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West Ham target 3 more signings in January

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by jackpinnock

After the imminent home coming of midfielder, Joe Cole, from Liverpool, West Ham gaffer Sam Allardyce has set his sights on three more transfer targets in the January transfer window.

It was confirmed on Twitter by Jack Sullivan, son of Hammers owner David Sullivan, that three enquires have been made for players in England, Brazil and Germany.

The players thought to be in question are Aston Villa full back, Stephen Warnock, F.C. Twente’s centre half, Douglas and Stuttgart hitman, Martin Harnik.

Warnock, who has just completed a short loan spell at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, is out of favour at Villa Park, and his Premier League experience is thought to be the key factor for Big Sam’s interest.

25 year old, Douglas is out of contract with F.C. Twente this summer and is believed to be keen on a switch to the Premier League. However, the Samba star has many other admirers in the top flight, with arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Newcastle and Everton waiting in the wings to grab his signature.

Harnik, who has scored 30 goals since joining German Bundesliga side Stuttgart in 2010, is a £5million target for the East London club, however, as he is still contracted to Stuttgart until 2016, a sum closer to £7million is thought to be the asking price. With strikers Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll misfiring, and Modibo Maiga said to be leaving the club for either Newcastle or Marseille, Big Sam would like to add Harnik, as he can player as a striker or a winger, and with the Hammers in desperate need for firepower, is Harnik the answer?

With injuries mounting, and a dip in form, West Ham hope to add strength in depth in order to consolidate Premier league survival, and maybe even compete for a top ten place.

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Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by jackpinnock

England was in Sweden’s capital city of Stocklolm during the week preparing for their friendly match at the Friends Arena.

The likes of Liverpool winger, Raheem Sterling, Everton stalwart, Leon Osman, Arsenal youngster, Carl Jenkinson and Tottenham Hotspur defender, Steven Caulker have been selected, as well as Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha, who is the first player to picked for the full England squad at Championship level since Jay Bothroyd was picked in 2010.

Zaha’s selection has already sparked controversy, as former Chelsea hitman, Didier Drogba has openly said that Zaha should not play for England and play for the Ivory Coast.

However, Zaha recently said that there weren’t many players better than him. Zaha had quickly denied this and took to Twitter to say “Just to clear things up, when I say I don’t see anyone better than me i just say that to boost my confidence when I get on the field”. “I know there’s players out there better than me so please don’t take my words the wrong way”.

Former Crystal Palace player and fan, Mark Bright, who is now a BBC pundit, also took to twitter and said that “he is the most talked about and most talented player outside the PL in English football !!! “.

England’s last meeting against the Swedes came in the group stage at Euro 2012 in Ukraine when the Three Lions took the lead through a superb Andy Carroll header.

In a blink of a eye, Roy Hodgson’s men were 2-1 down when former Aston Villa legend, Olof Mellberg, scored a surprising brace.

However, a looping effort from Theo Walcott, and a sublime backheel finish from Danny Welbeck enabled England to beat Sweden for the very first time in a competitive match.

Four months on, and Hodgson has selected some younger and uncapped players to fully prepare themselves for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Casuals- Identifying society in a wider context

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Before the 1980’s, going to witness a friendly, but competitive sports match was nothing out of the ordinary. However, as times gradually moved on, a rise in the Mods and Rockers grew, certain fashion became high priority for many people, and hooliganism expanded. There were a variety of reasons for this, however, the birth of the celebrity culture, and some of the main events that happened in the 1980’s and beyond, were the main influence for the casuals in the 1980’s.

Before the end of the decade, the casual was solely based on styling yourself to be as unique as anybody else. However, a group of Liverpool fans took a step further, and eliminated sartorial elegance from the game. The stylish jumper and Doc Martin’s were vanishing quickly, and Tacchini tracksuit bottoms and Adidas trainers evolved. This trend setting theme swept the continent, which made the fans much more masculine, and the era of hooliganism began.

In the 80’s, violence and hooliganism was a matter of life and death for people, a hobby, or maybe even just something to do, and whoever involved, the lives of people they were conflicting with did not cross their minds.

In 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and started a war with the British. After Britain fought them off, a sense of triumph spread amongst the British nation and we felt united. In 1985, hooliganism, especially in football, began to become ever popular, and with that, the Luton riot occurred. In that same year, the Heysel tragedy, when Liverpool played against European giants, Juventus, sadly claimed the lives of many fans and all English clubs were banned from European football for 5 years.

The grief and sadness of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 was the last straw, and you could say that hooliganism had gone too far. The lifestyle of the casual had disappeared as the media had now discovered what had really been happening, and sportswear manufactures had dispersed into another form of fashion culture.

In this day and age, you could say that the casual has reborn into a new light, eliminating the Tacchini tracksuits and Adidas trainers, and moving onto the fake burberry hat and Hackett polo collared shirt. Even though it’s not as bad as it was, you could say that the world of hooliganism and the casuals is still upon us.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Despite his comments made in the press before the Merseyside derby, Everton manager David Moyes still believes that most managers would agree with him about Luis Suarez’s theatrical diving, and that the Liverpool forward was a lucky man to even stay on the pitch in this thrilling 2-2 draw.

Suarez wasted no time in silencing his critics when his first goal came after just 14 minutes.  Spanish left back, Jose Enrique’s low cross found the feet off the South American, whose drilled shot took a wicked deflection off Everton’s Leighton Baines.

Suarez doubled his tally 5 minutes later, when Leon Osman’s foul on Liverpool’s promising young winger, Raheem Sterling, lead to Suarez glancing a tremendous header past Tim Howard from a superb Steven Gerrard free kick.

However, David Moyes’ men responded in dramatic fashion, and in the space of 14 minutes, the tie was all square.

First, Leon Osman’s drilled effort took a slight deflection off summer signing Joe Allen and past Brad Jones’ goal.

Then, on 35 minutes, exciting talent Kevin Miralles’ cross was expertly controlled by the returning Maroune Fellaini, whose low cross was latched onto by former Rangers striker Steven Naismith to put the Toffees on level terms.

With the loss of Miralles at the interval, Everton lost their flair and creative spark in the second half, and Liverpool capitalised on that in the second half, with good possession play, and creating multiple chances.

At the start of the second half, Sterling had a golden opportunity to put the Reds back in the lead, with a one- on- one chance that he wasted, much to the disappointment of Suarez, who felt the ball should have been squared to him to put Liverpool 3-2 ahead.

Man of the match Suarez then angered much of the Everton faithful when his late challenge on veteran defender Sylvain Distin should have been more than just a bookable offence.

However, another referee howler was to come on the 93rd minute when Steven Gerrard’s free kick was met by Argentinian defender Sebastien Coates, whose header reached Suarez, who tapped in, only for the fourth official and referee Andre Marriner to judge it was offside.

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers was surprisingly grateful for the point despite Marriner’s decision by saying “overall, it’s a good point at a difficult place, and its anpther strive forward”.