Chelsea transfer news: Blues to move for Jamaican wonderkid

July 6th, 2015

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is preparing to swoop for Jamaican wonderkid Leon Bailey, according to a report in Romanian newspaper Pro Sport.

Bailey, who currently plies his trade with Slovakian champions AS Trencin, has been linked with a move to Ajax but Chelsea are said now to be favourites to sign the player, adds the report.

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Chelsea will, according to the paper, scout Bailey when his team play Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League qualifier.

OUR VIEW

Jose Mourinho has previously stated that the Blues are no longer a buying club and he wants to construct a team based around youth development. Therefore, the fact Chelsea are linked with a rising star is not a huge surprise. What is slightly surprising, though, is the fact Chelsea’s scouting network goes as deep as the Slovakian league.

A word of caution for Bailey, the last youth prospect to make the grade at Chelsea wasJohn Terry. He made his debut in 1998.

Source:EuroSport

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REVEALED: The best three players at your Premier League club this season… and who makes the top 10 list of the stars so far?

October 13th, 2014

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The Premier League is in full swing and fans across the country will have firm opinions on the best and worst performers so far this season.

Courtesy of the EA Sports Player Performance Index, Sportsmail can reveal exactly which players have performed the best during the first two months of the current campaign.

As expected, it is Chelsea – currently top of the Premier League with six wins from their opening seven fixtures – who hold the top three positions in the Player Performance Index rankings.

Top goalscorer Diego Costa, who has netted nine times already since his summer arrival from Atletico Madrid, tops the charts followed by team-mates Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas who has assisted his Spain colleague four times.

Raheem Sterling, who came off the bench in England’s win over Estonia on Sunday, is fourth in the rankings with a PPI score of 172 followed by Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson on 168 and Manchester City frontman Sergio Aguero on 166.

Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, who arrived at St Mary’s in the summer at a time when Saints’ team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin wanted to leave the South Coast sit seventh and ninth respectively.

Young West Brom striker Saido Berahino, currently the highest English goalscorer, is eighth on the list following an impressive start.

Leicester attacker Leonardo Ulloa, who has scored against Man United, Arsenal and Everton already this season, completes the top 10.

Away from the highest ranking players, Mesut Ozil may have been criticised for some of his performances so far this season but the German international has actually been Arsenal’s second best player behind fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners’ £30million summer signing from Barcelona, has been their third-best player with the Chilean’s stand-out moment being a stunning volley in September’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

source: dailymail
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Boyz ready to go, says Whitmore

September 5th, 2012

JAMAICA’S senior team head coach Theodore Whitmore said he is pleased with the team’s readiness for the World Cup qualifier against the United States, despite the void left by left-sided player Demar Phillips.

The Jamaicans host the CONCACAF giants at the National Stadium this Friday, with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 pm, before the teams meet for the return fixture next Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

Whitmore, who oversaw the team’s two-hour training session yesterday at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre located at the UWI, Mona Campus, conceded that the left side is a concern for the coaching staff.

“That is an area of concern for us and we’re looking and trying to get the best out of that left-sided position. In other areas I’m pleased and I think as the week progresses we should improve,” he said.

Phillips, who is out of Friday’s clash due to a leg injury, is known for his energetic runs down the left flank and ability to retreat quickly to support the defensive unit.

The wily player continued his record of scoring important goals for Jamaica when he conjured up the opener in the 2-1 home win over Guatemala in June.

With promising attacker Errol Stevens also struggling with a knee injury and the decision to pick a number of youthful Jamaicans playing in US Major League Soccer ahead of several veteran players, Whitmore maintained that the 24-man squad is balanced and hungry for success.

“We selected a team that is covered from back to front. Based on what we want to achieve performance-wise, in terms of hunger and also commitment, I think we have the best possible 24 players at the moment,” said the 1998 World Cup star.

During yesterday’s session, which included a series of fitness routines led by trainer Andre Waugh before Whitmore and assistant coach Alfredo Montesso took over the full field tactical drills, national Under-23 player Andre Campbell took up the left-sided role.

Whitmore suggested that intensity was lacking due to weary legs.

“I’m not 100 per cent satisfied, but I’m somewhat pleased. It’s the first training session with all our players and though it wasn’t perfect, it was okay.

