Wednesday, May 18, 2016

All the very latest football news and gossip across Europe!

Here is a round up of all the latest football news/gossip across Europe today, which includes the likes of: Christian Benteke, West Ham, David de Gea, Real Madrid, Rafael Benitez, Juventus, Dimitri Payet, AC Milan, Mario Balotelli, Everton, Jose Mourinho, Aston Villa, Yaya Toure, Leicester, Roberto Di Matteo, Ajax, Dani Alves, Watford, John Terry and Swansea City to name but a few!

Real Madrid will look to sign West Ham and France midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, but not until after Euro 2016 - Le 10 Sport (French sports publication)

West Ham will turn their attention to signing Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, 25, after having a club record £31m bid rejected for Lyon's 24 year-old French international striker Alexandre Lacazette - The Sun

The Turkish press is today echoing interest in Jose Mourinho joining Fenerbahce and the Turkish club are preparing an offer in the region of 15 million euros annually for the Portuguese born boss -

Arsenal have submitted a £51m offer to Juventus in an attempt to sign 23-year-old forward Alvaro Morata during the summer transfer window - Corriere dello Sport (Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome)

Real Madrid have until 15 June to trigger 25-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea's £39m release clause - Dairio AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Romelu Lukaku's father thinks his son will leave Everton for around £65m before Euro 2016 gets under way - Daily Express

Former Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre is in the hunt for the Everton job after holding talks with Goodison officials, but Saints boss Ronald Koeman and Dutchman Frank de Boer still top the shortlist - The Sun

A Far East consortium are believed to be close to agreeing a deal to buy Aston Villa and that would make Roberto Di Matteo the favourite to pip Nigel Pearson to the manager's post - Daily Express

Watford have held talks with former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri and the club could appoint their new head coach by the end of this week - Gazetta dello Sport (Italian sports newspaper)

Yaya Toure's agent has claimed talks are being held with Inter Milan over a summer move. Speculation about the Manchester City midfielder's future has been an ongoing theme and it appears he could reunite with former City boss Roberto Mancini at San Siro -

Rafael Benitez has agreed to stay on as manager at Newcastle United and will be given full control over transfers as he plans for next season in the Championship - Daily Mail

Claudio Ranieri wants to bring £15m-rated Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik to Leicester. The 22-year-old has scored 47 times in 76 appearances for his club - Daily Mirror

Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin has urged the Club not to cash in on £10m-rated striker Andre Ayew - The Sun

Swansea have Junior Hoilett top of their wanted list this summer with the 25-year-old winger's contract expiring at QPR - Daily Mirror

Dani Alves will stay in Barcelona for at least another season -

Liverpool and Italy forward Mario Balotelli, 25, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, is wanted by Spanish side Espanyol - Fichajes, via Daily Star

John Terry has signed a new one-year deal with Chelsea. The club have said decision has been taken following consultation between Terry, incoming manager Antonio Conte, the owner and the board -

Arsenal are keen on Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Leicester's Ben Chilwell. However the Gunners have yet to make any offers and are expected to offer around £6m for both of them - Daily Mail

French-Senegalese forward M'Baye Niang, 21, currently on a contract with AC Milan until June 2019, has become a main target for both Liverpool and Tottenham. Niang, is also interesting Borussia Dortmund and Stoke City as well -

Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to hijack neighbours United's move for the Schalke's attacking midfielder Leroy Sané. The German international is also on the radar of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as well - Daily Star

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has signed a new long-term deal with the Spanish club. There had been speculation that Manchester United were interested in the midfielder, but he has committed his future to Atletico -

Real Madrid star Isco wants to stay at Santiago Bernabeu next season, as he told the club's official website: "I'm happy with what I've achieved but excited by the future. There is no better place to win titles than at Real Madrid. My aim is to work day by day because I'm an ambitious player and I've still got a lot to demonstrate" -

AS Roma's attempt to sign Guinean-Italian midfielder Amadou Diawara, 18 could be hijacked by Juventus, as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba. Also of interest to several other European clubs, the player is currently on a deal with Bologna until June 2020 -

Cardiff City have confirmed Paul Trollope as their new manager -

FC Crotone recently promoted to Serie A, will face a huge job to convince manager Ivan Juric to stick around following interest from Leeds United - Daily Express

Bristol City have signed Wrexham youngster Johnny Smith for an undisclosed fee -

Defender Nathan Smith has signed a one-year deal with Yeovil Town -

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Statistically, the EA Sports best performing players in the English Premier League so far this season!

The EA SPORTS PPI (Player Performance Index) is the only official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League which measures a player's all round contribution to the success of his team using six key indices:

The intention is to remove any opinion bias and only work with proven statistical measurements which become more accurate as the season progresses.

