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Manchester City Open £200million Soccer Academy

From The Mirror:

Manchester City’s new City Football Academy has been used for training purposes by the club since October but tomorrow it will be officially opened to the community.For an outlay of £200million you would expect quality, but these new pictures reveal just how state-of-the-art the facility is.

The CFA, or Etihad Campus as it is also known, has 16.5 football pitches, of which 12.5 are dedicated to youth development, and there is also an Academy Stadium on site, to be used for elite development squad’s and Man CIty Women, which holds 7,000 spectators.For the first team squad there is the Performance Centre, where the likes of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero will be training.

It includes a full-size indoor synthetic pitch, with seating for 200 people, as well as a gym, medical rooms, a relaxation lounge, teaching rooms, swimming pools and office space.The Academy will be home to over 450 players training every week, from under 6’s to the first team, and there are bedrooms for academy players living on site.

As well as the footballing benefits the CFA brings, the club also boasts that 2,000 new mature trees have been brought on site, while there is 46 acres of managed grass, wildflower meadows and landscape areas.

Above are only three of the pictures so click the hyperlink to view the entire gallery to understand how grandiose this academy is. These facilities are top-notch and after years of working out in crappy gyms and subpar fields I am getting so jealous just looking at these pictures. If I was a young talent and I went on an official visit to this academy I would sign on the dotted line so fast it would make your head spin. It is facilities like this that further support Jurgen Klinsmann’s controversial point of view that American players need to go to Europe to develop. No club team in America has facilities that come close to matching this and they won’t for awhile. A club needs a lot of money to construct something like this but it is a investment worth taking. Due to the ever-growing transfer fees in the international soccer market Manchester City could recoup their investment into this academy in less than a decade. That is not an exaggeration either.

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NYC FC Releases Their Inaugural Home Kit

Frank Lampard doesn’t even need to get a different jersey after his loan ends at Manchester City. Instead, he can just wear his Manchester City jersey when he plays in MLS next season and no one will be able to notice the difference. I expected so much better than this after all the mock fan designs I saw before this announcement. It is not that the Manchester City jersey’s are bad but I expected New York City FC to at least alter the look to separate themselves a little bit from their father club. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” applies here in some way but I’m hoping the away kit takes more risks.

Manchester City And Newcastle Release Ugly Christmas Sweaters

This is a great idea. I always thought it was funny how ugly Christmas sweaters used to be a reminder of cheesy family traditions and the poor way in which your mom forced you to dress during the holidays and now it’s a humorous fashion statement. These days you are less likely to find your dad wearing this and more likely to find your friends wearing these at a holiday party. Great job by the merchandise departments of both Newcastle and Manchester City to find a a way to get involved in this silly fad. Hopefully more teams follow suit.

Is Moyes Out or is This More Media Hoopla?

Check out these articles about David Moyes and his future at Manchester United. Just in case you live under a red veil of positivity, United lost to cross-town rivals Manchester City 3-0. The team gifted a goal just forty seconds into the game. They fought back valiantly but to no end product. I feel like Sir Alex Ferguson is only attending these games to confirm to himself that he made the right move to get out of town before the soccerpocalypse begins. Check out these articles below. Some interesting reasons to get rid of the man expected to bring the reds to glory.

Not just one, but thirty-one reasons why Moyes needs to leave United

Here is a positive article already replacing Moyes with potential winners.

And lastly, an article that says Moyes is tarnishing Sir Alex Ferguson.

moyesI’d be scratching my head too if I had no idea what to do. Or is I had a passionate fan berate me after a 3-0 drubbing by Manchester City. Or if my team had found its way closer to the bottom half than the top of the league after an incredible league crown last season. Shall I continue?

Cardiff City Makes Massive Statement

Two weeks down, two big upsets so far.  Last week saw Arsenal lose to lowly Aston Villa as the Gunners were odds on favorites to at least get points from the match.  This week provided a thrilling 3-2 upset victory for Cardiff City over Manchester City.  In case you missed the highlights, check them out here:

 

 

Last seasons Championship winners made a massive statement to the rest of the Premier League with this win.  Down 1-0 after Dzeko’s masterful strike, Cardiff showed great resiliency as they kept attacking the Man City defense.  Aron Gunnarsson cleaned up a rebound off Joe Hart to level the scoring at 1-1.  Two corner kicks subsequently found the head of Frazier Campbell as the Man City defenders looked rather unconvincing to say the least.  Clearly Man City misses their rock at center back with Vincent Kompany sidelined for at least a month.  Lescott and  Javi Garcia looked rather lost out there at times, especially on the two set piece goals by Campbell.  With Kompany out for a somewhat lengthy spell, Man City may be in the market for a center half to sure up the defense in Kompany’s absence.

Manchester City will try to right the ship next weekend against another Championship promoted club, Hull City who downed Norwich this past weekend.  Losses to two newly promoted clubs in a row would be a disastrous start for the Premier League runner-ups from last season.  Meanwhile, Cardiff will try to continue their momentum from their unlikely victory next weekend when they face Everton.  Should their confidence continue to grow, Cardiff could be a team to reckon with this season and will hardly be an easy 3 points for the top clubs – just ask Man City.

Liverpool and Tottenham continued their winning ways with each earning consecutive 1-0 victories in the first two matches.  Liverpool have looked comfortable in their wins over Stoke and Villa, but will be tested next weekend as they welcome Manchester United to Anfield, which will provide a good barometer for where the club stands against the top of the table clubs.

