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  • 03 Oct 2017
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  • 18 Sep 2017
    Waited with many fans, now you can place live bets on Sportpesa! This feature also gives Shangaza customers a chance to get premium vip tips smsed hourly to the subscribers. To see how you can be enrolled today click here
    1912 Posted by Lunch Money
  • Waited with many fans, now you can place live bets on Sportpesa! This feature also gives Shangaza customers a chance to get premium vip tips smsed hourly to the subscribers. To see how you can be enrolled today click here
    Sep 18, 2017 1912
  • 12 Jul 2017
    SportPesa says it will be forced to close its Kenyan operation and move to other countries with favourable taxation laws.   The gaming company is considering shifting base to Tanzania or the United Kingdom (UK) in a move that could lead to loss of tens of jobs in Kenya, the Business Daily reports, if the law prescribing a 35 per cent turnover tax for the industry is not repealed.   SportsPesa Global chief executive officer (CEO) Gerasim Nikolov says the company can no longer operate profitably under the new tax policy.   “There is nowhere in the world where such a huge tax is levied on turnovers and even here in Kenya, no firm can survive today if a 35 per cent tax was put on its turnover,” he said. “Unfortunately, the ultimate effect of us shifting operations from here will be wide considering the various business that depend on this industry.”   President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Finance Bill 2017 into law which, among others, imposes a uniform 35 per cent tax on all gambling revenue – betting, gaming, lotteries and prize competitions.   Before, licensed sports betting operators had been subject to a 7.5 percent betting tax.   The government is targeting to reap higher tax revenue from the fast-growing industry. “You cannot run a business just to pay tax to the government,” said SportPesa Kenya CEO Ronald Karauri, who also chairs the Association of gaming Operators (AGOK). “It is not worth the sweat and were we not present in the UK and Tanzania, we would just wind up….this is a death sentence to the whole industry.”   Last month, the SportPesa founder announced the withdrawal of sponsorship for local sports clubs from January citing the new tax burden. The firm, founded in Kenya in 2014, currently sponsors Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, Kenya’s biggest football teams, as well as the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the Kenya Football Federation.   The firm recently opened Tanzania operations and announced a Ksh2.2 million sponsorship for the Serengeti Boys football team.   Parliament initially slapped a 50 per cent tax on sports betting sites and lottery companies, but later lowered it to 35 per cent before Mr Kenyatta signed it into law.   The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), which collected Sh4.7 billion in revenues from gaming firms, had proposed that the tax be doubled to 15 per cent to be at par with what Rwanda (13 percent) and Ghana (17.5 percent) levies.   The 35 per cent tax would yield more revenue to the government, but will in the long run drive away investors and trigger transfer pricing by players. (copyright: Business Daily)
    451 Posted by Lunch Money
  • SportPesa says it will be forced to close its Kenyan operation and move to other countries with favourable taxation laws.   The gaming company is considering shifting base to Tanzania or the United Kingdom (UK) in a move that could lead to loss of tens of jobs in Kenya, the Business Daily reports, if the law prescribing a 35 per cent turnover tax for the industry is not repealed.   SportsPesa Global chief executive officer (CEO) Gerasim Nikolov says the company can no longer operate profitably under the new tax policy.   “There is nowhere in the world where such a huge tax is levied on turnovers and even here in Kenya, no firm can survive today if a 35 per cent tax was put on its turnover,” he said. “Unfortunately, the ultimate effect of us shifting operations from here will be wide considering the various business that depend on this industry.”   President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Finance Bill 2017 into law which, among others, imposes a uniform 35 per cent tax on all gambling revenue – betting, gaming, lotteries and prize competitions.   Before, licensed sports betting operators had been subject to a 7.5 percent betting tax.   The government is targeting to reap higher tax revenue from the fast-growing industry. “You cannot run a business just to pay tax to the government,” said SportPesa Kenya CEO Ronald Karauri, who also chairs the Association of gaming Operators (AGOK). “It is not worth the sweat and were we not present in the UK and Tanzania, we would just wind up….this is a death sentence to the whole industry.”   Last month, the SportPesa founder announced the withdrawal of sponsorship for local sports clubs from January citing the new tax burden. The firm, founded in Kenya in 2014, currently sponsors Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, Kenya’s biggest football teams, as well as the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the Kenya Football Federation.   The firm recently opened Tanzania operations and announced a Ksh2.2 million sponsorship for the Serengeti Boys football team.   Parliament initially slapped a 50 per cent tax on sports betting sites and lottery companies, but later lowered it to 35 per cent before Mr Kenyatta signed it into law.   The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), which collected Sh4.7 billion in revenues from gaming firms, had proposed that the tax be doubled to 15 per cent to be at par with what Rwanda (13 percent) and Ghana (17.5 percent) levies.   The 35 per cent tax would yield more revenue to the government, but will in the long run drive away investors and trigger transfer pricing by players. (copyright: Business Daily)
    Jul 12, 2017 451
  • 10 Jul 2017
    The Match will be Live on Shangaza England internationals Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines plus Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin are among several stars set to feature in next week's friendly match pitting English Premier League side Everton against Gor Mahia in Dar es Salaam.   The game will kick off at the refurbished 60,000 seater National Stadium on Thursday from 5pm.   The trio are among dozens of players who returned for pre-season training at the English club's Halewood grounds on Monday following a five-week rest.   They were joined by new signings Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez formerly at Malaga in the Spanish La Liga and Davy Klaassen, are also expected to make the historical trip to Tanzania.   "From Thursday we'll have most of the players back, including some of our new players and you couldn't wish for a better situation than that as a coach," fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg told the club's official website.   He added: "The first week we'll stay here at Finch Far and we'll start up in the way we like to start - it's not very physical but we do a lot with the ball."   "After that we have a couple of days in Tanzania and we will play a game (against Gor Mahia) and have a training session out there, followed by a good week of work in Holland."   Burly Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a move away from the club, alongside new Nigerian signing Henry Onyekuru are however unlikely to make the trip.   Gor Mahia deputy secretary Ronald Ngala also confirmed the 15-time Kenyan champions will field their strongest available squad in this assignment.   Gor are currently top of the standings in the SportPesa Premier League, whilst Everton finished fifth in the just concluded English Premier League season.   H2H Statistics SportPesa All Stars 1-2 to Hull City Hull City 0-4 Everton   Our Prediction Gor mahia vs Everton - Away will lead this game!
    549 Posted by Lunch Money
  • The Match will be Live on Shangaza England internationals Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines plus Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin are among several stars set to feature in next week's friendly match pitting English Premier League side Everton against Gor Mahia in Dar es Salaam.   The game will kick off at the refurbished 60,000 seater National Stadium on Thursday from 5pm.   The trio are among dozens of players who returned for pre-season training at the English club's Halewood grounds on Monday following a five-week rest.   They were joined by new signings Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez formerly at Malaga in the Spanish La Liga and Davy Klaassen, are also expected to make the historical trip to Tanzania.   "From Thursday we'll have most of the players back, including some of our new players and you couldn't wish for a better situation than that as a coach," fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg told the club's official website.   He added: "The first week we'll stay here at Finch Far and we'll start up in the way we like to start - it's not very physical but we do a lot with the ball."   "After that we have a couple of days in Tanzania and we will play a game (against Gor Mahia) and have a training session out there, followed by a good week of work in Holland."   Burly Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a move away from the club, alongside new Nigerian signing Henry Onyekuru are however unlikely to make the trip.   Gor Mahia deputy secretary Ronald Ngala also confirmed the 15-time Kenyan champions will field their strongest available squad in this assignment.   Gor are currently top of the standings in the SportPesa Premier League, whilst Everton finished fifth in the just concluded English Premier League season.   H2H Statistics SportPesa All Stars 1-2 to Hull City Hull City 0-4 Everton   Our Prediction Gor mahia vs Everton - Away will lead this game!
