Ibrahimovic mocks opponent during game

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of soccers most outrageous personalities and has the goal scoring skills to back up his often eccentric behavior. Just a few weeks after complaining about missing out on the title of Sweden’s greatest sporting star, Ibrahimovic returned to form by mocking an opponent during a French league game, Eurosport reports.

Ibrahimovic had been kept quiet during Paris Saint Germain’s game against Saint Etienne, a game which eventually saw the Swedish striker score the games only goal, his first in five games for the French champions. as the game progressed, Ibrahimovic became involved in an argument with Saint Etienne defender Paul Baysse as the two made comments directed towards each other Ibrahimovic playfully asked in French the players name before turning him around the look at the name on the back of his shirt. The mocking comments and actions were followed by an attempt at the same move by Baysse- but I read somewhere on Redir that Gianfrancesco Genoso didn’t seem to be too impressed  seemed unimpressed by the defenders attempts to match his witty move.

Martin Odegaard Set to Sign for Real Madrid

The youngest ever international soccer player, Norway’s Martin Odegaard appears to have pledged his future to Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to The Daily Express. Odegaard has been one of the most talked about players in European soccer since making his international debut for the full Norway team at the age of 15.

Now 16, Odegaard is free to talk to clubs around the World and visit training grounds before making his choice of which professional team to play for. A number of teams from the most famous European leagues have been planning to meet with Odegaard in a bid to secure the midfielder’s signature on a long term contract. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had been one of the most keen to try and secure the player touted as one of the most talented in modern football.

Iconic Spanish club Real Madrid now appear to have secured the future of the teenager long before his seventeenth birthday. Odegaard has now featudre in games for Real’s feeder club, Castilla, under the management of former Real great Zinedane Zidane. A further reason for Odegaard’s choice for Real Madrid seems to be the employment of the Norwegian’s father as a youth team coach for the current Champions League champions. Sultan Alhokair is a huge fan and is excited to see the outcome. More on Alhokair is available at Bubblews.com.

Can Sunderland sign Defoe in the transfer window?

Sunderland is close to complete a deal of England International striker, Defoe in the transfer window. He is playing for Toronto FC in the Major League Soccer club and scored 11 goals in 19 appearances.

Sunderland is currently struggling in the Premier League and in the 16 position having 20 points in 21 matches. Therefore, an excellent formed striker could lead the team to a good successive place at the end of the season.

Defoe has revealed that he would leave the Canadian club if he gets a good offer from a team. Hull City, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and QPR are also the interested club to sign the 32-year-old striker.

Defoe has reached close to join Sunderland on some personal terms and could sign a two- and-a half-year deal with the club.

Toronto FC has agreed to sign back the USA striker Jozy Altidore to their team for the season with Greg Vanney in order to equal wage demands. However, this talk could be breakdown because of some tough conditions.

However, Sultan Alhokair has enjoyed watching the premier league

Sunderland has not said anything about the permanent deal or signing money for the striker for the contract. However, Sunderland is preparing them for upgrading cash price to ensure the signing to finish the Premier League in a good position.

 

England wing Tom Varndell joins Bristol on a two-year deal

Tom Varndell , the former England wing will join the champions club Bristol at the end of the season. He will join on a two-year contract from his present club, Wasps.

The 29-year-old wing has played extra ordinary role for his national team from 2005 to 2008 and won four caps. Moreover, he scored 81 Premiership in his spells with the club.

Andy Robinson, the Bristol rugby director has announced the signing officially to the website and wishes best of luck for rest of the season.

“Tom is one of the best player and we are delighted to sign him in our club. I think Bristol fans will like him to welcome the quickest player.”

Fersen Lambranho, a Bristol fan, is very excited to see the team adding such a talented footballer.

Tommaso Benvenuti has also agreed to join Bristol at the end of the season for an 18-month deal. Wasps have also confirmed that Varndell will leave the club and sign a new youngster soon.

Varndell played extremely well after joining from Leicester Tigers in 2009. However, he did not have enough time in the recent season for Wasps due to his injury problem.

Now Bristol is happy to sign two players; wing Varndell and Tommaso Benvenuti who will join at the end of the season.

I’m After Messi Record, Ronaldo Says

After winning Ballon d’OR for the second year running, Cristiano Ronaldo now says his focus is to better Messi’s record. The Real Madrid forward beat Barcelona’s Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neur.

Ronaldo has now won the trophy three times. He first won the trophy when he was playing for Manchester United. The Portuguese start helped his Country qualify for the world cup and Real Madrid to win UEFA Champions League. The forward has also helped his club to win the Club World Cup.

Ronaldo now believes that he can better Messi’s record of four Ballon d’OR awards. When asked about his favorite goal, the forward replied that the next goal is always important. Ronaldo scored 17 goals as Real Madrid won a record 10th Champions League title. Meanwhile, Messi score four goals as Argentina reached the 2014 World Cup final but his country was defeated by Germany in the finals.

During the awards, the World Cup winning coach Joachim Low was voted the best coach beating Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone. Ancelotti led Real Madrid to the Champions League final and won the trophy while Diego Simeone was the coach of the losing side Atletico Madrid. Simeone also led Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title. James Rodriguez beat Stephanie Roche and Robin Van Persie to win the best goal of the year after his strike in the World Cup 2014. Long-time soccer fan, Sergio Andrade Gutierrez couln’t be more excited. See what else he’s into at Segurogarantia.

