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Aug 282013
 

As posted earlier, Tottenham and AS Roma, have agreed a deal for 21 year old wonderboy Erik Lamela. €30m + €5m add ons.

 

The big question now is, who will be next? There have been rumours that Franco Baldini flew in to Amsterdam today with Daniel Levy, to discuss a deal for Ajax star Christian Eriksen.

Spurs have offered €8.5 m for the Danish playmaker, who has less than a year left on his contract, with the Amsterdam club.

Ajax have an asking price of €15 m, but with such a short amount of time left on his contract, maybe our new best friend Daniel Levy, can work his magic, and get the Danish star, for a bargain price.

To mention, that Christian is only 21, and already has 37 senior caps, for his home nation Denmark, and 161 games for the Dutch giants Ajax, speaks for itself. Scoring a total of 36 goals for club and country, is indeed a benefit for us, but its his skills with the ball, that can deliver silky smooth through balls, to our new front man Roberto Soldado, that can really show the rest of Europe, that we are not only a title contender at home, but also in the UEFA Champions League next season! ( cocky? no.. realistic? YES! )

This being without a doubt, a transfer window that any major club will envy. The leadership of AVB, that’s finally getting his second season in the same club, will really show how the Spurs Will Go Marching In!

But if not Eriksen, who would you like to be Spurs next signing? Mata? Hulk? Leave your comment below!!

COYS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 072012
 

Hi guys.

I play fantasy football regularly on a site called Picklive.

It has been known as ‘fantasy football on crack’ with their ‘live games’ where you pick five players from the teamsheets in a particular televised matchand those players accumulate points in real time based on what they do during the 90 minute game.

OPTA, the statistics company are involved in tracking that activity and logging it for the purpose of converting it to points which can win prizes.

Picklive cover premier league, champions league, europa league and international tournaments like this one.

There are great cash prizes up for grabs using stakes ranging from FREE [no cash prize there] to upwards of a few grand…

But as it’s kind of an ‘off-season’ at the moment and there’s an international event on, Picklive are just holding the normal kind this time. The £2,500 prize pool is one where you pay £15 to make a team of 11 players across ALL TEAMS. But here’s the difference – NO TRANSFER BUDGET LIMIT! 

You heard it right, there isn’t a set budget like the others. So if you want Van Persie, Ronaldo, Nani, Terry and Klose in the same team, you can have them! The only restraint is that you can’t have more than three players from the same country.

PLUS – The prize-pools are only a MINIMUM. If the number of entrants exceeds a certain number in any cash tournament, the prize-pool increases. Prizes are paid out to the top-three places.

In a £1000 Fantasy Football tournament for the final day of the season (£10 Stake).

1st Place – £600
2nd Place – £200
3rd Place – £100

(Picklive took a rake of 10% from the total prize pool)
If you can’t spare £15, which many of u can’t, you can play in a £10 tournament, join mine (£5) , or even create your own and invite others! Choose the stake and the phase in the tournament, pick your team, invite a few mates/office colleagues and away you go.

You can even have a tournament ‘for fun’ and just compete for bragging rights. No cash required.

However, if you sign up using my link – https://www.picklive.com/r/YJNHHRNTZFDADXSJAEZD and deposit some cash into your Picklive account, you can get an extra £3 on top. Sounds meager but that is enough for one cash entry where the prize pool is a minimum of £30.

Go to the homepage and scroll down to see the many free, low stake and stupid stakes tournaments available.

Tournaments I’ve set up:

GROUP D:
https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/446
Euro2012 Phase  – Group D
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

BUDGET EURO2012 TOURNAMENT FF:
https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/490
Euro2012 Phase – ENTIRE TOURNAMENT
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

Email support@picklive.com and ask anything you like about how it fully works and
what’s what 🙂

Have fun if you join up!

Good luck!

Jun 042012
 

Yet another degrading company-sponsored cup...yay...

Old news I know, but it’s once again annoyed me that the Football League Cup is changing sponsor from Carling to Capital One, a Credit Card company.

