Sunday, 24 November 2013


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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Looking for bloggers

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Site Features & Readers Input

With the Premier League page and team pages nearly completed on our beloved FootballNetwork, I would like to know what other leagues you readers would like to see on FootballNetwork. Or if there is any other features you'd like to see? So what leagues or features would you like? Please comment below or email me at with your ideas! This is to make it a better experience for me but especially you and you can get the most out of this site and feel as though you have had an input. I will welcome any ideas. Thanks

Midsummer Event, Hyde Park, 31st July

Midsummer is an event held primarily to fund five different charities. It is being organized at a massive scale on 31st July, 2013 at the venue Hyde Park in London. The line-up of Midsummer proceedings is very strong as the UK music and entertainment industry's creme-de-la-creme will be participating and performing at the event. People attending the event will get to see live performances from most of the top 40 Billboard musicians and entertainment quotient will be taken a notch higher by some of the UK's highly respected comedians. This event is sponsored by the leading consumer brands of the county. The event will formally begin at 12:00 pm sharp and maximum public participation is required to make it a success. Entrance is free for one and all and attendees will be served free drinks and food from our sponsors. This is a great event for a great cause, for more information click here, Midsummer.

Newcastle looking to reshape front line

Newcastle United have been linked with many strikers this summer - just like every other year! - and this time round they will be looking to actually complete some deals instead of claiming it is nearly 'over the line' like in previous years. With Papiss Cissé having pulled out of the per-season tour because of the religious reasons with wearing the Wonga Sponsor it has cast doubt over his future with The Toon so Newcastle really need to get moving in the striker department!

Darren Bent has been linked with the Magpies for some time now with Newcastle having declared an interest in the Aston Villa forward. Joe Kinnear - the new and somewhat controversial Director of Football - has many times said this deal will be completed in the next few but it doesn't seem any closer.Will the deal go through? The fee is expected to be £6-8 million if it goes and its reported that Bent will have to take a pay cut in his wages which could be the main obstacle in completing the deal. He would make a player for Newcastle but may need to train a lot to get back up to match fitness after a quiet last 2 seasons. Do you think he would make a good addition to Newcastle? Comment below.

Loic Remy, the player Newcastle were unbelievably close to signing last winter, is also a target yet again for Newcastle with rumours shooting around that a player-plus-cash involving players such as Steven Taylor or Mike Williamson, this was denied (like always) by Newcastle. That would be a good deal because Newcastle needs another striker but they also need another centre back which wouldn't be helped by getting rid of Williamson, most certainly not Steven Taylor who was great last season. Remy would probably be interested in going to Tyneside as it was only money that sent him to London last time. Will he move? Comment below.

Andre-Pierre Gignac is another player on the radar who hasn't had a great few years at Marseille. So much so that Marseille fans are hoping he goes and are already saying their goodbyes. He may not be the best candidate for Newcastle but even he must be better than nothing.

Bafetimbi Gomis is the final target for Newcastle, the French powerhouse is also attracting interest from Cardiff City and Swansea (though a bid from Swansea is doubtful since they bought Wilfried Bony for £13 million last week). However, it is thought that Gomis would prefer a move to Tyneside than Wales, one of the reasons being that he would be more comfortable and fit in better with the French contingent at Newcastle. Would he be a good player? Will this deal go through?

One if the most worrying factors for Newcastle with these transfer targets is that the majority are French and if they are not careful then the non-French players may feel isolated which will not be good for team spirit.

Who so you think they'll sign if anyone? Comment below.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Top 10 Most Capped England Players

1. PETER SHILTON - Goalkeeper - 125 CAPS

2. DAVID BECKHAM - Midfielder - 115 CAPS

3. BOBBY MOORE - Centre-Back - 108 CAPS

4. BOBBY CHARLTON - Midfielder - 106 CAPS

5. BILLY WRIGHT - Centre-Back - 105 CAPS

6. ASHLEY COLE - Left-Back - 103 CAPS

7. STEVEN GERRARD - Midfielder - 102 CAPS

8. FRANK LAMPARD - Midfielder - 97 CAPS

9. BRYAN ROBSON - Midfielder - 90 CAPS

10. MICHAEL OWEN - Striker - 89 CAPS

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Top 10 Premier League Unbeaten Runs

