TOTTENHAM MAKE THEIR MOVE

Last year Tottenham failed to secure a top 4 spot in the Premier League and they also had to see one of their star players, Gareth Bale joining Real Madrid just like Luka Modric did the previous year and the possibility of Tim Sherwood losing another star player is becoming likely as Jan Vertonghen has stated his desire of playing in the Champions League.

The future of Jan Vertonghen will be far away from White Hart Lane if Tottenham is unable on securing a Champions League qualification spot.

‘’What I want is to be playing in the Champions League with Tottenham, so I hope we get in this year. Do I have a decision to make if we don’t? I can’t say anything about that. Let’s see after the end of the season, after the World Cup.” Vertonghen revealed.

Jan Vertonghen is likely to be leaving White Hart Lane if Tottenham cannot enter the Champions League of the upcoming season; it’s a completely different story for Christian Eriksen who assured the fans of the club that his future at White Hart Lane is the same despite what Tottenham are able to accomplish.

‘’I don’t know how other guys are thinking, but I’m happy where I am, and hopefully we’ll get to the Champions League anyway. I think it is important for the club, and the caliber of player that could come, or stay. I think everybody wants to go to the Champions League.’’ Eriksen revealed.

After being loaned out to a number of clubs including: Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Watford, Millwall, Leeds United and Birmingham City. Andros Townsend is desperate to get more playing time in Tottenham as he wants to do much more things in White Hart Lane than just warm the bench as well as getting the chance of being taken into consideration by Roy Hogdson for the upcoming World Cup.

FOCUS ON LENNON

Tottenham Hotspur snapped up Aaron Lennon from Leeds United in July 2005 at the cost of £1 million and since then he has scored 26 goals in 241 appearances and this right winger with lightening speed also plays for the National Team in the same position. He has tremendous pace and is capable of winning matches with a sudden spurt of speed and his performance during season 2012-13 has come under tremendous praise.

Aaron was born Aaron Justin Lennon on 16th of April, 1987 at Chapeltown, Leeds England and stands in his boot at 1.65m. He performs the role of the winger on the field and wears the number 7 jersey for his club Tottenham Hotspur. His earlier playing career as a youth was started with the hometown club Leeds United in 2001 and was elevated to the senior team in 2003 where he continued till 2005.

He is a player of tremendous prowess capable of generating pace on both flanks during play and his recent form has led to the earning caps against Brazil and San Marino after the recall to the England team. In the Premier League he was in the starting lineup 33 out of 34 appearances and had a total of 46 appearances in all. He scored 4 times and they included an excellent strike against the Gunners in March last year and a tremendous shoot against Sunderland.

His debut with Spurs after he left his native club Leeds in July 2005 was simply spectacular and he played in 29 games and found the net twice during the campaign. This earned him an out of the blue call from Sven-Goran Eriksson to join the England national team that was on the way to Germany for 2006 World Cup Finals. Aaron won the 2008-09 Player of the Season in which he harried the opposition backups during 47 games which also fetched him another 5-year contract with his club and an England recall in 2009.

SHERWOOD TAKING OVER

White Hart Lane is home to a new coach as Tim Sherwood was appointed as the new tactician of the club and has already overcome some of his toughest tasks of his career by claiming a 2-1 victory against Manchester United some days ago and has been getting positive results in the small lapse of time since taking in his new role in Tottenham.

Sherwood has never managed or coached a 1st team before in his career and already made some big changes as he switched out the preferred 4-2-3-1 formation that Andre Villas-Boas used on the Premier League club and the change has seem to be given the approval of the players as they did not enjoy the tactics used by Villas-Boas.

Despite having the introduction of new tactics to the team and having already managed to collect good results for Tottenham, Sherwood has stated the sudden change in his life as it has now become much more difficult being the main man behind a team.

“I don’t sleep and when you do you wake up after two hours (you’re) thinking about Adebayor,” laughs Sherwood. “That can’t be right, but it’s better me waking up thinking about him than my missus!

“The game, the job and the club are on my mind all the time and I expected that after learning from the managers I have worked with. It is their life and they live it completely. I try to go home and switch off but it’s extremely difficult’’.

“It’s a complete lifestyle change. There are so many added pressures, you just have to be big and strong enough to get on with it. That’s why I admire managers who stand in that technical area and take jobs on because they ain’t easy.

Since 2007 White Hart Lane has seen 5 different coaches being switched out and now the chairman Daniel Levy wants Tim Sherwood to stay for a while despite being named as just a interim head coach.