    Jul 10, 2017 549
  • 18 Feb 2017
    Victor Wanyama has beaten Chelsea and Manchester City stars in the race for EPL Africa Player of the Month Award   Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has been named the best Africa player in English Premier League for January.   According to organizers, New African Soccer, the midfielder has beaten Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Manchester City attacking midfielder Yaya Toure to the recognition.   Wanyama termed key for Tottenham against City “The Lion of Muthurwa’ has been solid for Tottenham, guiding them to a highly respectable place on the table and helping as they remain the side with the least losses in the league and the best defensive record so far. A lot of Tottenham’s resilience has been down to his input.”   Wanyama featured for the North London side in all the four matches played in January. He was instrumental in their 2-0 win against Chelsea, 4-0 triumph against West Bromwich Albion, 2-2 draw against Manchester City and 0-0 draw against Sunderland.
    509 Posted by Lunch Money
  • Victor Wanyama has beaten Chelsea and Manchester City stars in the race for EPL Africa Player of the Month Award   Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has been named the best Africa player in English Premier League for January.   According to organizers, New African Soccer, the midfielder has beaten Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Manchester City attacking midfielder Yaya Toure to the recognition.   Wanyama termed key for Tottenham against City “The Lion of Muthurwa’ has been solid for Tottenham, guiding them to a highly respectable place on the table and helping as they remain the side with the least losses in the league and the best defensive record so far. A lot of Tottenham’s resilience has been down to his input.”   Wanyama featured for the North London side in all the four matches played in January. He was instrumental in their 2-0 win against Chelsea, 4-0 triumph against West Bromwich Albion, 2-2 draw against Manchester City and 0-0 draw against Sunderland.
    Feb 18, 2017 509
  • 12 Jan 2017
    Premier international competition in Africa will be taking place in January 2017 which is widely known as “African Cup of Nations”. Gabon will be hosting the 21 day competition starting from 14th January 2017 and will be played through 05 February 2017. There will be 16 teams participating in the tournament which starts with group stage of 4 groups with 4 teams each. All Tv Channels will be updated before the matches start   1 Gabon vs Guinea-Bissau (Group A) 14 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3580/19-00-soccer-gabon-guinea-bissau]   2 Burkina Faso vs Cameroon (Group A) 14 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://tinyurl.com/zvn9t54]   3 Algeria vs Zimbabwe (Group B) 15 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3582/17-00-soccer-algeria-zimbabwe]   4 Tunisia vs Senegal (Group B) 15 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3582/20-00-soccer-tunisia-senegal]   5 Ivory Coast vs Togo (Group C) 16 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3595/17-00-soccer-ivory-coast-togo]   6 DR Congo vs Morocco (Group C) 16 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3597/20-00-soccer-d-r-congo-morocco]   7 Ghana vs Uganda (Group D) 17 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3601/17-00-soccer-ghana-uganda]   8 Egypt vs Mali (Group D) 17 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3603/20-00-soccer-mali-egypt]   9 Gabon vs Burkina Faso  (Group A) 18 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3606/17-00-soccer-gabon-burkina-faso]   10 Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau (Group A) 18 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3608/20-00-soccer-cameroon-guinea-bissau]   11 Algeria vs Tunisia (Group B) 19 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3620/17-00-soccer-algeria-tunisia]   12 Senegal vs Zimbabwe (Group B) 19 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3619/20-00-soccer-senegal-zimbabwe]   13 Ivory Coast vs DR Congo (Group C) 20 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3626/17-00-soccer-ivory-coast-d-r-congo]   14 Morocco vs Togo (Group C) 20 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3627/20-00-soccer-morocco-togo]   15 Ghana vs Mali (Group D) 21 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3653/17-00-soccer-ghana-mali]   16 Egypt vs Uganda (Group D) 21 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3661/20-00-soccer-egypt-uganda]   17 Cameroon vs Gabon (Group A) 22 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3689/20-00-soccer-cameroon-gabon]   18 Guinea-Bissau vs Burkina Faso (Group A) 22 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3690/20-00-soccer-guinea-bissau-burkina-faso]   19 Senegal vs Algeria (Group B) 23 January 20:00   20 Zimbabwe vs Tunisia (Group B) 23 January 20:00   21 Morocco vs Ivory Coast (Group C) 24 January 20:00   22 Togo vs DR Congo (Group C) 24 January 20:00   23 Egypt vs Ghana (Group D) 25 January 20:00   24 Uganda vs Mali (Group D) 25 January 20:00   25 Quarter Final #1 (Winner A vs Runnerup B) 28 January 17:00   26 Quarter Final #2 (Winner D vs Runnerup C) 28 February 20:00   27 Quarter Final #3 (Winner C vs Runnerup D) 29 February 17:00   28 Quarter Final #4 (Winner D vs Runnerup A) 29 January 20:00   29 Semi Final # 1  01 February 20:00   30 Semi Final # 2  02 February 20:00   31 Third Place Playoff  04 February 20:00   32 The Final  05 February 20:00
    345 Posted by Lunch Money
  • Premier international competition in Africa will be taking place in January 2017 which is widely known as “African Cup of Nations”. Gabon will be hosting the 21 day competition starting from 14th January 2017 and will be played through 05 February 2017. There will be 16 teams participating in the tournament which starts with group stage of 4 groups with 4 teams each. All Tv Channels will be updated before the matches start   1 Gabon vs Guinea-Bissau (Group A) 14 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3580/19-00-soccer-gabon-guinea-bissau]   2 Burkina Faso vs Cameroon (Group A) 14 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://tinyurl.com/zvn9t54]   3 Algeria vs Zimbabwe (Group B) 15 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3582/17-00-soccer-algeria-zimbabwe]   4 Tunisia vs Senegal (Group B) 15 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3582/20-00-soccer-tunisia-senegal]   5 Ivory Coast vs Togo (Group C) 16 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3595/17-00-soccer-ivory-coast-togo]   6 DR Congo vs Morocco (Group C) 16 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3597/20-00-soccer-d-r-congo-morocco]   7 Ghana vs Uganda (Group D) 17 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3601/17-00-soccer-ghana-uganda]   8 Egypt vs Mali (Group D) 17 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3603/20-00-soccer-mali-egypt]   9 Gabon vs Burkina Faso  (Group A) 18 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3606/17-00-soccer-gabon-burkina-faso]   10 Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau (Group A) 18 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3608/20-00-soccer-cameroon-guinea-bissau]   11 Algeria vs Tunisia (Group B) 19 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3620/17-00-soccer-algeria-tunisia]   12 Senegal vs Zimbabwe (Group B) 19 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3619/20-00-soccer-senegal-zimbabwe]   13 Ivory Coast vs DR Congo (Group C) 20 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3626/17-00-soccer-ivory-coast-d-r-congo]   14 Morocco vs Togo (Group C) 20 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3627/20-00-soccer-morocco-togo]   15 Ghana vs Mali (Group D) 21 January 17:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3653/17-00-soccer-ghana-mali]   16 Egypt vs Uganda (Group D) 21 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3661/20-00-soccer-egypt-uganda]   17 Cameroon vs Gabon (Group A) 22 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3689/20-00-soccer-cameroon-gabon]   18 Guinea-Bissau vs Burkina Faso (Group A) 22 January 20:00 [Tv Link http://shangaza.net/forums/topic/3690/20-00-soccer-guinea-bissau-burkina-faso]   19 Senegal vs Algeria (Group B) 23 January 20:00   20 Zimbabwe vs Tunisia (Group B) 23 January 20:00   21 Morocco vs Ivory Coast (Group C) 24 January 20:00   22 Togo vs DR Congo (Group C) 24 January 20:00   23 Egypt vs Ghana (Group D) 25 January 20:00   24 Uganda vs Mali (Group D) 25 January 20:00   25 Quarter Final #1 (Winner A vs Runnerup B) 28 January 17:00   26 Quarter Final #2 (Winner D vs Runnerup C) 28 February 20:00   27 Quarter Final #3 (Winner C vs Runnerup D) 29 February 17:00   28 Quarter Final #4 (Winner D vs Runnerup A) 29 January 20:00   29 Semi Final # 1  01 February 20:00   30 Semi Final # 2  02 February 20:00   31 Third Place Playoff  04 February 20:00   32 The Final  05 February 20:00
