PARIS Paris St Germain boosted their Champions League prospects by adding significant weight to their attacking options with the signing of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Manchester United on Thursday.
“We have the right team to do better, to win the Champions League,” said PSG president Nasser al Khelaifi. “We know it’s very tough but we want to try and win it, especially now that we have one more player that has won the Champions league.”
He was also instrumental in Argentina’s campaign at the 2014 World Cup, where the Albiceleste reached the final.
The fee is just short of the 64 million euros (45.07 million pounds) Ligue 1 record set by PSG when they bought Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani and the more than 60 million that Monaco paid for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao in 2013.
The French champions, who had their Financial Fair Play restrictions lifted by UEFA last month, have paid 63 million euros for Di Maria according to local media reports.
Di Maria did not join United’s pre-season tour of the United States and on Monday travelled to Doha, Qatar, where PSG’s owners are based, before finalising the deal.
(Additional reporting by Ingrid Melander in Paris and Steve Tongue in London; Editing by Ken Ferris)
Towards the end of the season he was regularly left out by manager Louis Van Gaal, who became resigned to the club taking a heavy loss on the Argentine after shelling out a British record fee of almost 60 million pounds 12 months ago.
The 27-year-old Di Maria, who was looking to end a disappointing stint at United, could partner fellow Argentine Javier Pastore, the duo having been impressive in helping their country reach the final at this year’s Copa America.
PSG have failed to get past the last eight in the Champions League for the last three seasons but with former Real Madrid winger Di Maria, Laurent Blanc’s side will hope to go further.
Di Maria is expected to play on the left wing, which would send Cavani to the right flank with Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing as a lone striker.
Neither Ibrahimovic nor Cavani have won the Champions League but Di Maria was man of the match in the 2014 final when Real Madrid lifted the trophy with a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid.. I want to bring the maximum … this is what I share with it. to win the Champions League… to go beyond the quarter-finals,” Di Maria told a news conference at his unveiling in Paris.
After an impressive start at Old Trafford last season, with three goals in his first four games, he suffered a two-month injury layoff and failed to score again in the league. “I know that PSG has a very important, very good project ..
m88 He splashed the cash in 2003 to buy Chelsea and has had great success. They are one of the most desirable teams in the world and play a brand of football that is certainly revered amongst other teams in the game. However, they are still in the top 10 in terms of worth.
He owns a pretty low-level Norwegian side but is worth a fortune.
At number 4 we have Arsenal worth an estimated £880 million. They haven’t won a thing for almost eight years now but they are still a Champion’s League side with some impressive names such as Jack Wishere, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Lukas Podolski. They certainly have always been a sexy club and they are now the wealthiest club in the world.
In the spirit of the off-season, and because we all need plenty of football reading to keep us sane as we wait for the kick-off to the new Premier League season, here are two for the price of one.
Juventus. With recent victories in the Italian Seria A they are in a strong position.
At number 10, we have the old giant Liverpool Football Club with a worth of around 430 million. Bayern Munich are worth around £860 million and have a fantastic side. They have notable members in their squad such as Fabregas, Xavi, Messi, and Iniesta and are always challenging for the Champion’s League.
At number 5, we have Silvio Berlusconi
At number 5, we have Bayern Munich. In 2011, Mittal was ranked 6th richest person in the whole world. However, Manchester United remain a massive brand that will stand the test of time. He is also the co-founder of the Major League Soccer and many of the clubs in that league.
Al-Thani owned Malaga, which was an exciting prospect for the club. He’s recently been reunited with Jose Mourinho and is splashing the cash on players again.
At number 7, we have Chelsea worth an estimated £595 million. They lost in the German Super Cup but that will not surely make any difference to their success this year.
At number 8, we have Juventus worth an estimated £458 million. They showed that they are a selling team by getting rid of Robin Van Persie but certainly are a good business with a superb fan-base.
So there you have it, your two for an offering. Christiano Ronaldo joined the club for a world record £80 billion and they’re chasing Gareth Bale at the moment. Jose Mourinho surely will only be satisfied if they win the Champion’s League, which will increase the worth still further.
At Number 2, we have Roman Abramovich
At number 1, we have Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Manchester City’s group of owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group has an estimated worth of $31 Billion. If Gareth Bale goes for over a hundred million pounds in the present transfer window, we’ll be set to see a massive competition between Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich to fight to be the supremo of Europe.
At number 9, we have Philip Anschutz
First of all, we’ll have a look at the richest owners of football clubs over the last 10 years. He has an estimated worth of $5.9 Billion.
This is perhaps the most famous rich football club owner in the world. With the return of Jose Mourinho, and players such as Fernando Torres, Peter Cech, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, and John Terry, they’re sure to be a challenge to the Premier League again this year. They won the Champion’s League last year and the German League is certainly one of the best if not ‘The’ best in Europe. The Sheikh is deputy Prime Minister and has spent almost half a billion dollars on players at Manchester City. With Robin Van Persie arriving, Wayne Rooney seems out in the cold and has stated that he wants to live. Time will tell however whether David Moyes managed to have the same success as Alex Ferguson had, with title after title since he took over in 1986. AC Milan are reported to be worth around 634 million. Liverpool has certainly lost their status as one of the very biggest clubs in the world over recent years. Since then, he has dropped down the rich list but still QPR are pretty well-off.
At number 9, we have Manchester City worth an estimated 455 million. Guys that have given clubs an unfair advantage and spent ludicrous sums on some pretty average players.
Francois-Henri Pinault is at number 7
At number 2, we have Manchester United worth £2.09 billion. Milan and of course is the former PM of Italy. Their success in the Italian League has been impressive over recent years after some somewhat lowly years.
QPR struggled last year but did have an extremely wealthy owner. PSG are owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, making them the only richer body owning a football club in France.
Usmanov sounds like someone out of Borat The Movie, but in fact he is a member of the Arsenal Board. They’re certainly the desirable club to go for amongst the top players in the world. The club has billions of reasons to be a major force in the game, and is set to continue to be so as they continue to spend and spend.
