The Telegraph has a random transfer rumor generator called the Babb.
This is what I got when I put Arsenal in:
"PAULINHO AGREES BLOCKBUSTER DEAL WITH ARSENAL FOR A FEE RUMOURED TO BE £55.4M"
And when I typed Dortmund:
"GERARD PIQUE POISED FOR SHOCK MOVE TO BORUSSIA DORTMUND FOR A FEE RUMOURED TO BE £45.2M"
So give it a go. What's the best transfer rumor you can come up with?
Rafa Benítez signs his contract with Real Madrid. The new manager will stay with the club for the next three seasons. pic.twitter.com/JnIofYj6Eo— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) June 3, 2015
No tag for the Fat Spanish Waiter?
BREAKING: Luís Figo drops out of FIFA presidential. "I've witnessed events that shame those who want free, clean & democratic football."— Tom Kundert (@PortuGoal1) May 21, 2015
Luís Figo: "What will happen on 29 May in Zurich is not a normal electoral act, so don't count on me."— Tom Kundert (@PortuGoal1) May 21, 2015
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Nice to see Villarreal's Asenjo in goal but I would drop Iker for West Ham's Adrian. And no Dave? And I'm so proud of bb!Hector for making the U-21 squad!
- Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was named 'Hottest Premier League Player'
- PaddyPower surveyed 250 American women on 300 top flight players
- Santiago Vergini was the runner-up with Matty James came third
- The study managed to pick a Hot and Not XI
- Burnley were found to have the hottest squad overall
- Newcastle sit bottom of the pile
Hot XI: Ben Foster (Southampton), Santiago Vergini (Sunderland), Jason Shackell (Burnley), Erik Pieters (Stoke), Paul Konchesky (Leicester), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Matty James (Leicester), Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), Charlie Austin (QPR), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
Not XI: Gerhard Tremmel (Swansea), Ritchie De Laet (Leicester), James Collins (West Ham), Joleon Lescott (West Brom), Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Stephen Quinn (Hull), Sadio Mane (Southampton), Mario Balotelli (Liverpool), Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).
José Mourinho has broken his 10-day silence, refusing to hide his simmering resentment towards the media over Diego Costa’s three-match suspension.
The Chelsea manager, who risked a Premier League fine for avoiding media duties either side of last weekend’s draw with Manchester City, was unhappy with the portrayal of a challenge between Costa and Liverpool’s Emre Can, which resulted in the Chelsea striker’s ban.
Asked why he had not spoken to the media since advancing to the Capital One Cup final at Liverpool’s expense on 27 January, Mourinho said: “Because if you want, you can make a silence very noisy. Depends what you want to do.
“You could make noise with my silence, because you know the reason for my silence. It depends on you. If I was a journalist I could make from silence, lots of words.”
Mourinho in December spoke of a “clear campaign” against his side and was fined £25,000 for those comments.
Asked if the reason for his absence was because of Costa’s suspension, which continues at Aston Villa on Saturday, Mourinho, who chose not to discuss the incident, said: “Not just [Costa’s ban]. I don’t reflect. Maybe I’m punished to reflect.
“Maybe they [football’s authorities] can read my reflection and that I don’t want.”
Managers are required to speak before and after matches under Premier League broadcast regulations.
Mourinho added: “You know why I’m here so you cannot expect that I’m super happy to be here.” He responded “yes” when asked if he was in attendance because he was required to be.
Cesc Fabregas allegedly took on a double-decker bus and ‘punched’ it in the windscreen after he was reportedly captured on camera in a road rage incident.
Bus driver Martin Hughes claims that the Chelsea player cut in front of the 93 bus to Putney Bridge in his £150,000 Aston Martin Vanquish on Wednesday afternoon.
Hughes told the Sun on Sunday that the maneuverer forced him to mount the kerb. He alleges he tapped the footballer’s windscreen to complain about his driving, only to be sworn at.
Apparently revealing to the footballer that the incident was filmed on his on-board camera, Hughes claims he told Fabregas: “I know you and I've got it all on camera - and by the way you are a s*** footballer.”
Hughes alleges Fabregas then sped off, stopped his car, got out, walked up to his bus and punched it in the windscreen.
Hughes added, however, that the bus was not damaged.
A spokesperson for Fabregas is yet to respond to request for comment.
The Spanish player was forced to withdraw from the match against Manchester City on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
The world’s most popular search engine, Google, will incur the wrath of Tottenham Hotspur fans everywhere with the team a punch line for a dictionary definition.
If one was to search the word 'lackadaisical' lin the search bar, a dictionary definition reads: 'lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy'.
