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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”

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 252010
 

Gareth Bale has spoken of his praise for Harry and the Tottenham team for last seasons efforts. Bale said he couldn’t wait for the new season to start when Tottenham face Manchester City who will be hungry for revenge.

Bale can afford an even bigger smile now as Pav maybe staying

Bale, 20, said: “That defeat against ­Portsmouth hurt so much and we were obviously down after it.

“But we used it to give ourselves a kick up the backside. The manager made us realise we couldn’t let it affect us in a ­negative way.

“Rather than mope and feel sorry for ourselves, we used it in a positive way and managed to get to fourth in the table – which was unbelievable for the club and the fans.”

“Champions League ­football is what you have to aim for at a club like this.

“But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and ­reflect on the ­achievement.

“Now we must take our football to the next level and that is the task ahead for us in the new ­season.

“I can’t wait – and obviously ­Manchester City at home in our first game is a great fixture given the tussle we had with them last season for fourth.”

Boom Boom Boom let me hear you say Bale……

You’ve got to admire Gaeth Bale for his amazing end to last season, it’s a scary thought but if you think about it logically, it wasn’t down to Harry seeing the boy had potential it was just fate that BAE got injured so Bale got his chance, if that hadn’t happend then Bale would probably have been sold this summer, scary thought hey?

From one player to the next, Roman Pavlyuchenko’s agent has claimed the 28 year old striker will be staying at Spurs, at least for now. His agent Oleg Artemov said  “Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not going to let Roman leave, he is necessary for Harry Redknapp.With Tottenham about to make their debut in the Champions League it would seem Redknapp wants as many options up front as possible and Pavlyuchenko does not want to miss the opportunity.

“Roman himself does not want to leave England but, if that does happen, he will return to a Russian club.

“We have noted information appeared regarding the possible departure of the striker. Among contenders were Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow.

“But I did not see any movement from Spartak – there were no specifics.

“Interest from both Zenit and Lokomotiv, as was reported in Britain, was nothing.”

Again this in my view is good news, I think Pav has done enough to prove he is worth holding onto for another season, he scored a good brace agaisnt Bournemouth in a friendly and with Robbie Keane destined to leave is it really wise to sell Pav too?

Nice bit of positive news this fine Sunday morning, Bale is happy, Pav might be staying, so guess what? I am happy just like Bale.

Jul 232010
 

***UPDATE**

Highlights Below

Forgive me for any sloppyness here but I have stayed up to almost 4am to watch the game and then bring you a brief report, hopefully Aldo will edit the highlights into this post in when they are about.

Scorers Bale and Keane

Tottenham got off to a bright start in the first 10mins of the game with Robbie Keane looking like a threat with some good runs, Bale looked hungry on and off the ball. It was half way through the 1st half though when Thierry Henry got on the end of a low cross to beat Cudicini and put NY 1 goal to the good. Have to say as much as I dislike the Gooner scum it was nice to see him using his feet instead of his hands this time. New York seemed to gain confidence from the goal and started to play with more freedom and creativity. Tottenham still looked like a threat going forward with just a few half chances before the half was up.

The second half started with Spurs searching for an equalizer which arrived after 61mins from a corner which the NY defender flicked onto the far post for Robbie Keane to tap in, I said Keane had looked lively and he showed he still has natural instinct to get into positions. With the game becomming more stretched and going from end to end it was a long ball that put the NY Red Bulls defender under pressure which forced a back header to fall short for Gareth Bale to sneak in and get a toe on the end of it to beat the keeper Sutton and make it 2-1 to Spurs.

After Spurs took the lead the game pretty much died, NY ran out of ideas and let their heads drop, Spurs looked happy to settle for the 2-1 win and were happy to knock the ball around. Final score NY Red Bulls 1 – 2 Tottenham

All in all nothing to write home about, not a great performance but not the worst and don’t forget we still have the World Cup boys missing. Hutton done a decent job and it was nice to see Taarabt and a few of the youngsters getting a game. As I said it is half 3 in the morning so if anyone wants to add to anything I missed use the comments below.

Managed to get some highlights up from the game, Cudicini made a few good saves.

