Wayne Rooney Versus Manchester City – The Best Goal Ever? Bicycle Kicks That Might Just Change Your Mind

14 02 2011

Wayne Rooney’s goal against Manchester City was fantastic; there’s no denying that. For me (and probably most of you), it is the goal of the season so far and will most likely end up as goal of the season. But best goal of all time? Steady on. It’s not even the best bicycle kick of all time.

Step forward Mauro Bressan and Rivaldo.

First up is Bressan’s outrageous effort for Fiorentina against Barcelona in the Champions League (1999). The audacity to even attempt to score a bicycle kick from twenty-five yards is admirable enough but to actually pull it off is something else. This might just be the best bicycle kick ever scored and it will take something outstanding to beat it.

Rivaldo’s overhead kick was technically outstanding and it was made all the more special as it was scored in the 90th minute to clinch victory for Barcelona over Valencia. This strike also completed Rivaldo’s hat-trick and, most importantly, the winner ensured that Barcelona qualified for the following season’s Champions League. In terms of importance, perhaps Rivaldo’s effort was better than Bressan’s and Rooney’s. I’ll let you decide.

Honourable mention: Trevor Sinclair’s beauty for QPR.

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31/10/2010 – Sunday Paper Round-Up

31 10 2010

Spanish giants Barcelona could come in for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after losing patience in their bid to lure Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas to the Nou Camp.

Manchester United look set to make a move for Lille’s £12m-rated teenage midfielder Eden Hazard.

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Manchester City have vowed to outbid any of their rivals when it comes to signing Spanish striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool next summer.

Meanwhile, City striker Roque Santa Cruz is on the verge of a sensational move to Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is planning a £9m January transfer window move for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he does not fear Kenny Dalglish as a rival for his job and has only praise for the Kop hero’s work as club ambassador and scout.

Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out any transfer activity in the January window and says injured striker Wayne Rooney may have to wait until December before being recalled to Manchester United’s first team.

Striker Michael Owen could be sacrificed as Manchester United look to slash their wage bill following Wayne Rooney’s pay rise – while Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is eager to take Owen on.

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is so keen to keep James McFadden he is set to offer him a contract extension even though the striker is on the long-term injury list.

Tottenham are prepared to offer their goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes a contract that would see the Brazilian shot-stopper remain a Spurs player until 2015.

Ipswich chiefs could be forced to choose between boss Roy Keane and 17-year-old striker Connor Wickham because the manager has fallen out with the teenage starlet.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says his England Under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson is the best young player in Britain, and admits he may struggle to keep him at the Stadium of Light.

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves will make a decision on his injury-ravaged career in the new year. The 29-year-old has been out since 2008 after surgery on both knees.

Former FA chief executive and Liverpool fan Brian Barwick is being lined up for a boardroom role by the new owners at Anfield, possibly as acting chief executive.

The billionaire owners of QPR insist there will be money to spend if Neil Warnock gets the team promoted to the Championship. Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia said: “the dream is to get into the Champions League.”

Former West Ham, Charlton and Southampton manager Alan Pardew is set to replace George Burley at Crystal Palace “within 10 days.” A former Palace player, Pardew scored the winner as they beat Liverpool 4-3 to reach the 1990 FA Cup Final.
Scores of Tottenham fans may not be able to watch their club entertain Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday after a ticketing error sold seats that were not available.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole may have left Arsenal but he hasn’t forgotten the Gunners’ kit man Vic Akers, whom he rescued after a parking row at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says his Manchester United-supporting brother keeps urging him to sign for the Red Devils. “Maybe they can swap me for Rooney,” he joked.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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27/10/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

27 10 2010

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz intends to leave the club in January – and suggests fellow City forward Carlos Tevez could follow him through the exit door.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes will try to bring Santa Cruz to Craven Cottage during the January transfer window. Hughes signed the Paraguay frontman while in charge of Manchester City and Blackburn.

Manchester City may make a move for Lazio’s Romanian defender Stefan Radu, who is eager to leave the Italian club in the January transfer window.

