Can Rory do it?
Rory McIlroy knows there is much to be done ahead of the Masters if he is to complete the career grand slam next month.
All we have to say is congratulations to Lewis Hamilton in becoming the Formula 1 2014 World Champion. This title coupled with the 2008 championship boosts his campaign as the most successvie British athlete of all time (currently held by David Beckham). But with the new team with Mercedes Racing Lewis is expected to sign, within 5 year he could make history.
Things are climaxing in the world of Formula 1. Mercedes have already one the Constructors Title. Which leaves just one battle left - The Drivers Championship. Going into the penultemate race of the season Hamilton leads Rosberg by 24 points. In any previous season if Lewis managed to get more than 25 points ahead in Brazil we would have a winner. But not this year with those double points in Abu Dhabi it is anyone's guess who will come up top could Ricciardo sweep in and be the 2014 champion?
Mo Farah sets British Half Marathon record
Mo Farah managed to hold off Kenya’s Mike Kigen leading to him becoming the first British winner of the Great North Run men’s race.
These two top class athletes battled it out for almost the whole of the race before Farah pulled away in the last 200m of this half marathon.
He managed to set a new British half marathon record of just 1 hour, not really surprising considering he is an Olympic, world and European champion.
World Cup Victory
The team has spent months working towards their ultimate goal for no pay.
On the evening of the 17th August the hard work has finally paid off for the England’s Girls Rugby team, after taking their first World Cup title in 20 years. This team of ordinary women, included a vet, a mum , a plumber , a lifeguard and many teachers and students.They managed to achieve a 21:9 victory over Canada.
Their win was made more memorable as the women’s rugby team has been in the finals for the last 3 world charts but not triumphed.
Suarez, an accident waiting to happen
Luis Suarez, who is serving a 4 month ban for biting an Italian player in the world cup has been snapped up on the transfer market.
The Uruguay international will be moving to FC Barcelona in the summer, for the grand sum of £75m. He was voted player of the year by 2 associations after he scored 31 goals in 33 premier league games.
However Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said “he is an accident waiting to happen” and that he can’t say that he’s sorry to see him go. After many other bans, he is widely regarded as a risky player but still one of the best players in the world.
How many more bans will it take for him to learn?
Retires after 25 years!
Howard Webb is perhaps one of the most well known refs in English football and after a 25 year service he is retiring to a key officials job. Not to mention he was awarded an MBE for his service to football.
He started his career in 1989 and has now been involved in 9 main tournaments, whilst taking charge of the Champions league final and all home finals.
This year in the world cup he refereed a Group C match between Colombia and Ivory Coast and also the first knockout match.
Good luck with your new job Howard!
Come on England
England are currently in the lead of the games with 105 medals, 38 gold, 35 silver and 32 bronze. Although we are being closely chased by Australia on day 8 of 11.
The Commonwealth Games,which are now getting close to their 20th edition, have happened in 17 different cities throughout nine different countries during more than 80 years, whilst going through 4 name changes.
England now have competed at all the games, just one of six nations which have done so too. We can proudly show that we have had a rich and colourful presence and history at the competition.
Suarez 100% Barcelona
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is now "100%" a Barcelona player, the Spanish club has said.
Chelsea Football Clubhave announced a new collaboration with the iconic animated TV series The Simpsons.
In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, the Simpsons collaboration will see a co-created line of Chelsea-branded merchandise featuring Springfield's famous father and son, Homer and Bart Simpson.
To celebrate the announcement, five Chelsea players - Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Fernando Torres - have been 'Simpson-ised'.
England paceman Stuart Broad was able to laugh off the boos he received from Australian fans on the first day of the Ashes after he took 5-65 as the hosts were reduced to 273-8 in Brisbane.
"I actually really enjoyed it if I'm honest," Broad told BBC Sport.
"I braced myself to expect it, and I think I coped well - I was singing along at one stage.
Tuilagi's Bunny gesture
British and Irish Lions player Manu Tuilagi plays a prank on Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Downing Street on Monday.
The England centre has since apologised for the gesture that took place while the squad were attending a function to honour their series win in Australia. Tuilagi made a 'bunny' gesture with two fingers behind the Conservative Party leader's head while posing for a photo with British and Irish Lions team.