Jul 222010
 

Spurs, Manchester City, Sporting Lisbon and New York Red Bulls prepare to take part in the Barclays New York Challenge …..

The Lads In Training ...

Tonight at 1:30am UK time (revised k.o time confirmed by official club website)  Spurs kick off their Barclays NY Challenge campaign with a match against the hosts, NY Red Bulls.

The Bulls, who will be able to call upon former Gooner Thiery Henry for his debut, currently sit second in the Eastern Conference of the MLS, falling to a 2-0 defeat to Columbus Crew last time out.

One player who will not feature against us is former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel who is out through injury.

Spurs’ last outing was the goalless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes, with the lads looking to better that result this time out.

You can see all the action live on ESPN but for those of you who don’t have it,  Triffic Tottenham will be showing a live stream of the full match here on the site.

Watch NY Red Bulls vs Spurs  – LIVE HERE !

Don’t forget to sign up to the Triffic Tottenham forum, for live streams throughout the season aswell as the chance to speak to fellow Spurs before, during and after matches.

You can sign up to the forum HERE ! where there are also more streams for tonights match and where all future streams will be located.

PLEASE NOTE : Triffic Tottenham does not host or broadcast any of the streams found on this site, we simply embed players or provide links to outside broadcasts around the web.


Jul 172010
 

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is trying to offload Robbie Keane to Aston Villa to finance a deal to bring Craig Bellamy to the Lane.

Spurs Hitman To Villa?

This rumour just won’t go away so looks likely to happen, we know Harry is a big admirer of Bellamy. Keane looks certain to leave Tottenham for a second time, he has seen himself drop down the pecking order at the club and knows he can get first team football elsewhere,

Now today we have been linked with Fabiano which gets me more excited at the prospect of seeing Bellamy in our lovely new Spurs kit next season. What I can’t understand is, why are we watching Man City improve their squad and taking the players they had last season who couldn’t get them into the Champions League but yet Harry expects them to do it for us?

In all fairness Craig Bellamy did have a decent season for City last season, but I wouldn’t like to see the likes of Defoe,Pav or Crouchy on the bench for that little trouble maker. He is similar to Robbie Keane except with a bad sulky attitude if he don’t get his way. Decent player but if we want to push on then im afraid we need to aim a bit higher than Craig Bellamy, the thing that pains me is I can see this deal actually happening. Oh well faith in “Arry” and all that.

Jul 162010
 

Come And Get Me - But Is He N17 Bound?

Sevilla’s Brazilian goal machine Luis Fabiano has issued an apparent come and get me plea to White Hart Lane chief Harry Redknapp.

The 29-year old former Sao Paulo and Porto striker, who found the back of the net three times at this summers World Cup in South Africa, has been made available by his Spanish employers and was offered to the North London club earlier this week.

At £150,000 a week, Spurs chief Redknapp was initially wary of doing a deal, fully aware of the stringent White Hart Lane wage structure.

However, Fabiano’s comments suggest that he is interested in a move to move to White Hart Lane, leaving us with the exciting prospect that a compromise could yet be found!

Speaking to reporters, Fabiano said :

“I must admit it’s only in the last few weeks I have understood just how big Spurs’ ambition is,” said the forward, who previously attracted interest from AC Milan and Manchester United.

Fabiano would certainly fit into the ‘marquee’ category that Harry Redknapp has so often spoken about this summer and I would imagine that every Spurs fan would be delighted to welcome the Samba star to the Lane. Whether or not the players comments are only offering us false hope remains to be seen but this is certainly one deal that is worth keeping your fingers crossed for!

Jul 162010
 

Fulham are reportedly targeting Martin Jol as the number 1 replacement Roy Hodgson

Current Ajax and ex Spurs manager Jol is a wanted man by Fulham. Jol was a fans favourite during his days at the Lane and might relish the chance to return to the Premiership.

Personally I would love to see Jol back in the league and I am sure he would get a fantastic reception from us Tottenham fans. I still hope that one day he will return to us. I think we owe an awful lot on where we are now to big MJ, he turned us from a laughing stock to real champions league contenders and lead us to our first premiership top 5 finish, the first time we qualified for Europe through the league in the Premiership.

