English Premier League, Match Day 12

Here is a brief recap of the Premier League matches that took place on match day 12. Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute equalizer salvaged a 1-1 draw for Arsenal against rival, Manchester United. Yaya Toure made his return to the pitch with a brace that gave Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. It looked as if Bob Bradley’s bottom of the table Swansea were going to see off Everton for a 1-0 win, but Seamus Coleman scored in the 89th minute to steal a point for the Toffees. On the other end of the table, league leaders Liverpool drew 0-0 with Southampton. Bournemouth beat Stoke 1-0. Hull City fell 3-0 to Sunderland. Defending champions, Leicester City were defeated 2-1 by Watford. Leicester are now 14th in the table. In a thrilling London Derby, Tottenham came back from 2-1 down to beat West Ham 3-2 with late goals from Harry Kane (89′ and 90’+1′). Chelsea won 1-0 against Middlesbrough and West Brom crushed Burnley, 4-0. Well, that’s all for match day 12’s EPL action. Click on the link below to see the current Premier League table:

http://www.espnfc.us/english-premier-league/23/table

P.S. I apologize for the recent lack of posts. I have been very busy with my own football lately, but I should begin to post more and more as the holidays approach.

2016 Summer Transfers

The 2016 summer transfer window has officially closed. This post will inform you on all the biggest moves that occured. Paul Pogba returned to his former club, Manchester United from Juventus for a world record fee of 105 million Euros! Manchester United seemed to be the big spenders this year, also signing former Villereal center-back Eric Bailly for 38 million Euros, Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan for 42 million, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) on a free transfer! United weren’t the only big spenders in Manchester though. City bolstered their squad with names such as John Stones (55 million from Everton), Claudio Bravo (18 million from Barcelona), and Leroy Sane (50 million from Schalke), making them a formidable oppent for Jose Mourinho’s Reds (Manchester United). It will be interesting to see how both sides fare this year in the EPL. Fellow Premier League club Chelsea signed Michy Batshuayi for 39 million from Marsielle and N’Golo Kanté for 35 million from last year’s champions, Leicester. Sadio Mane (formerly at Southampton) joined Liverpool for 41 million, Granit Xhaka (formerly at Gladbach) joined Arsenal for 45 million, and Moussa Sissoko (formerly at Newcastle) joined Tottenham for 35 million. Over in Serie A, Jueventus purchased Gonzalo Higuaín from Napoli for a fee of 90 million Euros as well as Pjanic from Roma for 32 million. Mats Hummels transfered from Dortmund to their rivals, Bayern Munich for 35 million. Alvaro Morata returned to Real Madrid from Jueventus for 30 million Euros. Well, I hope that you are a little caught up on all the 2016 summer window transfers. For a more complete list click on the word transfers.

Touchline80 Update

Dear Touchline80 Supporters,

Due to my increasingly rigorous training schedule with my soccer club I will unfortunately be unable to post as frequently as I was previously. I will still continue to provide match day recaps and keep you up to date on the latest news when I can. Thank you!

-MuckinAround145

2016 Winter Transfers

With the January transfer window closing a few days ago I have made a post to inform you on who transferred where. Honestly there weren’t many major moves. The largest move was Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk to Jiangsu Suning for €50 million. Every other transfer was below €20 million with one exception, Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande for €42 million. It seems the Chinese were the only ones who wanted to spend any money. Nigel De Jong went to the LA Galaxy for free. Ashley Cole (AS Roma) also went to the LA Galaxy for free. Denis Cheryshev went to Valencia from Real Madrid on loan. Federico Fazio went on loan to Sevilla from Tottenham. Mathieu Debuchy was loaned out by Arsenal to Bordeaux. Steven Fletcher went on loan to Marseille from Sunderland. Alexandre Pato went to Chelsea on loan from the Corinthians. Gervinho transferred to Hebei China Fortune FC for €18 million. Andros Townsend went to Newcastle from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee. Ramires went to Jiangsu Suning from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. Emmanuel Adebayor went to Crystal Palace for free. Stephan El Shaarawy was loaned to Roma by AC Milan. Victor Valdes went on loan to Standard Liege from Manchester United. Jonjo Shelvey transferred to Newcastle from Swansea for €12 million. Matt Miazaga, a promising young center-back, went to Chelsea from the New York Red Bulls for an undisclosed fee. You should now be up to date on where your favorite players are.

English Premier League, Match Day 21

Here is a brief recap of the Premier League matches that took place on match day 21. Enner Valencia’s brace helped West Ham to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth. Aston Villa won for the first time since match day 1 against Crystal Palace thanks to Joleon Lescott’s 58th minute goal. Manchester United had multiple opportunities to secure the three points away to Newcastle, but in the end had to a settle for a 3-3 tie. West Brom drew 2-2 with a Chelsea side who still are having trouble. Manchester City and Everton battled out a goalless draw. Watford lost 2-0 to struggling Southampton. Stoke beat Norwich, 3-1. Jermain Defoe’s hat-trick gave Sunderland a 4-2 win against Sunderland. Liverpool and Arsenal tied 3-3. Leicester just barely edged Tottenham, 1-0. Well, that’s all for match day 21’s EPL action.

Click on the link below for the current EPL table:

http://www.espnfc.us/barclays-premier-league/23/table

Can Tottenham Win Silverware This Year?

If your a Spurs fan like me you know how agonizingly painful it is going so many years without silverware (a trophy), but I believe that wait my be soon coming to a close. For one, Tottenham have one of the best teams they have had in a long time. Consisting of rising stars, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Tom Carroll among other big names such as Toby Alderwiereld, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, and Kyle Walker. They’re young and talented, meaning they should have a good team in the coming years as well as now. Also, with teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool underperforming it gives them less competition. At the moment the Lilywhites sit fourth in the Premier League and are still in the Capital One Cup. There is a possibility they could win the Capital One Cup. After all anything can happen in a playoff. Last year they made it to the final, but were beaten by Chelsea. As for the Premier League, they have a great chance of making the UEFA Champions League and possibly could win the title if they string together a few more wins. One of their criticisms is they tie to much. Only Everton have more. So, if you asked me I would say the Tottenham Hotspurs have a great chance of winning silverware this year and if they don’t, I think they definitely could in later seasons when their players start hitting their primes.

Barcelona Trumps Real Madrid in El Clasico

On March 22nd Real Madrid and Barcelona played. It is called an El Classico when they meet. Real Madrid dominated the first half and in the 12th minute Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post, but in the 19th minute Neymar Jr. sent in a free kick right to Jeremy Mathieu’s head and into the back of the net. 1-0 Barca. Barcelona weren’t in the lead for long. In the 31st minute, Karim Benzema passed it to Cristiano Ronaldo who burried the ball in the back of the net. 1-1. Real Madrid wanted another goal and in the 40th minute Benzema played a through ball in the air to Ronaldo who flicked it on (headed it) to Bale and Bale scored. But unfortunately Ronaldo was offsides and the goal was disallowed. Then in the 56th minute Danny Alves (Barcelona) played a through ball to Luis Suarez and he finished it. 2-1 Barca. In the 61st minute there was a stoppage in play because Sergio Ramos was injured, but was fine and kept playing. The final score was 2-1 and Barcelona won.

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