Is Di Maria Worth It?

It has been one point shy of a nightmare start for Louis Van Gaal in the premier league. Following a lackluster defeat to Swansea at home, Manchester United bagged a point in week two away to Sunderland. Things cannot get much worse for the Dutchman, but with the addition of Marcos Rojo, and the imminent signing of Angel Di Maria, things are looking to improve.

It is widely believed that Angel Di Maria will be unveiled as a Manchester United player Tuesday morning, having completed his move to Old Trafford for a fee in the region of 60 million pounds.

This will break the English transfer record by 10 million pounds, so one has to wonder if Di Maria is worth the fee. However, the way things are going at Manchester United right now, it’s a given that the club will have to overpay players of Di Maria’s pedigree to join.

The 130,000 pound-per-week wage package given to Luke Shaw was heavily criticized by Jose Mourinho of all people. These comments mean a lot coming from «The Special One», who has spent more than any manager in the world since 2004 (now over 900 million euros) and would be better suited for the title «The Spending One.»

Part dig at a rival club, and part truth, this accusation that United are overpaying for Luke Shaw is completely spot-on. Mourinho justifies this by saying a deal that large for a 19 year old would derail morale amongst the older players, but United would not have the youngster had they not stumped up that amount of money.

United are not in a position of leverage right now as they had been for decades under Alex Ferguson. Liverpool are exiting their own era in which they had to overpay for players, while United are taking their turn dealing with the cruel nature of the transfer market. Coming off a seventh-place finish in the league and no Champions League football to show for it, United are in the precarious position of being forced to pay top dollar for everything.

Di Maria is no exception to this, but even so, the fee is very, very steep. Paris Saint Germain were priced out of a deal for Di Maria a month ago, so Van Gaal must be beyond impressed by the Argentine to shell out this much cash for him.

Di Maria showed his worth to Argentina in the World Cup, and was awarded man of the match in the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid. His pace is unquestionable, and although he has shortcomings defensively, Van Gaal will accommodate these with the team he puts on the field.

However, it remains to be seen if Di Maria can be ‘the man’ for a team. For Argentina, he always plays off of Lionel Messi, while Madrid have their own fair share of world-beaters to grab headlines. Stepping out from under the shadow of these players will be a big step in the career of the Argentine.

Di Maria impressed me greatly last season when he still managed a spectacular year with the arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. The Argentine played more through the middle than he had in years past and was a catalyst for both club and country with a more free role.

If Di Maria can handle the rockstar-type media attention that will hover over him like a dark cloud, he could very well justify the 60 million pounds United are paying for his services. Earlier in the summer, Di Maria turned down a lucrative contract extension, and given the arrival of James and the presence of Bale, it’s no surprise he has moved on.

Coming off Champions League glory in Lisbon and a silver medal in Brazil, Di Maria easily could have signed a bigger deal and sat around in Madrid likely surrounding time to the likes of Isco, Modric, and James. The winger’s desire is on full display right now; he has left the Galacticos in favor of spearheading a rebuilding project.

The Argentine is stepping out from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo and taking it upon himself to be ‘the man’ at Old Trafford. In fact, it is rumored that Ronaldo had to do with Di Maria’s decision to join United. It would be poetically just if the Argentine brought back the same flair that has been missing from Old Trafford since Ronaldo left.

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Street Fighter Moves – The 7 Reasons Why the Head-Butt is One of Your Most Destructive RBSD Arsenals

There is a lot of myth and comedy surrounding the head-butt. You have seen the movie scenes where the funny guy decides to head-butt the villain and winds up rubbing his own forehead or knocking himself out. Make no mistake about it – the head-butt is powerful and very destructive when applied and executed properly. A forceful head-butt can totally smash-in a face – crushing inward the delicate facial bones with the same force as you’re dropping a bowling ball onto someone’s sleeping face from a high standing position.

How To Properly Execute A Frontal Head-Butt

The only problem with properly executing the head-butt is in understanding the area of the head that you are to strike with without injuring yourself. If you do hurt yourself while performing a head-butt, it is usually a frontal head-butt which has been applied improperly.

  • You do NOT strike with the smooth frontal surface of your forehead – for you are almost guaranteed to hurt yourself. You must strike with the upper , hardest bony part of your forehead – this is the dividing line where your forehead meets your hairline.

7 Reasons Why The Head-Butt Is One Of Your Most Destructive Reality-Based Self Defense Arsenals:

Reason #1 – Little Training Is Necessary – Once you understand the correct surface of your head that you should be striking with, you are good to go.

Reason #2 – It’s Simple – The head-butt involves no complicated moves or strategies.

Reason #3 – No Stretching Or Preparation Is Necessary – Unlike complicated maneuvers that require lots of hamstring flexibility of muscles and tendons that have been previously stretched out and warmed up, the head-butt requires neither. No warm-ups or preparatory stretching is necessary.

