Tottenham to move to New Wembley Stadium

Tottenham are reportedly close to securing a move to the new Wembley stadium as their new home for the next three years until their own stadium is completed.

Spurs are in the process of building a brand-new stadium which has the capacity to hold around 60,000 spectators. This would bring the club in line with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. Construction at a massive cost of around £ 300 million has just begun and the club need to prepare for a new home during the 2017-18 season. The club has been looking at various venues to act as their home ground during this period.

The club even looked at the possibility of ground sharing the Olympic stadium with arch rivals West Ham, but this recently ended with West Ham being confirmed as the permanent residents for the next few decades at a cost of just £ 2.5 million per year. As a result, Spurs switched their attention to Wembley a few months back. There was competition for the new Wembley stadium with Chelsea also showing interest. The London club have also revealed plans to build a new 60,000 seater stadium at their existing Stamford Bridge location. This would mean complete demolition of the ground leaving Chelsea in search of an alternate home for almost 3 years.

Spurs, though, seem to have moved ahead in the race according to the words of Chapman Greg Dyke. “We’re certainly in discussions with Spurs that they should come in for a full season when they’re re-building their stadium. We’re a long way down the path with reaching an agreement. We’re in discussions about them playing their Champions League games there at Wembley next year but I don’t know much about that. On the full season, I think we’re quite close to a deal,” said Dyke.

France and the road to European glory on home soil

This summer, France will host the 2016 European Championship – with matches set to be played at 10 different venues across the city. Didier Deschamps’ “golden generation” are well fancied ahead of the competition and many believe it is France’s destiny to the win the tournament on home soil. We take a look at France’s group stage games and why they could emerge victorious on July 10th.

France vs Romania (Stade de France)
France will get the tournament underway on June 10th in front of an adoring crowd at the Stade de France. The hosts will want to get off to a good start and the likes of Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann could lead France to victory in the opening game of the competition.

At the time of writing, Coral are offering 4/11 in their Euro 2016 betting markets on Les Bleus to pick up all three points in this clash. And who knows, Deschamps’ men may be back there on July 10th to close out the competition and lift the title in front of an 80,000 capacity crowd…

France vs Albania (Stade Velodrome)
Home to Marseille, the Stade Velodrome is one of France’s oldest football stadiums and it is certainly a ground worthy of hosting the potential tournament winners. It has a capacity of 67,394 and France’s ardent supporters will all be desperately trying to get a ticket for this encounter.

Albania are widely regarded as one of the weakest sides in the competition and many believe France could score a hatful of goals – in fact, many may compete with a few of these crackers in Coral’s latest Euro 2016 preview. If nothing else, supporters should see France, priced at 3/1 in Euro 2016 betting markets, in full flight as they take another step towards the European crown.

France vs Switzerland (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
And in France’s final group stage encounter, they will face Switzerland in what could be a bit of a meaningless game. By this stage, both nations may already have secured their place in the next round of the competition but the French will be looking to inspire their supporters ahead of the knockout stages.

The Stade Pierre Mauroy is a spectacular sight and is home to Lille – who have faced Premier League side Everton in recent years. The stadium itself is rather old-fashioned but it remains a breath-taking sight and France are set to light it up with free-flowing, offensive football, especially if their place in the last-16 is already secure.

Managers from the New South Wales have been getting fined

Football Federation Australia (FFA) have recently opted to sanction 2 soccer coaches who are in charge of junior teams in the New South Wales after it was discovered that they were involved in betting on matches.

$1000 and $5000 are the fines that the coaches received which were delivered from the FFA in relation to the betting events that were detected and it breached a national code of conduct and was one of the main reasons of why the Australian Football governing authority had to react and properly infraction the participating members that were involved.

The national code of conduct of FFA prohibits players, managers, coaches and club officials from having any connection to gambling and betting actions even if the games aren’t at a professional level.

