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    Sinny reacted to .CFC in Official Chelsea FC Thread   
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    My line up for Hull:
    Cech
    Ivanovic - Cahill - Terry - Cole
    Ramires - Van Ginkel - Oscar
    Moses - Lukaku - Hazard.
    Subs: Schwarzer, Azpi, Luiz, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Torres.


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    Give me rep if you like cheese.
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    I will, add me! SinarWBA
    like all the others, go easy FML.
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    Sinny reacted to Mancini's Scarf in Albion Are stuffed   
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    'No investment' people say, but their best signings have come on a free. Paul Scharner! What a coup he is! He is the sort of player who's going to keep you up, someone who has succeeded in the Premiership and has proven quality in the Premiership, rather than the likes of Luke Moore and Borja Valero, who you spent a few million on but weren't good enough to keep you up.
    Although, rather strangely, there is a clause saying he can leave for free if one of seven clubs approach him. I wonder whether it was Scharner or WBA who suggested that, I hope it wasn't Scharner, because if it is then it's almost like he considers himself too good for WBA and thinks he deserves to be somewhere else.
    Not only that, but bringing Fortune back is another great signing, if he'd played the whole of their last PL season, who knows, they may have stayed up, along with Shorey, another proven PL player who has played for England.

    Carson
    Jara Olsson Ibanez Shorey
    Mulumbu
    Odemwingie Dorrans Scharner Brunt
    Fortune


    That is not a side who is 'stuffed'. Brunt, Olsson, and Fortune did well last time they were in the PL, and we all know Carson is a great goalkeeper on his day. Dorrans is young and is a very good prospect with a good future ahead of him, and, along with Brunt, will offer them goals from midfield. Ibanez is an experienced centre back who has played in the CL and for a very good team in Spain.
    And they have the likes of Zuiverloon, Morrison, Steven Reid, young Chris Wood, Tamas and Miller as backup.
    Also, they've bought Dawson, another player with a great future ahead of him, and they've already got Dorrans, Mulumbu and Wood. So not only do they have a good squad now, they've got a good future ahead of them as well.
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    Sinny got a reaction from .El Nino in English Championship 7046 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip Thread   
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    My first match report in over a year so please excuse me if I'm a bit rusty .

    WBA Overview
    A couple of days ago, after the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, WBA were quick to pounce on a new manager in local lad Tom Sinar, who has come out of managerial retirement to come back to a career which has brought much success over the globe in 4 different continents. Sinar, who agreed a 12 month rolling contract with the Premiership new-boys takes over in a newly created Head Coach role, as shown as an initiative to move forward in the game, like Manchester City and many leading European teams.
    Chairman Jeremy Peace has announced his delight at snapping up Sinar and told of his ambitions, "Having appointing Sinar on board states a new ambition in the club to drive forward and establish ourselves as a Premier League team. I'm delighted with the choice we have made and have the full confidence that finally a club like ours will thrive under the chemistry of having a well structured team and a local lad in Sinar".
    ----------------
    Major changes are expected at the Hawthorns, the whole team is being revamped to challenge the ever increasing standards of the Premier League.
    Upon his arrival, Sinar commented on the many aspects that were faced by the new Head Coach.
    "Firstly, I am reveling the prospect of become the man to take the reigns here at the Hawthorns. Ever since I was a little kid I've been dreaming of this moment. From this point on, this is where it gets serious and it changes".
    "I have been given a respectable budget of £20m to go forth in my aim to survive relegation and establish the great club as it once was, and have put it to use by already signing 4 players. Every single position shall be replaced or improved as the club look set to improve".
    When asked about the challenging teams of the Premiership, Sinar thinks he can hack the superiority of the other teams. "When you look at the clubs of the big four, and you also have Spurs, Man City and Aston Villa, it's a very tough league on paper, and with teams like Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers strengthening their teams with very reputable players, this will make the league alot harder. They both have very good managers at the helm and like myself, they want to push their team to the next level, as all the managers do in this division".
    ----------------
    Transfers
    As revealed by Sinar, West Brom have signed 4 players, and have another 4 players in negotiations.
    Sinar said, "We're busy in the market on all fronts, whether it's looking for loans for backups or strengthening the core of the team, we are always looking forward to welcoming new players.
    Firstly to come to the club is Mexico captain and ex-Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez. The 31 year old joins the Baggies for a fee of £3m and defenders Leon Barnett and Gianni Zuiverloon in exchange for the Mexican's services. The European Champions League and La Liga champion, checked in this morning.
    Sinar was quick to welcome the player to the club and has already named him as the skipper for the forthcoming season. "It's a honour to welcome Rafael on board, his an experienced player with an incredible pedigree. he has amassed a total of 94 caps for his country so far, and was at Barcelona, who in my eyes are the best club in the world for 7 seasons. He will be an instant hit with the fans and I can't wait to see him in action. He will lead out the Albion this season as our new captain".

    (Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez at the 2010 World Cup)
    Following Marquez is ex-French international Robert Pires, who joins on a free agent, with a signing fee for around £2.6m. The winger, who can also play in attacking midfield joins with massive experience in the Premier League with Arsenal is a massive coup for the club.
    Speaking at the press conference, Sinar welcomed the 79 capped winger with open arms. "I am delighted to welcome a player of Pires' stature to the club, he comes with experience and the ability to push us forward. He may be getting on a bit now but at his age, he is vital both on and off the pitch as he shall be influential to the team".

    (Pires celebrating a goal with Spanish giants Villarreal)
    Among the elite force coming into the team, German international Timo Hildebrand has arrived at the club for a fee of £5million. Hildebrand had enjoyed success with Stuttgart before making a big money move to giants Valencia. After a brief spell, he returned to his native homeland with once shock contenders Hoffenheim.
    The 6ft1 stopper shall be the first team choice keeper for West Brom, and with vast experience in Germany and Spain, shall be a very big signing for the club.

    (Hildebrand on international duty with Germany)
    The final of the four signings is Honduras striker David Suazo. The striker links up with the Albion on the back of a disappointing World Cup. The striker has joined the Albion of a fee of £1.2m and unwanted defender Abdoulaye Meite, who goes to Inter Milan as part of the deal.
    Suazo, 30, is expected to lead the frontline and set the benchmark for other strikers if they are expected to dislodge the experienced striker.

    (Goalscorer Suazo celebrates for Inter Milan)
    The other four transfers shall be reported tomorrow when fully signed.
    Rock solid start for WBA

    The fixture list has not been on West Brom's side this time, with a rock solid start with the likes of Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool drawn into Sinar's first seven matches.
    Sinar commented, "It's a very hard start that we really did not need. A tricky home time against Stoke who are an improving side with a very good manager at the helm. Then after that to have teams like Everton and Chelsea away, I'm not so confident that we will have a good start".
    When asked about facing friend Nick Justice's Wigan Athletic so early in the season, Sinar admitted it was a tricky tie, but none-the-less forward to such a great looking match. "Of course it will be tough, no game ever is easy in this division, Wigan have a great manager and with the signings they have made like Neuer and Marin, of course it will be hard. But I'm sure under Nick they'll play good football and looking at it in perspective it shall be a match to behold".

    Good luck to everybody in all divisions!



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    Sinny got a reaction from Barry MUFC in English Championship 7046 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip Thread   
    Re: English Championship 7027 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread
    My first match report in over a year so please excuse me if I'm a bit rusty .