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  • 19 Dec 2016
    Former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar has finally reached a resolution to the multiple drug test failures stemming from July's UFC 200 showdown with Mark Hunt in Las Vegas. Lesnar today reached a settlement agreement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which will result in a $250,000 fine and a one-year suspension of his fighting license. His win over Hunt will also be overturned to a no-contest.   Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returned to the UFC after nearly five years over the summer for a fight with Hunt at UFC 200. He originally won the contest by unanimous decision, but then controversy arose when he was nailed with not one, but two anti-doping violations from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which oversees the UFC's drug testing program. Aside from a brief statement declaring his innocence, Lesnar has remained largely silent on the issue while his legal team attempted to find the source of the failures. Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene, an estrogen blocker that can remain in the system for roughly one month following use. His team said it believed the banned substance was part of a foot cream used by Lesnar in the lead-up to the fight, but he was unaware it contained banned substances. Although Lesnar stayed out of the spotlight in the fighting world, he's remained active with WWE. He most recently headlined November's Survivor Series event against Goldberg, losing the match in less than 90 seconds. Lesnar, 39, will be eligible to reapply for MMA licensure in July 2017. With just one year remaining on his current WWE contract, another return to professional fighting isn't out of the realm of possibility.
    166 Posted by Lunch Money
  • Former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar has finally reached a resolution to the multiple drug test failures stemming from July's UFC 200 showdown with Mark Hunt in Las Vegas. Lesnar today reached a settlement agreement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which will result in a $250,000 fine and a one-year suspension of his fighting license. His win over Hunt will also be overturned to a no-contest.   Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returned to the UFC after nearly five years over the summer for a fight with Hunt at UFC 200. He originally won the contest by unanimous decision, but then controversy arose when he was nailed with not one, but two anti-doping violations from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which oversees the UFC's drug testing program. Aside from a brief statement declaring his innocence, Lesnar has remained largely silent on the issue while his legal team attempted to find the source of the failures. Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene, an estrogen blocker that can remain in the system for roughly one month following use. His team said it believed the banned substance was part of a foot cream used by Lesnar in the lead-up to the fight, but he was unaware it contained banned substances. Although Lesnar stayed out of the spotlight in the fighting world, he's remained active with WWE. He most recently headlined November's Survivor Series event against Goldberg, losing the match in less than 90 seconds. Lesnar, 39, will be eligible to reapply for MMA licensure in July 2017. With just one year remaining on his current WWE contract, another return to professional fighting isn't out of the realm of possibility.
    Dec 19, 2016 166
  • 05 Dec 2016
    Single Bet (or Side) The single bet option is done with a point spread. Sports books determine a favorite and an underdog, then assigns each one with a point total. The bettor then wagers on which team he or she thinks will cover the spread. See Our Soccer Predictions   Example: Boston –7.5 Detroit +7.5   In the above example, Boston is a -7.5 point favorite, while Detroit is considered a +7.5 point underdog. The number (the point spread) signifies how much is to be added or subtracted from that teams’ point total at the conclusion of the game.   If Kaitlyn bets on Boston, they would have to defeat Detroit by a total of 8 points in order for her to win the bet. If she bets on Detroit, they would have to win outright or lose by no less than 7 points.   Total (or Over/Under Bet) In a total bet, the sports books decide on how many combined points two teams will score in a given game. The bettor then wagers on whether or not he or she thinks the combined number of points by each team will go over or under the total that the sports books gave.   Example: Miami -9 Over/Under 215 Orlando +9 In the above example, Ian believes neither team will score many points, so he places a wager on the under. If the combined score of both Miami and Orlando doesn’t total over 215, Ian wins the bet.   Money Line In a money line wager, the better is only concerned with who he or she thinks will win the game. There is no point spread, but a favorite and underdog is still determined by the sports books and indicated by two separate odds. Example: Dallas -150 San Antonio +135 In the above example, Dallas is favored to win over San Antonio. The numbers provided are odds that the sports books determine before the game.   If Samantha wagers on Dallas, she must risk $150 to win $100 (or $75 to win $50; $37.50 to win $25, etc). If she wants to wager on San Antonio, she only has to risk $74.07 to win $100 (or $37.04 to win $50; $18.52 to win $25, etc). For Samantha to win all the team has to do is win – it doesn’t matter by how much – and she be paid according to those odds.   Teaser A teaser gives the bettor an opportunity to add or subtract 4 points from the point spread or total. The catch is that two separate spreads or totals have to be wagered in the same bet in order to use the 4 points. The spreads or totals can either be two teams, two over/under totals, or a combination of the two. On top of that, both must win in order to collect a profit.   Example: Seattle –5 Portland +5 New Jersey –12.5 New York +12.5 Tommy wants to wager on Seattle and New York. In a teaser, he’s awarded 4 points to use on each team, making Seattle a -1 point spread favorite and New York a +16.5 point spread underdog. In order to win the bet, however, Tommy needs both Seattle and New York to cover their respective spreads.   Reverse Teaser Unlike a teaser which awards a bettor 4 points, the reverse teaser subtracts 7 points from the spread in exchange for a bigger payoff.   Example: Mississippi State –2.5 Clemson +2.5 Rebecca thinks Clemson is going to cruise against Mississippi State, so she sacrifices giving up 5.5 points for a bigger payoff.   Parlay A parlay wager is similar to a teaser in that a bettor has to bet on at least two separate odds, but is not awarded six points to either add or subtract from the point spread or total. As with a teaser, the two separate odds can either be two teams, two totals, or a combination of the two. Both bets must be won in order for the bettor to make a profit.   Example: North Carolina State –23 O/U 115 New Orleans +23 Georgetown –3 O/U 100 Maryland +3 Rob likes North Carolina State and Maryland, so he parlays NC State –23 and Maryland +3. If either team is defeated or doesn’t cover the point spread, he loses the parlay.   In another example, Rob likes Georgetown and the over 100 in its game with Maryland. In order for him to win the parlay, Georgetown must cover and the combined points in its game with Maryland can’t total over 100.   Why a Parlay Over a Teaser? While a teaser bet is more attractive to a bettor because he or she gets to add or subtract 6 points from the point spread, a winning parlay pays more. A parlay is a riskier bet, but the same $25 wager on a parlay will pay more than on a $25 teaser.   Futures A future bet is made before the end of the regular season or playoffs, and consists of a bettor wagering on the odds of a team winning their conference or the March Madness tournament. The more likely the chance of a team winning the March Madness or its conference, the worse the payout is for the bettor. Conversely, if the team is a long shot to win March Madness or its conference, then the bigger the payout is for the bettor.   Example: Odds to win March Madness: North Carolina1/1 Texas 5/2 Maryland 75/1 Michigan 1000/1   In the above example, North Carolina is considered as the most likely to win the March Madness tournament at 1/1 odds. Michigan is considered the least likely to win the March Madness tournament and therefore its odds are set at 1000/1.   Ann wants to bet on North Carolina to win the March Madness tournament. For every $1 she bets, she’ll win $1. So if he bets $100 on North Carolina at 1/1 odds and they win, she’ll win $100. If she bets $100 on Michigan at 1000/1 odds and they win the March Madness tournament, she’ll win $ 100,000.   