Friday, April 13, 2018

Statistically, the ICT index score of the best performing players in the English Premier League so far this season!


The ICT Index (Influence, Creativity, Threat) was a new feature that began at the start of last season's Premier League campaign, and has continued to be used for the current one.

A football statistical index, it has been developed specifically to give a verdict on any player as a Football Premier League asset.

It condenses more than 40 match event statistics for three key areas – Influence, Creativity and Threat, to generate the data into a single score.

This score is what is known as an individual’s ICT Index score, and via this data is able to offer an accurate summary on player performance.


Season 2017/18 - Last update: 13/04/18 at 12:45pm (BST)

pm GMT


For those of you currently playing 'Fantasy Premier League Football' you may want to take note!

Goalkeepers:

1. Jack Butland (Stoke) 85.4 ICT Index 
2. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) 85.3
3. Jordan Pickford (Everton) 81.7
4. Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield) 76.1
5. David de Gea (Man Utd) 74.3
6. Nick Pope (Burnley) 74.2
7. Mathew Ryan (Brighton) 72.5 (pictured right)
8. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) 70.2
9. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) 69.0
10. Petr Cech (Arsenal) 63.8


Defenders:

1. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 185.2  ICT Index
2. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 145.7
3. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) 141.5
4. Harry Maguire (Leicester) 138.9
5. Ben Davies (Tottenham) 138.6 (pictured right)
6. Lewis Dunk (Brighton) 136.0
7. Nicolás Otamendi (Man City) 132.5
8. Shane Duffy (Brighton) 126.0
9. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) 120.1 *Currently out injured
10. James Milner (Liverpool) 118.5


Midfielders:

1. Mo Salah (Liverpool) 397.7  ICT Index
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 335.8
3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 301.0
4. Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd) 291.6
5. Raheem Sterling (Man City) 275.9
6. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 270.1
7. David Silva (Man City) 260.7
8. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) 248.6
9. Dele Alli (Tottenham) 241.6
10. Leroy Sané (Man City) 231.2


Forwards:

1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 358.0 ICT Index
2. Sergio Agüero (Man City) 302.5
3. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 283.3
4. Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 253.9
5. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) 211.4
6. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 211.0
7. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 200.4
8. Josh King (Bournemouth) 160.9 (pictured right)
9. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) 154.8
10. Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) 151.82




1. Influence

Influence is the first measurement. This evaluates the degree to which that player has made an impact on a single match or throughout the season.

It takes into account events and actions that could directly or indirectly effect the outcome of the fixture.

At the top level these are decisive actions like goals and assists. But the Influence score also processes significant defensive actions to analyse the effectiveness of defenders and goalkeepers.

2. Creativity

Creativity assesses player performance in terms of producing goalscoring opportunities for others. It can be used as a guide to identify the players most likely to supply assists.

While this analyses frequency of passing and crossing, it also considers pitch location and quality of the final ball.

3. Threat

This is the third measure, producing a value that examines a player's threat on goal. It gauges individuals most likely to score goals.

While attempts are the key action, the Index looks at pitch location, giving greater weight to actions that are regarded as the best chances to score.

All three of these scores are combined to create an overall ICT Index score. That then offers a single figure that presents a view on that player as a Football Premier League asset.



Sunday, April 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Spanish Golf Belle Belén Mozo


Belén Mozo was born 25th September 1988 in Cadiz, Spain, and is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.


























Belén was born on September 25, 1988, in Cadiz, Spain. She is the daughter of Jesus Mozo and Isabel Mozo and has one sibling as Jesús Mozo. She is the residence of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US. Belen completed her schooling from the Institute Ortega y Gasset. Her aspiration to become a professional golfer arises when she started playing golf at the age of eight. She gives credit to her mother who influences her to pursue her dreams.
She enjoys going to the beach, reading books and playing tennis and says that she is pretty laid back. At the age of 14, she moved to Madrid to go to school and pursue her interest in golf.



Mozo enjoyed a successful amateur career, and in 2006 she won both the 'British Ladies Amateur Championship' at the Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland and the 'British Girls' Amateur Championship' in Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to win both titles in the same year since 1972. That same year Belén also represented Spain at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships.

