HULL CITY OWNER MAKES TRANSFER PLEDGE

Hull City ownerAcunIlicali has pledged not to sign big names in the transfer window this summer in the bid to secure Premier League promotion for the Tigers amidst the rumours linking the club with a move for Galatasaray attacker Ryan Babel. Apart from Ryan Babel, Hull City have also been linked with ex-Real Madrid and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who has been frozen out of the first-team picture at Fenerbahce in the Turkish league. Babel and Ozil have emerged as Hull City transfer targets this summer as revealed by Turkish media outlets.


Hull owner Ilicali and manager Shota Arveladze have a busy summer transfer window as they try to add new players capable of propelling the club to fight for honours at the top end of the Championship table. The Tigers were on the bottom end of the Championship for the whole of the recently concluded season on their return to the second tier of club football in England. Hull City had sealed Championship promotion by winning the League One title last season. Continue reading

TEN HAG: BABEL WARNS UNITED PLAYERS

Dutchman Ryan Babel has warned Manchester United players on what to expect from Erik Ten Hag after the Ajax Amsterdam boss was named the new manager at the club. The Galatasaray forward spoke to talkSPORT about the appointment of Ten Hag as the new Manchester United manager last month. According to Ryan Babel, Ten Hag demands a lot from his players and this could potentially lead to big problems if the players don’t adapt to his style of play.


Speaking further, Ryan Babel said he can see the comparison between Ten Hag and Pep Guardiola since both are linked to the Dutch style of football. Ten Hag was in charge of the reserve team at German club Bayern Munich when Guardiola was with the senior team. Manchester City manager Guardiola spent three years with the Bavarian giants before he left in 2016 to take up the Manchester City job. Continue reading

BABEL REVEALS DIFFERENCE BETWEEEN KLOPP, GUARDIOLA

Dutchman Ryan Babel has stated the difference between JurgenKlopp and Pep Guardiola who manages Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. Both Klopp and Guardiola have gone against each other on numerous occasions this season and they could still meet in the Champions League final in the coming weeks.


Ryan Babel spoke to talkSPORT earlier this month about Guardiola and Klopp as he agreed that they are both world-class managers. According to the Galatasaray, the difference between the two managers is their playing style. Ryan Babel was speaking ahead of the FA Cup semifinal clash between the two teams penultimate Saturday and on the back of a 2-2 draw between the title contenders on the Premier League scene. Continue reading

BABEL SCORES FIRST LEAGUE GOAL

Dutch forward Ryan Babel scored his first league goal of the season for Galatasaray as he helped the Europa League campaigners come from behind twice to beat CaykurRizesporwhen the two teams for the latest edition of their Turkish Super League clash on Sunday. Ryan Babel scored his first league goal of the season in his 19th appearance as Galatasaray came from a goal down on two occasions to beat their visitors 4-2 at the NEF Stadium in Istanbul.


Babel and Galatasaray have been unimpressive in the Turkish Super League this season after languishing in mid-table for the most part of this season till date. Continue reading

HULL CITY CONTINUE THEIR CHASE OF BABEL

Hull City have continued to shown how committed and persistent they are in their pursuit of Galatasaray winger Ryan Babel. They kept keeping their hopes up in their bid to sign the Holland international star to the MKN Stadium before the end of the January winter transfer window but they were unable to do so in what was a transfer blow to the club. Babel is going to be out of contract at the end of the current season after which he will become a free agent in the summer as long as he does not put pen to paper on a new contract at the Turkish Super Lig giants. According to Hull Live, the Tigers attempted to sign the 35-year-old in a shock swoop but they were unable to do so.

