duminică, 23 iunie 2013

Regression Analysis in Sports Betting Systems

Sport betting is a form of wagering on the outcomes of traditional probability games such as cards, dice, or roulette as well as on the outcomes of sporting events such as football or baseball. Betting results are resolved at the conclusion of the event and generally requires that neither of the parties involved in the wager has any influence on the event in question. A private citizen wagering on the outcome of a football match between Manchester United and Chelsea would be considered a form of sports betting, while the team owner making that same bet would not be considered a form of sports betting.
Sport betting has been popular for centuries. The earliest forms of contemporary sport betting revolved around cock fights in the late 17th century, while wagering on horse races became highly popular between the 19th to 20th centuries. In 1960, television gave birth to a new era in the history of betting on team-based sports, and the longstanding 10% tax on sports betting was eliminated in 1974, leading to even more popularity. In 1990s, the advent of the Internet facilitated online sports betting, creating an increasing need for sophisticated statistical tracking, like regression analysis, to develop winning strategies for wagering.
Traditional gambling and sports betting: Are they same?
There are several key differences between traditional gambling and sports betting. In traditional gambling, the likelihood of any event can be calculated accurately even though the number of possible results may differ (for example: the odds of picking a specific card out of a standard deck is always one in 52). However, the likely result of a sporting event cannot be calculated with such precision. While the odds of winning in traditional gambling are derived from a known probability, sports betting relies on parsing a large number of variables, usually with more than one potential outcome.
Sports gambling: Profitable or not
In 2011, the gross gaming revenue of the global gambling industry was $368.4 billion, with 8.60% of this total earned from wagers made over the Internet. Online gambling includes all Internet-based portals that provide lotteries, poker, casino games, bingo, and sports betting. Sports betting remains most popular form of online wagering, representing 43% of gambling revenue earned from Internet sources, with a total market of $13.66 billion.
Figure: Worldwide gross gambling revenue
**source: Statistical Methodology for Profitable Sports Gambling
Methods used in sports betting system
Various methods can be used to generate a sports betting system, although most experts agree that the most widely used method is regression analysis. Regression analysis can be used to establish the important factors and variables which will influence the overall outcome of a sporting event. Multivariate linear regression, logistic regression, and multiple regression analysis can all be used to calculate the probability of any outcome, and since determining the outcome of a sporting event requires analyzing a high number of variables, regression analysis provides a suitable framework for defining and assigning a value to these variables. For example: A multivariate linear test on American football games was conducted by NFL. The result showed that the most important variable – the variable with the highest influence over the outcome of the match – was “passing efficiency”. Recent movies and bestseller titles like Moneyball have delved into the world of statistical analysis, driving increased interest in the use of regression analysis for sports betting.
Logistic regression analysis
Logistic regression is a forecasting technique that provides a probability percentage for a given variable. For example, if one wants to calculate the probability of a team winning the 59th game of the season, they would analyze the last 58 games to obtain the team’s point differential or margin of victory (MV or MOV). Margin of victory is a statistical term which indicates difference between the number of points scored by the winning team and the number of points scored by the losing team. A smaller MV represents a close match, and by using statistical software like SPSS, the following equation can provide the percentage chance that the team will win, based on MV scores:
(e is known as euler’s number, roughly 2.72).
A percentage chance of winning can also be determined in Microsoft Excel by using this equation:
1 / (1 + EXP(-(-0.0039+0.1272*[MOV])))
Multiple regression analysis in sports betting
Multiple regression systems are widely considered the most reliable modern sports betting system. This core of MRA is built on a timeless logical assumption: “what’s past is prologue”. This means that one must know the past to know the future. To create a multiple regression betting system, one must have reliable data regarding past information of the players and teams, meaning that trustworthy historical data is crucial to building an effective multiple regression system.
An example of using a multiple regression system in sports betting
A sports bettor will wager on the final match between Team A & Team B.
Regression #1: Bettor finds that Team A won the regular series against Team B by 3-1 during the first match of the year.
Regression#2: Bettor finds that Team B crushed Team A in a recent playoff match.
Regression#3: One player of Team A is Player X, and Player X has never won against Team B.
Since both teams have scored a victory, bettor determines that the key variable is the presence of Player X, and decides that Team B will win the match. Thus, by using multiple regression analysis, bettor is able to analyze the events of the past and extrapolate the most probable future.
To utilize multiple regression methodology in a betting system, one needs to posses consistent and reliable data on the past performance of both teams and players (“Multiple Regressions”:2013). Without an extensive and dependable source of historical data, the bettor will not be able to regress into the past to determine probable outcomes of future events (“Multiple Regressions”:2013).
To develop a multiple regression system, mining data from an online sports book that can offer accurate historical sports data in a format that is easily accessible and actionable is highly recommended. These sports books also provide step by step rules for implementing regression analysis techniques in sports betting.
Note that regression analysis methodology is also employed by most casinos in an effort to generate probabilities that favor the house – for similar reasons, sports books use regression analysis to provide sports betting enthusiasts with the same advantage. While we all know that no future event can be predicted with 100% accuracy, a comprehensive regression analysis system can be used by sports boo developers  to calculate probabilities that are highly reliable.
Problem of using regression analysis in sports betting
There is one glaring problem in using regression analysis to predict outcomes of sporting events: the differentiation between correlation and causation. Regression analysis is effective at identifying a correlation between events, but cannot properly identify whether one event is caused by another. For example: regression analysis can be used to show that every time Team A loses, player X does not score a goal. However, regression analysis cannot be used to conclude that Player X not scoring a goal is the cause of Team A losing the match.
In other words, regression analysis can be used to determine probable future performance based on defined past outcomes, but is unable to define causes for past outcomes. Ultimately, the effectiveness of any multiple regression system relies entirely on the proper selection and comparison of variables.
Other betting systems
In addition to multiple regression analysis, there are two other commonly used wagering methodologies: the arbitrage betting system and the use of statistical anomalies. Arbitrage betting is designed to generate profit without taking a loss (“Multiple Regressions and Statistical Anomalies”:2012), and in most cases the result of sports event is not considered. Naturally, profits are not guaranteed, but arbitrage is a straightforward strategy that can easily be learned by novice bettors.
When implementing a strategy around statistical anomalies, the bettor seeks to gain a competitive advantage by diverging from seemingly sound predictions by introducing variables that are often overlooked by other forms of betting systems. Using this tactic successfully requires a careful study of both teams and players, as well as a variety of incidental variables, such as weather, crowd sizes, health conditions, or injuries. By using this methodology, the bettor is attempting to determine how individual players and teams deal with anomalous situations not generally encountered during a match (“Multiple Regressions and Statistical Anomalies”:2012).
While regression analyses can help a bettor identify and define the variables that may affect the outcome of any given match, determining which variables to measure and compare is the central challenge in building a winning regression system. Therefore, regression analysis in sports betting is based upon not only a comparison of reliable past data with future events, but in deciding which variables may potentially alter the probabilities of those future events.
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miercuri, 19 iunie 2013