The Anzhi’s owner is indeed a super rich billionaire. They also have Kaka, Karim Benzema, Iker Casillas, and a host of other talents. They have a long history of success and a massive fan-base. They have some brilliant names in their club such as Mario Balotelli and Robinho. The richest owners over the last decade and the wealthiest clubs in the world. If you look back at their historical player list you’ll see Ronaldo, Figo, Carlos, Cannavaro, Beckham, and Zidane. Notable names on their team sheet include Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, and Carlos Tevez, who again may be leaving. With the Luis Suarez affair continuing, and him threatening to sue the club if they don’t let him move to Arsenal, there could be more damage to the brand. They have the brilliant Italian keeper Buffon, the play maker Pirlo, and Paul Pogba. Manchester City have had massive success and, as we saw earlier, have spent half a billion pounds on players over recent years.
At number 1, and narrowly pipping Manchester United, is Real Madrid worth £2.18 billion. He’s a minority shareholder, so in reality he doesn’t make a massive difference to the club.
At number 10, we have John Freriksen
He is the LA Galaxy owner who of course brought David Beckham to the club. He quickly lost all interest in the club and now it is riddled with debt and Sheikh is nowhere to be seen.
At number 4, we have Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani
At number 3, we have Sultan Kerimov
Let’s move on to list 2–the top ten richest clubs in the world.
At number 8, we have Alisher Usmanov
At number 6 is Lakshmi Mittal
At number 3 we have FC Barcelona worth a massive £1.72 billion.
He is the Stade Rennais’ owner and the richest sole owner in French football. He bought people such as Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto’o, and Christopher Samba and has also put millions into the infrastructure of the club.
At number 6 we have AC Milan. It isn’t as lucrative as the Premier League but with players such as Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Robben, and Franck Riberyy, Bayern Munich are sure to be a brilliant team again this year. It’s certainly a time of transition for Manchester United but they still have many stars.
There are 24 athletes in total, of which Zlatan Ibrahimovic ranks above all at 89. Zlatan is followed closely by Thiago Silva at 88 who is then followed by Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria who are both at 85.. This time they have listed down every player that is a part of Paris Saint-Germain [PSG].
Game releases on September 22, 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows.
On the lower end they have Presnel Kimpembe at 60, Hervin Ongenda and Jean-Kevin Augustin at 69.
For the rest of the athletes as well as detailed FIFA 16 player ratings of these, check out each one of them in the gallery below.
Also, Barcelona and Real Madrid player ratings were also revealed by the developers recently where Ronaldo at 93 is topped by Messi at 94. Last but not the least, FIFA 16 player ratings for the Ultimate Team Legends can be found here.
EA Sports has been sharing details on the players that are going to be a part of the game by sharing official FIFA 16 player ratings for different clubs. Here are the rest of them.
If you want to look past Paris Saint-Germain [PSG], EA Sports has also listed the 50 top rated players that are going to grace the game
m88 The Club is owned by the US-based Glazer family, owners of the NFL team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Worldwide Consumer Products. For the first time ever, all sixty-four FIFA World Cup matches were broadcast live to millions of households. continues to soar. We intend to build the awareness and fan base of the clubs we represent just as we do for our movies and television shows all over the world.”
About FC Barcelona
Over the past three years, WBCP has forged new ground in the realm of soccer licensing, including representation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro 2008(TM), the Mexico National Team and A.C. “Manchester United has a huge following in the region and is keen to extend its reach in this increasingly important market for world soccer. Milan, among others. The club’s theme is “Mes que un club” (More than a club).
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is one of the best supported soccer clubs in France.
“These are prestigious clubs that we are adding to our already broad soccer portfolio,” said Jordan Sollitto, Executive Vice President of International Licensing and New Business Initiatives, Warner Bros. Its spectacular playing style has created a global fan base that reaches from the Americas to Asia and has been characterized by mystic figures of soccer: Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Romario, Rivaldo and now Ronaldinho. We very much look forward to this exciting cooperation.”
About Manchester United
FC Barcelona is one of the greatest soccer clubs in the world, with a history of 107 years since its foundation in 1899 by the swiss Joan Gamper. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. “This agreement gives us the opportunity to develop our fan relationships even further.”
About Paris Saint-Germain
Tourists visiting Paris also appreciate the club because of its iconic logo featuring the city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Their soccer team, Juventus, has become a symbol of success in Italy and internationally. The club has been the most successful club in the UK over the last 15 years, collecting eight Premiership titles and the European Cup under the stewardship of their legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Consumer Products
Manchester United is the most watched soccer team in the world. Several high-profile players including Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pedro Pauleta play for these highly-regarded European soccer clubs and were some of the biggest names during the recent World Cup. This agreement represents a big step forward for all four clubs.”
“Millions of fans in the Americas are following the Premier League and the best European soccer every week,” said David Gill, CEO of Manchester United plc. Their black and white jersey (hence the “Bianconeri” nickname for the team) is yet another symbol of Italian style and elegance. The club, UEFA Champions-League title holders and winner of the last two years’ Spanish league, is not only active in the sporting field with several professional sports (soccer, basketball, handball, etc.), but also has a strong social responsibility that goes beyond the pure sports activity.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. The broad licensing program will include leisure apparel and accessories, toys and games, housewares and domestics, stationery, gifts and collectible items, among other key categories. “FC Barcelona is touring the States this Summer and it is clear that there is massive support for Barca and other leading European clubs.
“WBCP has long been one of the most successful entertainment licensing enterprises and with our global infrastructure we have the unique ability to create a licensing and merchandising program that speaks directly to soccer fans,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros.
“Soccer is developing so rapidly around the world and nowhere is that more obvious than in the Americas,” said Esteve Calzada, CMO of FC Barcelona. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
Passion and tradition. FC Barcelona is the club that has most members and one of the most impressive track records in winning titles.
“This is a huge step for Paris Saint-Germain and a big opportunity for us to develop and grow our club in the Americas,” said Alain Cayzac, President of Paris Saint-Germain.
About Warner Bros. The club’s stadium is the beautiful and historically important “Parc des Princes” with 48 000 seats, the second biggest stadium in France. PSG is also very well known for including some of the world’s greatest players on the team over the last decade, like David Ginola, Rai, George Weah, Nicolas Anelka, Ronaldinho, Pedro Pauleta… The history and legend of the club is inextricably connected to the Agnelli family, the entrepreneurs at the helm of Italian global icons such as Fiat or Ferrari.