The Football League Cup has gone through a tonne of names since its inception:

Period                 Sponsor                                          Name

1960–1982 No main sponsor                Football League Cup
1982–1986 Dairy Crest                                         Milk Cup
1986–1990 Littlewoods                        Littlewoods Challenge Cup
1990–1992 Rumbelows                                 Rumbelows Cup
1992–1998 Coca-Cola                                      Coca-Cola Cup
1998–2003 Worthington’s                         Worthington Cup
2003–2012 Molson Coors                               Carling Cup
                                                                          Mickey Mouse Cup*
                                                                                 Tin Pot Cup*
2012–2016  Capital One                               Capital One Cup

*2008 – Present: Informally known to fans by either of those two names. Both widely accepted names
amongst Premier League fanbases. Rumoured to be re-named ‘Crapital One Cup’,
‘Capital Fuck-Cup’, ‘Two Teams One Cup’ or even the ‘Ballina Cup’.

What kind of sales increase are Capital One expecting to achieve by acting like another faceless corporation – desperate for customers who, if they bothered to realise, are trying to pay off their LAST credit card anyway – plastering their logo all over a trophy, which five of the top six premiership teams don’t care about anymore (unless of course they get knocked out of the FA Cup and Premier League title race where all of a sudden it’s worth-winning again) and in truth, was only established as an excuse to test new floodlights in football stadia??

The name ‘[Insert company] Cup’ doesn’t roll off the tongue properly (say each one out loud without cringing and I’ll buy you a pint) and yet those companies’ ideals behind it remain just as cynical as they’ve always been about customers suddenly dropping everything else to buy their products/services. I even got annoyed when presenters of FA Cup coverage had to say ‘The FA Cup…’ and then add on ‘sponsored by E-ON’ and then later ‘with Budweiser’ (which isn’t that good anyway, so no wonder they were desperate to plaster it over anything and everything they could!).

What sponsors of sports events think we think:
WOW, COOL, SUPER, SMASHIN’, GREAT – Capital One are sponsoring the cup now. I’m going to cancel ALL my other credit cards with MasterCard and Visa just so I can sign up to Capital One. They really do connect to me and speak to me now that they’ve plastered their name all over this cup in football, the sport I love so much and watch so often while drinking my Carling Lager and betting on the score at ESPN‘s sponsor Bet365 [as William Hill‘s odds didn’t come on until about 45 seconds before kick-off and by then it would have been too late!] with the money stored in my Barclays bank account, which I maintain at the bank I drive to using the Ford car sponsoring Sky Sports’ live coverage which will be reported in scoreline form on Sky Sports News, by which time I’ll be back at home, sitting in my armchair watching it while sniffing my armpits which have been sprayed with Sure For Men deodorant!

What we REALLY think:
What an absolute fookin joke this trophy is. Bloody corporate advertising vehicle is all it is now. Go buy advertising space in the paper, on the god-awful banners stuck around the edges of our stadiums or on TV like everyone else. Stop ramming it in our faces when we’re trying to escape into the world of watching the footy, drinking and celebrating in a homoerotic fashion when our team scores. Sod off, sports sponsors and sod off, Capital One! Leave these once credible trophies alone. Invest money in another form of advertising. Or better still, form a company football team and WIN the damn thing. You can then have your company name engraved on it for nothing!

BTW, One isn’t even a capital! It’s a number not a letter. Jeez.

“With the glory of cup competitions dying out. Its hard to find high octane gambling at all points through the season. At www.jackpotcity.co.uk its cup final day every day with big stakes gaames taking place around the clock”

Sep 092010
 

Article from http://triffictottenham.co.uk
Today Rafael Van der Vaart met his new team mates for his first training session with the lads. Van der Vaart signed on deadline day for around £8million in what was considered a bargain buy by many. He has vented his frustration at being sub for Holland so will Harry give him the same treatment or chuck him straight into the mix on Saturday, a player with Van der Vaart’s experience and ability shouldn’t need time to adjust.