    WBA Overview
    A couple of days ago, after the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, WBA were quick to pounce on a new manager in local lad Tom Sinar, who has come out of managerial retirement to come back to a career which has brought much success over the globe in 4 different continents. Sinar, who agreed a 12 month rolling contract with the Premiership new-boys takes over in a newly created Head Coach role, as shown as an initiative to move forward in the game, like Manchester City and many leading European teams.
    Chairman Jeremy Peace has announced his delight at snapping up Sinar and told of his ambitions, "Having appointing Sinar on board states a new ambition in the club to drive forward and establish ourselves as a Premier League team. I'm delighted with the choice we have made and have the full confidence that finally a club like ours will thrive under the chemistry of having a well structured team and a local lad in Sinar".
    ----------------
    Major changes are expected at the Hawthorns, the whole team is being revamped to challenge the ever increasing standards of the Premier League.
    Upon his arrival, Sinar commented on the many aspects that were faced by the new Head Coach.
    "Firstly, I am reveling the prospect of become the man to take the reigns here at the Hawthorns. Ever since I was a little kid I've been dreaming of this moment. From this point on, this is where it gets serious and it changes".
    "I have been given a respectable budget of £20m to go forth in my aim to survive relegation and establish the great club as it once was, and have put it to use by already signing 4 players. Every single position shall be replaced or improved as the club look set to improve".
    When asked about the challenging teams of the Premiership, Sinar thinks he can hack the superiority of the other teams. "When you look at the clubs of the big four, and you also have Spurs, Man City and Aston Villa, it's a very tough league on paper, and with teams like Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers strengthening their teams with very reputable players, this will make the league alot harder. They both have very good managers at the helm and like myself, they want to push their team to the next level, as all the managers do in this division".
    ----------------
    Transfers
    As revealed by Sinar, West Brom have signed 4 players, and have another 4 players in negotiations.
    Sinar said, "We're busy in the market on all fronts, whether it's looking for loans for backups or strengthening the core of the team, we are always looking forward to welcoming new players.
    Firstly to come to the club is Mexico captain and ex-Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez. The 31 year old joins the Baggies for a fee of £3m and defenders Leon Barnett and Gianni Zuiverloon in exchange for the Mexican's services. The European Champions League and La Liga champion, checked in this morning.
    Sinar was quick to welcome the player to the club and has already named him as the skipper for the forthcoming season. "It's a honour to welcome Rafael on board, his an experienced player with an incredible pedigree. he has amassed a total of 94 caps for his country so far, and was at Barcelona, who in my eyes are the best club in the world for 7 seasons. He will be an instant hit with the fans and I can't wait to see him in action. He will lead out the Albion this season as our new captain".

    (Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez at the 2010 World Cup)
    Following Marquez is ex-French international Robert Pires, who joins on a free agent, with a signing fee for around £2.6m. The winger, who can also play in attacking midfield joins with massive experience in the Premier League with Arsenal is a massive coup for the club.
    Speaking at the press conference, Sinar welcomed the 79 capped winger with open arms. "I am delighted to welcome a player of Pires' stature to the club, he comes with experience and the ability to push us forward. He may be getting on a bit now but at his age, he is vital both on and off the pitch as he shall be influential to the team".

    (Pires celebrating a goal with Spanish giants Villarreal)
    Among the elite force coming into the team, German international Timo Hildebrand has arrived at the club for a fee of £5million. Hildebrand had enjoyed success with Stuttgart before making a big money move to giants Valencia. After a brief spell, he returned to his native homeland with once shock contenders Hoffenheim.
    The 6ft1 stopper shall be the first team choice keeper for West Brom, and with vast experience in Germany and Spain, shall be a very big signing for the club.

    (Hildebrand on international duty with Germany)
    The final of the four signings is Honduras striker David Suazo. The striker links up with the Albion on the back of a disappointing World Cup. The striker has joined the Albion of a fee of £1.2m and unwanted defender Abdoulaye Meite, who goes to Inter Milan as part of the deal.
    Suazo, 30, is expected to lead the frontline and set the benchmark for other strikers if they are expected to dislodge the experienced striker.

    (Goalscorer Suazo celebrates for Inter Milan)
    The other four transfers shall be reported tomorrow when fully signed.
    Rock solid start for WBA

    The fixture list has not been on West Brom's side this time, with a rock solid start with the likes of Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool drawn into Sinar's first seven matches.
    Sinar commented, "It's a very hard start that we really did not need. A tricky home time against Stoke who are an improving side with a very good manager at the helm. Then after that to have teams like Everton and Chelsea away, I'm not so confident that we will have a good start".
    When asked about facing friend Nick Justice's Wigan Athletic so early in the season, Sinar admitted it was a tricky tie, but none-the-less forward to such a great looking match. "Of course it will be tough, no game ever is easy in this division, Wigan have a great manager and with the signings they have made like Neuer and Marin, of course it will be hard. But I'm sure under Nick they'll play good football and looking at it in perspective it shall be a match to behold".

    Good luck to everybody in all divisions!



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    Sinny got a reaction from Benn0 in English Championship 7046 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip Thread   
    Re: English Championship 7027 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread
    My first match report in over a year so please excuse me if I'm a bit rusty .

    WBA Overview
    A couple of days ago, after the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, WBA were quick to pounce on a new manager in local lad Tom Sinar, who has come out of managerial retirement to come back to a career which has brought much success over the globe in 4 different continents. Sinar, who agreed a 12 month rolling contract with the Premiership new-boys takes over in a newly created Head Coach role, as shown as an initiative to move forward in the game, like Manchester City and many leading European teams.
    Chairman Jeremy Peace has announced his delight at snapping up Sinar and told of his ambitions, "Having appointing Sinar on board states a new ambition in the club to drive forward and establish ourselves as a Premier League team. I'm delighted with the choice we have made and have the full confidence that finally a club like ours will thrive under the chemistry of having a well structured team and a local lad in Sinar".
    ----------------
    Major changes are expected at the Hawthorns, the whole team is being revamped to challenge the ever increasing standards of the Premier League.
    Upon his arrival, Sinar commented on the many aspects that were faced by the new Head Coach.
    "Firstly, I am reveling the prospect of become the man to take the reigns here at the Hawthorns. Ever since I was a little kid I've been dreaming of this moment. From this point on, this is where it gets serious and it changes".
    "I have been given a respectable budget of £20m to go forth in my aim to survive relegation and establish the great club as it once was, and have put it to use by already signing 4 players. Every single position shall be replaced or improved as the club look set to improve".
    When asked about the challenging teams of the Premiership, Sinar thinks he can hack the superiority of the other teams. "When you look at the clubs of the big four, and you also have Spurs, Man City and Aston Villa, it's a very tough league on paper, and with teams like Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers strengthening their teams with very reputable players, this will make the league alot harder. They both have very good managers at the helm and like myself, they want to push their team to the next level, as all the managers do in this division".
    ----------------
    Transfers
    As revealed by Sinar, West Brom have signed 4 players, and have another 4 players in negotiations.
    Sinar said, "We're busy in the market on all fronts, whether it's looking for loans for backups or strengthening the core of the team, we are always looking forward to welcoming new players.
    Firstly to come to the club is Mexico captain and ex-Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez. The 31 year old joins the Baggies for a fee of £3m and defenders Leon Barnett and Gianni Zuiverloon in exchange for the Mexican's services. The European Champions League and La Liga champion, checked in this morning.
    Sinar was quick to welcome the player to the club and has already named him as the skipper for the forthcoming season. "It's a honour to welcome Rafael on board, his an experienced player with an incredible pedigree. he has amassed a total of 94 caps for his country so far, and was at Barcelona, who in my eyes are the best club in the world for 7 seasons. He will be an instant hit with the fans and I can't wait to see him in action. He will lead out the Albion this season as our new captain".

    (Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez at the 2010 World Cup)
    Following Marquez is ex-French international Robert Pires, who joins on a free agent, with a signing fee for around £2.6m. The winger, who can also play in attacking midfield joins with massive experience in the Premier League with Arsenal is a massive coup for the club.
    Speaking at the press conference, Sinar welcomed the 79 capped winger with open arms. "I am delighted to welcome a player of Pires' stature to the club, he comes with experience and the ability to push us forward. He may be getting on a bit now but at his age, he is vital both on and off the pitch as he shall be influential to the team".