About Juventus FC
This new deal grants WBCP the rights to license, manufacture, distribute, promote and sell club-branded merchandise throughout the Americas. These are some of the most important ingredients for soccer greatness. Greater access to outstanding soccer matches from around the globe, along with an unprecedented number of pre-season tours by leading European club teams has fueled the demand and the passion of millions of fans. Consumer Products (WBCP) as the clubs’ Master Licensee for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil and the rest of South America. “We’re excited to work with great partners and apply our expertise and creativity to develop product that will expand the fan base of these highly successful soccer brands.”
“Juventus has always enjoyed the support of millions of fans in the Americas,” said Jean-Claude Blanc, Chief Executive and General Manager, Juventus FC. “Soccer merchandising is a fast growing business for us and nowhere is the going-forward opportunity more exciting than right here in the United States. The philosophy of attractive and offensive play has specifically won the support of the youth, to whom stars like Ronaldinho, Eto’o and Messi are role models and idols. “We are all aware of the increasing popularity of the game of soccer in the region and of the support there for the leading European teams. Consumer Products. We are delighted to be part of what is a very substantial initiative.”
Warner Bros. Last season, Paris Saint-Germain won the French Cup for the seventh time, in one of the most memorable finals the country has seen, when it defeated its biggest rival in France, Olympique de Marseille.
The popularity of soccer in the U.S. As the youngest club in the French league, established in 1970, PSG has great European awareness thanks to its fantastic run of success in European competition in the mid 1990s with six consecutive semi-finals and two finals. WBCP will utilize their creative licensing and merchandising expertise to develop a complete range of licensed products. With an estimated 75 million fans globally, its reach is unsurpassed, with the official website receiving hits from two million unique users every month. There is no doubt Juventus was granted both, making it the most successful team in the “calcio,” the renowned Italian championship. 2, 2006–Top European soccer clubs, FC Barcelona, Juventus FC, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain announced today the appointment of Warner Bros. The club won its first European Title in 1996
m88 i believe he underachieved in the European Cup. Obviously a lot of credit has to go to the scouts and youth coaches too. You have to win the big competitions. His Aberdeen side won 3 Scottish championships, 4 Scottish cups and a league cup, all won within his 8 year spell at the manager. 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 European Champions League trophies. Ironically once Cantona retired, Fergie finally gained the European success at United he craved.
Fergie can also be credited with bringing through a talented stream of youth players. Fergie believes in control and discipline. So Fergie, in his 26 years at United we can remove 4 when he wasn’t allowed to be in Europe. His trophy count outstrips them massively. Indeed the so-called “Class of ’92″ which included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Beckham and the Nevilles is rare in British football. United’s goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar had went the wrong way!
Fergie’s greatest success was with Aberdeen. Domestic Success
This is the foundation ofFergie’s reputation. The number of trophies he won both at Manchester United and more impressively at Aberdeen is not debatable. He contested 4 European cup finals in total winning 2. It is one of British sports great “What If” questions to imagine what Fergie would have achieved at Aberdeen? What would Scottish football have been like in the 1990s? And what would Manchester United, Sky Sports, and the English Premiership have been like without Fergie and his all-conquering United side?. He knew Cantona was the best player in his team and he would do anything to keep him at the club. This ban was lifted in 1990 and Fergie won the Cup Winner’s Cup in 1991 at the first time of asking when United beat Barcelona 2-1. Brian Clough won 2 with little Nottingham Forest! Bob Paisley won 3 European Cups in a very short spell. So Fergie didn’t even have to win the league!
To be considered the very best then you have to prove it. In 2008 in the first all English final in Moscow, Chelsea’s captain John Terry had a penalty kick to win the trophy but he slipped and hit the post. His longevity at United is comparable to the likes of Brian Clough (Nottingham Forest), Matt Busby (Manchester United) and Jim McLean (Dundee United). This is an impressive success rate over a sustained period in charge of a football club. He has let many players who did not agree with his view go. Critics of the Scottish league would say that for Jock Stein or Walter Smith to win many championships at Celtic and Rangers is down to the lack of competition in a ‘poor’ Scottish league, then one could argue that Fergie may not have had a great deal of competition too. It could also be argued that when the European Cup was revamped to the Champions League he gained an advantage previous British and European managers never had. However it could be argued that he had a greater competitive advantage over his rivals for a longer period than these managers due to Manchester United’s rise as a global superpower. The Glasgow clubs have a duopoly on Scottish titles and cups with almost 100 league titles between them in around 120 years of competition. Fergie broke this mould along with to a lesser extent Jim McLean at Dundee United. However, his greatest achievement was actually ending the Old Firm dominance of Scottish Football by Celtic and Rangers. His first final in 1999 saw United trail Bayern Munich 1-0 as the game went into injury time. Remarkably United scored twice in 3 minutes from David Beckham corners to pip the Germans. This was true at Aberdeen and again at United. Possibly the only depth of young talent to come through in bulk like that were the Busby Babes of the 1950s and the Quality Street kids of the late 60s and early 70s at Celtic.
Over 22 years of leading United into Europe, Fergie would have to have won 4 or 5 European Cups to merit the “Greatest Ever” tag. If we include non-British managers then Jose Mourinho has won 2 in the space of 12 years already and with different clubs (Porto and Internazionale). It is often overlooked that United outspent many rivals in the late 80s and early 90s. Pep Guardiola won 2 with his superb Barcelona team in just 4 seasons.
Pantheon of Greats
Without question Sir Alex Ferguson is an all time great. He had a financial superiority over his domestic rivals for years until Chelsea turned up in 2004 under Russian oligarch Roman Ambramovitch. David Beckham, Jaap Staam, and Roy Keane are three such high-profile cases. And 2 European Cup Winners Cup (1 with United and 1 with Aberdeen).
Fergie won 2 European Cups in 22 years. Blackburn Rovers and their millionaire owner Jack Walker ‘bought success’ when they won the title in 1995. If you are unlucky and lose a few times in the big events (Jimmy White was a perennial loser in snooker’s World Championship and golfer Colin Montgomerie may have won 8 European Order of Merits but he could never win a major championship and there are 4 a season in golf) then you are atalented person or coach but you are not the best.