Reason #4 – A Head-Butt Can Be Executed From Almost Any Position –

  • If you’re clenched from a front standing position – a frontal head-butt will do the trick.
  • If you’re clenched from a rear standing position – rear head-butt will do the job.
  • If your clenched on the ground – a front or a rear head-butt can end any fight really fast.

Reason #5 – It’s Surprising – One of the reasons why a head-butt is so effective is that so few fighters use it thereby making it an excellent surprise «shock-maneuver».

Reason #6 – It’s Hard To See Coming – Because of the very short distance that the head-butt travels and the speed at which it strikes, it is virtually impossible to see coming. Their is no telegraph of the move. You just quickly and suddenly move your head forward or backwards and «Bam!», you subject is hit and down for the count.

Reason #7 – It’s Easily Recalled – Because of the head-butt’s simplicity is will be naturally easy to recall in the heat of battle.

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How to Predict the Outcome of a Soccer Match

There are some people who are very good at predicting the outcome of sporting events. Professional gamblers can do it and can make a good living from it. Team managers to some extent need to do this in order to plan a team’s season, knowing which games to focus on and which ones to leave more to hope. Some sports journalists also have the knack of getting it right more often than not. To some it may seem like guess work or going on gut feeling but there is a science to sport and if you know what factors are important you too can be successful at predicting match results.

League position

The first and most obvious thing to look at when deciding who’s most likely to win a game is the relative position of the teams in the league table. If there are a number of places separating the two teams then the higher team is most often going to win and if the teams are close together then a draw is the probable result. You can do this by rule of thumb or it is possible to be more methodical by going back through the records and quantifying just how much of an advantage the league position is. Over the last five years in the English Premier League for example, when the two teams are within 6 places a draw is on average the most likely result. Different leagues will vary depending on how competitive they are and it will also vary at different points in the season. League position is less effective a predictor at the start of the season when there aren’t enough results to make a reliable prediction; and also at the end of the season when teams (particularly the more successful ones) are tired!

Home or away

The next most important factor to consider is whether a team is playing at home or away. In some leagues away victories are relatively rare. The main reason for this is the influence of the crowd. For teams that have a long way to travel and few supporting fans the opposition stadium can be a hostile environment. Also (although of course it shouldn’t happen) the crowd can have an influence on the referee. Refereeing is full of marginal decisions, and the presence of a large crowd of jeering supporters can effect the referee’s judgement. This effect of ‘home bias’ by referees has been scientifically tested by analyzing match videos, and has been shown to be a genuine phenomena – not just a frustration in the minds of the disappointed away fans! Because of this home advantage teams will often have two configurations: one for home and one for away. Away teams will often be more cautious and play a defensive mid-fielder in place of one of the strikers, making an away victory even less likely. It’s easy to quantify the home advantage in a league by adding up all the home wins over a season and comparing it with the number of away wins. The ratio is typically around 2 to 1 in favor of the home team.

Who’s playing?

A key decider is the team announcement. When the line up of the teams is announced, usually twenty minutes before kick-off, this gives a big indication of how the game will go. The team sheet will tell you two things: firstly whether the manager is playing his best team (e.g. are there players out through injury? Or is he saving players for a more important match?). Secondly it will tell you the likely formations. If a team has no recognized striker then they are probably going to be playing a more defensive formation. However, if there are a number of strikers on the substitutes’ bench then it is likely the coach will be putting them on the pitch at a later stage in the game and thus is not settling for a draw. Also look out for players just coming back from injury. Such a player may have a good first game but performances may then dip as fitness becomes an issue. Typically it takes 5 games for a player to get back to full match fitness.

Who’s on a roll?

As with many sports, confidence is a huge factor. Teams can get into cycles where bad results leads to bad confidence which in turn leads to worse performances. The same is true when a team’s confidence spirals upwards. It is for this reason that teams tend to go through good and bad patches. When a team is on a winning streak there is a strong likelihood they will continue winning, even against better teams. Look out for runs in a team’s recent matches: e.g. how many games have they gone without a victory? Although they won’t often admit it players are acutely aware of these statistics and it does play on their minds. Other runs to look out for are:

  • Games without scoring a goal
  • Number of clean sheets (no goals against)
  • Consecutive away wins
  • Number of games unbeaten
  • Number of games played

This last point is an important one. Tiredness is an important factor in determining a team’s chances of winning. A player should normally be able to play 2 games a week but this is hard to sustain over a number of months, especially if there is a lot of traveling and the games are very competitive. A team that has not played for 7 days has a significant advantage over one which has played in the last 3 or 4 days.

Derbies and rivalries

Some matches have a special significance for supporters and players alike. Derby games, where the two teams are local to each other, can throw up unexpected results. Part of the reason for this is that the away supporters don’t have far to travel and so can be in the stadium in equal numbers to the home fans. This can create an unusually vibrant atmosphere which can make players more nervous and accident prone. The intense rivalry between such teams can produce special performances from some teams. This all makes it hard to predict the outcome of such games. There can be other team rivalries that one should also be aware of: for instance teams that have a history of victories over one another in important competitions; and teams that have an equal number of trophies.

