Released Players XI

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AS SUMMER transfer season is now just about upon us, a number of clubs are already declaring their intentions when it comes to staffing.
For example, rumours abound that Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves will no longer be owen-d by manchester United come the Summer, and even Joey Barton’s rise in form last season can’t secure a contract offer at Newcastle.
Now many clubs have yet to announce who’ll be dropping from their roster – meaning this reject squad could be boosted considerably in the coming weeks – but Goaltastic reckons a pretty decent lower-Premiership, upper-Championship side could still be formed by managers operating on a shoestring at present.
What do you all think to this line-up, made up of recently ex-Blackpool, Newcastle, West Brom, Bolton and Cardiff players?
GK – Kingson
DEF – Samuel, Campbell, Meite, Zuiverloon
MID – Reid, Cohen, Barnes, Elmander
ATK – Harewood, Bothroyd


Arsenal set to spend big on striker

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ARSENE Wenger looks set to break his big spending transfer duck by splashing the cash on Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
After another potless season and rumours of an exodus of top players from Arsenal – led by wantaways Gael Clichy and Nicklas Bendtner – Wenger has hinted he may finally dip into his transfer war chest.
Speaking about the possibility of landing £35m-rated Benzema, he said: “Signing him does not seem impossible. He’s a player that I like.
“He’s intelligent in his movement, he is capable of combining well with others and making a difference, and of doing individual moves as well.
“So, for me, he’s a player who’s at the top level in the world.”

Supermodels ditched for Champions League final

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MOST men would rather see their team play in the Champions League final than go on a romantic date with a supermodel.
The survey for cometition sponsor Heineken showed 52 per cent of blokes would plump for the football rather than go for a candle-lit rendez vous with the likes of Tyra Banks or Heidi Klum.
A spokesman said: “It just goes to show how the tournament captures the imagination of men around the world and the lengths people would go to in order to see their favourite team triumph in Wembley and be crowned champions of Europe.”
Of course, none of this will ever be a problem for me – I’m a Middlesbrough supporter.

Kun can come

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PREMIER League clubs have been placed on alert after hitman Sergio Aguero announced his intention to make a Summer transfer move.
The Atletico Madrid striker – linked with English clubs including Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea – posted on his blog he was ready to leave the Spanish side.
The Argentinean player, nicknamed Kun, wrote: “I think that I should not stop myself from the possibility to continue learning and growing as a player.
“After five great years, a chapter in my life has passed and it’s time to take a step toward a new one.
“I’m about to turn 23 and I have the future in front of me. I must also say that this isn’t a matter of money, but simply sporting matters.”

Team Of The Season XI

IT’S been a hell of a season, one of the most unpredictable 10 months of football I’ve ever known – here’s hoping the Champions League final throws one more surprise our way next weekend…
But regardless of the result at Wembley on Saturday, over the course of the season, both domestically and in Europe, some of the creamiest of the current Premier League teams’ crop has undoubtedly risen to the top.
Apart from the right backs – it’s such a black spot I’ve stuck David Luiz out of position there, becuase he deserves a mention and he’s got great hair.
So to give the best of the best their dues, here’s Goaltastic’s 4-4-2 formation Team Of The Season –
GK – Van Der Sar (Man Utd)
DEF – Luiz (Chelsea), Hangeland (Fulham), Vidic (Man Utd), Baines (Everton)
MID – Nani (Man Utd), Adam (Blackpool), Toure (Man City), Bale (Spurs)
ATK – Van Persie (Arsenal), Tevez (Man City)

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League Results 2010/2011

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AND the winner is…
Jamie Hill and his Catalogue of Errors team is the winner of the inaugral Fantasy Football league.
Congratulations go to Jamie and his all-conquering squad, which has topped the table since Gameweek Eight.
If anyone’s bothered, my Ashletico team finished sixth.
A special mention goes out to our first ever wooden spoon winner as well – Zingking managed by Craig Siswick came bottom of the table, but then again he only entered a couple of weeks ago and therefore has onlymustered aa miniscule total of 131 points.
There’s always next seasonm Zingking.
However a big, big thanks must go out to everyone who’s entered the league in its first year.
Our 27 teams managed to rank the Goaltastic League an impressive 2,111th out of 223,814 leagues worldwide – a high standard to set first time out.
Here’s to next season – I’m already planning my team…

Premier League Predictions Revisited: “I was wrong and I will know better next time.”

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LAST August, a fresh faced blogger starting out in the world of football punditry – me – spewed out a few predictions about the season to come…
And looking back – what the bloody hell was I thinking?!?
Having tipped Chelsea to win the league – which they had a good shot at in the end, despite a mid-season blip – I messed up big time, predicting a strong season for Arsenal at the expense of Manchester United.
As well all know now, Arsenal did an Arsenal and threw their good work away at the sharp end of the season, while Manchester United chewed up the opposition and took a record 19th title.
I also predicted Everton would be surprise Champions League qualifiers…
Moving swiftly on
At the other end of the table, I stirred up some emotions by predicting Wigan to be relegated, alongside West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool.
A slew of posters questioned my judgement – despite Wigan leaving it until 12 minutes before the end of the season to escape the drop – with Tommo saying: “Wigan will not be relegated.
“At the end of the season I expect you to say ‘I was wrong and I will know better next time.'”
In the end, only Blackpool succumbed – I was wrong and I will know better next time.