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Babel’s first stint in England started in 2007 when he left Dutch Eredivisie League giants Ajax to sign for English Premier League side Liverpool. He spent four years at Anfield and during that time, he made 144 appearances for the Reds and managed to score 22 goals for them. He left Liverpool and went to continue his career at Hoffenheim, Kasimpasa, AL-Aim, Deportivo la Corina, and Beskitas before sealing a move back to England to join Fulham ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
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BABEL: DUTCH TEAM CAREER PROBED

Ryan Babel is of Surinamese descent but was born in the Netherlands. He represented the Dutch team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship for u-20 players on home soil. Babel could not save the Netherlands from crashing out of the tournament as hosts at the quarterfinal stage. Nigeria ended their participation at the tournament via penalties. Ryan Babel scored his own penalty during the shootout but his team still managed to lose 10-9 to Nigeria thereby exiting the tournament in the last eight. Babel scored two times in four games during the tournament eventually won by Argentina via a pair of penalties from the great Lionel Messi in a 2-1 win over Nigeria.

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Babel made his international bow for the senior team in a 2-0 win over Romania. He came on as a first half substitute for Arjen Robben and went on to seal the win with a second goal during the game played on March 26, 2005. His goal against the Romanians made him the youngest goalscorer for the Dutch senior national team in 68 years and the fourth youngest goalscorer overall.
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BABEL SCORELESS IN EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

 

Dutchman Ryan Babel didn’t have much of an influence on the game as his Galatasaray side played out a goalless draw with hosts Lazio in Group E of this season’s Europa League campaign. Ryan Babel and his fellow Galatasarayattackers were limited to half chances by their hosts as the two teams settled for a share of the points with the knowledge that they are already through to the knockout stage.

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Lazio and Galatasaray had already qualified for the next stage before they met in their final group game at the StadioOlimpico in the Italian capital of Rome. However, Lazio needed a win to usurp Galatasaray at the top of the Group E. In the end, they could not get the result needed to replace their Turkish opponents at the top of their group.

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BABEL REVEALS GENESIS OF AFFELAY FEUD

Galatasaray forward Ryan Babel has revealed the genesis of his feud with ex-Netherlands national team colleague Ibrahim Afellay in a recent interview monitored by Tom McAdams of the Netherlands News Live. According to Ryan Babel, he didn’t like the way Afellay joined other football analysts in his ridicule ahead of the European Championship in the summer as they talked about the players that would make the final list for tournament.


Ryan Babel expressed his displeasure towards Afellay in a diss track on his YouTube channel. The ex-Liverpool, Ajax Amsterdam and Fulham attacker said that Afellay has the right to do his job as a football analyst just like other former players such as Khalid Boulahrouz, HedwigesMaduro and others, but he was hurt with the way he criticised him alongside other analysts as a former footballer who had a certain hatred towards the media. Continue reading

BABEL: GALATASARAY CAREER HONOURS REVIEWED

Dutch forward Ryan Babel signed a three-year deal with Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray when he joined in 2019. He signed for Galatasaray as a free agent having been part of the Fulham team that suffered relegation from the English top flight at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.


Ryan Babel returned to Ajax Amsterdam as a Galatasaray loanee at the start of last year. The ex-TSG Hoffenheim and Liverpool player joined Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam on loanfrom Galatasaray on January 9, 2020 until the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Ryan Babel returned to Ajax Amsterdam for his third spell at the club and it lasted for six months before he moved back to parent club Galatasaray. Continue reading

RYAN BABEL: LIVERPOOL CAREER UNVEILED

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Dutch winger Ryan Babel was seriously linked with a move to Premier League giants Liverpool in the summer. The Reds were said to have made a £14m bid for the player on July 10, 2007. Two days later, it was reported that present club Ajax Amsterdam and Liverpool had agreed an £11.5m deal for Babel. Liverpool confirmed the deal in the following day as it was revealed that the player will put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Ryan Babel was unveiled as a new Liverpool player alongside Israeli player Yossi Benayoun on July 13, 2007 following his big money transfer from Dutch football giants Ajax Amsterdam. His first game for the Reds came four days frok his unveiling in a friendly game with German team Werder Bremen. Continue reading