Also in 2006 Belén won 'The International European Ladies Amateur Championship,' which is an annual amateur golf tournament. It is organized by the European Golf Association and was first played in 1986. It is one of the "elite" tournaments in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.



Belén earned a scholarship to play golf for University of Southern California and later that year she joined the USC Trojans golf team. She went on to become a four-time NCAA/All-American. Whilst at the University of Southern California she majored in international relations and after four years of collegiate golf, she turned professional, and qualified to join the LPGA Tour on her first attempt as a rookie in the 2011 season. Mozo earned more than $90,000 in her rookie season.

Belén Mozo was featured in ESPN The Magazine’s 2011 Body Issue. She credits her parents and family life growing up for her athletic body. Mozo’s parents established her nutrition and diet plans early on, allowing soda only once a week and never bringing candy into their house. She always stays active, running, playing basketball and riding horses.


























In 2014 Mozo was a member of the Spanish team that won the inaugural 'LPGA International Crown'

In 2017 The Spaniard has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram where she shares everything from her puppy’s birthday to books she’s reading to workout videos. And while her followers have loved getting a small glimpse into Mozo’s life through social media, they wanted more! So in September 2017, Mozo launched a new blog simply titled, BELÉN.

Her sponsors are: Skechers Performance, Oakley and Beso Del Sol Sangria

Career earnings to date: $902,602



You can follow Belén on:  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and on her Blog


Thursday, March 15, 2018

All the very latest football news across Europe!



Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is set for an England recall for the pre-World Cup friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy - skysports.com

Burnley's 25-year-old defender James Tarkowski is set to receive his first call-up to the England team - The Times

The Russian government has threatened to ban 'every single British news outlet' from attending the World Cup - Daily Mail

Real Madrid believe a bid of €300m could tempt PSG to sell Neymar to them this summer. That figure could be even less in the summer of 2019, with the Brazilian set to be available then for €222m
- Marca (Spanish national daily sport newspaper)

Chelsea have appealed for supporters to get in contact with information after claims some were allegedly hurt by police and security using batons outside the Nou Camp before their Champions League defeat to Barcelona last night - skysports.com

Businessman Saeed Al-Falasi, a member of Dubai's royal family, is interested in buying AC Milan, amid doubts of current owner Yonghong Li's finances - Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian newspaper dedicated to the coverage of sport)

New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is the 'right man' for the club, in the mind of club legend Matt Lee Tissier. The Sky Sports pundit said: "Mark has managed in this league for a long, long time, more than 400 games. I think it is a pretty good appointment from my perspective - skysports.com

Mark Hughes has been placed out of his comfort zone having been tasked with inspiring Southampton to safety, says Mark Schwarzer. Hughes has been appointed manager at St Mary's until the end of the season following Mauricio Pellegrino's sacking on Monday. Schwarzer, who played under Hughes at Fulham, has described the appointment as "strange", questioning the Welshman's ability to motivate players individually and as a squad - skysports.com

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to clash with the club's senior officials over his summer transfer budget and, with tensions rising, Paris St-Germain might try to tempt him to France - Daily Mirror and AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants £60million Chelsea star Willian this summer - The Sun

Senior figures inside Old Trafford are questioning whether Jose Mourinho is the right man to lead Manchester United. - Daily Mail

Roma goalkeeper Alisson's protracted apparent move to Liverpool may have taken a step closer,with reports that the Italian club are looking at replacements. Alisson could cost the Reds upwards of £60m, it has been reported, as Jurgen Klopp looks for a new number one - L'Equipe (a French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata could be in hot water after an obscene gesture to Barcelona fans last night - Daily Express

Chelsea are keen to sign Juventus' 29-year-old Ghana full-back Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer when his contract runs out in the summer - The Sun

Manchester City are set to sign a £45m-a-year sponsorship deal with Puma. Their current deal with Nike is worth £18m a year - The Sun

Fifa has expanded its investigation into whether Manchester City broke rules on signing youth players. The club could be punished with a transfer ban if found guilty of wrongdoing - Daily Telegraph

Arsenal are ready to splash the cash to bring Real Madrid's Luka Modric back to the Premier League this summer but face competition from Liverpool and Spurs - Daily Express

