All Blacks Team Defeat Brave Wales

The All Blacks team has hobbled across the finish line of the taxing season, defeating the aggressive Wales with the score 33-18 in Cardiff.

A team that misses half of their lineup who were their first-choice outplayed for a long period but remained resilient in defense and more clinical finishing proved the team’s difference as they finished their European tour with the record of perfect five-from-five.

Tonga Chase Former All Blacks

Tonga has their eye on two former All Blacks in the World Cup of 2019. Charles Piutau has already shown his interest in playing for Tonga in Japan and the player Frank Halai is also on the same radar.

Piutau is all set to become the highest paid rugby player in the world after signing for Bristol the English club from Irish club Ulster. For that he got the amount of $1.8 million approx for the season of 2018-19.


The franchise expansion team of David Beckham is facing some serious obstacles as there still has not been a proper location for the stadium to be built but this hasn’t stopped the rumors from spreading around concerning which players are on the radar of the former star of Manchester United.

David Beckham is believed to be interested in signing Tim Howard who could become the first signing for Miami. Howard is a veteran shot-stopper that has more than enough experience to enter a team in the MLS and the American League could turn into his next football destination if all the rumors are indeed true and Howard decides to make a move to the United States.

Tim Howard enjoyed having a superb string of performances during the 2014 World Cup and even at his 35 years of age, Howard managed to impress clubs from all over the world including the iconic football figure David Beckham.

The goalkeeper of Everton made a name for himself during the previous edition of the World Cup as he attracted the eyes of clubs from every corner of the globe and if Beckham does manager to lure him into his Miami franchise team which is set to begin playing in a few years, it would help in the growth that the MLS has been experiencing recently and it could even encourage other players in opening their mind towards joining the American League which has been heavily critiqued due to the lack of experience and in some cases of talent when comparing the players which are performing in the MLS to other European Leagues which is filled with outstanding performers and the attention of the world is lured over there.

Barcelona Update

Luis Enrique’s honeymoon period as the Barcelona manager appears to be definitely over after his team suffered a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in the latest El Clasico. The defeat was more magnified by the fact that Barcelona did not provide a great response to going down against one of the fiercest rivals. Barcelona came into the encounter after not having conceded a single goal in the league up until now, but they allowed their opposition to score 3 past them on a night when it could have gone even worse. Madrid had several counter-attacks and could have easily scored five past on another night with some better finishing.

Still, it is not all doom and gloom for Barcelona since they still lead the table albeit with just one point over Madrid. They are also just two points above current champions Atletico Madrid. Pressure is certainly on Enrique at the moment, but he has downplayed speculation of poor form after this latest defeat. One of the reasons for a number of questions being thrown at Enrique is the concerning form of Barcelona especially against the big teams. They had lost 3-2 to Paris St Germain in the Champions League group stages only a few weeks ago.

Barcelona next play at home to Celta de Vigo looking to getting back to winning ways. “I would have settled for that defeat at the start of the season if we won La Liga, and I would at the end. We’d be delighted. I’d accept losing to anyone if we won La Liga. I’m aware that to win we need to play well. And that would mean that the fans enjoy themselves. At the end of the day, we are joint leaders after nine games and for me it’s much more important to be top of La Liga than to have beaten Real Madrid,” said Enrique.

Hughes praises Koeman

Mark Hughes has praised his counterpart at Southampton, Ronald Koeman, by saying that he has done a stellar job in his short time at the club. Koeman was appointed as the successor for Pochettino, who decided to join Tottenham in the summer. The summer transfer window was followed by a lot of talk around the club being unable to even fighter relegation battle. Such was the astronomical sale of the important first-team players to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. More than £ 100 million was raised due to the departure of names like Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.

Koeman, though, made Southampton become involved in the transfer window in terms of purchases during the end of the window. The new arrivals coupled with a success of loan stars have made Southampton a force in the Premier League this season. Going into the weekend’s match against Stoke City, Southampton are in the position where they could potentially go second in the table. Hughes says that this is a major achievement from a manager with limited resources at his disposal. Once upon a time, the former Chelsea striker was also famed for overachieving on a limited budget at Blackburn Rovers.

“When it happens in such a short space of time it’s difficult because they lost their manager and they lost two or three key players who had been exceptional for them the year previously. There was perhaps a fear if they didn’t get the right players in, and the right manager, then there could be a difficulty. But in fairness they have not had the issue of being unable to go into the market and spend good money. They’ve had a decent amount of money to work with that has enabled them to get good quality into the building,” said Hughes.