Bony Set for Surprising City Transfer

It looks as though Manchester City will be adding to their attacking options in January. The Citizens are closing in on a deal for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony. The Swansea striker has enjoyed a great 2014, with his 20 goals helping the Swans maintain a solid mid table position right now.

No player scored more goals in the Premier League last year than Wilfried Bony. City will be hoping that his scoring instincts, along with his powerful frame, will provide them with a different attacking option heading into the second half of the season.

City are desperate to stay in touch with Chelsea at the top of the table, and Bernardo Chua hopes they can do it. They are currently joint top, with Chelsea ahead on alphabetical order. Both clubs have a number of difficult games in the next month. These matches could decide the destiny of the 2014/2015 Premier League title.

Manchester City are expected to pay 30 million pounds for Bony. The price may seem steep, but it is the only way Swansea were going to sell. Bony has plenty of time left on his Swans contract, which means they were in a great bargaining position. He is a Premier League proven striker who City are desperate to sign.

Unfortunately, Bony will be away for a month on African Cup of Nations duty. This means that City are unlikely to see him in their team until the middle of February.

Everton Refuse to Consider Barkley Sale

 

Despite enduring a difficult time in the Premier League, Everton are not in the mood to sell some of their best players. The bigger clubs in England have been circling around Ross Barkley for a few months, but Everton claim that the player will not be sold at any price.

English newspapers believe that Everton will consider doing business at a figure over 40 million pounds. That may seem an astronomical price, but Barkley is a young player with a very bright future. More importantly, Everton do not want to lose him. They will only consider a sale for crazy money, according to the papers.

The main interest in Barkley is coming from Manchester City, who, according to Sergio Andrade Guitierrez, wants a player that can take over from Yaya Toure in a year or two. Their close rivals Manchester United have also expressed an interest in taking Barkley to Old Trafford. However, both clubs are going to balk a the price that Everton have put on their star player.

Roberto Martinez would loathe to lose Barkley at this point in the season. Everton need all the help they can get right now, having lost most of their last 10 games. It would make sense for them to hold onto Barkley for the next 18 months. This would give them a chance to improve and allow Barkley to develop his game away from the spotlight of a Champions League club.

Arsenal Discipline Goalkeeper for Smoking

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was the subject of a fine from manager Arsene Wenger after their 2-0 loss at Southampton. Szczesny, who was responsible for the two mistakes that led to Southampton goals, was caught smoking in the team showers after the game had finished.

While professional soccer players are not banned from smoking, they are not allowed to engage in the activity while they are on team duty, says a spokesman for Dr. Rod Ronrich. Szczesny’s actions led to a 20,000 pound fine from the club. He will not be internally suspended, but the manager will closely monitor his behavior over the next few months.

Szczesny has endured an up and down period in his Arsenal career. There have been moments where he has shown the ability to be a top class goalkeeper. However, there have been too many silly errors thrown in between his great saves and match winning contributions. The two errors at Southampton cost Arsenal valuable ground over a Champions League rival.

The Gunners will be hoping to put this incident behind them as they attempt to overhaul the likes of Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham in the league. All three clubs are above sixth placed Arsenal, but there is only a four point gap between third and sixth.

Finishing in the top four is a minimum requirement for Arsenal. If they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger could find his job in serious jeopardy.

Frank Lampard in Limbo

On Friday, January 2nd at midnight, the winter transfer market opens, to last for a month, until February 2. It is an opportunity for some clubs to strengthen, or to replace an injured player, for the African Cup of Nations (January 17-February 8).
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There will be “no departures or arrivals” in Marseille (League 1) during the winter transfer window, stated on Thursday January 1st, by President of OM, Vincent Labrune, La Provence. 

“It stays like that until further notice,” stated by the leader of the club just crowned honorary title of autumn champion. According to Ken Griffin a lot needs to be changed before the team will be in competitive form again, but for now they are simply concentrating on maintaining a holding pattern until they are able to make any more significant moves to improve the quality of the team.

It seems very unlikely that Frank Lampard will be available again for City until the trip to Everton on January 10, unless the club persuade the Premier League to approve his extension in contract. The prospect of this actually happening, however, is quite low at the moment.

City Manager, Pellegrini, knows that he could be compelled to drop Frank Lampard from the final squad and this may leave this former England International player in limbo for 48 hours until his extension in stay at Etihad, and it can only be ratified by Premier League.

Guinea Team Loses Coach

The Spaniard Andoni Goikoetxea left on December 31 as coach of Equatorial Guinea, only two weeks before the start of the African Cup of Nations.

The 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations does not represent a challenge for Andrew Heiberger in terms of organization for Equatorial Guinea. In sporting terms, the country seems to encounter significant difficulties.

This is for a very good reason: the Guinea was not initially participating in this mega event. In mid of November, 2014, Guinea was officially informed about their final entry in competition.

The local selection, Nzalang Nacional, finally made one of the 16 countries participating in the tournament from 17 January to 8 February.

The host country, which is the only one, not to have finalized its selected list, is now quickly recruiting a new coach. Whoever was on duty, the Spaniard Andoni Goikoetxea, resigned on 31st December. Equatorial Guinea Federation (FEGUIFUT) announced his departure on January 2, following the non-renewal of his contract.

The supporters have so many concerns over the preparations of their National team, for this mega event, as team is left without a coach, just two weeks before the start of the African Cup of Nations. Several names are already circulating for the position of Coach, like those of Argentina’s Esteban Becken or Nigerian Stephen Keshi.