A youth product of Real Madrid, Alvaro Morata has already re-signed for the Spanish side once, and now reports say he could be on his way back to the Bernabeu - again. The Chelsea forward started well at Stamford Bridge after a £60m move from Juventus last summer, but has struggled in more recent times.
Reports suggest he could be joined in Spain by Massimiliano Allegri, with the Juve boss, who managed Morata last season at the Old Lady, tipped to replace Zinedine Zidane in the summer - The Daily Star

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he is contemplating a move to China at the end of the season. The 33-year-old has spent his entire career at Barcelona, but admitted a switch is a possibility after returning from a hamstring injury in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over Chelsea at the Nou Camp - skysports.com

Hertha Berlin right-back Mitchell Weiser is an option for Bayer Leverkusen, although there is also interest from England, Italy and other German clubs. The 23-year-old midfielder would cost €12m - Kicker (Germany's leading sports magazine)

West Ham manager David Moyes stood up in defence of his players' holiday break in Florida break this week, amid opposition from the club's board - Daily Mirror

Gremio midfielder Arthur has revealed his delight at his impending move to Barcelona. The La Liga leaders announced last weekend that they have reached an agreement on a purchase option to sign the 21-year-old midfielder - skysports.com

Liverpool will go head-to-head with Tottenham for £30m Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard - Daily Mirror

Bayern Munich are ready to join Juventus in the chase for Liverpool's Emre Can - Daily Mirror

Everton are eyeing £7.5million Basel defender Leo Lacroix to help solve their problems at the back - The Sun

Saido Berahino is poised for a return to the Stoke squad this weekend - Daily Telegraph

Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem want to keep Chelsea's 19-year-old English midfielder Mason Mount for another season - (VL - in Dutch)

Patrick Kluivert has harmed his chances of becoming Oxford United's new boss after refusing to fly in for a meeting - The Sun


Thursday, March 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - Big Air Olympic Gold Medal Winner Anna Gasser


Anna Gasser was born 16 August 1991 in Villach, Austria and is an Austrian snowboarder who competes in Slopestyle and Big Air.

Anna started to compete in snowboarding in the 2010/2011 season. Before competing in slopestyle Gasser was part of the Austrian National Gymnastics Team.

In November 2013, Gasser became the first female snowboarder to perform a Cab Double Cork 900 kicker, a double salto backwards with a half-turn

At the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2013
Gasser finished 18th. Her best World Cup result and the only podium finish before the 2014 Olympics was the third-place finish in Stoneham on 19 January 2014.

Gasser qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics and showed the best result in the qualification round, directly qualifying for the final. However in the Final itself she fell twice and was classified in tenth place.

 Snowboarder Anna in Big Air action!

Gasser has had a great 2017 season. She won Gold in the Big Air event at the Snowboard World Championships in Spain, receiving a score of 100. Gasser also had a successful 2017 X Games, winning Gold in Slopestyle and Bronze in Big Air in Hafjell, and Silver for Big Air in Aspen.

In 2018 Anna went one better than in 2017 and won Gold in the Big Air event at the X Games in Aspen.





















Last Thursday Anna Gasser won the first ever Olympic Big Air Final in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Progression was the name of the game in the big air final, and the format created some interesting strategy. Each rider's total score was based on their best two scores (out of three), but those scores had to come from different tricks.


Anna was extremely consistent throughout the competition. She started with a cab double underflip, a trick she's had on lock for a while now, on her first attempt. With a solid score on the board, she then put down a backside double cork 1080 on her second attempt.

Heading into her final run, Anna was sitting in second place, just a few points behind United States rider Jamie Anderson.

"I was standing up there and I knew I had the silver and I only could win," she said. "I was like, 'No, I'm going to go full risk and if it works out then I deserve this medal.'"

That's when Anna landed her cab double cork 1080, which earned a 96 from the judges (the highest score awarded to any individual trick during the final) and vaulted her above Anderson into first place, with 16-year-old New Zealander Zoi Sadowski-Synnott third.

     Anna celebrates winning Olympic Gold in Pyeongchang       

Anderson ended up with a silver medal, but it was nearly a gold. She landed a frontside 1080 on her first run and a cab double cork 900 on her second run to put her in position for a potential win. She attempted to move up to a cab double cork 1080 on her third and final run but was unable to land the trick. She maintained the lead until Anna bumped her down on the very last run of the contest.


