8:19 PM EDT, Sat June 24, 2017
We Ain't Got No History 3 hours ago
Keep, Sell, Loan: David Luiz's 2016-17 season in review

Keep, Sell, Loan: David Luiz's 2016-17 season in review

Taking a look at each and every Chelsea player's season. Next up, the golden locks of our Brazilian geezer. Appearances: 38 starts (none as substitute). Minutes: 2,956 in Premier League; 480 in domestic cups. Statistics (per 90 minutes, Premier League): 0.85 tackles won (41.7% success rate); 1.46 aerial duels won (55.2% successful challenges); 5.21 clearances. David Luiz's return to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day took everyone by surprise. In France since 2014, he was a regular starter at Paris Saint-Germain and still had two years left on the big contract he signed on his...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago
Danny Rose was the best left back in the Premier League last season, then he got injured

Danny Rose was the best left back in the Premier League last season, then he got injured

A healthy Rose works wonders in Spurs’ squad. Cartilage Free Captain is again reviewing the Tottenham Hotspur first team players after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Up next: left back, Danny Rose. Danny Rose Appearances: 21 (18 EPL, 3 UCL)Goals: 2Assists: 3 (2 EPL, 1 UCL)Cards: 8Y, 0R What went right? In last year’s season review, I wondered openly if Danny Rose was the best left back in the Premier League. Southampton fans responded by saying it was Ryan Bertrand. Arsenal fans insisted it was actually Nacho Monreal. And Liverpool fans, bless their hearts, hilariously suggested...
Bitter and Blue 8 hours ago
WATCH: Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores for Portugal against New Zealand

WATCH: Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores for Portugal against New Zealand

Well done, kid! Portugal are in control on @FS1!Bernardo Silva's first goal of the #ConfedCup puts them up 2-0. @Powerade #NZLPOR https://t.co/p8TSuOTkDC— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 24, 2017 Portugal are comfortably booking a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-finals thanks to a two-goal lead built in the first half against New Zealand in St. Petersburg. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first (obviously) through a penalty, and then it was time for Manchester City's new signing Bernardo Silva join the party. After a fantastic combination play on the left side between...
Bitter and Blue 9 hours ago
New Zealand vs. Portugal live stream 2017: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch Confederations Cup online

New Zealand vs. Portugal live stream 2017: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch Confederations Cup online

Bernardo Silva starts in a key match for the reigning European champions The Confederations Cup reaches a decisive stage this weekend, as the last group stage matches take place and four teams will qualify for the semi-finals. No team is guaranteed a place in the Final Four, so this promises to be quite a fun last round of group games. Group A is decided on Saturday when Mexico face host nation Russia and New Zealand face Portugal. Mexico and Portugal both need only a draw to qualify, but they surely won't be going into their matches looking to keep clean sheets. Mexico love to attack, and...
Roker Report 11 hours ago
Roundup: Takeover talks drag into next week; Finally a player opts to stay & Lazio plot Borini loan

Roundup: Takeover talks drag into next week; Finally a player opts to stay & Lazio plot Borini loan

Sunderland takeover talks are set to drag into another week as chief executive Martin Bain moves to present a business-as-usual front; reports this morning suggest John O'Shea will stay at the Stadium of Light; Lazio plot a loan deal for Borini whilst Jeremain Lens is no nearer a permanent exit. Takeover talks drag into another week With a deal yet to conclude, Sunderland owner Ellis Short will continue talks with prospective buyers for the club over the weekend and into next week. But as speculation mounts, chief executive Martin Bain has sought to present a 'business as usual' message...
Roker Report 12 hours ago
The highs and lows of fan ownership: Could SAFC supporters ever run this club?

The highs and lows of fan ownership: Could SAFC supporters ever run this club?

It's the daydream of many lowly to fans to be the man in charge, but is the juice worth the squeeze? The idea of a club owned and operated by the fans is quite the fantastic concept. At first glance it allows for some pretty intensive daydreaming about the honour of holding that responsibility, the solidarity of sharing it; I'm sure for every one of us past what we'll call the point of no return - too old or unfit to ever really pursue a career in the beautiful game and too poor to consider being a club owner – can relate to the daydream of that elusive win on the Euro Lottery, of walking...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 13 hours ago
Dietmar Hamann - The One Day Wanderer

