Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let's see the 10 best summer signings of the season!!!

Premier League ending soon..Let us look at who is the Top 10 summer signings of the season..We'll start from number 10 and count it down to the best signings of the season..

10.Damien Duff - Newcastle to Fulham, £4m
While this season has been heartbreaking on the international front, and he missed a gilt-edged chance to win the play-off with France, things have gone swimmingly at Craven Cottage. Duff has weighed in with eight goals and added experience and a touch of quality to Roy Hodgson's midfield. With the Europa League run still going strong, he can be delighted with his contribution and reassured that his career is back on an upward curve.

9. Jamie O'Hara - Tottenham to Portsmouth, loan
O'Hara has proved himself to be Premier League class and his determined displays have lifted the Fratton Park faithful. Although he misses out on the big FA Cup semi-final against his parent club, there will be other grand occasions for him later in his career - obviously starting with the final in May if Spurs are beaten. He won't stay on the south coast when Portsmouth go down and it's unlikely he'll remain at White Hart Lane. But he'll have a choice of where to play his football next term, that's for sure.

8. Kevin Doyle - Reading to Wolves, £6.5m
Wolves had been accused of not scoring enough goals until their recent win at West Ham, but there's no blame attached to their record buy. His goal return of seven from 28 matches is almost identical to his international record but his game is not all about putting the ball in the net. Doyle has developed into an ideal lone striker, capable of shielding the ball, keeping possession and putting in a lot of selfless work. Mick McCarthy's system is bringing the best out in him and he's worth far more than what they paid Reading for him now.

7. Antonio Valencia - Wigan to Man United, £16m
Ferguson had the Ecuadorian earmarked as the replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo for some time and he's exceeded expectations in his first season at Old Trafford. An old-fashioned winger who likes to beat his man and deliver the ball into the box, he has supplied Wayne Rooney with plenty of chances this term. His manager has admitted he just needs to come out of his shell because he has a shy personality, and there is the feeling that he doesn't realise how good he can be. That said, he was man of the match in his first major final with United and there could be more medals on the way this season.

6. Joe Hart - Man City to Birmingham, loan
Birmingham have benefitted hugely from having the England hopeful on board. The youngster has developed into a top-class goalie and the only problem is trying to convince City to sell him permanently. Scott Dann and Roger Johnson were also astute acquisitions from Alex McLeish but Hart has been the pick of the bunch.

5. Niko Kranjcar - Portsmouth to Tottenham, £2m
Harry Redknapp likes a bargain and the Croatian was an absolute steal. With Pompey about to endure the worst year in their history, the midfielder was picked up for a song and has adapted well to life at White Hart Lane. With his fellow countrymen Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka at the club, he has been made to feel at home and become an important member of the side. Undoubtedly one of the biggest bargains over the past year or so.

4. Darren Bent - Tottenham to Sunderland, £10m
When Bent got the move he craved, he hasn't stopped hitting the net and managed goals against all of the 'big four'. With his tally standing at 20 in 32 league games, there is no denying he has been one of the shrewdest signings of 2009. His record has always been impressive but it was a gamble from Steve Bruce - one that has struck gold for the Black Cats manager.

3. Richard Dunne - Man City to Aston Villa, £6m
The uncompromising Irishman was a popular figure with the supporters at Eastlands but jettisoned by former boss Mark Hughes to make way for Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott. Yet he's had better seasons than both of them and been a rock at the back for Villa. Reliable and rugged, he has helped the Midlanders go all the way to the Carling Cup final and book a return to Wembley to face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

2. Thomas Vermaelen - Ajax to Arsenal, £10m
Some scoffed when Arsene Wenger splashed out on the Belgian centre-back, with rumours in Holland suggesting the Gunners had overpaid. Now he looks like a steal after an accomplished first campaign at Premier League level. His partnership with William Gallas was rock-solid before the Frenchman got injured and he's already an Emirates favourite. Composed and cultured in possession, he weighs in with more than his fair share of goals.

1. Carlos Tevez - Unattached to Man City, £25m
After a few games, the knives were out for the South American striker. Sir Alex Ferguson was right not to sign him, his first touch wasn't good enough, his goal return was poor. But he worried his old club in a thrilling derby and, once off the mark in the league against another of his former teams in West Ham, he hasn't looked back. 19 goals in 26 starts is some record and he also weighed in with another six in six in during the Carling Cup run, which included three strikes against the Red Devils. The main man behind City's push for fourth spot and, if he gets them into next season's Champions League, it'll definitely be a case of money well spent.

Andrey Arshavin hates woman drivers!! for a reason...

He's complained about the congestion charge, London parking and women drivers - and now Andrey Arshavin has another reason to hate driving in the capital.