The Eastlands outfit are also interested in Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are among those eyeing the Portugal Under-21 star.

Manchester United target Steven Defour says he is willing to move to Old Trafford. The 22-year-old Standard Liege star is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Belgium and has been tracked by the Red Devils for more than a year.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=darijo+srna&iid=7268873″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7268873/darijo-srna-croatia-2009/darijo-srna-croatia-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=7268873″ width=”234″ height=”275″ /] Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering a cut-price move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Croatian full-back Darijo Srna (left) in January.

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to boost their defence by acquiring Sean Morrison of Swindon but face a battle with Newcastle and Sunderland for the highly rated 19-year-old.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has spoken out for the first time over the fury surrounding his contract wrangle, insisting: “I was never going to leave Man United”.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up his plan to get the club’s key players to commit to the Old Trafford outfit by offering John O’Shea a new £16.5m contract.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will not target any marquee signings in the January transfer window as New England Sports Ventures, the club’s new owner, looks to put a stop to the profligate spending the company believes has hampered the club’s progress in recent years.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce and chairman John Williams are likely to keep their jobs when the expected £46m takeover by Indian group Venky’s goes through in November.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is under pressure to bring the club’s five-year wait for a trophy to an end this season.

Gunners winger Theo Walcott has played down his side’s title chances, despite the 3-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday. Walcott is urging fans not to get carried away by his team’s impressive start to the season.

Walcott’s team-mate Andrey Arshavin is set to begin talks with Arsenal over a new £80,000-a-week deal. The forward’s current contract expires in 19 months’ time.

Everton manager David Moyes insists Jermaine Beckford will adapt to the Premier League, despite the striker’s poor start to the season. Moyes signed the 26-year-old from Leeds on a free transfer in the summer.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has denied whipping up the frenzy that led referee Willie Collum to receive death threats following Sunday’s Old Firm defeat by Rangers.

Fans of Paul the psychic octopus who are in mourning after his death can take comfort from the news that his spirit will live on – in clothing lines and mobile phone applications. The creature, who correctly predicted the outcome of all Germany’s matches – as well as the final – at the 2010 World Cup, also features in a documentary.

Manchester United fans flocked to the club’s Old Trafford megastore on Tuesday. However, it was not striker Wayne Rooney’s name they wanted on the back of their replica jerseys – it was that of Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, the new United hero who has his nickname Chicharito emblazoned across his number 14 shirt.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has warned his players there is no place for nightclubs and alcohol in a modern footballer’s life.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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22/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

22 10 2010

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has called on former team-mate Rooney to follow in his footsteps by moving to Eastlands.

An angry mob of balaclava-clad United fans gathered outside Rooney’s Prestbury home on Thursday night, holding a banner urging the want-away striker not to join City.

United full-back Patrice Evra believes Rooney should not play for the club again following his public declaration that they have not signed players who can make them competitive.

Rooney has stunned Real Madrid by demanding to become the highest paid Galactico if he joins Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea have no intention in getting involved in a bidding war for Rooney, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich keen for the club to become self-sufficient and balance its books.

As uncertainty about Rooney’s future drags on, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a radical overhaul of his squad next summer with up to 10 players facing the axe.

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is praying that Black Cats striker Darren Bent does not get dragged into a transfer merry-go-round which could be sparked by Rooney leaving Manchester United.

Liverpool’s new owners plan showdown talks with striker Fernando Torres next week, with Manchester United and Barcelona interested in signing the Spaniard.

The Anfield club are considering making a move for Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Shechter in January, although Tottenham, Everton and West Ham are also in the hunt.

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has called a dramatic halt to contract negotiations with the club.

Young wants a buy-out clause in his new Aston Villa contract, with Spurs said to be interested in the England international.

Juventus are ready to rival Manchester City in the battle to sign Lazio defender Stefan Radu.

Championship leaders QPR want to reinforce their squad with the loan capture of versatile Arsenal attacker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle will open contract talks with Johan Elmander in the next few weeks, with the striker free to talk to other clubs from January.

Former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is close to replacing Roy Hodgson as Liverpool’s new boss.

