Arsenal are ready to break their long-standing and often controversial wage structure to secure transfers for top stars. That is according to a report from The Daily Mirror.
The report indicates the Gunners are now willing to offer wages above £150,000 per week. The hope is that it will tempt marquee names to join the North London outfit.
It is a bold move from Arsenal and one many may feel is long overdue. The wage policy manager Arsene Wenger once dubbed a "socialist model," has often been viewed as a hindrance.
Refusing to pay wages that are competitive with other top European clubs, has prohibited Arsenal from attracting star talents. It is not an unreasonable argument.
UEFA Champions League 2013 Final Countdown Is Here But, Is Soccer Football? Or Is Football Football, Who Owns The Name?
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich in UEFA’s final. This match will culminate UEFA bringing the best of the best of soccer together to compete, but the big question still remains; who owns the name soccer / football, who owns the game.
The game is comprised of eleven players on one team and eleven players on the other team. Whoever has the ball is on the offense, the opposition team is on the defense. The offensive team is trying to score; the defensive team is trying to prevent the offensive team from scoring while also attempting to gain control of the ball, as part of their defensive strategy. When one team scores, the other team can gain possession of the ball.
The game is physical and requires quickness, agility, great footwork, strength and power. The game is played with referees in outdoor stadiums. What is the name of this game? If your answer is Soccer, you are correct. Did you answer football? You are correct. How about calling the game, Association football /soccer or NFL Football, you are again correct. How can each of these answers be correct? Who owns the name?
It's taken them almost three years, but Venky's seem to have finally made a sensible decision.
The Indian owners have so far endured a number of catastrophes that have resulted in Blackburn Rovers currently languishing in the second-tier of English Football. It is not what was envisaged when they took over ownership of the club in November 2010. They have made a serious of bizarre decisions both on-and-off the pitch that have brought the club to it's knees and sent their beleaguered fans into despair.
So, with the announcement that Gary Bowyer has been given the Managers job on a permanent basis, does this signify a change in direction from the Poultry giants?
1999 – Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (Finals)
United were trailing 1-0 from the 5th minute. They had won the FA cup and the Premier League and were looking down and dusted against their German opponents. United were sorely missing suspended duo Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, and simply could not wrest control in midfield. Ferguson introduced Teddy Sheringham and then, with nine minutes remaining, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The clock showed 90 minutes as United won a corner. In it came and out it was cleared, but only as far as Ryan Giggs who hooked in a weak effort that fell perfectly for Sheringham to divert inside the post. Yet Sheringham's work was not done. Two minutes later he rose to glance David Beckham's corner into the path of Solskjær who prodded in to spark delirious celebrations. Oliver Kahn and the rest of the Munich team were crestfallen. After this remarkable feat, the United boss had a new name "Sir" Alex Ferguson.
2002 – Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen (Finals)
The Atlanta Falcons are close to signing veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour, according to Fox Sports. The move would give the Falcons a versatile defensive lineman for their multiple-front schemes, who is still capable of dominating.
Seymour has spent the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Despite some struggles with the Silver and Black, the 33-year-old remains a powerful force.
After years as a key playmaker in the New England Patriots 3-4 system, Seymour showcased his versatility in Oakland. He seamlessly transitioned to the Raiders' 4-3 fronts.
Seymour can still excel at both end and tackle. That should certainly appeal to a Falcons defensive front in need of more hybrid playmakers.
The NFC South champions cut ties with premier pass-rusher John Abraham this offseason. They were smart to move for ex-New York Giants sack master, Osi Umenyiora as his replacement.