1. ARSENAL - 2003-04 - 49 GAMES

2. CHELSEA - 2004-05 - 40 GAMES

3. MANCHESTER UNITED - 1998-99 - 29 GAMES  


5. MANCHESTER CITY - 2012-13 - 21 GAMES

6. LIVERPOOL - 2008-09 - 17 GAMES

7. ASTON VILLA - 1998-99 - 14 GAMES

8. LEEDS UNITED - 1993-94 - 14 GAMES

9. NEWCASTLE UNITED - 2011-12 - 14 GAMES

10. WIMBLEDON - 1996-97 - 14 GAMES

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Top 10 Premier League Goalscorers

1. ALAN SHEARER - Blackburn & Newcastle United - 260 GOALS

2. ANDY COLE - Newcastle United, Manchester United, Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City &                              Portsmouth  - 188 GOALS

3. THIERRY HENRY - Arsenal - 175 GOALS

4. FRANK LAMPARD - West Ham United, Swansea City (Loan) & Chelsea - 165 GOALS

5. ROBBIE FOWLER - Liverpool, Leeds United & Manchester City - 163 GOALS

6. WAYNE ROONEY - Everton & Manchester United - 156 GOALS

7. MICHAEL OWEN - Liverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United & Stoke City - 150 GOALS

8. LES FERDINAND - QPR, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United,                                                 Leicester & Bolton - 149 GOALS

9. TEDDY SHERINGHAM - Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, West                                               Ham United & Portsmouth - 147 GOALS

10. JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK - Leeds United, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic                                                           - 127 GOALS

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Top 10 Premier League Transfers

1. FERNANDO TORRES - Liverpool to Chelsea - £50 million

2. SERGIO AGUERO - Athletico Madrid to Manchester City - £38 million

3. ANDY CARROLL - Newcastle to Liverpool - £35 million

4. ROBINHO - Real Madrid to Manchester City - £32.5 million

5. EDEN HAZARD - Lille to Chelsea - £32 million

6. ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO - AC Milan to Chelsea - £30.8 million

7. DIMITAR BERBATOV - Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United - £30.75 million

8. RIO FERDINAND - Leeds to Manchester United - £30 million

9. FERNANDINHO - Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City - £30 million

10. JUAN SEBASTIAN VERON - Lazio to Manchester United - £28.1 million

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Newcastle enquire about Kone

It's Newcastle's turn to buy players from Wigan just days after James Perch has gone from Newcastle to Wigan. They have enquired about the availability and price of the Lactics star striker, Arouna Kone. It had been widely believed that Everton were days off completing a deal for the player current manager, Roberto Martinez, brought in during his time at Wigan.

Kone's price tag is thought to be around £5-6 million but the recently relegated club will hope to get even more for him. He is certainly Premier League standard and hos talent would be wasted in the Championship so I'm sure Newcastle fans would be delighted to watch the deadly striker in a black and white jersey.

29 year-old Kone was signed from Levante last July and he very nearly kept Wigan up, if they didn't have him they might of been relegated months before the end of the season instead of a week before. He scored 11 goals in total for the FA Cup winners.

With Wigan having just brought in former West Brom striker Marc-Antoine Fortune it could mean its only a matter of time until Kone leaves for a bigger, better club with Everton his most likely destination. Wiagan have accepted bids from Everton and Newcastle meaning its up to the player as to where he will play next season. Where do you think he will choose to go? Comment below.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

James Perch heads to Wigan

Wigan have brought in utility man James Perch from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee thought to be just below the £1 million mark on a 4-year contract.

Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League last year, have been bringing in quite a few players over the past few weeks in a squad rebuild masterminded by manager Owen Coyle to get back up to the top tier. The sudden intake of players could be due to the possibility of many players leaving to play in the Premier League and ex-manager Roberto Martinez looking to bring in a few of his old players to Everton like Arouna Kone. Many more players have been linked away from Wigan such as Callum McManaman and James McCarthy because Wigan have plenty of Premier League standard players, so if they can keep the majority if their players then they should come straight back up.

Although James Perch was not considered a first-team player and was far from the best, he was still a regular player at Tyneside due to many injuries. He played at centre-back, right and left-back, defensive midfield and centre midfield so he really was a key player for Newcastle because he could play nearly anywhere - he is the definition of versatile!

The 27 year-old featured in the Prem, Europa League, Capital One Cup and the FA Cup last season, scoring just the once - against Man United on Boxing Day (good Christmas for him then!) Over his 3 year spell in the North he played 81 times for the Magpies after he joined from Nottingham Forest in 2010.

What do you think? Comment below.

