HEADING TO TURKEY

Ryan Babel has signed for the Turkish club Kasimpasa. The manager of the club, Shota Arveladze, confirmed his signing yesterday.

Babel’s former club Ajax Amsterdam decided not to give him a contract extension at the end of the last season. So, the Dutch international was available on a free transfer.

Babel had joined Ajax for the second time in his career at the start of the last season. He had signed just a 1-year deal with his boyhood club.

Babel’s performance for Ajax in the last season was not that poor. He had featured for them in 22 games and had found the back of the net 5 times. He had also assisted 7 goals.

Actually, Babel had begun his career at Ajax. He started playing for the senior team of Ajax in 2004. His debut match was against ADO Den Haag. That was an Eredivisie match and Ajax won it by a huge margin of 4-0.

Babel didn’t get any more playing opportunities in the remaining part of 2003-04 season. His first goal for Ajax came in the first half of the next season in a match against De Graafschap.

Babel always struggled for consistency during his first tenure at Ajax and that’s why, he never managed to cement his spot in the starting XI.

Babel played 73 games for Ajax during his first tenure and netted 14 times.

In July 2007, Babel was sold to Liverpool. The transfer fee paid by the Reds for buying Babel was 14 Million Pounds.
After signing for Kasimpasa, Babel said, “People of Turkey absolutely love their football and I am looking forward to playing there. It would be fun playing in front of jam packed crowds.”

Babel has signed a 3-year deal with Kasimpasa.

Ryan Babel has signed for the Turkish club Kasimpasa. The manager of the club, Shota Arveladze, confirmed his signing yesterday.

Babel’s former club Ajax Amsterdam decided not to give him a contract extension at the end of the last season. So, the Dutch international was available on a free transfer.

Babel had joined Ajax for the second time in his career at the start of the last season. He had signed just a 1-year deal with his boyhood club.

Babel’s performance for Ajax in the last season was not that poor. He had featured for them in 22 games and had found the back of the net 5 times. He had also assisted 7 goals.

Actually, Babel had begun his career at Ajax. He started playing for the senior team of Ajax in 2004. His debut match was against ADO Den Haag. That was an Eredivisie match and Ajax won it by a huge margin of 4-0.

Babel didn’t get any more playing opportunities in the remaining part of 2003-04 season. His first goal for Ajax came in the first half of the next season in a match against De Graafschap.

Babel always struggled for consistency during his first tenure at Ajax and that’s why, he never managed to cement his spot in the starting XI.

Babel played 73 games for Ajax during his first tenure and netted 14 times.

In July 2007, Babel was sold to Liverpool. The transfer fee paid by the Reds for buying Babel was 14 Million Pounds.
After signing for Kasimpasa, Babel said, “People of Turkey absolutely love their football and I am looking forward to playing there. It would be fun playing in front of jam packed crowds.”

Babel has signed a 3-year deal with Kasimpasa.

TIME FOR ERIKSEN TO GO?

The director of football at Ajax Amsterdam, Marc Overmars, has admitted that Christian Eriksen might want to take a transfer at the end of this season.

A lot of big clubs have shown interest in signing Eriksen recently and a couple of months back, Eriksen himself had also admitted that he would like to play for a Premier League or a La Liga club. So, there have been speculations that Eriksen might leave Ajax during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Premier League clubs which have shown interest in Eriksen are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

When asked if he thinks that Eriksen might leave the club at the end of the ongoing season, Overmars said, “That might be the case. Obviously, we don’t want him to take a transfer as he has been a match winner for us. Let’s see what happens. If Christian gets offers from big clubs, obviously, he would want to leave. But, if he doesn’t get big offers, probably, he would stay here.”

Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, has also hinted that the Danish midfielder would consider a move away during the summer transfer window.

Schoots said, “It’s not the right time to talk about transfer issues. The season is still in progress and Christian only wants to focus on his game at this point of time. After the end of the season, we will see. But, I would not say that he would not accept any offer during the summer transfer window. If he gets a good offer, he might accept it.”