I for one can’t wait to see him play, I would love to see him start on Saturday but he may be on the bench, I am sure he will play some part as Harry will want him to play against Werder Bremen on Tuesday so getting some minutes in a Spurs shirt before hand would help.

 

 

 

Van der Vaart and Harry posing for the camera with his new Spurs shirt. Harry looks proud to have captured a player of real quality, he has never been able to sign players of this stature at his previous clubs.

 

 

 

Van der Vaart gets down the business with his first training session, god knows what Crouchy is playing at in the background but Rafael doesn’t look impressed by his antics.

 

 

 

Sep 052010
 

I am a bit late with this one but I will give it to you anyway for those who have just had a big Sunday morning lay in to sleep off a hangover. Arjen Robben last night insisted: Spurs have made the signing of the summer in £8million Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Vaart signed on transfer deadline day in the final minutes in a £8million move from Spanish giants Real Madrid after falling down the pecking order behind the likes of Kaka and Ronaldo.

Rafael Van der Vaart was tipped to join Bayern Munich before Spurs snapped him up and fellow Dutch team mate Arjen Robben who was hoping VDV would join him at the German club was quoted as saying “With Rafa on board, Spurs really do have one of the very best midfield  players in the Premier League, maybe even the best.”

“I don’t know why he didn’t join Bayern in the end. I really wanted him but Spurs have bought a gem”.

“In terms of his vision, his range of passing, his ability to split a defence and his eye for goal he is as good as Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard and of course Frank Lampard.

“He is that bridge for Spurs that makes them go from a very good Premier League club to a team capable of taking on and beating any side in Europe on their day.”

“Madrid almost gave away one of the best players in the world – but that’s their style.

“They got rid of me and Wesley Sneijder in the same summer and I went on to win my domestic league and get to the Champions League Final while Wesley went on to win the Treble and become the best player in the world.

“Madrid’s mistake will very much be Spurs’ gain.

“I knew of his interest in England and that van Persie had been  speaking with him about how great life in London was.

“I think when Robin was trying to convince him how great London and the Premier League was, it was as though he was trying to convince him to join Arsenal.

“It’s kind of backfired on Robin a little bit now, though, because he has signed for their biggest rivals.

“Before Rafa signed, I’d still have had Arsenal down as the stronger team – but now I don’t think there is anything between them.”

It is good to hear that the people who know him best regard his ability so highly and nobody can doubt on paper we have a midfield that can rival anyone. We couldn’t get a top top striker so Harry added something extra to midfield which will mean not having a top top striker might not cost us anything this season. Van der Vaart will add goals from midfield as he likes to get in the box like Lampard does.

Robben added: “For fans who have not seen a lot of him, I would compare him to Cesc Fabregas. He can play out wide, but his ideal position is playing in the middle of the park as playmaker.

“Spurs can play him as they wish but he is by far the most talented player in their squad. If they don’t build the team around him in the middle, it will be a big waste.”

Sep 032010
 

Rafael Van der Vaart, born in 1983 the 27 year old started his career as a product of the Ajax youth academy. He made his debut for Ajax in 2000 as a 17 year old, he stayed in the Ajax team for the next 5 years and scored 52 goals in 117 appearances. You could say he was as prolific goalscorer as a midfielder can be, some will argue the level of football is not as high in the Dutch league as it is here in England. He captained the side in his final season at the club in 2004/05.

In 2005 he moved to German side Hamburg, it was a bit of a surprise because he was highly tipped to move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Van der Vaart finished his first season with his new club as the teams top scorer, the following year just like Ajax had done, Hamburg gave Rafael the captains armband. Van der Vaart spent 3 years in Germany scoring 29 goals in 74 appearances, again not a bad record.

