SportsNet - June 2013

Spain Vs Tahiti FIFA Confederations Cup Preview

on June 19 2013 2:11 PM
Spain Vs Tahiti FIFA Confederations Cup Preview

 

Beginning the tournament with a tough 2-1 victory over a talented Uruguay squad, Spain set themselves up with an opportunity to advance to the cup semifinals. Preparing to take on Group B opponent Tahiti - who will enter following a miserable 6-1 loss to Nigeria in their opener - the Spaniards are in prime position to claim 3 more points while increasing their chances of winning another trophy.

 

Spain vs Tahiti

The Spanish face the Tahitians at the FIFA Confederations Cup. Soccer pundits expect Spain to win but with the Tahitians giving a fight. Includes preview, team news, probable lineups, recent form, live streaming, and prediction.

Beginning the tournament with a tough 2-1 victory over a talented Uruguay squad, Spain set themselves up with an opportunity to advance to the cup semifinals. Preparing to take on Group B opponent Tahiti - who will enter following a miserable 6-1 loss to Nigeria in their opener - the Spaniards are in prime position to claim 3 more points while increasing their chances of winning another trophy.

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Chelsea Target Hulk's Agent Suggests His Player Could Leave Zenit After The Confederations Cup

on June 19 2013 11:44 AM
Chelsea Target Hulk's Agent Suggests His Player Could Leave Zenit After The Confederations Cup

According to Sky Sports, Jose Caldeira, who is one of Hulk's representatives has confirmed that "everything is possible" whilst discussing the potential transfer of his client, who is currently playing in the Russian league for Zenit St. Petersburg.

Chelsea have reportedly had a £35 million offer rejected by Zenit, who wanted something nearer to the £50 million fee they paid to secure his services from Porto last summer. It was reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was prepared to spend big and bring in both Napoli striker Edinson Cavani along with Hulk for a staggering £100 million. With the Cavani deal allegedly close to being complete, could this be the next chapter?

The players agent also suggested that France will be an option for his client. He stated "We can't announce anything at the moment, the player is concerntrating on the Confederations Cup. Nothing will be made official during this time". Suggesting that a deal has been agreed and will be made official once the tournament is over. 

New York Jets News: Rex Ryan Is Returning To Blitz-Heavy Style Of Defense

on June 19 2013 11:39 AM
New York Jets News: Rex Ryan Is Returning To Blitz-Heavy Style Of Defense

The New York Jets will get back to their blitz-happy roots in the 2013 NFL season. Head coach Rex Ryan will turn his defense loose more often this season, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Ryan's best defenses have always been defined by a blitzing mentality. That has changed during the last two seasons.

The Jets experimented with more 4-3 looks and did not bring as much pressure. Former coordinator Mike Pettine is being made the scapegoat for this more cautious style of defense.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal has suggested that Pettine took on more play-calling responsibility in 2011 and 2012. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini notes that when Ryan called the plays in 2009 and 2010, the defense was considerably more aggressive.

Chelsea's Roman Abramovich Wants Barcelona Midfielder Alcantara Thiago

on June 19 2013 11:20 AM
Chelsea's Roman Abramovich Wants Barcelona Midfielder Alcantara Thiago

Alcantara Thiago is one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football, on Tuesday evening he re-iterated that fact by delivering a first class show leading his country to win the Under-21 European Championship's in Israel, scoring a hat-trick along the way to help secure a 4-2 victory over Italy in an entertaining match. 

Already being linked with a summer move away from Barcelona in order to get regular first team football, it is alleged that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was at the game in Israel on Tuesday evening after being invited to attend as part of President Shimon Peres 90th Birthday celebrations, used the occasion to watch the 22-year-old and wants the player at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City To Make A Move For Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez

on June 19 2013 10:57 AM
Manchester City To Make A Move For Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez

After Wednesdays reports that Napoli forward Edinson Cavani has decided to join Chelsea over Manchester City, the big spending Manchester Club have now turned their attentions to another target, Bayern Munich's powerhouse striker Mario Gomez. The German International was also on Chelsea's radar earlier in the transfer window.

According to German source BIND, Napoli decided to agree a deal with Chelsea for Cavani, thus telling City that a deal had been agreed with another club and their negotiations folded. Other reports suggest that Cavani and City did not agree on wage demands. 

City have now stepped up their pursuit of Gomez and allegedly the players agent claims that enquiries have been made and the deal is advancing. He also added that their is a number of clubs looking at the 27-year-old striker, who struggled to stay in Munich's starting eleven after losing his place to Mario Mandzukic. 

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