The England centre has since apologised for the gesture that took place while the squad were attending a function to honour their series win in Australia.
Tuilagi made a 'bunny' gesture with two fingers behind the Conservative Party leader's head while posing for a photo with British and Irish Lions team.
Safely into the group stage of the Champions League for a 16th straight season, having outclassed Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, for Arsenal the immediate crisis is over. But are they really one of the best six sides in Europe, as Uefa's seeding system would have us believe? You might question why a team that have not got beyond the last 16 of the Champions League in the past three seasons or finished higher than third in their own domestic league since 2005 - the last year the Gunners won a trophy - are still ranked as one of the heavyweights and given a more favourable draw because of it.
Champions League final
For the first time 2 German teams went head to head at Wembly for The Champions League Title, Bayern Vs. Dortmund. It was a thrilling 90 minutes, by the 87th minute at 1-1 it was looking like it would be going to extra time to try and find a winner. However Bayern secured a late goal to become champions with a 2-1 final score.
After another thrilling Master, Adam Scott, bought home a win for Australia - the first ever Australian to win a major. Cabrera did put up a fight, but Scott managed to secure the victory this year!
Wilson K Blade 98
I am an extremely avid tennis player, and have played 5 times a week now for over 7 years. I originally used the Head Radical Flexipoint, yet after years of use I decided that it was time to invest in a new set of rackets. Upon hearing that the excellent nBlade range of rackets had been superseded by the new [K] factor range of Wilson rackets I was eager to discover the feel of the new range. After much deliberation I decided to try out the [K] blade 98, since many of my peers and coaches had highly recommended it, and from the moment I struck the first ball I have not once regretted the transition to Wilson.
Boom Boom Blaze 130
I used this bat once and from the first hit I loved it. I was always interested in BoomBoom because of Shahid ‘BoomBoom’ Afridi – known for his explosive hitting. So when I got offered the chance to review this product I was so pleased and I seriously recommend their range of products.
The BoomBoom bat is designed to give you freedom and confidence in the middle. One of the differences with his bat and any other is that with the BoomBoom you can feel confidence about your game and confident about clearing the fence with a good connection.
Cricket is a fast changing game and BoomBoom is making equipment to reflect this. Their bats are so powerful that for T20s runs are being scored quicker and bigger shots are being played. Their pads and gloves are lighter with just as much protection so people can run quicker with the same amount of protection.
The quality of the product is essential to the performance as shown as their top bat “The Signature 175” got voted the best bat of 2011 by the world’s number one magazine The Wisden Cricketer. BoomBoom products are designed to give cricketers of all levels the confidence to be fearless in their approach to the game.
The BoomBoom Blaze 130 is one of the sweetest bats I have ever used. The massive edges and high spine give this bat a huge boosting profile so even when you don’t middle it, it will probably still go to the boundary. Also because of the high spine this bat has a very good pickup so you come down on the ball very sweetly and therefore getting a better connection. The balance of the bat is very even throughout so it feels comfortable to use. The handle is top quality 9 piece cane handle.
This bat has a weight range of 2lb 8oz – 2lb 13oz and is priced at about £140 which is extremely good value for a bat like this.
The Polar FT4 is aimed towards those who want basic heart rate – based features to make sure that your fitness training is as simple and relaxing as possible.
The FT4 is a great watch for those who want a heart rate – based trainer without added complications of speed and distance etc.
The watch incorporates a target zone training system, which allows you to train in between two heart rate levels – a minimum and a maximum – therefore enabling you to train at your desired level of intensity.
The FT4 displays the amount of calories you have burned during your training session. I think this feature is great as it is an interesting statistic to see whilst also making you feel good about yourself!
The FT4 shows when your fitness is improving based on your heart rate.
When training the FT4 has multiple pages which display different data. These pages are: heart rate, calories, duration and time of day and your chosen target zone. The heart rate, calories and target zone data is each displayed on a full page making it easy to read whilst training. However the duration and time of day are displayed together on one page.
When revisiting your training data and history you are shown the duration of your session, the amount of calories burnt, your average and maximum heart rate, and the amount of time your were in your chosen target zone for.