Lionel Messi is accused for tax evasion starting from 2007 to 2009

It seems that Lionel Messi is accused for tax evasion starting from 2007 to 2009, with the help of a specialized company which has bank accounts in Belize, Uruguay and Switzerland. New details appeared in this case for tax evasion in which it involves Lionel Messi and his father.


The Swiss press discovered a mailbox which belongs to the Spanish star from Barcelona. His ex financial councilor turned him down to authorities.

Meanwhile, Messi’s image suffered a lot. It`s the first scandal in which is involved one of the best football players in the football history.

Everything started in 2005 when Messi started a lot of money in Barcelona. His father hired Rodolfo Schinocca to take care of his financial issues, but the contract was terminated in 2006 and Messi’s family accused Shinocca for embezzlement. Messi sued him and won.

It remains unkown if Messi knew about the 730 000 CHF fraud which bypassed the taxes from Spain. If he would have known, the Spanish football player would have been imprisoned between two and six years!

The Swiss press claims that if Messi admits what he has done, we won`t go to jail but he will have to pay a big fine. “We did not commit fraudulent actions and we have paid our taxes as our financial company advised us. We will soon clarify the situation”.

If Messi will be guilty, he will join other football players such as Maradona, Boris Becker or Steffi Graf who had similar problems.

About 4,5 million euros is the prejudice estimated by prosecutors. Messi earns annually approximately 19 million euros from publicity and Barcelona is paying 15 million of the sum. Normally, Messi could be imprisoned between two and six years or he may risk to pay 24 million euros for justice, six time the prejudice. In Spain, sums lower than 125.000 euro is sanctioned with only a fine.

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marți, 11 iunie 2013

Jose Mourihno comes to Chelsea - Premier league betting news

Jose Mourinho-2

Jose Mourinho came back to Chelsea, a team which will he will train for the next four seasons after he already worked in Italy for Inter Milano and in Spain for Real Madrid and after he left Chelsea in 2007.

In this period, Mourinho continued having success gaining three national titles, two world cups and Champion`s League in 2010 with Inter Milano.