Eriksen had joined Ajax in October 2008. Ajax had paid a transfer fee of 1 million Euros for buying him from Odense Boldklub.

Eriksen has played 99 matches for Ajax so far and has netted 20 times.

The director of football at Ajax Amsterdam, Marc Overmars, has admitted that Christian Eriksen might want to take a transfer at the end of this season.

A lot of big clubs have shown interest in signing Eriksen recently and a couple of months back, Eriksen himself had also admitted that he would like to play for a Premier League or a La Liga club. So, there have been speculations that Eriksen might leave Ajax during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Premier League clubs which have shown interest in Eriksen are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

When asked if he thinks that Eriksen might leave the club at the end of the ongoing season, Overmars said, “That might be the case. Obviously, we don’t want him to take a transfer as he has been a match winner for us. Let’s see what happens. If Christian gets offers from big clubs, obviously, he would want to leave. But, if he doesn’t get big offers, probably, he would stay here.”

Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, has also hinted that the Danish midfielder would consider a move away during the summer transfer window.

Schoots said, “It’s not the right time to talk about transfer issues. The season is still in progress and Christian only wants to focus on his game at this point of time. After the end of the season, we will see. But, I would not say that he would not accept any offer during the summer transfer window. If he gets a good offer, he might accept it.”

Eriksen had joined Ajax in October 2008. Ajax had paid a transfer fee of 1 million Euros for buying him from Odense Boldklub.

Eriksen has played 99 matches for Ajax so far and has netted 20 times.

DE BOER WILL STAY

The Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed that he has already turned down two opportunities to leave the club. The manager of the Dutch team has said that he received a great offer from Spartak Moscow, who are currently without a manager following the sacking of the former Valencia manager Unai Emery.

It is thought that they had made Frank de Boer their number one target, but the Ajax manager has revealed that he has turned down that opportunity to remain with the Dutch club. De Boer is in the process of rebuilding the Ajax team to the former glory.

Despite being in a very tough group in the Champions League, de Boer has been able to get Ajax to the Europa league knockout stages. They are also third in the Dutch Eredivisie, but just three points behind leaders PSV. Hence, they have a real opportunity to win the title this season. Despite having a number of volatile players in the squad, de Boer has been able to bring them together and get results. It has impressed the eastern European club Spartak Moscow, who were on the lookout for a replacement for Emery. As a result, Spartak Moscow have now appointed the technical director Valery Karpin as the manager till the end of the season.

“My work with Ajax is not finished. There is still a lot of growth in this team and at Ajax I have fun every day. Also my family played a part in my decision. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife. She owns her own shop where she has a lot of fun. Was I supposed to tell them ‘we are going to Russia?’ No. Money is not the most important thing. Six million euros net per year from Spartak was a lot of money but that’s me,” said de Boer.

The Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed that he has already turned down two opportunities to leave the club. The manager of the Dutch team has said that he received a great offer from Spartak Moscow, who are currently without a manager following the sacking of the former Valencia manager Unai Emery.

It is thought that they had made Frank de Boer their number one target, but the Ajax manager has revealed that he has turned down that opportunity to remain with the Dutch club. De Boer is in the process of rebuilding the Ajax team to the former glory.

Despite being in a very tough group in the Champions League, de Boer has been able to get Ajax to the Europa league knockout stages. They are also third in the Dutch Eredivisie, but just three points behind leaders PSV. Hence, they have a real opportunity to win the title this season. Despite having a number of volatile players in the squad, de Boer has been able to bring them together and get results. It has impressed the eastern European club Spartak Moscow, who were on the lookout for a replacement for Emery. As a result, Spartak Moscow have now appointed the technical director Valery Karpin as the manager till the end of the season.