Proposition Bets (or Props) Prop bets are similar to future bets, but instead of wagering on the future of a team, the wager is made on individual players or game scenarios. Sports books will describe a scenario and place odds on that scenario actually happening.   Example: Will Kobe Bryant Score 70 points in any game this season? Yes +350 No -500   Karen believes Bryant will score 70 points in a game this season. For every $350 she bets, she’ll win $100. Conversely, if Mike doesn’t believe Bryant will score 70 points in a game this season, for every $100 he bets, he’ll win $500.   If Bet An If Bet allows a bettor to link two or more individual wagers together, but the second bet isn’t wagered if the first isn’t won. In other words, if the bettor loses the first wager, then the sports book doesn’t place the second bet.   Example: Lisa likes Notre Dame -3 and Army +7, so she places a $10 If Bet. If Notre Dame covers the 3 points, then the sports book places $20 on Army. If Notre Dame loses or doesn’t cover, the sports book doesn’t proceed with the next bet and Lisa only loses her original $10.   Round Robin A Round Robin wager is a way to make multiple parlay bets. A three-team Round Robin consists of one three-team parlay and two, two-team parlays.   Example: Frank likes Kentucky, USC and Washington and wants to wager on a three-team Round Robin. So Frank bets on Kentucky, USC and Washington in the three-team parlay, as well as Kentucky and USC in one of the two-team parlays, and the Kentucky and Washington in the other parlay.   See Our Soccer Predictions
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  • Single Bet (or Side) The single bet option is done with a point spread. Sports books determine a favorite and an underdog, then assigns each one with a point total. The bettor then wagers on which team he or she thinks will cover the spread. See Our Soccer Predictions   Example: Boston –7.5 Detroit +7.5   In the above example, Boston is a -7.5 point favorite, while Detroit is considered a +7.5 point underdog. The number (the point spread) signifies how much is to be added or subtracted from that teams’ point total at the conclusion of the game.   If Kaitlyn bets on Boston, they would have to defeat Detroit by a total of 8 points in order for her to win the bet. If she bets on Detroit, they would have to win outright or lose by no less than 7 points.   Total (or Over/Under Bet) In a total bet, the sports books decide on how many combined points two teams will score in a given game. The bettor then wagers on whether or not he or she thinks the combined number of points by each team will go over or under the total that the sports books gave.   Example: Miami -9 Over/Under 215 Orlando +9 In the above example, Ian believes neither team will score many points, so he places a wager on the under. If the combined score of both Miami and Orlando doesn’t total over 215, Ian wins the bet.   Money Line In a money line wager, the better is only concerned with who he or she thinks will win the game. There is no point spread, but a favorite and underdog is still determined by the sports books and indicated by two separate odds. Example: Dallas -150 San Antonio +135 In the above example, Dallas is favored to win over San Antonio. The numbers provided are odds that the sports books determine before the game.   If Samantha wagers on Dallas, she must risk $150 to win $100 (or $75 to win $50; $37.50 to win $25, etc). If she wants to wager on San Antonio, she only has to risk $74.07 to win $100 (or $37.04 to win $50; $18.52 to win $25, etc). For Samantha to win all the team has to do is win – it doesn’t matter by how much – and she be paid according to those odds.   Teaser A teaser gives the bettor an opportunity to add or subtract 4 points from the point spread or total. The catch is that two separate spreads or totals have to be wagered in the same bet in order to use the 4 points. The spreads or totals can either be two teams, two over/under totals, or a combination of the two. On top of that, both must win in order to collect a profit.   Example: Seattle –5 Portland +5 New Jersey –12.5 New York +12.5 Tommy wants to wager on Seattle and New York. In a teaser, he’s awarded 4 points to use on each team, making Seattle a -1 point spread favorite and New York a +16.5 point spread underdog. In order to win the bet, however, Tommy needs both Seattle and New York to cover their respective spreads.   Reverse Teaser Unlike a teaser which awards a bettor 4 points, the reverse teaser subtracts 7 points from the spread in exchange for a bigger payoff.   Example: Mississippi State –2.5 Clemson +2.5 Rebecca thinks Clemson is going to cruise against Mississippi State, so she sacrifices giving up 5.5 points for a bigger payoff.   Parlay A parlay wager is similar to a teaser in that a bettor has to bet on at least two separate odds, but is not awarded six points to either add or subtract from the point spread or total. As with a teaser, the two separate odds can either be two teams, two totals, or a combination of the two. Both bets must be won in order for the bettor to make a profit.   Example: North Carolina State –23 O/U 115 New Orleans +23 Georgetown –3 O/U 100 Maryland +3 Rob likes North Carolina State and Maryland, so he parlays NC State –23 and Maryland +3. If either team is defeated or doesn’t cover the point spread, he loses the parlay.   In another example, Rob likes Georgetown and the over 100 in its game with Maryland. In order for him to win the parlay, Georgetown must cover and the combined points in its game with Maryland can’t total over 100.   Why a Parlay Over a Teaser? While a teaser bet is more attractive to a bettor because he or she gets to add or subtract 6 points from the point spread, a winning parlay pays more. A parlay is a riskier bet, but the same $25 wager on a parlay will pay more than on a $25 teaser.   Futures A future bet is made before the end of the regular season or playoffs, and consists of a bettor wagering on the odds of a team winning their conference or the March Madness tournament. The more likely the chance of a team winning the March Madness or its conference, the worse the payout is for the bettor. Conversely, if the team is a long shot to win March Madness or its conference, then the bigger the payout is for the bettor.   Example: Odds to win March Madness: North Carolina1/1 Texas 5/2 Maryland 75/1 Michigan 1000/1   In the above example, North Carolina is considered as the most likely to win the March Madness tournament at 1/1 odds. Michigan is considered the least likely to win the March Madness tournament and therefore its odds are set at 1000/1.   Ann wants to bet on North Carolina to win the March Madness tournament. For every $1 she bets, she’ll win $1. So if he bets $100 on North Carolina at 1/1 odds and they win, she’ll win $100. If she bets $100 on Michigan at 1000/1 odds and they win the March Madness tournament, she’ll win $ 100,000.   Proposition Bets (or Props) Prop bets are similar to future bets, but instead of wagering on the future of a team, the wager is made on individual players or game scenarios. Sports books will describe a scenario and place odds on that scenario actually happening.   Example: Will Kobe Bryant Score 70 points in any game this season? Yes +350 No -500   Karen believes Bryant will score 70 points in a game this season. For every $350 she bets, she’ll win $100. Conversely, if Mike doesn’t believe Bryant will score 70 points in a game this season, for every $100 he bets, he’ll win $500.   If Bet An If Bet allows a bettor to link two or more individual wagers together, but the second bet isn’t wagered if the first isn’t won. In other words, if the bettor loses the first wager, then the sports book doesn’t place the second bet.   Example: Lisa likes Notre Dame -3 and Army +7, so she places a $10 If Bet. If Notre Dame covers the 3 points, then the sports book places $20 on Army. If Notre Dame loses or doesn’t cover, the sports book doesn’t proceed with the next bet and Lisa only loses her original $10.   Round Robin A Round Robin wager is a way to make multiple parlay bets. A three-team Round Robin consists of one three-team parlay and two, two-team parlays.   Example: Frank likes Kentucky, USC and Washington and wants to wager on a three-team Round Robin. So Frank bets on Kentucky, USC and Washington in the three-team parlay, as well as Kentucky and USC in one of the two-team parlays, and the Kentucky and Washington in the other parlay.   See Our Soccer Predictions
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  • 04 Dec 2016