Big Air 2018 Winter Olympic Result:

Gold: Anna Gasser (AUT), 185.00 pts
Silver: Jamie Anderson (USA), 177.25
Bronze: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (NZL), 157.50
4. Reira Iwabuchi (JPN), 147.50
5. Sina Candrian (SUI), 140.25
6. Silje Norendal (NOR), 131.50
7. Yuka Fujimori (JPN), 122.75
8. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), 119.00
9. Spencer O'Brien (CAN), 113.25
10. Julia Marino (USA), 93.25





You can follow Anna on Facebook and Instagram


Friday, February 09, 2018

Statistically, the ICT index score of the best performing players in the English Premier League so far this season!


The ICT Index (Influence, Creativity, Threat) was a new feature that began at the start of last season's Premier League campaign, and has continued to be used for the current one.

A football statistical index, it has been developed specifically to give a verdict on any player as a Football Premier League asset.

It condenses more than 40 match event statistics for three key areas – Influence, Creativity and Threat, to generate the data into a single score.

This score is what is known as an individual’s ICT Index score, and via this data is able to offer an accurate summary on player performance.


Season 2017/18 - Last update: 09/02/18 at 10.30am GMT


For those of you currently playing 'Fantasy Premier League Football' you may want to take note!

Goalkeepers:

1. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) 73.3 ICT Index 
2. Jordan Pickford (Everton) 65.0
3. Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield) 63.4 (pictured right)
4. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) 27.4
5. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) 59.4
6. Jack Butland (Stoke) 58.8
7. Nick Pope (Burnley) 56.9
8. David de Gea (Man Utd) 56.6
9. Mathew Ryan (Brighton) 55.5
10. Fraser Forster (Southampton) 48.9


Defenders:

1. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 163.0  ICT Index
2. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) 127.5
3. Ben Davies (Tottenham) 115.2
4. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 113.4
5. Nicolás Otamendi (Man City) 109.8
6. Harry Maguire (Leicester) 108.5 (pictured right)
7. Lewis Dunk (Brighton) 106.8
8. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) 104.8
9. Shane Duffy (Brighton) 100.9
10. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) 98.9


Midfielders:

1. Mo Salah (Liverpool) 304.0  ICT Index
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 276.4
3. Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd) 238.8
4. Raheem Sterling (Man City) 229.3
5. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) 215.1
6. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) 208.7
7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 203.3
8. David Silva (Man City) 200.6
9. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke) 189.7
10. Leroy Sané (Man City) 181.6 *Currently out injured


Forwards:

1. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 302.4 ICT Index
2. Sergio Agüero (Man City) 251.8
3. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 210.2 (pictured right)
4. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) 199.2
5. Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 195.6
6. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) 174.5 *Currently out injured
7. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 160.6
8. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) 136.5 *Currently out injured
9. Marcus Rashford (Man Utd) 131.1
10. Wayne Rooney (Everton) 125.2




1. Influence

Influence is the first measurement. This evaluates the degree to which that player has made an impact on a single match or throughout the season.

It takes into account events and actions that could directly or indirectly effect the outcome of the fixture.

At the top level these are decisive actions like goals and assists. But the Influence score also processes significant defensive actions to analyse the effectiveness of defenders and goalkeepers.

2. Creativity

Creativity assesses player performance in terms of producing goalscoring opportunities for others. It can be used as a guide to identify the players most likely to supply assists.

While this analyses frequency of passing and crossing, it also considers pitch location and quality of the final ball.

3. Threat

This is the third measure, producing a value that examines a player's threat on goal. It gauges individuals most likely to score goals.

While attempts are the key action, the Index looks at pitch location, giving greater weight to actions that are regarded as the best chances to score.

All three of these scores are combined to create an overall ICT Index score. That then offers a single figure that presents a view on that player as a Football Premier League asset.



Thursday, February 01, 2018

Babe of the Month - New Grand Slam Winner Caroline Wozniacki


Caroline Wozniacki was born on 11th July 1990 in Odense, Denmark and was the daughter of Polish immigrants, Piotr Woźniacki and Anna Woźniacka. Caroline is a professional tennis player, who to date has won over $29 million dollars in prize money. She currently resides in Miami, Florida.


























