Category Archives: transfers news

The SAMBA BOYS came to town!

Woohoo! so i went to watch the Brazil Olympics Soccer team vs a Singapore Selection match at the National Stadium last night. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the likes of Ronaldinho, Pato and Anderson live in actiona and moreover its the LAST match of the National Stadium. With tickets going at half price, we couldnt say no.

So Brazil won the match 3-0 to many surprises because many, including me, expected a goal feast. However Singapore are no pushovers and with superior fitness and home ground advantage, we managed to put in a good fight, almost scoring on 2 occasions. The Samba Boys are good of course but they have to play way better if they are to win gold at the Olympics. Ronaldinho is a fan’s favourite as of Anderson because many were spotted wearing the Man Utd jersey but Ronnie is clearly unfit and need to shed off some fats. He’s the key man for Brazil definitely so all eyes will be on him come August.

Now to EPL action. The first major summer transfer of the season- Robbie Keane to Liverpool! Robbie Keane partnering Torres is mouth watering but where will Stevie plays? perhaps right wing again and that will not favours the Liverpool Captain. Liverpool needs a right winger and unless they do so, they cant get the best of keane, torres and gerrad. Therefore i still cant see Liverpool challenging for the title yet.

So that will perhaps trigger a series of big money moves. Hopefully Man Utd signs a new striker. I cant wait for the start of the EPL!!

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who’s in who’s out??

I knew what I’m writing right?? Pls refer to yesterday’s newpaper backpage and my last enrty regarding Ronaldo! He’s staying till Sir Alex Ferguson is gone. haha i can forsee the future.

Here are somemore players that i missed out whom I think are rather hot in this off season transfer.

Peter Crouch: This Liverpool stirker wants first team action and Liverpool is not that club that will give him out. With his England future on the line, he needs to move on. I dont think he wants to move aboard so he will be staying in England. None of the Big Four should be interested in him and Crouch wouldnt be interested in them too. He will join one of these 3 clubs- Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Newcastle. However, Pompey is my bet as they are in Europe and they have Harry Redknapp. Defoe and Crouch would be an interesting partnership. Watch out!

Daniel Alves: This Brazilian player is the perfect full back for any team wanting to play attacking football. Regarded as one of the best attacking full back/wing back in the world, he is the next Cafu(my favorite right back). Chelsea though to have him but having signed a new right back in Bosingwa, so Chelsea is out. Alves has a few choices, Barcelona has the biggest chance but Milan and Inter are also on the lookout. Dont forget the 2 Red teams from England though. What a signing he could be for Man Utd! Any club with the cash to splash and looking for a right back should look at this guy from Brazil.

Micah Richards: One for the future. A star in the making. Man City needs to keep him if they are to progress but sacking Sven Goran Eriksson, one of the best managers they had, is not going to convince Richards. He’s replacing Neville at England level already, not why at club level too. However its going to take one hell of courage for him to move to Man Utd so i think Chelsea most probably, espically if Chelsea is to rebulid next summer.

David Villa: Another top striker on the move. He will not come cheap though. He may follow Torres footstep to England but certainly not Liverpool. Chelsea looks his most likely destination in England but a move to Italy or Barcelona is not ruled out too.

Tottenham wants to buy Eto but Eto would rather plays for Arsenal. haha if its true Berbatov is surely leaving just like what I have wrote in my previous entry. It’s just the beginning..     

Around the world..and summer transfers

Woohoo the Serie A season has ended and what a finish!

Roma was trailing Inter by a single point and they were topping the table until Inter scored late in the second half. If Roma had clinched the title, it would have been the most astonishing comeback i have ever seen since i started watching soccer but too bad its was too little too late for Roma but what an effort!

AC Milan will not be playing Champions League football next season. Fiorentina will be playing though and Milan had the “best” player of the world in Kaka! I forsee major changes at AC this coming summer just like a certain Bayern Munich. Milan to win Uefa cup next season?? Dont buy against it.

There are rumors that Ronaldo will be going to Spain after the Champions League Finals. In my honest opinion, there is no point having a player who have no desire to play for the club so if he wants to go, den please. The money from Ronaldo’s sale could bring in at least 3 world class players and there are quality players out there who can step into Ronaldo’s shoes. However my guy feeling and heart told me that Ronaldo will continue wearing the same jersey he had been wearing for the past 5 season because of 1 man- Sir Alex Ferguson. He will persuade Ronaldo to stay and until Ferguson retires, I dont see Ronaldo leaving at all.

There are alot of rebuilding jobs for some major clubs this off season. Barcelona, Chelsea and AC Milan are the most prominent and I believe these 3 clubs will be trading players. Mourinho buying players from Chelsea so there are a few players who will be leaving. Barcelona’s players who are leaving are good players so those clubs with ambitions should keep a lookout for these players. Therefore it will be a busy off season and below are some players that i think major clubs should look out for.

