2:07 PM EDT, Wed June 29, 2016

A Season in Statistics Player-By-Player: Shola Ameobi

He can ride a bike and eat an apple at the same time. Can you? Here we are. It's the summer and we are looking back at each and every player who made an appearance for Bolton Wanderers during the 2015/16 season. He's a Newcastle United legend.....it's Shola Ameobi. Appearances - 8(2) - 2 goals Signed with a snigger from the footballing universe, Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon brought in the former Newcastle and Stoke City striker to bolster a failing strikeforce. To be fair, he certainly improved our striking offer but then again let's face it, more or less anyone could have....
7500 To Holte 17 mins ago

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...
The Busby Babe 1 hour ago

The Championship Manager 99-00 Challenge: August ‘99

Join Busby Babe writer Ryan Baldi as he takes the reins of Manchester United circa the summer of 1999. As the dust settles on the previous season’s Treble celebrations, the challenge is to win another Champions League title sooner than Sir Alex Ferguson was able to in 2008. Pre-season is over and the real business is about to begin. August stands to be a pretty busy month for us, with six fixtures in total and two trophies up for grabs, so let’s get cracking... Up first is a trip to Wembley to face Arsenal in the traditional curtain-raiser, the Charity Shield. It’d be nice to get up...
Cartilage Free Captain 2 hours ago

Jan Vertonghen is a bottle-flipping prodigy

There's a new craze sweeping the internet. The art of bottle-flipping. Yes, you read that correctly. It all began a few months ago with a viral video of a kid doing it at a talent show. Since then it's taken a life of its own. Tottenham Hotspur defender, Jan Vertonghen, is getting in on the action himself and he's got a promising future: While the Belgian may want to stick to his day job, it's nice to know he has a back up plan in case this football thing goes by the wayside. I can just imagine him and Toby Alderweireld becoming a traveling duo of bottle-flippers. I'd pay to see...

Martin Skrtel to Fenerbahce Transfer “Almost Done”

According to Fenerbahce's president, their £5.5M deal to bring Martin Skrtel to Turkey is nearly done, and expectations are the transfer will be announced this week. At the end of last season, rumour had it Martin Skrtel was set to make the move to Fenerbahce. Then, he got linked to what felt at times like half the clubs on the continent. Besiktas and Galatasaray and Wolfsburg and Roma were all, at various times, rumoured frontrunners. Plus there was, we were told, interest from China. In the end, though, we kept coming back to Fenerbahce, who were rumoured to have agreed a £5.5M transfer...
Coming Home Newcastle 2 hours ago

Reap the Wild Wyn on Wednesday

Reap the Wild Wyn: Newcastle United news and other links to make you a better person for June 29, 2016 Every Wednesday I laugh. So many W's, and then I think of Elmer Fudd. Well, after the death march of rumors we are finally seeing the club begin to take shape. Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels has been signed, and it appears that Dwight Gayle is on the cusp of moving from Pardew's squad to Tyneside. Twitter had some interesting dialogue surrounding the potential to grab Gayle, with most of it being positive. Those against the signing concluded that since he couldn't break into Pardew's...
Cartilage Free Captain 3 hours ago

Arsenal supposedly made inquiry about Tottenham’s Dele All...ahahahahaha I can’t

Supposedly this is a thing that a..ahahahahahahahaha no seriously stop I love transfer rumor season. Oh sure, there are the real actual rumors to report, and then there are things that are just so incredibly ridiculous that they just make you laugh out loud when you read them. Like this one: reports are circulating from an Italian journalist connected to Gazzetta dello sport that Arsenal actually made an inquiry to Tottenham Hotspur about Dele Alli. Arsenal have asked Tottenham info about Dele Alli.— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) June 27, 2016 Putting aside the utter...
The Short Fuse 3 hours ago

Arsene Wenger on Alexandre Lacazette: Neither confirm nor deny

He’s either uninterested, or throwing everyone off the scent. It’s hard to tell. When it comes to transfers, Arsene Wenger always plays things close to the vest. He doesn’t really share his thoughts with the media (nor should he), and Arsenal as a whole are very tight about what they’re thinking and doing. Most times, the first thing you hear from the club is that a deal is done. This is a man, after all, who once famously claimed that he didn’t know Santi Cazorla, immediately before signing him. Which is why, when Arsene comes out and says he “can neither confirm nor deny”...

Martin Skrtel Either Did or Didn’t Call Jürgen Klopp a Dickhead on the Internet

Social media can a wonderful thing, allowing people the world over to share and engage. To, at its best, bend the moral arc of the universe ever so slightly towards justice. It can also be the place where brands try to sell you on crap you don’t want and people engage in awful banter and send dick pics. As it is for the rest of us, so to is it for athletes. Who mostly use it to say bland crap nobody cares about but occasionally do something good with the platform and occasionally use it to send dick pics (hey there, Jonjo!). And who occasionally use it to engage in some #topbantz when...
7500 To Holte 4 hours ago

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...
Royal Blue Mersey 4 hours ago

Everton and Palace in duel over French international goalie

Marseille player out of contract currently Everton have offered Steve Mandanda a three-year contract in the battle to get the goalkeeper’s signature. The player’s contract at Olympique Marseille expired at the end of the 2015-16 season and he has indicated that he would like to move abroad next. A long-time backup to Hugo Lloris in the France setup, Mandanda is currently involved in the Euro 2016 championship where the home side is heavily favored to win. He started 36 games for Marseille in a disappointing season for the former French giants, finishing in 13th place. The Kinshasa-born...
Cottagers Confidential 4 hours ago

The end of Fernando Amorebieta's time in West London?