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Swansea snap up Shelvey

Swansea City have signed Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey on a 4-year contract for a fee of £5 million. Crystal Palace had also been trailing the 21 year-old but it was Swansea who posted the highest bid. The England international only ever played 17 League games since moving from Charlton in 2010. However he did play quite a lot in the Europa League last season.

He is just another purchase for transfer happy Swansea, with him being the sixth buy for the club who are hoping to improve on their great season laat time out where they won the Capital One Cup in a fashionable style when they thrashed Bradford 5-0 and finished an impressive 9th in the Premier League.

Friday, 28 June 2013

7 Liverpool Transfer Targets

1. Simon Mignolet - Sunderland (GK)

This is a done deal. I think this deal will be great. However it could depend on whether Pepe Reina jets off to Barcelona, though he has said recently that he is happy at Liverpool, whether or not he will be first choice keeper! You can see more on the Mignolet transfer in my previous post.

2. Ashley Williams - Swansea (CB)
Liverpool have been linked with Williams ever since his great performance two season's ago in the middle of Swansea's defence. He had another solid season this year and would be a great asset to any team. It's thought that Arsenal are the front runners for the Welsh defender though and I'm not sure that Liverpool would stump up Swansea's £10 million asking price!

3. Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Shakhtar Donetsk (AM)
Tough name to say, huh? Henrikh, or Heno as he is often called, looks like he could move to Liverpool. He has expressed his desire to move to Liverpool but Shakhtar will have to receive a big offer especially after losing star player Fernandinho to Man City. It is rumoured they want to £20 million and that Liverpool are willing to pay, with the £15 million from the Andy Carroll sale being put towards it! He sure would be a good player and worth every penny, he would link up great with Coutinho. 

4. Iago Aspas - Celta Vigo (ST)
This deal has been wrapped up, with Aspas heading to Anfield for around £7 million. This could mean Suarez is on his way out though I doubt he'll be a good enough replacement for Suarez himself but he will be a good player.

5. Kyriakos Papadopolous - Schalke (CB)
This is a very good player, Papadopolous has been tracked by Man City and Chelsea in the past but it know looks like it will Arsenal fighting against Liverpool for this solid centre back as well. With Skrtel possibly on the way, Papadopolous would be the perfect replacement for Liverpool and would be great in the Prem as he is so strong. He also has plenty of European experience so would help Liverpool get back amongst the big boys.

6. Christian Eriksen - Ajax (CM/AM)
Eriksen is a great young player who has been linked to most European club including Man United and Chelsea. He looked set to sign for Liverpool but they wouldn't meet the £20 million asking price set by Ajax. This could mean that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the first-choice transfer for Liverpool. I doubt this transfer will happen but anything's possible!

7. Luis Alberto - Sevilla (ST) 
This is another done deal, Liverpool really are focusing on strikers this year it seems! This could yet be another signal of the imminent departue of Luis Suarez. However its more likely that Alberto is an investment for the future with the 20-year-old not even getting into the Sevilla team, with him being loaned out to Barcelona B last season. He may be a great player in the future though!

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Tevez completes Juventus move

Juventus have completed a £12 million deal to sign Man City striker Carlos Tevez on a three-year contract. The 29-year-old player has moved to the Turin based club in a deal that was reasonably out of the blue but it is thought he wanted away for some time, ever since his little 6 month golfing holiday in Argentina when he should have been earning his huge wage on the football pitch.

He has still played a big part in Manchester City's last couple of seasons, helping them get their first ever Premier League title - when he got back that is! - and scored 11 goals last season to fire City to 2nd in the Prem. 

After the Bayern Munich Champions League match where Tevez had refused to warm-up to come on as a substitute, he was fined £400,000 for breach of his contract and Roberto Mancini publicly said he would never play for the Manchester club again. Tevez was then fined a further £1.2 million for his absence, he appealed but the appeal was dismissed by the board. Mancini then stated that Tevez may play again for Man City and then when he came back from Argentina, he started palying again!

Ever since this incident, the Man City board and fans alike were keen to see Tevez go but that never materialised until Manuel Pellegrini was brought in. Now Juventus, who were linked with Gonzalo Higuan, have attained a new number 10 in Tevez. This deal has benefited Man City a lot though because they are now available to sign a new and better striker and will have cut down their wage bill massively with his £198,000 wages being cut loose and they will save a whopping £17 million on not having to pay his wages no longer.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Real Madrid snatch Isco

The long awaited transfer of Isco has finaly come to an end with the midfielder picking Real Madrid as his new team. He has signed a five-year deal with the Spanish giants.