Gareth Barry: Liverpool is the fore-runner for the Aston Villa Captain and I think Barry definitely needs to leave if he is to reach another level. Arsenal would be a good choice also as he will be guarantee a place next to Fabregas and it will be a dream partnership. Chelsea if Lampard leaves. Man Utd no chance i think.  

Ronaldino: The forgotten man in Barcelona. He was once the best player in the game and I think he’s the major rseason why Barcelona flopped. Any club who can bring the best out of Ronnie will be a force to reckon with. Ronnie almost joined Man Utd in 2002. If he had played under Ferguson, Ithink Ronnie would have shone longer. Any club that buys him will be a risk, but a risk worth taken. Liverpool should consider, but most likely he is going to turn up in Italy next season at San Siro too but not sure which Milan team.

Karim Benzema: A good showing at Euro 2008 should see him leaving for a big club. Any big club should be interested in him if they are looking for a excellent and young striker. He will blossom into one of the great player and he could be the next Torres in the EPL if he chooses to come to England but I think he will end up in Spain at the Camp Nou. I will cross my fingers that he chooses the champions of England.

Klass Jan Huntelaar: Another hot property in Europe just like Benzema. Should join one of the big club too. There is also a possibility that he and Benzema will be playing at the same team next season. I will be the most surprise if both of them choose to stay at Lyon and Ajax.

Samuel Eto: One of the best centre forward in the game. If Drogba leaves for AC Milan, I think he will do better than Drogba for Chelsea. If Adebayor leaves Arsenal, Arsenal’s fans will hope Eto is the new man to lead the Arsenal attack next season. Dont rule out Italy though but definitely he would not be playing in spain next season.

 Dimitar Berbatov: Another player which I think will be playing somewhere else next season. A proven player at the biggest stage, the best player to play outside the Champions League, it will take big shoes to replace this guy. Chelsea and Man Utd will suit him because he will want to win an EPL title before moving aboard for another challenge. Therefore I could see Bertatov playing in England next season. I hope he stays at spurs though so that spurs can challenge the big four next season.

I forsee Man Utd to be the least busy of the big 4, Chelsea to be the busiest, Arsenal depending on the number of players leaving and Liverpool adding quality instead of quantity should be their priority. It’s time to splash some cash man! 

   

fla”money”??

As the EPL goes into the final week, some clubs or rather players have already decide to move on even before the final ball is kicked. Let me share my view on some of the transfer news this week.

Arsenal

All the media light was on Wenger’s team as news of Mathieu Flamini moving to Milan for better money dominated the soccer scene. Flamini has been a key player for Arsenal this season as he formed a formidable partnership with Cesc Fabregas in the heart of Arsenal midfield. The question is,” is he that good?” If Wenger sees him as an important player why not offer him an extra $10000 pounds per week? Surely Arsenal is not that poor right. In my opinion, Flamini is not an untouchable for Wenger. Wenger wants to bulid his Arsenal team around Fabregas. Wenger can partner someone more experienced who can teach Fab a thing or 2. Gattuso or Gareth Barry would be a great choice and Wenger needs to add someone whom is world class or else the like of Helb, Adebayor would be leaving a club whom they think is declining. Mind you Arsenal had not won any silverware for the past 3 seasons and players want to win things. I think it would be make or break for Arsenal next season and i think Helb is leaving too which mean Wenger had a lot of rebuliding to do. However, the good news is that he has plenty of money to do that.  

Man City  

So is Sven Goran Eriksson staying or leaving? Rumours are that he will be joining Benfica and Scolari will be taking charge of Eriksson next season. If this happens, I forsee that Scolari will do an Arsenal next season and Scolari will be replaced by maybe Mourinho. What is success to Thasksin then? If doing the double over your city rival and maybe soon to be Champions(maybe double Champions) and achieving a top half finish is not for a side firting with relegation just last season, then that is?? If Micah Richards has not been injured i think Man City can fight for 5th spot a least. Therefore in many eyes including mine, Eriksson has been a major success. Give him more time and more money and he will definitely do much better. If Scholari takes over, I dont think he will fare badly but there will be alot of “what if” in Man city next season.

Barcelona

News have just spread that Frank Rijkaard will be replaced by Josep Guardiola at the end of the season. Is this really the right move? I think so. Rijkaard is losing the plot. With so many stars in this Barcelona team, who would predict that they will finish 3rd in the la liga. Barcelona needs major changes. Those who do not play to play soccer at the Camp Nou shall just leave(you know who i mean). This Barcelona is playing with a lack of desire, passion and teamwork. Alot needs to be done before they can challenge Real Madrid once again. With this, it means that Rijkaard can join Chelsea next season. Its just like a movie script.