Bayern d’Or

The 23 man shortlist has been announced for the 2013 Baloon d’Or. Familiar faces such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi feature but there is no surprise to see 6 Bayern Munich Players being shortlisted for the accolade giving that they helped them to achieve the treble last season with former manager Jupp Heynckes in charge. In early december, Fifa will announce the 3 men who recieved the most votes, in no particualar order from player captains and managers from each mens national team and international media representatives which will be chosen by France football. The winner will be awarded with the prestigious individual award at Fifa Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014. Given that the shortlist is dominated by Bayern Munich players, it is heavily tipped to see one of them claiming the award. My money is on Franck Ribery to claim the prize but who knows, maybe Lionel Messi might reclaim his prize or Ronaldo might even take the spoils…

Here is the full 23 man short list of the players in contention:

Franck Ribery Bayern Munich France
Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Netherlands
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich Germany
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Germany
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich Germany
Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina
Andres Iniesta Barcelona Spain
Xavi Barcelona Spain
Neymar Barcelona Brazil
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain Sweden
Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain Uruguay
Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain Brazil
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portugal
Gareth Bale Real Madrid Wales
Mesut Ozil Arsenal Germany
Robin van Persie Manchester United Netherlands
Yaya Toure Manchester City Cote d’Ivoire
Luis Suarez Liverpool Uruguay
Andrea Pirlo Juventus Italy
Radamel Falcao Monaco Colombia
Eden Hazard Chelsea Belgium
Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund Poland

 

Sir’s Auto(bye)ography

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Since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire from his 26 years of sheer success in the red half of Manchester in the summer, he’s had to endure watching his predecessor and fellow Scotsman David Moyes run his old club to their worst start to the season but having said that, it’s only early days and Sir Alex has faith in the man he picked to replace him, something which he mentioned in his new autobiography which was released yesterday. Anyone that even has half the career in management that Sir Alex has had would want to scribble it down in a book which includes his relationship with certain players at Man Utd, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane being widely mentioned and also how he declined the chance of managing England. Would probably be because he’s Scottish I’m guessing. I’m not much of a reader but I highly recommend that you purchase his autobiography because lets face it, no matter what English team you support, you will definitely be missing the red nose, wriggles chewer on the side of the pitch. You can purchase a copy of the book on WhSmiths website today.

FIFA 14

 

It’s that time of year again when the guys ditch their respective girlfriends for another 12 months to spend time with their beloved FIFA this Friday. What can we expect from this annually released football game? Well,  it features “Real ball physics” which determines the trajectories of balls in game, enabling players to strike the ball with force from distance or drill low rising shots with accuracy. To sum that up, it basically means the ball moves realistically. Other new features include team intelligence, precise movement and Lionel Messi returning to the front cover again. Image   

Other features which are standard to FIFA return with manager mode etc and Ultimate team also returns with the inclusion of  40 legendary players—including Pelé—competing alongside today’s football stars that are available in UT packs. If you Can’t wait till Friday then you can download the demo on Xbox live or the Playstation network. Enjoy it people.

Ozil the moon!

ozilArsenal completed the shock signing of Mezut Ozil for a club record fee of £42.5 million on a 5 year deal which is surely a statement of intent from the north london side. And yes, you are reading this right, Wenger finally decided to spend some money on that “top, top quality player” he was looking for. This purchase could potentially make Arsenal a force to be reckoned with again.

Transfer Deadline Day

On the 2nd of September clubs will be looking to make final additions to their squad that will either strengthen or weaken any team depending how they go about their transfer business. It is always on the last day of the transfer window we see the most activity  and money spent on players by clubs which is why Sky sports news dedicates the whole day to the outcome of the final day of the transfer window. As interesting as it is, why do managers from respected clubs decide to do their dealings at the 11th hour? Surely they must enjoy the hype, tension and excitement the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and quite possibly Luis Suarez could create by making a last minute big money move.  The beauty of this final day is that anything can happen which is why the majority of football enthusiasts will spend the day watching all the deals going through and who else can make the transfer deadline day even better  than the man himself Jim White who is a popular figure with viewers on this day due to his dramatic/enthusiastic way of presenting on deadline day. There has never been a summer transfer window that has failed to deliver and this one will follow the same pattern.