Monday, October 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - From Glamour Puss to Sports Broadcaster!


Amy Christophers was born on 6th October 1986 in Truro, Cornwall, England and is currently on a quest to move from top glamour model to top sports presenter. She is also a huge Chelsea FC fan.

Amy decided to quit modelling in 2014, at the height of her career, to follow her real passion and move into sports media.

'Thatsportsspice' her instagram profile and twitter name, Amy is aiming to become one of the best sports broadcasters in the country. She already has a spot on 'talkSPORT' (right) on a Wednesday night/Thursday morning with Adam Catterall and is a Columnist for 'The Sun' newspaper. This year Amy also won the FBA’s (Football Blogging Awards) for Best Football Influencer for 2018.

She has also worked on football podcasts and has appeared on the show 'ontheleftside,' where the presenters take a satirical look at the game of football.

It has not been all plain sailing though, as earlier this year Amy found herself caught up in unwanted headlines, when she was pictured among a group of women leaving the PFA awards with chief executive Gordon Taylor, to continue drinking elsewhere.

That highlighted the barriers the ambitious 31 year-old is having to break down in the face of other people who say she has no right to work in sports media and/or sports broadcasting.

However in three years Amy has completed her journalism studies at Cornwall College, qualified to become a Football Association referee and is now broadening her knowledge further, as she sets her sights on trailblazing a path for women to make an impact in a notoriously male dominated arena.

                 Breaking the mould: Amy Christophers from Model to Sports Broadcaster

However Amy has stated becoming a qualified referee was part of the process of gaining more knowledge and proving her expertise, not because she wanted to be a referee! She then went on to do her journalism qualification to again enhance her knowledge of the game and the world of sports media.

Amy has also gone on to present shows on the Sky platform (below) and says after she finished modelling she knew she had to be a bit more conservative in the way she presented myself:

"I dyed my hair brown for a bit and kept a low profile because I had to shake off that image. I think I have proven myself now, I know my stuff and in the sports world and I feel I am starting to be respected - although I still have a long way to go before I hit all my goals."


Sports media is notoriously difficult to get into, and even more so for women, but Amy is determined  to break the mould!

Former Glamour model and Chelsea fan 
Amy was one of the biggest glamour models in Britain, working under the name of Brandy Brewer (a stage name that came from a combination of the name of her first pet and her mother's maiden name).

In her ten-years career working as model Brandy Brewer she was a regular on the pages of magazines such as Loaded, FHM and Nuts, but sport has always been her passion.

In 2008 she won 'Loaded' magazine's 'Rear of the Year' which really shot her to fame with the lad mags! In 2009 she won 'Miss UK Football Finder' and reached the semi-finals of 'Miss Great Britain,' and in 2010 Amy won 'Nuts Boardmasters Bikini' competition.
Amy went on to become a page 3 girl for 'The Sun' and the 'Daily Star' newspapers.

Under the name of Brandy, she also became a reality TV star appearing in hit show 'TOWIE' and Series 2 of 'The Bachelor' -  the UK version with Spencer Matthews.

Amy is currently freelance but working with major media brands including newly formed 'Sport Convo' a new social media network owned by Gareth Bale and Indian cricket hero Virat Kholi. The company headhunted Amy, stating they knew that she was their girl! Amy rocks up to football stadiums in the branded sports convo Ferrari and invites fans into the passengers hot seat to be interviewed, she also interviews sports stars and films a weekly sports round up. Amy had to learn some Hindi to film certain videos for their Indian cricket audience.

Hosting a radio show and writing a weekly column are her long-term goals and on this Amy said "Basically I want to be presenting a main show and doing a radio show, that's my ultimate ambition"........and she is without a doubt well on her way to achieving her goals!










You can follow Amy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube



Friday, August 03, 2018

My Predictions for the 2018/19 Football Season and the Betting Odds!



Vanarama National League:

Winners: Salford City 2/1 (11/10 for promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Chesterfield 5/1 (10/1 to win the National League title)

Dark Horses: Dover Athletic, Leyton Orient, and Hartlepool United

Relegation: Gateshead 11/10, Braintree Town 7/4 and Maidstone United 2/1, Eastleigh 15/4


# Betway odds correct at time of writing.

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Sky Bet League Two:

Winners:  Notts County 13/2

Automatic Promotion: MK Dons (7/1 to win League Two and 15/8 to win promotion) and Lincoln City (8/1 to win League Two and 11/4 to win promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Mansfield 12/1, Swindon Town 14/1, Northampton Town 14/1 or Cambridge United 18/1

League Two Promotion Straight Forecast: (1st) Notts County and (2nd) MK Dons 40/1 and Notts County (1st) and Lincoln (2nd) 40/1

Dark Horses: Stevenage and Port Vale

Relegation: Morecambe 7/2 and Oldham 11/1 (Also in the relegation mix Yeovil Town 7/2 and Forest Green Rovers 7/1)

Top Scorers: John Akinde (Lincoln) 9/1, Kristian Dennis (Notts County) 10/1, Kieran Agard (MK Dons) 14/1, Ricky Miller (Port Vale) 20/1, James Norwood 25/1 (Tranmere), Jermaine Beckford (Bury) 25/1

Players to Watch:, Filipe Morais (Crawley Town), Antoine Semeny and Tyreeq Bakinson (both Newport County), Idris Kanu (Port Vale), Tyler Walker (Mansfield), Immanuelson Duku (Cheltenham), George Williams (Forest Green), Steven Alzate (Swindon)


# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 places

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Sky Bet League One:

Winners: Barnsley 17/2

Runners-up: Portsmouth (14/1 to win League One, 9/2 to win promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: Sunderland 9/1, Luton 12/1, Coventry 18/1 or Southend 20/1

League One Promotion Straight Forecast: (1st) Barnsley and (2nd) Portsmouth 66/1

Dark Horses: Scunthorpe and Charlton

Relegation: Accrington Stanley 13/8, Wycombe 3/2 Gillingham 9/5, Walsall 2/1 and (Also in the relegation mix Blackpool 7/2 and Rochdale 9/2)

Top Scorers: Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) 7/1, Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley) 9/1, Danny Hylton (Luton) 10/1, Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) 22/1, Ched Evans (Fleetwood) 28/1, Jamie Mackie (Oxford) 66/1

