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7500 To Holte 13 hours ago

Jose Crespo departs Villa

Defensive backup option Jose Angel Crespo is the latest to depart B6. Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa summer clear out continues as Spanish utility defender Jose Angel Crespo has today joined Greek side PAOK. Crespo, 29, joined Villa last summer, in what was probably the strangest signing of the summer, but never really made an impact at Villa Park. He featured just once under Tim Sherwood, in a 1-0 defeat against Stoke City, before joining Rayo Vallecano on loan for the remainder of the season, as they got relegated from Spain's La Liga. Including Villa's relegation last season, this was...
7500 To Holte 16 hours ago

Aston Villa officially reveal 16/17 kits!

Aston Villa have today announced that they will be working with Under Armour going forward as their primary gear manufacturer and sponsor for the next five years. We now know the first products released as part of the ‘Fight like Lions’ campaign. Passion. Pride. Purpose. Time to #FightLikeLions in our new @UnderArmour kits. #AVFChttps://t.co/SDIx3fwLqB— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 1, 2016 Here are the home and away shirts: They’re finally here - our new kits for the 2016/17 season. #AVFC #FightLikeLions pic.twitter.com/OC0JRuXyiN— Aston Villa FC...
7500 To Holte 19 hours ago

Thank you, Macron, for four years of top-class Villa kits

Villa have been a lot of things on the pitch the last four years, most of which aren’t pretty good. But at least the club always dressed like a proper football club with Macron in charge. I’m a kit nerd. There’s no two ways about it. Kit reveal season is honestly one of my favourite things about summer, and when Aston Villa officially unveil their Under Armour kits, it’ll mark the first time in four years a new manufacturer comes into the fold at B6. And while I’m pretty psyched to see what UA have in store for the club, I’ll admit I’m a little sad to see Macron walk out the...
7500 To Holte 19 hours ago

Aston Villa sign five year kit deal with American giants

Under Armour will take over from Macron for the next five years. After a number of leaks and a pretty fancy marketing campaign, Aston Villa have today revealed that they will be working with Under Armour going forward as their primary gear manufacturer and sponsor. This deal is set to run until 2021 and could be quite lucrative for the Villans if they return to the Premier League. Under Armour have creatively earmarked their first season as the 'Fight Like Lions' campaign and are set to 'arm Aston Villa to ensure that the club can fight like lions'. We've heard the slogan before, but it...
7500 To Holte 20 hours ago

Report: Villa seeks to fill goalkeeper void with young Italian starlet

Villa should certainly be in the market for a new goalkeeper, with a report from Italy suggesting Roberto Di Matteo could be in for 21-year-old Hellas Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. With England out of Euro 2016 and the Copa América finished, it’s time for all of us to partake in our true favourite summer pastime: combing through transfer rumours! If there’s one position above any other Roberto Di Matteo and Aston Villa need to focus on more than any other, it may be the goalkeeper slot. Brad Guzan’s been miserable for the last 18 months or so, and Mark Bunn is a serviceable...
7500 To Holte 21 hours ago

Assessing Aston Villa's 2016-17 squad with a depth chart

New manager Roberto Di Matteo will be getting to know his squad ahead of the season. We compiled a depth chart from the knowledge we have from watching these players in the past. With preseason matches starting on the 16th of July (yes, there are two of them that day), there isn't a lot of time for Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo to determine the initial starting elevens he will roll out to kick off his tenure in Birmingham. Tuesday was Aston Villa's first day of preseason training, and our Elis Sanford recapped it. While we saw how the players performed in roles under various...
7500 To Holte Jun 29, 2016

Watch: 5 things that Villa fans can look forward to and more!

The Villa View return with two new videos! Derbies. Atmosphere. A new era. There's a lot to look forward to, despite the fact that Villa will be playing in the Championship this season and Matt Lynch & The Villa View will tell you what to look out for this coming season. As well as that, below you can watch the boys test their expert Villa knowledge against each other in a quiz. Thank you for reading and following along with 7500 to Holte! If you'd like more like this be sure to check out the Wasted Corner hub that we've set up. Goals, videos, funny tweets, and the like will all be kept...
7500 To Holte Jun 29, 2016

Aston Villa's first day of pre-season training: What have we learned?