In the summer of 2008 Van der Vaart got his big move as he signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid to become a new galactico. During his first season with Real he scored his first ever hat-trick, he later fell out with ex Spurs and current Real boss Juande Ramos after the manager said he felt Van der Vaart was more of an impact player, this lead to some top Premiership clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea waiting in the wings should he be transfer listed. The following season in 2009 it was speculated that Rafael would be leaving Real as new manager Manuel Pellegrini told the Dutch midfielder that he did not feature in his current team plans. By this time Real had signed Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo who both play similar roles. He did get his chance in the team following the sales of Robben and Sneijder, following an injury to Kaka he was given a chance in the team once again and proved to be a key player for Real during his spell back in the team, scoring some crucial goals as Real made a push for the La Liga title. Van der Vaart only scored 11 goals in 58 games for Real but you have to remember a lot of his appearances for Real were made from the bench.

Van der Vaart made his international debut for Holland as an 18 year old against Andorra, he has since played in 2 European Championships and 2 World Cups for Holland. His international goal scoring record isn’t too bad either, 16 goals in 83 caps, he also featured in this year’s World Cup Final against Spain.

Well you know the rest, on 31st August 2010 Rafael Van der Vaart signed for Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day in a move worth around £8million. Personally, having watched this guy for a lot of his career I would consider that a bargain. Real Madrid had no plans to include him in their squad which meant they were desperate to offload him. Their loss is our gain, I don’t doubt his ability for a minute, he was behind Kaka, Ronaldo and Ozil at Real who are arguably some of the best players around. So we have gained a player who has played at the highest level and brings with him bags of experience. Martin Jol once claimed that Van der Vaart was one of the best playmakers in the world. Rafael will bring something special to Tottenham and I am talking about his fit wife.

I look forward to seeing this guy in a Spurs shirt, yeah we might not have really needed another midfielder but when you can pick up a bargain like this which can only improve the team then why not? He will add goals to our midfield which will mask the fact we lack a world class striker, it means that not signing a top striker at the moment isn’t as important as it was because he will be getting himself in the box like Lampard does. For any doubters, watch the video below at the type of quality this guy has.

Sep 022010
 

This video has been floating around the net for just over a week now, although it pokes fun at Spurs fans I find it funny because half of what is said in it, I have said myself when in a debate with an Arsenal fan.

Be warned it does contain some swear words so if you’re a minor then ask mummy or daddy before you watch this.

“Harry Redknapp said it so therefore it must be true” I love that bit.

As a bonus here is one made by the same guy for when we signed Gallas

I sense the Gooners are getting a bit envious of us now. Looks a bit like sour grapes in the second video to me.

The website used to make the video was Xtranormal.com, I challenge one of you guys to save our pride and make a good comeback video and then send me the link via the contact page and I will blog it if its decent enough.

Oh I found one in retaliation.

Sep 022010
 

There you have it the transfer window has been firmly closed at least until the mid winter draft indicates it’s opening once more.Well in the case of Tottenham Hotspur I suppose it was more along the line of gradually pushed too on a rather persistent if not pleasant sales man whom you wish not to offend.

Let us then take a detailed look at the new faces that have come to join us at our hearth and in so doing ask ourselves whether we have done enough to sustain a serious assault on the four competitions we find ourselves in.

STEPE PLETIKOSA:Born 8th January 1979 (31).Height 6ft 4″; Pletikosa is the fourth Croatian to find himself warming within our walls along side fellow compatriots Luka Modric,Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar.The keeper signed on a seasons long loan from Spartak Moscow after failing to find a place in their first team squad,he has eighty caps for the national team and whilst partaking in the 2008 European Championship Stepe was labeled by BBC pundit Alan Hanson as the best goalkeeper ahead of  Petr Cech,Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas.However these glowing recommendations aside it was not for him to be recognized by the powers that hold sway over the final word and it was in the end Van Der Sar,Buffon and Casillias for whom the honours would be awarded.

TRIFFIC; Still though these attributes that brought him to the attention of Alan and many other pundits will not have found themselves cast aside and I’m sure that once he regains his match fitness the cat like reflexes and smart shot stopping that he was renowned for will return to his game that he might even threaten to remove our very own number one Heurelho Gomes from his place between the sticks.For me then this is a good move by Harry and who knows it could even turn into a permanent deal.