The FT4 comes with a comfortable textile transmitter which fits the body exceptionally well, and is much more pleasant to wear than a plastic transmitter. The textile hugs your chest and you barely notice it is there! The only complaint I have with it is that the transmitter that attaches to the textile strap protrudes out slightly, but not enough to bother you.
The FT4 is a great heart rate – based trainer for those who only want to know essential heart rate data in a simple way, and I struggled to find any bad points about the watch.
The Polar FT4 costs £74.50, which seems quite expensive for a basic heart rate monitor. However the FT4 has proved to be a very reliable and effective heart rate monitor.
Well we don't really think about the people who design sports kit, we just associate it with the athletes that win with it, but there are some interesting things about 2 team's kits in the London 2012 Olympics.
Obviously something to say! Their kit was design by former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney's daughter Stella McCartney!
Hopefully Usian Bolt will bring us another jaw dropping performance in kit designed by Bob Marley's Daughter!
Murray Vs. Wimbledon
For the first time in 74 years, a British Men's Tennis Player has reached the final of Wimbledon. Andy Murray will face Roger Federer in the final of the 2012 Wimbledon Men's singles final tomorrow. Had Murray lost to Tsonga in the Semi Final he would have matched the previous best in the last 74 years of Tim Henman, losing out in the Semi's 4 times. The Last time a British player won Wimbledon was the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Will Murray make a routine of winning for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee?
Chelsea the Champions
I'm sure not many of you missed, the Champions League Final on Saturday, Chelsea play Bayer Munich Munich. Bayer scored in the 83rd minute and it all looked down, but then in the 87th minute Drogba scored a wonder header, making the final score 1-1. Extra time saw nothing special 30 minutes of tackerling and no goal. So that of course led to penalties. By the 4 Chelsea was down and in the 5th Drogba stepped up to take the possible shot to win the game. He scored and Chelsea won!
Champions League Final
Chelsea have had a tough road to Munich, winning their group, losing their manager, beating Barcelona and losing their captain. Now their biggest test, is can they win the trophy they have always wanted?
Chelsea FC VS. Bayern Munich Saturday 19th May.
The Anfield Cat
All eyes were on the controversial Luis Suarez when the game between Liverpool and Tottenham kicked off two nights ago.
Fabio Capello also looked set to grab the headlines, with the paparazzi snapping him at every oportunity thanks to his berwildering stance against the FA over the John Terry saga.
However, it was a small black and white cat that grabbed the headlines during a match of few chances and lttle worthwhile incident.
The Anfield cat now has twitter too, determined to hold on to its 15 minutes of fame that little while longer.
And it seems to be working...
The 'official' Anfield cat account has got 39,964 followers on the social networking site and counting.
It would seem this kitty has claws, taking swipes at a number of underperforming players -
"Owen Hargreaves has rang my fitness coach, he is amazed I was on the pitch so long without getting injured, he’s after advice"
Check out the Anfield cat here.
Missed him? See the pitch invasion here.
World Cup Delayed...
Unfortunately the next World Cup has been delayed.
No, not the Football World Cup.
Not the Rugby World Cup.
Not even the Quidditch World Cup.
I'm talking, of course, about the Bobsleigh World Cup, taking place in Winterberg, Germany.
Gary Anderson, the performance director of Great Britians Bobsleigh team made the tweet overnight, breaking the hearts of ALL British sports fans:
'Heavy snow overnight here in Winterberg - delay to the start of Bobsleigh World Cup. Forecast for snow to continue through the day'
BBC Sports Personality of The Year
The BBC announced their shortlist for the sports personality of the year award at the beginning of this month.
Nominated are: Mark Cavendish (cycling), Darren Clarke (golf), Alastair Cook (cricket), Luke Donald (golf), Mo Farah (athletics), Dai Greene (athletics), Amir Khan (boxing), Rory McIlroy (golf), Andy Murray (tennis), Andrew Strauss (cricket)
The main point of controversy so far has got to be that, quite notably, there are no female athletes on the list. So we can only comprehend that panel of editors or 'lads' who compiled the list must be raging sexists.
Alternatively maybe they were just being considerate, knowing that the likes of Rebecca Adlington and Jessica Ennis would be far too busy in the kitchen...
