Joe Garner expresses his delight in joining Rangers FC

Joe Garner is one of the few attackers that Rangers FC has secured during the summer transfer window.

The Scottish club has mainly been signing midfielders in the current transfer window but one of the forwards that Mark Warbuton did add to his squad in Rangers was the 28 year old English striker Joe Garner who made his way from Preston North End to Rangers FC for a fee of £1.8 million.

The 28 year old attacker announced his excitement in having joined Rangers as Joe Garner said: “I’ve played at massive clubs before like Nottingham Forest but Rangers is the biggest I’ve played for .It would be fair to say that, at 28, I had to grasp this opportunity because I wasn’t sure if I’d get another like it.’’

“When I heard about the club’s interest, it was something my family and I couldn’t turn down. The club has sold 45,000 season tickets, so that says everything about the size of things here and I’m really looking forward to it.”

£1.8 million was the fee that Rangers FC had to offload in order to bring Joe Garner from Preston North End over to the Ibrox Stadium and this is the highest fee that Mark Warbuton has signed for any player during his time in charge of the Scottish club. Continue reading


Veteran Everton defender Leighton Baines says the Everton players all wanted Ronald Koeman to lead them.

Baines himself was in and out of the team in the last campaign as he had ankle injuries but is already back in training at Finch Farm. Baines, who rarely commented on issues at the club, said Koeman was the right deal to move the club forward.

Baines who has been with the club for almost a decade, sharing highs and lows, said he hopes the new boss would ensure the club moved forward. He revealed that the whole team received the appointement well as Koeman was the one “everyone was hoping for.”

He further revealed that the players had given up on the tactics of former coach Roberto Martinez. At half time during the FA Cup semi-final, Baines was heard on the tunnel camera talking about Everton making an already big Wembley pitch, even bigger. There were a lot of reports that when Martinez was sacked, a lot of senior team players and even Martinez’s staff were all up on each other, with players leaving the training. Baines opines that the whole situation would be different with Koeman. Continue reading

Newcastle loss has put a bit of a doubt in the head of Francesco Guidolin

The Newcastle loss has put a bit of a doubt in the head of Francesco Guidolin as he now reckons his team’s current tally of points doesn’t ensure safety.

The victory against the Blues at the Liberty Stadium eight days back had made Guidolin declare his side safe.

With an extremely confident tone that evening, the 60-year old man from Italy had said that the Swans had reached the point where they could believe they were virtually safe.

That was probably not the right statement to make for Guidolin especially at that stage because a manager’s statement always influences the players.

When you, as the team’s boss, come out saying we are safe, it might go down in the change room as the signal that the job is done even if that is not what you are suggesting with your statement.

And, it showed at Newcastle. It was a pretty feeble going from the Swans and one could feel that that they were not playing the game with any real meaning.

The manager probably himself felt the same too and that’s why, he sounded shaken when he talked to media.

Guidolin emphasized how things could change unexpectedly in soccer if a team doesn’t have its foot on the gas all the time. Continue reading

Changes in players at Paris Saint-Germain next season

Paris Saint Germain is preparing themselves for massive changes next season with new players coming in and others going. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing that he will not be staying in Paris, PSG is trying to find a suitable replacement for the Swedish forward.

It is believed that Edison Cavani will be deployed as the central striker and that there will be changes on the wings. It has been suggested that Paris Saint-Germain might be making a bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. Despite having made a good start to the season with Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez form has declined over the season especially after his injury. PSG will be hoping that Arsenal will be tempted to sell their forward with the right amount of money.

With Arsenal failing to win any silverware this season, it might be tempting for Alexis Sanchez to make the switch to a team that is almost certain of winning the league each season and who is pushing now to win the Premier League. Continue reading

Rudi Garcia is certain that his squad is inching closer to their best form

As.Roma was able to collect 3 hugely important points on August 30 as the team of Rudi Garcia claimed a 2-1 triumph over the current champions of Italy, Juventus. Goals from Pjanic and Dzeko was enough for As.Roma to secure their first victory of the entire season and this triumph is not only important for the 3 points that the team of Rudi Garcia gained but it was much more important for another reason, they overcame Juventus.