David Gallop is the chief executive of the FFA and he recently talked about this event that took place as he said: “While the statutes do not differentiate between betting on your own local club or an overseas club, there’s a much higher integrity risk when bets are placed on matches where the participant has a direct connection. The integrity of football matches at all levels is paramount. Betting on matches is a legal activity but it must have the safeguards of thorough regulation.”

Neither the coaches or the clubs that received these fines haven’t been announced. These bets were confirmed to have taken place during the NPL season of 2015 as well as a number of different A-League seasons; this is according to a statement that was released by the FFA.

These managers do have the option to appeal their sanctions to the FFA’s independent disciplinary and ethics committee.

In order to remind everyone about the consequences of betting, there are newsletters everyday delivered and channels that keep on repeating all the information inside of the code of conducts from the FFA.

Euro 2016: Where will you be watching?

France will be aiming to capitalise on playing on home soil to triumph at Euro 2016. The last time Les Bleus played in front of their countrymen they were inspired to victory in the 1998 World Cup.

Didier Deschamps captained his team to glory and now as manager will know the benefit of having vociferous support behind his men.

In the latest Euro 2016 odds, France are backed at 3/1 to clinch the tournament on home soil.

Ten stadia will be used by the 24 teams in the tournament, which will host some enticing matches.

Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Capacity 81,338)
This was the stage of France’s 3-0 triumph over Brazil in the 1998 World Cup when a brace from Zinedine Zidane and late strike from Emmanuel Petit secured the victory for Les Bleus.

The stadium holds over 80,000 and will be where all 32 teams are vying to compete in the final on July 10. It will also hold the opening match of the competition when France take on Romania in Group A, while the Republic of Ireland and Germany will also play group matches in the venue.

Should England reach the final they will hope to avoid the fate of their rugby union compatriots, who were defeated at the stadium in the World Cup in 2007 against South Africa.

Stade Velodrome, Marseille (Capacity 67.394)
The Stade Velodrome is one of the stadia that has been renovated ahead of the competition, which saw the capacity raised by 9,000 in 2014.

England will begin their campaign at the venue when they take on Russia on June 11, with Roy Hodgson’s men eager to make a positive start to the tournament. The Three Lions have struggled in recent major competitions, so their performance there will be an excellent chance to dispel any doubters of their crown-winning credentials.

France will also play at the stadium, while it will also host the first quarter-final contest and a semi-final match in July.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon (Capacity 59,186)
The Parc Olympique Lyonnais is the newest stadium that will feature in the competition, which was only completed in January.

Home of Olympique Lyon, Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal at the ground in his side’s 4-1 win over Troyes and he will be hopeful of adding further strikes for his country pending selection at the tournament.

The first game hosted by the stadium will be an enticing contest when Belgium take on Italy in their Group E clash on June 13, while Northern Ireland will also be in action against the Ukraine. Crowds will also flock to see a round of 16 match on June 26, while it will also be the stage of the opening semi-final.

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens (Capacity 41,233)
Home of Racing Club de Lens, the stadium was renovated ahead of the tournament and now holds up to 41,233.

The venue will host one of the most intriguing matches of the tournament when England battle Wales on June 16. It will be the first time the sides have meet since 2011 when the Three Lions defeated Wales twice in their Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Chris Coleman’s men will be determined to defy the odds to defeat England when they come to their showdown in Lens.

English teams have a solid history in the stadium as Glenn Hoddle’s team defeated Colombia 2-0 in 1998, while the rugby union side enjoyed a 28-10 victory over the USA in the 2007 World Cup. The Three Lions will be hopeful the venue will be just as good to them this time around.

Spurs Stadium Has More Glamour Than Arsenal

With Tottenham gets the new stadium as approved Haringey council, this stadium is the highlight of the Premier League this year.

In December 2015 the Tottenham Hotspur stadium was granted permission to be worked upon. The stadium is designed to be state of the art and has the capacity to seat about 61000 people. The stadium is located on the White Hart lane.