“I think some had a bit of tired legs, but I’m somewhat pleased with the overall showing,” he said.

The United States and Jamaica are tied at the top of the four-team Group A on four points each, and are followed by Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala, who both have one point.

Whitmore believes it is the ideal time to secure a first ever win over the group favourites.

“This is what we are working towards all week. It is important to get the win. We know we haven’t beaten the US in a number of meetings and I think the time is now,” he stressed.

The top two teams in the group will progress to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Meanwhile, the Reggae Boyz are set to visit the Glenhope Place of Safety at 2:30 this afternoon.

Squad — Duwayne Kerr, Dwayne Miller, Jacomeno Barrett, Adrian Mariappa, Nyron Nosworthy, Shavar Thomas, Dicoy Williams, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Campbell, Lovell Palmer, O’Brien Woodbine, Jason Morrison, Rodolph Austin, Je-Vaughn Watson, Ewan Grandison, Joel Senior, Dane Richards, Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Darren Mattocks, Tramaine Stewart, Omar Cummings, Kavin Bryan, Errol Stevens.

Source: Jamaicaobserver
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Real deal! Bolt to get United wish with Fergie to play sprint king against Madrid

September 5th, 2012

Real deal: Sir Alex Ferguson wants to play Usain Bolt for Manchester United against Real Madrid legends

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to grant Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt his ultimate wish and play him for Manchester United – against Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old stormed to double gold in the 100m and 200m at the London 2012 Olympics in August and immediately begged Old Trafford boss Ferguson for a trial.

Ferguson responded by inviting the four-time Olympic gold medalist to United’s 3-2 victory over Fulham last month and spent time talking to Bolt after the game, introducing to the rest of the team including new signing Robin van Persie and veteran Ryan Giggs.

Bolt – who clocked a winning 100m time of 9.63 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford – again begged Ferguson to take his request for a trial seriously and now it seems the 70-year-old Scot has.

Speaking to the club’s Inside United magazine, Ferguson revealed he wants to play him in the annual charity match against Real Madrid legends where he will run the rule over his abilities.

Sign him up: Bolt met Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs after watching United beat Fulham 3-2 at Old Trafford in August

‘Usain’s a character and a big United fan,’ Ferguson told Inside United.

‘But it’s interesting he says he’d like to play in a charity game.

‘It could be brilliant, and next year when we play Real Madrid’s Legends again, there could be opportunities to bring him up and see how he does.’

Speaking after his success at the Games, Bolt said of his lifelong ambition to play for United: ‘People think I am joking.

‘But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no.

‘I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.’

Ferguson also added how was also swept up in Olympic fever – and admitted he’d even cashed-in on Bolt’s incredible triumphs.

‘I must thank him because that was my biggest bet,’ he added.

‘Bolt was 4/5 to win each of them a week before the Olympics started. It was a brilliant bet.

‘I watched all the Olympics. For us to get 29 gold medals was terrific.

‘It was probably the most uplifting thing that’s happened in Britain for a long, long time.’

Source : Dailymail
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Forget Van Persie… Bolt the main attraction at Manchester United against Fulham

August 25th, 2012

United front: Red Devils fan Usain Bolt with Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs (right)

Usain Bolt was the guest of honour at Manchester United’s Premier League encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford.

The charismatic six-time Olympic gold medallist is a long-standing United fan and recently suggested he wanted to play for the club.

That will never happen in a competitive game. Instead Bolt will have to make do with watching his favourites in action as they look to get their season up and running after Monday’s defeat at Everton.

Get shirty: Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt with a special United shirt at Old Trafford The sprint champion was presented to the crowd and greeted by chants of, ‘Sign him up, Fergie, Fergie,  sign him up.’

Robin van Persie also had his moment in the spotlight, handed a first start following his summer move from Arsenal. The man he replaced? Wayne Rooney.

Sir Alex Ferguson spent the week praising the Dutchman’s decision to join United at a time when so many targets, including Eden Hazard and Samir Nasri, have opted to go elsewhere.

‘A lot of players would like to play for Manchester United – as the agents keep telling us – but over the last two or three years I think there has been a trend for players to settle for the cash, and as we all know, Manchester City can beat us all at that,’ Ferguson told United Review.