    (Pires celebrating a goal with Spanish giants Villarreal)
    Among the elite force coming into the team, German international Timo Hildebrand has arrived at the club for a fee of £5million. Hildebrand had enjoyed success with Stuttgart before making a big money move to giants Valencia. After a brief spell, he returned to his native homeland with once shock contenders Hoffenheim.
    The 6ft1 stopper shall be the first team choice keeper for West Brom, and with vast experience in Germany and Spain, shall be a very big signing for the club.

    (Hildebrand on international duty with Germany)
    The final of the four signings is Honduras striker David Suazo. The striker links up with the Albion on the back of a disappointing World Cup. The striker has joined the Albion of a fee of £1.2m and unwanted defender Abdoulaye Meite, who goes to Inter Milan as part of the deal.
    Suazo, 30, is expected to lead the frontline and set the benchmark for other strikers if they are expected to dislodge the experienced striker.

    (Goalscorer Suazo celebrates for Inter Milan)
    The other four transfers shall be reported tomorrow when fully signed.
    Rock solid start for WBA

    The fixture list has not been on West Brom's side this time, with a rock solid start with the likes of Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool drawn into Sinar's first seven matches.
    Sinar commented, "It's a very hard start that we really did not need. A tricky home time against Stoke who are an improving side with a very good manager at the helm. Then after that to have teams like Everton and Chelsea away, I'm not so confident that we will have a good start".
    When asked about facing friend Nick Justice's Wigan Athletic so early in the season, Sinar admitted it was a tricky tie, but none-the-less forward to such a great looking match. "Of course it will be tough, no game ever is easy in this division, Wigan have a great manager and with the signings they have made like Neuer and Marin, of course it will be hard. But I'm sure under Nick they'll play good football and looking at it in perspective it shall be a match to behold".

    Good luck to everybody in all divisions!



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    Sinny got a reaction from AdaM EFC in English Championship 7046 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip Thread   
    Re: English Championship 7027 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread
    My first match report in over a year so please excuse me if I'm a bit rusty .

    WBA Overview
    A couple of days ago, after the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, WBA were quick to pounce on a new manager in local lad Tom Sinar, who has come out of managerial retirement to come back to a career which has brought much success over the globe in 4 different continents. Sinar, who agreed a 12 month rolling contract with the Premiership new-boys takes over in a newly created Head Coach role, as shown as an initiative to move forward in the game, like Manchester City and many leading European teams.
    Chairman Jeremy Peace has announced his delight at snapping up Sinar and told of his ambitions, "Having appointing Sinar on board states a new ambition in the club to drive forward and establish ourselves as a Premier League team. I'm delighted with the choice we have made and have the full confidence that finally a club like ours will thrive under the chemistry of having a well structured team and a local lad in Sinar".
    ----------------
    Major changes are expected at the Hawthorns, the whole team is being revamped to challenge the ever increasing standards of the Premier League.
    Upon his arrival, Sinar commented on the many aspects that were faced by the new Head Coach.
    "Firstly, I am reveling the prospect of become the man to take the reigns here at the Hawthorns. Ever since I was a little kid I've been dreaming of this moment. From this point on, this is where it gets serious and it changes".
    "I have been given a respectable budget of £20m to go forth in my aim to survive relegation and establish the great club as it once was, and have put it to use by already signing 4 players. Every single position shall be replaced or improved as the club look set to improve".
    When asked about the challenging teams of the Premiership, Sinar thinks he can hack the superiority of the other teams. "When you look at the clubs of the big four, and you also have Spurs, Man City and Aston Villa, it's a very tough league on paper, and with teams like Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers strengthening their teams with very reputable players, this will make the league alot harder. They both have very good managers at the helm and like myself, they want to push their team to the next level, as all the managers do in this division".
    ----------------
    Transfers
    As revealed by Sinar, West Brom have signed 4 players, and have another 4 players in negotiations.
    Sinar said, "We're busy in the market on all fronts, whether it's looking for loans for backups or strengthening the core of the team, we are always looking forward to welcoming new players.
    Firstly to come to the club is Mexico captain and ex-Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez. The 31 year old joins the Baggies for a fee of £3m and defenders Leon Barnett and Gianni Zuiverloon in exchange for the Mexican's services. The European Champions League and La Liga champion, checked in this morning.
    Sinar was quick to welcome the player to the club and has already named him as the skipper for the forthcoming season. "It's a honour to welcome Rafael on board, his an experienced player with an incredible pedigree. he has amassed a total of 94 caps for his country so far, and was at Barcelona, who in my eyes are the best club in the world for 7 seasons. He will be an instant hit with the fans and I can't wait to see him in action. He will lead out the Albion this season as our new captain".

    (Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez at the 2010 World Cup)
    Following Marquez is ex-French international Robert Pires, who joins on a free agent, with a signing fee for around £2.6m. The winger, who can also play in attacking midfield joins with massive experience in the Premier League with Arsenal is a massive coup for the club.
    Speaking at the press conference, Sinar welcomed the 79 capped winger with open arms. "I am delighted to welcome a player of Pires' stature to the club, he comes with experience and the ability to push us forward. He may be getting on a bit now but at his age, he is vital both on and off the pitch as he shall be influential to the team".

    (Pires celebrating a goal with Spanish giants Villarreal)
    Among the elite force coming into the team, German international Timo Hildebrand has arrived at the club for a fee of £5million. Hildebrand had enjoyed success with Stuttgart before making a big money move to giants Valencia. After a brief spell, he returned to his native homeland with once shock contenders Hoffenheim.
    The 6ft1 stopper shall be the first team choice keeper for West Brom, and with vast experience in Germany and Spain, shall be a very big signing for the club.

    (Hildebrand on international duty with Germany)
    The final of the four signings is Honduras striker David Suazo. The striker links up with the Albion on the back of a disappointing World Cup. The striker has joined the Albion of a fee of £1.2m and unwanted defender Abdoulaye Meite, who goes to Inter Milan as part of the deal.
    Suazo, 30, is expected to lead the frontline and set the benchmark for other strikers if they are expected to dislodge the experienced striker.

    (Goalscorer Suazo celebrates for Inter Milan)
    The other four transfers shall be reported tomorrow when fully signed.
    Rock solid start for WBA

    The fixture list has not been on West Brom's side this time, with a rock solid start with the likes of Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool drawn into Sinar's first seven matches.
    Sinar commented, "It's a very hard start that we really did not need. A tricky home time against Stoke who are an improving side with a very good manager at the helm. Then after that to have teams like Everton and Chelsea away, I'm not so confident that we will have a good start".
    When asked about facing friend Nick Justice's Wigan Athletic so early in the season, Sinar admitted it was a tricky tie, but none-the-less forward to such a great looking match. "Of course it will be tough, no game ever is easy in this division, Wigan have a great manager and with the signings they have made like Neuer and Marin, of course it will be hard. But I'm sure under Nick they'll play good football and looking at it in perspective it shall be a match to behold".

    Good luck to everybody in all divisions!