Players to Watch: Reise Allassani (Coventry), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Luke Garbutt (Oxford), Liam Lindsay (Barnsley), Sherwin Seedorf (Bradford City), Jorge Grant (Luton Town), Liam Boyce (Burton Albion), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Scunthorpe), Luke Hyam (Southend)


# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 place

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Sky Bet Championship:

Winners: Middlesbrough 17/2

Runner-up: Stoke (11/2 to win the Championship, 7/4 for promotion)

Promotion by winning the Play-offs: West Brom 11/1, Nottingham Forest 12/1, Derby County 14/1 or Brentford 14/1

Championship Promotion Straight Forecast: (1st) Middlesbrough and (2nd) Stoke City 50/1

Dark Horses: Preston North End and Leeds

Relegation: Bolton 6/5, Hull 7/2, and QPR 9/2 (Also in the relegation mix Rotherham 6/5, Reading 4/1 and Birmingham 11/2)

Top Scorers: Benik Afobe (Stoke City) 8/1, Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) 10/1, Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) 12/1, Matěj Vydra (Derby) 14/1, Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) 20/1, Jack Marriott (Derby) 22/1, Mo Eisa (Bristol City) 66/1

Players to Watch: Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough), Harry Wilson and Mason Mount (both Derby), Lewis Baker (Leeds), Nick Powell (Wigan), Sam Johnstone and Harvey Barnes (both West Brom), Ryan Woods (Brentford), Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United), Bradley Dack (Blackburn) and Mo Eisa (Bristol City)


# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 places

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Premier League:

Winners: Manchester City 8/11

Runners-up: Liverpool (4/1 to win the Premier League)

Europe (Champions League qualification): Tottenham and Manchester United

Europe (Europa League qualification): Chelsea and Arsenal

Premier League Straight Forecast: (1st) Manchester City and (2nd) Liverpool 3/1

Combination Quadcast (To all finish in Top 4): Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man Utd 7/2

Not to finish Top 4: Arsenal 4/9 and Chelsea 11/10

Premier League Winner and Top Goalscorer: Man City and Harry Kane 4/1

Player of the Year: Leroy Sane 20/1

Young Player of the Year: Jordon Pickford  N/A

Dark Horses: Fulham, Southampton and Wolves

Relegation: Cardiff 8/13, Huddersfield 6/5 and Watford 15/8

Premier League Relegation Treble: Cardiff, Huddersfield and Watford all to be relegated 20/1

Top scorers: Harry Kane 5/2, Mohamed Salah 5/1, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6/1 Romelu Lukaku 7/1, Sergio Aguero 8/1, Gabriel Jesus 12/1, Alexandre Lacazette 20/1, Roberto Firmino 28/1 e/w, Jamie Vardy 33/1 e/w, Cenk Tosun 50/1 e/w, Christian Benteke 66/1 e/w, Aleksandar Mitrovic 100/1 e/w, Naby Keita 100/1 e/w

Players to Watch: James Maddison (Leicester), Max Meyer and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (both Crystal Palace), Ryan Sessegnon and Andre Schurrle (both Fulham), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Naby Keita (all Liverpool), Kenedy (Newcastle), Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi (both Chelsea), João Moutinho and Rúben Neves (both Wolves), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)

1st Manager to Leave Post: Javi Gracia (Watford) 8/1 or Marco Silva (Everton) 20/1


# Sky Bet odds correct at time of writing.
* Each Way: 1/4 for first 4 places




Monday, July 23, 2018

All of today's very latest football news across Europe!



Liverpool officials will fly to Turkey to complete a move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida, according to reports.
Turkish newspaper Milliyet claim Besiktas have rejected a £19.7m bid from West Ham and snubbed an approach from Everton which did not match their valuation.
Besiktas reportedly want £26.8m for Vida, and it is understood Liverpool will step up their pursuit of the 29-year-old - skysports.com and Daily Star

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 28, is the player most likely to make way if Manchester United manage to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire, 25, from Leicester City - Daily Mirror

Manchester United want to sign one of Leicester's Harry Maguire, Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld or AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci this summer - Daily Mail

Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Gunners boss Unai Emery has already made five signings this summer, including goalkeeper Bernd Leno. But with Petr Cech and David Ospina expected to leave the Emirates following Leno's arrival from Bayer Leverkusen. Arsenal may turn to Sommer to provide competition for the Germany international - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Arsenal are interested in Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes. Gomes is believed to be surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou after failing to impress since his 2016 move to the Catalan giants from Valencia - AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

The race for Anthony Martial's signature is hotting up. Chelsea are locked in a three-way battle with Bayern Munch and Borussia Dortmund to sign Manchester United forward Martial. All three clubs fancy their chances of landing the 22-year-old, who has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford - skysports.com

Chelsea are considering whether to accept a £65m bid from Barcelona for midfielder Willian, with Manchester United also keen on the 29-year-old Brazil international - Daily Mail

Chelsea are reportedly holding out for £70m for Willian having rejected £53m last week.
Martial, meanwhile, is not for sale, according to the report, but is also wanted by Tottenham and Bayern Munich - London Evening Standard

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says the club are interested in signing Manchester United's 28 year-old Italian defender Matteo Darmian - The Sun

Chelsea are considering signing Everton's Jordan Pickford or Stoke's Jack Butland in a goalkeeper revamp at the club should Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid - The Sun

Thibaut Courtois' potential move to Real Madrid is being held up while Chelsea attempt to replace the goalkeeper. The Premier League club are interested in bringing Petr Cech back to Stamford Bridge and are also considering a move for Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Chelsea remain interested in Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to .It is understood the Serie A champions are willing to listen to offers for Higuain following Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival. The Argentina international played under newly-appointed Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli. However AC Milan have also made contact about Higuain. - Sky in Italy

Fulham have joined Lazio in showing interest in signing Borussia Dortmund's 27-year-old Germany winger Andre Schurrle, who has also been offered to Crystal Palace and Everton - Daily Mail

Watford striker Richarlison has arrived on Merseyside and started his medical ahead of his proposed £50m move to Everton. The striker is expected to join up with his former manager Marco Silva and become Everton’s first signing of the summer - skysports.com

Chelsea have told Real Madrid they will not be bullied into selling Eden Hazard, not even for £170m - Daily Mirror

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has slammed Mesut Ozil following his decision to stop playing for Germany, saying "he's been playing dirt for years". The Arsenal midfielder announced on Sunday he would "no longer be playing for Germany" after accusing German FA (DFB) officials of racism. Ozil - who was born in Germany but has Turkish heritage - has been the subject of criticism in Germany after posing for a photograph with Turkish president Recep Erdogan before the World Cup.
Germany went on to exit the tournament at the group stage - with Ozil being dropped for the second game - and now Hoeness has launched a scathing attack on the 29-year-old.
The former West Germany international said: "I'm glad it is over. He's been playing dirt for years. His 35 million follower boys, who of course do not exist in the real world, think he has played excellently if he plays a cross to a man. He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he hides himself and his c*** performance behind his photo."

