Archive for February, 2011

Manchester Utd vs. Manchester City – preview

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Derbies do not get much bigger than these. United host City at Old Trafford, Fergies men were shocked by Wolves last week and Mancinis troops took full advantage and now sit just 5 points off their rivals. Elsewhere Roma host Napoli and Juventus play Inter. Jonathan Deeley and Richard Sheridan preview the weekend action.

FC Bayern Munich – a club with many faces

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

This week we have had international friendlies and therefore there is no Bundesliga game on Friday night. We have – however – nine exciting Bundesliga matches to look forward to on Saturday and Sunday. One of the games is between FC Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim. Bayern Munich is an interesting club for many reasons; it is not only the most successful club of German history but it is also a club that people tend to have strong feelings about. When traveling around in Germany you easy get the feeling that people either hate the club or love it. Why is it that people tend to be so opinionated about the southern club?

As mentioned above Bayern is the most successful club in Germany and with success you usually get a lot of enemies. Success makes people envious of you but this might not be the whole truth. People who oppose the club claim that they – the Bayern – tend to disregard other German clubs by using their financial muscles unfairly when buying up young talented German players. The fans of the club dismiss this argument and claim that Bayern – as opposed to many other clubs – at least by German players and try to make them grow and develop in a proved environment. Another reason for people to dislike the “reds” from Munich is the attitude of the officials of the club that many Germans name as “Überheblich” (eng. arrogant). The president of the club Uli Hoeness is often accused of being over-confident or big-headed. The proponents of Hoeness argue that you have to have a self-confident attitude in order to lead a club with very high ambitions.

On top of the club’s high-profile officials Bayern have had a culture of signing players that tend to be very vocal and outgoing in many ways. One of these players was Stefan Effenberg. In the World Cup of 94 he gave the finger to the German fans at the stadium following a poor performance of the German team. On another occasion he was fined 10,000 euro after having called a police officer “asshole”. To top it all off he married the highly controversial Claudia Effenberg who is the ex-wife of former team mate Thomas Helmer. Some other famous Bayern stars that are worth mentioning are Oliver Kahn, Mario Basler and Frank Ribery. Kahn was famous for his immense desire to win which sometimes brought him into disrepute. In a game against Dortmund in the year of 1999 Kahn tried to kick the Dortmund player Chapuisat which rendered in the nick name “Kung Fu-Kahn”. Mario Basler was a very talented player but he was also in the habbit of living a wild private life which included heavy smoking and fights in bars. Frank Ribery is the player in today’s squad that most frequently appear in the yellow press. Last summer he went to see a prostitute that at the time of the encounter only was 17 years of age. Ribery later denied having known about the girls age and also denied having paid for the sex although he admitted giving her 100 euro in pocket money.

Regardless what you think about Bayern Munich and the officials of the club you can never take away their success nor their ability to entertain people who like football. Let’s be honest – we all like to read about players who don’t act like media trained robots all the time.

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International Friendlies 9th Feb Preview

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Richie and Jonathan take a look at three intriguing international friendlies, taking place on 9th February. In Copenhagen, Denmark entertain England, whilst over in Dortmund there is a clash between Germany and Italy. To round off the evening we head to Paris for a clash of styles as resurgent France take on Brazil.

Superbowl 2011 Packers v Steelers Preview

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The big one has arrived. Green Bay packers meet Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cowboy Stadium in Dallas. It looks to be one of the tightest match ups in superbowl history, Jonathan Deeley and Richard Sheridan try and pick a winner from this cracker.

Watch the video and place your bets at Expekt.

Did you know that Dortmund – Schalke 04 is one of the most prestigious derbies in Germany?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Which European league has the highest attendance rate?

Which league has for years been the league with the most goals?

That’s right, it’s the German Bundesliga! Many football fans out there haven’t really discovered this exciting league but in order to provide you with some interesting facts and previews on the upcoming games we are going to publish a post about the league every Friday here on the blog! This Friday we are kicking off with a very big clash between the local rivals Schalke 04 and Dortmund.

Revierderby is the historical name of the match played between the clubs of the Ruhr Area (Revier). Both clubs enjoy good support not only in their local area but throughout the whole of Germany. Dortmund are constantly represented among the top 3 clubs with the highest attendance rate in Europe. Their bitter rivals – Schalke 04 – have got over 90,000 members which makes them the second largest sports club in Germany.

There have been some real memorable clashes between these two clubs throughout the years. In the recent years the second derby in the season 2006-2007 stands out. Schalke had been league leaders for almost three months and were on their way of winning their first Bundesliga title in many years. On the penultimate match day they travelled to Dortmund and the chances of a win looked good. Dortmund went on to beat Schalke with 2-0 and the fans could celebrate not only a derby win but also the fact that they destroyed Schalkes hopes and dreams of winning the title. This was massively celebrated among the BVB-fans and special t-shirts were designed as a reminder of the glorious win. This time the roles are opposite; Dortmund are at the top of the table and Schalke´s fans are out for revenge.

Fancy a bet on the game? Have  a look at our odds and kickstart the weekend with a winning bet!

Dortmund vs. Schalke

Premier League and Serie A Preview Wednesday 2nd February

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

After the money go round of the last few days the action returns to the field. Jonathan Deeley and Richie Sheridan preview the Wednesday night action from England and Italy.

Watch the video and place your bets here!

Satsa långsiktigt – hitta ligaöverraskningarna!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

 Transferfönstret har precis klappat igen i Europas ligor och lagen får nu inte värva mera innevarande säsong. Vi har fått se en del spektakulära värvningar vilket helt klart kan förändra ligornas utgång.

Chelseas ägare Abramovitj öppnade än en gång plånboken och investerade 50 miljoner pund i den spanska fixstjärnan Torres. Liverpool använde pengarna till att köpa Ajax Luis Suarez och Newcastles Andy Carrol. I Spanien har klubbarna inte varit riktigt lika aktiva som i England men nämnas bör bland annat att Real Madrid har lånat målfarliga Adebayor och att Sevilla har knutit till sig nyttiga Rakitic från tyska Schalke 04. I Italien har Milans värvning av holländaren Mark van Bommel och Juventus värvning av målskytten Luca Toni fått flest rubriker.

Frågan som alla ställer sig nu är huruvida spelarna kommer att smälta in i sina nya lag och ge den önskvärda injektionen. Kan Torres hjälpa Chelsea till nytt ligaguld (7.50)? Kan Adebayor hjälpa Real Madrid i kampen om den prestigefyllda CL-titeln (4.5)? Spana in våra odds för fotbollens långtidsspel och hitta din vinnare!

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