New Birmingham City shirts and training tops revealed

In an exclusive, we have managed to find images of Birmingham City’s new shirts before the club has even announced them. The leak came from Birmingham Mail employee Kane Styles who sent in the images. It is fair to say that Adidas have done a great job this year. What do you make of the new shirts Blues fans?

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Ross Barrows interview on re-signing with FC Halifax Town

FC Halifax Town were delighted to announce that Ross Barrows has signed a new deal after the expiry of his previous contract. Ross said that signing a new deal was “Really pleasing” going on to say “Of course last season was a great year for not only the club but personally myself, I feel like I have learnt a lot and developed a lot and I am looking forward to next season to push on even more.”

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What do Fulham need to do in the Summer transfer window?

 

The Championship is a weird league, one season you can be in the playoffs the next a relegation battle. On the back of Fulhams best season since being relegated there is almost an element of uncertainty around Craven Cottage. Some of out best players may be leaving the club and the manager is being eyed up by some Premier League teams. Here is what Fulham need to make sure they do before next seasons kick off.

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Ex Fulham Prodigy Chris David speaks about his time at Craven Cottage. 

During Chris Davids spell at Fulham he played under 4 different managers. Making only 6 league appearances and scoring one league goal in Fulhams last Premier League game against Crystal Palace.

Currently plying his trade in his home nation of the Netherlands. The 24 year old has now moved to Go Ahead Eagles, who will be playing in the 2nd tier of Dutch football next year after being relegated from the Eredevisie.

This week I got to ask Chris about his time at Craven Cottage.

CJ “Who was the best manager you worked under for your time at Fulham and why?”
CD: “I think i learned a lot from all the managers, because everyone was different. They had all a different style of playing and thoughts about the game. Under Magath I have played the most games and I think my best games for Fulham FC aswell. He gave me a lot of confidence and thats what I needed as a young player.”

CJ: “Do you have any stories about Felix Magaths management? Was he good or as bad as everyone says he was?”
CD: “Not really. The only thing I can say about him: is that everything he did, he did it with a reason. Such a great manager, who gave me confidence and was always busy with making me a better player. I think he should get more respect and time at Fulham FC. Its a shame that it ended like that. Because i loved the way he thought about the game. We thought the same way!”

CJ: “Whilst playing at Fulham who was the most talented player in the under 21s who you thought would become world class?”
CD: “I was impressed when I came to England. The quality of the players was high. All of them. Strong and quick. But i always said, and ive told them too, that Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts and Emerson Hyndman will be world class players. I told them to keep working hard and they will be stars.”

CJ: “During your time at Craven Cottage what were some of your best memories?”
CD: “I think my debut and goal against Crystal Palace. I really enjoyed every single game I’ve played in the Cottage. Such a great fans and atmosphere. I hoped I could give them more.”

CJ: “What emotions were you feeling scoring your first goal on your debut against Crystal Palace when you were already relegated, was it quite bittersweet?”

CD: “It was a strange feeling. To score in the Premier League was my dream. But to know that it didn’t help you stay up, was sad. You ask yourself, why didn’t I get the chance earlier? It will be a day that I won’t forget!”

CJ: “Would you consider a return to England in the near future?”

CD: “Definitely! I’ve been there and seen how football lives in the country. It’s amazing. Such a big difference with holland. Fulham FC will always be in my heart”

CJ: “Who in the Fulham squad did you look up to during your time there?”
CD: “To be honest, to all of the players. When I look back to my time there. I can’t believe with who I was training and playing. They are legends in their countries. All big stars. I often think back of the time I had in Fulham. It was a good lesson! I learned a lot from those days training with the big players!”

CJ: “Who was the best player you played alongside at Fulham?”

CD: “There were a lot of good players.. Dempsey, Diarra, Duff, Parker, Richardson, etc etc.. i can keep going haha but Berbatov was a player with special qualities”

Chris is currently available on a free transfer as his Go Ahead Eagles negotiations continue. He refused to rule out a return to Craven Cottage saying “Go Ahead Eagles offered me a new contract so we’re busy now. But you never know.” Would you welcome the return of Chris David in a Fulham shirt?

Who will be the next player to win their first Balon D’or

 

Unfortunately, we are not too far from the twilight years of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s careers, and football will be back to normal where records will not fall week after week. The two undisputed best players in the world have had a monopoly on the Balon D’or for almost a decade with the last winner other than these two being Kaka in 2008. The Balon D’or is awarded to the best player in the calendar year, however, previous years has shown competitions won is taken into account as well so I will be doing the same here.

Who will win the award next after these two start to show a decline in their ability? Here are my top 10 candidates for future Balon D’or wins.

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How fixed football match scams work.

 

All over the world, there are fixed football matches at certain levels of the game. Wether it is spot fixing or fixed results. Today a twitter account followed me claiming to be selling fixed football match results and obviously it will be a scam.

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Who will be the next team to win their first World Cup?

Currently, there are eight nations to have won a World Cup. England, Uruguay, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain.

Spain are the last team to win the World Cup for the first time back in 2010 but who will be the next team to be able to claim the honour of being World Champions. Here we will look at possible candidates and rank them.

10. Nigeria.

Russia 2018 may well be too early for Nigeria and the climate will not suit them one bit. However Qatar 2022 could be the time for the first ever African World Cup winners and Nigeria look the most likely. Just in the Premier League there is a crop of extremely talented Nigerian players coming through and making a lot of first team appearances at a young age. Players like; Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Wilfried Ndidi, Ahmed Musa and Isaac Success. Victor Moses is also only 26 and has proven to be a brilliant player for Chelsea this season.

If any African team is going to win any of the next two World Cups it will be Nigeria. Mark my words.