Wolves have agreed a fee with Monaco for the Portuguese international midfielder Joao Moutinho. It’s understood the 31-year-old will sign a two-year contract, for a fee in the region of £5m - skysports.com and Daily Mail

Crystal Palace and Fulham have joined Tottenham in wanting to sign English midfielder Jack Grealish and have contacted Aston Villa about a move in the past few days - Daily Mirror

Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri is in the process of undergoing a medical at Motspur Park ahead of completing a £5m switch to Fulham - skysports.com

Liverpool's chances of signing Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir look to have ended with claims in France that a deal for the 25-year-old will now not happen - Daily Express

Mateo Kovacic remains firm in his desire to leave Real Madrid. Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United are among the interested clubs who have contacted him. The 24-year-old wants to begin pre-season at a new club after his summer holiday. Madrid are starting to feel that they will have to facilitate the Croatian’s departure and would seek a fee of at least €50m - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Juventus have reportedly made a 30m euros (£26.8m) bid for Brazilian defender Alex Telles of Porto, but the Portuguese club are insisting on a 40m euros (£35.7m) release clause - Football Italia (Italian football news website)

Newcastle have rejected attempt by West Brom to sign 27-year-old English striker Dwight Gayle on a season-long loan deal as part of a deal taking Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, 28, the other way - Newcastle Chronicle

Barcelona's Colombia defender Yerry Mina, 23, is set for a move to the Premier League with Everton the most likely destination. - Goal (International association football news website)

Liverpool's new Brazilian keeper Alisson, 25, is set to make his first appearance for the club in a pre-season friendly against Napoli in Dublin on Saturday 4th August - Daily Telegraph

Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid looks secure with the Wales attacker expected to be one of their key players next season. Bale raised doubts over his status at the club, after their Champions League final win over Liverpool, regarding his lack of regular football. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus has put the focus back on Bale and it seems likely he will remain with the European champions - AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Bas Dost has performed a U-turn and signed a new deal with Sporting Lisbon, just over a month after telling the club he was terminating his contract - skysports.com

Mark Hughes says Southampton will have to sell players before they consider adding anyone else to their squad this summer. Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, Hughes said: "We will probably have to sell or allow players to go out of the club if we're likely to bring anybody in now I would think - skysports.com

Bristol City have completed the signing of Mo Eisa from Cheltenham. The striker has agreed terms on a three-year deal at Ashton Gate, with the option of a further 12 months - skysports.com



Monday, July 02, 2018

Babes of the Month - The World Cup's Sexiest Fans!




 Russia


Brazil

                                                                         
  Belgium


Sweden


Argentina


Brazil


Iceland


Columbia
                                                                         

Poland


Sweden


Russia 


Brazil 


Poland

                                                                           




Friday, June 15, 2018

All the very latest football news across Europe!



The World Cup Finals may be underway in Russia right now, but transfer speculation is rife all across Europe as clubs seek to bolster their squads and offload any dead wood before the beginning of the 2018/19 football season!

Arsenal are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 26. Dortmund want £18m for the 26-year-old, although Everton and West Ham are also keeping an eye on his situation - Daily Mirror

Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Alisson as the Liverpool transfer target wants his club future decided before Brazil's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Sunday. Madrid have decided Alisson represents a more affordable option than Manchester United's David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea and are confident Roma will accept an offer between €60m-€65m (£52.4m-£56.8m). But even if Madrid do make the 25-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, he will not be considered automatic first choice and will have to battle Keylor Navas for the No.1 jersey - Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Manchester United are determined to stop Anthony Martial from departing over the summer. A representative of the 22-year-old, who joined United from Monaco in September 2015, claimed on Wednesday he wants to leave. His deal expires next summer, however United can extend it by a year - The Times

Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, is a major summer target for Barcelona, who want him as a replacement for Andres Iniesta - The Sun

Manchester City have demanded £15million from Leicester for Patrick Roberts as talks continue over a deal for midfielder Riyad Mahrez - Daily Telegraph

Juventus are planning to bid for Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Patrick van Aanholt, 27, should Brazilian defender Alex Sandro, 27, complete a move to Manchester United - The Sun

Chelsea have turned down an £18m bid from Arsenal for 31 year-old Brazil defender David Luiz - Le 10 Sport (French tabloid newspaper)

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele's agent has flown out to Italy for talks with Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli - The Sun

Roma sporting director Monchi has contacted Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Newcastle United transfer target Alphonse Areola as they prepare to sell Alisson to Real Madrid. Roma are holding out for a fee of €75m (£65.5m) for the Brazil international but the transfer is nearing completion. PSG value Areola at €35m (£30.5m) but are aware the 25-year-old also has interest from Napoli and the Premier League so will not be pressured into a quick sale - Corriere dello Sport (Italian national sports newspaper)

Newcastle want £20m for Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The 23-year-old spent time on loan at Fulham last season - skysports.com

Real Madrid have beaten PSG and Bayern Munich to the €45m (£39.3m) signing of Santos wonderkid Rodrygo. Madrid will pay €20m (£17.4m) up front for the 17-year-old forward with the rest of the payment spread over the next few years. Rodrygo will remain with Santos until next summer - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

West Ham are considering a move for Manchester United's 29-year-old English defender Chris Smalling. New boss Manuel Pellegrini has been given a £70m transfer budget - Metro

West Ham have offered £25m plus £5m in add-ons for Lazio's 25 year-old Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson - Daily Mail and The Guardian

West Ham are also moving closer to signing English defender Alfie Mawson, 24, and Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 33, from Swansea. The Swans previously rejected bids from West Ham for both players - skysports.com and The Sun

West Ham have opened talks with Toulouse over a £26million deal for 21-year-old centre-back Issa Diop - Daily Telegraph

Jose Mourinho wants to bring a new left-back to Manchester United, with Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon and Celtic's Kieran Tierney high on his list - The Guardian

