur Conan Doyle, the writer most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, played as a goalkeeper for amateur side Portsmouth Association Football Club, under the pseudonym A. C. Smith. (This club, disbanded in 1896, has no connection with the present-day Portsmouth Football Club, which was founded in 1898).

# In 1999, Chelsea signed Chris Sutton from Blackburn for £10 million. The striker scored just one league goal and left a season later.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Some Interesting, Unusual and Bizarre Facts about Football Players - Part One

# In 2013 the word "Inmessionante" was added to the Spanish Dictionary which references Lionel Messi. It was chosen because of its similarity to the Spanish word for “impressive.”
It is an adjective which is explained in the Spanish dictionary with two points:

1. Perfect way to play football, an unlimited capacity for self improvement.
2. Describes the best player of all time.

# Johan Cruyff's niece Estelle married Ruud Gullit in 2000, but she walked out on him in 2012 due to his continuous womanising. Estelle was his 3rd wife and Ruud has six children - two from each of his marriages.

Ryan Giggs never received a red card during his 24 season playing career with Manchester United. He was only once sent off when playing for Wales, on 5 September 2001 in a World Cup qualifier against Norway.

# Mark Hughes once played two games in a single day; In the morning he played for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague, drove across the border, and then turned out for Bayern Munich in the afternoon.

# Lille and France International footballer Rio-Antonio Mavuba was born in international waters. Mavuba, son of former Zaire international Ricky Mavuba Ndokia Ndombe - who featured at the 1974 World Cup finals - was born on a boat, off the coast of Angola, on 16 March 1984. His birth certificate does not have a nation listed, it just says “Born at Sea.”

# Former Tottenham Hotspur player and now television pundit and actor David Ginola has an unfortunate tale to tell. His name is an anagram for 'Vagina Dildo.'

# The younger brother of Joey Barton, Michael, is a convicted murderer. He and his cousin murdered their male victim, in an unprovoked racially motivated attack with an ice axe in 2005. Both were given life sentences with Michael Barton given a minimum term of 17 years and eight months.

# Ronaldinho first gained media attention in 1993, when aged 13 his youth team won a game 23-0. Ronaldinho scored all 23 goals in that victory.

# Charles Itandje of Cameroon is the only professional footballer to be sacked for laughing!
That’s what happened to the goalkeeper whilst at Liverpool in 2010. The reason his punishment was so harsh was because he was caught chuckling about something during a memorial service for the victims of Hillsborough.

# Manuel Neuer stars in the German version of the 2013 Disney/Pixar film 'Monsters University’. He provides the voice for the character Frank McCay

# Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro got the name "Ronaldo" after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan, a favourite actor of his father's.

As a child, Jakub "Kuba" Błaszczykowski, the Borussia Dortmund and Polish international winger witnessed a tragedy, which had a major influence on his life. When he was ten years old his father stabbed his mother to death. After his father went to prison, Błaszczykowski and his brother were raised by their grandmother. Every goal he scores, he dedicates to his mother and can be seen looking up in the sky during goal celebrations.

# There have been many goalkeepers over the years who have fancied themselves as strikers.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was renowned for going up for corners late into a game and scored 13 times in his career.

# West Ham and Cameroon international Alex Song has 27 siblings – 17 sisters and 10 brothers. His father, who died when Song was two, had five wives.

# Croatian footballer Luka Modrić and former Australian footballer Mark Viduka are cousins.

# Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima commonly known as the Brazilian Ronaldo, never won the UEFA Champions League despite playing for 5 teams that did. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also never won the UEFA Champions League, despite playing for some of the world's biggest European clubs.

# Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet speaks 5 languages and has a degree in politics.

*Part Two will follow soon.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - Fitness Model Michelle Lewin

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.

Michelle's Prefered Workout Routine: 
Full Routine:

Monday: Back/Biceps

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

Tuesday: Hamstrings/Calves
Lying Leg Curls 4×12
Seated Leg Curls 4×12
Deadlifts 4×10-15
Seated Calf Raises 8×20
Standing Calf Raises (Smith Machine) 6×20

Wednesday: Triceps/Shoulders
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

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Legs
Lunges 4×12
Good Mornings 6×20
Leg Press (Single Leg) 4×15 (Each Leg)
Squats 4×12

Saturday: Abs
Hanging Knee Raises 4×12
Crunches 4×20
Crunch Machine 4×12
Crunches On Ball 4×20

Sunday: Rest 

Michelle Lewin's meal plan:

Daily Diet:

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)

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