The feeling of not being loved is the worst experience in which a man can go through. Mourinho started working happily for Real Madrid. Althogh, as time went by, a lot of mistakes had been made. Mourinho is not the type of person who cares a lot for his mistakes in the past, when he starts something new, he leaves the past behind. Before the match with Chelsea – Inter Milano from Champion`s League, Jose Mourinho said very clearly that before and after the match he loved everybody there, but during the match he doesn`t know anybody there.

The portuguese couch broke up at the end of season of Real Madrid, at the end of the year in which he missed all the objectives fixed by the club from Spain. Besides those failures, Jose Mourinho had some conflicts with the most important players of the team, the misunderstandings between the Portuguese technician and the leader Iker Casilas being on the first pages of news papers for many times. At Chelsea, Mourinho will have the chance to conquer a trophy from the beginning of his mandate.

The British will play in the UEFA Supercup with Bayern Munchen, team which will be prepared in this summer by Pep Guardiola, the old rival from La Liga.

Chelsea in honored to have Jose Mourinho and he will be officially presented at a press conference which will be held on 10th June.

Mourinho will come and cooperate with three people : Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais. Ron Gourlay, the executive director from Chelsea was glad and welcomed back Jose Mourinho to the ex-champion of Europe. One thing is for sure, Chelsea wasn`t the same after Jose Mourinho left it and now everybody is charmed of his return.

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Premier League - Chelsea`s interest for Cavani


Jose Mourinho wants Edison Cavani to join Chelsea.

The British team already made an interesting offer for buying the striker from Uruguay : 30 million euros plus Fernando Torres. Besides the important sum which will be paid by Chelsea, it is possible that a player will be chosen and borrowed by the new couch of Napoli : Rafa Benitez.

Thanks to Edison Cavani in te recent season, Napoli finished second in the A Series. At 26 years old, Cavani scored 29 goals in 34 stages in which he evolved at the last A series edition, making him the principal striker of the Napoli team. To keep Cavani in their team, Napoli offered him a new anual contract of 7 million euros. In these conditions, the situations of Fernado Torres and Demba Ba are getting more and more complicated, especially that the blues are discussing intensively for bringing Hulk from Zenith St. Petersburg.

Remarkable is the interest of some important clubs for bringing Cavani to the new team, the italian press are announcing the beginning of talks between Chelsea and Napoli for the uruguayan football player. The talks are new and an official transfer is supposed to be finished at the end of this week, knowing that some members of the british team already moved to the Peninsula. Cavani is also wanted by other teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG.

Although Napoli requested in summer 62 million euros for Cavani, the british press say that the italians became more realistic, so they decided to negotiate and Chelsea is ready to pay 42 million euros for the football player who stroke 66 goals in two seasons played for Napoli. The uruguayan striker is on the short list of Real Madrid, but Chelsea moved blazing fast and decided earlier for an agreement with the club leaded by Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Important to know is that Edison Cavani has an interesting record : 39 goals in 46 matches in the last season and 102 goals in 124 matches in all competitions between 2010 – 2013.

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What Type Of Football Betting Tips Are Best Advised?

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vineri, 7 iunie 2013

Aston Villa sign Aleksandar Tonev from Lech Poznan

Paul-Lambert-2Paul Lambert has made his first foray into the summer transfer market by signing Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev.

The deal for the Lech Poznan man will be finalised next week, but the 23-year-old has already spoken of his delight at joining the Premier League club.

Tonev: "I am really happy to be part of Aston Villa and I am really proud to be able to pull the shirt on. Aston Villa is a big club and the manager and club have a belief in young players and in the team ethic. Football is not about the individuals. It's a team sport and all successful teams play well together. That's what you can see at Villa, the team is playing together.

"I am part of the team now and I am hungry for success. I want to show everybody what I can really do. I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique. The crowd is like a 12th player for the team and I am looking forward to playing in front of the fans.

"I can't wait to start and to meet my team-mates and the manager. When I heard about Aston Villa, I thought about playing in the Premier League for such a big club. I wasn't thinking about anything else.

"Stiliyan being here wasn't a massive influence on me coming here. Stiliyan and Dimitar Berbatov have done really well in this league and I hope I can do the same. They are both great Bulgarian players and hopefully I can do the same and make my mark on the Premier League.

"I have been watching Villa and I know there are some very good players here. I am really looking forward to being part of the team."

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joi, 6 iunie 2013

Sturridge boost for Liverpool

Daniel-Sturridge-1Liverpool have received a boost with the news that Daniel Sturridge is expected to recover from an ankle injury in time for the new season.

The Reds were left sweating when the 23-year-old striker went down injured during his first start for England in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

However, after having the injury assessed by a specialist, it has been confirmed that Sturridge should be available for the start of the season.