Chelsea are also reportedly preparing a move for Juventus' Italian defender Daniele Rugani. The 23-year-old's agent met with Juventus chiefs on Thursday - Football Italia (Italian football website)

Liverpool will battle Chelsea and Paris St-Germain to the signature of Porto's 25 year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Telles - Le Parisien (French daily newspaper)

Liverpool could turn their attention to Lazio's Thomas Strakosha as they continue to search for a new goalkeeper - The Guardian

Bayern Munich will allow Manchester United target Jerome Boateng to leave the Allianz Arena for the right price, because they are confident Niklas Sule is the long-term future of their defence. Sule, 22 made an unexpected 42 appearances last season. As a result, club bosses are relaxed over Boateng's departure knowing they have a ready-made replacement - Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has hinted he could leave the club with a post on Instagram. The 26-year-old Englishman's contract expires at the end of June - Daily Telegraph

New Everton boss Marco Silva wants to be reunited with Abdoulaye Doucoure, but may face competition from Spurs to sign the Watford midfielder - The Guardian

Leicester are lining-up Lokomotiv Moscow and Georgia international central defender Solomon Kvirkvelia as their third summer signing - Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are under pressure to raise up to £50m in player sales over the next two transfer windows and could lose key stars including English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, Wales centre-back James Chester, 29, and Ivory Coast forward Jonathan Kodjia, 28 - Daily Telegraph

Bordeaux are considering a move for Southampton playmaker Sofiane Boufal, especially if they lose 21 year-old Brazilian midfielder Malcom. Malcom’s future remains uncertain, with Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Inter Milan all reportedly interested in the 21-year-old - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal is eyeing a move back to Ligue 1 with Marseille and Nice interested - The Sun

Leeds United have appointed Argentine Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach on a two-year deal, holding an option for a further year. The 62 year-old has managed a number of club teams across Europe including Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and most recently Lille. He was also coach of the national teams of Argentina and Chile - skysports.com

Stoke City are eyeing a £10million move for Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle, despite having already signed Benik Afobe from Wolves - Daily Telegraph

Defender Leon Barnett has signed a new contract to stay at Northampton Town - skysports.com

Birmingham City will rename their stadium St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium after signing a three-year sponsorship deal - Daily telegraph


Friday, June 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Lisa Zimouche, Champion Freestyle Football Sensation!


Lisa Zimouche was born 29th June 1999 in Paris, France and is a professional freestyle footballer.

The French athlete has been passionate about football since her childhood days. Lisa started playing for her local junior clubs at the age of seven. By the time she turned 10 years old she was already renowned for her amazing soccer and freestyle skills.

She joined the Paris Saint Germain women's youth football team, but left at the age of 14 as she preferred freestyling, and wanted to develop her skills further on the streets.

When she was 13 years old, she was a part of Red Bull Street Style World Final 2012 and in the year 2014, she was named the "World Female Panna Champion." The term 'Panna' originated in the Netherlands and doubles as slang for 'gate' or 'being megged' which really just means simply putting the ball between your opponents legs.

Now 18, Lisa is touring the world showcasing her talents in front of iconic landmarks in major cites like Paris, London and Los Angeles.

As of now, she is a full-time freestyle soccer player. She is also famous for performing in Street Style Society.



The profile of Lisa Zimouche is still missing in the Wikipedia, a non-profit online encyclopedia. But, the athlete is active on social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and so on. She joined YouTube on 2nd June 2016, and since then her videos have been watched more than 2.1 million times.

Zimouche is generating the huge amount of money from her professional freestyle football career, and also from her social networking sites.
Her salary, allowances and other incentives have not been disclosed to the public, but it is estimated that her net worth is upwards of a million US dollars.


Lisa is now living her dream life as she’s touring all over the world. She has shown her talent and skills in different countries around the world including France, England and the United States.
Lisa also got a chance to meet famous stars like actor and singer songwriter Drake, Usain Bolt, Paul Pogba, Ronaldinho and Gianluigi Buffon.

As we see how diversity plays a vital role in shaping our modern society, this now is being incorporated into the fashion and design world. German sportswear brand Puma had recently announced the release of the street inspired football trainer, the 365 Ignite Netfit accompanied with a release party and a football tournament in the heart of Paris. But that wasn’t all for Puma, they also appointed Lisa Zimouche as one of their football ambassadors at just 18 years old.

Puma has long cultivated a reputation for being different. For embracing the strengths and eccentricities of the individuals who relate to the brand and empowering those individuals to take the world by storm.

Lisa said: "I’m a street player and I mix street soccer and my lifestyle and for me, Puma is the best to do it with. They are doing good work with me. They know I love playing football, freestyle, street soccer. And they know I love listening to music and they have a nice blend of that feeling. They let me do whatever I want so I just love working with Puma. They are good people. I love the way they treat me."



There’s a saying that goes: “Find a soccer match and be happy for a day; find a girl and be happy for a night; find a girl who loves soccer and be happy for the rest of your life.” I think we've found that girl! The question is, can anyone handle her?


You can follow Lisa on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook





Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Best Out of Contract Players this Summer!


It's all change with the Premier League transfer window this year as it opens and closes earlier than before.

The new dates are to ensure that all transfers are completed before the start of the 2018/19 season.

The Premier Leagu transfer window is now open. lt did so at midnight on 17th May.

It will then close at 5pm on 9th August - instead of 31st August, which it has been in previous years.

The reason for the changes to the transfer window are so clubs avoid disruption to their squads once the Premier League season has kicked off on 11th August.

That means domestic transfers can be completed now, but transfers from abroad can only be finalised once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on 8th June.

In France, the transfer window will open on 9th June. In Italy and Germany it will be on 1st July and in Spain it will be on 2nd July.
The windows in those four leagues will close on 31st August.

The EFL transfer window is already open.
It opened on Monday, 7th May for domestic transfers. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now - but cannot play them until their season is over.

The EFL window closes at the same time as the Premier League, at 5pm on 9th August - five days after the new EFL season begins.

EFL clubs will still be able to sign players on loan until 31st August. They can also sign free agents up until the same date.


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 on 30th June 2018!

* Obviously some of these players may have already agreed new terms/contract with their current club or a deal is in place for them to join another Club, but as I write these players are 'officially' out of contract at the end of next month.