SPURS STADIUM PROGRESSES

Tottenham’s new stadium, which will seat in excess of 55,000, is turning out into a controversial program with many residents being affected in North London as a result of it.

Initially, it was branded as a development that will change the face of this region, which has been severely affected as a result of the riots two years ago. However, Tottenham’s skewed plans is beginning to attract criticism from various quarters including the anti-tax avoidance committee. The land that is being used to build the stadium is registered by Tottenham in a company located in Bahamas.

This has been criticised by several officials, who say that this is a deliberate move by the club in order to benefit from any potential profits that they make from the sale of the land. If the company had been in the United Kingdom, then those profits would have been subjected to capital gains tax. The move to use a company from the Bahamas, which is a tax haven and also the home of Tottenham owner Joe Lewis, has been criticised severely. Tottenham have also applied for the planning commission to exempt them from a £ 16 million fee that is required in order to develop the infrastructure around the area.

“It depends on the precise arrangements, but if property here is owned by an offshore company, there is no corporation tax on the gain when the property is sold,” said Richard Murphy, the anti-tax avoidance campaigner of Tax Research UK. “The transfer was to clear debts out of our UK companies which had bought the properties, so the club itself is not carrying the debts. That will help with the bank financing required for the new stadium. Both this and the club are UK operating organisations and UK tax will be paid on all UK transactions,” said a Tottenham spokeswoman.

NEW STADIUM NEEDED

Former Tottenham captain and defender Ledley King, who retired from football a few years ago, has said that Tottenham fans completely deserve a new stadium, which is being built at a huge cost.

White Hart Lane is the current home of Tottenham and it is one of the smaller stadiums amongst the top teams in the Premier league. It has a capacity of just 37,000. This has resulted in huge waiting list for the season tickets especially given the success Tottenham have achieved in recent years. Tottenham submitted a proposal to build a new stadium that would take their capacity closer to 60,000.

It is currently being built at a cost of around £ 600 million. Tottenham tried to get the Olympic stadium, but they were unsuccessful in their bid. King, who has now become an ambassador at the club, has said that the fans have been incredibly amazing over the years and they deserve this new stadium. He has recalled how Tottenham have almost upgraded every aspect of the club like training facilities. The next logical step was to build a new stadium. Tottenham will be looking to get major portion of the cost covered through sponsorship.
Naming rights of the new stadium is expected to fetch around £ 350 million.

“I think the club deserves it and I think the fans deserves it – we’ve got a huge fan-base. We’ve moved to the new training facilities and the next step is the stadium. We’ve got the players to play in big stadiums. The club have signed players with top quality even though we’re not in the Champions League. It shows we will be a Champions League team and a club that are moving forward – the stadium is hopefully the next step towards it,” said King backing the move to the new stadium.

STADIUM PLANS

A chair has been appointed for the delivery of homes, jobs, and transport hubs surrounding the new stadium that is being built for Tottenham. Major Businesses Group and Tottenham Landowners took the decision of appointing Robert Evans as the new chair.

Evans comes into the role with incredible experience of having dealt with a similar development and relocation work near King’s Cross. He has been in charge of the team, which has been handling any area of just under 70 acres, for the last 12 years. Evans has been responsible for creating more than 8 million sq ft of homes, offices, and mixed development.

He has also been involved in other landmark areas like Piccadilly gardens, Piccadilly Place, and One St Peter’s Square. He expressed his delight at being able to lead a project of this magnitude. It is expected that the costs will cross the £ 500 million mark, as Spurs attempt to build a stadium that will seat close to 60,000. After managing to stage an uprising in the league over the last few years, it is believed that the development of this new stadium will take Spurs to the next level.

The total investment in the project is expected to be around the £ 1 billion mark, which makes it one of the key projects in London right now.

“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as Chair of the group and I’m excited to be working with some of the leading organisations involved in Tottenham’s regeneration. Tottenham has amazing potential, and with nearly £1 billion of investment already agreed, I look forward to working with the group to help transform the area,” said Evans.

Councillor Alan Strickland also welcomed the appointment by saying that it is great to have a person of Evans stature leading the project.

NEWCASTLE STILL IN

Newcastle are one of the three English teams remaining in the Europa league after the quarter-final draw was made. The north-east club have been paired against the Portuguese club, Benfica, in this round of the competition.

After the draw was made, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said that he was delighted at the draw. The first leg will be away from home for Newcastle, which gives them a good advantage according to Pardew. Newcastle will be focusing entirely on the European competitions this season after managing to achieve a relative position of safety in the league.