On the other side, Tottenham are set up for an early season Derby with rivals Arsenal next weekend.  The two clubs may be distracted for different reasons.  Arsenal look to bring in quality players before deadline day to provide some relief for their oft-injured squad.  Tottenham will be focusing on either the sale or retaining of their highly-coveted winger, Gareth Bale.  At the moment, Tottenham look like the better squad even without Bale, but Arsenal have 5 days to do some business before Saturdays match if they would like to bring in some players before deadline day.  A victory or draw tomorrow will provide a chance for Arsenal to recruit some players wanting Champion’s League action this season.  However, Arsene Wenger’s transfer ambitions seem to be lacking, so the Arsenal faithful shouldn’t be holding their breath.

English Premier League Predictions for 2013/2014 – Part 2

6 weeks ago, I posted predictions for the upcoming Premier League season.  If you happened to miss it you can read the article here.  With the transfer window half over, here are my updated predictions based on rosters and rumors as of today.  Over at premierleague.com, you can view the latest up-to-date official transfers for all the Premier League clubs.

Tier 1

1) Manchester United (+0) – Eerily quiet in the transfer window for the Red Devils.  However, you know the old motto: “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.  If they start the season with their current squad, they should remain favorites to repeat.  However, losing Rooney would put a big chink in their armor, especially if it is to another Premier League club.

2) Manchester City (+1) – What a difference 6 weeks makes.  I had Chelsea at the #2 spot last prediction, but Manchester City has made two more key signings.  To go along with Jesus Navas and Fernadinho, they also added Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic to their attacking side.  These are two great signings and much needed with the departure of Balotelli last season and Tevez most recently.  Aguero, Negredo, Jovetic give City top class options at the attacking positions.  We’ll see how Jovetic fairs in his first Premier League season.

3) Chelsea (-1) – Chelsea has been quiet since the transfer window opened.  Only adding Andre Schurrle, who was an early summer signing.  They missed out on Cavani, who ended up at PSG.  Can they steal Rooney from United as the reports suggest they are trying to do?  If Rooney does make a move to the Blues, it would certainly close the gap among the top 3.  However, I was expecting another high profile signing or two by now which is why they dropped below the ambitious Manchester City.

Tier 2

4) Tottenham (+1) – For now, Bale is still a Hotspur.  However, if the latest reports are true regarding Real Madrid’s bid, maybe not for long.  As of today though, they have added Paulinho, who is a good signing to bolster the midfield.  They are also in advanced talks to sign Soldado which would be a great signing as they are in need of a quality striking option.  With that said, if Bale leaves, you can kiss 4th place goodbye.  I see 4th as their highest possible finish, but could drop to as low as 6th or even 7th should Bale depart.

5) Arsenal (-1) – Arsenal’s transfer rumors have been discussed at length on this site and there is seemingly a different development daily.  With that said, their ONLY signing thus far is Yaya Sanogo, a French U-20 International with a checkered injury record.  They missed out on likely transfers Higuain and Jovetic, and have put all their focus on signing the controversial Luis Suarez.  They have done very well in clearing out some of the dead weight that has plagued them for a few seasons, they just need to fill those spots with some quality signings now to challenge the top 3.  Suarez would obviously bump them up to the top tier while simultaneously dropping Liverpool into the Tier 3 range.  We’ll see how Arsenal’s summer plays out but this could be the make or break year as they always seem to be a few players away.  I don’t see them dropping any lower than 5th, so they can only go up from here depending on who they happen to acquire.

Tier 3

6) Liverpool (+0) – Not too much has changed with Liverpool since the last post.  Suarez is still on the squad, for now.  They did ship the struggling Pepe Reina off to Napoli and brought in Simon Mignolet as a replacement and potential upgrade.  Otherwise, they have been fairly quiet this offseason which doesn’t bode well for an above average squad.  Should they lose Suarez, they would need to replace him with two quality signings to remain in tier 2.

7) Everton (+0) – Also having a quiet transfer window thus far.  They did bring in Arouna Kone from Wigan, which could be a good risk/reward type of transfer should he stay healthy.  If they can hang onto Baines and Fellaini, and add another quality player or two, they could potentially fight for a Champions League spot, but as of now are a couple signings away from that level.

Tier 4

8) Swansea (+0) – Swansea has been relatively busy this transfer window.  They have added a few good players that should help them finish in the top half of the table yet again.  Wilfried Bony should prove to be a great signing to take some of the goal scoring pressure off of Michu.  Jonathan De Guzman could be a valuable loan signing that will solidify their midfield, while Jonjo Shelvey will look for a career resurgence after his move from Liverpool.  I look for Swansea to be a pesky team for the top clubs and certainly not an easy club to earn points from.

9) Newcastle United (+0) – Still no forward replacement for Ba.  However, they have retained all of their important players and look to rebound from a disappointing campaign last season.  They have the talent, let’s see if that leads to results this time around.  The chemistry should be there this season if they can maintain focus.

10) Southampton (Unranked) – Rounding out the top 10 I think will be Southampton.  They have only made two signings so far, but two signings that will greatly improve their squad.  By spending a combined 20m on Defender Dejan Lovren and Forward Victor Wanyama, they added quality to both ends of the pitch.  Wanyama could be one of the most underrated Premier League signings this season.

Dropped from top 10: Fulham

Tottenham and Manchester City have made the highest impact signings so far, which is represented by their bump up in the projected table.  I have a feeling this will be a very interesting final month of the transfer window.  I will post my final predictions following deadline day, once the clubs are finalized at least until January.

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