Emre Can - Age: 24 / Current Club: Liverpool / Position: Defensive Midfielder

Max Meyer - Age 22 / Current Club: Schalke / Position: Midfielder

Vicente Guaita - Age 31 / Current Club: Getafe / Position: Goalkeeper

Luke Shaw - Age 22 / Current Club: Manchester United / Position: Left-Back (Contract option of one further year)

Milan Badelj - Age 29 / Current Club: Fiorentina / Position: Defensive Midfielder

Pepe Reina - Age 35 / Current Club: Napoli / Position: Goalkeeper

Jack Wilshere - Age 26 / Current Club: Arsenal / Position: Midfielder

Sergio Canales - Age 29 / Current Club: Real Sociedad / Position: Attacking Midfielder

Joel Ward - Age 28 / Current Club: Crystal Palace / Position: Right-Back

Kwadwo Asamoah - Age 29 / Current Club: Juventus / Position: Full-Back/Midfielder

Arjen Robben - Age 34 / Current Club: Bayern Munich / Position: Winger

Yohan Cabaye - Age 32 / Current Club: Crystal Palace / Position: Midfielder

Andrea Masiello - Age 32 / Current Club: Atalanta / Position: Centre-Back

Tim Krul - Age 30 / Current Club: Brighton / Position: Goalkeeper

Franck Ribery - Age 35 / Current Club:Bayern Munich / Position: Midfielder

Gianluigi Buffon - Age 40 / Current Club: Juventus / Position: Goalkeeper

Marouane Fellaini - Age 30 / Current Club: Manchester United / Position: Central Midfielder

Stefan de Vrij
- Age 26 / Current Club:Lazio / Position: Centre-Back

James Collins - Age 34 / Current Club: West Ham / Position: Centre-Back

Giorgio Chiellini - Age 33 / Current Club: Juventus / Position: Centre-Back/Left-Back

Joel Robles - Age 27 / Current Club: Everton / Position: Goalkeeper

Rafina
- Age 32 Current Club: Bayern Munich / Position: Right-Back

Sung-yong Ki - Age 29 / Current Club: Swansea / Position: Defensive Midfielder

Thiago Motta - Age 35 / Current Club: Paris St-Germain / Position: Midfielder

Daley Blind - Age 28 / Current Club: Manchester United / Position: Centre-Back/Left-Back

Joao Moutinho - Age 31 / Current Club: As Monaco / Position: Midfielder

Stephen Ward - Age 32 / Current Club: Burnley / Position: Left-Back

Mario Balotelli - Age 27 / Current Club: Nice / Position: Forward

Boaz Myhill - Age 35 / Current Club: West Brom / Position: Goalkeeper

Andrea Masiello - Age 32 / Current Club: Atalanta / Position: Centre-Back

Yaya Touré - Age 35 / Current Club: Manchester City / Position: Central Midfielder

Andrea Barzagli - Age 36 / Current Club: Juventus / Position: Centre-Back

Michel Vorm
- Age 34 / Current Club: Tottenham / Position: Goalkeeper

Davide Santon - Age 27 / Current Club: Inter Milan / Position: Left-Back

James Morrison - Age 31 / Current Club: West Brom / Position: Central Midfielder (Contract option of one further year)

Glen Johnson - Age 33 / Current Club: Stoke / Position: Right-Back

Stephan Lichtsteiner - Age 34 / Current Club: Juventus / Position: Right-Back/Right Wing-Back

Hatem Ben Arfa - Age 31 / Current Club: Paris Saint-Germain / Position: Attacking Midfielder


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

All the very latest football news across Europe!



It's all change with the Premier League transfer window this year as it opens and closes earlier than before.

The new dates are to ensure that all transfers are completed before the start of the 2018/19 season.

The Premier League has confirmed the transfer window will open at midnight on 17th May.

It will then close at 5pm on 9th August - instead of 31st August, which it has been in previous years.

The reason for the changes to the transfer window are so clubs avoid disruption to their squads once the Premier League season has kicked off on 11th August.

In fact, deals can be agreed before 17th May, however, the paperwork cannot be processed until the window has officially opened.

That means domestic transfers can be completed from midnight on 17th May, but transfers from abroad can only be finalised once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on 8th June.

In France, the transfer window will open on 9th June. In Italy and Germany it will be on 1st July and in Spain it will be on 2nd July.
The windows in those four leagues will close on 31st August.

The EFL transfer window is already open.
It opened on Monday, 7th May for domestic transfers. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now - but cannot play them until their season is over.

The EFL window closes at the same time as the Premier League, at 5pm on 9th August - five days after the new EFL season begins.

EFL clubs will still be able to sign players on loan until 31st August. They can also sign free agents up until the same date.

Everton have confirmed manager Sam Allardyce has left the club with immediate effect -skysports.com

The sacking of Allardyce means Everton will have to pay Allardyce £6m in compensation, after less than a year in charge. Ex-Watford boss Marco Silva is favourite to take over at Goodison Park - Daily Express

David Moyes has left West Ham. Moyes met David Sullivan on Monday to discuss whether he should carry on in the job as West Ham manager. Following that meeting it was reported in a club statement that he was unlikely to stay, despite the fact that he was only appointed last November - skysports.com

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is very close to becoming the club's new manager, taking over from Arsene Wenger. Talks between the Gunners and the 36-year-old Spaniard have progressed well, with former team-mate Santi Cazorla lined up for a backroom role - Independent, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror

Ex-Gunners captain Patrick Vieira, 41, says he has been left disappointed at the club's "token gesture" after being contacted about the vacant managerial position at Arsenal - skysports.com

Mauricio Pochettino is ready to snub Chelsea's advances to stay loyal to Tottenham - Daily Star

Danny Rose hopes Tottenham will give boss Mauricio Pochettino "what he wants" this summer as the club look to move to the next level. Danny Rose hopes Tottenham will give boss Mauricio Pochettino "what he wants" this summer as the club look to move to the next level- skysports.com

England manager Gareth Southgate will name his 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia today!
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be included. Southgate is unable to call up Liverpool pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez along with Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, who have been ruled out through injury - BBC Sport

Southgate said that "19 or 20" of his squad had been decided upon, with Liverpool's Adam Lallana and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey and Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those in contention for the fringe places - BBC Sport

Manchester City's Joe Hart is furious after believing West Ham manager David Moyes cost him a World Cup place - Daily Mirror