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    Sinny reacted to Jooles in English Championship 7046 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip Thread   
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    Only one day in and already there’s been frantic activity in the transfer market. Here’s a brief review of what’s gone on, who’d been busy and who’s landed the top stars. Having started this review I hadn’t reckoned on how bloody long it would take (so this will not likely be a daily event, probably even a one-off) but it should give an indication of what certain managers’ strategies are.
    To date 166 transfers-in have been accepted or completed, with 121 players being traded out in part-exchange. At the time of writing 36 of the 54 managed teams had accepted or completed bids. Only 8 transfers were between two managers, the rest being from external clubs. The most popular clubs being pillaged (so far) were: Inter (12 players), Free Agents (9), Real Madrid (8), Bayern Munich (7), Barcelona (6), Seville, & Milan (5), Athletico Madrid, Juventus, & Santos (4), Porto, FC Schalke, & Millonares (3), 11 clubs with 2 transfers, and 68 clubs with just a single transfer.
    The most active clubs were as follows: Leeds (17 transfers in), Derby (12), Bolton (11), Wolves (9), Notts Forest (9), Northampton (9), Middlesbrough (9), Hull (8), Ipswich (7), Arsenal (6), QPR (5), Wigan (4), West Brom (4), Tottenham (4), Sunderland (4), Cardiff (4), Burnley (4), Bristol City (4), Blackburn Rovers (4), Man Utd (3), Liverpool (3), Everton (3), Chelsea (3), Brighton (3), Stoke (2), Reading (2), Portsmouth (2), Huddersfield (2), Aston Villa (2), Sheff Utd (1), Peterborough (1), MK Dons (1), Man City (1), Crystal Palace (1), Chesterfield (1), Birmingham (1).
    Surprisingly, some of the big guns were only successful in a small number of transfers, though the players they did land are hot properties. Having not followed the bidding I’m unsure if they have been playing it cautious, but I’m guessing that they were mostly outbid by some of the smaller clubs. Notable successes include Stoke’s landing of Pedro, Chelsea signing of Ozil, Man Utd getting Muller, and Wigan’s haul of young stars. Bolton too added a whole host of talent to their squad, Ipswich managed to grab some future stars including De Gea and Canales, and Middlesbrough (myself) scored some big hits, notably Casillas, though uncertainty remains over how many will want to come play on Teesside (it’s grim up north!).
    Here’s a brief club-by-club breakdown (apologies to those clubs that I’ve just skimmed):
    Arsenal: A decent haul of stars in all areas of the pitch: Busquets 91 DM/CM, Negredo 90 CF, Hernandez RM/W 90, Silva CB 91.
    Aston Villa: Added Riise LB/LM 90, and traded Fabiano CF 93 for Harewood & Heskey
    Birmingham: Krunic AM/F 85
    Blackburn Rovers: Strengthening squad with Palop GK 91, Van Bommel CM/DM 92 + youth
    Bolton: Strengthened the team with key signings all across the board: Eduardo GK 89, Leon RM/W 89, Borriello Fwd 90, Menez W/fwd 89, Van Buyten CB 90, Navarro LB 90, Motta DM/CM 90, Molinaro LB 89 + few in mid-80s.
    Brighton: 3 lower-rated players.
    Bristol City: 4 free agents in the mid-80s.
    Burnley: A couple of CBs in the upper 80s CB, CB, Romero GK 88, Altintop Mid/RB 90.
    Cardiff: 4 mid-to-upper 80s players.
    Chelsea: Ozil AM/LM 91, Lucio CB 94, Arbeloa RB/LB 91 (out inc. Zhirkov LM/LB 92, Bosingwa RB 92, Alex CB 91)
    Chesterfield: 1 young Boro keeper
    Crystal Place: Guilherme Fwd/AM 88;
    Derby County: A focus on risers & future talent, one of highest Burdisso CB 86;
    Everton: Strengthening CM with Defour 89, Granero CM/AM 89
    Huddersfield: 2 inc. Soder CF 84;
    Hull: A mixture of risers and young strong players inc. Biabiany Fwd/W 86 Inter, Howdes Def 88, Hulk Fwd/W 89,
    Ipswich: 7, Host of young talent De Gea GK 87, Neymar Fwd/AM 86, Canales AM/Fwd 87,
    Leeds: Most active manager with a focus on risers & future prospects.
    Liverpool: Bonucci CB 88, Van Der Wiel RB 88, Di Maria LM/W 90 (out Kuyt Fwd/W 92)
    Man City: Just 1 accepted bid so far - Santon Inter RB 87
    Man Utd: Big signings of Julio Cesar GK 95, Muller Fwd 88 (offloading Neville 88 & Owen 89)
    Middlesbrough: A mixture of risers and bigger stars: Casillas Gk 95, Ambrosini CM/DM 92, Samuel CB 93, D’Agostino CM 89.
    MK Dons: 78 rated Inter youngster Countinho
    Northampton: 9 risers/potential talent
    Notts Forest: Strengthening the squad in key areas with Simplico [Roma! – when did he move to Roma?] CM/AM 90, Abidal LB/CB 92, Helton GK 90 + a selection of risers.
    Peterborough: Wolves youngster Danny Batth
    Portsmouth: Wolves stalwart Craddock at CB and the contentious signing of Keith Andrews from Blackburn.
    QPR: A strong haul with: Di Natale Fwd 93, Zanetti Def/DM 94, Tymoschuk DM/CM 91
    Reading: Strengthening midfield with: Albelda DM/CM 90, Poulsen DM 90.
    Sheff Utd: Delac 84 Gk
    Stoke City: Just 2 signings, but big ones nonetheless: Pedro W/Fwd 90, Honda AM/CM 87
    Sunderland: Potential risers + Otamendi CB/RB 88, Mariga CN/AM 87 (Inter)
    Tottenham: A focus on midfield and up front: Forlan Fwd 94, Giovinco AM 88, Kanoute CF 93, Gago CM/DM 90
    West Brom: Added strength and depth to the squad with 2 free agents, Hildebrand GK 88, Pires W 88 and Suazo CF 88, Marquez CB 90
    Wigan: A solid hall with: Marin W 90, Neuer GK 91, Badstuber CB/LB 88,
    Wolves: 9 players including strong signings of Cordoba Inter CB 92, Mo Diarra DM/CM 90, Grafite Fwd 90, and a selection of risers/talent
    And just a brief disclaimer: These stats are based on the transfers accepted so far, the first day's worth of transfer activity, though for various reasons there is no guarantee that all of these will go through successfully (I’m thinking particularly of Casillas here!). Apologies too for any errors on my part, I’ve done my best to get it right.
    Things though look like they are hotting up in EC7027 (or whatever it ends up being called). Be interesting to see who the next set of forays into the transfer market are aimed at, there’s still plenty of talent out there.
    And how does it work now with all the other bids that are in for players from the clubs just having sold some of their players? Do the remaining players go up in value (as they are now worth more to those clubs) and if so does that mean that all bids exactly at chairman value will now fall short?
    Best of luck in the next round of bidding!
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    Davide Santon Is The First Boy To Arrive

    Out From Maicon's Shadow
    Davide Santon described as “brilliant” his controversial move from Inter to Manchester City after signing a four-year contract at the English club which exploited a loophole in his contractual situation at Internazionale.
    The Italian Under-21 defender move from Inter on a fee to believed around 7 Million rejecting an improved contract which would have seen his earnings rise to around £20,000 a week.
    “It’s a brilliant move for me,” Santon, 19, said. “Now that the deal is done I just can’t wait to get started. I’ve played at England before and know all about the amazing atmosphere.
    “Playing there in a blue and black shirt is something I’ve thought about already and it will be a great day when I finally get to walk out in front of 50,000 people.
    “The gaffer, El Nino, and all of the lads have been great with me and made me feel really welcome since I arrived and hopefully I can repay the faith that they’ve shown in me.”
    El Nino added:
    “We’re delighted to have signed Davide. He’s the right age and the profile that he has is what makes it such an appealing capture for us.
    “He’s young but has a good experience and he’s someone who can continue to develop his game.
    “We see him as a high-energy player and a player that can play from box-to-box, but he’s also a young player with experience, so he won’t be fazed by what is ahead of him.”
    Player Profile

    Full name: Davide Santon
    Place of Birth:Portomaggiore, Italy
    Height:1.87m
    Position:Full back
    Nickname(s):Il Bambino ("The Kid")
    Lives in:Milan
    Birthday:1991/01/02


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    SHEFFIELD UNITED'S SPENDING SPREE STARTS

    Matej Delac

    Sheffield United have completed the signing of 17 year old young goalkeeper from Inter Zaprešić for a fee of 2.6 million plus 31 year-old goalkeeper Steve Simonsed heading in the other direction to play in Croatia with Zaprešić. Delac, who had been dubbed as the "next Petr Cech", had already cemented his place as first choice keeper for his team and also played for his country at international level for the U19's. Delac signed a 4 year deal at 15 thousand a week this morning.
    Delac had this to say:
    Manager Elton Gjoni was ecstatic at the swoop of the starlet:
    Delac will join new loan signings Wilshere and Mancienne in training tomorrow to prepare for the Saturday match against Portsmouth. The trio are expected to be joined by at least 3 other young players in a couple of days when Gjoni hinted at making a few other bids for players to arrive.
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    this will annoy you even more iv got loans but southampton have taken the pick of them with GIOVANI, dos Santos heading over there after my transfer bids come through
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    Amkar 0-1 Kuban Valentin Stocker (63)