I say good on you Fulham, if you get Martin then you should consider yourselves lucky, he is a great manager and a legend for most of us Spurs fans. He would do a great job for your club.

Jul 152010
 

Last season was one hell of a rollercoaster ride but that is what makes being a Tottenham fan the best fans in the world, if Carlsberg done fans it would definately be Tottenham. I don’t know about most of you but for myself I enjoy supporting a team that doesn’t win every week and isn’t expected to win a trophy each season, to me this makes it all the more special when we do. Other teams might mock our enthusiasm but I put that down to fear or jelousy. I believe we are on the way up and its about time too.

Boom Boom Boom Let Me Hear You Say Bale....

Last season gave us so many high points and a few downers too, we beat some of the big teams and we let Wolves do the double over us. We beat Wigan 9-1 but we let the scum give us a bit of a footballing lesson at their gaff. Come the final game of the season I defy any other football fan to say that Spurs didn’t deserve to finish in 4th place having been in the top 4 for most of the season.

We had what was to be a season defining couple of weeks in April. This run of games started with the FA Cup semi final agaisnt relgated Portsmouth, on paper it was to be a stroll in the park but we all know that the FA Cup was Pompey’s last hope of salvaging something from the season and we all know that they wanted it more than us which is why they won and we didn’t, it’s as simple as that. Oh plus the Wembley pitch was a disgrace!!

Out of the FA Cup and disheartened and slipped down to 5th place in league after City jumped us due to our previous league defeat agaisnt Sunderland, was there a way back or was a Europa cup place looking like a good achievement? Well the Spurs players had other ideas and what was about to happen in the coming fixtures was beyond our wildest dreams. With Arsenal,Chelsea, United and City all to play in the space of a month did finishing 4th ever look likely? Now I am the ever optomistic Spurs fan but even I thought this run of games would prove too much for us, but take a look at the video below to see the moment that I and thousands of other Spurs fans thought that for once things might just be different….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o947YBQoNog

So we sent Arsenal and Chelsea packing and if after both of them amazing results if there was any justice and you believed in fate you just knew that we had to finish 4th. Who would have thought we would have come through the Arsenal,Chelsea and United run of games back in 4th? I will review more parts in the coming weeks before the start of the season to gear us up for another crack at it, the City game will be coming up so pop back for my review on that. For now however I leave you with our season defining moment, the moment we dared to dream, the moment Tottenham fans believed once again.

Done forget to enter your Premier League dream team into the Triffic Tottenham league click >>HERE<< to enter

Jul 112010
 

HARRY REDKNAPP has reportedly agreed a new three year deal to mastermind Tottenham’s Champions League challenge.

He Stays !!! - 3 year deal for 'Arry !

Redknapp had held talks with ambitious side Al Ahli of Dubai last month, but has opted to stay with the lillywhites.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy put the finishing touches to Redknapp’s new deal just as the club began their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

He has taken up a two-year option to extend Redknapp’s £3m-a-year deal as they aim to consolidate their position as a top four team.

Redknapp has been given a 10 per cent pay rise after lengthy discussions with Levy.

He had a year left on his existing contract, but he now has a deal to stay at Spurs until 2013.

Redknapp had been tempted by the £3m-a-year tax free deal on offer in Dubai, but the club refused to pay his £8m release fee.

The Arab side offered the former Pompey boss various incentives to sign, including a villa, chauffeur-driven car and healthcare for his family as part of an amazing package.

Instead, Redknapp wants to finish the job at Tottenham and has turned his attention to boosting his squad for their debut season in the Champions League.

What he wants …..

Levy has another meeting with Joe Cole’s agent in the diary, but his wage demands would break Spurs’ strict wage policy.

White Hart Lane’s top earners pull in around £60,000 a week and Cole left Chelsea on just short of £80,000.

He has been offered a deal by Arsenal, but has been playing a waiting game after the World Cup.

Redknapp is also on the lookout for a top drawer central defender as doubts continue over Jonathan Woodgate’s future.

Woodgate returned from a long-term treatment plan in Australia two weeks ago, but there is no return date set.

Ledley King’s appearances are also restricted with his chronic knee condition, leaving Redknapp with no alternative but to plan for the worst case scenario.