Cristiano Ronaldo is wanted by Manchester United, who have two plans to sign the Real Madrid forward - Diario Gol (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

The first includes a swap deal with Paul Pogba and a fee of £43m, while the second would see them launch a £142m bid to re-sign their former player - Diario Gol (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Real Madrid's 28 year-old midfielder Toni Kroos is leaning towards a move to Manchester United.
He has been earmarked as a replacement for the retired Michael Carrick, with the Germany international said to be keen on a Premier League move - Don Balon (Spanish news outlet)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will try to tempt AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci to Old Trafford this summer - Tuttosport (Italian sport newspaper published in Turin)

Paul Lambert's future as Stoke manager is still hanging in the balance, ahead of talks with the club hierarchy this week - Daily Telegraph

Championship side QPR will name ex-England boss Steve McClaren as their new manager to replace Ian Holloway, who was sacked last week - skysports.com

Eden Hazard insists he is happy at Chelsea but has challenged the club to match his ambition with new signings this summer. Asked what would persuade him to sign a contract extension with the club, Hazard said: "I'm waiting for new players next season. I want good players because I want to win next season the Premier League. That's why I'm taking my time. It's something big. I need to think about a lot of things. One thing I'm sure is that I'm happy here." - skysports.com

Clubs will have to part with £88m in order to sign highly-rated Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Daily Star reporting that Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea are interested.
The Senegalese international has been linked with a move away from the Serie A side over the last few windows - Daily Star

West Ham want Burnley and England keeper Tom Heaton to replace Joe Hart next term - The Sun

Manchester United are confident of signing 29-year-old Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and are willing to spend more than £40m on the Belgium international - London Evening Standard

Inter Milan will bid for Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan if they qualify for the Champions League - Corriere dello Sport in Italian - (Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome)

A bidding war could break out as a number of top clubs are eyeing Leicester defender Harry Maguire. The 25-year-old centre back is wanted by Manchester City, as well as a number of other top Premier League clubs, and will be subject of close attention when he plays for England at this summer's World Cup - Daily Mirror.

Newcastle will make on loan Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, 29, their first summer signing from Sparta Prague - The Sun

Atletico Madrid will watch Kieran Tierney in the Scottish Cup final and join the race for the Celtic full-back. The 20-year-old has caught the eye with the Scottish Premiership champions, with Man Utd, Tottenham and Bournemouth also said to be interested - The Sun

Leicester and West Ham will make moves to sign Manchester City's Patrick Roberts, who has been on loan at Celtic since 2016, after the Scottish Cup final - Daily Express

Romelu Lukaku will be fit to start for Manchester United in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Arsenal have held talks with 26-year-old Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, who is valued at £40m by the Ligue 1 club. However, Premier League rivals Chelsea are favourites to sign the Ivory Coast international - Daily Mirror

Everton, Newcastle and Huddersfield are among the clubs in pursuit of Schalke 04 and Kosovo international Donis Avdijaj - Daily Mail

Huddersfield's on-loan defender Terence Kongolo looks to have made his last appearance for the club. The Terriers signed the 24-year-old from Monaco in January on loan for the rest of the season. Town fans had been hoping Kongolo would extend his stay in England but he now looks set to return to France with his latest Instagram post - skysports.com

League One champions Wigan Athletic want to turn 23-year-old Leicester left-back Callum Elder's loan into a permanent deal. The Australian has one year left on his contract at the King Power Stadium - Daily Mail

Stephen Thompson is close to selling his majority shareholding in Dundee United to an American investor - Daily Express

Manchester United and Liverpool are in line to be invited to take part in a new 24-team Club World Cup which could earn the clubs more than £100m - The Times

Liverpool are to sign midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies, 20, on a free transfer after the Englishman was not awarded a new contract at Chelsea - ESPN

Diego Maradona has signed a three-year contract to join top-flight Belarusian club Dinamo Brest as their new chairman. Argentine legend Maradona, a former World Cup winner recognised as one of the all-time greats, last month stepped down as coach of United Arab Emirates second division club Al-Fujairah after they failed to gain automatic promotion to the first division - skysports.com


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Danish Ladies Footballer Pernille Harder


Pernille Mosegaard Harder was born 15th November 1992 in Ikast, Denmark and is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a striker for VfL Wolfsburg as well as for the Danish national team.

Pernille started playing football when she was five or years old with the boys in her birth city of Ikast. Her Mum and Dad and sister both played so they sent her to play soccer and she really loved it. Pernille says that "they didn't have a girls team until she was 11 years old, but I played and practised with boys in high school and that was a really important part of my development."

Pernille has always been a Manchester United fan, and says that David Beckham was her footballing inspiration.

Harder played for Team Viborg between 2007 and 2010 and then for IK Skovbakken from 2010 in her country's Elitedivisionen, before signing for Linköpings in June 2012.

She made her international debut aged 16 in 2009, scoring a hat-trick in Denmark's 15-0 win over Georgia.

Harder chose Linköpings, another Swedish club for her next destination because she wanted a new challenge, but also because she wanted to remain in Scandinavia. In September 2013 she scored all four goals in Linköpings' 4–1 win at relegation-bound Sunnanå SK.

In the 2015 Damallsvenskan season Harder scored 17 goals in 22 appearances for Linköping, winning a series of national awards including Årets Anfallare (English: Forward of the Year) and Årets Allsvenska Spelare (English: League Player of the Year). At the annual awards gala she shared the stage with male winner Zlatan Ibrahimović (below) and was described as "hyper-talented" and "world class" by Swedish national coach Pia Sundhage. Harder was also voted Danish Football Player of the Year in 2015.


Harder enjoyed further success in the 2016 Damallsvenskan season, retaining the League Player of the Year award and helping Linköping win the Damallsvenskan title.

By now a transfer target for the biggest clubs in women's football, it would have been easy for Harder to stay in Sweden. She had scored 70 goals in 87 appearances for Linköpings, twice winning the Swedish cup and winning the league in 2016 as top scorer with 24 goals in 22 games.

 

However Harder's agent announced in November 2016 that she would be leaving Linköping for a new challenge. In December 2016, it was announced that Harder had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with VfL Wolfsburg running from January 2017.

The lure of the Bundesliga was too strong. Pernille said: “I always wanted to go to Germany one day. I guess it’s because the German league is the strongest league in Europe and possibly the world. All the games are hard. We’re one of the best teams in the world right now, with a lot of good players, and that’s why I always wanted to come here."