    Gary Johnson received a public apology from English football giants Chelsea on Saturday over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.   The club -- who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 ($63,000) by them not to go public with his allegations -- issued a statement praising Johnson's courage in talking about the traumatic experience.   "It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely," read the statement.   Johnson is one of around 350 people to have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport.   Chelsea also explained they had felt with the original agreement with Johnson a confidentiality clause was normal procedure but had revoked it after the slew of allegations of sex abuse across English football had emerged in the past fortnight.   Johnson has told them through his lawyers that there were other cases of abuse at the club while Heath was employed there but had been unable to find any other players.   "We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view" and are "fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises".   "It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a 'nonce' (slang for paedophile)," Hudson wrote on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.   "I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense."   Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, have also come forward about his predatory behaviour.   Jimmy Scott, former skipper of Orient where Heath worked during the 1950s and 60s, said he had retorted he would punch him when he was propositioned whilst a former trainee from Charlton, where he worked in the early 1980s, claimed in The Times he had 'touched up' two of his team-mates.   - 'Insular' - Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn't believe the Football Association (FA) were in a good position to investigate how their predecessors had dealt with the matter.   Sutcliffe, sports minister in the Labour Government from 2007 and 2010, said there was concern during his tenure about how the FA dealt with governance of the sport and with youth development.   The 63-year-old said it would be preferable if an independent body, such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the issue rather than the FA investigating itself.   "What I've seen in football over the years is that they're very narrow, very insular, and may not do a proper job even though with the right intentions," he said.   According to reports, a former employee of Southampton Football Club accused of abusing young players in the 1980s is still working in the sport.   BBC's Radio 4 said it understood the employee, who faced allegations from four former players, left Southampton after concerns were raised about his conduct with youth team members, but went on to work for other clubs one of which asked that he leave as well.   He was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a former Southampton youth player -- the fourth one to come forward but who wished to remain anonymous -- on the same programme on Saturday.   The club said Friday it had been contacted by police "following information supplied to us in relation to historical child abuse within football".   Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy -- in charge from 1973 to 1985 and winning the FA Cup as a Second Division side in 1976 beating Manchester United -- -- said he was 'shocked and disgusted' by the claims of grooming and sexual abuse.   "Certainly if I'd known that was happening in my time -- and I don't think it did happen in my time -- I would have got it killed straightaway," he told the BBC.   "If I thought for one minute that sort of thing was happening, I'd have acted ... certainly I'd have gone straight to the police."   Former England captain and Southampton star Alan Shearer also urged footballers to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the recent revelations.
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  • Gary Johnson received a public apology from English football giants Chelsea on Saturday over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.   The club -- who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 ($63,000) by them not to go public with his allegations -- issued a statement praising Johnson's courage in talking about the traumatic experience.   "It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely," read the statement.   Johnson is one of around 350 people to have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport.   Chelsea also explained they had felt with the original agreement with Johnson a confidentiality clause was normal procedure but had revoked it after the slew of allegations of sex abuse across English football had emerged in the past fortnight.   Johnson has told them through his lawyers that there were other cases of abuse at the club while Heath was employed there but had been unable to find any other players.   "We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view" and are "fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises".   "It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a 'nonce' (slang for paedophile)," Hudson wrote on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.   "I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense."   Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, have also come forward about his predatory behaviour.   Jimmy Scott, former skipper of Orient where Heath worked during the 1950s and 60s, said he had retorted he would punch him when he was propositioned whilst a former trainee from Charlton, where he worked in the early 1980s, claimed in The Times he had 'touched up' two of his team-mates.   - 'Insular' - Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn't believe the Football Association (FA) were in a good position to investigate how their predecessors had dealt with the matter.   Sutcliffe, sports minister in the Labour Government from 2007 and 2010, said there was concern during his tenure about how the FA dealt with governance of the sport and with youth development.   The 63-year-old said it would be preferable if an independent body, such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the issue rather than the FA investigating itself.   "What I've seen in football over the years is that they're very narrow, very insular, and may not do a proper job even though with the right intentions," he said.   According to reports, a former employee of Southampton Football Club accused of abusing young players in the 1980s is still working in the sport.   BBC's Radio 4 said it understood the employee, who faced allegations from four former players, left Southampton after concerns were raised about his conduct with youth team members, but went on to work for other clubs one of which asked that he leave as well.   He was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a former Southampton youth player -- the fourth one to come forward but who wished to remain anonymous -- on the same programme on Saturday.   The club said Friday it had been contacted by police "following information supplied to us in relation to historical child abuse within football".   Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy -- in charge from 1973 to 1985 and winning the FA Cup as a Second Division side in 1976 beating Manchester United -- -- said he was 'shocked and disgusted' by the claims of grooming and sexual abuse.   "Certainly if I'd known that was happening in my time -- and I don't think it did happen in my time -- I would have got it killed straightaway," he told the BBC.   "If I thought for one minute that sort of thing was happening, I'd have acted ... certainly I'd have gone straight to the police."   Former England captain and Southampton star Alan Shearer also urged footballers to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the recent revelations.
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  • 10 Nov 2016
    Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann says he would like to play alongside France team-mate Paul Pogba at club level in the future.   The 25-year-old former Real Sociedad forward and the Manchester United midfielder have posted a number of photographs together on social media recently as a sign of their friendship.   Griezmann shared a photograph of himself and his compatriot Pogba on Twitter on Tuesday in which they were sat on the back of a golf buggy, with the caption: "End of the day, we go back to the Castle."   The pair are currently on international duty together ahead of Friday's World Cup Qualifier against Sweden at Stade de France.   Griezmann is a player in demand following his goalscoring exploits in Spanish football and at Euro 2016, and the presence of Pogba at Old Trafford may prove pivotal in a move to the Premier League for the Atleti man.   "I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United," Griezmann told Sky in Germany. "I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure.   "I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they're really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good.   "You hear a lot of things [speculation] about Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but right now I don't see me moving to a new club. But it would be awesome to play alongside Paul one day."