Anyway, might as well have a guess at who I think will make the top three this year. Although whatever I predict will no doubt be wrong and someone completely random will win. I mean who even remembers the name of that pint sized jockey...
Here we go - 1) Luke Donald - 2) Dai Greene - 3) Rory McIlroy
It has been a good year for British golf.
Oh and how on earth did Andy Murray make the list. You cannot be serious.
Capello Can’t Keep It Up
Fabio Capello has been caught on camera having a bit of trouble keeping it up.
No, it’s not that kind of video and no I’m not talking about impotence. I’m referring to, of course about his embarrassing attempt at keepy-uppy that has got nearly 40,000 hits online.
Fabs had a successful playing career with the likes of Roma, Milan and Juventus, but this clip certainly doesn’t show him at his best.
I particularly like that after he fails he has to go and collect the ball himself, just like a kick-about in the playground.
Short but sweet - watch it here.
ATP World Tour Finals
The groups stages for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London have been announced.
Brit Andy Murray will play world number one Novak Djokovic in the first game of his group. He will then have to play David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych in the 'round robin' style tournament.
The other group includes former world number one's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with flamboyant Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga and American Mardy Fish completing the line-up.
The tournament is the pinnacle of the tennis calendar with the top eight players in the world competing against each other. The top two performers from each group will go through to the semi-finals, and then surprisingly the two winners of the semi-finals will compete to win the final accolade of the year.
The event starts November 20th and goes on for a week.
I can't look past Novak Djokovic and can see him winning the title to cap off an outstanding year of tennis. If you think differently then post an article and tell us who you think will win.
Buccaneers 18 Bears 24
American football fever hit London Sunday night, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears faced off at Wembley arena in a franchise game.
It was the second time Tampa Bay had crossed the Atlantic to play on English soil and unfortunately for them their second loss when doing so. Maybe they should just stay stateside from now on.
The Bears dominated the first three quarters of the game, and looked sure to pick up the victory heading into the fourth with a commanding 21-5 lead. Credit where credit is due though, the Buccaneers pulled it back to 24-18 making it a nail biting few minutes for Bears fans with tensions running high. Eventually the Bears defence managed to hold on and earning a well deserved victory.
I won't go into individual touchdowns, but you can check them out on BBC iPlayer until the 30th Oct.
The biggest cheers of the night however went to a squirrel that somehow made its way onto the pitch during the game. Chants of SQUIREL SQUIREL, SQUIREL and WE LOVE YOU SQUIREL WE DO echoed around the stadium as the little critter ran down the field and into the scoring zone. See if you can spot him here.
My England XI
So, England have qualified for the Euro 2012 finals in less than spectacular fashion, with a 2-2 draw vs Montenegro.
Here is my England 'dream team' if you will, of course in the real world some may be suspended (cough Rooney, cough what an idiot) or injured and of course in my dreams Xavi and Iniesta would be English, but there we go...
GK - Joe Hart - Who else?
LD - Ashley Cole - Not much competition here either. Still one of the top Left Backs in the world.
CD - John Terry - Captain
CD - Phil jones - Really good at United, an attacking central defender, I think he'd do well alongside Terry. (Sorry Rio and Cahill!)
RD - Kyle Walker - So much pace, and great at taking on players. Puts him ahead of Micah Richards and Glen Johnson in my book.
CM - Scott Parker - Holding midfielder.
CM - Steven Gerrard - Providing he still has it! Can't remember the last time I saw him kick a ball.
CM - Jack Wilshire - Adds balance to the midefield.
LW - Ashley Young/Theo Walcott - Both great wide players that can score too. Constantly switching will confuse the opposition.
ST - Wayne Rooney - Unfortunately, he is the best striker we've got.
RW - Theo Walcott/Ashley Young - Both great wide players that can score too. Constantly switching will confuse the opposition.
David Beckham - Just because.
Not too many radical changes in my team then, but a good balance of youth and experience I think. Post you're own team here if you think you can do better than Fabio Capello or me!
Carlos Tevez? Oh, he refused to play in the Champions League? Really? Wow, well this has been kept very quiet I've only just heard about it...
Never before have I turned on Sky Sports news and seen such a big deal made out of something so little.