Dietmar Hamann - The One Day Wanderer

A look back at the shortest career of a Wanderer ever Remember Dietmar Hamann, the former Newcastle United, Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder? Well, he also signed for Bolton Wanderers. I'm sure it's a story you'll already be familiar with, but I thought i'd recall it having seen his tweet about it the other day. The former German international suggested Liverpool should sign Real Madrid defender Pepe on a free transfer, to which somebody replied 'Thought pepe already signed a pre contract with PSG'. Hamann's response was: I signed a proper one at Bolton https://t.co/BaGQe0VfKE—...
Atlético Madrid must not buy Diego Costa if he wants to play before January

Atlético Madrid must not buy Diego Costa if he wants to play before January

Of course the Daily Mail and others describe this as another BLOW of the massively shocking kind, or some such, to whatever Chelsea’s hopes may be in the Diego Costa situation, but the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t really change anything. Chelsea dealt another Diego Costa blow by Atletico Madrid's transfer ban https://t.co/dkh9M0ZWPv pic.twitter.com/d97QqalqgH— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 24, 2017 The Mail claims, back up by FIFA rules, that if Atlético sign Diego Costa this summer, they cannot loan him out. This is because due to FIFA rules, teams may only loan...
Manchester United dismiss claims of Matić agreement — report

Manchester United dismiss claims of Matić agreement — report

We’re a good few hours late to this bit of news, but I was hoping that a named journalist would want to put their byline behind this claim at some point. Alas, that has not happened. So, here we have a line hidden towards the end of a story about Fabinho from the Press Association that was picked up by the Telegraph on Friday. Fabinho has been off-and-on linked with Manchester United (while fellow Monaco midfielder closes in on his move to Chelsea), and the PA were reporting on some quotes that Fabinho gave back in Brazil. The interesting part is this bit. Tottenham's Eric Dier and...
Roker Report 16 hours ago
Len Shackleton: ‘The Joker of Roker’

Len Shackleton: ‘The Joker of Roker’

Shack learned his trade at Arsenal & Bradford, became a footballer at Newcastle, but it was Sunderland that got under his skin - Shack loved Wearside. Leonard Francis ‘Len’ Shackleton was born in 1922 and came from very modest beginnings. The 1920s are sometimes referred to as the ‘roaring twenties’ over in the United States. However, back in Britain, the 1920s were defined by depression, deflation and a steady decline in the great Britain’s former economic pre-eminence. By the time Shack was beginning to play football, Britain’s economy was struggling. This was particularly...
The Daily Hilario: FM 2017 on sale

The Daily Hilario: FM 2017 on sale

Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans. TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY? I've played every single Championship Manager (later Football Manager) for the past 20 years or so and while none of them have come close to levels of addiction I experienced with CM 01-02 — FM Live came very, very close before it's tragic shutdown — I've been diligently acquiring each new iteration in hopes of sparking new serious interest. Though that might be severly counterproductive. In any case, FM 2017 is on sale in just about every Steam region right now and just $17 in the US, so I suppose it's time to hit that...
Like N’Golo Kanté, Bakayoko chose Chelsea over Manchester United because of Conte — report

Like N’Golo Kanté, Bakayoko chose Chelsea over Manchester United because of Conte — report

Across the vastness of football media on Friday, Chelsea were unilaterally reported to be either very close or very very close or even very very very close to finishing up the Tiemoué Bakayoko transfer business. The vast majority of the stories didn’t differ from what Mohamed Bouhafsi (of RMC) reported late Thursday, with Chelsea agreeing a €40m fee in principle with AS Monaco for the 22-year-old midfielder. Chelsea are in advanced talks for Bakayoko. Agreement is really close with Monaco; the player has accepted. #CFC #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 23,...
Chelsea will not have official buyback clause on Bertrand Traoré at Lyon — report

Chelsea will not have official buyback clause on Bertrand Traoré at Lyon — report

According to Sport Witness, who were reporting on L’Equipe’s article about the Bertrand Traoré transfer to Lyon in their Friday edition, Chelsea will NOT have an (official) buyback clause on Traoré for the simple fact that (official) buyback clauses are not allowed by the French FA. There are a few stray reports to the contrary on Twitter, but according to this story as well as previous reporting around the Memphis Depay deal by Sport Witness, a buyback clause simply cannot be written into the official contract between a player and a French club. Chelsea on the verge of completing...
Bitter and Blue 21 hours ago
PSG reportedly ready to make bid for Manchester City's Sergio Agüero