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  • Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann says he would like to play alongside France team-mate Paul Pogba at club level in the future.   The 25-year-old former Real Sociedad forward and the Manchester United midfielder have posted a number of photographs together on social media recently as a sign of their friendship.   Griezmann shared a photograph of himself and his compatriot Pogba on Twitter on Tuesday in which they were sat on the back of a golf buggy, with the caption: "End of the day, we go back to the Castle."   The pair are currently on international duty together ahead of Friday's World Cup Qualifier against Sweden at Stade de France.   Griezmann is a player in demand following his goalscoring exploits in Spanish football and at Euro 2016, and the presence of Pogba at Old Trafford may prove pivotal in a move to the Premier League for the Atleti man.   "I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United," Griezmann told Sky in Germany. "I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure.   "I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they're really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good.   "You hear a lot of things [speculation] about Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain but right now I don't see me moving to a new club. But it would be awesome to play alongside Paul one day."
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  • 10 Nov 2016
    Romelu Lukaku will need to leave Everton to fulfil his potential, according to manager Ronald Koeman.   The Belgium striker, 23, joined the Toffees on loan in 2013 before signing for a club-record £28m in July 2014.   After reportedly issuing a transfer request during the summer, Lukaku has gone on to score seven of Everton's 15 Premier League goals this season.   "His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination," Koeman told Belgian newspaper HLN.   "If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind," added the Dutchman, 53.   "I gave him confidence and he has himself recognised that it was good for his development to play another year at Everton. What after this season comes, no-one knows."   Everton have indicated they are willing to offer Lukaku a long-term contract that would make him their highest-paid player.   Lukaku, who is under contract until 2019, first joined Everton on loan from Chelsea and has 68 goals for the Merseyside club in 137 appearances.   His 50 goals puts him third on Everton's list of top scorers in the Premier League era, behind Tim Cahill on 56 and Duncan Ferguson on 60.   Lukaku has scored 17 goals at international level and Koeman has drawn comparisons with former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, who he worked with during spells coaching with the national side, at Barcelona and later as manager at PSV.   Kluivert scored 40 goals in 79 games for the Netherlands and is the director of football at Paris St-Germain.   Koeman added: "Kluivert was also a striker who was quite young when he was in the picture and had a fantastic career. Eventually Kluivert played for Barcelona, which could happen with Lukaku.
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  • Romelu Lukaku will need to leave Everton to fulfil his potential, according to manager Ronald Koeman.   The Belgium striker, 23, joined the Toffees on loan in 2013 before signing for a club-record £28m in July 2014.   After reportedly issuing a transfer request during the summer, Lukaku has gone on to score seven of Everton's 15 Premier League goals this season.   "His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination," Koeman told Belgian newspaper HLN.   "If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind," added the Dutchman, 53.   "I gave him confidence and he has himself recognised that it was good for his development to play another year at Everton. What after this season comes, no-one knows."   Everton have indicated they are willing to offer Lukaku a long-term contract that would make him their highest-paid player.   Lukaku, who is under contract until 2019, first joined Everton on loan from Chelsea and has 68 goals for the Merseyside club in 137 appearances.   His 50 goals puts him third on Everton's list of top scorers in the Premier League era, behind Tim Cahill on 56 and Duncan Ferguson on 60.   Lukaku has scored 17 goals at international level and Koeman has drawn comparisons with former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, who he worked with during spells coaching with the national side, at Barcelona and later as manager at PSV.   Kluivert scored 40 goals in 79 games for the Netherlands and is the director of football at Paris St-Germain.   Koeman added: "Kluivert was also a striker who was quite young when he was in the picture and had a fantastic career. Eventually Kluivert played for Barcelona, which could happen with Lukaku.
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  • 06 Nov 2016
    Zambia international Rainford Kalaba scored twice as TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo beat Algeria's Mouloudia Bejaia 4-1 at home on Sunday to win the African Confederation Cup for the first time.   Mazembe made sure of the win having held their opponents to a 1-1 draw in Algeria in the first leg of the final last weekend.   They won the final 5-2 on aggregate, to add the Confederation Cup to their list of honours after winning the African Champions League in 2015.   On Sunday, Mazembe went ahead in Lubumbashi after just seven minutes through Merveille Bope who reacted quickest to a Jean Kasusula free- kick which hit the woodwork.   Zambia international Kalaba (pictured) hammered home a volley on the stroke of halftime to make it 2-0 and scored again just after the hour mark to put the result beyond the Algerians, appearing in their first continental cup final.   Bejaia scored a consolation goal in the 75th minute from Sofiane Khadir but the three-goal advantage was restored within 60 seconds by Jonathan Bolingi.   Mazembe were eliminated early in the defence of their African Champions League trophy this year and dropped down to the continent's second tier club competition.   They will receive $660,000 following their Confederation Cup triumph with Bejaia receiving the runners-up prize of $462,000.   Mazembe will now play this year's African Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, in the 2017 African Super Cup on the weekend on 17-19 February.
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  • Zambia international Rainford Kalaba scored twice as TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo beat Algeria's Mouloudia Bejaia 4-1 at home on Sunday to win the African Confederation Cup for the first time.   Mazembe made sure of the win having held their opponents to a 1-1 draw in Algeria in the first leg of the final last weekend.   They won the final 5-2 on aggregate, to add the Confederation Cup to their list of honours after winning the African Champions League in 2015.   On Sunday, Mazembe went ahead in Lubumbashi after just seven minutes through Merveille Bope who reacted quickest to a Jean Kasusula free- kick which hit the woodwork.   Zambia international Kalaba (pictured) hammered home a volley on the stroke of halftime to make it 2-0 and scored again just after the hour mark to put the result beyond the Algerians, appearing in their first continental cup final.   Bejaia scored a consolation goal in the 75th minute from Sofiane Khadir but the three-goal advantage was restored within 60 seconds by Jonathan Bolingi.   Mazembe were eliminated early in the defence of their African Champions League trophy this year and dropped down to the continent's second tier club competition.   They will receive $660,000 following their Confederation Cup triumph with Bejaia receiving the runners-up prize of $462,000.   Mazembe will now play this year's African Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, in the 2017 African Super Cup on the weekend on 17-19 February.
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  • 13 Sep 2016
    Brazilian star Neymar announced on Sunday – just hours after Barcelona’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to Alavés – that this coming week will mark the beginning of his “music career”.   In a post to his fans through his official Twitter account, Neymar revealed, “This Wednesday I begin my music career and I’m going to release my first song on Facebook.”   “We will have ‘Neymusico’. added the striker, who on various occasions has published photos through social media showing him appearing at concerts with well-known musicians as well as of him singing along to popular verses of “pagodas” (a musical genre derived from samba). Neymar is also known to have been taking piano classes.   The Brazilian, then, looks set to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Pelé who has also released his own album as well as a recent song titled ‘Hope’ (Esperança), which was composed especially for the Rio Olympics 2016.   Neymar won’t be the only current football star to launch a music career, either. Ex-Real Madrid and now PSG forward Jesé has also doubled up as a reggaeton rapper under the alter ego, Jey-M.
