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A former Premier League star was arrested in a dawn swoop today over shock match-fixing claims. Ex-Portsmouth star Sam Sodje and his brother Stephen were held by cops investigating football corruption. The arrests came after Sodje, 34, was filmed claiming he could arrange for players to pick up yellow cards in exchange for cash.

Nigeria-born Sodje demanded £30,000 for a booking and £50,000 for a player to get a red card during a match. He even claimed he punched a player in the groin during a match to be deliberately sent off – and pick up a £70,000 bung. The former Reading and Brentford defender also boasted that he could rig Premier League and World Cup games. He said some African players could be easily tempted because they do not get paid much to represent their national teams.

The brothers were arrested by detectives from the National Crime Agency at their homes in Abbeywood, south London. Cops were seen carrying away evidence, including a desktop computer, from Stephen’s £120,000 home. Oldham Athletic star Cristian Montano, 21, was also filmed discussing match-fixing in the sting. He was caught on tape apologising for failing to pick up a booking for cash during a game.

Another of Sodje’s brothers, Akpo, 33, who plays for Tranmere Rovers, was also captured discussing spot-fixing. A third man was arrested in connection with the case today but police refused to reveal if it was Montano or Akpo. Sodje told an undercover investigator that he had “sorted” one former Premier League player to deliberately pick up a booking. He said the star, who cannot be named, received £30,000 in exchange for the yellow card during a Championship match. “This guy came to meet me at my house and it was sorted,” boasted the former Nigeria international. “That’s how easy it is – it’s nothing. The booking one is easy. You just push someone, swear at the referee, kick the ball away. “A yellow card is a standard thing. No one would even be suspicious.” Sodje allegedly demanded a Rolex watch and a Range Rover for acting as “fixer” for the dodgy deal. He said he picked up £70,000 after deliberately getting sent off while playing for Portsmouth earlier this year. The player received a red card after punching Oldham’s Jose Baxter twice in the crotch.

Sodje also claimed he could rig Premier League games and had discussed match-fixing with several top names. Montano was filmed apologising to Sodje after failing to get booked in the first half of a clash between Oldham and Wolves. An NCA spokeswoman confirmed the arrests and said they were working closely with the FA and Gambling Commission. “Three people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers,” she said. “We cannot comment further at this stage.” Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “We treat any allegations of criminal activity with the utmost seriousness. “Given that there is an ongoing police investigation into this matter, we cannot comment further at this time. “Although, we would encourage anyone with any evidence to report it to the police. “We will be giving our full assistance to the police during their investigation.” In a statement, the Football Association said: “The FA is aware of the National Crime Agency investigation. “We are working closely with the NCA and other authorities. We will make no further comment at this time.”

A Gambling Commission spokesman said it was “supporting” the ongoing NCA investigation. Illegal betting syndicates are worth an estimated £320 billion – fuelled by ‘in-game’ betting. The majority of revenues are generated in Asia, where the gambling industry is unregulated. The NCA is already carrying out a separate investigation into an alleged international illegal betting syndicate. Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, were charged last week with conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law.

The pair, who played for Conference South club Whitehawk FC, were dismissed by their club and will appear in court on Wednesday. Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, were charged last month with plotting to defraud bookmakers. Portsmouth FC said today they would co-operate with police and league officials if contacted. Spokesman Colin Farmery said: “If these serious allegations are true then we are extremely shocked and saddened by them. “Match-fixing of any type goes to the heart of the integrity of the game. “The player in question no longer plays for the club and we have not been contacted by the authorities, but of course we would cooperate fully with any inquiry.”

Guy Whittingham, who was manager of Portsmouth at the time, said the claims brought back memories of the match in which Sam Sodje was sent off. He said: “Sam came racing over – and I didn’t actually see the incident at the time itself – but then you see it in the cold light of day afterwards and you see what he’s done and you can’t fathom out why he’s done it.” Oldham Athletic said it would be launching an “immediate internal investigation” into the claims surrounding Montano. “The club is co-operating with other agencies in this matter and cannot comment on specific facts,” it added in a statement.

Oldham’s former player and manager Andy Ritchie said: “I’m dismayed. I know they are only allegations but I feel if they proven, and it remains to seen they will be, it will be very disappointing. “We are fully co-operating with the investigation. “If something like this is happening it is terrible. You are letting your team-mates down, your team down. It could cost a club a place in the league. “I believe and I hope football is a game of integrity.”

Source: MirrorFootball

 

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the Ronaldos of this world

If you are lover of the game or a real Madrid seasonal supporter like me, there is no way you won’t appreciate this picture..Legendary!

Now, in footballing terms only, who do you think is better?

Hmmmmm…if you think Nigerian music is not going places, watch this Robie Van Persie interview. Around the 4:58 minute mark, the Manchester United striker admits being a Psquare fan.  Watch below

 

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Brazilian legend Ronaldo Da Lima in a congratulatory message to Rafael Nadal for winning the US Open, posted this old picture of him holding Rafael. LOOL…see level nah. #Legends

The pressure is mounting on Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive player. Mind, he hasn’t even kicked a ball for Real Madrid in a competitive match. Yet, the pressure is building.

gunnerozil Ozil shirts outsell Bales by 5 to 1

Already his transfer has left the Madrid fans divided into opposing camps. Many great players including Zinedine Zidane have questioned the fee paid by Madrid, while many even wondered whether Bale was actually needed to improve the current squad.

