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Stoke appoint Paul Lambert as new manager

Stoke City have officially announced that Paul Lambert will take over the reigns at the Bet365 Stadium from Mark Hughes. The Potters are currently third from bottom in the Premiership and will square off against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Old Trafford later tonight. Lambert will not be in charge for that fixture- his first assignment will be this weekend against newbies Huddersfield Town, who lost 4-1 at home to West Ham over the weekend.

Lambert was chosen by Stoke after their original top three targets- Martin O’Neill, Gary Rowett and Quique Sanchez Flores, all declined the opportunity to succeed Hughes.

Hughes had managed Stoke for four and a half years before his dismissal and guided them to three straight ninth place finishes and one 13th place finish. However a run of six defeats in the last eight games and elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of lowly Coventry sealed his fate.

Stoke will be Lambert’s third Premier League assignment after Norwich (P38- W11, D12, L15) and Aston Villa (P101- W25, D26, L50). He has also managed the likes of Colchester, Wycombe Wanderers, Blackburn and Wolves in the past.

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Blues mull Carroll signing

Chelsea are seriously considering the option of moving for West Ham striker Andy Carroll to solve their goal scoring crisis. The Blues’ last three games have been 0-0’s and if rumours are to be believed, they want to sign a stop gap arrangement for now before moving for a big name in the summer, and Carroll apparently fits the bill. The likes of Watford’s Richarlison and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgen Hazard (the brother of Chelsea star Eden), are also being targeted by the Blues.

It appears tough to fathom why Chelsea might want to sign Carroll- he’s been injured for most of his time with West Ham and broke the longest goal drought with them with a brace against Albion. A loan deal with an option to make the move permanent in the summer could be what the Blues are looking for. However West Ham are expected to allow Diafra Sakho and Javier Hernandez to move on in the current window, which makes selling Carroll unlikely.

The potential signing of Carroll also means that Michy Batshuayi will, in all likelihood, leave the Bridge, with Sevilla a rumoured destination as he seeks vital playing minutes ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer.

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Looking back on World Cup ’94 in the USA

In 1994, a generation of football fans were treated to a World Cup that caught the imagination and, for those who witnessed it, will be etched into the memory forever.

It was the first World Cup to be hosted by the United States, a choice that, in itself, caused much controversy. Continue reading “Looking back on World Cup ’94 in the USA”

Germany Fancied to be Strong at Russia 2018 World Cup

German football has seemingly been in a golden age for many years now, and in 2018, things don’t look like changing for them. The Germans yet again go into a World Cup with a squad that will likely be the envy of most other countries around the world. They have a great balance of experience and youth once more, and they look to have a great chance of lifting the trophy in Russia this summer.

When you look through the Germany team, you see an abundance of talent. They are going to have an exceptionally strong bench, and are likely to leave players at home that would make the starting eleven for many other teams at the World Cup. It has been said time and time before, but there doesn’t appear to be an end to this golden age of German football.

Premier League fans will have seen the excellent form that Leroy Sane of Manchester City has been in over recent weeks. He is not guaranteed to get a spot in the starting eleven this summer, showing off the strength of this German team, especially in attack. Sane would likely walk into any other European national team, but not this German one. Sane has been receiving rave reviews in Manchester, and at just 22 he is someone the Germans will be able to call upon for the next decade.

Sane

The current World Cup favourites are Brazil, and there is no doubting that they have the attacking talent to win the tournament. However, as is usually the case with the Brazilians, their defending is questionable and it will be interesting to see if they can contain someone like Germany, who have their own attacking stars. The latest international football betting has Germany 9/2 second favourites behind Brazil, although the Germans look to have a much better balance to their team.

While Germany may not have the same strength in depth defensively as they do going forward, they do have world class first-choice players. The main three players that organise everything defensively are goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. These three have been joined by young full-backs Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector, with Kimmich especially looking like being a world class right back, filling the big gap left by the retiring Philipp Lahm.

Philipp Lahm

There is so much to like about this German team and it is easy to see why they are so high in the betting to lift the 2018 World Cup. Alongside being exceptional going forward, like many teams are in the tournament, they also have a very solid and dependable defensive group of players, something which not too many other teams boast. With a combination of that reliable defensive play and the numerous attacking options they have, Germany are going to be the pick of many in the build-up to the World Cup this summer, and right now it is hard to argue with that.

Everton 1-3 Man City | Citizens stroll to victory at Goodison Park

A sublime first half performance from Manchester City took them one step closer to the Premier League title after they comfortably beat Everton at Goodison Park. The win was manager Pep Guardiola’s first over the Toffees after three previous unsuccessful attempts and means that City can win the title next weekend if they beat bitter rivals Manchester United.

Any hopes that Everton might have harboured of causing an upset were dashed in the opening quarter of the game. The visitors went ahead in just the fourth minute, with Leroy Sane volleying home after some fine interplay between David Silva and Aymeric Laporte.

At the other end, Yannick Bolasie had a fantastic chance to put Everton level, but his header was off target and just seconds later, the Toffees were punished for that miss Continue reading “Everton 1-3 Man City | Citizens stroll to victory at Goodison Park”