Ashley may sell... if the price is right

Mike Ashley - owner of Newcastle United - has announced that although he is not putting the club up for sale, he will listen to offers. So if someone was to bid for the club at a good enough price, Ashley could accept the offer. Mike Ashley has tried to sell Newcastle a few times, without success and after the last failure he made it clear he was committed to the club and was willing to dip into his massive fortune. To be fair to him, he has put in a lot of money to Newcastle, first clearing off the debts and then developing the club which included buying new players at higher prices and to not sell star players like in the past.

Some may argue he is abandoning a 
sinking ship, with Newcastle very close to relegation last season but it's clear Newcastle are trying to rebuild their squad and that will only be fully achieved by having a fully committed owner so maybe Ashley should either stay and not sell or leave? What do you think? He has just added to controversy at Newcastle though with the Joe Kinnear situation! Maybe a new change at Newcastle would help the club move forward to a better and more successful future?

The Sports Direct owner has tried to incorporate his company into the club, with even going as far as renaming the stadium the Sports Direct Arena. The club has since changed the name back to St James' Park, which may have been new sponsor Wonga's move or Ashley preparing to leave which may be linked to the recent controversy, bringing in Joe Kinnear. Mike Ashley is most certainly not a favourite among fans so I doubt there will be many complaints if he leaves.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Blanc replaces Ancelotti at PSG

Former France national team manager Laurent Blanc has signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

Carlo Ancelotti takes over at Real Madrid

Real Madrid have confirmed Carlo Ancelotti will take over at Real Madrid, who have been managerless since Jose Mourinho headed back to London for a second spell at Chelsea.

Liverpool Capture Mignolet

Liverpool have signed Sunderland shot-stopper Simon Mignolet on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around £9 million. The Belgian keeper becomes Brendan Rogers fourth signing after Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.

Chelsea wrap up Schurrle deal

Andre Schurrle has put pen to paper on a 5 year contract to complete his £18 million move to Chelsea. The young German was able to sign his contract after passing legal requirements and formalities such as personal terms.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

What is going on at Newcastle?

With the recent controversy overload over at Newcastle United in the past week or so, I feel I should have a go at explaining what on Earth is going on!

As you may know from previous posts, I am a big Newcastle fan but even I am quite confused about recent events so forgive me if I'm wrong! Right, here goes...

At the start of this week, Joe Kinnear - manager of Newcastle in - was officially appointed as Newcastle United's sporting director. This lead to belief that Derek Llambias - the sporting director at the time - would take the financial side of the the club with Kinnear in control of the football side.

Kinnear came into the club claiming he would have the final say on transfers and would have an office at Newcastle's training ground to monitor player performance. This caused much outrage among Newcastle fans!

The papers claimed Pardew had become unsettled with the appointment of Kinnear and they have had talks to discuss the club. Pardew has returned with a statement saying he will not be quiting the club. Even more controversy was provided by Derek Llambias when he decided to resign as Mike Ashley's second hand man!

In the past few days, club legend Alan Shearer has said he is disgusted with the state of the recent events at the club and is there any wonder? Joe Kinnear has decided to add even more controversy by having a go back at Shearer! There's rumours that Mike Ashley will bring in Gus Poyet if Alan Pardew becomes overwhelmed by the situation and decides to leave.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Match Memories

Hi guys, you may have read my Dad's guest post - Match Memories. If you haven't then you definitely should, it's a great read!

I think he did a really good job but it's what you think that matters. I really value your opinions so please leave your feedback in the comments section below. Whether you like it or not and whether you'd like more!

Match Memories - Guest Post

This is my first post but be warned there may be more to come!

Tom, my son, asked me to write something football orientated. To be honest I would have preferred to write about a subject about which I have a bit more knowledge. Like cricket, golf or motor sport. However, here goes.

I thought I would write about some matches that stand out in my, fading, memory. Watching not playing. So for this piece I've chosen a couple of matches I attended as a boy.

I was just ten years old when my late Uncle Chris took me to Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday, to see one of the quarter finals of the 1966 World Cup. The date was 23 July 1966 and the match was between West Germany and Uruguay. West Germany, including players like Beckenbauer and Seeler, won 4-0. I have a recollection of some strong tackling by the Uruguay team which must be why they only had nine players by the end. They were only 1-0 down when the second player was sent off. I also recall the West Germany players making the most of every opportunity to writhe around, apparently in agony. 

