Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Signing of the Season, EPL News, England's Euro 2012 Squad Review:

Hello and welcome to the aftermath of Sunday's epic last EPL match of the season.

Manchester City have been crowned as the new champions of England.

Tottenham and Arsenal both took the Champions League spots along with 2nd placed Manchester United who failed to retain their title.

Newcastle are in line for a Europa League place next season after an amazing season along with Liverpool who won the Carling Cup and as a result move into the qualifying rounds.

Bolton Wanderers, Wolves and Blackburn Rovers were all relegated to the Coca-Cola Championship, with Reading, Southampton and West Ham/Blackpool moving up to the EPL. 
Chelsea have to face German giants Bayern Munich in the CL Final this Saturday and beat them.


My first 'End of Season poll' for all of you is this:


Who has been the signing of the season?


A: Nikica Jelavic 

Super signing: Jelavic has been a massive impact for Everton since moving in January.


He has been electric since his £5million move from Rangers in the January transfer window.
He has scored 11 goals in 14 matches and has virtually given Everton 7th place in the table, higher than rivals Liverpool.
For £5million, he is a bargain.


B: Demba Ba

What an impact: Newcastle striker Demba Ba scored 15 goals in the EPL before Christmas.


This striker has been overlooked as times ever since his International team-mate came on the Newcastle scene. We will talk about him in a minute, but Demba Ba whether you will remember or not was amazing for The Toon Army since arriving on a FREE transfer in the summer.
He scored 15 goals before going to the African Cup of Nations in January and ever since he came back he only scored twice.
He still scored 17 goals this season, which makes him the 7th highest scorer in the EPL despite a confusing second half of the season.


C: Papiss Demba Cisse

Newcastle's No.9: Cisse has scored 13 goals in 14 matches and has been explosive since moving from Freiburg.


£10million in the January transfer window for the Senegal striker.
Newcastle were looking for a Champions League spot, and almost got it with the amazing and intriguing form of Cisse. He settled into England well, scoring 13 goals from 14 matches.
He gave Newcastle 5th spot which means Europa League next season, and linked up with his team-mates well also.
He also scored braces against Swansea, West Brom, Chelsea and Liverpool. 
He has caused some transfer speculation already with reports that Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and PSG are both ready to sign him.


FACT: He is the quickest Newcastle player to score 5 goals since Les Ferdinand.


FACT: He is Newcastle's most prolific goals-to-game scorer of ALL TIME ahead of Hughie Gallacher.


D: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sign him up! Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a superb loan spell at Swansea and is WANTED all over Europe.


Even though this signing was only a loan period, Sigurdsson was immense for Swansea creating trouble for defences with his rapid pace and giving goalkeepers nightmares with is deadly free-kicks. 
He scored 7 goals in the EPL in his time at Swansea, and Brendan Rogers will be hoping he can obtain Sigurdsson's services on a permament basis beyond this season. 



EPL News:

BREAKING NEWS:
 
Liverpool have officially confirmed that they have sacked manager Kenny Daglish after a poor season despite winning the Carling Cup in February and qualifying for the Europa League. They came 8th in the table, behind Merseyside rivals Everton and lost 14 times this season. 

Not good enough: Manager Kenny Daglish has been sacked from Liverpool FC after coming 8th this season.

FACT: This is Liverpool's worst finish in the EPL in 18 years and their lowest points tally since 1953/54 season.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez and former Reds boss Rafa Benitez are the favourites to take the job.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has thanked Daglish for all his support and help while he was settling into the club in January last year.

He has hinted at a move away from the club though, as he said that he would love to play in Spain in the La Liga in the future.
He is not gettting any younger, and Atletico Madrid and Valencia could move for him in January.


Manchester United striker Michael Owen has been released from United after being told that he will not be offered a new contract. 
He is now looking for a new club.

Some International players who will play in Euro 2012 in the Summer have modelled off their new home kits.

In season: Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Snejider, Modric and M'Villa all model off their home kits for Euro 2012.
 

Arsenal have shown a sneak peek preview picture of their new German striker Lukas Podolski in a training hall in London.

£11million man: Could this be the super signing to give Arsenal their first trophy in over 7 years?!
Bye bye Koln: Striker Lukas Podolski waves goodbye to a club that he has been at since 1995.



Goal-line technology could be brought in halfway through next season, according to EPL chief executive Richard Scudamore.
FIFA will rule in July whether it will be allowed across the world. 

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been named their Player of the Year.

Player of the Year: Martin Skrtel has been named Liverpool's Best Player. He is reportedly WANTED around Europe.


EUROPE NEWS:

Atletico Madrid have won the Europa League after beating fellow Spainish side Athletic Bilbao 3-0 last Wednesday.



Champions of the Europa League: Atletico Madrid celebrate their win against Bilbao last week.


Former Arsenal and (Real Madrid - loanee) striker Emmanuel Adebayor admits that his future is out of his hands but has re-iterated his desire to stay with North London club Tottenham. 
He has virtually given them a top 4 spot this season, scoring 18 goals for them this season on loan from EPL champions Manchester City. 

He has to take a pay cut if he goes, and I doubt City would take him back and he would play in the starting 11 every week, so he should stay at Spurs.

Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has admitted that United gifted rivals City the title this season and believes that if they play well next season, they should be able to regain their crown easily. 

The problem was when they were 8 points clear, they got too over confident and City were still believing, and pounced on them on the last day. 

QPR midfielder Joey Barton could face a 12-match ban after using violent conduct on Manchester City strikers Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero on Sunday after being sent off.

Disgrace: Joey Barton is sent off the pitch against Manchester City on Sunday after violent conduct.
 
He would be lucky, he should never play professional football again.
Disgrace to the word 'football' 

Chelsea players have modelled off their 2012-13 home EPL kits:

We want gold: Fernando Torres, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge pose in their new home kits.






England's Euro 2012 Squad Review:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Robert Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)

Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)

Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

Stand-by players: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)

Well, it is a solid team but their are some notable absences including:

Rio Ferdinand
Micah Richards
Ben Foster (ruled himself out from International duty)
Peter Crouch
Daniel Sturridge (who is ONLY a stand-by)
Kyle Walker (through an ankle injury) 
Chris Smalling (through a groin injury)


No offence, but I do not see how on earth Downing got a place in the team, yet Sturridge and Johnson did not get a place. Carroll should be a stand-by player because he only started to perform in the last few weeks of the season, starting with the FA Cup semi-final against fierce rivals Everton.
John Terry and Ashley Cole will provide some much needed experience in the back 4, whilst Gerrard being captain will lift morale levels.
Walcott on the left, Chamberlain on the right is a deadly pair and will be giving defences trouble.
Defoe has some experience which will come in handy, especially for the group stage matches, where Rooney is suspended.




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