United linked with offer for Romero

Manchester United have so far been linked with midfielders, defenders, and strikers during the transfer window 2014. However, the transfer deadline day brought up a major surprise after United were linked with an offer for Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The 27-year-old spent the last season on loan at Monaco. It is reported that he is unhappy at the Italian club and is looking for a move elsewhere. The Argentine number one goalkeeper is someone who can provide strong competition to David de Gea.

The Spaniard faced a lot of competition from Lindegaard a few years ago, but the Danish goalkeeper is widely expected to leave Old Trafford at least in January. As a result, a top competitor for the Spaniard is thought to be on the priority for manager Louis van Gaal, who is yet to win his first match as the United manager. There are reports about an offer on deadline day for the 27-year-old goalkeeper, but Sergio Romero has confirmed that he does not know anything about the offer from United. The Premier League outfit, though, were not the only parties interested in signing the goalkeeper, as Portuguese club Benfica are also thought to have made an offer.

Sergio Romero reportedly rejected an offer from Benfica by demanding more money, but the player has quashed those rumours. “I’ve had two or three possibilities but none of them were positively concluded. I’ve not asked more money to go to Benfica and I’ve read I would have refused United. But in your opinion, there is someone able to refuse one of the world’s top club? I want to show my value here, so I’ll be able o find my space. I’ve spoken with the president, the sporting director and coach Sinisa Mihajilovic, who told me that should I do good things, he will give me an opportunity,” said Romero.

Atletico Madrid On Spending Spree

In order to overcome the disappointment of losing a number of key players in the last few weeks of the transfer window, Atletico Madrid have been on a spending spree of late. They recently brought in Croatian international Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich for a transfer fee believed to be in excess of £ 20 million. This was followed by the signing of a goalkeeper in order to replace Thibaut Courtois. Rather than sign a bargain name, Atletico went on and brought in Benfica goalkeeper Jan Oblak for a fee believed to be close to £ 15 million.

The 21-year-old could prove to be a great signing if he manages to realise his potential. These additions have been followed by the signing of World Cup star Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad for around € 25 million. After impressing with the French national team at the World Cup 2014, there was enormous interest surrounding Griezmann. The likes of Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old, who clearly has a lot of potential. However, the prospect of playing for the current la Liga champions proved irresistible.

After completing the move, Griezmann claimed that Atletico have the capability to win all the major trophy since the coming campaign. Last season, they came close to winning a famous double despite having one of the smallest squads in the division.

“I am an ambitious player and the team will be battling to win every competition it is involved in. But as the coach says, we’ll take it one game at a time, and that means a lot of hard work and effort. I needed to take a leap in my career, to learn new things and I knew that the place to do that is here at Atletico.  I hope to learn a lot from the technical team and also from my new team-mates. Atletico stated an interest quite some time ago, and when they called, they made their intentions very clear,” said Griezmann.


After only making 1 league appearance for Arsenal, Lukasz Fabianski has left Emirates Stadium and joined Swansea City on a free transfer. The Polish shot-stopper will be moving to his new club when his contract with Arsenal expires in June.

“The main reason I came to Swansea was because I want to be the number one goalkeeper,” Fabianski said.

Fabianski refused a contract extension that was offered by Arsenal some months ago and has now made his way to Swansea City where he is expecting to get regular appearances as the first choice goalkeeper for the team of Garry Monk.

“I want to play week-in, week-out. It’s going to be a real fight, but I’m not afraid of that. Competition is always good, so I think everyone will take positives from that. I’m excited. I’ve already asked for the pre-season program to see how it looks. I’m really looking forward to starting with my new team-mates and I think it’s going to be a fantastic new chapter in my life. I will be working hard for the club, giving everything every single day.” Fabianski added on.

Fabianski arrival to Swansea City was a surprising outcome for Michel Vorm as he revealed that he was unaware about the intention of the club wanting to sign him but the Dutch shot-stopper is positive about the competition that his arrival will bring.

“Fabianski was a free agent, which I understood and he has signed for four years and the present situation is that I will be there after the summer so I have competition. It may be that Swansea is already responding to my departure but then there must be an offer. As long as that is not the case, Fabianski and I will have to fight. I do not necessarily have to leave. Of course, if I can make a big step then I may do that. We will have to see in the coming weeks.” Vorm admitted.