"It’s a little more physical, all teams are fit and physically strong. The way teams defend in the Bundesliga compared to Swedish league is very different. In Sweden we’re standing in zones and defending the space behind us. In Germany it’s go forward and go 100%. It’s very different for me when I have the ball and it’s given me a new way of thinking and has developed my game."



In her first season in Germany Wolfsburg pipped the holders, Bayern Munich, to the Bundesliga crown as the team secured the league and cup double.

Last Sunday Wolfsburg Ladies beat Chelsea Ladies 2-0 in their Women's Champions League semi-final second leg to win 5-1 on aggregate and reach the final, where they will face Lyon at the Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium in Kiev on 24th May. Harder scored the opening goal in Wolfsburg's 2-0 win.

This season, with her team two points clear of second-placed Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga Women's League, with the German Cup Final (DFB-Pokal) on the 19th May, Harder and her team-mates are targeting the treble!

On her International career: At the inaugural 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand, Harder was part of the Denmark team who won their group before losing 4–0 to eventual champions North Korea in the quarter-final. Still 16 years old, she contributed a hat-trick to a crushing 15–0 win over Georgia in her senior international debut in October 2009, and she has continued to score regularly for the Danish team ever since.


Harder scored further hat-tricks against Austria and Armenia in 2011 and Russia in 2013. She was named in national coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller's Denmark squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013. With nine goals she had been the team's top goalscorer in qualifying.

In October 2013, Harder won her 50th cap for Denmark in a 1–1 draw with Serbia. She scored Denmark's goal in the match. In March 2016, Harder was appointed captain of the national team.

In 2017, she was named in national coach Nils Nielsen's Denmark squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017. She captained the team to the final and scored a goal in Denmark's 4–2 defeat by hosts the Netherlands. She was voted runner-up to Lieke Martens in the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award for 2016–17.


Pernille Harder is one of the five nominees for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2018 award.
On being nominated she said: "It's an honour. A nomination like this is one of the things you work really hard for your whole career, so I'm really happy to be nominated and 2017 was a really good year for me."

Away from football, Pernille enjoys playing golf.


You can follow Pernille on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

All the very latest football news across Europe!



Merseyside Police have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously injured before Liverpool's Champions League game with Roma at Anfield on Tuesday night. A 53-year-old man is in a critical condition following the incident, which occurred outside the Albert Pub - close to Anfield's famous Kop Stand - where fans were gathering before kick-off of the semi-final first-leg match - skysports.com

Chelsea and Manchester United fans are coming together for an emotional tribute to Ray Wilkins, who died earlier this month, when they meet in the FA Cup final on 19th May - Daily Mirror

Arsenal believe they can convince former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique to succeed Arsene Wenger as their manager. The Gunners' head of football relations Raul Sanllehi worked with Enrique at the Nou Camp Daily Mirror

Despite being tipped as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger, it is unlikely that Ralf Rangnick would be tempted back in to full-time coaching. The RB Leipzig sporting director has a contract until 2021 - Bild (German tabloid publication)

Patrick Vieira says he would be "ready" if he got a call from Arsenal, who are searching for a new manager to take over from Arsene Wenger. But the former Arsenal captain stressed his former club have not been in contact and that he still has the 2018 MLS season to complete with New York City FC, having signed a three-year deal in 2016 - skysports.com

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, another candidate to take over from Wenger at Arsenal, has been offered the Italy job - The Times

Carlo Ancelotti is set to become Italy's next national team manager but only because he has been snubbed by both Arsenal and Chelsea - Daily Star

Germany manager Joachim Low is reluctant to take over from Wenger at Arsenal as he is concerned he would be "burnt out" after his team's World Cup defence in Russia - The Times

Barcelona have sacked Gerard Lopez as coach of their B side. Barca B have lost their last five matches and are 21st place in the Segunda Division, two points from safety with six matches remaining. Lopez has been replaced by Francisco Javier Garcia Pimienta - skysports.com

Manchester United will have to offer £40m plus Luke Shaw if they want to sign Tottenham left-back Danny Rose this summer - The Sun

As well as Rose, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign a right-back in the summer - The Guardian

Heung-Min Son wants to play at the Asian Games, according to South Korea's U23 coach, which means the Tottenham forward could miss the start of the Premier League season. The final of the Games, which are being held in Indonesia, is on 1st September with the 2018/19 Premier League season kicking off on 11th August - skysports.com

Real Madrid will target the signing of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, in the summer as a stop-gap in their long-term pursuit of Tottenham striker Harry Kane - The Sun

Gareth Bale has added to speculation that he could be leaving Real Madrid by saying it is “an honour” to be linked with Bayern Munich, who face each other in the semi-finals of the Champions League tonight - skysports.com

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's hopes of making England's World Cup squad were dealt a serious blow after the midfielder was stretchered off during Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Roma. The England international suffered what appeared to be a knee injury when tackling Aleksandar Kolarov in the 18th minute and received lengthy treatment on the pitch - skysports.com

Manchester City have no plans to sell defender John Stones, 23, and the England international is still part of manager Pep Guardiola's plans - Daily Telegraph

Guardiola wants to be reunited with Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta at Manchester City. The 33-year-old Spain international has also been linked with Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain and a move to China - AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Manchester City have withdrawn their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Fred, paving the way for Manchester United to make a move - Daily Star

Leicester are lining up a move for Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira, 24. The Portugal international has a £36m release clause in his contract - Daily Mirror

Hector Bellerin has made the clearest indication yet that he has no plans to leave Arsenal after revealing he has asked to wear the number two shirt next season. Despite signing a new Gunners contract last season which runs until 2023, the Spaniard has been consistently linked with both Manchester United and Juventus in the British and foreign press - skysports.com and The Sun

Chelsea will resist offers for Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata this summer unless either player makes it clear they want to leave - Daily Telegraph

West Ham are poised to offer 19 year-old defender Declan Rice a new long-term contract - skysports.com

Stoke City will stick with manager Paul Lambert even if the club are relegated to the Championship, says chairman Peter Coates - skysports.com

Stoke City have cancelled their end-of-season awards dinner as they believe it would be "inappropriate" because of the team's struggles this season - Daily Telegraph

Championship winners Wolves want to sign Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 27, and would have no problem meeting the Frenchman's £85,000-a-week wages - The Sun

