Friday, July 18, 2014

Can Newcastle’s new faces revive the Magpies?

After briefly threatening the Champions League places in 2012-13, last season was a disappointing one for Newcastle and their tenth placed finish masked an alarming run of form towards the end of the campaign. After a bright start, fired by the goals of Loic Remy, the Magpies started to display relegation form so what can manager Alan Pardew do to recover ahead of the next campaign?

Newcastle are always busy in the transfer market and this summer has been no exception but who are the new faces and how can they help the team challenge for the European Places once again?

Dutch courage in defence

Newcastle United are among the outsiders at 8.20 with Betfair to drop into the Championship at the end of 2014-15 but those who witnessed the club at first hand towards the end of the last campaign might be seriously tempted by that figure.

One of the problem areas is in defence and while Mathieu Debuchy has left to join Arsenal, Pardew has been quick to nail down a replacement. Daryl Janmaat is the club’s most recent signing and the former Feyenoord defender was recently part of the Dutch squad that claimed third place at the 2014 World Cup.

Janmaat is very much a like-for-like replacement for the outgoing Debuchy but by all accounts he is more attack minded and is a reliable crosser of the ball. The 24 year old has also played with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul at Ado Den Haag and also for the Dutch national side and that familiarity could be another bonus as he starts his Premier League career.

Greater threat in midfield

France has been a favoured destination for Newcastle scouts for some time and former Montpelier midfielder Remy Cabella is the latest to bring his Gallic flair to the north east. The 24 year old has signed on a six year deal and his record shows that he should bring more attacking threat to the centre line at St James’s park.

At his former club, Cabella averaged a shade under a goal every four games and for a midfielder that’s a promising average. Those stats have helped the player to earn his first full international cap and at a fee of £12m he could prove to be a bargain.

Potency in attack

Another 24 year old, Emmanuel Riviere has joined from Monaco for £6m and that’s the kind of relatively low fee that has supporters wondering whether he’s actually any good. An established centre forward in Europe would command at least twice that figure so can Riviere really compensate for the loss of his compatriot Loic Remy?

At Monaco, a record of 14 goals in 44 games isn’t great and with players of the calibre of Radamel Falcao and Dimitar Berbatov in that particular squad, it isn’t surprising that he’s been moved on. Riviere has promise but those stats suggest that this is a gamble on Pardew’s part.

New leadership on the pitch

Before Janmaat, Cabella and Riviere arrived at St James’s Park, Dutch international Siem De Jong signed for £6m and was immediately installed as the club’s vice captain. After seven successful years with Ajax, De Jong brings huge experience and this could be the shrewdest signing of them all.

20 year old Spaniard Ayoze and former Sunderland man Jack Colback have also joined over the summer in a typically busy period for the club. Newcastle’s transfer dealings have always been frantic and while they look to have made some promising purchases, the key to success is whether Alan Pardew can accommodate so many new faces and get them to gel as a unit.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spain played for pride 3-0 against Australia

The already knocked out Spain played against Australia on Monday. Though the game was not going to be decisive for both the teams but they played for their courage and dignity as both team was not able to catch a single victory in this world cup.

David Villa opened the scoring for Spain at 36th minute of the game with a superb back heel flip. Torres added another one for Spain at 69th minute after Iniesta set him up a perfect through in the box. Juan mata adding up the third for spain at 82nd minute ends the final score to 3-0 for Aussies.

Spain has shown a great piece of skill which they might have shown earlier. The victory may have gave some smile on Spain’s face but was not able to drill any position for them in the world cup. On the contrary the struggling Australia was not able to put any victory on their side this world cup.It seems to be a hard walk for both of the teams.

Miroslav Klose leveled World Cup top scorer Ronaldo

FIFA WORLD CUP Group G clash between Germany and Ghana ends with a draw in Fortaleza on Saturday.Miroslav Klose came off the bench to save Germany from defeat. He makes his 15th world cup goal for Germany and shares the top scorer spot with legendary Brazilian Ronaldo.

With this draw Germany is still at the top of Group G with four points from two games.
After a dull first half, Mario Gotze goal at 51st minute gives Germany 1-0 lead over Ghana. Knowing that loss would leave them on the edge of elimination, Andre Ayew’s goal at 54th minute levelled it up for Ghana.

They took lead in the 63rd minute, when Sulley Muntari slide a perfect pass to Asamoah Gyan. The striker raced onto it and fired it to pass Manuel Neuer. Ghana takes one goal lead with this goal.Germany equalised in the 71st minute when Klose’s first touch tuned into goal. The goal was Klose’s 15th in World Cup. He also became the third player to score in four tournaments along with Pele and Uwe Seeler.

Germany : Neuer, Boateng(sub:Mustafi), Howedes, Lahm, Mertesacker, Hummels, Khedira(sub:Schweinsteiger), Kroos, Müller, Ozil, Gotze(sub:Klose),

Ghana : Dauda, Rabiu(sub:Agyemang-Badu), Afful, Muntari, Boye, Mensah, Atsu(sub:Mubarak), Asamoah, Gyan, Boateng(sub:Ayew), A.Ayew

Goal : M. Gotze, M. Klose (Germany)
A.Ayew, A. Gyan (Ghana)

Friday, June 20, 2014

All doors are closed for defending champion Spain

Defending World Cup champion Spain was eliminated after going down 2-0 to Chile , with one group game still to play . This loss also makes Spain the first defending World Cup champion to be eliminated after only two games. Maracana! Vargas and Aranguiz scored for the South American side and now face Holland in the next match on Monday at Arena CorinthiansSao Paulo.
Spain missed a few good chances earlyin the first half , but Chile scored first, in the 20th minute. Eduardo Vargas scored first when Xabi Alonso makes a poor pass straight to the feet of Alexis, who rushes forward and exchanges a brilliant one-two with Vidal. The Barca man then finds the run of Aranguiz, who shows superb composure to find Eduardo Vargas at the back post, who sent the ball flying past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
And just before the half time in the 43rd minute Alexis Sanchez whips a free kick towards goal and Casillas makes another mistake by punching straight into the path of C. Aránguiz who took a touch and punted the ball into the top corner .
With this loss Spain becomes the third consecutive European winner of the World Cup to lose in the group stages in the following tournament, after France in 2002 and Italy in 2010.
Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque said that, “ I would have never , ever thought that we would leave the tournament after the first round . we started sluggishly and were not brave enough, really. It’s a pity because I didn’t expect that .”


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