All pretty standard fare, but just below it has the term as it would be used in a sentence. It states: "a lackadaisical defence left Spurs adrift in the second half".
The entry isn't the fault of Google, however. They get their definitions direct from Oxford Dictionaries, published by Oxford University Press.
The first edition was published in 1888, a second edition in 1989 and OED Online was launched in 2000.
An Arsenal fan might have been behind the ruse - or perhaps an exasperated Spurs fan...
Okay so, I had to include a picture of Cesc since the article is about him. But I put a picture of him with Dave so that we can admire Dave's cuteness instead.
Cesc Fabregas has admitted he never would have dreamed of playing for Jose Mourinho three years ago when the two were arch-enemies in Spain.
The Chelsea midfielder now says he’s happier than ever playing for the former Real Madrid manager, compares him to Pep Guardiola, and says he is desperate to win the European Cup with him.
Asked in an interview in El Pais in Spain if he could ever have imagined working for Mourinho he says: ‘Three years ago no. It just shows you how you can never tell in life, and even more so in football. We had a very intense rivalry with Mourinho. It never reached the level of hatred, not even close, but there were disagreements with him and [John] Terry too. Chelsea were always the team that I most wanted to beat.’
Asked how Terry received Fabregas into the dressing room when he joined last summer the Spain international said: ‘He told me that anything I needed I could count on him.
( Ugh... )
Hmmm, personally I don't think Pep and Mou would be too happy at being compared to each other.
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Some other news:
- Bug Eyes (aka Mesut Özil) will be back for the FA Cup match against Brighton!
- Jorge Mendes (ugh) claims that Crispy almost signed for Arsenal but we couldn't his transfer fee because of the construction of the Emirates Stadium.
- Arsenal Ladies have signed Vicky Losada from Barca! She's won the Women's La Liga (Superliga) thrice with them and is a member of the Spanish Women's NT!
- Arsenal are reportedly hoping to get Asier Illarramendi from Real Madrid in the summer.
- They have also supposedly launched a bid for Borussia Dortmund's Kevin Großkreutz. (Utter bullshit, but it would be nice to see BFG and Le Döner-Thrower together again.)
NEWS: The MLS MVP award will now be named the Landon Donovan MVP Award. pic.twitter.com/RYPlDc2dXY— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 15, 2015
Black And Red United (an SB Nation Blog) has a hilarious fanpost about it.
In other Chelsea-related news:
The Blues eye a free move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards (currently on loan at Fiorentina) in summer.
Mark Schwarzer, the No.3 GK, has moved on a free transfer to Leicester.
The club is working with Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architectural firm who designed the Beijing Bird's Nest and the Allianz Arena in Munich, to revamp Stamford Bridge (because no one is allowing them to build a new stadium in their interested sites).
I'll try to do a roundup of all the transfer rumors as well.
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? (For the record, I’ve never been there. I don’t smoke.)
A flat tire to start your morning, your usual taco joint was all out of barbacoa, you say through an insufferable lecture from your idiotic boss and to top all of that off, traffic is a nightmare on your way home to basement full of rain water from the night before. You just need a quick cigarette (or three — thanks, traffic!), and you’ll be good.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny seems to know this feeling all too well. Szczesny, who is apparently at least an occasional smoker, was reportedly caught lighting up in the St. Mary’s Stadium showers following Arsenal’s 2-0 New Year’s Day defeat, which was underlined by the Pole’s poor performance in goal. Here, Szczesny’s pair of blunders can be seen all but gift-wrapping Southampton the three points that afternoon and resigning the Gunners to sixth place for the time being.
According to reports, Szczesny was fined £20,000 for the incident by an enraged Arsene Wenger. From theDaily Mail:
Former Arsenal star John Jensen had claimed on Danish TV that Szczesny, 24, had suffered a bitter fall-out with Wenger and would not play again this season, although Arsenal denied that allegation and said Szczesny remains part of their first-team plans.
Szczesny wasn’t even on the bench for Arsenal’s 2-0 third-round FA Cup victory over Hull City on Sunday. That could, however, have very easily been a predetermined game off for Szczesny who has started 17 of 20 Premier League games this season, as well as all six in the club’s Champions League group.
tsk tsk, what do you have to say for yourself chezza?
smh!! (also i just grabbed a bunch of random tags. delighted to see drogba's, lol)
Arsène's zipper 496, Arsène 0.
This man is a trained economist. This man has been a top-flight manager for 27 years. This man is a grown ass adult.
This man still cannot zip up his coat.
Puma swore it made a coat even he could zip. Wenger even said he could zip it up. But you can't fight the laws of Earth, and the 8th Law of Earth is that Arsène Wenger can't zip up his coat.
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