The club are three points above the drop zone with eight matches remaining in the campaign. After having not seen in European football for the last couple of years, Newcastle fans have been extremely delighted at the prospect of seeing their club in the semifinals of a major competition. In order to do so, Newcastle must get past one of the strongest teams left in the competition in the form of Benfica. The Portuguese club are undefeated in their league campaign, while they are fighting out for the title with arch rivals FC Porto.
Even though they do not represent an easy opposition, Pardew reckons that his team have what it takes to get past the Portuguese club in the quarter-finals.

“It’s a great draw for us. The Estadio da Luz is a great venue. I’ve been there and it’s a fantastic stadium. Importantly, we are at home in the second-leg and that will give us an advantage. I’m sure we will have a full house for that. After what the stadium was like (Thursday) night, I know it will be another brilliant atmosphere, and let’s hope we can bring a result back from Benfica in the first leg,” said Pardew after the draw was made for the quarter-finals.

Betting on the Australian soccer season

The A-League in Australia is nearing the end of the regular season stage, as the team’s are currently entering week 24 of the 27 which make up this part of the season, and so far it has been a very impressive showing by Western Sydney – who currently sit on top of the table, two points ahead of last season’s winners, Central Coast Mariners.

It would still be possible to put a bet on which team will win the regular season, but most will be looking at placing an outright bet on the winners of the A-League after the Finals.

Of course the teams finishing first and second after the regular season do not enter the Finals until the semi-final stage – and at the moment this seems likely to be Sydney and the Mariners – which gives those teams a definite advantage.

This should be borne in mind by anyone betting, but should sides like Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar qualify for the finals (both of whom have two previous A-League titles) it would be a mistake to rule them out over the course of this knockout stage – even if they have to play one more game. The record of these two sides is reflected in their decent odds – 37/10 and 9/1 respectively – for the A-League title.

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AVB HAILS BALE

The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Andre Villas Boas, has hailed Gareth Bale for his great form in the ongoing season and has said that the Welsh midfielder has taken his game to the next level.

Gareth Bale was terrific in Tottenham’s previous Premier league match against West Ham United. He scored a wonderful goal in the 90th minute of that match and gave the Spurs a match winning lead of 3-2.

Bale has found the net 15 times in the ongoing Premier League so far and he is currently at no. 3 in the list of leading goal scorers in the league.

In the last six matches, Bale has scored 8 goals.
Talking to the reporters after the match against West Ham United, Boas said, “Bale has been superb for us so far in the season. He has made the difference in a lot of matches.”

“I am really delighted with the way the team has bounced back in the last two matches. These types of wins give you the confidence that you can bounce back from any situation.”

Bale himself was pretty modest after putting up a match winning performance against West Ham United and he gave the credit of victory to the whole team. Bale said, “It was a team effort. It’s not that I won the match single handedly. The other players also contributed.”

“It was definitely a great result for us. We knew that Chelsea lost the match yesterday. So, we had a great chance of moving up to no. 3. But, at the same time it was essential to focus on the game and we did that well. We never let the game drift away.”

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Arsenal in its next match at the White Hart Lane on 3rd of March.

NEW HOME IN ROME

The chairman of AS Roma, James Pallotta, has announced that a new home stadium will be built for AS Roma. The stadium will be built in the Southern area of the City at a place named Tor Di Valle. The new stadium will be capable of accommodating about 60,000 people. The construction work of the stadium will be looked after by a real estate company of Italy named Grupo ParsItalia.

Pallotta said, “It’s something which has been in our mind since the last two years. Our goal is to build a stadium which will provide all kinds of facilities to the fans and will be good enough to host the final of the Champions League.”

“If everything goes according to the plan, the construction work of the stadium will get completed before the start of the 2016-17 season. Hopefully, we will succeed in building a world class stadium.”
“The stadium is going to be a big one and will have the capacity of accommodating close to 60,000 people at a time.”

“I would like to thank the officials of the Municipality of Rome who have promised to give their full support to the project.”

When asked about the location at which the stadium will be built, Pallotta said, “We had more than 100 options as far as the site of the stadium is concerned and after discussion, Tor Di Valle has been finalised as the location.”

However, Pallotta didn’t reveal the financial details of the project.

The current home stadium for Roma is Stadio Olimpico which is the home stadium for Lazio as well. Stadio Olimpico was constructed for the Olympic Games in 1960.
The CEO of Grupo ParsItalia, Luca Parnasi, was also present in the press conference.

He said, “The construction of the stadium is good for Italian economy as well because more than 1,000 jobs will be created in the next couple of years.”

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