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  • Brazilian star Neymar announced on Sunday – just hours after Barcelona’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to Alavés – that this coming week will mark the beginning of his “music career”.   In a post to his fans through his official Twitter account, Neymar revealed, “This Wednesday I begin my music career and I’m going to release my first song on Facebook.”   “We will have ‘Neymusico’. added the striker, who on various occasions has published photos through social media showing him appearing at concerts with well-known musicians as well as of him singing along to popular verses of “pagodas” (a musical genre derived from samba). Neymar is also known to have been taking piano classes.   The Brazilian, then, looks set to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Pelé who has also released his own album as well as a recent song titled ‘Hope’ (Esperança), which was composed especially for the Rio Olympics 2016.   Neymar won’t be the only current football star to launch a music career, either. Ex-Real Madrid and now PSG forward Jesé has also doubled up as a reggaeton rapper under the alter ego, Jey-M.
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  • 07 Sep 2016
    The Rumour Mill spent time in Talksport Towers yesterday morning, helping to probe the soul of Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn as he discussed his relationship with the club’s manager Eddie Howe, their owner Maxim Denim and their audacious coup in bringing Jack Wilshere to the south coast last week. During the course of an interesting hour, Mostyn said he was not concerned that Howe might be headhunted by other clubs in the near future, stating the 38-year-old is “Bournemouth through and through” and has every intention of finishing the work he started eight years ago by establishing the Cherries as a Premier League force before taking his highly regarded management skills elsewhere.   Less than 24 hours later, the Sun has revealed that Howe has admirers at Arsenal, who are considering him as a potential successor to Arsène Wenger, who has yet to make a concrete decision on what the future holds for him once his contract expires at the end of this season. Should he decide to leave the club or move upstairs and become technical director, the Sun says Arsenal believe “Howe can be moulded as a direct replacement”.   Over at the Mirror, Roy Hodgson is being linked with a return to West Bromwich Albion, where he spent 15 fairly successful months before taking the England job in 2012. Current Baggies boss Tony Pulis is believed to be unhappy at The Hawthorns and despite assurances from the club that he will be staying in charge, West Brom are understood to have “sounded out” Hodgson about a possible return should the current manager resign. Neatly knitting today’s opening rumours together, West Brom are also ready to offer Jonny Evans a new £75,000-per-week deal following Arsenal’s failed attempt to bring him to the Emirates.   Reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona have hoisted the white flag in their quest to bring Arsenal full-back Héctor Bellerín to Camp Nou. Having been left out of Julen Lopetegui’s senior Spain squad this week, Bellerín lined up for his country’s U21 side against Sweden on Monday night and provided a sumptuous, inch-perfect assist for Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu in the 1-1 draw between the sides. The defender had been the subject of summer interest from Barcelona, who are still looking for a long-term replacement for Dani Alves but have apparently abandoned their interest in a player who has three years left on his contract and insists he has no interest in going anywhere.   Having left Arsenal during the summer, free agent Mathieu Flamini is wanted by Ligue 1 side Nantes, who will have to fend off interest from Crystal Palace, Roma, Milan and Olympiakos if they are to lure the Frenchman back to his homeland. Palace manager Alan Pardew has made no secret of his interest in the midfielder, saying, “Mathieu is a player I’m looking at, to give us a bit more experience in winning games.” Having won only two out of their past 24 in the Premier League, Palace could certainly do with it.   Yaya Touré’s agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports that both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in securing the services of his client, but added that a deal with either club would be “impossible”, presumably on the grounds that he’ll be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs prepared to pay him a lot more money in January. “He will have many offers from clubs,” said Seluk of his golden goose. “China and America of course they want him but we will have a lot of offers from England and Europe.” Unwanted at Manchester City, where he is in the final year of his contract, Touré is in peak physical condition, according to his agent. “He is in very good shape, very good condition, I think he lost seven kilograms,” said Seluk, who didn’t mention how it was the player came to have more than a stone of surplus blubber to shift in the first place. Clearly he summered well.   Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is already writing his summer shopping list and thus far it boasts the names of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Santos midfielder Thiago Maia.
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  • The Rumour Mill spent time in Talksport Towers yesterday morning, helping to probe the soul of Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn as he discussed his relationship with the club’s manager Eddie Howe, their owner Maxim Denim and their audacious coup in bringing Jack Wilshere to the south coast last week. During the course of an interesting hour, Mostyn said he was not concerned that Howe might be headhunted by other clubs in the near future, stating the 38-year-old is “Bournemouth through and through” and has every intention of finishing the work he started eight years ago by establishing the Cherries as a Premier League force before taking his highly regarded management skills elsewhere.   Less than 24 hours later, the Sun has revealed that Howe has admirers at Arsenal, who are considering him as a potential successor to Arsène Wenger, who has yet to make a concrete decision on what the future holds for him once his contract expires at the end of this season. Should he decide to leave the club or move upstairs and become technical director, the Sun says Arsenal believe “Howe can be moulded as a direct replacement”.   Over at the Mirror, Roy Hodgson is being linked with a return to West Bromwich Albion, where he spent 15 fairly successful months before taking the England job in 2012. Current Baggies boss Tony Pulis is believed to be unhappy at The Hawthorns and despite assurances from the club that he will be staying in charge, West Brom are understood to have “sounded out” Hodgson about a possible return should the current manager resign. Neatly knitting today’s opening rumours together, West Brom are also ready to offer Jonny Evans a new £75,000-per-week deal following Arsenal’s failed attempt to bring him to the Emirates.   Reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona have hoisted the white flag in their quest to bring Arsenal full-back Héctor Bellerín to Camp Nou. Having been left out of Julen Lopetegui’s senior Spain squad this week, Bellerín lined up for his country’s U21 side against Sweden on Monday night and provided a sumptuous, inch-perfect assist for Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu in the 1-1 draw between the sides. The defender had been the subject of summer interest from Barcelona, who are still looking for a long-term replacement for Dani Alves but have apparently abandoned their interest in a player who has three years left on his contract and insists he has no interest in going anywhere.   Having left Arsenal during the summer, free agent Mathieu Flamini is wanted by Ligue 1 side Nantes, who will have to fend off interest from Crystal Palace, Roma, Milan and Olympiakos if they are to lure the Frenchman back to his homeland. Palace manager Alan Pardew has made no secret of his interest in the midfielder, saying, “Mathieu is a player I’m looking at, to give us a bit more experience in winning games.” Having won only two out of their past 24 in the Premier League, Palace could certainly do with it.   Yaya Touré’s agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports that both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in securing the services of his client, but added that a deal with either club would be “impossible”, presumably on the grounds that he’ll be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs prepared to pay him a lot more money in January. “He will have many offers from clubs,” said Seluk of his golden goose. “China and America of course they want him but we will have a lot of offers from England and Europe.” Unwanted at Manchester City, where he is in the final year of his contract, Touré is in peak physical condition, according to his agent. “He is in very good shape, very good condition, I think he lost seven kilograms,” said Seluk, who didn’t mention how it was the player came to have more than a stone of surplus blubber to shift in the first place. Clearly he summered well.   Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is already writing his summer shopping list and thus far it boasts the names of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Santos midfielder Thiago Maia.
