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Aug 282013
 

The last couple of months, the media have bombed us with facts and fiction, regarding the transfer of our precious Gareth Bale.

But can we believe everything the media tells us?

At the end of the season, Bale expressed so much love towards THFC; Our supporters, my family development i London, my superstar status, and how A.V.B made me a better football player, by helping me enjoy my football.

So many times the last weeks, the media have spread so many lies about his statements. Nobody really knew what was going on, regarding his transfer

When it comes to Tottenhams economy, it’s not like we HAVE to sell him!? Of course i’m thinking of balancing the books. With our new summer signings, here are some number below, to prove my point…

Spurs got a £50m loan from Joe Lewis. We have sold players for £23.3m, and bought for £87m ( Before a potential Vlad Chiriches deal ). We have also let players go, to save wages. All in all , Spurs also had a nice looking bank account from earlier years.

My obvious point is that, if Mr.Levy really wants to keep Gareth ( For more reasons ,than only being one hell of a player ) this could really work. How much has this juvenile and attention seeking media brainwashed us? The only thing i can say is ; Lets see how our squad looks , after deadline day passes.

It wouldn’t surprise me if our #11 Bale, is still in our squad by September 3rd.

You really think Levy wants to wait 4 years, for his Bale money? But it’s not impossible, that there are other offers too…

In Daniel Levy We Trust!    

 

COYS!!

 

 

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”

Nov 012011
 

Carlos Tevez – Deal or No Deal

After the latest debacle, Carlos Tevez looks to finally be on his way out of City after 5 breaches of contract, 4 weeks wages fine (although reduced to 2), 2 written transfer requests and a partridge in a pear tree. His attitude at City stinks, most probably as he joined the club for financial reasons rather than footballing ones. He is however, still a world class player.

Tevez’s agent, Kia Joorabchian has stated that: “He’d be happy to move to another Premier League club. His family are now living in England, so he’s quite happy and settled”. Joorabchian also hinted that both Spurs and Arsenal are potential suitors and continued: “It’s not easy for him at the moment, but, in the January transfer window, City will want to get him out either on a permanent basis or on loan.”

Tevez is an undoubted talent but should we even make an attempt to sign him, either permanently or on loan? A loan deal in January would allow his wages to be heavily subsidised by Man City and allow us to improve our goal scoring ability and hopefully cement a place in the top 4. We would obviously not be able to afford his astronomical wages on a permanent basis; but what if he were to take a slight pay cut, and we could obtain some kind of sponsorship to cover part of his wages. Would he then become a realistic transfer target?

It would be clear to see all the positives that a player of Carlos Tevez’s ability could bring to the club, but what about the negatives? Would his attitude outweigh the positive benefits, or would Redknapp be able to tame him and re-mould his attitude as he has done for so many players throughout his career?

Personally I would love Spurs to try and get him in on loan with a heavily subsidised wage courtesy of Man City’s desperation to offload him, with a view to making the deal permanent should we be able to find sponsorship for his wages. What are your thoughts on Tevez?

Written by Davyid

Aug 252011
 

As ever, speculation is rife over the future of Luka Modric. It seems that for every defensive wall that Daniel Levy builds, stating the player is not for sale on an almost daily basis and even speaking to Chelsea asking them to call it a day, our Harry and the Daily Mail seem content on smashing it down and selling the player on our behalf.

Harry continually states that he could buy 3 or 4 “star” signings with the money from the possible sale of Modric. This scares me a little as I distinctly remember when Chelsea first bid a pitiful £22m for Modric, Redknapp was quoted as saying “we’ve been quoted more than that for players who couldn’t lace Modric’s boots”, which begs the question, why are we enquiring for players of such apparent poor quality? There’s no doubt that Luka is a world class player of fantastic ability, but if his possible replacements or even additions to the squad are so comparatively poor, why are we enquiring for them?

I do not like Modric’s desire to up sticks and leave now that a £150k + salary has been waved in front of his face, however I do want him to stay. With our wage structure there is no player of similar ilk or ability that we could afford in wages, but that doesn’t make us a poor club. It’s not as if we need the money from the Modric sale.

Now I like Redknapp so this is not a Harry-Bashing article, and I particularly applaud his latest stance with Modric, telling him that if he’s not fit to play for us against Hearts or Man Sh*tty then he won’t be allowed to play his international games for Croatia. I do wish though that he would stop trying to buy players that, in his words “could do a job” and start trying to buy players that could finish the job. With some careful deals, one or 2 players is all we need, and I certainly welcome the Adebayor signing, even if he is a bit of a mercenary and it is only a loan deal. Surely he must be getting bored of the bench at City and would want to stick himself in the shop window. If anything else, at least he won’t be scoring against us for a change!

So who are our genuine targets? ITK’s got it massively wrong with Diara and with only days left before the window shuts, I don’t want to see it slam closed with just a 40 year old keeper (no matter how good he was against United) and a possible loan signing as our only business in the critical season.

Written by Davyid

Aug 222011
 

By John Toner

After a day of social unrest disrupted Tottenham’s opening day game at home to Everton, they face the rather more difficult task of going away to champions Manchester United.