The 2 wins Fergie achieved were also in very dramatic circumstances and could easily have went the other way. This may impress some, but if he was the manager of Ipswich Town or Sunderland and had done this, then it is an impressive record. However hiscontrol was found lacking during Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘kung fu’ kick at a spectator. Fergie broke his own rule. This is perhaps a tad unfair, but when we go into Europe it does hold.
Fergie took over at United in 1986 when English clubs were banned from Europe. But United outspent them over the 1990s.
Fergie won 2 European Cups in 22 years. And I’ll tell you why.
First of all let’s look at his methods. More than 1 team from each country could now contest the big prize. But as manager of Manchester United – “The Biggest Club in the World” then it doesn’t look so good. However only 2 wins in European football’s premier competition in 26 years shows he cannot be classed as the best.
Manchester United’s former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager in the history of football. He took the club from Scotland’s oil capital and won the 1983 European Cup Winner’s Cup in the Swedish city of Gothenburg against the mighty Real Madrid. Perhaps Fergie was coming to achieve the dominance he craved near the end of his career as from 2008-11 he reached 3 out of 4 European finals, an achievement if he had sustained earlier then he would have become the all time best.
This is where domestic trophies should always be discounted when we discuss the best managers. He was outspent in his early years by the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid but in his later years he could attract the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo away from the European giants to play for him at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex, or ‘Fergie’ as he is known, is one of the greatest managers in British football, but when you considerdifferent judging criteria he comes up short as the best of all time. This goes for any sport. He has won 13 Premier League championships with United. However he contested 8 European Cup semi finals, again winning 4
12bet The Toffees recorded a 2-0 win in their home match last season against the Merseysiders, but that Liverpool was a beleaguered side struggling to recover from off-field ownership wrangles at the club.
In contrast, Liverpool won three against Bolton Wanderers at the end of last month and Wolves and Brighton last weekend. The last game these teams met in the Premier League was at the beginning of this year January at Anfield ended in a 2-2 draw. Furthermore, The Toffees was surprisingly beaten two goals at the hands of Manchester City on 24th September at the Etihad Stadium while Man City have never defeated Everton in the Premier League after conceding the opening goal, losing 13 and drawing two of those 15 games. Everton are looking to recover from their 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium while Liverpools players are trying their best to become the winner against the Toffees after their 2-1 win over Wolves at Anfield.
Before, two clubs had five head-to-head games: four of them are in English Premier League and one in FA Cup. The Reds lost their winning in two English Premier League matches ahead of Stoke City and Tottenham also in this month.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Lucas, Adam (Gerrard 67), Downing (Bellamy 67), Suarez, Carroll.
Andy Carroll of Liverpool celebrates with his team mates after he scores the opening goal
Actually, The Toffees have only lost one of their last 14 Premier League games at Goodison Park
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Jack Rodwell of Everton is shown a red card by Referee Martin Atkinson after fouling Luis Suarez during the English Premier League match Everton vs Liverpool at Goodison Park on 1st October 2011.
Everton vs Liverpool 0-2 Highlights
Steven Gerrard comes on as a 67th-minute substitute for team mate Charlie Adam
Everton vs Liverpool 2011 Highlights: The game takes place in week seven of the Premier League at Goodison Park on Saturday 1st October 2011
Lineups :. This is a shock loss for both Everton F.C and fans around the world.
Everton vs Aston Villa September 2011 highlights
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The EPL match of Everton vs Liverpool takes place at Goodison Park at 12:45 PM BST on 1st October 2011. Everton gained the victory at two matches: one in Feb 2009 and one in Oct 2010 while Liverpool also won two times.
At the last five games, Everton performed quite well when winning three against Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic in EPL and West Bromwich in CCUP; drawing one match against Aston Villa with the score 2-2 some weeks ago
12bet unlike the majority of Bayern’s forwards, Özil has no defensive appetite and although Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry are both in their 30s they are surely preferable to Özil on the Bayern wing.
David de Gea enjoyed the game of his life against Everton eight days ago
Özil has been in insipid form for Arsenal this year
United will have to brace themselves for similar stories cropping up in the Madrid press unless they agree a new deal with the brilliant goalkeeper, 24 next month.
Newcastle just can’t quit Andy Carroll and they could have him for as little as £6m in January; West Ham have grown that weary of the beanpole striker’s injuries.
. Even if it reprieves Wayne Rooney again.
Benfica’s 20-year-old midfielder Fábio Sturgeon is a Liverpool target, Tottenham are monitoring Toulouse’s £5m-rated striker Wissam Ben Yedder and, last and very much least, Arsène Wenger wants to keep Lukas Podolski.
Mesut Özil’s miserable year has all but ended with a knee injury but there could be a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel being shone by Bayern Munich.
No, we can’t believe it either, but the Monday rumour is Arsenal are prepared to take a £12.4 million hit on the Germany international by selling him to Bayern for £30m. The Spain skipper is fortunate to have started the season for both club and country but 86% of Marca readers voted for De Gea to start ahead of Casillas in Luxembourg last night, three days after Spain’s defeat to Slovakia.
Would Pep Guardiola want Özil? Probably not. One Spaniard United might not be as fussed about leaving is Juan Mata, especially when the interested club is Juventus.
It sounds disingenuous to label Mata, United’s club-record buy nine months ago and scorer of eight goals in 20 matches, as a “makeweight”, but if Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba are part of the deal few United supporters are likely to have any complaints. Özil’s productivity in Arsenal red has been mainly restricted to his first three months at the club and a spell on the sidelines could be viewed as a positive, rather than a negative, by Arsène Wenger.
David de Gea belatedly replaced Iker Casillas in the Spain side on Sunday night and he could do likewise at club level, too.
De Gea’s Manchester United contract expires in 2016, when Casillas will be 35
m88 the Blues have been occasionally linked with the midfielder throughout the summer, but nothing concrete has materialised. It’s a hefty sum, but I’m not complaining. Despite being adamant that the defender is not leaving Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez is apparently considering moves for the likes of Ashley Williams as replacements for Stones. All indications are that Stones won’t be a Toffees player come September. Galatasaray are looking for something nearer the £10million mark. Thanks for sticking with me throughout the ordeal, I could not have done it without your support/pageviews.