Designed by Daniel Levy, who feels it is his momentous work. Many have wondered whether it is comparable to Arsenal and there are several reasons that stand in Spurs’ favor. If you look at the Arsenal grounds it has a maximum capacity of 60,000 whereas Spurs will be able to hold 61000 people. Though the difference might be slight but football is known to be a game where small margins make a difference. Hence, the extra seats can definitely make a difference when it comes to cheers and inspiring crowds.

Emirates in Arsenal might be an impressive ground, but the atmosphere is not that great inside due to which the stadium is mostly empty in many matches. On the other hand, Spurs has constructed a 17000 seater stand of single tier, which is the biggest in the country and will surely help create an electric atmosphere in the stadium.

Daniel Levy has signed with the NFL and this will surely help the stadium to get back the money invested more easily. With Spurs getting more exposure in the US this could mean more games to be held in this stadium than what Arsenal is able to achieve.

With a world class stadium Spurs is leveling the playground. With a great atmosphere and state of the art playing field the club will surely create more impression on the boys who will want to stay on and be part of the club and the team as well.

Allardyce warns Sunderland players

Sunderland is one of the clubs that is fighting for Premier League survival as they are at risk of being relegated from the top tier English league after only being able to collect 27 points from 32 league games, Sam Allardyce and his team are in need of securing more points and fast if they want to have any chance to continue performing in the Premier League for at least another season.

It’s clear that this season has been a fairly underwhelming one for Sunderland as they have suffered 17 defeats, 9 draws and only 6 victories from their opening 32 league matches and all of these losses have taken a toll on the squad.

There are rumours being spread around suggesting that certain players might leave Sunderland if the club does get relegated but Sam Allardyce stated that even if a few of his own players do decide or have any intention of leaving the Stadium of Light, things won’t be any easier or better in any other club.

“My career will take whatever way and whatever form it needs to take; the players, most of them will never get a club better than this, in my opinion, with its facilities and its supporters, playing in the top league in the world, and they really need to realize that. I can’t see you lads getting a better club than this one, so let’s stay in the Premier League and let’s make the club even better. That’s their big challenge in the next six games.” Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce said.

He also offered to take the players to the Tropicana Casino if they manage to avoid relegation, although another season of Premier League wages may be a bigger bonus!?

Sam Allardyce is hoping that even if his squad does suffer relegation, most of his players will decide to stay performing in Sunderland as this can make things easier for him in the upcoming season as the English coach is not going to need to replace as many players.

Tim Cahill wants to become a coach after retiring

Tim Cahill has a playing career which extends for over 15 years. The Australian player is currently 36 years old but he continues performing at a competitive level with the Chinese outfit Hangzhou Greentown FC. Even at his elevated age, Cahill is not only a consistent performer for his club but also for his national team Australia.

Every player reaches a point in their career where they know that the time to retire arrives and Cahill recently revealed what he is planning to do after hanging up his boots and the Australian player stated that his plans is to become a coach as the veteran player said:

“I’ve pretty much done everything I wanted to do in football. I’ve played in the Premier League in England for more than 15 years. Shanghai have just signed Obafemi Martins for about £14million and he’s on the bench. I want to help these players and help them improve. When I eventually leave here I want to have left some sort of legacy” he told the Finnish PAF casino, whom he has been working for on-and-off for a number of years now.

“I am even thinking of going into management at some point and would like to do it here because this is an exciting country to be right now. They are spending a lot of money on bringing in star players but at the same time are doing it in a respectful way. It is all designed to help their own players develop and I want to be very much part of that and to have left a legacy once I hang up my boots.”

The veteran Australian player emphasized in saying that he wants to help players in China progress. Tim Cahill is one of the most recognized players in the world of football and he is highly praised for everything that he has accomplished throughout his playing career. It doesn’t really matter what Cahill decides to do after retiring, he will probably be supported and helped out if he does decide to embark on a new chapter in his life.