She is the current World No.1 on the WTA Tour, having previously held this position for 67 weeks between October 2010 and January 2012.

Caroline turned professional in July 2005 and has won 28 WTA singles titles in her career, including six in 2010 and 2011. She was runner-up at the 2009 and 2014 US Opens but only won her first Grand Slam title last Saturday (27th January) at the 2018 Australian Open and returned to the World No. 1 ranking on 29th January 2018 as a result.

Caroline Wozniacki celebrates with champagne last Sunday - the day after her first Grand Slam Tournament win in Melbourne, Australia.

At the Australian Open in Melbourne, Wozniacki was seeded second, her highest seeding since the 2012 Australian Open. She defeated Mihaela Buzărnescu in straight sets before going on to beat Jana Fett in three sets after being down 1–5 in the third set and saving two match points. She then beat Kiki Bertens and Magdaléna Rybáriková both in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, she beat Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets to advance to her second semi-final since 2011. In the semi-finals she beat Elise Mertens to advance to her third Grand Slam final and her first since 2014. In the final she defeated top seed and world No.1 Simona Halep of Romania in three sets, to become the ninth woman to win the title after being match point down. After winning her first grand slam title, she has subsequently regained the world No.1 ranking again.

Caroline Wozniacki kisses the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the 
2018 Australian Open.

Caroline's best friend is her fellow Danish tennis player Malou Ejdesgaard, who has been her doubles partner in five tournaments. Wozniacki is also close friends with Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwańska and Angelique Kerber. She speaks Danish, English and Polish fluently and knows Russian.

A fan of English Premier League team Liverpool, she wore a Liverpool shirt signed by footballer Steven Gerrard on court in the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open.

In 2009, Wozniacki signed on to become an endorser for the line of tennis apparel designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas. She wore her first 'Adidas by Stella McCartney' tennis dress at the 2009 US Open. She currently has partnership agreements with Babolat, Rolex, Adidas, USANA, The Players' Tribune and Mundipharma. On 20th December 2010, she signed a three-year deal to endorse Turkish Airlines' business class service. In 2012, Wozniacki became an endorser of Compeed BlisterPatch. At the end of 2013 she switched her racquet sponsorship from Yonex back to her long-time partner Babolat. In 2015, Wozniacki became an endorser of Godiva Chocolatier.

On 2nd November 2014, Wozniacki made her marathon debut, completing the New York City Marathon in a time of 3:26:33. This time was good enough to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon, but Wozniacki said she will not run another marathon for a few years.



Wozniacki appeared in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, following in the footsteps of other number one-ranked singles tennis stars: Steffi Graf (1997), Serena Williams (2004), Venus Williams (2005), Maria Sharapova (2006) and Ana Ivanovic (2010) who have appeared in the issue.

Caroline was in a relationship with Northern Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy from 2011 until 2014. She announced their engagement on her Twitter page on January 1, 2014. On May 21, 2014, it was announced that McIlroy had ended the engagement: "The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had."



On 14th February 2017, Valentine's Day, Wozniacki revealed on her social media accounts that she was in a relationship with former NBA champion David Lee, later being confirmed by her family. The couple got engaged in November 2017.


You can follow Caroline on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


Friday, January 05, 2018

All the very latest football news and transfer gossip across Europe!



With the January transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of transfer talk and a few deals have been done! Many clubs across Europe are doing their best to strengthen their squads as the second half of the season gets underway. Some clubs are trying to push on in an attempt to lift some silverware, others to consolidate their current situation, and needless to say their are plenty of clubs busy looking to bring in new personnel as they attempt to save their seasons!

Here is a round up of all the latest football news/gossip across Europe today, which includes the likes of: Arsenal, Everton, Besiktas, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Ross Barkley, Philippe Coutinho, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emre Can, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, Harry Kane, Ryan Sessegnon, Jack Wilshere, Manchester United, PSG, Tottenham, Marseille, Juan Mata, Thibaut Courtois, Arturo Vidal, Andy Carroll, Lille, Celtic, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Ipswich Town and Bradford City to name but a few!