After confirming the arrival of Baba Rahman, Chelsea have been told to increase their offer should they want to sign Alex Telles, reports The Express.
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The transfer season is in full swing, so let’s take a look at what transfer rumours concerning Chelsea FC are flying around the press this morning.
I am celebrating here at the daily rumour round-up. The Metro claims that Chelsea are still interested in signing Real Madrid’s Isco. Bear in mind that these are indeed only rumours so take them with a pinch of salt. The performances of the Blues thus far have underlined the need for defensive reinforcements, and they apparently had a £5million bid rejected last week. Nevertheless in a period starved of any proper football action, what do fans have left to do but speculate?
Which one of these rumours do you see as plausible? Which ones do you really want to come true? Get involved and sound off in the comments below!
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. Everton are preparing for a future without John Stones, writes The Daily Star. Now it appears as though they are readying a bid in the region of £30million to bring him to Stamford Bridge. After literally weeks, months even, of writing about the potential arrival of Abdul Baba Rahman, he has finally arrived.
That’s the rumour round-up for the day. Furthermore, most of the sources are British tabloid papers which are notorious for making up random stories in order to give their journalists something to do
m88 communication and engagement with the fans is a crucial part of club’s media departments.
German Bundesliga is traditionally considered as one of the TOP 5 leagues in Europe and clubs from this league attract some serious audience on the social networks. First place goes to the experienced Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) with 8.8 million followers. Borussia Dortmund leader Marco Reus (@woodyinho) takes the fifth place in this list with 1.9 million followers.
Bundesliga compared to other leagues
If we compare the numbers of Twitter followers of the TOP 5 European football leagues, we can see that the German Bundesliga is placed third with 891K followers. He’s followed by his team-mates – Manuel Neuer (@Manuel_Neuer) with 2.5 million followers, Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) with 2.5 million followers and Mario Götze (@MarioGoetze) with 2.2 million followers. Five Bundesliga clubs (Werder Bremen, HSV, Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz 05 and Paderborn) don’t have a channel on YouTube, so no subscribers for them there. Hardest part is to attract subscribers for clubs at their YouTube channels. The world of football isn’t any exception here. Football clubs all around the world are trying to build their public image and raise their popularity not only with a great results on football pitch, but also through social networks. Others attract only a relatively small number of subscribers, only Bayern has managed to get past 100K subscribers mark.
Situation is similar if we look on the most popular Bundesliga players on Twitter. Borussia Dortmund keeps the second spot with 1.47 million followers on Twitter, 12 million Likes on Facebook and 94K subscribers on YouTube. Bayern and Borussia have a serious gap, as Schalke 04 (250K followers on Twitter, 2.5 million Likes on Facebook, 48K subscribers on YouTube) and other teams have a far smaller auditory.
As you can see in video below, biggest auditory can be found on Facebook, where clubs have from 101K (Paderborn) to 27 million (Bayern) Likes.
It’s quite hard to imagine modern day life without the internet and social networks. In comparison, Barclays Premier League page has been Liked more than 29 million times, Italian Serie A got almost 3 million Likes, French Ligue 1 has 1.5 million Likes, but Spanish La Liga official page has only 430K Likes.
. Bayern Munich is far the most popular Bundesliga club on Twitter (1.86 million followers), Facebook (27 million Likes) and YouTube (290K subscribers). In this post you’ll see the comparison of numbers of followers that German clubs have managed to attract to their social network profiles.
Overall, situation in Bundesliga isn’t too surprising. Bundesliga official page has 2.5 million Likes. Bayern and Borussia Dortmund players are the most popular ones. It has less followers than Barclays Premier League (7.7 million), Spanish La Liga (950K) and more than Italian Serie A (388K) and French Ligue 1 (182K).
m88 john Terry and Frank Lampard (10) have had the most Soccer Worldcup appearances of the Three Lions’ soccer team.
Does the England Soccer Team Have What It Takes for the 2010 Soccer Worldcup?
by: Stewart Rigley
The Champion Soccer Worldcup Players
England FIFA Soccer Worldcup Accomplishments
- On October 8, 2005, England started a succession of ten consecutive victories in FIFA World Soccer qualifiers. As a player for Italy, Capello’s greatest game was ironically in 1973 against England at Wembley. Their failure to qualify in three world soccer qualifying games has also impacted the team’s overall success.
- England’s entrance to Soccer Worldcup was in 1950 in Brazil and since then they have taken part in 11 global showpieces. Front-man Peter Crouch is not to be excluded with his four strikes in as many games and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe flaunting his skill with 3 goals in only 135 minutes of play. With a new spark of possibility for the Three Lions’ squad, the team needs to recuperate their image. However this victory is now a distant recollection as the team failed to attest their cup as presumed, in 1970. England’s solitary Soccer Worldcup triumph was a home win in 1966. Known for his authoritarian style, Capello has had a considerable effect on the England soccer team and has reshaped them from a situation of desolation to one of hope as they enter the South Africa Worldcup 2010 as true candidates.
But, following a wave of inferior performance under Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren, there seems to be a new lift of energy in the team thanks to coach Fabio Capello. Supporting goal scorers are midfielders Steven Gerrard (3) and Frank Lampard (4). Their first and only win was on home ground in 1966.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has presented immense commitment and is the leading goal scorer having scored 9 goals in 9 matches. However this came to an immediate end on October 10, 2009 when they were defeated 1-0 by Ukraine.
Fabio Capello was born on June 18, 1946 in San Canzian d’Isonzo, Italy and has been awarded numerous honors including multiple Serie A and La Liga titles. With their present display of confidence and the fact that the weather conditions throughout the South Africa Worldcup 2010 will be to their benefit, England absolutely stand a chance of at least gaining a semi-final place.
fun88 the way Swansea keeps the ball is unbelievable.
But that has not happened so, at the moment, I’m just concentrating on Tottenham.
Tottenham have been falling in form and the long term future of manager Harry Redknapp continues to be questioned with the England hoping to steal him away at the first opportunity they are allowed.