A statement published on the club's official website read:

"Liverpool Football Club hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign.

"The 23-year-old picked up the problem while representing England against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday and was withdrawn during the first half at Wembley.

"He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool's medical staff had to allow the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made.

"Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for the Reds since signing for the club from Chelsea at the outset of the January transfer window."

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Fernandinho signs for Manchester City

FernandinhoThe Blues have announced that Brazilian ace Fernandinho has put pen to paper on a deal to bring him to the Etihad.

"The 28-year-old has completed a medical and a deal has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk for his transfer.

"He will wear the number 25 shirt."

"Speaking of his move, Fernandinho said:

"“This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for. Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream.

"“My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters. Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me.

"“I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more."

The club website went on to say: "The defensive midfielder brings a wealth of UEFA Champions League experience to Manchester with him. He has appeared in the competition with Shakhtar for the past eight seasons.

"A box-to-box player with explosive pace and a taste for spectacular long-range shots, Fernandinho began his career with Atletico Paranaense in his homeland.

"Fernandinho first wrote his name in lights in 2003 when he scored the winning goal in the FIFA World Youth Championship final against Andres Iniesta’s Spain.

"Three years and 72 club appearances later, he opted to join the stable of Brazilians at eight-time Ukrainian champions Shakhtar, which included former City playmaker Elano Blumer and his ex-Atletico Paranaense teammate Jadson.

"His breakout year is considered to be the 2007/08 campaign where his excellent performances and 11 goals earned him the Ukrainian Premier League’s Golden Football award for best player and helped Shakhtar to the championship.

"The Londrina-born midfielder was also an integral member of the team when Shakhtar claimed their first piece of continental silverware, the 2009 UEFA Cup.

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Fulham star open to Switzerland return

Mladen-PetricCroatian striker Mladen Petric looks set to leave Fulham this summer, with his likely destination to be move back to Switzerland.

Petric started particularly well at Fulham, scoring a brace on the opening day victory over Norwich, which finished 5-0 to the Cottagers.

Petric has featured heavily in Martin Jol's team this season and has impressed in his first season playing in England. Petric made 20 appearances, scoring 5 goals as well. Petric played under Jol during his time at Hamburg, and the pair have linked up to good effect again this season.

Petric's career began in Switzerland with FC Baden, and after a season, Petric moved to FC Grasshopper where he had arguably the best spell of his career. He spent five years there, making over 110 appearances and scoring 30 goals.

Petric then transferred to FC Basel, where he went on to make 72 appearances, scoring 38 goals. Because of his form in his native homeland, Petric began to attract attention from Europe, and since his playing days in Switzerland, Petric has played for Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg and then Fulham.

Petric said: "It is true, I have some offers from Swiss clubs. My main goal at this moment in time is to find a club where I will be able to play regularly."

But despite Petric's interest in a move back to Switzerland, FC Zurich president Dragan Rapic is unsure whether they or any other Swiss club could afford a deal for the Croatian.

"We didn't talk much about Mladen, but we know he is free to leave Fulham so he is an interesting player. But I don't know if we are able to offer him a contract that would be good enough for him," Rapic admitted to Swiss journalists.

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miercuri, 5 iunie 2013

European Championship: England U21 V Italy U21

Stuart-PearceStuart Pearce will be without Danny Rose and Thomas Ince (suspension) for the tournament opener with Italy after the pair were banned in the fallout from the racist abuse in the qualification play-off tie with Serbia in October.

Wilfried Zaha (ankle) should be fit to play, but will need to nurse a long-standing ankle problem throughout the tournament.

Pearce has no other injury or suspension concerns, however, with the likes of Southampton defender Luke Shaw (back), Wigan attacker Callum McManaman (ankle) and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (thigh) all ruling themselves out before the squad travelled to Israel.

Tottenham's Andros Townsend withdrew after being charged by the Football Association for alleged betting offences.

Striker Lorenzo Insigne (knee) is the only worry for Italy Under-21 boss Devis Mangia, after the Napoli striker missed training in the build-up to Wednesday's game.

Pearce leads England into what will be their fourth successive Under-21 tournament hoping to make more of an impression than they did two years ago, when they exited at the group stage. In 2009 Pearce’s charges reached the final, losing to old foes Germany, but this year’s squad is weaker than both.

Yet there is still talent which can take England into the last four and perhaps beyond. Jordan Henderson is the most senior member of the side and the Liverpool midfielder enjoyed some good moments for his club last season.

Wilfried Zaha has just enjoyed promotion with Crystal Palace and the Manchester United man is one of England’s brightest young prospects. While Steven Caulker has been reliable for Tottenham and goalkeeper Jack Butland is extremely promising.

