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ARSENAL viewing PSG duo Marco Verratti and Ezequiel Lavezzi

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Arsenal are being linked with a double raid on PSG for Marco Verratti and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a summer move for the 22-year-old Italian who admits he could be lured away from Paris Saint-Germain if the right scenario emerged.

“You never know what the future brings,” he told

“I am fine where I am now and I am not thinking about a transfer.

“I will consider my options the day I no longer feel good at PSG or when the club wants to sell me but England, Spain and Italy are all options.

“What matters most is the project.”

Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United are also said to be keeping tabs on the Italian international star.

The Daily Express claims that Lavezzi is out-of-favour in the French capital and has reportedly been offered to the Gunners, along with Tottenham and West Ham.

Verratti is of interest for Arsenal after stating that he would like to possibly play in a different league and some point in his career.

Arsene Wenger could move for the midfielder at some point in the next year, as they look to bolster their squad after an unconvincing start to the season.


Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Highlights Video Clips Spain Super Cup 2015
Their 31-year wait for a trophy is over!
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 2015 (Barca-Bilbao VIDEO BELOW)
Final score and result:- Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 1-1 (Messi/Aduriz)
Camp Nou, Barcelona- 17 August, 2015- Supercopa Espana Second Leg- 17/8/2015- Monday
Congratulations to Atletic. They played well and won. This shows you should never get complacent with any opportunity you get like Barca did in the first leg. It cost Barca dearly hope LESSON is learned. Had Neymar had been there, would it been a different story?
The hosts dominated much of the second leg but a four-goal deficit proved too much to overturn. They took the lead through Messi on the stroke of half time but Pique's dismissal in the second half made this even more difficult for them.A tempestuous game saw both sides reduced to 10 men. Gerard Pique was dismissed for lambasting an assistant referee, while Athletic substitute Kike Sola saw red just five minutes after coming off the bench.
The sextuple would have been the cherry on that cake of the treble, but you cannot always have it all. A loss is a loss and it is never pleasant to take, but it is not as if Barca lost the CL final!
Condensed highlights, 4:48 duration, Spanish commentary

Only goals, English commentary, 3:13 duration
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao 1-0 (Messi goal vs Bilbao 43′)
Barca v Bilbao 1-1 (Aduriz goal vs Barcelona 74′)
Red cards:- Pique 5 6 , Kike Sola 86′
Barcelona starting lineup vs Bilbao Super Cup Second Leg 2015:- Bravo, Mathieu, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Pedro, Suarez
Athletic starting XI v FCB Supercopa 2015:- Iraizoz, De Marcos, Balenziaga, Etxeita, Laporte, Gurpegi, Benat, Eraso, Boveda, Aduriz, Susaeta

Has the FIFA scandal affected club’s shareholders?

Monday, August 17, 2015

The FIFA scandal has shocked the world of soccer, but it has not only caused damage to the reputation of the people behind one of the world’s most popular sports; it has also affected those who have put their money into the game. Just how have they been affected by the FIFA scandal?

Sponsors and shareholders

It has been a common sight for decades to see the names of worldwide brands displayed on the boards that surround the soccer pitch, but the FIFA scandal may mean that some of these names disappear. These big names expect to be associated with an organization that has respectability and trustworthiness in the eyes of the world, but will they want to be associated with a body that has proved to be so very corrupt? Some of these companies and brands have acted swiftly, making public their concerns and threatening to withdraw their sponsorship should FIFA fail to make changes.

This could be down to the response of the sponsors’ shareholders. No one wants to be associated with a tarnished name, and shareholders could be putting pressure on the global brands to protect themselves from becoming guilty by association. Shareholders may demand that if FIFA wants to retain the brands’ sponsorship, then FIFA must be forced to set their house in order and clean up their management, rooting out any possibility of corruption.