Blackburn are close to a takeover by VH Group, an Indian chicken company.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is a month ahead of schedule in his return from ankle surgery. Defoe was expected to be out until Christmas but he could now be back by the end of November – in time for their final two Champions League group games against Werder Bremen and FC Twente.

England’s 2018 World Cup bid is set for a major boost when it is named the stand-out candidate to host the tournament by Fifa.

The Scottish Players Union are again on alert over the late payment of wages at Hearts.

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo believes football management is like hay farming. “It is like when you are a farmer,” said the Italian. “You want to bring as much hay into your stall as possible for a long winter. That’s what we are trying to do.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





15/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

15 10 2010

Real Madrid will go to war with Manchester United to sign £75m-rated striker Wayne Rooney at the end of the season.

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Man United have intensified their contract talks with Rooney’s advisors, illustrating his importance to Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has, for the umpteenth time, said it is his dream to play for boyhood heroes Barcelona.

Fabregas, meanwhile, says Barca’s Spanish rivals Real Madrid also tried to sign him in the summer.

Liverpool and Tottenham are lining up a bid for Lyon’s £14m-rated 27-year-old Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez.

PSV Eindhoven’s highly rated 24-year-old Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Affelay has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Man United and Liverpool.

Tottenham will consider making a renewed offer for Anderlecht’s teenage striker Romelu Lukaku after a £17.5m bid was rejected in the summer.

Everton could step up their interest in Newcastle defender Steven Taylor if Bayern Munich make a move for the Toffees’ Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga. Heitinga says he would be interested in a move to Bayern but Magpies boss Chris Hughton insists he will not cash in on Taylor in January.

Stoke are ready to compete with Werder Bremen for the signature of Fulham’s Zoltan Gera.

New Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson will sign Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies on a one-month loan.

Sevilla’s Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, who was linked with Tottenham in the summer, says he will “seek a solution in January” if he does not get more first-team chances.

Spurs are also interested in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 23-year-old Argentine striker Raul Marcelo Bobadilla, who could cost about £6m.

Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid, 28, admits he may have to quit the club to relaunch his career.

Denmark international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard says he is “shocked” to have been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Ipswich are set to take Sunderland utility man Jack Colback, 20, on loan again after a successful spell last season.

David Beckham’s England career is almost certainly over after he formally refused boss Fabio Capello’s offer of a farewell game.

Portsmouth could go bust by next Monday after the Football League stopped them from coming out of administration.

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Manchester City’s Dutch international midfielder Nigel de Jong (right) is considering international retirement after recent criticism of his tackling by national coach Bert van Marwijk.

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has questioned the way Fabio Capello manages the national side, claiming the Italian is too strict, stern and aloof.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to miss another two weeks with his troublesome groin injury.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will grill England officials after striker Darren Bent picked up yet another injury on international duty.

Man City striker Mario Balotelli has suffered another minor setback as he bids to return from a knee injury and is now targeting the Manchester derby on 10 November.

West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo insists he has not fallen out with Paul Scharner despite the midfielder’s angry reaction to being substituted against Bolton.

West Brom’s Chilean international Gonzalo Jara is celebrating the rescue of his county’s miners, after donating a shirt and sending them an inspirational message.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says the club does not need to buy a new keeper as he has seen how good Manuel Almunia and Lukas Fabianski are in training, but they need to fulfil their potential.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





14/10/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

14 10 2010

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has halted talks over a new contract as he considers leaving the Old Trafford outfit, with Real Madrid a possible destination.

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Thomas Hitzlsperger, still to make his debut for West Ham since signing from Lazio in the summer, faces a further four months on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle. The 28-year-old midfielder had been hoping to play against Wolves on Saturday.

Juventus are eager to sign Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson in the January transfer window despite the 26-year-old having a contract until 2013.

Liverpool may sign Villarreal’s 26-year-old Brazil striker Nilmar in the January transfer window for £14m.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is considering spending £12m to acquire 25-year-old Brazilian striker Cleo from Serbian side FK Partizan.

