Homecoming loan for Jenas

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JERMAINE Jenas is moving back to Nottingham Forest from Spurs on loan.
The midfielder was born in the city and started a career which took in England, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Forest.
And today a club source told Goaltastic: “Nottingham Forest can confirm Jermaine Jenas is to return to the Club on an emergency loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
“The 29 year old year midfielder started his career at The City Ground, scoring four goals in 33 appearances as a Red.”


Take on Premiership stars at FIFA 13 tonight

FIFA 13 fans can take on real life footballers to mark the game’s release.
Newcastle’s Metro Centre Game store will play host to Premiership star Ryan Taylor this evening, while West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan will take to the virtual field at the Game store at Westfield Stratford tonight.
Anna-Marie Mason, Marketing Director at Game, said: “FIFA 13 is going to be a smash hit with fans.
“The features are completely revolutionary and make this installment bigger, better and more intuitive than ever before!
“294 Game stores will be opening at midnight for the launch and we’ve put our best squad forward to kick off the FIFA 13 season in style.”

Transfer Deadline Day – Taxi for Maicon to Manchester

TAXI for Maicon! Manchester City have completed the signing of experienced Brazil full-back Maicon from Inter Milan.
The Barclays Premier League champions have announced that the 31-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee on a permanent contract of unspecified length.
Maicon was one of five new faces manager Roberto Mancini was hoping to bring into his squad on transfer deadline day.
More interestingly, the move may be the catalyst for Micah Richards leaving for pastures new, with Newscastle rumoured to be interested in the England player.

Goaltastic Season Survey results

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THE votes are in, the results have been counted – granted, it’ didn’t take very long – and here are the results of the inaugral Goaltastic season survey.
A few names dominate the player of the year categories.
Domestically, it was a landslide for Robin van Persie, while worldwide, Lionel Messi destroyed the competition in the surveys takes as well as on the field.
The signing of the season however split the vote – with the names of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Newcastle’s Demba Ba and Spurs’ Scott Parker all topping the poll.
Most entertaining vote saw Mario Balotelli pipping City teammate David Silva and Gunner Robin van Persie, with the Dutchman also jointly topping success of the season, alongside Swansea City and Antonio Valencia of Manchester United.
Three teams were named as flops – winner Liverpool, followed by Aston Villa and Wolves.
And the answer to who would you like to see playing in the Premier League next season?
Santos’ Neymar and Messi were the favourites – altough an honourable mention must go to the answer Leeds United!

PFA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist unveiled

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THE pros have spoken…
The shortlisted six for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award for 2011-12 have been selected.
The players up for the gong are Sergio Aguero (Man City), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), and David Silva (Man City).
My verdict – Robin van Persie has been phenomenal this season, keeping his glass legs intact and blowing away the competition in the process.
However it is a little sad that the undersung likes of Tim Krul, Demba Ba, Michael Vorm etc. have been shaded out by ‘big club’ players overall.
What say you, dear readers?

Don’t panic! English football isn’t dead

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THIS week could see the ‘unthinkable’ happen – and have no English teams competing in Europe as early as March.
A few years back, the Premier League was dominating Europe, with English representation almost stifling other nations – it’s almost expected that the Premier League’s giants make at least the quarter finals, with a minnow or two having a good run in the Europa League for good measure.
But by the end of this week, Chelsea, England’s last Champions League contender, look likely to have bowed out to Napoli, while underachieving Manchester teams United and City – who both were shocked to have slipped into the Europa League – need to overturn first leg deficits to progress.
By contrast, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan all look very strong.
But we’re not doomed.
Moneybags Manchester City are still newcomers in European terms and growing in experience – it would be folly to believe they won’t be stronger on the continent next term.
Stalwarts Manchester United have a young side which will undoubtedly be stronger as individuals as well as a unit next season.
And of the other potential Champions League entrants…
Arsenal, provided they can hang on to the prolific Robin van Persie, will also be buoyed by the returns of the likes of Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby.
Chelsea are a team in transition and will no doubt have a new manager at the helm and a few fresh faces in their line-up.
And Spurs have the individuals in their squad to beat just about any team in Europe on their day.
Plus this season’s Premier League table has been skewed by teams such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Liverpool and Everton bridging the ‘Big Four’ gap – giving the impression of a weakened league.
If anything, despite this season’s woes, English football is poised to hit back with a bang next season – after all, they don’t like it up ’em.

Lookalike – Obertan is a tasty player

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THINGS went so well tonight for Newcastle United, with a three goal Premier League win over a hapless Manchester United side, that they had the luxury of throwing on former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan.
Now Obertan hasn’t proved himself not to be equally hapless as his former side since switching to the Toon, but his appearance tonight did provide me with food for thought.
Well, thoughts of food… as in it made me crave a mouthful of Nice ‘n’ Spicy Nik Naks.