Not that i'm trying to justify the players actions in anyway - he was always going to be trouble this season and the fact that he clearly wanted to leave would have been enough for me to sell him in the summer transfer window for as much as possible. (well on Football Manager that's what I would have done...)
The coverage from Sky Sports completely hyperbolised the issue though. I'm almost certain they asked every single manager in the world on his opinion, regardless of stature. Johan Cruyff, Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis, Chris Hughton, the list is never ending.
Players have refused to play in the past - Paul Scholes for instance. I'm almost certain an epidemic wasn't called back then, unlike it has been this week. True Scholes apologised and the conduct shown by Tevez has been pretty awful, but it has been throughout his four years in England. So was it really such a surprise?
Anyway I no longer care what happens to Tevez. At the moment he is suspended, and it looks as though City are looking to sack him.
This is good news for the likes of Mario Balotelli however, he was frozen out a few weeks ago and now could squeeze his way back into Mancini’s plans. Super Mario is hilarious on and off the pitch, so we won't suffer any lack of entertainment.
This ends yet another comment piece on the Carlos Tevez saga, I wouldn't blame you if you hadn't read this far...
EDIT: My favourite quote, "He's a bad apple" - Graeme Souness.
Are you watching the rugby world cup?
I'm as passionate about English sport as the next person, but unfortunately my student sleeping pattern means that I have missed much of the action in the current Rugby World Cup.
Needless to say I'm going to struggle once more to get up at 8:30 in the morning for England's clash with Scotland this Saturday. Now, obviously there is nothing I can do about the time difference in New Zealand, so I'll stop moaning.
From what I've seen so far it has been good from England, not perfect, but a lot better than they have started World Cup campaigns in the past. Wilkinson's kicking was far below par against Argentina (even if some of the penalties were at difficult angles), but the demolition of Romania was rather pleasing. Scotland will pose a stern challenge though, and should not be taken lightly.
New Zealand and South Africa have done well, as expected, with NZ the highest scorers racking up 161 and South Africa boasting the sturdiest defence, conceding just 19. Australia will no doubt still be amongst the favourites and will improve after their blip losing to an impressive Irish side. If England are to progress, then these are the three obvious teams to fear. Yet, having won it in 2003 and got to the finals once more in 2007, you can't help but have a glimmer of hope...
This concludes my brief review of the World Cup so far (really, really brief)
If you're brave enough to get up early, or have seen more of the matches and fancy giving us your opinion/review, upload an article here and we'll get it on the site asap.
Great Britain 71 Netherlands 55
Andy Murray failed to win a grandslam, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have been left in Sebastian Vettel's dust and the chance of a cohesive British football team for the 2012 London Olympics looks less and less likely to work.
However, pride could still be restored to British sport this year from an unlikely source.
Great Britain’s disabled basketball men’s team - the GB Bulldogs, came from behind to beat Netherlands 71-55 to make the European Championships Semi-Finals in Israel.
GB head coach, Murray Treseder, said “It’s always good to win a quarter final, and that win has really got a monkey off our backs which has been their since losing to France in the quarters of the World Championships.”
“We played well and were very switched on in the last three quarters of the game.”
GB now face a tricky battle against Poland if they are to make the finals of the tournament.
The women’s team made the semi-finals too, with a 45-36 win, also against the Netherlands.
Epic Penalty Fail
All you have to do is kick the ball from 12 yards out and get it in the net. Simple?
Not if you're English!
Or not if you're Amir Sayoud. His team Al Ahly were 4-0 up in some sort of cup competition in Egypt when this happened.
Then the ref booked him. Humiliating.
Bolt Bottles It
What looked sure to be a routine win for Usain Bolt at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea ended in heartache for the fastest man in the world.
The Jamaican made a false start in the final of the 100m, disqualifying him instantly and allowing his fellow countryman Yohan Blake to take gold.
The line up for the final was missing both Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell through injury, the only two men capable of coming anywhere near Bolt in terms of speed in the past few years.
However, Bolt failed to take advantage of the weakened field and came out of the blocks far too soon before the gun had sounded. He knew what he had done immediatly and took his shirt off, disgusted with himself.