    Valentin Stocker Scores Securing Justice Win In First Game
    Before the opening match with one of the title faviourtes, KubanTV, caught up with boss Nick Justice about how he'd go about the game, and who he will be playing and heres what he said to our reporter, " Well the opening game is upon us quite quickly in my eyes maybe a tad to quick, however the team have had some time to get to know each other, and myself and the way I'd like the team to play the game. We have many multi languages spoken through out the team, from French to Spanish, and many other languages, however only me and my assistant Chris Hughton speak Egnlish, so I have had to learn a bit, of everything to make sure that communication doesnt fail through out the game, however football is a univeral language, and I'm sure with odd hand movements, like points to a pot on the pitch, they'll know where to go. I am glad to announce that our Captian will be Rakytskyy, I know may be a risk as hes young and only on loan but he brings with him a good ability to managed the team from what I've seen in training, and vice captian will be Valentin Stocker. Both players I can state will be playing in our opening game of the season later today, and I gope they'll do the best they cna along, with others like De Gea and Kadlec. As for tactics I do not really want to discuss my tactics right now and I don't want to reveal too much."
    And so to Kick-off, the ref blows his whistle and Kuban kick-off, and play the ball around the park a bit. Then Berget is taken down in 4 minutes which led to the first yellow of the game for Amkar's Volkov, its a bit of we attack you attack going on, but not much going on, and a great tackle from Valentin helps to break down Amkar's attack. Then some good passing by Rakytskyy, helps to keep the midfield together. through out most of the first half both teams had some chance come and go, it was a pretty even game, with Kuban playing some flashy passing football by Toloi and Berget. the half time whistle went, and after some harsh words undoubtidly by both managers, the teams came out an returned for the second half. it was Amkar with the kick-off, and it was a bit quiet from both sides intill just after the hour mark when vice-captian Valentin Stocker strikes form distance leaving the goalkeeper stranded, the lead was taken and quite deservidly by Kuban, the serposed weaker side, after this performance I think they could defernatly cause an upset this season. After that goal it was pretty much Kuban applying the pressure to Amkar, and lat on Czech Republic Striker Valcav Kadlec missed a header from only 6 yards, however it didnt matter as Kuban come out winners and surprisngly by only the 1 goal, but I'm pretty sure Kuban boss Nick Justice will take that win a try and improve against stronger Opposisition mid-week against Dnipro.
    After the game Justice had this to say about the game, " It was good game for us, and I took alot of positives from the game and aswell as some negatives, as do all games have those, I still think we may need to try use the small funding we have remaining to bring in 2 or 3 new players, and defernatly a Striker. We face a VERY tough apponent on Wednesday in Dnipro who are amongst the best within the Russian and Ukrainian league, we will maybe make a few changes ahead of that game, wether that e transfer or tactics wise or possible both who knows yet, only the future can tell, but overall that was a great game for us, and I think we played well and deserved the 1-0 win we got come the end of the 90 minutes."

    SM's MoM: Valentin Stocker(Rating: 9/10)
    KUBAN's Line-up
    1. D DE GEA(GK)
    2.T BARBARIC(RB)
    3.Y RAKYTSKYY(CB)©
    4.R TOLOI(CB)
    5.F AFFOLTER(LB)
    6.J BAUMGARTLINGER(DM)
    7.J BERGET(RM)
    8.A SHARBINI(AM)
    11.V STOCKER(W)
    9.R KALIMULLIN(ST)
    10.V KADLEC(ST)

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    The African Cup of Nations kicks off in just a few days, which will be the 27th edition of the tournament. It shall be hosted by Angola, which shall see them compete against 15 other teams who has successfully advanced from the qualification process, which involved 53 African national teams.
    Angola were given the opportunity of hosting the prestigious tournament after a decision by CAF (Confederation of African Football) to allow new nations like Angola, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to have a chance to host the ACON. Bids from Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal were rejected in order for this new proposition.
    The CAF announced that teams could also qualify for the African Cup of Nations via the World Cup 2010 qualifying groups, so whoever finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the African World Cup Qualifiers will be the teams to compete in the tournament.
    The 16 teams were split into four pots, with Pot 1 containing the top four seeded nations. Angola were seeded as hosts and Egypt as reigning holders. The remaining 14 teams were ranked based on their records in the three last editions of the competition. Cameroon and Ivory Coast had the two strongest records and so completed the top seeded Pot 1. The four seeded teams were placed into their groups in advance of the final draw.


    Group A:
    Angola
    Mali
    Malawi
    Algeria
    Group B:
    Côte d'Ivoire
    Burkina Faso
    Ghana
    Togo
    Group C:
    Egypt
    Nigeria
    Mozambique
    Benin
    Group D:
    Cameroon
    Gabon
    Zambia
    Tunisia
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    Group A
    Angola

    Goalkeepers: Lama (Petro Atletico), Carlos (Rio Ave), Wilson (Caala)
    Defenders: Manuel Jamuana (Petro Atletico), Enoque (Santos), Dias Caires (Sagrada Esperanca), Kali (Arles), Rui Marques (Leeds United).
    Midfielders: David (Petro Atletico), Job (Petro Atletico), Xara (Petro Atletico), Zuela (Kuban Krasnodar), Gilberto (Al-Ahly), Ze Kalanga (Dinamo Bucharest), Dede (Timisoara), Stelvio (Uniao Leiria), Mabina (Petro Atletico)
    Forwards: Mantorras (Benfica), Johnson Macaba (CRD Libolo), Djalma (Maritimo), Flavio (Al-Shabab), Love (1 de Augusto), Manucho (Real Valladolid)

    All the attention will be on hosts Angola as they kick off the tournament attempting to make home status count. Whatever the outcome for the Black Antelopes the continued development of the sport is assured, thanks to the staging of the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
    There are numerous international sides around the world making immense progress in terms of their performance and development. In South America, Venezuela after hosting the Copa America in 2007 are no longer the whipping boys of CONMEBOL qualifying, whilst in Asia, Uzbekistan may not be too far away from their first appearance at a World Cup. In Africa, Angola could arguably claim the title of the fastest improving side on the continent.
    After failing to even reach the African Cup of Nations until the mid-nineties, Angola rarely played a leading role regionally let alone on a wider stage. However, Angola has seen great strides made in recent years, culminating in the qualification for the World Cup in 2006, plus the privilege of hosting Africa’s most prestigious football tournament four years later.
    Being selected as the host for such a tournament has seen significant investment not only in the football infrastructure (training facilities, stadiums), but also improvement in general, such as the transport network. Therefore CAF’s (The African Football Federation) far-sighted decision to award the African Cup of Nations to some of the lesser developed nations on the continent, such as Angola, and for 2012 Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, is certainly reaping many benefits.
    Fixtures
    10th Jan – Mali
    14th Jan – Malawi
    18th Jan – Algeria
    Prediction
    The draw has been relatively kind to Angola, so hopes of reaching the quarter finals and equaling the 2008 performance will be high. Their hardest test may come in the final match against Algeria, one of Africa’s representatives for the World Cup. Angola will hope to be as close to qualification as possible by that stage or better yet, already through. The latter scenario would probably require wins in the first two games, something that Angola are capable of. Progress from Group A would then set up a subsequent possible clash against either the heavyweights of Ghana or the Ivory Coast from Group B, so anything more than a quarter-final appearance might be asking a bit much.
    Player to watch
    Flavio
    One of the key players for Angola will be Flavio, playing his trade in Saudi Arabia. With a strike record of around 1 every 3 matches at international level, but also a highly creative and technical player, Angola will be looking to Flavio for some much needed creativity, as well as the odd goal throughout the tournament. At 30 this may be his last major tournament in which he can participate where he might be considered at the peak of his career.
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    Malawi