The FIFA scandal could also impact a country’s economy. The next World Cup is set to be hosted by Qatar, and this has given a huge boost to the property sector, with developers building luxury accommodation and facilities. But this could all be for nothing if Qatar loses the right to host the event because of the FIFA scandal.

But could there be a silver lining to this very grey cloud? If the globe’s biggest names are pulling out of soccer sponsorship deals, it could mean that they become open to smaller, more localized sponsors. For example, those who had not considered investing in soccer before, either because the competition was too great or the cost too high, may find new opportunities to do so. Individual investors such as Azmi Mikati, who founded a telecommunications empire that operates in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and who is listed in Forbes Magazine’s list of billionaires, may be able to break into the arena of sport sponsorship.

It may also present more opportunities for investors who have a sincere love of the game, rather than those who simply view investment in soccer as a means of marketing. Investors will begin to present themselves as benefitting soccer, rather than the other way round, and may seek to distance themselves from the FIFA management level to get back to the grass roots of the game.

There are always winners and losers whenever a story of corruption and scandal is exposed to the public gaze, but the FIFA scandal may pave way for a purer form of sponsorship in soccer that benefits not only the fans, but also the investors and, ultimately, the game itself.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal - Gunners hard fought victory gets them up and running

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal 1-2 Highlights Video Clips English Premier League 2015
Mesut Ozil was composed under pressure, provided the killer cross for Giroud's wonderful opener and misplaced just one of his 55 passes
FInal score and result:- Crystal Palace vs Arsenal 1-2 (Ward/Giroud, Delaney OG)
Selhurst Park, London- 16 August, 2015- 16/8/15- Sunday- 13.30 UK KO
Arsenal gain their first points of the new season as they beat Crystal Palace. Arsenal beaten by West Ham on the opening day – secured all three points just before the hour as Delaney handed the visitors their sixth successive win over Palace. Giroud opened the scoring with an acrobatic finish before Ward pegged the Gunners back with another impressive strike. The visitors pushed on after the interval and secured the three points after Delaney put through his own goal.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, speaking to BBC Sport: "The game changed on two incidents. We hit the post at 1-1 and you have to argue they are lucky to have 11 players. Everyone knew in the stadium Francis Coquelin should have gone."The game was very even, they play a different style. They were good, much better than against West Ham. Sharper in the mind and we still feel aggrieved we haven't come out with anything."Arsenal were a hurt animal but the early period was bad for us, we made a lot of mistakes."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "Our fluency was good in the first half and our mental response was good at 1-1."It was a bit scary to look at the chances we missed - you thought we would be punished after that but we dug in and hung on in the last 10 minutes, and that too is important in the season."Alexis Sanchez has only had two weeks of training but still he had the mental resources to score us a vital goal today. We know it's not a 100%-fit Sanchez but a 100%-motivated Sanchez, and that at times can be enough."

10:45 duration, English comms, Videa
English commentary, condensed, 3:52 duration
Arabic commentary, Vimeo

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal 0-1 (Giroud goal vs Palace 15′)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal 1-1 (Joel Ward goal vs Arsenal 28′)
Palace vs Arsenal 1-2 (Delaney own goal vs Arsenal 5 5)
Palace vs Arsenal 2015 attendance:- 24,732 (Referee- Mason)
CPFC starting XI v Arsenal 2015:- McCarthy; Ward, Dann Delaney, Souare; Zaha, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham
Arsenal starting XI v Crystal Palace 2015:- Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

Manchester City vs Chelsea - Mourinho's champions crushed by Aguero & Kompany Full Report

Manchester City vs Chelsea 3-0 Highlights Video Clips English Premier League 2015