This comes after British athletes Dwain Chambers and Christine Ohuruogu suffered the same fate for false starts already in these championships
The rest of the field could scarcely believe their luck, but it was Yohan Blake who took full advantage and grabbed the gold in 9.92 seconds. American Walter Dix won silver, whilst veteran Kim Collins got bronze.
Watch Bolt's false start and the race here.
At 16 he broke into Anderlecht’s first team.
At 17 he broke into Belgium’s first team.
Now at 18, Romelu Lukaku faces the biggest challenge of his life, breaking into Chelsea’s starting XL ahead of Daniel Sturridge, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba
You may have heard of the young Belgian through his prolific scoring record as a youth player, 131 goals in 93 games (Anderlecht youth team)
Or more recently for his first team performances at Anderlecht domestically or for his national team. Of course anyone who has played Football Manager will know that the young Belgian is destined for greatness!
He had been linked to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, Mancester City and Liverpool in the past, but there was only one team he wanted to play for. A few days ago Lukaku signed for the club he has supported since he was 9 years old for £20 million, Chelsea.
For those that don’t know much about him, his playing style has been compared to Didier Drogba, one of his heroes, but also one of the players whose place in the team he will be hoping to usurp. At 6’3 he is a big, strong front man, and uses both feet for clinical finishing. He has electrifying pace too, an attribute not synonymous with Drogba. He has a combination of speed, technique and power that will leave premier league defenses at his mercy. Watch him here.
Lukaku may have to wait for his chance to break into the team, but with the youngest Premier League manager, Andres Villas-Boas at the helm, you would have to guess that he isn’t going to have to wait very long.
The one thing harder than breaking into the starting XL will be staying there...
Murray Crashes Out...Again
The US Open looms and with it Andy Murray’s last chance to win that elusive first Grand Slam, for another season at least.
So a good run out at the Rogers Cup in Vancouver this month would have been vital in the Brit's preparations for the Slam.
Having received a bye in the first round, Andy was handed what was supposed to be a routine second round game against Keven Anderson - world number 35. Routine it was not.
The South African overpowered Murray with some huge serves. Although it was a colossal amount of unforced errors that eventually led to Murray’s premature exit from the competition, with a disappointing 6-3, 6-1 loss.
The US open commences 29th August, and Murray will know that he needs to be on the top of his game if he is going to beat the likes of Djokovic, Federer or Nadal.
At this rate, he may not even make it far enough in the tournament to play them...
Manchester United 3 Manchester City 2
The last four winners of the Community Shield have gone on to win the Premier League in the same season.
Combine this with the fact that it is one of biggest derbies in the footballing world and this becomes more than a glorified preseason friendly. In pure entertainment value alone it was much more.
United started the better of the two teams, however, City struck twice before half-time to stun the Premier League champions. Joleon Lescott headed in a David Silva freekick, followed swiftly by a long range Edin Dzeko strike, which nervy debut goalkeeper Davide De Gea really should have saved.
United made changes at halftime, substituting Rio Ferdinand and Nermanja Vidic for Jonny Evans and Phil Jones, but perhaps more significantly Michael Carrick for Tom Cleverly.
Immediately United grabbed a goal back, after Chris Smalling got onto the end of an Ashely Young free kick to make it 2-1.
Then lovely Barcelona-esque passing and build up play between Nani, Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverly ended in an equaliser, with Nani providing a tidy finish.
From then on there was a real tussle for possession, with chances for both sides to add a third.
It came in the final few minutes, when a rare mistake from Vincent Kompany let Nani through one-on-one with Joe Hart, and there was only going to be one winner.
United’s fight back was inspired by their young players coming through the ranks, with experienced players such as Ryan Giggs, Park Ji-Sung and Javier Hernandez not featuring. This shows the depth of the United squad, which will surely strike fear into the rest of the league.
City didn’t give a debut to Sergio Aguero, but will learn from the game, which should make the next derby another intriguing contest.
Sergio Aguero has in the last few days completed his record breaking £38m (reported) move to Manchester City.
The Argentine joins a long list of strikers already at the club, and whilst it looks like Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz have all played their last game for the club, the future of Carlos Tevez is still subject to speculation.
