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Ferdinand Signs New Deal

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has signed a new deal according to the club’s official website. The English centre back has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the past 18 months, and his deal marks the first successful negotiation of the Moyes era, which has already begun on an unofficial basis until July 1st.

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Super Sunday Should See United Pull Clear As City Slip Up

Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal of the gameTwo huge games on Sunday see four of the biggest names in the Premier League come up against each other. Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to play the table toppers at 1.30 and at 4pm Arsenal host Man City. Man United should come out on top of the earlier tie, the match at the Emirates is harder to call. Yaya Toure’s departure to the African Cup of Nations is going to leave a massive hole in the City team over the next few fixtures, and Arsenal can prosper from this. However, Arsenal’s defensive frailties should be exposed by Man City’s attacking threats. The bookies are offering shortened odds on the draw for this match, and I can’t help but agree that both sides will earn a solitary point.

We’re going to invest our accumulator interest in the Saturday fixtures however, starting at the Madejski Stadium. Fulham stuffed West Brom and so too our bet in the previous round of Premiership matches, and I don’t think the Baggies’ away tie against Reading will be a fruitful endeavour either. They come into this game on the back of three games without a win and are seriously depleted; Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob are unavailable and the sad news that Zoltan Gera will miss the rest of the season will resonate like a death bell for Albion. Reading on the other hand are showing signs that they have shored up their defence. Narrowly beaten by a late Gareth Barry header against City, their next two home games saw them preventing both Swansea and West Ham from scoring. If they can continue this sort of defensive performance on Saturday, I think that 9/4 are generous odds for the home side to earn a draw.

Next off to Carrow Road, where two teams on a dismal run of form come up against each other. Both teams have lost their last three Premier League games but there can be no doubt which side are cowering in the darker realms of depression. Languishing two points above the drop zone, injury ravaged, knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton for the second year running and having just lost their one beacon of hope light to Chelsea, Newcastle’s season just seems to relentlessly continue to go from bad to worse. The one lonesome positive of the winter is the signing of French right-back Mathieu Debuchy, but I can’t see him dragging his new teammates to victory on Saturday. Chris Hughton will be out to get one over on his former club who senselessly sacked him months after he had inspired the Magpies to promotion back to top flight football. His Canaries should overcome their opposition whose hopes now rely on Papiss Cisse, who may prosper from his fellow countryman’s departure. Norwich are available at 6/5 to win.

The final leg of our accumulator finds us focusing on the match between Sunderland and West Ham, two teams who are looking somewhat busy during the current transfer window. The Hammers have welcomed back one of their many long lost sons in the figure of Joe Cole and he made an instant impact in his homecoming match, creator of both goals in a 2-1 victory over Norwich. West Ham will be heartened by their 2-2 draw with Man United in the FA Cup, whereas Sunderland’s identical result with Bolton should have the opposite effect. The home side are lacking in defense but still pose a threat up front with the exciting Stephane Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher always dangerous. I think this one will end up in a draw; it’s available at 9/4 and means that this week’s accumulator packs odds of about 22/1.

Midweek Football Accumulator Throws Up Tasty 50/1

We were one goal away from landing the big 33/1 accumulator at the weekend, Fulham letting us down by not getting a draw at Stoke. There’s no time for licking our wounds though as we’ve a full set of mid-week fixtures to mull over. So it’s time to get out of the foetal position, kick off the duvet and stop feeling sorry for ourselves, there’s another big odds accumulator waiting to be loved and this time we’re focusing on the Wednesday night matches.

First we’re turning our attention to the Britannia Stadium again. Hopefully this time Stoke won’t ruin our big bucks bet, we’re going to back them for a win against a Newcastle side absolutely depleted by injury, with Stephen Taylor a new worry for the Magpies. Stoke should definitely have enough to win this one, and they should do it without having to break too much of a sweat. They are currently available at evens but I can see this price shortening so get your money on them now.

West Brom are certainly in a rich vein of form at the moment but the high-flying Baggies face a tricky away fixture at Swansea on Wednesday night. Swansea looked pretty solid against Liverpool on Sunday and this could be another tit-for-tat battle. Our money is going to err on the side of caution in this one, the draw, available at 12/5, is our bet here.

Next, we’re off to White Hart Lane where Spurs take on the aforementioned Liverpool. Defoe and company were on form again at the weekend and I do not think that their 5-2 drubbing at Arsenal told the whole story, Adebayor’s sending off being a crucial factor in an undeserved thrashing. They look like they are just coming into form and at 13/10, they are look like a solid bet to get past a Liverpool side who don’t seem to offer a lot going forward… apart from Suarez of course.

Sunday saw us successfully backing Southampton but we’re going to change our colours and complete this accumulator by arguing that Norwich will beat them. The Canaries aren’t great away from home but are unbeaten in seven matches which includes victories over Man United and Arsenal, they managed a draw at Goodison Park at the weekend and really, I think they should win this one against a side who, yes have won their last two matches, but these were wins against QPR and an injury-burdened Newcastle side. The win for away side is available at 12/5.

Okay boys and girls, there you have our accumulator for the mid-week matches. We were so agonizingly close with our 33/1 shot at the weekend that right now, we all need a little cheering up, so I thought I should treat you to this once in a life time 50/1 beauty. Soon, you’ll be as rich as I am. Cushty.

 

Shane O’Brien

SOS Real Oviedo

A historic Spanish club, once managed by the famous Irishman Patrick O’Connell is teetering on the brink of extinction although fans worldwide and ex players are pulling together in an attempt to save the stricken club.