‘So I found it very heartening when Robin’s motivation was to chase his ambitions to play for us and hopefully win a trophy or two.

‘I really respect players who clearly want to play for us and it has always influenced me when it comes to deciding who we should go for.

‘The reverse is equally true for me because if I hear that a player has fallen out of love with us and is looking elsewhere I invariably help them on their way out.’

Source:Dailymail

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Spain claim historic win

July 1st, 2012

Spain became the first European team to ever win three back-to-back international tournaments as they defended the European Championship with a comfortable 4-0 win over Italy thanks to goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in Kiev.

The game was effectively over at half-time after Spain cut through their opponents with two incisive passes. First it was Andres Iniesta who found Cesc Fabregas to cross for Silva to head home; then it was Xavi whose fine through-ball reached left-back Jordi Alba to calmly slot home.

It was all too much for Mario Balotelli, who marched straight down the tunnel at the end and angrily shrugged away efforts from Italian officials to get him to stay, before returning for the presentation ceremony.

Yet the thing was, Italy were not disgraced and would have held out hopes of a comeback until Cesare Prandelli’s final replacement Thiago Motta was stretchered off within four minutes of his arrival, leaving his team-mates to battle through the final half hour with 10 men.

Ultimately though, Spain’s display was a fitting end to the best European Championships in almost three decades. Four players in particular, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and Xavi deserve a special mention after starting all three finals, in Vienna, Johannesburg and now Kiev.

But, as ‘Ole’ rang around this magnificent stadium, it was a night to glory in tiki-taka – and the players who put it into practice. Throughout the tournament, the argument for Spain being a dour outfit had been building. It dominated the pre-match press conferences and was fuelled still further by Arsene Wenger, who accused the world champions of “betraying their philosophy” by turning their tiki-taka style into a negative.

After 15 minutes of the most majestic football imaginable, the greatest noise was the sound of all those words being rammed jubilantly down throats. Coach Vicente del Bosque refused to bow to the demand for a regular centre-forward to be included in his starting line-up and was rewarded with a start the quality of which was on a par with anything this group of players has ever produced.

Ramos had a couple of early efforts, so too Xavi. Andres Iniesta also had a shot blocked before Spain cut their opponents’ defence to shreds. The move was astounding in its simplicity. Alvaro Arbeloa started it, Xavi was also involved before Iniesta split the Italy defence with a pass Cesc Fabregas was able to cut-back from the by-line. And who should be there to head home? None other than little David Silva, who had got free at the near post and flicked the ball into the far.

By half-time, Spain had another. Again five passes were involved. This time it went back to front. Iker Casillas, Fabregas and then Alba, who fed Xavi and kept motoring. What unfolded can only make Barcelona thankful they had agreed to pay Valencia €14 million for the full-back before the tournament started. His price would have gone up significantly otherwise.

Xavi has played that straight through ball thousands of times in his illustrious career. The pace on it was perfect. Alba, beyond Italy’s back-line, steadied himself before sliding a shot calmly past Gianluigi Buffon.

Under normal circumstances, the half-time statistics would have underlined Spain’s superiority. In fact, they showed Italy had played more passes and secured 53% possession, almost unheard of against this Spain team. With Casillas not enjoying his most secure evening, the Azzurri would have expected to create something meaningful. But the bounce of the ball would not go their way.

Casillas got in the way of a thunderous effort from Antonio Cassano and Balotelli fired over. No-one could accuse Prandelli of lacking guts. Within 11 minutes of the re-start he had used all his substitutes and seen one of them Antonio di Natale bring a decent save out of Casillas after collecting Riccardo Montolivo’s pass inside the area.

Unfortunately for Italy, the last replacement, Motta was only on the field for four minutes before he pulled a hamstring and had to be stretchered off. It was dreadful luck for the Azzurri, who now knew their task was a hopeless one. All that was left was to stave off humiliation. Even that was beyond them as substitutes Torres and Mata struck in the final minutes.

Italy didn’t deserve that. Their first competitive defeat to Spain – penalties excepted – since the 1920 Olympics. Spain, record breakers twice over, now unbeaten in this competition for 29 games, a run that stretches back to June 2004. History makers. How boring.

Source:Espnsoccernet

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