Spurs fans are excited at the prospect of moving to a new Stadium

Spurs fans are excited at the prospect of moving to a new 60,000 seater stadium in the next few years.

The club has started work on this new stadium after recently receiving the Mayor’s approval. The project is expected to cost in the region of £400 million with some of the funds coming in as sponsorship. As the club start to challenge with Leicester City for the league title this season, many Spurs fans believe that this new stadium is essential if the club are to keep their place amongst the elite clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea.

The revenues from a stadium of similar capacity has helped Arsenal to sign world class players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Due to the substantially smaller White Hart Lane, the club have been at a serious disadvantage when it comes to competing against the best. Keen to change this trend, the club will be moving into this brand-new stadium at the start of the 2018 campaign. In the meantime, Spurs may have to play at a temporary home like the Wembley stadium. A few Spurs supporters also think that the new stadium will be a massive boost to the community.

Season ticket holders at Tottenham face a long line to get new tickets and this problem is expected to be solved to an extent following the move to the new ground.“I think it is brilliant. Now that the team is doing really well lately and we want to move into that elite bracket, of Arsenal and others, we need the revenue of a new stadium.The new ground will have the biggest single tier stand in the country, I think, so it looks really good,” said one of the Spurs supporters. “I like it. You need a stadium of 60,000 plus,” added another.

The construction of a new stadium puts a major dent in the spending power

The construction of a new stadium puts a major dent in the spending power of the club in a transfer window.

This has been true even for the top clubs like Arsenal. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reckons that his club will also face a similar situation in the coming few years. The money that is expected to be available for the manager in the transfer window is expected to be lowered. The club are building a brand-new 60,000 seater stadium that will rival the best in the business.

Even though a substantial portion of the £ 500 million expected bill will be provided by the sale of the existing . Pochettino has confirmed that the club will not be looking at a £ 25 million plus player in the short-term. This is due to the limited margin for mistake in the transfer window. He feels that Tottenham will be able to sign players only for around £ 15 million. The club has not been spending a vast sum of money since Pochettino was appointed. This was after the club burned a huge hole by largely wasting the £ 85 million received from the sale of Gareth Bale.

“For me when you spend more than £15m, £16m or £18m you must first have a player that brings good things like good behaviour, discipline, responsibility, professionalism. This is first, and he also has to have enough quality to improve the squad.In this case, for us at Tottenham, we are in a different project than a few years ago. We are in the process of building a new stadium and you know the period that another club experienced. For us it’s important to get it right,” said Pochettino.

The $10 billion World Cup

Preparations have already been gone underway for the upcoming World Cup with Russia being the host for the worldwide event and the Russian government has designated around $10 billion for anything that will be needed in order for the 2018 World Cup to be held.

Russia World Cup

Around half of the $10 billion is expected to be used in the development of the transportation infrastructure. The top priorities from these infrastructures are the creation and improvements of airports as well as road networks.

Konstantin Trofimenko si the head of the Center for Studying Transportation Problems in Metropolises at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics and he told about how the passengers will be navigating themselves around some of the bigger cities of Russia for their special preview of the World Cup in Russia.

“In the big cities that have a metro, such as Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan, the fans will unite with the passenger flows, while in other cities they will use the bus. FIFA has detailed instructions on how to guarantee transportation. This is a standard procedure, which is why in Russia it will be organized the way it was in Germany, Brazil and South Africa,”

“In the 18 hours separating the matches, transportation for fans with tickets should be free,” he said. “How this will be done is still not known, since it hasn’t been decided on a federal level. But it is clear that transportation between cities will be provided by means of buses, trains and planes” Konstantin added on.

The transportation infrastructures for an event of this scale have to be made without fail or any kind of mistake as the amount of fans that will be making their way to Russia in hopes of watching their favorite players or team is astronomically high and this tournament will be held in 12 stadiums around 11 cities throughout Russia.

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