Season 2015/16 - Last update: 10/05/16 at Noon


1. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) 448 EA Sports PPI  
2. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) 406
3. Petr Cech (Arsenal) 388
4. Adrian (West Ham) 357
5. Heurelho Gomes (Watford) 351
6. Joe Hart (Man City) 350
7. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) 341
8. Jack Butland (Stoke City) 341
9. David de Gea (Man Utd) 339 (right)
10. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) 313


1. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) 576
2. Wes Morgan (Leicester) 529
3. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) 501
4. Eric Dier (Tottenham) 498
5. Ashley Williams (Swansea) 484
6. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) 484
7. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) 477
8. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) 472
9. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) 470
10. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 463


1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) 940 (right)
2. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) 769
3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 712
4. Dele Alli (Tottenham) 661
5. Dimitri Payet (West Ham) 654
6. Ross Barkley (Everton) 632
7. Sadio Mané (Southampton) 592
8. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) 591
9. Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle) 566
10. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) 555


1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 1033 (right)
2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 885
3. Sergio Agüero (Man City) 748
4. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 683
5. Odion Ighalo (Watford) 671
6. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) 644
7. Troy Deeney (Watford) 539
8. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) 538
9. Anthony Martial (Man Utd) 523
10. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) 516

The Six Key Indices:

1. Winning Performance

Players receive points for time on the pitch in a successful team. Players will receive more points if they play the full 90 minutes in a winning team. This index shares league points won by a team between the players according to the minutes they are on the pitch. Only time on the pitch and points scored are taken into account in this first index.

2. Player's Performance per match

Players receive points for positive influences on a winning performance (shots on target, tackles, clearances, saves etc). Players have points taken away from their score for negative actions such as shots off target and receiving yellow and/or red cards.

3. Appearances

Players receive points for minutes on the pitch. The number of points won by ALL teams in the Barclays Premier League are divided among the players according to the number of minutes they have played. This does not take into account the result of a match, it awards points purely for playing time.

4. Goals scored

Players are awarded points for scoring goals. These points are only given to the goalscorer.

5. Assists

Players are awarded points for assists. These points are only awarded to players that make the assist.
Assists are awarded to the player from the goal scoring team who makes the last touch before the goal is scored.
If after this touch, an opposing player touches the ball outside the penalty area altering the intended destination of the ball, then no assist is given, except if this intervention directly results in an own goal.
In the event of a penalty or free-kick, the player earning the penalty or free-kick gets an assist if a goal is directly scored, but not if he takes it himself, in which case no assist is given.

6. Clean sheets

Allocates points for clean sheets to the whole team. The proportionate split of the points is weighted according to the player's position. Therefore a goalkeeper will be awarded a greater proportion of the points for keeping a clean sheet than a striker. The points are also awarded proportionately to the time spent on the pitch.

N.B. The overall EA SPORTS PPI is a correlation between all of the above indices. The Index only includes actions that can be measured objectively and does not reward one action more than another (e.g. a pass by a midfielder will not gain more points than a tackle made by a defender). Subjective factors relating to individual players' skill levels or evidence of a specific flair, such as a particularly spectacular pass or goal, are not included within the index.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Babe of the Month - Read the Surfer Manuel on Hawaiian Hottie Malia

Malia Manuel was born on 9th August 1993 in Kauai, Hawaii and is a female professional surfer.

Surfing has been ingrained in Malia’s blood since she was born. At the age of two, Malia started surfing with her parents, catching waves along the beaches of Kauai.

In 2008 aged 14, Malia became the youngest ever female or male to win the US Open of Surfing held at Huntington Beach, California. Since then Malia has continued to influence the female surfing progression by placing 1st in the US Open Pro Junior in 2009.

In 2011 she became champion of both the Azores Islands and Spain's Pantin Classic WQS 6-star events, and earning the top qualifier spot for the elite Association of Surfing Professionals Women’s World Tour (ASP).

To cap off her first year on the World Tour she claimed the prestigious title of  'ASP Women’s Rookie of the Year 2012' - and went on to win the WQS 6-star event in Oceanside, California in 2013, cementing her first place spot in the World Rankings.
Rounding out 2014, Malia finished 5th in the world on the Women’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour.

In 2015 Malia was a semi-finalist in the Women’s Drug Aware Margaret River Pro event held in Western Australia, and was chosen an inspirational woman to other women by Mind Body Green as one of the 100 Women To Watch in Wellness, alongside the likes of Christy Turlington Burns, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hillary Biscay, Jessica Alba, Krista Stryker and Torah Bright.

Malia's hobbies outside sport include: Yoga, Running and growing organic food.

She is sponsored by O'Neill wetsuits and clothing, Von Zipper eyewear, Sanuk footwear and Mayhem surfboards.


2015 – Top 100 Women in Wellness to Watch | Mind Body Green

2015 – Women’s Drug Aware Margaret River Pro | Semi-finalist

2014 – Ranked 5th on the Women’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour

2013 - Women’s World Qualifying Series Champion

2013 - Super Girl Pro Champion

2012 - ASP Rookie of the Year

2011 - Top Qualifier for the Elite ASP Women’s World Tour – age 18

2011 - WQS 6-star Pantin Spain Champion – age 18

2011 - Front cover of TransWorld Surf Magazine in August 2011 (only 2nd female ever) – age 17 (above right)

2010 - Hawaii World Team member – age 16
2009 - Hawaii World Team member – age 15
2009-  US Open Junior Womens Champ – age 15
2009 - Junior Women Regional Champ – age 15
2009 - VQS Champion – age 14
2008 - Youngest Ever US Open Champ – age 14
2008 - International Grom Search Champ – age 14
2008 - Junior Women Regional Champ - age 14
2008 - Hawaii World Team Member – age 14
2008 - NSSA National champ Explorer Womens – age 14
2007 - NSSA Middle School girls National Champion -age 13
2006 - NSSA Open Women runner up – age 12
2005 - Hawaii World Team member – age 11
2004 - Surfing America Champion National Title – age 10
2002 - 1st Annual Irons Brothers Classic winner – age 8

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