The summer holidays are over for Aston Villa's players, and now the real work begins. Today marked the first day of pre-season training for Aston Villa, and with just five weeks to go until the EFL Championship season kicks off, there are a number of things to keep an eye on at Bodymoor Heath, Aston Villa's training ground. Stan the man Great to see you! @StanPetrov19 heads into Bodymoor as our former skipper gets set to train with #AVFC first team. pic.twitter.com/V73tsb0bqG— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 29, 2016 Former Aston Villa captain and club legend Stiliyan Petrov...
7500 To Holte Jun 28, 2016

Aston Villa kits likely leaked three days before launch

Images of Villa’s new kit for 2016/17 are floating around — and this time, it looks like these are the real deal. We’d been getting a couple nuggets from the club by way of teasers — a recap of that here — but it looks like we’ve finally gotten our first full look at Aston Villa’s new Under Armour shirt for the 2016/17 season, by way of Footy Headlines. Photos of the home and away kits for Villa...... I LIKE! well done @UnderArmourUK #avfc pic.twitter.com/WvPlwpjBQO — Villa Till I Die (@VillaTill) June 28, 2016 So, before we start talking about the kit itself, let’s...
7500 To Holte Jun 28, 2016

Aston Villa tease new kit with surreal cinematic promo

What the hell is this? The days of Aston Villa being a second-rate team are clearly over. Well, at least in terms of their media department, who have upped the ante to near ridiculous levels of presentation for their new kit reveal which will take place this Friday, the 1st of July. You can watch a teaser of the video below. Not long left to wait…New kits and training wear revealed 01/07/16. #AVFC #FightLikeLionshttps://t.co/jWBxNVnzs3 — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 28, 2016 I mean. I'm actually excited. It looks pretty arty? It's only a kit, but it's nice to see Villa...
7500 To Holte Jun 28, 2016

Iceland’s population is a relevant narrative, just not the way it’s being used

Iceland have made the quarterfinal of a major tournament. That’s absurd. But we need to recognise the difference between Iceland, as a team, and Iceland, as a country. With their win last night over England, Iceland are through to the quarterfinal of Euro 2016, something that ranks as one of the most impressive results of this tournament. That Wales and Poland’s qualifications to the same stage are completely overshadowed is telling, given the lack of historical pedigree for both those countries. So first, let’s establish the biggest thing that makes this Iceland story so remarkable:...
7500 To Holte Jun 27, 2016

Villa’s League Cup opener against Luton to be televised

The first-round début for the Claret and Blues will be screened on Sky Sports, meaning the club’s first two fixtures of the season are set for live broadcast. Life in the Championship may have its perks for Aston Villa supporters when it comes to TV coverage, as the club’s first two competitive matches of the new season will be broadcast on Sky Sports. We already knew that about the league opener against Sheffield Wednesday, but now we know Villa’s League Cup (or EFL Cup now, I guess) opener away to Luton Town will also see the cameras for live coverage. TV GAMES - #EFLCup Round...
7500 To Holte Jun 26, 2016

Villa should be in no rush to sell Sinclair or Westwood

New owner's financial muscle means the club are right not to offload the two midfielders without an attractive offer. With Tony Xia finally installed as the new owner of Aston Villa there's no rush to sell either of Scott Sinclair or Ashley Westwood despite interest from Celtic and Burnley respectively. A number of papers have reported on Brendan Rodgers' interest in making Sinclair his first new signing at Celtic but Villa firmly rebuffed an initial offer believed to have been around £2 million. The Daily Mail reported Villa value him at around £6m. Rodgers was the wide man's boss in...
7500 To Holte Jun 25, 2016

Villa won’t be represented in Copa América third-place match

Brad Guzan’s United States will play Carlos Sánchez’s Colombia for third tonight in the Copa América Centenario, but neither Villa man is expected to feature for his nation. Tonight, for the second time in this Copa América, the United States will meet Colombia. After a 2-0 Colombia win in the tournament’s opening match, the only two teams featuring Aston Villa players are set to see each other again in a battle for third place. The only issue? Neither Villa player is set to run out for their nations in Glendale, Arizona, tonight. Let’s start with Carlos Sánchez, which is a...
7500 To Holte Jun 24, 2016

Holtecast Episode 94: Xia's official, summer tournaments and more!