“My work with Ajax is not finished. There is still a lot of growth in this team and at Ajax I have fun every day. Also my family played a part in my decision. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife. She owns her own shop where she has a lot of fun. Was I supposed to tell them ‘we are going to Russia?’ No. Money is not the most important thing. Six million euros net per year from Spartak was a lot of money but that’s me,” said de Boer.

BABEL HAPPY WITH CITY WIN

The Ajax midfielder Ryan Babel has said that he is extremely happy with the performance put in by their team in the last two European matches against Manchester City, which has helped them to the third position in the Champions League group stage.

Ajax have taken a total of four points from the last two matches against Manchester City. This means that they are ahead of the Premier league champions in the group, with a real chance of being able to seal a spot in the latter stages of the Europa league in the reckoning. The former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel, who plays for the Dutch club now, says that he is happy with the performance of the team in these two matches.

Babel said prior to the two matches that it is extremely important that Ajax look for at least a win from these two matches, but they have excelled by getting a worthy 2-2 draw at the Etihad stadium as well. Now, they will be going into the remaining two matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund with real confidence that they can progress to the Europa league at least even as the prospect of reaching the last 16 stage of the Champions League looks really tough.

“It was a statement to the other teams. We have to analyse what the gameplan will be for the next two games but I think these two games will give us confidence. We have to take it step by step but I think we made a little statement,” said Ryan Babel after the match. Despite their good run of form in the European competition, Ajax are struggling in the Dutch Eredivisie. There are currently in the fourth position after having won only once in the last five matches in the league.

The Ajax midfielder Ryan Babel has said that he is extremely happy with the performance put in by their team in the last two European matches against Manchester City, which has helped them to the third position in the Champions League group stage.

Ajax have taken a total of four points from the last two matches against Manchester City. This means that they are ahead of the Premier league champions in the group, with a real chance of being able to seal a spot in the latter stages of the Europa league in the reckoning. The former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel, who plays for the Dutch club now, says that he is happy with the performance of the team in these two matches.

Babel said prior to the two matches that it is extremely important that Ajax look for at least a win from these two matches, but they have excelled by getting a worthy 2-2 draw at the Etihad stadium as well. Now, they will be going into the remaining two matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund with real confidence that they can progress to the Europa league at least even as the prospect of reaching the last 16 stage of the Champions League looks really tough.

“It was a statement to the other teams. We have to analyse what the gameplan will be for the next two games but I think these two games will give us confidence. We have to take it step by step but I think we made a little statement,” said Ryan Babel after the match. Despite their good run of form in the European competition, Ajax are struggling in the Dutch Eredivisie. There are currently in the fourth position after having won only once in the last five matches in the league.

AJAX LOSE TO DORTMUND

Ryan Babel’s club, Ajax, has been defeated by Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match at Signal-Iduna-Park. It was a very close match. There was only goal scored in the entire match.

The Dortmund players didn’t disappoint more than 60,000 home supporters who were out there in the stadium to watch this important encounter. Both the teams lost a few opportunities in the match, but, the Dortmund boys were just fantastic in the last 10 minutes.

The Ajax players attacked right from the outset and had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first half. Ryan Babel got the ball in the midfield and he got rid of a couple of Dortmund midfielders and then, passed the ball to Christian Eriksen inside the penalty area. Eriksen just had to beat the goalkeeper, but, he didn’t manage to do that. Roman Weidenfeller didn’t have to do much to stop that ball.

Just a few minutes later, the hosts also had the opportunity to get ahead in the game. Mario Gotze made his way through the midfield and entered the penalty box. But, his shot was brilliantly cleared by Niklas Moisander. The first half went without a goal.

Ajax again had the opportunity to score a goal in the earlier part of the second half, but, Babel was not able to place his header perfectly. The ball hit the bar of the goal post and another chance went begging. There was no goal scored in the match till the 85th minute and the match seemed to be going towards a goalless draw. But, that wasn’t the case to be. Robert Lewandowski was the one who scored the match winning goal for Dortmund in the 87th minute. He beat Kenneth Vermeer with a powerful shot. Ajax didn’t manage to score the leveller in the remaining time and lost the match.