Arsenal are tracking Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz after the 29-year-old admitted he wants a move from the Spanish side.

Philipp Lahm could be tempted to end his 15-year association with Bayern Munich and join Chelsea. Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to sign the German right-back, 26, despite Branislav Ivanovic impressing for the Premier League champions this season.

Scotland and Rangers keeper Allan McGregor could be set for a move to Old Trafford, with Manchester United willing to offer £7m as they search for current number one Edwin van der Sar’s long-term successor.

New Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson would like to sign 32-year-old Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on loan, with a view to a £500,000 permanent deal in January.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine hopes to sign former Leeds, Reading and Charlton defender Sam Sodje as soon as the Owls’ transfer embargo is lifted.

Birmingham City are looking to make a bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana in the January transfer window.

Aston Villa are being linked with France Under-21 international winger Franck Tabanou.

Former Leeds and Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn says England looked “frightened” in their goalless Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday.

Jack Wilshere will start for England in the friendly international against France on 17 November. The 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder was an unused substitute against Montenegro.

And Wilshere could be joined in the England midfield by Jordan Henderson, the 20-year-old having impressed for Sunderland this season.

Celtic captain Scott Brown faces 10 weeks on the sidelines, despite not needing surgery on his metatarsal injury.

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher fears the club’s new owners will have a huge clear-out of players if results do not improve.

Former Tottenham coach Christian Gross has been sacked by Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart after only one win in the opening seven matches of the season.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





07/10/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

7 10 2010

Manchester City are planning a transfer swoop on three of their Premier League rivals. City want to sign striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle, midfielder Gareth Bale from Tottenham and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Manchester United will bid for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon next summer.

United are also monitoring keeper Martin Stekelenburg, whose club Ajax are bracing themselves for bids from the Old Trafford club and Arsenal in January.

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has poured cold water on rumours he wants to leave the club.

The agent of Tottenham target, striker Luis Fabiano, says his client may seek a move away from Spanish club Sevilla if he does not get more first-team football.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has said he will not be joining former club Lazio on loan in January.

Italian club Napoli are considering a move for Tottenham’s Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos.

Liverpool are planning a move for Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in January.

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However, the club’s protracted sale may scupper a move for Lyngby’s young Danish midfielder Emil Larsen.

Wolves defender Jelle van Damme has claimed he could return to Anderlecht in January after struggling to settle in England.

Doncaster are lining up the loan signing of Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg.

Everton will block Wolfsburg’s bid to take defender Johnny Heitinga away from Goodison Park.

Reading defender Alex Pearce is wanted by Sheffield United and Championship leaders QPR.

Montenegro coach Zlatko Kranjcar believes Wayne Rooney was picked for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier because England are scared of his team. Manchester United striker Rooney is in Fabio Capello’s squad despite a nagging ankle injury.

Former Wales international John Hartson has urged the Welsh FA to take a chance and name him as new boss of the national side.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he could recall midfielder Tom Cleverley from his loan spell at Wigan in January.

On-loan midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could still make his move from Marseille to Newcastle permanent despite suffering a broken leg against Manchester City last Sunday.

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby says that former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra talked him out of moving to Stamford Bridge five years ago. Midfielder Diarra struggled to gain first-team football with Chelsea before moving briefly to Arsenal, before a spell with Portsmouth earned him a move to current club Real Madrid.

Bradford manager Peter Taylor is facing the sack unless his side beats Barnet this weekend.

Tottenham legend Graham Roberts says the club must not move from north London to the Olympic Stadium after 2012.

Hereford have revealed that Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles was one of the first applicants for the managerial vacancy at the League Two club, but is unlikely to succeed Simon Davey at Edgar Street.

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira says he may retire from playing at the end of this season.

Former England great Peter Shilton says David Beckham has not got a chance of beating his 125-cap record for the country, the LA Galaxy midfielder is currently 10 shy of Shilton’s mark.

Sussex County League One side Chichester City have become the first club to phone their manager during a match to sack him. Mark Poulton took the call informing him he was being axed as his side led rivals Redhill 2-1 in a Sussex Charity Cup tie.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.








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