Tottenham are in talks over a new deal with England youth international full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, 21 - ESPN

RB Leipzig are targeting Tottenham teenager Reo Griffiths, who has scored more than 30 goals for the club's youth teams this season - Daily Mirror

Dylan Levitt has signed a professional contract with Manchester United. The Wales Under-19 international midfielder has impressed for the Under-18 Premier League North champions this season - skysports.com

Argentine top-flight leaders Boca Juniors want to sign Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 40, whose contract at Juventus expires at the end of the season - Radio Continental via ESPN

Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor is likely to sign a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers this summer. Nothing has been agreed, but the 36-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, could be set to return to the club he played for between 2001 and 2012 - sksports.com and Daily Mail

Rangers have suffered an Old Firm hammer blow after keeper Wes Foderingham was ruled out of Sunday's potential title decider - Daily Record



Friday, April 13, 2018

Statistically, the ICT index score of the best performing players in the English Premier League so far this season!


The ICT Index (Influence, Creativity, Threat) was a new feature that began at the start of last season's Premier League campaign, and has continued to be used for the current one.

A football statistical index, it has been developed specifically to give a verdict on any player as a Football Premier League asset.

It condenses more than 40 match event statistics for three key areas – Influence, Creativity and Threat, to generate the data into a single score.

This score is what is known as an individual’s ICT Index score, and via this data is able to offer an accurate summary on player performance.


Season 2017/18 - Last update: 13/04/18 at 12:45pm (BST)

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For those of you currently playing 'Fantasy Premier League Football' you may want to take note!

Goalkeepers:

1. Jack Butland (Stoke) 85.4 ICT Index 
2. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) 85.3
3. Jordan Pickford (Everton) 81.7
4. Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield) 76.1
5. David de Gea (Man Utd) 74.3
6. Nick Pope (Burnley) 74.2
7. Mathew Ryan (Brighton) 72.5 (pictured right)
8. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) 70.2
9. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) 69.0
10. Petr Cech (Arsenal) 63.8


Defenders:

1. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 185.2  ICT Index
2. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 145.7
3. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) 141.5
4. Harry Maguire (Leicester) 138.9
5. Ben Davies (Tottenham) 138.6 (pictured right)
6. Lewis Dunk (Brighton) 136.0
7. Nicolás Otamendi (Man City) 132.5
8. Shane Duffy (Brighton) 126.0
9. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) 120.1 *Currently out injured
10. James Milner (Liverpool) 118.5


Midfielders:

1. Mo Salah (Liverpool) 397.7  ICT Index
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 335.8
3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 301.0
4. Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd) 291.6
5. Raheem Sterling (Man City) 275.9
6. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 270.1
7. David Silva (Man City) 260.7
8. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) 248.6
9. Dele Alli (Tottenham) 241.6
10. Leroy Sané (Man City) 231.2


Forwards:

1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 358.0 ICT Index
2. Sergio Agüero (Man City) 302.5
3. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 283.3
4. Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 253.9
5. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) 211.4
6. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 211.0
7. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 200.4
8. Josh King (Bournemouth) 160.9 (pictured right)
9. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) 154.8
10. Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) 151.82




1. Influence

Influence is the first measurement. This evaluates the degree to which that player has made an impact on a single match or throughout the season.

It takes into account events and actions that could directly or indirectly effect the outcome of the fixture.

At the top level these are decisive actions like goals and assists. But the Influence score also processes significant defensive actions to analyse the effectiveness of defenders and goalkeepers.

2. Creativity

Creativity assesses player performance in terms of producing goalscoring opportunities for others. It can be used as a guide to identify the players most likely to supply assists.

While this analyses frequency of passing and crossing, it also considers pitch location and quality of the final ball.

3. Threat

This is the third measure, producing a value that examines a player's threat on goal. It gauges individuals most likely to score goals.

While attempts are the key action, the Index looks at pitch location, giving greater weight to actions that are regarded as the best chances to score.

All three of these scores are combined to create an overall ICT Index score. That then offers a single figure that presents a view on that player as a Football Premier League asset.



Sunday, April 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Spanish Golf Belle Belén Mozo


Belén Mozo was born 25th September 1988 in Cadiz, Spain, and is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.


























Belén was born on September 25, 1988, in Cadiz, Spain. She is the daughter of Jesus Mozo and Isabel Mozo and has one sibling as Jesús Mozo. She is the residence of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US. Belen completed her schooling from the Institute Ortega y Gasset. Her aspiration to become a professional golfer arises when she started playing golf at the age of eight. She gives credit to her mother who influences her to pursue her dreams.
She enjoys going to the beach, reading books and playing tennis and says that she is pretty laid back. At the age of 14, she moved to Madrid to go to school and pursue her interest in golf.



Mozo enjoyed a successful amateur career, and in 2006 she won both the 'British Ladies Amateur Championship' at the Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland and the 'British Girls' Amateur Championship' in Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to win both titles in the same year since 1972. That same year Belén also represented Spain at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships.

Also in 2006 Belén won 'The International European Ladies Amateur Championship,' which is an annual amateur golf tournament. It is organized by the European Golf Association and was first played in 1986. It is one of the "elite" tournaments in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.



Belén earned a scholarship to play golf for University of Southern California and later that year she joined the USC Trojans golf team. She went on to become a four-time NCAA/All-American. Whilst at the University of Southern California she majored in international relations and after four years of collegiate golf, she turned professional, and qualified to join the LPGA Tour on her first attempt as a rookie in the 2011 season. Mozo earned more than $90,000 in her rookie season.

Belén Mozo was featured in ESPN The Magazine’s 2011 Body Issue. She credits her parents and family life growing up for her athletic body. Mozo’s parents established her nutrition and diet plans early on, allowing soda only once a week and never bringing candy into their house. She always stays active, running, playing basketball and riding horses.


























In 2014 Mozo was a member of the Spanish team that won the inaugural 'LPGA International Crown'

In 2017 The Spaniard has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram where she shares everything from her puppy’s birthday to books she’s reading to workout videos. And while her followers have loved getting a small glimpse into Mozo’s life through social media, they wanted more! So in September 2017, Mozo launched a new blog simply titled, BELÉN.

Her sponsors are: Skechers Performance, Oakley and Beso Del Sol Sangria

Career earnings to date: $902,602



You can follow Belén on:  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and on her Blog