If Tevez stays then City will surely have the most fearsome frontline in the premier league, this is assuming misfiring Edin Dzeko starts hitting the target and bad boy Mario Balotelli stops throwing darts at youth players.
Aguero is known for his magnificent skill and spectacular finishing ability, but the real question is... can he do a backflip penalty?
If I don't see any of Manchester City's big money signings attempt this in the upcoming season then I will be more than disappointed.
Senna The Movie
Asif Kapadia’s Senna is a truly remarkable and sublime film. This is not a movie as so much a documentary of the final 10 years of Ayrton Senna's life. It is however a documentary with a twist in so much as there is no commentary over the top of the footage or any current day interviews. All of the footage is original from the period and this is demonstrated through some fairly fuzzy footage. The magic of this movie is the use of never before seen clips such as the drivers pre race briefings taken from Bernie Ecclestone's personal archives.
Ayrton Senna was, to put it quite simply, a complete legend both on and off the track and this film captures his personality in a way that makes the viewer feel like they actually knew the great man personally. From the controversy surrounding his relationship with Alain Prost, his deep concern for the safety of other drivers (when he was not squeezing them in one of his infamous overtaking manoeuvres where he would leave the other driver the choice of crashing or letting him past), his charity to work and his passion for racing and winning; this film is a masterpiece.
My personal highlight of the film is the footage where Ayrton wins his first ever Brazilian Grand Prix and through the effort of the drive and the sheer elation and passion of his celebration he passes out behind the wheel and has to be helped from the car.
Senna;s charisma is infectious and as a result so is this film. Go and see it!
Italy write History
The Six nations has been a massive Joy ride with unexpected results coming in Left, right and Center. Although now it has been taken to the next level. On Saturday 12 march Italy achieved their best win ever by beating Previous Six Nations champions France by 1 point! France started the match score by landing in a try and a penalty, Italy then bit back with two penalties from the Italian Kicker Berbamasco on hot form that day. It remained that way till the second half. The second half started with France bagging a simple penalty, They then scored a converted try this brought them to a 18-6 lead. But then Italy turned it round, they ran a try into the corner and scored the conversion, they then soon had a penalty which brought them to 16-18, France and Italy then both got penalties, the score came to 19-21. This was getting tense, but then Italy scored an amazingly difficult penalty right on the touch line bringing them to 22-21 with only five minutes to go. After that Italy went all out Defence. France Pushed and Pushed but could not break the line, French supporters could hardly watch as the last play commenced but to no avail, the ruck was held up and the referee blew his whistle and it was all over, Italy had beaten France. I would have loved to have been Italian that night! :D
Ready for the Bosh
This years Six Nations is set to beone of the best tournaments since it all began. England are slight odds on favourites and we at Capital VIP rate their chances highly.
Our first and biggest test comes this Friday against Wales. Get your banter goggles on and watchit all on the BBC.
Here is you tube clip of last year's tpurnament, jsut incase you were not int the moody!
Pro Surfer and Skater Kalani David
Looking through the promo videos for GoPro cameras, we came across this 13 year old skate and surf sensation Kalani David.
Check his skating out on this link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2iUvDSfVuU.
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American Football give it a try this season! Being an american native I enjoy the football season enormously.. but its hard to find anyone in england to discuss it with!! I thought I might catch you up on this season :) Teams to love: The Giants (my personal favourite) This season Eli Manning ( the quarter back) has been awesome! They're last game was a loss :'( but they're still making it to the playoffs The Colts Quarter Back: Peyton Manning (Names one of the most valuable players in the NFL) You can check out all the scores and play backs at the official NFL website : http://www.nfl.com/
Monday Football - Man U vs Arsenal
Every year the Manchester United and Arsenal game is one of the most highly anticpated matches of the Premier League Calendar! And this year with Arsenal top of the table and Man United behind by 1 point in Second, it is guaranteed to be a hard fought and hot tempered match. Probably explains why it is going to have its own Monday night billing!
Here at Capital VIP we cannot wait!
To get us in the mood we thought we would provide some You Tube links for you to cringe or reminisce over (including an absolute scorcher from Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League Semi Final!). Enjoy. x
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England finally back on track?