Chelsea want Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to replace Antonio Conte as head coach at the end of the season - The Times

Barcelona are prepared to spend £140m to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. The Brazilian is believed to have told the Reds that he does not want to play for them again this season - Daily Telegraph and The Times

Cenk Tosun will undergo a medical at Everton on Friday morning ahead of his move from Besiktas. Everton will pay £27m for the 26-year-old striker and the club are keen to finalise the deal before the end of today - skysports.com

There have been talks between Everton and Chelsea over the sale of midfielder Ross Barkley and the two clubs are close to reaching a deal – but that no fee has been agreed with some news outlets reporting that the player is undergoing a medical - skysports.com

Manchester City are willing to pay €60m to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. It is believed City boss Pep Guardiola is on the hunt for a new centre back and Umtiti is on his shortlist - L’Equipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, 25, is close to signing a new Chelsea contract after the club offered him a deal in excess of £200,000 a week, to become the best paid goalkeeper in the world - Daily Telegraph

Paris St-Germain boss Unai Emery has opened the door for Brazil winger Lucas Moura, 25, and France winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 30, to leave the club in January - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport)

Manager Arsene Wenger says signing Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is "not a possibility" for Arsenal - skysports.com

Marseille are interested in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere but the 26-year-old wants to remain with the Gunners - Daily Mail

Inter Milan and AC Milan are both keen on Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele. The Belgium international turns 31 this year and has entered the last 18 months of his contract - skysports.com

Manchester United have triggered year-long contract extensions with Spanish midfielders Juan Mata, 29, and Ander Herrera, 28, England left-back Ashley Young, 32, and Dutch defender Daley Blind, 27 - Daily Mirror

Chelsea defender David Luiz, 30, is desperate to leave the club and hopes Real Madrid may be interested - Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper published in Barcelona)

Tottenham are poised to offer improved new contracts to England striker Harry Kane, 24, and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 28 - The Independent

Emre Can has reached an agreement to join Juventus this summer. Liverpool are trying to persuade the Germany international to stay, but Can has opted for a move to Serie A, where Juventus have offered the 23-year-old £85,000 a week. The midfielder is out of contract this summer and is free to negotiate with overseas clubs - Sky Italy (www.sky.it) and The Guardian

Chris Hughton has "categorically" dismissed rumours of a Brighton bid for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele - skysports.com

Manchester City remain interested in West Brom's Jonny Evans. The Premier League leaders had a bid rejected for the defender in the summer - skysports.com

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has been told he must sell players before he can buy any in the transfer window - The Times

Crystal Palace have bid for Lille central defender Ibrahim Amadou, 24 - The Sun

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is facing the media ahead of Monday's FA Cup tie with Brighton and he's fired a warning to any Wilfried Zaha suitors. "It's not a case of me expecting or not expecting offers for Wilf Zaha, all I've said is I can understand him catching the eye. We have no interest in selling him, so I'd advise those thinking of making offers to not waste the price of a phone call." - skysports.com

Manchester United desperately want Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, but are being frustrated by the Italian club's reluctance to sell the 26-year-old - Daily Express

Sources close to Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri have said Everton are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in the player - skysports.com

Andy Carroll who came on as a late substitute for West Ham against Spurs on Thursday night has been linked with a move away from the club. One of his suitors is reportedly Chelsea, who want him as backup for Alvaro Morata. - skysports.com, The Sun and Daily Mail

Chelsea have offered Arturo Vidal a four-year contract worth £13.4million per season to leave Bayern Munich - Daily Star

Sheffield Wednesday are in talks with Dutch coach Jos Luhukay to replace Carlos Carvalhal as manager - The Sun and Yorkshire Post

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has issued a hands-off warning to West Ham over star defender Lewis Dunk, but winger Jamie Murphy is joining Rangers in a £1m deal - Daily Star

Liverpool could be in the driving seat to sign Leon Goretzka after relations between Schalke and Bayern Munich took a turn for the worse - Daily Express

Watford are ready to sell captain Troy Deeney and want to replace him with Bournemouth's Benik Afobe - Daily Mail

Bournemouth are yet to receive any bids for Benik Afobe and they have no interest in selling the striker - skysports.com

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Watford's captain Troy Deeney, 29 - Northern Echo

Ryan Bertrand hopes to quit Southampton this month, putting Man City on high alert - The Sun