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  • 06 Sep 2016
    I don’t find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England. You hear about people saying English football’s the best football there is around. I think Spain’s by far the best league. Germany has better teams. In Italy probably the strength in depth isn’t great. They talk about Italy being a bad league but I don’t think English people look at it. They say it’s boring. No chance. The Juventus team would beat any team in this league. They came up to Manchester City and beat them easy. But we have this interpretation of the Italian league that it’s rubbish. They only try to defend. No chance.   The Spanish league’s the best by far if you’re judging on the European competitions. In the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the Europa League in 2015–16, they had six of the 16 teams. Nearly half of them. The Premier League had just two.   There needs to be a real step up in quality in England. Other than Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, we don’t have the best players. All the best players are in other countries.   The best players are in Spain or at Bayern Munich and Juventus. We’re linked with big players – Gareth Bale is a top player – but we don’t get them now. Not any more. You never see a Lionel Messi coming over here, you never see a Neymar in the Premier League.   I probably do enjoy watching Salford more. I don’t know if it’s as much that I don’t like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son’s team, Royter Town. It’s like a men’s team, but he’s 16. He started playing a few games for them last season. I went to watch him once, it was 5-4. It’s just entertainment.   There’s some good players, really good players, but it’s not always the best for quality. In the Premier League in the last two years, have I really seen a game of high quality? A game that I’ve thought: “Wow!” It’s difficult to think of any.   Then I think of games abroad that I’ve watched: Real Madrid–Barcelona, Bayern Munich–Borussia Dortmund, proper games of football. I can’t imagine Real Madrid players, Barcelona players, watching our games and being as excited as we are to watch a Real Madrid–Barcelona game or a Bayern–Dortmund game or Juventus–Roma, something like that. Now 10 years ago, in those days, other than Real Madrid … I don’t think Bayern Munich were particularly special. Juventus were good, don’t get me wrong, but I think English teams were probably on a par with them.   It’s all about money and sponsorship in England these days rather than football, rather than entertainment. And I don’t think that’s just from the top teams either. I think it goes right down through the league. I know there is pressure on managers, but styles of play become so negative because managers are frightened of losing their jobs. If you lose three or four games on the trot obviously you’re under big pressure and you’re sacked and that makes them think: “Right, do we need results or do we need to find a way of playing to entertain people?” It’s rubbish. It spoils English football.   I’d probably be sacked after five games if I was a manager, wouldn’t I? I really don’t know if I’ll ever manage. I’ve done my Uefa B licence. I haven’t done the A licence.   I will get it done. But I’m just wondering, is it worth it? I haven’t had any major offers. I had one offer from Oldham a couple of years ago. But you have to start somewhere; if you get your coaching badge you start doing a youth team, doing something first, and if you like it then you take it from there, I suppose. I haven’t done it enough to like it or not like it really. I think if I really got into it, I could enjoy it. But I wouldn’t be one who’d be worried about losing his job for not playing the right way. I suppose you never know, though. But if you’re doing it the way that you think it should be, if people are paying to watch, I’d want to entertain.   The money’s the most important thing these days about football because owners, the majority of them, are just interested in making money for their football club. They don’t care what they see on a Saturday afternoon on the pitch. They’re purely businessmen, whereas at Barcelona you have a balance between business and football.   Obviously they have to make money for the club’s sake, but it’s a club that is a cooperative owned by the fans, not by one businessman or a group of individuals. So they want to make it pay, but making as much money as they can isn’t the primary objective. It’s entertainment. Winning the Champions League, winning the best prizes. That’s why they have the best players. And why clubs like that are the best teams.
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  • I don’t find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England. You hear about people saying English football’s the best football there is around. I think Spain’s by far the best league. Germany has better teams. In Italy probably the strength in depth isn’t great. They talk about Italy being a bad league but I don’t think English people look at it. They say it’s boring. No chance. The Juventus team would beat any team in this league. They came up to Manchester City and beat them easy. But we have this interpretation of the Italian league that it’s rubbish. They only try to defend. No chance.   The Spanish league’s the best by far if you’re judging on the European competitions. In the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the Europa League in 2015–16, they had six of the 16 teams. Nearly half of them. The Premier League had just two.   There needs to be a real step up in quality in England. Other than Sergio Agüero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, we don’t have the best players. All the best players are in other countries.   The best players are in Spain or at Bayern Munich and Juventus. We’re linked with big players – Gareth Bale is a top player – but we don’t get them now. Not any more. You never see a Lionel Messi coming over here, you never see a Neymar in the Premier League.   I probably do enjoy watching Salford more. I don’t know if it’s as much that I don’t like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son’s team, Royter Town. It’s like a men’s team, but he’s 16. He started playing a few games for them last season. I went to watch him once, it was 5-4. It’s just entertainment.   There’s some good players, really good players, but it’s not always the best for quality. In the Premier League in the last two years, have I really seen a game of high quality? A game that I’ve thought: “Wow!” It’s difficult to think of any.   Then I think of games abroad that I’ve watched: Real Madrid–Barcelona, Bayern Munich–Borussia Dortmund, proper games of football. I can’t imagine Real Madrid players, Barcelona players, watching our games and being as excited as we are to watch a Real Madrid–Barcelona game or a Bayern–Dortmund game or Juventus–Roma, something like that. Now 10 years ago, in those days, other than Real Madrid … I don’t think Bayern Munich were particularly special. Juventus were good, don’t get me wrong, but I think English teams were probably on a par with them.   It’s all about money and sponsorship in England these days rather than football, rather than entertainment. And I don’t think that’s just from the top teams either. I think it goes right down through the league. I know there is pressure on managers, but styles of play become so negative because managers are frightened of losing their jobs. If you lose three or four games on the trot obviously you’re under big pressure and you’re sacked and that makes them think: “Right, do we need results or do we need to find a way of playing to entertain people?” It’s rubbish. It spoils English football.   I’d probably be sacked after five games if I was a manager, wouldn’t I? I really don’t know if I’ll ever manage. I’ve done my Uefa B licence. I haven’t done the A licence.   I will get it done. But I’m just wondering, is it worth it? I haven’t had any major offers. I had one offer from Oldham a couple of years ago. But you have to start somewhere; if you get your coaching badge you start doing a youth team, doing something first, and if you like it then you take it from there, I suppose. I haven’t done it enough to like it or not like it really. I think if I really got into it, I could enjoy it. But I wouldn’t be one who’d be worried about losing his job for not playing the right way. I suppose you never know, though. But if you’re doing it the way that you think it should be, if people are paying to watch, I’d want to entertain.   The money’s the most important thing these days about football because owners, the majority of them, are just interested in making money for their football club. They don’t care what they see on a Saturday afternoon on the pitch. They’re purely businessmen, whereas at Barcelona you have a balance between business and football.   Obviously they have to make money for the club’s sake, but it’s a club that is a cooperative owned by the fans, not by one businessman or a group of individuals. So they want to make it pay, but making as much money as they can isn’t the primary objective. It’s entertainment. Winning the Champions League, winning the best prizes. That’s why they have the best players. And why clubs like that are the best teams.
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