WILLIAM GALLAS:Born 17th August 1977 (33 yrs).Height 6ft; His senior career took him from Cain where he played thirty four times through to Marseille where he made eighty five appearances scoring twice,he then made his move to England and the Premier League to join Chelsea starting one hundred and fifty nine times collecting twelve goals before moving across London to join Arsenal making one hundred starts scoring another twelve times,his next move would make him the first ever player to play for three Capital clubs in a single career,although he has yet to make his Tottenham debut.

TRIFFIC; Whilst Williams reputation rather proceeds his every move I also consider this to be an excellent move on behalf of Mr Redknapp as his undoubted experience in playing the big games will help our squad no ends,leaving aside then for one minute the rumours of unrest caused in dressing rooms and what was shocking behavior on the pitch at Birmingham,as I’m sure these questions will have been asked by Gallas himself and hopefully he has found the answers within so that they will never again resurface.The sheer understanding that he will bring of how the game should be played from back to front will educate those around him of that I’m sure.

SANDRO RANIERI:Born 15th March 1989 (21).Height 6ft 1″; Sandro is a product of Internacionals’ youth academy he signed his first professional contract in 2007 as an eighteen year old he has been described as a defensive midfielder that loves to get forward.He is seen by those at Tottenham as a great prospect and one which a number of top European clubs were said to be tracking he though chose to join Spurs as we were said of him to be the perfect fit for his style of play,although this would have been aided undoubtedly by the agreement which has been in place between our two clubs for a short while now.Whereby we have first option on all academy players.

TRIFFIC; Again although this youngster is more than likely seen as one for the future I am convinced that his mature approach to life will see him staring for the first team sooner rater than later and we will then view his no nonsense approach as a complement to our other midfielders,whilst pushing the likes of Palacios to up his own game.Yes another masterful piece of negotiating on behalf of Danial Levy.

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART: Born 11th February 1983 (27).Height 5ft 10″; WORLD CLASS.No other words for this guy,Ajax 117-aps 52-goals between 2000,2005,Hamburg 74-aps 29-goals between 2005,2008,Real Madrid 58-aps 11-goals between 2008,2010 and now Tottenham Hotspur where he brings a wealth of knowledge and unquestionable talent.It has been said that he can play on either flank or just behind the forward in a classic number ten role (sound familiar) could this be our Joe Cole? I hope so,as Saturday showed the creativity we lack when Modric is out injured and Kranjcar is still searching for that fitness which must surely have been lost as a result of that injury picked up in the FA Cup semi final against Portsmouth.

TRIFFIC: As I have already written this lad,and I use the word lad with reason as we have a player in his prime here at twenty seven he has all the experience we could wish for but with the legs of someone that can use it to an ends.I can just see those envious eyes of other top Premier League managers and chairmen looking round for someone to pass the buck to,whilst simultaneously denying any need for him as there squads are more than capable of fulfilling any need.No sorry I don’t believe it you missed out on a top player and for once it was Tottenham that won the day.

STRIKER:Born unknown.Height over 6ft.Requirements;Able to play alone with strength,pace and an consistent eye for goal driving runs from midfield preferred with the ability to see both the critical pass for team mate and posses the ability to complete the same,but also hold the skill to address the current lack of set piece expertise within the squad.

CONCLUSION; So in my opinion we have here what would be at any other club an amazing spine albeit missing one fundamental piece,the striker,and of this one thing I’m sure would Harry have found the one that could have moved us on to the next level there is no doubt we would be adding him to the above list,but alas it has proved not to be the case,may be January though you never know or perhaps the new arrivals might just be that missing link what do you think.

Sep 022010
 

Reports are filtering through that Robbie Keane turned down the chance to move to turkish club Besiktas in a £8m three year lucrative deal.

It is understood all the necessary paperwork had been lodged by Besiktas and they were hopeful of a postive response from Robbie. Their window closure of 17:00 hours on Weds night allowed Keane (who is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in Armenia)an extra 24 hours to consider his options.