PSG reportedly ready to make bid for Manchester City's Sergio Agüero

A ridiculous report suggests PSG are readying a bid for City's top striker. LOL. According to The Times, Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a big splash in the transfer market after missing out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco last season. The report suggests PSG are after Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero and are ready to make a £60million-plus bid to acquire the Argentine’s services. It seems that every summer since he’s arrived at the Etihad, Agüero has been linked with a massive transfer away from the club. Obviously nothing has come of this in the past but the latest...
Coming Home Newcastle Jun 23, 2017
Newcastle United reportedly set to clinch Andreas Samaris....for a club record transfer fee

Newcastle United reportedly set to clinch Andreas Samaris....for a club record transfer fee

Reports suggest that the Greek midfielder is subject to serious interest from Rafa Benitez, and a deal could be completed soon.  According to the Mirror, Rafa Benitez has been working on a huge deal for Benfica's Andreas Samaris for the past six weeks. The midfielder was said to be high on David Moyes' shortlist whilst he managed Sunderland, but nothing was ever agreed with his Portuguese employers. Samaris, who turned 28 this month, joined Benfica in 2014 from Olympiacos for £8.8million and has won three consecutive league titles. Some fans may be perplexed by the size of the fee...
The Short Fuse Jun 23, 2017
Arsenal, Chelsea to donate to Grenfell fire victims

Arsenal, Chelsea to donate to Grenfell fire victims

The Community Shield is turning into a fundraiser for affected families. It’s the hoariest of cliches to say that sport doesn’t matter in the face of real life, but sometimes cliches are 100% true. This is one of those times. As you no doubt know, a couple weeks ago, a horrific fire tore through the Grenfell Tower apartments in London, a 24 story public housing apartment building on the west side of London. 79 people died, hundreds were injured, and an entire building’s worth of families on public assistance were put out on the street as a result - the building’s still standing,...
The Busby Babe Jun 23, 2017
Alternative Manchester United Transfer Targets: Wingers

Alternative Manchester United Transfer Targets: Wingers

Ivan Perišić? Nah. We’ve got better ideas. It has been widely reported that José Mourinho has targeted four areas of the Manchester United team for improvement this summer. With a need at center back already addressed, a striker, a winger, and a central midfielder are the other positions for which new signings are likely. In part 2 of a 3 part series, the tBB writers propose alternative signings for those positions to the ones that have been heavily rumored. Next up: the wingers. Anthony Martial Photo by Dan Mullan/ It's been an interesting couple of seasons for...
Swansea’s first-team assurances for Abraham to pave way for Llorente transfer to Chelsea — reports

Swansea’s first-team assurances for Abraham to pave way for Llorente transfer to Chelsea — reports

For much of the transfer window so far, Tammy Abraham looked set to join Newcastle United on loan for the season. Having forged a good relationship with Chelsea through the loan of Christian Atsu as well as manager Rafa Benitez, the Magpies seemed on course to bolster their return to the Premier League with the presence of the teenage goal-machine. Brighton emerged as contenders as well, but then in the space of just a few days, Swansea City swooped in and, pending the official announcement, sealed the deal. How did the Swans steal a beat on the others? Other than reminding us once...
Roker Report Jun 23, 2017
Déjà vu: Boss of Anichebe’s new Chinese club calls for patience on player's arrival in Beijing

Déjà vu: Boss of Anichebe’s new Chinese club calls for patience on player's arrival in Beijing

Released by Sunderland, Victor Anichebe has been snapped up by Beijing Enterprises. His unveiling there today smacks of his arrival at the Stadium of Light and his move to China is little surprise. Former Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe has been snapped up by Beijing Enterprises. And in shades of his arrival at the Stadium of Light last year, the Chinese League One side have warned fans not to expect too much from the 29-year-old until he gets up to fitness. Announcing his arrival, manager of the second-tier outfit, Hongbo Gao, suggested that six weeks since he played a first team...
Cartilage Free Captain Jun 23, 2017
Tottenham have only themselves to blame for paying £30m for Moussa Sissoko

Tottenham have only themselves to blame for paying £30m for Moussa Sissoko

The New York Times suggests that Sissoko’s high fee may have been due in part to Real Madrid accidentally inflating the market, but Spurs still should’ve known better. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a football club which purchases Moussa Sissoko is likely to be disappointed. That seems to be the general feeling for fans of Tottenham Hotspur, nearly one year after the club purchased Sissoko for a club record £30m on transfer deadline day. Normally, criticizing an expensive player after after a bad year has a whiff of armchair quarterbacking about it, but with Sissoko,...

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