The last few weeks have seen high flying Spurs knocked off their high horse as London rivals Arsenal over took them in third place while Chelsea are knocking on the door of their fourth place spot.
However, despite all of the current press around him supporting his current club, there is a high likelihood that Bale could head to Spain this summer according to the Telegraph.
If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, then it’s a bit like Harry [Redknapp] and England, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime dream.
We saw the results on Saturday and we knew what a massive win it was for QPR to beat Arsenal.
I wouldn’t blame him for going. That gave us the opportunity to get back level and maybe even go above them.
If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real Madrid would they turn it down? Probably not.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale looks like he could be succumbing to the draw of both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Metro quoted Bale as looking at a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona as a dream:
But we showed what we can do against a great footballing side like Swansea and hopefully that will put pressure on the others.”
. But he is a great manager and if England do come calling it’s one of those lifetime opportunities that you just can’t turn down.
We had to work so hard. The first claiming that the sale of several promising Barca youngsters would fund a move for Bale, while another claimed that the Catalan club had already watched the Welsh youngster on seven occasions.
They’ve been fantastic this season, but we showed our true class and what attacking class we have.
Clearly it’s going to be his choice and only he knows whether he wants the job or not, if it is the dream job for him.
We all want Harry to stay. You never know if that opportunity will ever come around again.
We’ve been playing well recently, but we’ve had a lot of bad luck.
If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.
Inter Milan are also believed to be chasing him according to the same Metro article as it is believed it will take a bid in the range of at least £40 million to take the Welshman away from White Hart Lane.
Bale has been quoted as stating that Redknapp should take the England job according to The Sun:
Bale’s recent heroics to help lift Spurs back to within a goal of third place after this weekend’s victory over Swansea City had him claiming that the club was in deed back on task as he was quoted once more in The Sun:
Bale was linked to a move to Barcelona back in February of this year by the Daily Mail on two separate occasions
That was before online bookmakers offered odds on anything and everything, from match results and goals scored to which team will win the coin toss or take the first corner, and before their relentless advertising.
Sports and gambling have, of course, long gone together, feeding off each other’s success and growth. But I mean you’re talking about one of the biggest, powerfulest jobs in football and all you’re getting to hear about is Paddy Power.”
Sport “matters more when there’s money on it,” it says. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans.
Whoa. This was about making a splash. Villa’s shirt sponsor is dafabet, a name that works better in Chinese, where “dafa” means “big wealth.” Stoke and Burnley players are billboards for แทงบอลออนไลน์ Bet365 and Fun88 (another name that plays on the Chinese word to get rich).. In the UK, which liberalized gambling advertising in 2007, adults’ exposure to gambling commercials on television soared five-fold in eight years to 2012, regulator Ofcom found. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. After Thursday’s passing of the entry deadline, “Team Ginola” should fade away.
That is the message that football, more than most other sports, is mainlining into our homes, helped by names like Ginola and teams lending their cachet, stadiums, jerseys and players to the industry that had cash to splash when the 2008 financial crisis hobbled other sponsors.
“It just makes like a mockery of football.”
Bet. It reads like a plug for Fifty Shades of Grey.
One of those is Kevin Twaddle, a former player for Motherwell and other Scottish clubs who told his story in the biography, “Life On The Line: How to Lose a Million and So Much More.” He no longer gambles and has delivered talks to other players about the risks.
But the targets were our wallets and spending habits, not our hearts. Bet again. Bet some more.
And that isn’t funny at all.
But gambling advertising wasn’t as in-your-face as now. Write to him at email@example.com or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
PARIS – Don’t laugh. “It’s great for Paddy Power. In pocketing 250,000 pounds (335,000 euros; US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan horse in the gambling and gaming industry’s creeping and creepy embrace of football.
Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter.
All this in a sport grappling with the increasing danger of gambling-related match-fixing and with ample examples of gambling-addicted players who frittered away their wealth.
But that’s not the point here. “There’s more passion, more pleasure and more pain.”
Twaddle takes a very dim view of Ginola’s Paddy Power-backed grab for FIFA.
“I’m here today to talk about love” were the Frenchman’s seductive opening words at his campaign launch in London this month.
And how about this blurb from Sky Bet, title sponsor since 2013 of England’s three divisions below the Premier League. What ever happened to sport for sport’s sake, for the buzz of competition, not a bet? How quaint. The increase was three-fold for children aged 4-15.
We’re talking here about David Ginola. Tuning in for results of football betting pools, which offered big jackpots for small stakes, was a Saturday afternoon ritual for many 20th Century English families.
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said in a phone interview. Hull against Aston Villa on Feb. So silky as a player for Newcastle and Tottenham; so ridiculous now with his car-crash campaign for the FIFA presidency.
Imagine, for a moment, a Paddy Power-financed FIFA president. It won’t happen; FIFA’s ethics rules should see to that. 10 will pit two Asian online bookmakers against each other. That much was clear from the Paddy Power branding.
“It’s eyeballs we’re after,” 12Bet executive Rory Anderson, quoted in the Daily Mail, said when the online bookmaker became the name on Hull City’s shirt for this Premier League season.
Asking your kids to make tea during half-time breaks won’t shield them from the bombardment, not with gambling ads flashing throughout matches on pitch-side light-boards. But the mere thought of the gambling industry even attempting to place a stooge at the very top of football makes the prospect of another Blatter term seem perhaps not quite so bad.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press
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Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on WCHE-AM in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“Michael Bertolini, you know, told us that he not only ran bets but he ran young girls for him down at spring training, ages 12 to 14,” Dowd responded last year. “Isn’t that lovely. So that’s statutory rape every time you do that.”
Former baseball star Pete Rose on Wednesday sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, alleging the lawyer defamed him last year by saying on the radio that Rose raped young teen girls during spring training.
On July 13, Dowd was asked on WCHE-AM whether he found Rose to be a likable person.
“Rose never did any such thing and until the Dowd accusations, no one had ever claimed he did,”Rose’s lawyers wrote in the complaint. “What Dowd attributes to Bertolini is false: Bertolini states he never told Dowd any such thing.”