Only time will tell if the late start to Tottenham’s season will have a positive or negative effect. On one hand the extra few days of rest might be beneficial to the players’ fitness; but then on the other, playing catch up from the off is never ideal and could have an impact on morale if things don’t go quite to plan early on.

United started their season as scheduled and as expected by seeing off West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns. Strengthened by the acquisitions of Ashley Young and Phil Jones, they look to be starting much as they left off at the end of last season; although there are questions being asked about the ability of new goalkeeper David De Gea.

The champions do however have a number of injuries to key players which will be of some concern to Sir Alex Ferguson. Nemanja Vidic had to be withdrawn from the victory over West Brom with a calf injury and could be out for another three to four weeks. Also substituted due to injury in that match was Rio Ferdinand who suffered a hamstring problem, he should return by the end of August but Monday night’s game comes too quickly for him to feature. United are also without Rafael Pareira Da Silva (shoulder), Darren Fletcher (illness), Javier Hernandez (concussion) and Luis Antonio Valencia (ankle) with Michael Owen also a doubt.

Spurs have a similar amount of injuries with midfielder Sandro sidelined after a knee operation and Steven Pienaar unavailable for at least a month after having groin surgery following an injury in pre-season. Also doubtful for the game are William Gallas (calf), Jermaine Jenas (achilles), Ledley King (knee) Luka Modric (groin) and Wilson Palacios (knee).

Tottenham have a miserable record against United in recent years, their last victory over Ferguson’s side was way back in 2001 and the last time they won at Old Trafford was 22 years ago. As opening games to a Premier League season go, Spurs especially, could not have ended up with a harder one. Although they will be buoyed by putting five past Hearts in midweek at Tynecastle this is an altogether more challenging prospect.

After a good start United will want to push on and get their title defence well and truly underway. Considering Tottenham’s dismal record against them, especially at Old Trafford, they will very much fancy their chances of getting the three points.

However, Ferguson will be very wary of Spurs’ Attacking threat especially having been deprived of both first choice centre halves. Redknapp will need to capitalise on that weakened defence if his side are going to come away from greater Manchester with anything.

United and Spurs usually provide an entertaining show, recently with added controversy; that combined with both sides being somewhat weakened and the unpredictability of early season fixtures, we should be in for a cracking game.

Toner’s Prediction: Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Follow me on Twitter @johnedwardtoner

Aug 172011
 

Tottenham Hotspur – The club that Bill made

No major news stories to share with you today, no moans, no rants. I have instead managed to stumble across a Youtube video from yidsvids2 which I thought was fantastic and would like to share with Yids and Yidettes everywhere. If ever there was to be an advertisement for our beloved THFC, this would surely be it. The video is prefaced with Bill Nicholson’s famous words: “It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high… so high, in fact, that even failure will have in it an echo of glory!”

Thanks again to yidsvids2….Enjoy!

Aug 112011
 

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably staring at your screen with a face as long as a horse, trying to pick yourself up after the news that our first game (and rare first game at home) has been cancelled due to something about riots…or something like that!

This means that our first Premier League game of the 2011/12 season is away to Man United. It’s almost as if they knew there would be a disturbance and thought this would be a fun way to start the season for Spurs. Anyway, this is a game that unless you live in the land of fairy tales you know we won’t win! Therefore, why don’t we play our youth/reserve team against the Red Devils, and I don’t just mean this game, I mean every fixture against United. The FA/Referees Association/EPL clearly won’t allow us to win a game against United. The evidence to this is clearly presented every game with the FA sending their best men to ensure that the 3 points for United is the only outcome. So play the youth, save our first team squad any injuries in a game we won’t win anyway. You never know, with Paul Scholes retied, we might be left with shins intact to run another day.

This will give our youth/reserve team a run out, a bit of experience and ensures that first team members remain injury free to play in games we could genuinely win. I honestly feel we could beat any team at and ground in the Prem…except for Man U..simply because illegitimate refereeing, un-sportsmanship and phenomenal luck are all against us in every single game and that unless the FA decides they like us, or dislike United, we won’t be able to beat 14 men.

Please feel free to disagree with me, but we are fighting an un-winnable battle, trying to climb out of a bottomless pit of cheating and un-sportsmanship. Why waste energy on it when you could focus on winning matches against the lower teams in the Prem…teams we should be beating.

Right…point raised…now I need to scan eBay for a Ladbrokes endorsed plasma TV and some new Nike’s. They seem to be in abundance at the moment…….

Written by Davyid

Aug 022011
 

We are now at the end of July and it is exactly 31 days until the end of the transfer window. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and even Arsenal have strengthened their squads in key positions.

United have bought a winger, a centre half and a goalkeeper. Liverpool have bought a winger and a central midfielder. Manchester City have bought one of the worlds best players (again) and will probably buy another entire squad before the window closes just for the craic. Even notorious non-spenders Arsenal have bought a striker.

In the midst of all this Tottenham have signed a teenage striker (albeit a highly rated one) when it is clear that our squad needs more extensive strengthening and bloodletting.