England Predicted Line Up: Butland; Clyne, Dawson, Caulker, Smith; Henderson, Chalobah; McEachran; Zaha, Wickham, Shelvey

Italy Precited Line Up: Bardi; Donati, Caldirola, Capuano, Biralghi; Veratti, Florenzi, Marrone; Immoble, Insigne, Borini

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Redknapp transfer warning

harry-redknappHarry Redknapp has warned that he must be allowed to change the QPR squad or he could walk away from the club.

The Rangers manager wants to build a team capable of making an instant return to the Premier League, and he is looking to make former England left-back Wayne Bridge his first signing.

Redknapp is keen to speak to club owner Tony Fernandes over bringing in Bridge, whose Manchester City contract is about to expire, but is adamant that he must have the final say over rejigging QPR's playing roster.

"If we don't change it, and I don't get the players that I want to bring in, then we have not got a chance," Redknapp declared.

"You can't have other people have a say at all, I'm a football person and I've got a staff around me of football people.

"We've got to make the decisions, and if we make the right ones we will have a chance. Otherwise, if other people want to make decisions we've got no chance.

"If I don't get that then I wouldn't stick around. I'll speak to Tony Fernandes, they've got to back me with the people I want. I'm not asking him to spend money, I'm looking at a couple of free transfers.

"I'm trying to get Wayne Bridge, I thought he did fantastically well with Brighton, he'd be a good left-back for us. He's got great experience, looks in great shape and is a player I want to bring in on a free.

"I'm hoping that's the first deal I can do. Tony is away, but I'll speak to him today and see if we can get the deal done."

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Leeds United won't re-sign Ian Harte

Ian-HarteLeeds United manager Brian McDermott has revealed that the club will not be re-signing left back Ian Harte.

Harte made 288 appearances when at the Elland Road club before he left to join Spanish club Levante in 2004.

The 35-year-old recently worked with McDermott at Reading before the manager was sacked in March. He soon took over at Leeds.

McDermottt: “Ian’s one of the most hungry players I’ve ever worked with. He was right in the thick of everything we achieved at Reading, a fantastic asset.

“But he won’t be coming to us this summer. We’re well covered with full-backs in that area so it won’t be happening. He’ll be a terrific player for someone, though.”

Harte has also had spells at Sunderland, Blackpool and Carlisle before joining McDermott at Reading in 2010.

The full-back was part of the Leeds team that got to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001, as he scored three goals in the European games.

Leeds currently have three available left backs as Stephen Warnock and Adam Drury both have 12 months remaining on contract while Aidan White is a third alternative.

McDermott also revealed that the Elland Road club have made four bids to bring in players this summer.

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marți, 4 iunie 2013

Everton close to appointing Roberto Martinez

roberto-martinezRoberto Martinez was edging ever closer to a move to Everton after Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed the two clubs have agreed a compensation payment.

The Spaniard held talks with Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright last week and a deal has now been agreed to buy out the remaining year of Martinez's contract.

Whelan last night told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I've reached some terms with the chairman, Bill, of Everton about six o'clock this evening.

"He can now talk to Everton because Bill and myself have sorted the compensation."

Martinez had already held talks, with Whelan's permission, but is now free to discuss contract terms.

"He'd spoken to Everton because I gave them permission," Whelan said.

"When he came back and told me how it had gone, it had gone very well and he was probably in the last two or three on the list.

"Then the chairman rang me and discussed the compensation deal with me, and we agreed that this evening."

However, Everton responded with a statement on their website in which they insisted no appointment is imminent.

The statement read: "In response to regrettable and somewhat premature reports earlier this evening, Everton Football Club are continuing discussions with regards to the vacant managerial position.

"Whilst positive moves are being made, the club will officially announce details as and only when they are agreed and completed."

Martinez, 39, was linked with the Everton vacancy almost as soon as David Moyes' departure to Manchester United was confirmed.

Whelan initially suggested, before FA Cup winners Wigan's relegation from the Barclays Premier League, that Everton were not a big enough club to tempt Martinez away.

But he said last night: "Sometimes I wind the chairman up at Everton because we've had some really serious fun and entertainment watching Everton play Wigan. We get on so well together.

"When I say things like 'I thought you meant a big football club', I'm winding Bill up. They are a big club, no question.

"After leaving Wigan, I think Everton is the next stop of Roberto before he goes to the very, very top.

"Everton is run very similarly to Wigan, it's a family-run club, a friendly club with a great bunch of supporters. They're a bigger club than Wigan and it's a super club.

"(If he goes) I will say to Roberto - which I've already said, because I had a meeting with him tonight - I will wish him nothing but the very best of luck."