A portion of Dowd’s 1989 report for Major League Baseball was headed, “Rose-Bertolini Betting.”
A man answering a phone listed for Dowd in Massachusetts did not identify himself, would not take a message and abruptly hung up on a reporter seeking comment.
Dowd investigated Rose for Major League Baseball in 1989, leading the league’s all-time hits leader to be declared ineligible for the Hall of Fame.
The lawsuit states Dowd said during the radio appearance that Rose associate Michael Bertolini told investigators he “ran young girls” to Rose during spring training, which Dowd called “statutory rape every time.” Bertolini’s lawyers issued a categorical denial last summer.
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He intends to vote to leave the E.U., but has placed bets on “remain” to at least get something in case of his side’s defeat.
Betting is his way to get in on the drama because as a foreign citizen from China he will not have a right to vote. Ladbrokes has seen a tenfold increase in recent years.
“This is comfortably the biggest political betting event in history and dwarves both the general election and the Scottish referendum,” says Lewis Davey, spokesman for Paddy Power, referring to the Scottish vote on independence last year.
LONDON — As if the stakes were not high enough in Britain’s nail-biting vote this week, people are betting record amounts of money on its outcome.
“This is a historical event, and I want to take part in it,” said Can Zhao, an investment researcher who last week placed a 135-pound ($198) bet on “remain” at a Ladbrokes betting parlor near London’s Kings Cross train station.
E.U. referendum betting already hit a record for a political event days ago for Betfair, bookmaker BetFred and IG, the largest provider of spread betting services.. While the polls show this week’s vote is too close to call, bookies like Betfair are giving the “remain” side a 76 percent probability of winning. vote as of Wednesday and expects a final amount of 50 million pounds. For Stephen Jones, 55, betting is a form of insurance against disappointment. But the importance, drama and uncertainty that have surrounded this vote have made it a spectator sport in its own right.
Thursday’s vote on whether to leave the European Union, which will have lasting consequences for the country and Europe, is due to break the record as the most bet-upon political event in Britain’s history. Spread betting, on the other hand, does not provide a simple win or lose outcome, but can provide payoffs based on the accuracy of the bet. He was back in the betting shop this week to place additional wagers on behalf of three American friends.
Betting exchange Betfair says it had taken 45.8 million pounds in wagers on the E.U. The industry is expecting 100 million pounds, or nearly $150 million, to be wagered by the time the result is known in the early hours of Friday.
The betting has also gained the attention of global investors as a gauge of the likelihood of an event’s outcome. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. presidential race, which was its previous record for a political event. That’s particularly true since pollsters have missed badly in measuring sentiment before some of Britain’s most recent votes, the last general election and the Scottish referendum.
Betfair, bookmakers Ladbrokes and Paddy Power and the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School all estimate that the total value of bets on the vote placed in Britain will reach, and likely exceed, 100 million pounds.
“If we are going to remain in the E.U., at least I will take compensation,” said Jones, who expects to get 3,000 pounds back in profit in such an event. Polls suggest it is too close to call, while bookies give the “remain” side a higher chance of winning.
Betfair allows people to place wagers against each other rather than setting odds like the traditional bookmakers. The referendum also outmatches the 35 million pounds placed on the 2014 World Cup Final.
Betting on political events used to be a niche area in the gambling industry but has become more widespread, particularly in Britain. That’s reflected in financial markets, where stocks and the British pound are relatively buoyant one day before the big event.
Such betting fever is normally associated with major sports events, with people here habitually placing wagers online or in betting shops on everything from horse races to football matches. That surpasses the 40 million pounds placed on the 2012 U.S. “But my big win is to leave the E.U.”
The bookies’ odds have largely been in synch with global financial markets. All Rights Reserved
Some are purchased and downloaded, while others are played online. Older versions of the game tended to get hampered by flaws in the interface, but the newer versions of the game have improved these flaws and shortcomings.
This game features both a professional version and a college version. The Madden games feature realistic graphics and fun gameplay, but some football enthusiasts prefer games that focus more on simulating actual NFL football games.
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This is the newest game on the list, and it has promise. Action! PC Football focuses more heavily on the game simulation and is widely regarded for the designer’s thoroughness in creating the game.
Barcode Games: Professional Football Simulator
http://www.barcodegames.com/. The database of players dates back to the 1950s, so players can also simulate historical seasons.
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The best simulations do not focus on graphics at all. The game features a number of options that allows players to simulate seasons and more. Later editions added the ability to call plays, but the game’s main focus has been on the front office aspects (hence, the name).
The video below demonstrates what gameplay looks like:
When it comes to modern football video games, nothing compares in popularity with the Madden series produced by EA Sports. The list below features five of the best simulation games.
Second and Ten
Action! PC Football
Front Office Football
This simulation has been around since the days of DOS, and gameplay is largely the same as it was 20 years ago. Players can simulate individual games as well as entire seasons or multiple seasons. One purchased, users can download an extensive amount of content, including files to cover past seasons. These are known generally as text-based simulations. The game has gone through many enhancements focusing in both general management aspects of gameplay as well as the simulation part of the football games themselves. Strategy focuses on the gamer calling formations and various plays
This week sees the All Star Break and with that, marks what’s around the half way period for the MLB Season. With a total of 162 games for each team per season, the MLB provides some of the best long term betting prospects for any statistics based bettors…. It also allows us some time for reflection on what’s been a hectic and, at times, dramatic first half. more
But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation.
“In order to get an injunction, the leagues have to show that they will be irreparably damaged if Monmouth race track starts taking bets on sports sporting events on Sunday,” New Jersey State Sen. They claimed that the law violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting.
The National Football League and other sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events.
The federal court sided with the leagues, so the state appealed. states except four.
“If the 2014 Sports Wagering Law is not declared unlawful… Supreme Court refused to hear the case, leaving the lower court ban in place.
“I’m looking forward to placing the first legal bet in the state of New Jersey on a sporting event next Sunday,” Lesniak said.
Lesniak believes it is up to the state to determine whether sports gambling can occur and said the wagering will jump-start New Jersey’s sagging gaming revenues.
(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; editing by Andrew Hay)
“How can that be determined when Las Vegas is taking bets already, every single day? The NFL has three games at Wembley Stadium (in London) every year where people are betting right across the street from the stadium.”