England rugby is finally seeing clear skies as they crushed australia recently in a 35-18 victory, its a start at least with the world cup coming up this year england might be in position to start 2011 with a blast, martin Johnson has turned england around, he says they are in good spirits for facing samoa soon, well done england :)
Here are some highlights for you - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/9187428.stm.
A star is born
Anyone watching the game last night would have seen the arrival of Man U's latest sensation. Chicarito is what his friends call him; it mean's Little Pea.
With only 13 minutes to make his mark he managed to hit the post and score the only and winning goal of a very exciting game. Already being compared to Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer he is bound to wow Red Devil fans for years to come.
And at only £6 million he is deffo a bargain. Much better than any of the overpriced pre-Madonna's at Man City.
Come on the Reds and All Hail Chicarito!
I just got back from a weekend of Coasteering in Newquay in Cornwall and just wanted to share my experiance with everyone at Capital VIP. Where to begin..... coasteering is just the most amazing thing I have ever done and I will definately be doing it again; soon I hope! I did it in Newquay and I have to say the coastline in that area of the country is spectacular although for me it wasn't the scenery that made it so special; I just love that feeling of falling. If you like roller coasters and that feeling you get where you stomach is trying to push your lungs through your throat, then this is the sport for you! I've herad that Wales is pretty good for this as well.
Check this out! A fishing rod you can fit in your pencil case - this pen is no longer than 8 inches. However, take the lid off and extend the nib, you will end up with a 4ft aluminium alloy fishing rod with a 5lb breaking strain and miniturised reel. Only £24.99 from iwantoneofthose.com
Save the Vuvuzela
According to the Daily Telegraph: 'At least six leading clubs in the English Premier League have banned the vuvuzela from their grounds in the coming football season. Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Birmingham, Everton, Fulham and West Ham have all said that the plastic horns, which became notorious for their loud droning sound during the World Cup in South Africa, will not be allowed inside their stadiums'.
This is disaster and we should start a petition to not just allow the vuvuzela but to make it mandatory for all supporters entering a football ground to have one. Nothing is more pleasing than seeing greasy overpaid slime balls like Ronaldo whingeing because they couldn\'t hear their equally pathetic (you must have seen the way the cry when they fall over - this wouldn\'t happen in rugby) team mates call for a pass.
We love the vuvuzela!!
Jenson or Lewis??
With McLaren's all British line up for 2010 things are really hotting up in the world of Formula 1. Two World Champions in one team and both are English; I know what your thinking, it is almost too good to be true. And this gives us a problem - who should we support?
With Hamilton and Button first and second in the Championship respectively at the moment, I reckon this is a fair representation of who is the better racing driver. Hamilton became the World Champion in his second year of Formula 1 having defeated his bitter rival and team mate Fernando Alonso in his first season and his aggressive style of racing is more entertaining to watch than any other driver on the grid at the moment. In my opinion he is undoubtedly the best of these two Brits, but there is a problem..... Jenson Button is far cooler than Lewis Hamilton could ever be - even his name is cool. Would you rather be a Lewis or a Jenson; its not a tough one. Jenson is also the slight underdog in this pair. I think I want Jenson to win, but deep down we all know it will be Lewis who has the last laugh.
Michael Schumacher is widely regarded as the best racing driver the world has ever known (to the great disappointment of Stirling Moss), but is his return to the big time even too much for him?
We are now well into the Formula 1 season and so far Schumacher has made a fairly laclustre impact on the grid. With his best position of the season a fourth place at Turkey, he has only just started to be able to give his team mate Nico Rosberg. This is important though, because at the beggining of the season he could not get close to Rosberg and after seven races it seems that Michael has improved sufficiently to beat his fellow countryman. With this rate of improvment it could well mean we see a Schumacher victory before the end of the season. And that's great - if he was Robert Kubica he might be happy with a win this season, but he is not, he is supposedly the greatest racing driver ever and 1 or even 2 wins will not satisfy his fans who were all expecting the Schuey dominance of old.
To put his prospects for the 2010 season into perspective lets look back at some of Michael's records - in the history of Formula 1 he has the most Championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and the most races won in a single season (2004). In 2002 he became the only driver ever to finish every race in either 1st, 2nd or 3rd. So yes, even if he wins one or two races this season, this come back can only ever be deemed as a failure - sorry Michael!