    Goalkeepers: Swadick Sanudi (Dynamos), Simplex Nthala (MTL Wanderers), Charles Swini (ESCOM United)
    Defenders: Moses Chavula (Nathi Lions), James Sangala (1 Agosto), Allan Kamaga (Dynamos), Peter Maponda (Black Leopards), Elvis Kafoteka (ESCOM United), Maupo Msowoya (ESCOM United), Harry Nyirenda (MTL Wanderers)
    Midfielders: Peter Wadabwa (Thanda Royal Zulu), Jacob Ngwira (Caraca Kicks), Joseph Kamwendo (Orlando Pirates), Hellings Mwakasungula (Silver Strikers), Robert N’Gambi (Black Leopards), Davi Banda (Red Lions), Peter Mgangira (Silver Strikers)
    Forwards: Chiukepo Msowya (AFR FC), Russel Mwafulirwa (IFK Norrkoping), Essau Kanyenda (FC KAMAZ), Victor Nyirenda (ESCOM United), Jimmy Zakazaka (Bay United), Atusaye Nyondo (Caraca Kicks)

    With the worst record of any of the 15-qualified teams represented at the 2010 African Cup of Nations, it will be an uphill battle for Malawi to make any impression at the tournament.
    Malawi will arrive in Angola with the worst record from qualifying mustering just four points from their six matches. Nevertheless over the past 18 months The Flames, have posted one or two noteworthy results, including a victory over Egypt and holding the Ivory Coast to a draw, so they shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
    Of all the teams playing at the 2010 African Cup of Nations, none have as little international experience as Malawi, so simply participating at such a level will be of enormous benefit as they attempt to improve.
    Despite being minnows at the 1984 event, much like they will be in 2010, they certainly didn’t disgrace themselves, claiming a point off Nigeria and only going down a 1-0 defeat to Ghana. Since that initial promising performance Malawi have failed to get close to qualifying again and recent attempts hardly boded well.
    Fixtures
    11th Jan – Algeria
    14th Jan – Angola
    18th Jan – Mali
    Prediction
    As minnows not only in Group A but in the entire tournament, it will be a steep learning curve for this Malawian team. Therefore it’s quite conceivable that their three matches could quite possibly end in three defeats. Nevertheless taking lessons away from playing the like of Algeria, and Mali from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations will be the most important aspect of this competition. If the future development of the game ensures that qualification for this tournament becomes less sporadic and improves performances in the regional tournaments, then their time in Angola will be considered a success regardless of the outcome.
    Player to watch
    Essau Kanyenda
    With one of the less well-known squads on the continent, Malawi will certainly have the advantage of surprise on their side. One of only two European based players is forward Essau Kanyenda currently plying his trade in the Russian Second Division with FC KAMAZ. With three goals in qualifying, including a hat-trick against Djibouti, Malawi will be relying heavily on the 27-year-old to continue finding the back of the net at the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
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    Mali

    Goalkeepers: Mahmadou Sidibe (Omonia Nicosia), Soumbelia Diakite (Stade Malien), Oumar Sissoko (Metz)
    Defenders: Ousmane Berthe (Jomo Cosmos), Adama Tamboura (Helsingborgs), Souleymane Diamoutene (Bari), Bakary Soumare (Boulogne), Abdoulaye Maiga (Stade Malien)
    Midfielders: Soumba Sow (Lens), Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid), Seydou Keita (Barcelona), Abdou Traore (Bordeaux), Bakaye Traore (Nancy), Mahmane El Hadji Traore (Nice), Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus), Lassana Fane (Al-Merreikh)
    Forwards: Tenema N’Diaye (Nantes), Mamadou Diallo (Le Havre), Mamadou Bagayoko (Nantes), Modibo Maiga (Le Mans), Mamadou Samassa (Valenciennes), Fredi Kanoute (Sevilla), Mustapha Yatabare (Clermont Foot)

    Mali suffer from one of the most common problems in international football; the sum of the total simply doesn’t seem to equal the parts. Able to call on the explosive striking power of Fredi Kanoute and midfield powerhouses Mahamadou Diarra and Seydou Keita, Mali should be match for anyone on the African continent. It simply hasn’t worked out that way, with qualification for the 2010 African Cup of Nations far from straight-forward.
    Until relatively recently Malian football had largely gone unnoticed, as the side known as The Eagles played in relative obscurity in West Africa. They didn’t even bother attempting to qualify for a World Cup until 2000 and saved their best form for the African Cup of Nations.
    However, with the like of Mahamadou Diarra, Seydou Keita and Fredi Kanoute all coming through the European scene simultaneously, Mali suddenly found itself with its most talented generation of footballers in a few decades.
    The arrival of the like of Keita and Diarra couldn’t have been better timed, as it also coincided with the 2002 hosting of the African Cup of Nations, a tournament during which they reached the semi-finals, their best ever performance since the epic run to the final some 30-years previously. The addition of Fredi Kanoute to the side when FIFA relaxed its rules regarding eligibility at senior level, should have been the final piece needed to launch Mali to the very highest echelon of African football, but nothing could be further from the truth.
    Further improvement has occurred in qualification for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, which also doubled up as World Cup qualifying, despite the slightly lacklustre third place finish in the second phase group behind Benin and Ghana. Nevertheless away-day defeats in the first round of qualifying to the Congo and Sudan, and draws away to Benin and Sudan in the second phase, indicate there is still much to be done before Mali can be considered genuine threats to the supremacy of the like of Egypt and the Ivory Coast.
    Fixtures
    10th Jan – Angola
    14th Jan – Algeria
    18th Jan – Malawi
    Prediction
    Drawn into Group A, arguably one of the weakest of the four pools, Mali would at first glance appear to be the strongest team of the section. However, they will face their toughest two games first, including in the first game of the 2010 African Cup of Nations the fired-up hosts of the tournament Angola. Therefore they may need a final match-day win against Malawi to assure themselves of a position in the quarter-finals, which given their erratic form is by no-means a foregone conclusion. Precisely how far Mali can go remains a subject of debate; if they can find their best game they will be match for any side at the tournament, but if they fail to perform they may find themselves frozen out of the knock-out stage altogether.
    Player to watch
    Seydou Keita
    Mali’s strength at the 2010 African Cup of Nations will undoubtedly lie in midfield where they can call on several talented individuals. Arguably the strongest of several outstanding players is Barcelona’s Seydou Keita. The former Sevilla midfielder arrived at the Camp Nou some 18 months ago as a mainly defensive thinking midfield-holder, but has blossomed this season into an all-round player contributing several important goals, mainly from long-range. Mali will certainly be relying on Keita to link the midfield to the attack, to get the best out of Fredi Kanoute, who is likely to be the main danger in the attack.
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    Algeria

    Goalkeepers: Lounes Gaouaoui (ASO Chlef), Faouzi Chaouchi (ES Setif), Mohammed Zemmamouche (USM Alger)
    Defenders: Slimane Raho (ES Setif), Anthar Yahia (Bochum), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth), Madjid Bougherra (Glasgow Rangers), Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Rafik Halliche (Nacional de Madeira), Reda Babouche (MC Algiers)
    Midfielders: Yazid Mansouri (Lorient), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg), Yacine Bezzaz (Strasbourg), Karim Matmour (Borussia Moechengladbach), Khaled Lemmouchia (ES Setif), Hameur Bouazza (Blackpool), Mourad Meghni (Lazio), Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth), Djamel Abdoun (Nantes)
    Forwards: Rafik Saifi (Al-Khor), Abelkader Ghezzal (Siena), Abelmalak Ziaya (ES Setif)