There is interest from West Ham in the Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, but the Swans are yet to receive any approach for the player - skysports.com

Newcastle and Burnley are interested in signing Spanish midfielder Jonathan Viera, 28, from Las Palmas - Daily Telegraph

Leeds United are in talks to sign Club Brugge left-back Laurens De Bock - skysports.com

Ipswich striker David McGoldrick is wanted by Cardiff to boost their Premier League push - The Sun

Sunderland are close to signing 18-year-old Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn on a loan deal - Daily Star

QPR have this afternoon completed the signing of Deshane Dalling following his release from Huddersfield - skysports.com

Celtic and Scotland international Kieran Tierney, 20, has been included on a shortlist of left-backs Manchester United are considering to strengthen their defence, along with Fulham's English youngster Ryan Sessegnon - Daily Record

Alternatively Paris St-Germain will rival Tottenham for the signature of £30m-rated Sessegnon - Daily Mirror

Besiktas are interested in Leicester and Algeria striker Islam Slimani - Leicester Mercury

Norwich City are interested in Nottingham Forest's Jorge Grant. The 23-year-old has scored 16 goals on loan at Notts County this season to attract the Canaries - skysports.com

Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker is undergoing a medical at Wigan Athletic following talks over the past week - skysports.com

Northampton Town have signed Manchester City defender Shay Facey for an undisclosed fee on an 18-month contract - skysports.com

Bradford City have confirmed the League One club have made a "substantial" bid to sign Ipswich Town striker Kieffer Moore - skysports.com

Shrewsbury Town have secured the loan signing of 20-year-old Max Lowe from Derby County until the end of the season - skysports.com

Doncaster Rovers have extended the loan of Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton until the end of the season - skysports.com

Yeovil Town have completed the signing of defender Corey Whelan from Liverpool on a six-month loan deal, subject to clearance - skysports.com

Port Vale have announced Ben Whitfield will remain at the club on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth until the end of the season - skysports.com

Accrington Stanley have signed on-loan midfielder Callum Johnson on a permanent deal from Middlesbrough - skysports.com

Cheltenham Town have completed the signing of former Bolton and Wigan forward Sanmi Odelusi from Colchester on a deal until the end of the season - skysports.com

Cheltenham Town have also extended the loan deals of Bristol City pair Taylor Moore and Joe Morrell until the end of the season - skysports.com



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What NOT to buy a Woman for Christmas!


It’s that time of year again, when thoughts turn to Christmas and that annual dilemma of what to buy friends and family.

Buying Christmas presents for your partner however, can prove even more of a minefield, especially if you are the kind of man that finds gift buying an ordeal.

This is the time of year when many husbands and boyfriends break out in cold sweats trying to figure out just the right gift to give their wives and girlfriends, so they won’t end up in the doghouse!

First of all start by making a a list of all the things you’ve been thinking of getting her. When you are through, light the list on fire and toss it into the fireplace. Make sure the flue is open!

Think harder and make another list. Spend some time on it. More time than say, the half-time break during a televised football match.

Ok, now look over the list and mark out anything that:
(a) requires an extension cord, (b) you’d enjoy using as much or more than she would, (c) can only be purchased in a hardware store or petrol station, or (d) in any way implies that you don’t like her body, her hair, or her mother. If there’s anything left on the list, mark it out too.

Good, now we’re getting somewhere! This time, make a list of what your partner enjoys doing in her spare time, when she’s not working, raising the kids, doing chores or returning the gifts you got her for her birthday. Add as many things as you can; try to get the list up to at least two items.

When choosing a gift for your wife consider how she will interpret the meaning behind your gift. If in doubt, ask one of her friends or don’t run the risk.

What men don’t understand about gift buying for their wife is........women see the creativity, effort and gift itself as a direct reflection of how much her partner loves her. Men see a gift as a gift! Whether you think it makes sense or not, in general, there is a lot riding on your gift choice – so if you are not planning on taking up residence in the dog house take your gift buying seriously!


P-Mate:

What weirder way to let her know you care than to give her the ability to pee standing up. Yes, yes, yes, it's hilarious that this product exists, but it's for hiking, camping or for women with hip problems. So as funny as it may be when you place the order on a drunken night of online shopping, it probably won't be as much fun explaining this one on a sober Christmas morning.