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Ryan Babel’s club, Ajax, has been defeated by Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match at Signal-Iduna-Park. It was a very close match. There was only goal scored in the entire match.

The Dortmund players didn’t disappoint more than 60,000 home supporters who were out there in the stadium to watch this important encounter. Both the teams lost a few opportunities in the match, but, the Dortmund boys were just fantastic in the last 10 minutes.

The Ajax players attacked right from the outset and had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first half. Ryan Babel got the ball in the midfield and he got rid of a couple of Dortmund midfielders and then, passed the ball to Christian Eriksen inside the penalty area. Eriksen just had to beat the goalkeeper, but, he didn’t manage to do that. Roman Weidenfeller didn’t have to do much to stop that ball.

Just a few minutes later, the hosts also had the opportunity to get ahead in the game. Mario Gotze made his way through the midfield and entered the penalty box. But, his shot was brilliantly cleared by Niklas Moisander. The first half went without a goal.

Ajax again had the opportunity to score a goal in the earlier part of the second half, but, Babel was not able to place his header perfectly. The ball hit the bar of the goal post and another chance went begging. There was no goal scored in the match till the 85th minute and the match seemed to be going towards a goalless draw. But, that wasn’t the case to be. Robert Lewandowski was the one who scored the match winning goal for Dortmund in the 87th minute. He beat Kenneth Vermeer with a powerful shot. Ajax didn’t manage to score the leveller in the remaining time and lost the match.

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HAMMERS SNAP UP CARROLL

West Ham have gone a long way to alleviating the pressure of Premier League survival with the signing of Andy Carroll. Carroll may not be everyone’s idea of a modern striker but there can be no doubt he’s the best in the league at doing what he does, and with Sam Allardyce’s direct tactics his career could be reborn this season.

Liverpool seem to have made a rash decision in getting rid of Carroll so soon without any real cover in the striking area. They’ve lowered the wage bill but at the expense of being left with just two recognised senior strikers. After Carroll shone in West Ham’s 3-0 demolition of Fulham many Liverpool fans are asking questions of the people who make the financial decisions at Anfield.

Carroll is a real battering ram of a centre forward and his all action display against Fulham showed exactly how effective he can be if a team plays to his strengths. West Ham surely couldn’t have imagined having a £35million pound striker playing for them last year, but Carroll’s fall from grace at Liverpool means they have just that.

With Carroll heading the ball into 50-50 areas and Nolan feeding off the scraps West Ham will be looking to emulate the success Newcastle had with that exact same combination. Throw Vaz Te, Noble and Jarvis into the mix and the Hammers look to have a genuinely effective side.

If Carroll can overcome his early hamstring injury and pick up where he left off you’d think that West Ham would be near certain to avoid the drop. As long as Carroll is up there wreaking chaos chances will occur.

West Ham are around about 3/1 to go down which means that the uk online casinos and bookies think they are now reasonably safe. Southampton remain firm favourites for the drop at around about even-money.

West Ham have gone a long way to alleviating the pressure of Premier League survival with the signing of Andy Carroll. Carroll may not be everyone’s idea of a modern striker but there can be no doubt he’s the best in the league at doing what he does, and with Sam Allardyce’s direct tactics his career could be reborn this season.

Liverpool seem to have made a rash decision in getting rid of Carroll so soon without any real cover in the striking area. They’ve lowered the wage bill but at the expense of being left with just two recognised senior strikers. After Carroll shone in West Ham’s 3-0 demolition of Fulham many Liverpool fans are asking questions of the people who make the financial decisions at Anfield.

Carroll is a real battering ram of a centre forward and his all action display against Fulham showed exactly how effective he can be if a team plays to his strengths. West Ham surely couldn’t have imagined having a £35million pound striker playing for them last year, but Carroll’s fall from grace at Liverpool means they have just that.