Whelan added that he has yet to hold talks with any of the extensive list of applicants for the prospective vacancy at the DW Stadium.

"I've not been able to interview anybody," he said.

"We've got about 30 people who've applied for the job and I've not been able to interview one of them because of this agreement over the compensation, I didn't want to jeopardise that."

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Wenger: Every club would snap up Rooney

Wayne-Rooney-2Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains that every club would be interested in signing Wayne Rooney should the England striker come on to the market this summer.

Rooney's future at Old Trafford is uncertain after David Moyes, his former manager at Everton, succeeded Alex Ferguson, who had dropped the forward as a result of him handing in a transfer request.

The England international, who netted a fine goal in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Brazil in the Maracana, struggled for consistency last season, when he played second fiddle to Robin van Persie following the Dutchman's £24m arrival from Arsenal.

Wenger has a £100m war chest to spend as he looks to make the Gunners title contenders once again. Funds at the Emirates have been boosted by new sponsorship deals and the impending departure of several surplus players like Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastien Squillaci, Korean forward Park Chu-young and Denilson.

While Arsenal would certainly need all of those resources to land Rooney (27), in terms of a transfer fee and personal terms, Wenger indicated that for such a talent it would be worth the effort.

"Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?" said Wenger. "David Moyes' first challenge is to go in to Manchester and bridge the gap between him and Rooney.

"If that is feasible or not depends on his personality and if Rooney bears a grudge or not, we will see that. You always face challenges like that as a manager. It will be interesting to see how that will be handled."

Wenger has already begun his summer rebuilding plans, pushing through a deal for France U-21 forward Yaya Sanogo on a free from Auxerre, and is tracking Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain along with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams and Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek are also reported targets should Wenger decide to overhaul the rearguard again in the summer, although captain Thomas Vermaelen has vowed to stay on and battle for his place in central defence.

"We are a club that every summer sees one or two players come in, but we still find ourselves needing to replace someone and it is always difficult," said Wenger.

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luni, 3 iunie 2013

Navas to sign for Manchester City

Jesus-NavasJesús Navas is set to become the first signing of the Manuel Pellegrini era at Manchester City.

The Sevilla and Spain right-winger is on the verge of completing a deal that will take him to England for an initial €20m (£17m) fee, plus a further €5.5m based on performance, of which the Spanish club believe that €3.5m are virtually guaranteed.

The length of his contract and his salary are not yet known but sources suggest that he will earn more than double the amount he did in La Liga, where he was reportedly on €2.5m a year.

Navas will travel to the Confederations Cup with Spain a City player. Following Sevilla's final game of the season on Saturday night the club's manager Unai Emery admitted: "All the signs are that Navas will leave." He added: "It is the best thing for Navas and for the club."

Asked about his future, Navas responded: "I am open to anything and I want to win titles. City is a team I like a lot." Now, the deal only awaits the final signatures.

The 27-year-old believes he is now ready to move abroad having fully overcome the anxiety attacks that marked the early stages of his career. His initial introduction to the Spain squad was delayed because of the problems he encountered when leaving his native Seville, but with the club and the national team working with him he was a successful part of the selección at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and at last summer's European Championships in Ukraine. He has won 23 caps.

Navas will bring City pace on the right wing, the ability to take on full-backs and deliver telling passes. He has provided 79 clear chances in the Spanish league this season, the fifth highest total in the country.

His signing is an intriguing one, not only because of the need to adapt to Manchester but also because Pellegrini has rarely played with out-and-out wingers in the past, usually preferring his "wide" men to come inside. Navas could undergo the kind of evolution that Joaquín experienced under Pellegrini at Málaga, encouraged to move towards the middle and ending up playing behind the striker. His game has also been altered slightly in his final season at Sevilla, becoming involved in more central positions in the absence of a natural playmaker.

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Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea on a four-year deal

Jose Mourinho-2The 50-year-old Portuguese coach travelled to London today to complete the formalities of a return to Stamford Bridge after his exit from Real Madrid was confirmed.

Mourinho managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007, leading the west London club to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

The 50-year-old succeeds interim manager Rafael Benitez, who had replaced Champions League-winning coach Roberto Di Matteo in November 2012, and following some initial difficulties went on to guide the Blues to a third-place finish as well as winning the Europa League.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on the club's official website, www.chelseafc.com: "I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.

"It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that.

"He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again."

Mourinho will bring assistant coaches Rui Faria, Silvino Louro and Jose Morais to Stamford Bridge and they will work alongside current first-team staff Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon and Chris Jones.

Chelsea's new boss can quickly fire the west London club back into being a "major force" in the Barclays Premier League and Champions League next season, according to former Blues defender Ron Harris.