For a start there is a considerable amount of deadwood that needs to be either cleared from the ranks or turned around. This group consists of David Bentley, Giovani Dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas, Ben Alnwick and Bongani Khumalo. In my less-than-humble opinion I would sell them all except Dos Santos who I believe still has something to offer, he’s young, quick and has bags of technique. He just needs to get more first team opportunities.

Then there is the necessary strengthening. We need another centre half. Ledley King and William Gallas cannot be relied upon for an entire season meaning we essentially have two centre halves (Michael Dawson and Sebastien Bassong) and two half-centre halves. We also need a striker. We have three strikers in our first team squad but not one of them is a stand-out 20-25 goal a season striker. I think we should allow Roman Pavlyuchenko or Peter Crouch to move on and use the money to put towards a world class replacement.

I’m guessing here but I figure most Spurs fans would agree with the changes I’ve outlined above and must therefore conclude that Daniel Levy recognises the necessary changes. So why in the name of Great Oden’s Raven has he not done anything about it!?

I can only assume it’s because he’s doing what he always does. Playing the waiting game, looking for that last minute deal to get the best value player or get the best price for a squad member. It’s a tactic that has it’s advantages and Levy is very good at it. However it’s a risky business and I can’t escape the feeling that come midnight on August 31st we are going to have the same squad we do now (minus Luka Modric) and be a long way behind our competitors.

Jul 182011
 

Another summer, another high profile Spurs player wants out and has well and truly jettisoned the toys from the pram as a result of the chairman’s refusal. It happened with Dimitar Berbatov and it’s now happening with Luka Modric. As a Spurs fan it feels as if it’s become a depressing recurrence however there is, as always, a silver lining.

Modric wants to go to a ‘bigger club’ in order to further his career which is a perfectly understandable aspiration. Unfortunately he, as Berbatov did before him, has conducted himself in a fantastically unprofessional and undignified manner. Telling the press Levy ‘threatened’ him with sitting in the stands and that he’s gone back on a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ poor little Luka, everybody feel sorry for him. It’s a little naive as nothing is definite, Chelsea may not come up with a sufficient bid to pierce Daniel Levy’s resolve and the player may have to tuck his tail firmly between his legs. The more likely outcome however is that Chelsea or another suitor make a large enough bid and off the little Croatian goes, this is where the silver lining comes in. Modric goes and is replaced.

The old cliche that no player is bigger than the team or club is very true in this instance, as good as Modric is he isn’t irreplaceable and when a player’s heart isn’t in it, he’s not worth keeping. Levy must avoid making the same mistake he made with the sale of Berbatov, yes we got a very handsome fee of around £30m but we got it at the death of the transfer window. As a result, we were unable to replace him and were light up front the following season (Manchester United sent us the extraordinarily average Fraizer Campbell on loan as part of the deal which frankly I found insulting). If Modric is to be sold it has to be at least a fortnight before the transfer window closes so we can find an adequate replacement.

What constitutes an adequate replacement for Modric is highly debatable but there are certain requisites: must be about the same age, must be a very good passer of the ball.

In my humble opinion I believe Riccardo Montolivo to be a perfect replacement. He’s 26 years of age, a very talented passer of the ball and is widely thought to be open to moving on from Fiorentina. Also he looks a bit like Luka so we might not even notice he’s gone! Hypocrisy I hear you cry. Not quite. A large proportion of the fans want him out as they feel he has gone back on his commitment to the club by not signing a new contract, with sections of them urging him to remove his captain’s armband during the end-of-season game against Brescia. Conversely you would be hard pressed to find many Spurs fans that ‘want’ to lose Modric. Whether or not he would want to come to Tottenham is another speculative point especially as he recently attracted praise from AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri who said “[Montolivo] is one for the big stages, one of the best Italian midfielders blessed with great skills and athleticism” Although Spurs are an ambitious club in a healthy financial state so have a fair chance of luring him to London

A fee of around £35m may tempt Levy into selling Modric and about half to two thirds of that may be sufficient for La Viola to sell. A replacement, profit and a player who wants to play would be a very nice conclusion to the whole sorry affair.

Jul 142011
 

Harry Redknapp has confirmed, for the thousandth time that Luka Modric is not for sale. As both the player and Chelsea don’t seem to understand this I have taken the liberty of translating that message into various languages, maybe they’ll understand one:

Modrić nije na prodaju

modric не для продажи

01001101 01101111 01100100 01110010 01101001 01100011 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01001110 01101111 01110100 00100000 01100110 01101111 01110010 00100000 01010011 01100001 01101100 01100101

— — -.. .-. .. -.-. / .. … / -. — – / ..-. — .-. / … .- .-.. .

The message is in Croatian, Russian, Binary and Morse code. Hopefully that will help get the message across. As Harry has rightly stated “We know he wants to leave and whether he writes it down on a piece of paper doesn’t really make any difference to our stance. He’s a great player and we don’t want to lose him”.

Should we decide to do any business with regards to selling Modric, it should by no means be with any of our competitors. Our competitors of course are anyone in the EPL who could afford him. If he must go, sell him to Barcelona or Real Madrid and try to get some kind of player exchange. Personally though I believe we could do well in the league again this year and if we keep Modric, he may well decide that actually, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Written by Davyid