In a statement Friday after signing the legislation Christie said: “I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred race track in Oceanport, is planning to offer sports betting on Sunday.
But the sports leagues sued, saying it violated a federal ban on the activity in all U.S. the proliferation of state-sponsored and approved sports gambling in Atlantic City casinos and at New Jersey racetracks will cause immediate and irreparable harm” to the sports leagues,” the lawsuit said.
Voters approved the idea of legal sports betting in 2011 and the following year Christie signed a bill allowing the wagering.. Raymond Lesniak told Reuters in a telephone interview.
“I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort,” he added.
In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which partially repeals a ban on sports wagering in the state.
The new law allows sports betting at state-licensed casinos and racetracks. But the U.S
It was a midday start so that the game could be televised back to the U.S. Cal’s charter left Sunday afternoon for its 14-hour flight back across the Pacific to San Francisco.
Many of the Aussie fans were “barracking” more for the underdog Hawaiians than the more-fancied Cal side.
This version corrects Cal State to Cal in 5th paragraph.
Told he had 441 yards passing — 38 for 54, with no interceptions — Webb said dryly: “Yeah, it was OK, I’m just glad we got the victory. Among the glitches was the person who sang the Star Spangled Banner mistakenly replacing one word for another during the American anthem. A Rainbow Warriors spokesman said just before the game began that safety Daniel Lewis Jr., linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams and tight end Metuisela Unga were not with the team Saturday.
The concession stands, however, appeared to be unprepared for the crowds. Stadium officials said 70,000 cups of beer were sold, but one spectator tweeted he waited in line for an hour, while another said the reason there were so many empty seats is that most of the fans were in a queue somewhere.
A local marching band provided halftime entertainment, supplemented by 30 members of the Hawaii marching band. Asian and middle Eastern food from nearby catering kiosks also featured, reflecting the multicultural makeup of the neighborhoods around the former Olympic precinct of Homebush in western Sydney.
Coach Rolovich also did his bit to enliven the contest for the new fan base. After losing the coin toss and Cal decided to receive, Hawaii tried an on-side kick that the Bears were able to recover at midfield. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American “gridiron” experience.
Cal coach Sonny Dykes said it was a good starting point for his team.
Hawaii was without three key players for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Hawaii threw a few blitzes at us and our offensive line played well.”
Tailgate parties weren’t a big part of the day — there aren’t a lot of ground-level parking lots close to the 83,500-seat stadium — but fans feasted on two-foot-long hotdogs and copious amounts of French fries and nachos. 10 in San Diego.
The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday’s U.S. flight back to Honolulu. Cal has a bye week before taking on another Mountain West Conference opponent, San Diego State, on Sept. in prime time on Friday night, and was played under sunny skies and with light winds.
“There is still plenty of work to be done, but overall we played a very good game and never let them get back into it,” Dykes said.
The star of the show on the field was California quarterback Davis Webb, who made quite an impression in his first game as a graduate transfer from Texas Tech.
The Hawaii entourage went straight from the stadium to the airport to get a scheduled 9 p.m. It was quite the way to start the new college season.
“Really, they were cheering for us more?” asked Hawaii’s first-year coach Nick Rolovich. He even admitted to noticing some traditional stadium features like the Kiss Cam, supplemented often by Karaoke Cam and Dance Cam — the highlight of the last feature was a young boy with a Cal Bears t-shirt busting some Michael Jackson-like moves on the giant stadium scoreboard.
Things won’t get any easier for Hawaii when the Rainbow Warriors play Michigan at the Big House next weekend in Ann Arbor. “But seriously, I hope it sends a message that we are going to play aggressively and won’t back down.”.
The favored Pac 12 conference’s California Golden Bears from Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco were 51-31 winners. And one of the referees made a not-so-flattering remark about someone on the sidelines, but forgot his stadium microphone was turned on.
“I wanted to make sure Australian fans got to see an onside kick, and in my first game, too.” Rolovich said, smiling
You just start analyzing ball games and select your winners. They must be up to date with all trades, injuries, trends and current statistics. There is no license or certification required. For effective baseball handicapping you need to follow a formula. Then there are the side variable such as weather conditions, disputes among the players sand mental state of the players. The only way to fully grade a handicappers picks is over the entire season.
Just what is a baseball handicapper? According to Wikipedia: Baseball Handicapping is the practice of assigning advantage through scoring compensation or other advantage given to different contestants to equalize the chances of winning. This formula must be battle tested. It is better to be lucky than be good, right. A good handicapper will take all this information and plug into their handicapping formula.
Now a proven winning formula is mandatory. Don’t confuse being lucky for being good.
The best baseball handicappers in one who thoroughly follows the game, uses a proven system along with all those miscellaneous variables to determine their selections. Let’s make it simple and say that a baseball handicapper is a person that analyzes two baseball teams and attempt to picks the winner.
The fact is anyone can claim to be good at baseball handicapping. Luck has a lot to do with it. Anyone can create a formula and start using it, but it has to be tested. The only way to test a formula is to use through an entire baseball season. There is no government rating nor is there any real tracking system.
I would define the best baseball handicapper a one who is truly knowledgeable on the sports. Many get lucky but luck only happens occasional. A handicapper that just picks games without close examination is one that I would avoid. Part of being a good handicapper is promoting yourself as one. Baseball season is very long and there are many ups and downs for every team. Follow the game, use a proven baseball betting formula, there are many available. Be consistent with your bets and use proper money management and you will the best baseball handicapper.. My feelings on this are not one individual can be giving that title. Baseball handicapping is not all based on skill. That is the easy part just about all handicappers claim to be the best.
Now you are probably reading this article because you want to know who is best. Remember to distinguish the difference between just lucky and picking the right side. You might have a nice run for a week, start thinking you have the best system in the world then lose the next 10 games. I am a true believe that anyone can be the best baseball handicapper if they so desire
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Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.
I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.
Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.
There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.
When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.. The facts and statistics say otherwise.
Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.
Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.
Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.
The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.
The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. 3, California No. Turns out that I am right.
It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.
Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19. 4 and Colorado No. By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.
Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule. If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.