30 June 2011

Arsenal, Inter or PSG for Eden Hazard?

UPDATE 5/7/11: Wenger will aim to show Arsenal fans that the Gunners still have ambition by making big-money offers for Lille playmaker Eden Hazard and Valencia forward Juan Mata - full story: caughtoffside

UPDATE 3/7/11: Arsenal face a battle to sign Belgian international midfielder Eden Hazard, as Inter Milan are poised to make a bid for the Lille player - full story: Footie-online 

Big-spending Paris St Germain are ready to make a bid for Lille's Belgian star Eden Hazard, who is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.

29 June 2011

Canales to Aston Villa?

New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Canales to be his first big signing on a season-long loan.

In your dreams

Connor Wickham: Ipswich to Sunderland for £9m

Ipswich have accepted a bid of £9m from Sunderland for striker Connor Wickham, BBC Sport understands. Wickham, 18, could be a Sunderland player in 24 hours, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

The deal for the England Under-21 international, who made his Ipswich debut aged 16, could eventually be worth £12.5m with add-ons. He has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham and Liverpool. His future has been in doubt despite the fact that he extended his contract with Ipswich until 2014 in April.

Wickham was included in the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship but he did not make an appearance.

That'll do nicely

27 June 2011

Jack and that bitch again

26 June 2011

Pajtim Kasami

Kasami signed for Fulham on 25th July 2011.

Pajtim Kasami (born 2 June 1992) is a Swiss footballer of Albanian descent who plays for Palermo.

u21 Switzerland 0 - 2 Spain u21 zzz

Another pay rise for Jack Wilshere?

According to the Sunday Mirror, Arsenal will offer Jack Wilshere a new five-year deal that will keep him at the Emirates until 2016. The 19-year-old signed a contract last November that took him into the £40,000 a week bracket. However, his progress for Arsenal and England has been so impressive that he will be in a line for a pay rise of more than £10,000 a week. 

Bobbing along on the crest of a wave

20 June 2011

u21 England 1 - 2 Czech Republic u21

Czech Republic scored two late goals to dump England out of the European Under-21 Championship. England needed to win to progress to the last four and looked on track to achieve that after Danny Welbeck's 76th-minute header gave England the lead. But substitutes Jan Chramosta and Tomas Pekhart tapped home in the 89th minute and stoppage time respectively. 

Stuart Pearce said: "It was probably the best performance of the tournament." 

Thank you, Stuart - that's all we need to know.

19 June 2011

u21 Iceland 3-1 Denmark u21

Host nation Denmark were dumped out of the European Under-21 Championship following a dramatic 3-1 defeat to Iceland in Aalborg on Saturday. The evening's other game saw Belarus beaten 3-0 by Group A winners Switzerland, but the Danes' unexpected loss meant they failed to capitalise and progress to the semi-finals.

Iceland struck twice in two second-half minutes through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason to stun the home crowd. Bashkim Kadrii pulled one back for Denmark before Hjortur Valgardsson netted a stunning injury-time strike, but it was not enough for either side as both crashed out.

Neither team could break through in a goalless first half, and it was AZ Alkmaar striker Sigthorsson who eventually ended the deadlock on 58 minutes when he turned the ball home from close range. The Danes' evening went from bad to worse just two minutes later when Gylfi Sigurdsson set up Bjarnason with a tidy cross, allowing him to head home and double Iceland's advantage.

Denmark saw a glimmer of hope when Kadrii met a Kasper Povlsen cross to score with nine minutes left on the clock, but it was extinguished soon after when Valgarsson put Iceland's win beyond doubt with a wonder strike from outside the box. Saturday's result means hosts Denmark finish in the basement of Group A, with Switzerland progressing at the top and Belarus edging through in second.

Sorry to see Iceland go out!

18 June 2011


16 June 2011

u21 Ukraine 0 - 0 England u21

England's Under-21s must win their final group game, against Czech Republic on Sunday, to avoid elimination from the European Championships following a determined (Lansbury, Henderson) but uninspired (the rest) draw with Ukraine. A draw will suffice for the Czechs, who are currently one point ahead of Stuart Peace's team despite losing 2-0 to Spain.

15 June 2011

12 June 2011

Gylfi Sigurðsson

Wiki: "Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson (born 8 September 1989) is an Icelandic footballer who plays for 1899 Hoffenheim [and formerly Reading] as a midfielder. He is a specialist at set pieces and possesses great long-range shooting ability." Fabulous.

7 June 2011

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