In the previous season of the Serie A, As.Roma locked horns against Juventus and had to settle with 1 draw and 1 defeat but in this early start of the new season things have kicked off in a much better form for Rudi Garcia and his team.

Rudi Garcia was so impressed and pleased by the performance that his team displayed against Juventus that the French manager said that are getting closer to their best form since he arrived to the club on June of 2013. Continue reading

Rumours have been intense thatgoalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was looking at a potential return

Rumours have been intense thatgoalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was looking at a potential return to the Italian Serie A after he has been linked with clubs like Inter Milan, Napoli, and Roma in the last few weeks. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has been at PSG since 2011.

He has been the club’s number one choice during this period, but there have been suggestions that the French outfit will be looking at an even more capable goalkeeper. PSG have been linked with the likes of Petr Cech and Iker Casillas in recent months. Even though they are yet to make an official offer for these players, their long-standing interest means thatSirigu’s position at the club could come under threat.

Sirigu has started featuring for the national team much more, as it is widely believed that he will be the eventual replacement for Gianluigi Buffon. He played in the 1-0 defeat against Portugal, which was a disappointing result for new manager Antonio Conte.Sirigu has a contract with the French club until the summer of 2018. He has confirmed that there is no potential talk of coming back to Italy right now. After featuring in 34 league games for the French club last season,Sirigu managed to win all four major trophies apart from the Champions League. Continue reading

Fabio Coentrao continues to be doubtful

Despite having won several titles with Real Madrid, the future of defender Fabio Coentrao continues to be doubtful.

He has constantly been linked with a move to Premier League with the likes of Chelsea showing an interest. The presence of former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at Chelsea has been seen as a reason for the constant rumours about a move to Stamford Bridge. After failing to secure his signature in the summer, Chelsea decided to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis instead. The club appeared to be settled in this position.

This has left Coentrao only with the likes ofManchester United in his sights. One of the biggest clubs in the world, the Portuguese defender says that it would be a major honour to play for such a club. Aside from being linked with United, the Portuguese has also been linked with a return to his home country where the likes of Porto and Benfica continue to dominate. Still just 27 years old,Coentrao will have the ability to command a sizeable transfer fee despite playing in just 10 matches for Madrid this season. Marcelo continues to be the club’s primary full-back and he has made 33 appearances in all competitions. Continue reading

Ac.Milan struggles to get top Spot in League

Ac.Milan are struggling to snatch a spot in the higher section of the Italian League, Serie A as the club have still been trying to recover from their recent mediocre campaigns that has seen a number of managers being sacked and switched out due to their failure on securing consistently good results and now FilippoInzaghi is the man that was selected to guide the team to at least an Europa League position that will allow them on competing in the European competition in the next season.

In order to increase their chances on securing a top spot in Serie A, Ac.Milan will have to make a few switches in this winter transfer window and they have started things off by signing Liverpool’s Suso Fernandez. Continue reading

Most Rivalries in Football are due to Racism

Pele vs Maradona, Luis Suarez vs PatriceEvra, John Terry vs Wayne Bridge. All of these are some of the rivalries that exist in football and extend outside of the pitch.

Some of those rivalries are due to racial claims and abuse between certain players while others originated after a player had an affair with the wife of his own teammate, it’s something that certainly goes beyond just playing football.

However, there is a rivalry in the world of football that is being battled and contended between 2 of the best players in the world and maybe even in the history of the sport. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are 2 of the best paid players in any sport but considering the influence that these performers have with their respective clubs it doesn’t come as a surprise why they are rated so highly.

The former Real Madrid player, Michael Laudrup stated that C.Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need each other in order to continue performing at their best.

‘’I think they need each other. If one scores a hat-trick, the other tries to beat that. They are two of the best, not just of this era, in 30 years we’ll be talking about them and the debate will be whether Messi, Cristiano, Maradona or Pele is the greatest of all time’’

When asked which of them he would rather have in his team, the Danish coach replied: ‘’both would have to be in it, as they’ve clearly been the best two over the past four or five years’’

The Ballon d’Or is considered to be the most difficult and prestigious individual award to receive in the world of football and Lionel Messi has earned this silverware on 4 successive seasons while C.Ronaldo has won it twice but the Portuguese attacker is the favorite on winning the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or and this competition that exists between both players is one of the reasons on why they continue wanting to earn more titles to their collection.