    It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Algeria. After their surprise qualification for the World Cup, a side once written off is on the verge of taking part in the world’s greatest football tournament, and Algeria will be using the 2010 African Cup of Nations as rehearsal for the main event
    Algeria certainly rank as one of the more surprising qualifiers for the World Cup to be held in the summer, and pundits and fans alike will be looking to see precisely how the side known as the Fennecs fare in Angola. It wasn’t that long ago Algerian fans were deserting their side in their droves, but since the qualification in controversial circumstances over their North African neighbours Egypt in a play-off, the Algerian team has once again become hot property.
    Algeria’s recent progress was most evident in the qualifying for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, which also doubled up as qualifying for the World Cup. In the initial group phase they came out on top of the Gambia and Senegal in a tightly contested group, whilst in the second phase the home win over near neighbours Egypt proved crucial to setting up the play-off, which Algeria won to secure their passage to South Africa in the summer.
    However, the qualification also indicated that Algeria are still far from being able to rank themselves alongside the very best on the continent, especially in terms of their attack, which saw them draw blanks against the like of Rwanda, Liberia and Gambia, at various stages of the qualification.
    Fixtures
    11th Jan – Malawi
    14th Jan – Mali
    18th Jan – Angola
    Prediction
    With the Fennecs concentrating on performance over results, it’s difficult to make any sort of accurate prediction regarding the outcome of Algeria’s 2010 African Cup of Nations. The matches against Mali and hosts Angola will both be difficult yet useful encounters for the Algerian management to assess where the squad needs improvement. A quarter-final appearance against one of the Group B heavyweights Ghana or the Ivory Coast is certainly not out of the question, but will also potentially expose Algeria’s shortcomings in attack.
    Player to watch
    Karim Ziani
    Karim Ziani, the star of Algerian football, doesn’t play his football in France like much of the squad, but in Germany, after moving to the Bundesliga in the summer in a £7 million deal to reigning champions Wolfsburg. The midfielder playmaker struggled to find his best form for Marseille after catching the eye on a consistent basis with Sochaux prior to an £11-million transfer to the Stade Velodrome. With crucial goals in the qualifying matches against Liberia and Rwanda, much will be expected of Ziani in Angola.


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    Thanks for the feedback
    Appiah was left out because I don't think he was playing regular? only found a club recently in a year and a bit iirc but I have no idea .
    The Togo incident I found out on the train on the way back from the Albion but is a total tragedy and a shame that things like this can still happen.
    There's a chance I might do some match reports but with college and exams coming up, only a few will probably be done. Unless more snow cancels college then I will yes!
    Thanks again
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    Group C
    Egypt

    Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Ismaily), Abdelwahed El-Sayed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud (El Mansoura)
    Defenders: Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (ENPPI), Abdel Zaher El-Saqua (Eskisehispor), Hani Said (Zamalek), Ahmed Fathy (Al-Ahly), Sayed Moawad (Al-Ahly), Wael Gomaa (Al-Ahly), Mahmoud Fathallah (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Zamalek), Moatasem Salem (Ismaily)
    Midfielders: Ahmed Eid Abdel Malek (Haras El Hodood), Hosny Abd Rabou (Ali Dubai), Ahmed Hassan (Al-Ahly), Shikabala (Zamalek), Hossam Ghaly (Al-Nassr)
    Forwards: Mohamed Zidan (Borussia Dortmund), Emad Moteab (Al-Ahly), Ahmed Raouf (ENPPI), Al-Sayed Hamdy (Petrojet)

    2009 epitomized the best and worst of Egyptian football; a sensational win over Italy in the Confederations Cup was followed up by failure to qualify for the World Cup. Egypt will be hoping to banish memories of that recent disappointment by claiming a record third consecutive African Cup of Nations in Angola and sixth overall.
    It really was a topsy-turvy year for fans of the Pharaohs, the high of beating Italy was somewhat negated after failure to overcome the US and subsequently missing out on the semi-finals at the Confederations Cup. Yet more heartbreak followed, when Algeria then beat Egypt in a play-off for the final African spot at the World Cup next summer. It goes to illustrate that on their day Egypt are match for any side in the world, but are also capable of mixing the distinctly ordinary with their ability.
    One area that cost Egypt dear was the loss of form of Amr Zaki, who had been enjoying a great run of goals during the initial qualification section, but found the net just twice in the second phase. Although Egypt overall managed nine goals in that phase, a total equalled by qualified countries such as Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon, their failure to cash in on their relatively weak performance of Zambia and Rwanda may ultimately be at the root of their failure to make it to South Africa. Had Egypt continued to plunder goals at the rate they posted in the first phase of qualifying, albeit against weaker teams, then the play-off against Algeria would never have been required, as Egypt would have enjoyed a potentially superior goal-difference in contrast to their North African rivals.
    Of course it’s not just down to the former Wigan striker, as Egypt have plenty of fire-power including Borussia Dortmund’s Mohamed Zidan and the experienced Emad Moteab at their disposal. One can only wonder what might have been, if Egypt could harness the obvious ability that Mido possesses.
    The fall-out from that failure is evident in the form of the 23-man squad named by Hassan Shehata for the 2010 African Cup of Nations with several familiar names missing including Wael Gomaa, Mido, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Shawky and Mohamed Aboutrika. The team therefore includes several experimental players. However, the intention clearly isn’t to refresh the squad; although several of the omissions could now be classed as “experienced”, the average of the squad named for the trip to Angola is actually one year more than the side named for the play-off against Algeria. This tournament therefore represents a chance for some of the fringe players to stake a claim in the senior selection and with seven players possessing less than 10 caps that would appear to be the case.
    Fixtures
    12th Jan – Nigeria
    16th Jan – Mozambique
    20th Jan – Benin
    Prediction
    Many in Egypt feel that the Achilles heel of the team lies in their inability to overcome their fellow North-African rivals. Based on recent defeats against the like of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, the initial draw has been relatively kind. With that concern in mind, Egypt may prefer to take their chances against Cameroon in the quarter-finals, rather than Tunisia, their other potential opponents, if they progress to that stage as expected. With the significant omissions from the squad for the 2010 African Cup of Nations there has to be some doubt as to whether there is the talent to challenge for the outright victory. What Egypt do have though is a selection of players eager to prove their worth to the management. So whilst they may not match up to previous squads in terms of talent, there will be plenty of determination to challenge for a record breaking sixth African title.
    Player to watch
    Mohammed Zidan
    The Bundesliga based striker will be heavily relied on to bring the goods since goalscoring trio Mohammed Aboutrika, Amr Zaki and Mido are all excluded from the squad. Zidan has 7 goals in 28 appearances for Egypt, equalling to one goal every four matching for the current reigning ACON champs. Zidan proved a hit in ACON 2008, scoring twice against Cameroon and being one of the key men in the back-to-back cup winning heroics. Egypt will call again on Zidan to be the main frontman, who can either on the wings, attacking-midfield and upfront.
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    Nigeria

    Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikva), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda)
    Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Everton), Onyekachi Apam (Nice), Taye Taiwo (Marseille), Obinna Nwaneri (Sion), Chidi Odiah (CSKA Moscow), Yusuf Mohamed (Sion), Uwa Elderson Echiejile (Rennes), Danny tu (Bolon Wanderers)
    Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kiev), Seyi Olofinjana (Hull City), Sani Keita (Kuban), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham), Kalu Uche (Almeria)
    Forwards: Kanu (Portsmouth), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim), Yakubu (Everton), Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow), Victor Obinna (Malaga), Obafemi Martins (OBAAAAAA!) (VfL Wolfsburg)