The Arsenal star has revealed he got into a prang on the road while travelling with his wife Yulia, but escaped with just a damaged bumper. A cheerful Arshavin revealed: 'It was a sunny day here in London and even a small traffic accident that has happened to Yulia and me, wasn't able to spoil our spring mood.

'The second car involved got slightly scratched and my car’s bumper got damaged. 'It took us five minutes to solve this problem, we exchanged our data and left.

The 28-year-old did not reveal the identity of the other driver, or who was to blame, but he once memorably told reporterl: 'I would never give driving lessons to women.

'We need to build new roads for them. Why? Because you never know what to expect from a woman on the road. 'If you see a car behaving weirdly, swerving and doing strange things, before you see the driver you know it is a woman. It is always a woman.'

Arshavin has faced a culture shock on the roads since leaving Zenit St Petersburg 13 months ago. Russians are not used to parking rules, while the congestion charge has been even more difficult to get accustomed to.

'I struggle with the parking,' he once said. 'I can’t park where I want, I’m not used to this.

'Then there’s the congestion charge. It’s not the money I object to but all the things you have to do – codes to enter, SMS messages you have to send, etc.'

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tottenham and Arsenal players unite to celebrate!!!

Theo Walcott celebrated his 21st birthday with girlfriend Melanie Slade at the Paramount members club in London

Why do I highlight this? It's not often you see Arsenal and Tottenham players cross the north London divide to enjoy a night out together. But the clubs put their differences to one side last night to celebrate Gunners star Theo Walcott's 21st birthday.

(Walcott's birthday cake)

A number of Arsenal's title-chasing players and Spurs' man of the moment Gareth Bale enjoyed a night on the town on Sunday to celebrate the landmark occasion. Walcott and Bale both emerged through the ranks at Southampton and the Wales international did not let the bitter rivalry between the two clubs stop him from sharing an evening with the England winger at top London night spot Paramount.

Eduardo, Andrey Arshavin and veteran defender Sol Campbell all joined Walcott and his long-term partner Melanie Slade at the weekend bash.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bet on Belgium winning 2014 World Cup?

The World Cup is less than 100 days away and, unsurprisingly, bookmakers and fans are already busy making predictions. But what if you looked past that? What if you started thinking about possible World Cup winners in 2014 or even 2018?

If you could find somebody who would take your bet, you might want to put down some money on Belgium as a dark-horse value bet. Never mind that they failed to qualify for the past two World Cups or that they have featured only once in the European Championship since 1984 (and that was in 2000, when they were co-hosts). Right now, no country its size has as impressive a crop of precocious 16 to 22-years-old.

A fair chunk of it is in central midfield. Axel Witsel, who turned 21 in January, made headlines for an X-rated tackle that became a YouTube classic, but there’s much more to his game than that.

Steven Defour, also 21, is a natural leader and an elegant passer who has propelled Standard Liège into the Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson was constantly monitoring his progress.

Next comes Marouane Fellaini, 22, has been a mainstay for Everton in the past two seasons.

Then there’s Jan Vertonghen, a versatile left-footed giant of 22 who anchors the Ajax midfield but can play at the back or out wide as well.

There’s plenty to choose from farther up the pitch, too. Eden Hazard, who turned 19 in January, was voted Young Player of the Year in France last season and the pocket-sized Lille attacking midfield player is a constant pacey and creative threat, as Liverpool found out last week.

Kevin Mirallas, 22, a dangerous attacking midfield player or striker with bags of potential.

Moussa Dembélé, 22, another dynamic attacker, played a key role as Alkmaar won the Dutch title last season.

The most exciting talent of all, however, is Romelu Lukaku, a 6ft 3in man-child of a centre forward who made his debut for Belgium last month at the age of 16. He has scored 13 goals for Anderlecht in the Jupiler League this season, despite often coming on as a substitute.

While the Belgian league is what it is, his strike-rate of one goal every 100 minutes of league football is staggering, let alone for a player his age: it’s about the same as Wayne Rooney’s, who is eight years his senior and arguably the best centre forward around at present. Lukaku has size, athleticism, pace and silky skills. You’re tempted to draw parallels with Didier Drogba.

But there’s one important difference. When Drogba was Lukaku’s age, he was playing youth-team football for Levallois, a semi-professional side. In fact, it wasn’t until he was 24 and playing for Guingamp that he started to make waves.

And that’s perhaps what is most remarkable about this group of young Belgians: their precociousness. Lukaku is a regular at 16, Fellaini, Hazard and Defour have been starting for decent sides since the age of 17, Dembélé and Witsel since they were 18, Vertonghen and Mirallas 19. The skills and experience they’re gaining at such a young age will, no doubt, serve them well down the road.

So, any bet on Belgium winning 2014 World Cup?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

What cars do England footballers owned?

Ever wonder how rich is your favourite footballers? How many cars do they owned? and the most important..any WAGS? (when you have $, you'll find a WAG)..sounds rude..but that's a fact..