9. Mexico

One of the better teams at the last World Cup were robbed of a Quarter Final place via an Arjen Robben dive. Mexico’s current crop is at the prime age to put in their best performance in Russia next year, the climate will be an issue but if Brazil can win in Sweden in 1958 I don’t see why Mexico can’t go far in Russia. Guilhermo Ochoa wowed everybody at the last World Cup, Javier Hernandez has continued scoring in Germany. Solid players that would make it into any national team squad such as Carlos Vela, Hector Moreno and Andres Guardardo will all feature. The emergence of Hirving Lozano will also be interesting in the build to Russia as multiple big clubs around Europe are looking to secure his signature.

8. China

Other than Sun Jihai I couldn’t name you another Chinese footballer. However as any football fan knows football in China is growing at an incredible rate with money being pumped into it and international talents being bought for tens of millions of pounds. With a population approaching 1.5 billion if China continues to invest heavily in football they will begin to develop stars.

With managers like Andre Villas Boas, Gus Poyet, Manuel Pellegrini and Luiz Philipe Scolari all coaching in China the upcoming generation will have the perfect tutilage to become world class players. And with the implementation of a rule allowing teams only 6 foreign players in the matchday squad Chinese players will get the chance to play alongside some of the best footballers in the world as the big money signings keep coming in.

7. Colombia

Another team that won a lot of fans over at the 2014 World Cup Colombia are looking to go even further in 2018 or 2022.

With Falcao looking his best again at Monaco and James Rodriguez still being one of the most talented midfielders in the world Colombia’s attacking force is stacked. Carlos Bacca and Juan Cuardrado playing brilliantly in Italy, as well as Crstian Zapata and David Ospina, being solid down the other end, Colombia could go all the way at the next World Cup. People forget how good they were in 2014 and were only eliminated after an amazing goal by David Luiz

Colombia are a nation that love football so don’t be surprised to see the next generation of Colombian footballers be full of players as talented as James and Falcao.

6. USA

Ever since the MLS was founded football has been on an upward growth in the USA and the next decade could be the time for that to pay dividends for the national team.

The Women’s team are already dominant at their side of the game so if “Soccer” gets any bigger in the USA the National team could emulate their female conterparts successes.

Christain Pulisic and John Brooks are set to be the stars of this next generation fo American players. Both already finding great success in Germany at young ages. Brooks was fantastic in 2014 and 2018 will be Pulisic’s first time at a World Cup should they qualify. Emerson Hyndman and Gedion Zelalem both currently on loan at Rangers and VVV Venlo respectively, are two of the United States rising stars plying their trade in England so look out for them in the near future.

 

5. The Netherlands

The three-time runners-up and 2014 4th placed side have been on a huge decline since then. Failing to qualify for the 2016 Euros and recently sacking manager Danny Blind. The Netherlands need a dramatic turnaround if they are to make Russia 2018. The current crop of players will not win a World Cup, with the only arguably world class talents in the squad being an ageing Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.

However The Netherlands have always got a new crop coming around the corner and have never been without some of the games top players, from Cruyff and Neeskens, Van Basten and Gullit, Van Nistelrooy and Seedorf and Robben and Van Persie. In the future The Netherlands will have another amazing crop of talent come through at some point but at the moment they don’t look likely but for the reason they will always have at least one world class talent they find themselves 5th on this list.

4. Croatia

Croatia have an argument to put forward that they have the best midfield in international football at the moment. With Modric, Rakitic and Kovacic all playing for either Barcelona or Real Madrid they are definitely one of the best midfield trios at the moment.

The talent doesn’t end there though. Going forward Ivan Perisic was one of the stars of Euro 2016 and Mario Mandzukic has been a great striker for years now.At the back Dejan Lovren, Tin Jedvaj and Daniel Subasic aren’t going to leak goals no matter what team they come up against.

The young crop coming through is also exciting. Alen Halilovic, Marko Rog, Tin Jedvaj, Mateo Kovacic and Marko Pjaca are all players under 23 playing for some of the best teams in Europe. It is fair to say the future is bright for Croatia and with them being one of the few teams who will cope with the climate in Russia next year don’t be surprised to see them cause a few upsets.

3.Portugal

You just cant write off a team that are European Champions and have Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad. Ronaldo is yet to have his huge crowning World Cup moment other than the infamous wink against England over a decade ago.

Next year will be a lot of this generations last chance at World Cup Glory with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Pepe and Quaresma all probably heading to their last World Cup and they will all want to go out on a high.

With young players like Renato Sanches and Bernardo Silva to add to the experience of the core players Portugal have a good chance of replicating their Euro 2016 success.

2. Chile

Back to back Copa America wins have Chile looking good heading into the next World Cup. Spearheaded by Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez Chile have an outstanding chance to do something huge at the next world cup.

Another team that was cruelly eliminated from the last World Cup with Brazil eliminating them on penalties after they hit the cross bar late on in the game. Gary Medel is an impressive player whenever he puts on the national team shirt. As bad as Claudio Bravo has been for Manchester City this season he does put in good performances for Chile.

1, Belgium

In my opinion, the best national team in the world on paper. The have to do something big in 2018. Every single area of the pitch has a top class talent, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Vertonghen, Courtois, Hazard, Kompany, Dembele, Nainggolan, Benteke. The list is endless. If they can get all of their players working together and firing on all cylinders they will be unbeatable. Their players all know each other so well as well playing together for the national team for years as well as the majority of the squad being Premier League players.

The attack is every defenders nightmare and the defence is every attackers nightmare. Scoring past Thibaut Courtois is hard enough but with Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Kompany in front of him, teams will find it hard to even get a sniff at goal. Belgium are one of the favourites for the next World Cup for a reason and it is now or never for their golden generation