With Carroll heading the ball into 50-50 areas and Nolan feeding off the scraps West Ham will be looking to emulate the success Newcastle had with that exact same combination. Throw Vaz Te, Noble and Jarvis into the mix and the Hammers look to have a genuinely effective side.

If Carroll can overcome his early hamstring injury and pick up where he left off you’d think that West Ham would be near certain to avoid the drop. As long as Carroll is up there wreaking chaos chances will occur.

West Ham are around about 3/1 to go down which means that the uk online casinos and bookies think they are now reasonably safe. Southampton remain firm favourites for the drop at around about even-money.

BABEL SET TO GO

The manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Markus Babbel, has made it clear that the club wants to release Ryan Babel. As per the manager, when Babel joined the club last season, the club had a lot of expectations from him. But, he has not been able to stand up to the expectations. He has not shown enough commitment and that is not acceptable. He doesn’t work hard in the training sessions. He said that Babel doesn’t give his 100% for the team and there is no place for such a player in the Hoffenheim team.

The manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Markus Babbel, has made it clear that the club wants to release Ryan Babel. As per the manager, when Babel joined the club last season, the club had a lot of expectations from him. But, he has not been able to stand up to the expectations. He has not shown enough commitment and that is not acceptable. He doesn’t work hard in the training sessions. He said that Babel doesn’t give his 100% for the team and there is no place for such a player in the Hoffenheim team.

Babel joined Hoffenheim last season, but, he was not able to perform that well. He played in 46 matches, but was able to score only five goals. He also had controversies while playing for Hoffenheim. In a match against Hertha Berlin, Babel was shown red card by the referee. After the match, Babel wrote on Twitter that the referee was under the influence of drugs.

Meanwhile, the agent of Babel, Winnie Haatrecht, has said that Hoffenheim’s decision to release Babel is not due to his poor performance in the last season. It is due to some issues with his contract. According to Haatrecht, last year, there was an agreement between Hoffenheim and Babel that if Babel would play in more than four matches in 2011-12 season, his salary would be doubled. As per Haatrecht, Babel didn’t perform that badly for Hoffenheim.

Haatrecht said that Hoffenheim wants too much money for Babel. So, getting a transfer is very difficult for Babel. Hoffenheim bought Babel from Liverpool at a price of 6.9 million Euros. Now, Babel has only one year left in his contract, but, Hoffenheim is asking 6.5 million Euros for him. As per Haatrecht, Hoffenheim should lower its demand a bit.

Portugal vs. Netherlands Preview

Sunday’s match in Kharkiv sees Portugal face 1988 winners the Netherlands, with the latter knowing that victory is imperative if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group B. They must beat Portugal by two clear goals, as well as hoping fierce rivals Germany pick up all three points in their game against Denmark.

Sunday’s match in Kharkiv sees Portugal face 1988 winners the Netherlands, with the latter knowing that victory is imperative if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group B. They must beat Portugal by two clear goals, as well as hoping fierce rivals Germany pick up all three points in their game against Denmark.

This is the first meeting of the sides since Portugal’s 1-0 victory booked their place in the 2006 World Cup quarter finals. A goal from midfielder Maniche was enough to separate the sides in a game which saw a record four sending’s off, resulting in the match later being referred to as the Battle of Nuremburg.

Bwin give odds of 10.5 (19/2) that more than one red card will be shown this time around, whilst Bet Fred offer 3.75 (11/4) for there to be at least one sending off in the game; both teams will have to be disciplined if they are to have the best chance of progressing in the competition.

The Netherlands are 2.50 (6/4) favourites to win the game, with Portugal at a best price of 2.88 (15/8) with Paddy Power. The draw, which would only suit Portugal should Germany not lose to Denmark, is around 3.50 (5/2).

Three points would definitely see Portugal through, even if Denmark beat Germany, due to their 3-2 victory against the Danes in L’viv on Wednesday.