Is Fulham starting to follow our offseason plan? Probably not, it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to see Amorebieta’s time here was limited. Sky Sports News reports emerged on Monday 27th June, Stating that Fulham's Venezuelan international has told the club his intent on leaving SW6 and will not make another appearance for The Cottagers. Amorebieta has spoken with the Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic at the clubs Motspur Park Training Ground as the clubs returns back for the first day of pre-season. The 31 year old who is under contract at the club until 2017, Has had a sporadic time at...
Cartilage Free Captain 4 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur eyeing transfer move for goal-scoring Iceland hero

Spurs are interested in Sigurdsson. But not Gylfi, the other one. It’s been just days since Iceland knocked England out of the European Championships in France, and now the inevitable transfer rumors surrounding some of Iceland’s players are starting to emerge. Today, a report in the Guardian says that Tottenham Hotspur is interested in obtaining the services of central defender Ragnar Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson has put in some wonderfully stout defensive performances for Iceland thus far in the Euros, and scored the equalizing goal in their knock-out round win over England on Monday. He...

Mamadou Sakho Available to Face Tranmere

Though UEFA still haven’t handed down a final ruling, Mamadou Sakho will join his teammates for the start of pre-season and expected to be available when Liverpool take on Tranmere next week. Though a final verdict isn’t expected from UEFA until next week at the earliest and could even arrive after Liverpool play their first match of pre-season, against Tranmere Rovers on Friday, June 8th, Mamadou Sakho will take part in pre-season preparations with the club. While his ban was lifted by UEFA, that he remains in an uncertain situation pending the final ruling had led to some doubts as to...
Cottagers Confidential 5 hours ago

2016 Fulham Offseason Plan Part 1: Cleaning house

As we begin our yearly offseason plan for Fulham, lets look at players that we’d be happy to see go. Fulham have a fairly large squad of players who are frankly not very impressive at all. This team has to get better if it wants to have any chance of competing for a promotion spot next season. Unfortunately, you can’t just blow up the squad and replace it with all new players. Some of them are under contract, and to get rid of them; you have to find a taker. Realistically, if they can’t cut it at Fulham, who’s going to want them? All that being said, these players are good enough,...
The Short Fuse 5 hours ago

Cannon Fodder News and Links: Calm before the storm

News and links for Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Poland vs Portugal Euro 2016 preview: Prediction, team news, live, TV and odds | London Evening StandardCristiano Ronaldo has been handed added incentive ahead of Portugal's quarter-final clash with Poland following Lionel Messi's decision to retire from international football. Euro 2016 Portugal v Poland preview: Cristiano Ronaldo poses biggest threat yet to Polish rearguard - Euro 2016 2016 - Football - EurosportWe take a look at the Euro 2016 match, including kick-off time, venue, team news, TV schedule and quotes ahead of the game. VIDEO: Roy...
Royal Blue Mersey 6 hours ago

Everton fans relieved, former United winger heading to La Liga

Not quite the marquee signing we’re waiting to see Turkish club Fenerbahce have confirmed that they will be selling Nani to Valencia in Spain. The former Manchester United player had been linked with Everton after decent performances during the ongoing Euro 2016 tournament where Portugal play Poland in the quarterfinals tomorrow. Valencia have not confirmed the deal as yet, but will pay €8.5million to bring Nani to the Mestalla. Inter Milan and Liverpool were two other clubs linked to the winger along with the Blues and the La Liga club. The 29-year-old featured in a total of 47 games...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago

Manchester United linked with bids for two Real Madrid stars

Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Manchester United could be about to swoop for two Real Madrid stars. Reports emerging from the Spanish media this morning have linked Manchester United with potential moves for two Real Madrid players. El Confidencial is reporting that United are interested in both Raphaël Varane and Álvaro Morata, as the two Real Madrid players face uncertain futures at the Bernabéu. The report claims that France international centre-back Varane could be heading to England this summer, with his path to a regular first-team berth in Madrid blocked by Sergio Ramos...
The Liverpool Offside 7 hours ago

Rumour Mongering: Higuain Is Still Not A Thing

For approximately the one millionth time in the last month, no Gonzalo Higuain is not coming to Liverpool. Two unrelated occurrences happened this summer, which, when combined has had the unfortunate knock-on effect of swamping Liverpool sites with an unending stream of Higuain to Merseyside stories. The first is the on-going refusal of the 28-year-old Argentinian striker to put pen to paper and extend his contract with his current club Napoli. The second is that Jürgen Klopp was apparently spotted watching the Copa America next to Nicolas Higuain, the player's brother and...
Roker Report 8 hours ago

Sunderland and England - A Different Mentality

Skittish horses, slugs, and losers. Why I have no respect for this England team – but can’t help falling in love with Sunderland. I saw lots of tweets from Sunderland fans on Monday night joking ‘now you all know what it’s like to support Sunderland’. Except it wasn’t like that. It was so much worse. I do not believe that it was entirely a mental issue for the England players. Hodgson’s tactics were an embarrassment to watch and his Plan B was a player who has played 141 minutes of football in twelve months. However, every single member of this England squad has a loser’s...

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