I’m assuming since the deadline has passed Robbie opted to stay though you have to ask if he has made the right decision? Once a Spurs favourite, his departure to Liverpool and subsequent return has not sat well with many of the faithful and his selection for the first team seem severely limited if the first two weeks of the season are anything to go by.

Giovanni Trapattoni though is confident Robbie Keane can perform at his best for the Republic of Ireland despite his lack of football at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

The Italian said: “Robbie is mature. I have spoken to him about whether he should stay with his club, and I said to him, ‘Sure, your club need you’.

“He is balanced in his mind about football because he knows from many years in England, he knows the situation.

“But I am selfish and, at the moment, for the Ireland team, it is better he has played a few games.

“He is proud and I’m sure he can play like the Robbie Keane we know.”

A bold statement and advice given that wasn’t particularly helpful in my opinion, Robbie needs to have it out with Harry to ascertain if the club really want him. The acquisition of VDV suggests otherwise and is it just a coincidence the fee agreed for both players was the same amount?

Sep 012010
 

I was browsing the web when I came across this, it gave me goosebumps, I hate international breaks, I just want to see this guy in a Spurs shirt now.

I suppose for now this will do…

I could get used to this on a Champions League night.

Sep 012010
 

I might be a bit fickle and overrun with joy at the signing of another brilliant player to our team but suddenly the prospect of another top 4 finish seems a whole lot more achievable now.

So we have added Van der Vaart to our team who scores goals for fun from midfield but when you consider our midfield consists of Bale, Modric, Huddlestone, Palacios, Lennon, Van der Vaart, Sandro, Jenas, Bentley, and Gio. That is what I am talking about, a squad game, who cares if we didn’t buy another forward with a midfield like that.

If Harry plays 4-5-1 our midfield then we can boast one of the best midfield’s in the Premiership and on our day can beat anyone. We have struggled at times when Modric gets injured, we miss his creativity but with Van Der Vaart we have a player of equal quality.

So forgive me for getting excited but we may lack a 20+ goal a season striker but we have a good defence and an amazing midfield. I suddenly feel a lot more confident of gaining another top 4 finish this season. I had a sense that maybe last year was a one off but I really do see now just how far we have come by attracting the likes of Van der Vaart and Gallas and they actually seem delighted to have been able to join us. So I am confident having a look around our team that we can match what we done last season. The main thing is you need a squad that can cope with multiple competitions and injuries and I am sure we have adequate cover in all areas for another push at the top 4.

Is anyone else now gutted that there’s no Premiership this weekend?

Sep 012010
 

Tottenham have just confirmed that Rafael Van Der Vaart is now a Tottenham player. In the last few minuted the club have announced that the Premier League have given the transfer the all clear.

Van Der Vaart joins from Real Madrid in a deal worth around £8million, the deal was done late on transfer deadline day yesterday but questions remained over whether it was completed in time. It turned out that Tottenham missed the deadline because of technical issues to which the Premier League investigated and have now given the move the all clear.

Van Der Vaart is free to play in the Champions League group stages and brings with him invaluable experience of playing at the highest level.

The reason he was shipped out of Madrid is because he fell behind Ozil, Kaka and Ronaldo, so don’t under estimate the guys ability, you would have to be extra special to get in front of those three. Van Der Vaart is happy to be joining the Premiership and see’s it as a new challenge. I think this guy needs a stable club and to be adored by the fans and we can offer him both.

If you want to cream your pants then watch this video

The guy is a class act and will add goals to our midfield, he will also support the striker for when Harry plays his 4-5-1 formation. He is a player we have been linked with in the past and a player I personally have admired and hoped he would join. He started out at Ajax and then after much hype about his talent moved to Hamburg in 2005 before being sold to Real Madrid in 2008. If you ask me this is a bargain buy, the guy is capable of scoring 15+ goals from midfield in a season if used right. Van Der Vaart will now be included in Tottenham’s 25 man squad which will be submitted to the Premier League in the next couple of hours.