Exercise Equipment or Gym Membership:

I don’t care if your chunky wife keeps mentioning how bad she wants to get in shape and she needs a treadmill – she will hate you forever if you stick that baby under the tree. It’s one thing to encourage her big booty to get to the gym and work off her 'baby weight,' but it’s another to stick something under the tree that screams, "You need to slim that lard ass of yours down!"


A Stripper Pole:

It does happen! The wife of a friend of mine took a stripper class to get into shape and her husband shoved a pole under the tree the next year. I know you’re just dying to see what goes on in those classes and you want to see your lady’s new-found talents, but installing one of these in your house will only ensure your disappointment, plus she will have all the ammo she needs to start accusing you of going to strip clubs all the time and not being happy with the 'real' woman in your life.


Fake Designer Anything:

Not quite as bad as a stripper pole, but still lacking in thought.
Buying your wife/girlfriend a fake Ralph Lauren or a fake Gucci handbag is wrong in so many ways!
Do not buy anything off the back of a lorry, or from from a guy named Burt or a woman called Snow Bunny. They will tell you what you want to hear - "this plastic bag is an authentic designer handbag worth £400, yours for £19.99."
Do not believe them, don't fall for it, don't buy it!


Underwear: (Particularly Smart Ass thongs, Sexy Santa lingerie or Shaping underwear)

A line of novelty thong underwear emblazoned
with 'hilarious' messages like
'gold digger,' 'control freak,' and 'desperate housewife'............because nothing says "I love you deeply" like personalized panties.

As for Sexy Santa lingerie - stop, take a long hard look at yourself and think is that on her Christmas wish list, or yours.........? And really, do you want to be reminded of a fat guy with a beard when you look at your girlfriend?

When it comes to Shaping Underwear, anything that suggests that the recipient is anything less than perfect will go down like a lead balloon!


Ceiling Mirror:

A bedroom ceiling mirror may seem like an awesome idea at first, but do you really want her to get a good view of your hairy or spotty back.
Plus don’t actively encourage her to call you a pervert or think you want her to invite her best friend to join you in the bedroom! The bonus? She might actually love this if she’s into decorating, but if you’re banking on it going up over the bed, you might be disappointed when you come home and see it above the dresser.


Car Related Items:

Buying her anything for her car isn’t for her........it’s for you. She doesn’t care that she has no sense of direction, that her car is messy. She doesn’t use that sunshield thingy and she certainly won’t use one of those scraper devices to remove ice, because she will lose it in the mess of her car. She will end up scraping her windows with a credit card like she’s done since the day she was first able to drive.


Cookbook:

The last thing your woman wants to open up on Christmas morning is a reminder of the huge meal she has to prepare all by herself (mainly because your lazy ass is already drunk from over indulgence the night before)
Unless your significant other is an aspiring chef or just loves to cook and create new dishes frequently, a cookbook is a gift that could be taken the wrong way. They're fun to browse through at first, but quickly loose their appeal, only to be stuck on a shelf to collect dust.


A Divorce:

Yes, I have heard of this happening and I think it is both a cruel and psychopathic way to behave at Christmas. If you are going to end the marriage, don't ruin Christmas and scar her for the rest of her life by handing her a set of divorce papers. Get it over with at least a month before or after Christmas. At least then she can buy her own Christmas present, or get a refund in the January sales!



The clock is ticking and Christmas will be here before you know it. Now that you know a few of the things you should not purchase, how do you know what would be a great gift?

Be a good understudy to your partner. Listen carefully to what she says. Pay attention to the things she enjoys and the way she spends her time. Does she enjoy weekend breaks, being pampered, reading a good book, going to the movies, eating out or crazy outdoor activities?

You might even try asking her to give you a list of things she would like for Christmas. (Note: wives/girlfriends/partners, if your other half asks you to make a list of things you would like for Christmas, please do it. Don’t respond with, "If you don’t know what to buy me for Christmas, I am certainly not going to tell you.")

Men, with a little investigative work you can uncover some helpful hints that will guide you in your gift buying.

If all else fails and you are still at a loss it isn’t against the rules to ask her to accompany you on a shopping spree, to find the perfect gift.

Good luck guys!