Harris - who made more than 600 appearances for Chelsea between 1961 and 1980 - is in no doubt Mourinho can push the club back into contention for a first Premier League title since 2010.

"If you have a look at every club Jose has been to, he has always been successful," Harris told Press Association Sport.

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Hodgson: England well worthy of the draw

Roy-HodgsonRoy Hodgson insisted his England side deserved their 2-2 draw against Brazil - a result secured by superb goals from Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Maracana.

England survived a first-half mauling by Brazil, who had 30 shots - 20 at goal - while the visiting side managed eight in response, seven of which were on target.

Brazil had taken the lead through Fred, before England stunned the Maracana crowd to go 2-1 in front, before Paulinho’s outstanding volley levelled the scores.

Hodgson said: “The simple answer is that I do think we were well worthy of the draw.

“I was delighted with how we kept ourselves in the game and didn’t capitulate despite them being clearly better than us in the first half.

“In the second half we were every bit as good and we should take lot of credit for that. The shot statistics weren’t raved about in Ireland game - the complaint was that we didn’t win.

“Most teams, managers and coaches know that when you come to Brazil and play them they will have more of ball and create more chances. The question is if you can deal with it and come away with a result and that’s what we did.

“The clever money would have had us struggling to get any sort of result, not least because of the trip and being down to the bare bones with injuries.

“But we were desperate to give a good impression and finish the season on a positive note. I’m delighted that was what we did.”

Hodgson said he would love to return for the World Cup and be based in Rio but knows there are tough qualification games ahead.

England are currently second in Group H, two points off leaders Montenegro, who they must face at Wembley.

He said: “We’re a work in progress. We face stiff opposition and have a lot of work to do before we can think about 2014. But I am very confident we can and games like this increase confidence and make us even more determined to be part of the party the World Cup will be.”

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duminică, 2 iunie 2013

West Ham line up Betis ace

sam-allardyceWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce is set to continue his summer spending by bringing Real Betis goalkeeper Adrian to East London.

Despite current number one Jussi Jaaskelainen recently signing a one year contract extension, Allardyce is keen to add competition to that area of the pitch after the former Bolton stopper blew hot and cold on his first season at Upton Park.

Adrian has become one of the top goalkeepers in Spain and La Liga clubs Espanyol and Getafe are also tracking his progress ahead of making summer bids.

West Ham scouts travelled to Levante to scout the stopper for the final time ahead of making their own bid which could be significantly less than expected due to Betis’ woeful financial state.

Allardyce has back up options in the goalkeeping market though as Besiktas’ Alan McGregor and Aston Villa’s Shay Given are both available and on his radar.

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Jones will start in Rio

phil-jonesManchester United's Phil Jones will line up against Brazil at the Maracana on Sunday in an England team captained by Frank Lampard, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Jones has six England caps to his name but Hodgson would not confirm whether his seventh would come in the role of central defender, his preferred position, or that of a holding midfielder.

The versatile 21-year-old came off the bench to play at right-back against the Republic of Ireland in midweek and Hodgson is now ready to start him against the five-time world champions.

"He'll play, yes he'll start," confirmed Hodgson, who stopped short of naming the rest of his starting XI, save to confirm that Lampard would be skipper after he passed the honour to Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole against Ireland. "Frank is captain - but I'm not going to say any more on the subject of formations."

Injuries to strikers Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll have left England short of options for Sunday's eagerly anticipated clash - and Hodgson claims the national side is suffering from a lack of depth in attack.

"It's fairly obvious to everyone that one of the areas where we've been unfortunate is in the choice of front players and the availability of front players," he said.

"Certainly three of the front players I would like to have taken here with me have not been available for selection. We would like a stronger pool of front players to choose from, so that when one or two get injured we have still got some left.

"But I'm afraid that I manage England, I don't manage other countries, and that's what we have in England. If you look at the Premier League, most of the strikers are foreigners. But there's nothing we can do about it. We pick from the players that we have."

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney looks certain to start up front, but the interesting decision will be who plays alongside him, with Jermain Defoe and Theo Walcott in the frame.

"One option is Defoe and Rooney or even Walcott and Rooney," Hodgson added. "The other option is to play Wayne or one of the others up there on his own and bring someone extra into the midfield. We want to keep our wide players like we had the other night."

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sâmbătă, 1 iunie 2013

Julio Cesar grateful to QPR

Julio-CesarJulio Cesar is still grateful to Queens Park Rangers for signing him last northern summer even though it was relegated.

Cesar and a number of other expensive imports signed for QPR amid great fanfare, but Mark Hughes and then Harry Redknapp failed to get the team to gel and it was relegated to the Championship two weeks ago.