Let us look at how wealthy England players are...What's their salary?.....Wealth? Cars? any properties?..Hmm..Interesting topic..

We start with the richest among all..David Beckham..

SALARY: £168.5m over five years

WEALTH: £125m

CARS: Has owned around 40 cars, the latest include a Cadillac Escalade, Porsche 911 Cabriolet, Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, Range Rover Sport and a Jeep Wrangler

PROPERTIES: Beckingham Palace in Sawbridgeworth, Herts, bought for £2.5m in 1999. A waterfront villa on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, bought for £800,000 in 2002 and now worth £8m. Moved into £15m property in Beverly Hills when he signed for LA Galaxy

WAG: Married to Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham

Next in the list, Wayne Rooney...

SALARY: £100k-a-week

WEALTH: £37m

CARS: Has driven NINETEEN cars in past six years, including Aston Martin Vanquish, BMW M3, Mini GP, Ford Ka, Mercedes CLK, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, a Cadillac Escalade and a Porsche 911

PROPERTIES: Work on a £5m villa in Barbados is almost complete, while the Rooneys live in a £4.5m mansion in Cheshire. They have a £320k Florida flat

WAG: Childhood sweetheart Coleen

Then, Rio Ferdinand

SALARY: £110k-a-week

WEALTH: £28m

CARS: Has owned two Aston Martin Vanquish cars, a Bentley Continental GT, a Bentley Arnage and a Ford F150 pick-up truck. Drives a Porsche Cayenne

PROPERTIES: Mock Tudor mansion in Cheshire. Has a big property portfolio, including seven Moroccan homes and a home in Barbados. Owns a London penthouse

WAG: Wed to Rebecca Ellison

All right, done with Red Devils. Now we focus on Chelsea players.

Frank Lampard

SALARY: £140k-a-week

WEALTH: £20m

CARS: Owns an Audi Q7, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Mercedes G Wagon and an Aston Martin DB9

PROPERTIES: Has put his £8.5m London townhouse on the market

WAG: Has split from his fiancee Elen Rives - but the Chelsea midfield ace has been seen out with The One Show host Christine Bleakley

Joe Cole

SALARY: £80k-a-week

WEALTH: £11m

CARS: Has owned a black Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Range Rover Vogue and a Mercedes S320 CDI

PROPERTIES: Owns a Chelsea townhouse after down-sizing from Surrey mansion because wife Carly Zucker was unhappy there. Also owns property abroad, including house in Dubai

WAG: Carly Zucker - a fitness trainer and model. Got wed in June last year

Next will be John Terry..the rat!!! ;p

SALARY: £150k-a-week

WEALTH: £18m

CARS: Vast collection includes Aston Martin DBS V12 and Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and Porsche 911 Turbo.

PROPERTIES: A £2.5m mansion in Oxshott, Surrey

WAG: Toni Poole, his child-hood sweetheart

Ashley Cole

SALARY: £100k-a-week

WEALTH: £13m

CARS: Latest includes a James Bond-approved black Aston Martin DBS V12

PROPERTIES: State-of-the-art £5m mansion in Cobham, Surrey, and a shared villa in Morocco. Both are currently under threat in Chelsea star Cole's possible divorce proceedings

WAG: Currently X Factor sweetheart and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl, although following Cole's string of alleged affairs the pair are separated and Cheryl is looking at a divorce

Here comes Theo Walcott

SALARY: £60k-a-week


CARS: Owns a silver Aston Martin and two Audis. Started his Arsenal career driving a VW Golf. Bought girlfriend Mel a £140k Ferrari California for her 21st birthday, but she turned it down as she was happy with £20k VW Beetle (

PROPERTIES: Lives with his parents in a £3m five-bedroom mansion in Hemel Hempstead...still a mummy boy

WAG: Melanie Slade, currently studying at university in London

and now, Captain Marvel>>>Steven Gerrard

SALARY: £120k-a-week

WEALTH: £20m

CARS: Range Rover with £30k Overfinch customised kit, including modified bumpers. Has £100k Bentley GT

PROPERTIES: £3m mansion in Formby, Liverpool

WAG: Alex Curran, a model and fashion columnist

Finally, Tottenham duo...Peter Crouch

SALARY: £70k-a-week


CARS: Range Rover Sport, Bentley Continental

PROPERTIES: A mansion in Hertfordshire heads his property portfolio

WAG: Engaged to Abbey Clancy, a model

and his strike partner, Jermain Defoe

SALARY: £60k-a-week

WEALTH: £6.5m

CARS: Currently banned from driving but has owned a Range Rover Sport, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Aston Martin DB9

PROPERTIES: Lives alone in £3m house built to his instructions in Hertfordshire

WAG: Single - but has had a string of relationships with serial WAGs Danielle Lloyd, Imogen Thomas, Chantelle Houghton and Charlotte Mears



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