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Monday, July 29, 2013

Tottenham player Gareth Bale has said that he wants to speak to Real Madrid, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is adamant the Welsh player will not be sold.

Real Madrid have yet to submit a written offer, while Spurs have said that are determined to keep the 24-year-old, even if they receive a world record bid of £85m. Spurs bought Bale from Southampton for £10m in 2007.

Tottenham are hopeful of persuading Bale to fulfil another year of the three years remaining on his current contract.

Tottenham arrived back in London on Sunday from their final pre-season matches in Hong Kong. Bale did not play in either of the club's matches in the Asia Trophy because of a "muscle problem".

Saturday, July 27, 2013

FOOTBALL : Man Utd told Cesc Fabregas not for sale

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told Manchester United that they will not sell midfielder Cesc Fabregas at any price.

Man United manager David Moyes revealed on Thursday that the deal was "ongoing" but the Spanish club insist no offer will be accepted for the 26-year-old.

Bartomeu said: "United's interest for Cesc Fabregas is obvious, he's a great player but it does not bother us. It does not matter what they offer us, we are not selling him."

Monday, July 22, 2013

FOOTBALL : Nagoya Grampus 1-3 Arsenal + video highlights link

Arsenal recorded a 3-1 friendly win against Japanese side Nagoya Grampus, on their tour of Asia.

Nagoya Grampus was the last side Arsene Wenger managed, some 17 years ago, and the game was played in a jovial atmosphere in front of a crowd of almost 43,000.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute with his sixth goal of the tour, before young Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 before halftime.

Theo Walcott added a third goal before Kisho Yano got one back for Nagoya Grampus late on.

Free Video Highlights are available here at Arsenal's official website.

Friday, July 19, 2013

FOOTBALL : FIFA announce ticket prices for 2014 World Cup in Brazil

FIFA have announced the ticket prices for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with prices being lower than previous editions of the World Cup.

Ticket prices for international fans attending the football World Cup in Brazil will start at $90 (£59, €69) for initial group matches.

Tickets will go on sale from 20 August 2013, and the biggest problem for football fans will be getting any sort of allocation, as the tickets will be massively oversubscribed, and applicants will go into a balloting system to "win" the right to purchase tickets.

In total about three million tickets will be available for fans, but demand will be much higher for most matches.

Football's governing body Fifa announced that the cheapest ticket for the final on 13 July will be $440 (£288) and the most expensive $990 (£650).

The TST tickets (team specific tickets to follow one team) are reasonably priced in Category 3, at just USD $297 for three group games, plus $605 for three knockout matches to the semi-finals, and a further $484 to include the final.

That's a total of $1384 - pricey but not outrageous given the demand.

World Cup ticket prices (overseas fans)

Matches Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
Source: FIFA.
Opening Match $495 $330 $220
Group Matches $175 $135 $90
Round of 16 $220 $165 $110
Quarter Finals $330 $220 $165
Semi Finals $660 $440 $275
3rd / 4th Place Match $330 $220 $165
Final $990 $660 $440

The tournament starts on 12 June 2014, with the first game being played

FOOTBALL : Have Arsenal spent any money yet?

Fed up with getting up in the morning full of hope - only to have it dashed after 30 minutes of searching the internet in the vain hope of news of a star player heading to Arsenal football club - with absolutely no success?

Well, we can't make Wenger spend money - but I can save you time as I've found a site that does it all with one simple click ... just go to :

Absolute classic site - well done that man !

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

FOOTBALL : Manchester City agree fee for Fiorentina striker Jovetic

Manchester City agree Stevan Jovetic fee say Fiorentina

Manchester City have dipped into the transfer market again - agreeing a fee to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. Jovetic, 23, has been a long-term target for the 2011-12 Premier League champions and is rated at about £28m.

The Montenegro forward, who scored 13 goals in 31 games for Fiorentina last season, and his club Fiorentina tweeted:  "An agreement has been reached with Manchester City for the permanent sale of the player."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has already strengthened his squad this summer with the signings of midfielder Fernandinho, 28, from Shakhtar Donetsk and winger Jesus Navas, 27, from Sevilla.