Given that Cesar won five Serie A titles and one UEFA Champions League, he could be forgiven for having bad memories of the west London club, but he has not forgotten it was the club which rescued him from a miserable end to his career at Inter Milan.

"I had a wonderful year, individually speaking, regardless that the collective is not what I expected," Cesar told a press conference.

"I was caught by surprise and my career took a bad turn at Inter and QPR were the only club that came for me and helped me at that moment."

Cesar is part of the Brazil squad which will face England on Sunday evening (local time) in the first game since the Maracana re-opened its doors after a £300 million ($476.3 million) revamp.

Cesar, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal, will want to impress any suitors watching on and he is also keen to establish himself as Luiz Felipe Scolari's number one ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.

"If I am world champion (in 2014), I will be able to end my career with a flourish," he added.

Scolari is likely to deploy Neymar up front for the clash in the Maracana alongside Fred, who should be fit despite a rib injury.

Barcelona won the ultra-competitive race to sign Neymar last week when it announced it had come to an agreement with the forward's current club Santos.

Many players have failed to make the grade after swapping South America for Europe, but Cesar thinks the highly-rated 21-year-old will have no problem adapting to life at the Nou Camp.

"He will be well advised, he will understand the pressure on him and he won't worry about playing, he will just enjoy it," he said.

"He will go to Barcelona and demonstrate what he can do and get the merit.

"I cannot remember a player who has had so much international respect from playing in Brazil."

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Newcastle fight to keep Papiss Cisse


Newcastle will fight tooth and nail to hang on to top scorer Papiss Cisse despite interest from several top Russian clubs.

Mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala, who are set to appoint Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos as Gus Hiddink's successor, want to sign the striker who knocked them out of the Europa League with a stoppage time winner at St James' Park last season.

They are not alone in showing an interest in the Senegal international, who joined Newcastle from Bundesliga side Freiburg in a £9m deal over two years ago.

Anzhi, who include Samuel Eto'o in their ranks, are ready to pay £15m for the African and double his wages.

But Newcastle chief Alan Pardew wants to keep Cisse and sign two strikers to complement him.

West Brom forward Shane Long and St Etienne hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both on his shopping list.

Newcastle are also weighing up a move for Derby's teenage ace Will Hughes.

Harden Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have all been monitoring the 18-year-old midfielder who had a stunning debut season at Pride Park.

If Newcastle do harden their interest and win the race for his signature, they could be willing to loan the England Under-21 international back to Derby next term.

After last term's brush with relegation, Toon owner Mike Ashley has promised to back Pardew in the transfer market.

However, Russian interest in Cisse, 27, will concern the Newcastle boss.

Russian agent Nickolay Guido said: "I don't want to name names but a lot of clubs here have shown an interest in Cisse."

The striker made a great start to his Toon career, with 13 goals in 14 games.

But he struggled to rediscover that form last season, scoring four times in the Europa League and just eight times in the league.

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Rio Ferdinand blasts England


Rio Ferdinand has delivered a damning verdict on the state of English football and believes any improvement could be years away.

Former England striker Gary Lineker sparked the debate, labelling Roy Hodgson's 4-4-2 formation against Republic of Ireland as being from the 'dark ages'.

Ferdinand weighed in on the eve of the latest big test of England's progress against fivetime World Cup winners Brazil tomorrow.

The Manchester United ace claimed foreign players are technically better than their English counterparts.

And the 34-year-old - who quit international football in May - reckons things won't improve until the country's kids start getting better coaching.

Ferdinand said: "[In the] last 10 years when have England played consistently well? A coaching strategy for our young teams/kids needs to be implemented to see change.

"In most Premier League teams retaining the ball is done best by foreign players in the team.... they are taught to pass to a man with a man on."

Ferdinand also admitted the Golden Generation he was part of weren't all they were cracked up to be.

He added: "[The] so-called 'Golden Generation' obviously wasn't because we won nothing! Great players don't always make great teams."

But last night England striker Jermain Defoe brushed aside the criticism.

"If that's going to hurt you then you're a weak person," he said.

"Everyone has their opinion, that's life. Gary Lineker's a legend, he's a Spurs man. I respect him as a forward.

"I'm not having a row with Rio - he's my mate, he's my friend and I love Rio.

"If he feels that way then he does." And FA chairman David Bernstein told Ferdinand he should know better.

"Rio Ferdinand should know that we are putting a huge amount of work into that (youth development)," he said.

"They are not producing the results yet but they will do. I am sure when he reflects on it Rio and others will appreciate that this is happening, it's not talk about what might happen. It is happening."

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