As you will know West Germany advanced to the final where our team, captained by the late Bobby Moore, completed a famous victory. You will also know that is the last time England won a major tournament or even reached the final. Unfortunately, I can't see us winning another one in my lifetime. For various reasons we're just not good enough.

The second match was also at Hillsborough and, again I have my Uncle Chris to thank for being there. The date this time was Saturday 31 August 1968. It was a League Division One, as it was known as then, match between Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United. Manchester United, the team that only three months earlier had won the European Cup by beating Benfica 4-1. Best, and he was the best, Charlton and Law to name but three of that team.

If I remember correctly Sheffield Wednesday then played in blue shirts with white sleeves and, of course, Manchester United were in red. I remember a big crowd, about 50,000, and a fantastic atmosphere. The match itself was incredible with Sheffield Wednesday winning 5-4. Four of Sheffield Wednesday's goals were scored by a forward called Jack Whitham, a player who was later transferred to Liverpool for £57,000. Manchester United's goals were scored by the three aforementioned  players. Definitely, one of the best matches I've seen.

So that's it for this time. 

Not too long to wait for the new season!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Andy Carroll Signs for West Ham

Andy Carroll has now confirmed his future - finally! He has signed an £80,000 a week deal with West Ham from Liverpool for a club record fee £15 million after passing a medical.

First Day Fixtures: League 2 2013-14

The League 2 fixtures for next season were released today, along with the Premier League and Championship  and League 1 fixtures!

Here are the opening day fixtures for League 2 - to be played at 15:00 on 3rd August 2013:

First day Fixtures: League 1 2013-14

The League 1 fixtures for next season were released today, along with the Premier League and Championship fixtures!

Capital One Cup finalists Bradford have an away game at Bristol City. Double relegation Wolves visit Preston.

Here are the opening day fixtures for League 1 - to be played at 15:00 on 3rd August 2013:

First Day Fixtures: Championship 2013-14

On the same day of the new premier league fixtures, the fixtures for the Championship 2013-14 season have been released.

The most notable first day fixtures include recently relegated QPR's home game against Sheffield Wednesday and Reading's trip to Ipswich Town.

League 1 winners, Doncaster play Blackpool at home. Newly promoted Bournemouth play Charlton Athletic also at home. Heroic Play-Off winners Yeovil Town travel to Millwall for a tough test.

Opening day fixtures are here - to be played at 15:00 on 3rd August 2013:

First Day Fixtures : Premier League 2013-14

The fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League season have been released today. It's exciting to think that the new season is only around the corner!

Manuel Pellegrini should receive a good reception in his first game of his Man City career. He will be greeted by fans at the Etihad Stadium when they face Newcastle who will be hoping to improve dramatically on last seasons relegation scrap! As a devout Newcastle fan, I think we will improve next season. Though, and this is hard for me to say, I think Man City will come out on top. How do you think it will go? Comment below.

However, the loudest stadium will undoubtedly be Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho will begin his second spell as Chelsea manager. They face newly promoted Hull so Mourinho will be expecting a win! Maybe Hull can provide a suprise and ruin Mourinho's day, what do you think? Comment below.   

David Moyes's first game is a tough away day at Swansea! It will be a test and he will be judged on whether he will be a good fit for the new era at Man Utd. Swansea will want to build on their great season last year when they finished 9th. Moyes should see off the Swans though, what's your opinion? Comment below.

Moyes's old club, Everton, will play Norwich over at Carrow Road in their first game under Roberto Martinez. Will they still have stars like Fellaini and Baines?

Meanwhile, Championship champions Cardiff will have a trip out to Upton Park to play West Ham in their first ever Premier League game and Play-Off winners Crystal Palace face a tough test hosting Tottenham at Selhurst Park!

Any games interest you or have opinions about? Comment below.

Here are the opening day's fixtures - to be played at 15:00 on 17th August 2013:

Sunday, 16 June 2013

New Poll

You may have noticed that there's a new poll at the bottom of the page, 'Who do you think will win the Prem next season?'. Cast your vote now!

Mignolet to Liverpool?

There are claims that Liverpool are close to completing a deal for Sunderland shot stopper Simon Mignolet!

Update: Premier League Predictions 2013-14

Just to let you know, I will be writing posts on each premier league team on how well they will do next season.

If you want me to do any teams outside of the premier league or have any ideas then comment below!

Where will Lewandowski go?

For months now Borussia Dortmund powerhouse Robert Lewandowski has been linked to nearly every big club lately!