But, what left a bad taste in the mouth was the unjustified expulsion of star midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was sold to Premier League giants Arsenal on the transfer deadline day.

German coach Joachim Loew branded the move “incomprehensible” while current Madrid players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Isco vented their frustrations after seeing Ozil leave the club.

While Bale’s reception has created such fuss, English press and Arsenal fans have greeted Ozil heartily. And early indications of the popularity of the transfer have been reflected on shirt sales.

According to the sales figures published by UK shirts retailer UKSoccershop, Ozil’s Arsenal shirts have outsold Bale’s Madrid jersey by 5 to 1.

Leaving aside the debate over Bale’s sporting merits, a large part of any major transfer is often the commercial advantages associated with the signing of the player. Bale was signed partially for his enhanced image rights. However, even those image rights pale in comparison to the sheer joy experienced by Arsenal fans worldwide at signing a superstar like Mesut Ozil.

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Manchester United are predicted to win the 2013/2014 Premier League by seven points according to the Euro Club Index (http://www.euroclubindex.com) developed by Infostrada Sports and Hypercube. This statistical model based on the last four years of results predicted last season’s Premier League top seven in the correct order and outperformed bookmakers’ pre-season forecasts in its forecasts of the eventual points per club. A further prediction in January 2013 predicted the exact points totals of both Manchester clubs.

Manchester United’s chance of winning the title is 38% and they are followed by Chelsea (18%), Manchester City (17%) and Arsenal (11%). Those three are very closely matched according to the Euro Club Index and are the most likely to complete the top-4 at the end of the season.

At the other end of the table, newly promoted Crystal Palace and Hull City are expected to be relegated with Southampton joining them back in the 2014/2015 Championship

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The Euro Club Index

Infostrada Sports and Hypercube jointly developed the Euro Club Index, analysing thousands of club football matches over the last few years to produce an objective ranking of Europe’s 700+ top flight clubs which is updated daily. Further information, including a prediction of the final league table in a number of countries, can be found at the Euro Club Index website (www.euroclubindex.com)

Vidic Lifts the Community Shield

Vidic Lifts the Community Shield

Robin van Persie restored order to Manchester United’s troubled pre-season by grabbing the goals that brought David Moyes his first trophy as manager in a 2-0 win at Wembley.
Van Persie struck early in each half to allow United to repel the threat of an enterprising Wigan Athletic outfit and claim the Community Shield for the 20th time. More importantly, it was silverware at the first available opportunity for Moyes, who has such a massive job on his hands after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson in May.
Moyes will be grateful for the squad he has inherited though, particularly Van Persie, who did more than anyone to ensure Ferguson left centre stage as a championship winner.
He took only six minutes to get started today, superbly directing a header into the bottom corner from Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross. It needed a deflection off James Perch to bring United their second on the hour, although Van Persie will rightly be credited with the goal after cutting inside off a Danny Welbeck pass to drive an effort towards the target.
There was an injury scare for United though, with Rafael limping off in the opening stages, although the Brazilian is suspended anyway for next Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener at Swansea.
With only two wins in pre-season prior to this afternoon, no new signings of any significance and Wayne Rooney’s situation uncertain to the extent he is considered fit enough to face Scotland on Wednesday, but not to even make the journey south for this fixture.
Moyes’ transition period has been anything but smooth. And, for the first time in United’s history, a manager collected a trophy in his first season.

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Ronaldo and girlfriend Irina

Ronaldo and girlfriend Irina

The most expensive player in the world tweeted this picture with the caption ”’Enjoying the vacations’

Theo Walcott and Melanie

Theo Walcott and Melanie

Arsenal team-mates: Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Vermaelen, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who flew in on easyJet were all in attendance on Saturday (15th June, 2013) as Theo Walcott wedded his girlfriend of 9 years Melanie Slade in the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany.

England winger Theo, 24, and his wife Mel, 23, requested NO gifts from guests at the wedding ceremony at Castello Di Vincigliata, but instead asked for donations to the Willow Foundation, set up by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson to help seriously ill 16 to 40-year-olds, and Macmillan Cancer Support after Melanie’s sister Sarah was diagnosed with kidney cancer at 16.

Castle where Theo and Mel married in Italy

Castle where Theo and Mel married in Italy

The pair met in 2004 at WestQuay shopping centre in Southampton, where his career began. A friend said: “They fell in love before all the fame, and that has laid a strong foundation.”

Theo and Mel on holiday in France before the wedding

Theo and Mel on holiday in France

 

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The wedding rights were sold to a magazine. CONGRATS THEO!

Jose Mourinho

The Special One, Jose Mourinho

The speculation surrounding the future of the Special One, Jose Mourinho have been finally put to an end as the Portuguese has signed to become the new Blues Manager in what is termed his ‘second missionary journey’ at the London Club. The Special One is believed to have signed a 4-year deal on Tuesday worth £40m which will make him the highest paid football manager in the English Premier league history.

Jose Mourinho has agreed to part ways with Real Madrid after he failed to win a single trophy for a full season for the first time in his coaching career.