Despite misfiring in the tournament so far, captain Cristiano Ronaldo is generally regarded by the bookmakers as the favourite to open the scoring, though some firms are offering the same odds for Robin Van Persie to get the first goal.

Whoever nets first, one thing that is highly likely is that there will be an end to end game, so you may well be tempted to back there to be four or more goals at 3.0 (2/1) with Sporting Bet.

BABEL FACES TWITTER FALL-OUT

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has once again fallen into troubled times following an update on his Twitter account. Ryan Babel has already had bad experiences with sharing his views on Twitter when he was at Liverpool.

However, it seems that he has not learned from his mistakes after it was revealed that the Hoffenheim player could be punished for calling the referee as being on drugs. Hoffenheim lost in the match against Hertha Berlin recently, which prompted Ryan Babel to come out with a statement that appeared to suggest that the referee was on drugs.

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has once again fallen into troubled times following an update on his Twitter account. Ryan Babel has already had bad experiences with sharing his views on Twitter when he was at Liverpool.

However, it seems that he has not learned from his mistakes after it was revealed that the Hoffenheim player could be punished for calling the referee as being on drugs. Hoffenheim lost in the match against Hertha Berlin recently, which prompted Ryan Babel to come out with a statement that appeared to suggest that the referee was on drugs.

As a result, the German Football Federation has revealed that they will be opening an investigation into the matter. It is extremely likely that Ryan Babel will be punished with a huge fine for this statement on the social networking site Twitter.

Back in January 2011, Ryan Babel was punished with a £ 10,000 fine from the English football association after posting a picture of referee Howard Webb dressed in a Manchester United shirt. Howard Webb has always seen as a referee who favours Manchester United with his decisions, but it was Ryan Babel who became the first to come out with this audacious picture.

“I don’t know, I think the ref was on drugs,” said Ryan Babel immediately after the end of the match on his Twitter account. It is also very likely that the Dutchman will leave the club in the summer after failing to impress since joining from Liverpool in the summer. Babel also received two yellow cards in just 2 min to get his marching orders in the 3-1 defeat against Hertha Berlin. It has been a very poor season for Hoffenheim, who finished in the 11th position in the table – 19 points away from the final Champions League qualification places.

BABEL CRITICISED BY TEAM-MATE

Ryan Babel who moved on from Liverpool to Hoffenheim has been known for his excellent skill and performance.

This has even been reflected on his scores which go on to show that he has been the highest scorer for Hoffenheim.

However, of late, he has been accused of not putting in enough effort for the team. The allegations come from none other than his own team mate Tom Starke. Starke has gone on to say that Ryan has not been showing positive attitude for quite a few weeks and this has gone on to reflect on the poor performance in the matches.

Ryan Babel who moved on from Liverpool to Hoffenheim has been known for his excellent skill and performance.

This has even been reflected on his scores which go on to show that he has been the highest scorer for Hoffenheim.

However, of late, he has been accused of not putting in enough effort for the team. The allegations come from none other than his own team mate Tom Starke. Starke has gone on to say that Ryan has not been showing positive attitude for quite a few weeks and this has gone on to reflect on the poor performance in the matches.

Ryan Babel in retaliation made sure that he maintained his calm and in a composed manner sarcastically gave it back to Starke by saying that a poor performance in the match is due to the entire team as a whole and not any individual’s. Just like it’s a team effort when a victory takes place, similarly the team should learn to unanimously join hands together when there is a loss.

Instead of complaining and pointing fingers at one another, Ryan feels Starke should go on to practice and improve his game. This hit at the criticism made by Starke has kept him speechless and he had no words to give back to Ryan who seemed to be quite right in what he said. It’s not always right to blame the best player in the team for a mishap.

If that’s the case, why not praise the best player for a victory. Football is a game of coordination as well and a team effort. Hence any loss should be taken in a competitive spirit and care should be taken to ensure that the team performs better. These thoughts by Ryan Babel have made all the critics think before they speak again.