Even at this early stage of the season, a big victory today was what they needed to show how determined they are to regain the title, and that is exactly what they did. Manchester City's second win in as many games sends them top of the table, and they are next in action against Everton next Sunday. Mourinho looked visibly frustrated at the final whistle, and understandably so, as his side were outplayed in all areas of the pitch.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, speaking to BBC Sport: "To play against Chelsea is always very difficult - they defend with a lot of players and are fast on the counter-attack.But today we made a complete game, not only because we scored three goals but in the first 45 minutes we could have scored three more. Only the great performance of Asmir Begovic was the reason why we couldn't.We played in the way I like, to always try to score more. It was a great performance."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: "We were the best team by far in the second half. What they did in the first we did in the second.We dominated and when they feel they are in trouble, and they felt, they changed Aguero and Sterling. They try to recover control of the game exactly when they scored the second goal.Their goalkeeper was good and we couldn't score. They were only coming up with long balls. Not one single problem in the second half; they had lots."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed the result was “fake” in a post match interview after his side lost 3-0 to Man City on August 16, 2015. Mourinho said the scoreline did not reflect Chelsea’s superiority in the second half. Chelsea have picked up only one point from their two league games so far.
Mourinho interview post Man City v Chelsea 2015, Youtube, 4 mins

Man City vs Chelsea 2015 (Manchester City-Chelsea VIDEO BELOW)
Final score and result:- Man City vs Chelsea 3-0 (Aguero, Kompany, Fernandinho)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester- 16 August, 2015- Sunday- 16/8/15
Chelsea remain winless this season as they go down 3-0 to fellow title rivals Man City
Goals, English commentary

9:37 duration, extended, English
Man City v Chelsea 1-0 (Aguero goal vs Chelsea 31′)
Manchester City Chelsea 2-0 (Kompany goal v Chelsea 79′)
Man City vs Chelsea 3-0 (Fernandinho goal vs Chelsea 85′)
Man City v Chelsea 2015 attendance:- 54,331 (Referee- Atkinson)
Man City starting lineup vs Chelsea 2015:- Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Chelsea starting XI v MCFC 2015:- Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Costa

FA Community Shield: Chelsea’s Ex-Shield Petr Cech vs His Former Team

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Football fans are in for a treat on Sunday as the 93rd annual FA Community Shield between the League champs Chelsea and Cup holders Arsenal is taking place at Wembley. An interesting twist is Chelsea veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech’s move to none other than the rivals back in June.

Will this recent switch have an effect on his performance, or on the performance of his previous team? Is he going to be just as good while playing for Arsenal? These are the questions everyone wants to get answers to as the Community Shield final is kick-starting the football season.

The UK-licenced online bookie TonyBet gives 37/20 on Arsenal’s win in regular time and 19/20 for the Gunners to lift the trophy. Meanwhile Chelsea is at 27/20 for the 90-minute win and 3/4 for the entire tournament. A tie is at 23/10 and with both teams being as strong as they are, the first 90 minutes may just produce that.

Neither of the clubs have changed much in terms of team formation during the summer. Arsenal’s new addition Petr Cech seems to be already proving his worth, as the team flew through the pre-season, winning all four games. That is certainly a promising start of the season and the club can only hope such results will continue.

Meanwhile Radamel Falcao has joined the Chelsea from Monaco after playing on a year loan with Manchester United. The Devils have decided not to make the contract permanent after the normally high-scoring striker did not show a good form.

Did Chelsea make the right decision? With a loss to New York Red Bulls on the 22nd of July it might have seemed like a mistake, but they did defeat Barcelona on the 28th, even though it was on penalties after a tie.

Falcao has already scored two goals for the Blues – half of what he did for United in the entire season. And although both of them came from the penalty spot, Chelsea manager Mourinho is convinced that the Colombian will once again be feared by the Premier League defenders.

The long-lasting Arsenal – Chelsea rivalry will definitely spice things up in the Sunday final. The FA Cup winners Arsenal have won last year’s Community Shield trophy, however, the Premier League champions Chelsea accounted for Arsenal’s 2005 loss in this very competition.

The clash between Cup and League winners guarantees an exciting spectacle on Sunday. Will Arsenal manage to defend the title or will Chelsea beat them like they did in 2005? Back your favourites and tune in on Sunday to find out!

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