    One of Africa’s best known teams is back for another crack at the African Cup of Nations. Despite all of Nigeria’s success at World Cup and Olympic level their last victory in this competition dates back to 1994. Fans of the Super Eagles will be hoping 2010 could be their year.
    There is certainly plenty of hype surrounding Nigerian football currently. With one of the strongest squads on the continent, hopes are high that they can wrest back continental superiority from the like of Egypt and the Ivory Coast, who have stolen a march on the country once touted to be the most likely to become Africa’s first ever winners of the World Cup.
    Nigeria will be using the 2010 African Cup of Nations as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup to be held later in the year with the match against reining African champions Egypt the stiffest test in the group-stages.
    Nigeria don’t enjoy a particularly great record at the African Cup of Nations with just two victories to their credit, one of which came in 1980 on home-soil. Nevertheless having reached at least the semi-finals in four of the last five tournaments played since the turn of the century, Nigeria will undoubtedly be considered a major threat for overall honours.
    Fixtures
    12th Jan – Egypt
    16th Jan – Benin
    20th Jan – Mozambique
    Prediction
    The opening match of the group will be one of the highlights of the early stages of the 2010 African Cup of Nations, and it will be fascinating to see whether Nigeria have indeed bridged the gap to the very best in the continent, a label they aspire to hold. The Super Eagles will also have to be wary of Benin, who are one of the continents fast improvers, whilst Mozambique held Nigeria to a draw at home in qualification for this tournament. Thanks to some outstanding talent up front, Nigeria will always rank as a threat. However whether they have enough to match the like of the Ivory Coast and Ghana remains open to debate, and they may be heading for more semi-final heartbreak in Angola.
    Player to watch
    Taye Taiwo
    Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo has been frequently linked with moves to the Premiership in recent seasons. The adventurous defender is more often seen in the opposition half than back defending, and occasionally his sense of adventure can cause him to be caught out. Nevertheless, with Nigeria still seemingly suffering from a chronic lack of width in the squad for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, much of the onus to provide attacking momentum from the left flank may fall on the shoulders of Taiwo.
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    Mozambique

    Goalkeepers: Albino Cossa (Liga Muculmama), Kapango (Tersana), Lama (Ferroviario Maputo)
    Defenders: Simao Junior (Panathinaikos), Paito (Sion), Fanuel (Liga Muculmama), Whiskey (Ferroviario Maputo), Miro (Platinum Stars), Dario Khan (Al-Kharitivath), Zaindine Junior (Desportivo de Maputo), Samuel Chapanga (Maxaquene), Mexer (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
    Midfielders: Momed Hagi (Ferroviario Maputo), Mano (ENPPI), Domingues (Mamelodi Sundowns), Danito (Ferroviario Maputo), Ze Luis (Baladevet El-Mahalla), Josimar (Costa do Sol)
    Forwards: Tico-Tico (Jomo Cosmos), Dario (Supersport United), Helder Pelembe (Maxaquene)

    Mozambique’s first qualification in ten years is testament to the significant improvement made by the country under coach Mart Nooij. So speculation linking the manager to the vacant Nigerian post could not have come at a worse time, as the Mamba’s prepare for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
    Football in Mozambique is in better shape than it has been for many seasons, and many attribute the recent success of the side to Mart Nooij. One of many Dutch coaches working abroad, Nooij has worked at the Dutch FA at various levels and with Burkina Faso taking their youth team to the FIFA World Youth Championships in 2003 for the first time. That prompted the Mozambique FA to invite him to take over at the helm of the national side, and a significant improvement in results has been the immediate outcome.
    Whilst Mozambique may have failed to qualify for the World Cup to be held in South Africa, their performances in qualifying forced many to take notice. Third place behind Nigeria and Tunisia was enough to get them to their first Cup of Nations since 1998. It was also enough to encourage speculation that Nooij could be one of the candidates to take over at their recent opponents Nigeria, even before the African Cup of Nations starts.
    With away form so patchy, there are concerns over exactly how Mozambique will fare away from Maputo, their capital city, during the tournament. This will be their fourth participation in the African Cup of Nations, and with just one draw to their credit accumulated over past three tournaments, hopes will be high that they can at least make a better impact in 2010.
    Back in 1998 when Mozambique last appeared they equalled their worst ever performance slumping to three straight defeats and recording a goal difference of minus seven, after suffering reverses to Morocco, Egypt and Zambia.
    Fixtures
    12th Jan – Benin
    16th Jan – Egypt
    20th Jan – Nigeria
    Prediction
    Mozambique appear to have been able to hang onto Mart Nooij, at least for the time being. With such an outstanding impact it would be a shame if Nooij was lured away at this stage, as Mozambique are only gradually beginning to realise their potential. The group stages will give the Mozambique FA a chance to assess the gap between them and the best Africa has to offer in the shape of record winners and defending champions Egypt and one of Africa’s representatives at the World Cup Nigeria. Chances are they will find there is still much to do if Mozambique are to ever challenge at the very highest level on the continent. Nevertheless the opening encounter against Benin at least gives Mozambique a decent chance of recording their first ever win at the tournament.
    Player to watch
    Mate Simao
    The rising star of the team is undoubtedly Panathinaikos based defender Mate Simao. After arriving in relative anonymity he has caught the eye with some outstanding performances in Greece, most notably in midfield, but also in defence, Nominated by one Italian sports-newspaper as one of the most promising players in Europe, the 21-year-old will play a vital role at the tournament for Mozambique and potentially for many years to come.
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    Benin

    Goalkeepers: Yoann Dijdonou (Libourne), Rachad Chitou (Wikki Tourists), Valere Amoussou (AS Porto-Novo)
    Defenders: Khaled Adenon (Bastia), Mouftaou Adou (Aspac), Romouald Boco (Sligo Rovers), Damien Chyrosostome (Denizlispor), Emmanuel Imorou (Guegnon), Reda Johnson (Plymouth Argyle), Junior Salomon (Aspac), Felicien Singbo (Lokomotiv Plovdiv)
    Midfielders: Gerard Adanhoume (FC Soleil), Jocelyn Ahoueya (FC Sion), Dijman Koukou (Evian TG), Seidath Tchomogo (East Riffa), Pascal Angan (Wydad Casablanca), Mouritala Ogunbiyi (Guingamp), Arnaud Seka (Tonnerre d’Abomey), Stephane Sessegnon (Paris Saint-Germain)
    Attackers: Mohamed Aoudou (Evian TG), Nouhoum Kobena (Almadina), Razak Omotoyossi (Metz), Mickael Pote (Nice)

    After making it to their second consecutive African Cup of Nations thanks to some strong performances in qualification, Benin will be looking to cause a shock at the 2010 tournament.
    Whilst there may be other African nations that are developing faster in terms of their football performance, there is no denying that Benin also fall into the category of improvers. After failing to make any African Cup of Nations finals until 2004 after a combination of either failing to qualify or withdrawing, the Squirrels have now made it to three of the last four events.
    Although Benin will rank as outsiders for the 2010 tournament in Angola, their recent results indicate they should not be dismissed lightly, as Angola and Ghana found out to their cost in recent qualification matches. Benin topped their opening group thanks to strong performances at home, winning all three matches, including a 3-0 win over Angola, which barred one of Africa’s representatives at the 2006 FIFA World Cup entry to the second round qualifying for this year’s competition.
    Drawn into Group C Egypt and Nigeria will rank as the favourites, but even if Benin can’t trouble those two big names, a win against Mozambique, another of Africa’s improvers, certainly isn’t out of the question. With a squad drawn from predominately lower-league French based players, some under contract to other European based clubs and a mixture of some still playing in Africa, the Squirrels are still relatively unknown in Western European football circles. However, if they continue to improve in the fashion they have been, there is every chance that a few could be heading to bigger clubs.
    Fixtures
    12th Jan – Mozambique
    16th Jan – Nigeria
    20th Jan – Egypt
    Prediction
    Anything other than an early exit home would rank as a surprise. Nevertheless the experience of playing two of Africa’s strongest teams will be nothing other than beneficial to Benin, who will harbour hopes that they can at least claim a victory in their opening match against Mozambique to use as a platform to put pressure on the big-boys in the section.
    Player to watch
    Stephane Sessegnon
    The star of the team is PSG’s Stephane Sessegnon, an attacking midfielder with the eye for the flamboyant. Nominated for the French Player of the Year Award in 2008 after scoring six goals and setting up a further eight, Sessegnon needs to now help Benin mature as a football side. With just two goals in 23 caps for his country, there is undoubtedly room for improvement, but with the like of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all linked with the player in the past, the €15 million rated attacker could well use the tournament in Angola to shine.

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