Jack and James host this week's pod and discuss the start of the Claret and Blue's summer with a fresh outlook on football. It's been a couple of weeks since we brought you a new Holtecast episode, and a few things have happened at Aston Villa in that time period. First and foremost, it's the moment we'd been waiting for since we heard there was a successful sale of the club; Dr. Tony Xia passed the Fit-and-Proper-Person Test, and finally the transfer of all assets from Randy Lerner is complete. And with a new owner comes a new manager. Roberto Di Matteo was Xia's preferred man, and with...
7500 To Holte Jun 23, 2016

Aston Villa’s new kits: What we know so far

Aston Villa will be unveiling new kits shortly. We know a bit about the design, probably know the manufacturer and definitely know the unveil date. As is usual heading into a new season, Aston Villa will have new kits for their first second-tier adventure in 29 years. So let’s jump into what we know so far about the new kits. Villa’s 2016-17 kits will be revealed Friday 1 July at 12 noon BST. One could have speculated that — Villa’s store is currently closed and will reopen on 1 July — but we now know that’ll be the reveal date. The kit can be preordered starting next Monday, 27...
7500 To Holte Jun 23, 2016

Stan Petrov set to return to Aston Villa’s first team

Stan Petrov is amazing. He told cancer to do one, stuck two fingers up at death and raised a ton of money for various cancer charities. We can confirm @StanPetrov19 will join the first team for pre-season. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/CcwlLjInOF— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 23, 2016 As as you can see from the above, he’s about to tell his doubters that he is back. Stan Petrov, in 2016 will return to Aston Villa’s first team this month for a pre-season schedule that could very well see him playing full-time for the team he retired with over three years ago. It’s not a sure...
7500 To Holte Jun 23, 2016

Carlos Sánchez says he's staying at Villa in exclusive interview

Has the recent sale of Aston Villa started a shift in attitude among the players? A massive storm that caused a significant stoppage in play drenched tens of thousands at Chicago's Soldier Field on Wednesday night, but Carlos Sánchez was the first to receive an early bath. Booked 41 minutes into Colombia's semifinal match against Chile, the Villa man found himself in trouble with the referee just 16 minutes into the match later, although in real time it was nearly three hours (165 minutes) after his first yellow. Sánchez's national team is in action again, taking on the United States and...
7500 To Holte Jun 22, 2016

Jores Okore set to fight for his Villa future

Once an outcast, Jores Okore is fighting back. After his much publicised falling out with caretaker manager Eric Black, it seemed as though Jores Okore's Aston Villa career was coming to an end. However, this may no longer be the case. According to the Birmingham Mail, Jores Okore has told both interested parties and friends of his that he has no intention of leaving Aston Villa, and that he intends to fight for his place at B6. The 23 year old Danish international's Villa career has been somewhat hampered by injuries, but on his day, he is possibly the Villa centre back with the most...
7500 To Holte Jun 22, 2016

Aston Villa draw Luton Town in EFL Cup

The draw for the 1st round of the English Football League Cup has been made, and Aston Villa face an away day to Luton Town. #AVFC drawn to face @LutonTown away in the first round of the @EFLCup. #EFLCup pic.twitter.com/bgq6ab3BOg— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 22, 2016 As a Championship side, Aston Villa this season entered the formerly titled Capital One Cup in the first round, having previously entered along with other Premier League sides in the second round. The game will take place the week commencing August 8, thus taking place a few days after Villa’s first fixture in...

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