In an effort to raise €1.9m that will keep them alive, third-tier Real Oviedo have decided to sell shares in the club for €10.75 each. Subsequently, the football community is showing an ability to pull together during tough economical times at a time when the game is otherwise dominated by unsavoury talking points.

The team that produced some of this season’s Premier League star talents – Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and Michu – is on the brink of extinction. Shares are now available to buy, but the issue will only last until November 17, where Oviedo’s fate will be learned.

Unfortunately, Oviedo are no strangers to this kind of situation. With a relegation from La Liga in 2001 and a two-tier demotion in 2003, Oviedo’s star players were still being paid top flight wages whilst they competed in the fourth tier. Struggling to cope with the burden of the expenditure, they sought help which wasn’t forthcoming in the shape of local authorities and government.

Their players went without pay, but the fans stayed loyal and managed to maintain impressive attendances in their superb 30,000-seater stadium, breaking numerous records in the process. The Estadio Carlos Tartiere, renovated for the 1982 World Cup, continued to attract fans and the sustainable revenue gained from the supporters is one of the main reason’s Oviedo are still fighting this battle.

Oviedo have called their current financial state their ‘worst time in our 86-year history’. But help is coming from all over the globe.

The club counted on hundreds of fans queuing through the weekend to purchase shares and also had support through English journalist Sid Lowe’s extensive detailing of the cause via Twitter (@sidlowe). A number of football fans outside of Spain have taken it upon themselves to buy shares, with the aim to keep this historic club alive, whilst the aforementioned former players Cazorla, Mata and Michu, have all also pledged money to answer Oviedo’s rallying call for funds.

Michu revealed “Myself, Mata and Cazorla have all bought shares, but it would be wrong of me to say how much,’’ declared Michu. “We just wanted to try and help save the club we all played for.

“The economy in Spain is very bad and the club needs around two million euros to survive. A lot of people have bought shares and hopefully it will be enough by the closing date of November 17.

“It’s my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough.

“Swansea fans should know how much it means to me and the Oviedo supporters. I remember reading up on the history of Swansea when I first arrived here; I remember reading how the Swansea supporters bought shares in this club when it was in trouble 10 years ago – and again many years before that.

“And look at the club now; in the Premier League and winning at places like Anfield. Hopefully this SOS can have a similar reaction.’’

The latest reports have the club as having raised over €200,000 inside the first three days of issue and as a sign of gratitude, Oviedo have already promised the notable foreign support that any shareholders outside of Spain can now attend home games for free. Atletico Madrid striker Adrian is believed to have donated €25,000 to help his former team out. Whilst any shareholders won’t stand much chance of future financial gain, it’s a great opportunity to rescue one of Spain’s finest clubs in their darkest hour.

The glory La Liga days of the late 1990s and early 2000s are long behind them now. A team that once featured Robert Prosinecki, Abel Xavier, Paulo Bento, Victor Onopko and even Stan Collymore are now on their knees, praying for a saviour or rather hundreds and thousands of them.

You can buy shares here.

FAQs around entering the process

 

1)      When and how can I help become a shareholder of Real Oviedo?

The window to purchase shares begins on November 3rd and closes November 17th

2)      How much does each share cost and what is the minimum number of shares I can buy?

You can become a shareholder by buying one share at the price of just €10.75.

3)      How can I buy Real Oviedo’s shares?

You can do a wire- transfer to a Banco Santander Bank account. Complete IBAN for international payments is :

ES 96 0049 4325 6124 1000 4177

You also can buy shares via PayPal in   http://www.yosoyelrealoviedo.com

4)      How would I get the ownership of my share?

Real Oviedo will send your shares to your front door (shares certifciate are likely to be sent out in December)

Real Oviedo cannot express enough the gratitude to everyone purchasing shares and helping to keep this historic Institution alive.

5- How long is the sale process open for?

From November 3 to November 17

6- Is there an age limit?

No, for buying purposes. The only limit is related to political rights such as attend and voting at AGM.

7- Do I have to be Spanish?

No.

8- Is there any risk? Will I be liable for any debt in the future?

No, the liability is held by the current board of directors.

9-What do I gain by being a shareholder? Will I make my money back?

Probably not. Realistically, you will gain nothing. But we believe this is bigger than that: it is the chance to help save one of Spain’s most historic clubs. The value of your shares is not likely to go up. In financial terms, it is likely to be worth nothing to you. But you will be part of the salvation and you will officially be a part-owner. Please do not spend money that you cannot afford. This is effectively a donation (you can also make a donation without buying shares if you want).

10- Can I go to the AGM?

All those with four shares or more can go to the AGM.

11- Will Oviedo become an entirely fan-owned club?

That depends on the number of shares sold and the balance of shares after the share issue. Our hopes rest largely on small shareholders and supporters.

12- What happens next?

After the share issue there will be an AGM at which, depending on the votes of the (new and old) shareholders, a new board will be elected and the club will move forward.

 13-Will the current board continue after the share issue?

That will depend on the balance of shares after this share issue. Whoever holds a majority following the the share issue will be able to name a new board.

14 -What happens if we do not reach the target?

If we do not reach the 1,905,000 Euro target, the board will be obliged to call an AGM to dissolve the club

15- I want to buy a Real Oviedo shirt. How do I do that?

We hope that the  on line store will be up and running around November 10.