The sports pages of the Spanish and international newspapers have been full of Gareth Bale, his recent decline in form, and the ensuing criticism from the Real Madrid fans; most notably after his extremely poor performance against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final 1st leg. However we’re not entirely sure this criticism is entirely warranted and here we shall explore whether the blame needs to be shared by the other players and the club.
Gareth Bale At Real Madrid
Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee estimated at £85.3million (€100 million) in 2013. Despite an injury-plagued first half of …
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With Raheem Sterling’s controversial BBC interview earlier this week, we’ve taken a look back at some of the best, and worst, player interviews in recent history.
Sterling wanted to get his point across, claiming he is not a “money-grabbing 20-year old” after turning down Liverpool’s latest contract offer of £100,000 a week.
There has been a backlash from the Liverpool fans and management, who believe a player, should not be doing these interviews, especially at such a pivotal point of the season. Liverpool are vying for 4th in the Premier League, which would secure Champions League …
With the Champions League group’s announced we thought it would be a great time to take a group-by-group look at the biggest fixtures, expected results and controversy in this latest blog post.
Group A sees La Liga champions Atletico Madrid face Serie A champions Juventus. It is both will safety progress to the knockout stages, with the only question being who will top the group.
No English teams are present in Group A which is likely to see Malmo FF and Olympiakos fighting for 3rd, and subsequently a place in the Europa League.
Liverpool are back after 4 years out of …
With the World Cup now over and Germany walking away with the all-important World Cup trophy, the attention within England is edging back towards the Premier League. Already we have had some big names move to and from Premier League clubs. Throughout all leagues across the world there have been some big signings and here are a few players that have moved to a different club.
After the controversy of what happened to Luis Suarez at the world cup, he has moved from English Premier League side Liverpool to sign for a massive £75.0m. Some people may not think Suarez …
The Champions League returned as eight of the finest teams faced up in the quarter finals. The competition looks to be hotting up as we draw closer to the final of this all important cup. This week’s quarter final matches were all first leg matches and would see if the second leg matches would be already won or a very close match up.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid’s current season has proven to be one of their best so far, and playing in the champion’s league and not looking the favourites to most people could help remove pressure form the players …
Over the weekend, three teams are slowly bunching together at both ends of the table. At the top of the table, Atletico Madrid are still closing the gap as they end the weekend level on points with Barcelona, with Real Madrid creeping behind with only one victory separating them from levelling on points with the top two sides. At the other end of the table, Real Betis are still currently sitting at the bottom as they are struggling to gain points to push them up; however there are still worries for the other five sides above as only three points …
La Liga kicked off the weekend with only six points between the top three sides and five points between bottom table Real Betis and 14th place Celta Vigo. The weekend football was spaced over the three days and produced some excellent football between all the teams that played.
Getafe 1 – 0 Levante (Kick-off: 19:00)
A 1-0 victory for Getafe moved the side into 7th place in the league level one points with Real Sociedad. The only goal came from a Pedro Leon strike in the 79th minute of the game with edged a victory for Getafe over Levante. The first …
Following on from our preview of the German Bundesliga, we now turn our attention towards France’s top division – Ligue 1.
France seems to have become the new playground for Billionaires, with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco both being owned by the super rich.
Over the past 6 seasons we have seen 6 different winners:
2012-2013 – Paris Saint-Germain
2011-2012 – Montpellier
2010 -2011 – Lille
2009 -2010 – Marseille
2008 – 2009 – Bordeaux
2007 – 2008 – Lyon
However, for the foreseeable future it looks as though the major battle with be between PSG and Monaco (who have not won the league since 1996).
PSG are the favourites to …
With Real Madrid making a world record breaking £85m bid for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, there is a real possibility that the £90m barrier could be breached within the next few years. As we edge closer to the £100m mark over the coming years, we thought it was appropriate to look back at the major milestones broken in the world of football transfers starting with the world’s first £1m footballer.
Giuseppe Savoldi was an Italian footballer who during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties played primarily as an attacker. His name was forever etched in the history books of football transfers when …
Since 1995 when the Bosman ruling came into effect, player transfer requests have slowly become more and more frequent. Because of this ruling, players can now leave for free once a contact is finished, therefore making clubs more inclined to sell a player and recoup some of the value.
Within the last 3 years there have been some big names in the world of football, turning their backs on clubs and submitting requests. Fans can often react angrily to players handing in a transfer request, as it often means the player wants to quit the club and move on.
Below we look …