14
May

Summing up the Premier League in one tidy little flowchart

Wondering where it all went wrong (unless you’re a Man City fan) for your Premier League team? Was it “lots of own goals and red cards” that did your team in? Maybe it was spending “£27.5 on a giraffe in a wig” that was the final nail in the coffin?

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The fine folks at Project Babb have put together a convenient little flowchart to help answer these questions and make sense of one of the craziest EPL seasons of recent memory.

Enjoy!

(h/t Project Babb)

10
Feb

Ajax defender joins Manchester United’s long wish list

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Manchester United’s miserable 2-2 draw with Fulham on Sunday highlighted their need for fresh legs at the back and Ajax defender Joel Veltman could be that man, according to one of the morning papers. Veltman joins a list including Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and former United star Paul Pogba, plus Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.  

And we have the latest on Michael Laudrup, whose stock seems to have risen despite being sacked by Swansea. Click here for more.

9
Feb

Moyes to present United hit-list

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has been promised funds for a huge foray into the summer transfer market. The Red Devils boss is to present the board with a £100 million ($164 million) hit-list. Juventus midfield duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba are believed to be on the list, along with Southampton defender Luke Shaw and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

28
Jan

Monaco start search for Falcao’s replacement

Money makes the world go round and the same is certainly true in the transfer window. Radamel Falcao’s serious injury has prompted Monaco to start looking for a replacement - and they have two very different characters in mind, one a saint the other a sinner…Dani Osvaldo is a saint in one sense (he plays for Southampton) but his temper got the better of him in a training-ground incident with defender Jose Fonte which resulted in a two-week suspension. His days at St Mary’s look to be numbered and he has been earmarked by Monaco to fill the gap the left by Falcao.

Javier Hernandez has also been targeted by Monaco but whether Manchester United are prepared to let him go is another matter.

We’ve also got the latest on a new Manchester United target plus rumors on Arsenal and Thibaut Courtois. Click here for more.

27
Jan

Chelsea inching closer to Diego Costa coup

Jose Mourinho may have said that Chelsea will not be signing a striker in the January transfer window but that hasn’t stopped the rumormongers from saying that the Blues have a verbal agreement to sign prolific Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. If that’s the case the Londoners, who have parted company with Juan Mata but signed Mohamed Salah this month, will need to get a move on with the closure of the transfer window just four days away

We’ve also got the latest on Southampton defender Luke Shaw, who is a target for the cream of the Premier League, plus Newcastle’s bottom line  for Yohan Cabaye bids. Click here for more. 

17
Sep

Arsenal weighs up move for Schalke defender

Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos remains on the radar of Premier League clubs. The Greek center-back, linked with a summer transfer-window move to Liverpool, is currently recovering from a knee injury but Arsenal is reportedly preparing to make a January bid for the Greece international. We’ve also got the latest on Robert Lewandowski and Gaston Ramirez so click here for more.

3
Sep

Southampton missed out on 25% of Gareth Bale’s record transfer fee!

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Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.

Southampton fans, you might want to look away.

When the Saints sold a relatively unknown teenager named Gareth Bale to Tottenham in 2007, there was a sell-on clause in his transfer that guaranteed Southampton a 25% stake in any future transfer fee for the Welsh player. After Real Madrid dished out a reported world record fee of $132 million, that would seem like fantastic news to Saints fans.

Wrong.

Unfortunately, just a year after selling Bale to Spurs, Southampton found themselves short on cash and chose to waive the clause in place for a lump sum of roughly $4 million plus a young goalkeeping prospect named Tommy Forecast (he’s never been heard from again). Not quite the estimated $33 million they would have netted this weekend.

Of course, nobody could’ve foreseen Bale to garner a world record transfer fee just five years after leaving St Mary’s, but just knowing this minor detail will be sure to cause Southampton fans some grief today!

(Sorry.)

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(H/T The Mirror)

27
Jul

Nile Ranger Continues Trend of Awful Footballer Tattoos

Now, we usually give footballers a bit of leeway with their fashion choices, since they are supposed to be eccentric, but this is too ridiculous, even for us. 

Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger recently posted a photo of a new addition to his lineup of tattoos. When ranger tattooed a smiley face on the inner part of his mouth a few years ago, it seemed like the worst tattoo he could possibly get. Wrong.

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You’re not imagining things. Nile Ranger tattooed his own name on his face. We’re not exactly sure of the reason, but we completely support giving people a heads up before they interact with Nile. 

Surprisingly, we can’t definitively say that this is the worst tattoo we’ve ever seen in world football, a niche that seems to attract awful body art.

For example, here’s former Inter Milan legend, Marco Materazzi, who seems to have tattooed a game of Bejeweled on his arm.

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Or Bologna midfielder, Alessandro Diamanti, who might want to check if his tattoo artist has a license. Smile!

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Or former Arsenal defender, Andre Santos, who seems to have let his mother design his tattoo.

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But if we have to pick one, it might be the stomach tattoo of Southampton’s goalkeeper, Artur Boruc, who seems to have found a use for his belly button.

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Keep up the good works, guys.

20
Jul

Nothing unites a team quite like walking over hot coals

Team-building exercises in the preseason are customary for pretty much every team in every sport. But whereas most coaches would probably use snug, easy activities like trust-falls or the infamous “human knot,” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino led his straight team into the fire, literally.

Pochettino opted to have his players do something a bit more unorthodox while training in Spain: walk over hot coals!

That’s right, in a sport where a player’s most valuable weapon is their feet, he made his players walk across a path of fiery coals. Sounds crazy right?

In truth, the entire team seemed to really enjoy the bonding exercise, following their manager one-by-one over the “trail of terror” with various chants — or just wild shouts— of self-encouragement. Laughs were had by all, and thankfully no feet were too severely burnt for the following training sessions!