Striker Alvaro Negredo, 27, is expected to follow former Sevilla team-mate Navas to the Etihad Stadium in a £20m deal.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

FOOTBALL : Aussie Bookmaker expects Manchester United to score twice on Saturday.


It’s widely expected Manchester United will put at least a couple of goals in the back of A-League All-Stars net this Saturday night , especially after their 0-1 loss in Thailand last weekend, and Australian online bookmaker is taking bets on exactly how many it’ll be.
ManYoo scoring two goals is the $3.25 favourite, followed by one or four or more (both $4.00) and three ($4.20). Going goalless, as they did last weekend, is paying a juicy $10.’s Ben Hawes said : “The betting says the Red Devils might struggle to rack up a score against the All-Stars. We’re tipping the over/unders for nightclub visits will be much higher!”

Markets courtesy of
How many goals will Manchester United score against the A-League All-Stars?  

$10      No goals
$4.00   Exactly 1
$3.25   Exactly 2
$4.20   Exactly 3
$4.00   4 or more goals

In match betting, United are the $1.36 clear favourites, the All-Stars are at $7.50, with draw paying $4.50.

Manchester United v A-League All-Stars - Match Result

$1.36   Manchester United
$4.50   Draw
$7.50   A-League All-Stars     

Sunday, July 14, 2013

FOOTBALL : Indonesia Dream Team 0-7 ARSENAL (Video)

Arsenal began the Asia Tour 2013 with a 7-0 friendly win against the Indonesia Dream Team at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Theo Walcott converted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's lay-off to give the tourists a half-time lead, Chuba Akpom opened his account for the first team and Olivier Giroud came off the bench to net twice in the space of three minutes.

Lukas Podolski, Kris Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld all scored in the last 10 minutes as Arsenal ran rampant in the second half.

But the result was not the whole story, of course. This was also about some 60,000 Arsenal fans - who made the most of it, bringing banners, streamers, horns and unconditional love of Wenger styled football on a sultry, humid Indonesia evening.

See the highlights video at

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by a Thailand All-Star team in an pre-season friendly in Bangkok on Saturday night.

It match was David Moyes first match in charge of United manager, following the retirement of Alex Ferguson, who had been manager since 1986.

Manchester United were missing many regular first team players including Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, and it showed with United looking disjointed and lacklustre in attack.

Teeratep Winotha scored the only goal of the match in the 49th minute for the All-Stars.

The introduction of four substitutes, including Wilfried Zaha who hit the post, increased United’s options, but the equalising goal did not come, with Danny Welbeck missing two clear chances.

So David Moyes loses his first match in charge of Manchester United, just as Ferguson did way back in 1986 - a 0-2 defeat at Oxford - so perhaps it's not a bad omen?

Fabio (Evra 78), Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner (Rafael 34);
Cleverley (Jones 62), Carrick, Anderson (Zaha 62), Giggs (Lingard 62);

Monday, July 08, 2013

BASEBALL : Three MLB picks for Monday 8th July

Auls is back on the hunt for a good baseball bet, with 3 MLB previews and betting picks for Monday 8th July 2013.

Firstly, Auls takes a look at the all-Chicago match-up between the Cubs and the White Sox and likes the chances of the Cubbies continuing their good recent form (7-4 in last 11).

Auls also likes the look of the New York Yankees to beat the Kansas City Royals, and picks them to bounce back from disappointment last time out.

Finally, we take a look at the Oakland A's trip to Pittsburgh, and with two strong pitchers on the mound that this game looks like going way under the 7.5 run line total.

What do you think? What is your best baseball bet tonight?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

FOOTBALL : Brazil beat Spain 3-0 to win Confederations Cup

Brazil won their third consecutive FIFA Confederations Cup as they cruised to an emphatic 3-0 victory against World Cup holders Spain, thanks to Fred’s brace and another brilliant Neymar strike.

Fred scored twice, opening with a goal in just the second minute, and scoring his sides third goal just two minutes into the second half, while Neymar scored a brilliant goal just before halftime.

Sergio Ramos missed a penalty with his side three down and Gerard Pique then saw red with around 20 minutes remaining as Spain failed to mount any sort of comeback.

GOALS : Fred (2, 47), Neymar (44)

Link to the FIFA website with match highlights.