Greater Manchester Is an Ideal County for Adult Dating

Greater Manchester occupies an area of nearly five hundred square miles and has a population of 2.6 million, giving it a population density of over five thousand people per square mile and making it a superb location for successful adult dating to take place. However, a high density, urban areas are interspersed with less populated rural ones.

In addition to its ideal demographic and geographical features, Greater Manchester has many equally ideal cultural attractions for dating. These include the highest number of theatre seats per head of population anywhere in the U.K. except London. Then there is the Manchester Evening News Arena, a popular music venue with seating for more than twenty one thousand people. This makes it the biggest indoor arena in all Europe. It is of little wonder that the venue constantly gets wins the title of ‘ International Venue of the Year’. To attend a concert there with someone you are meeting for the first time on an adult dating basis, must surely rate as one of the ultimate adult dating rendezvous! There are also more night clubs in the Greater Manchester area than anywhere else except London. Many of them are popular as meeting places both for singles and for swinger couples.

Greater Manchester also has its fair share of swingers clubs. One is right in centre of Manchester itself, others are located a little further out. There are also ones in Bolton and Rochdale. The most popular of the Manchester ones has been running for twenty seven years and is renowned for its very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Parties for swinger couples and also for mixed singles / couples, take place at regular intervals

The venue located right in the city centre of Manchester is these days more of a ‘Gentleman’s Retreat’ than a swingers club but it still offers occasional parties for those seeking liberated adult fun and it makes a great meeting place for adult dating. Private parties can also be booked there.

The adult dating rendezvous in Rochdale is popular too and has been running for several years. It holds regular parties on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays when single males looking for adult dates are always welcome. On Saturday evenings the parties that are held are for swinger couples only. The premises consist of five large play-rooms all fully equipped with the kind of facilities that help to make parties swing.

The Bolton venue is a very discreet club that welcomes the transgender community as well as both singles and couples looking for adult dating contacts and adult party fun. It has a relaxing lounge, several play rooms and a special fantasy room for those who enjoy role play.

If you live in the Greater Manchester area and are looking for adult dating in the county, joining a well run, popular swingers club or adult dating site is the way to find out where everything is happening and to make contact with like-minded people. Take some care to chose from the three or four biggest online sites and ensure that it has large numbers of members in the Greater Manchester area.

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A Guide to Booking Arsenal Tickets to Watch Arsenal

A new coaching establishment, new strategy, new Emirates playground, and inclusion of fresh and talented players are some strong elements that have fashioned the Arsenal FC into the most capable team in the Premier League. With legendary players like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Perez, Bergkamp, Pires, and Henry, the football club continues to lead the English Premier League events.

Watching Arsenal players live in action is now no longer a fantasy for the enthusiasts like you, as the Arsenal tickets are now available easily and affordably at some reliable websites. You don’t need to worry at all if you want to live up the electrifying experience at Emirates stadium.

Where to buy Arsenal tickets:

Since the Arsenal tickets for sale are always in high demand, it is somehow challenging for the fans to buy a ticket from the official channel. But there are some reliable and promising third-party online ticket franchises that offer football tickets, along with the customer services. And if you go through the manner how they deliver tickets online, you will find the following worthwhile benefits:

• Safe and secure transaction

• 100% delivery on time

• Money back assurance

• Real-time mechanism to process your bookings

• Last minute booking facility

So, you don’t need to worry if you couldn’t book your ticket on the official website – you can reliably head towards the secondary ticket suppliers to book your Arsenal match tickets.

How to buy tickets:

Purchasing tickets for the Arsenal events is somehow easier and more convenient for the audiences who own a membership. The official window goes live two months before for the Silver Members.

Type of membership is the only thing that lets you buy Arsenal match tickets online. If you want to get a quick and early access to the online ticket inventory, then you would better to have a membership. It is important to remember that all the Arsenal tickets for football matches are sold out within minutes once the ticket booking window goes live.

In such condition, you can avail the last-minute-booking facility at the third-party website where the process is quite simple and convenient.

Get a membership at the outset for cheap and early tickets:

Before you choose an online destination to book your tickets, you need to get a membership first. Visit the official website and earn a membership to have a direct access to a selection of exclusive advantages like priority ticket access, subscription to Arsenal Player, a welcome offer, and much more.

• Online booking:

It’s the most practiced manner to buy Arsenal tickets, and it provides the utmost conveniences while you book your seat. All members are required to provide their 7-digit membership number, subsequent to credit/debit card details.

Every member is allowed to book maximum four tickets. Once the transaction is successful, the ticket is delivered electronically to the registered email ID.

• Telephone ticket booking:

Telephone ticket booking does also go through a simple and flawless process. Here in this way, you will have to dial a number and follow the instructions right from providing your membership number to the credit/debit card details. And once the procedure completes, you will get a confirmation email with the seat details.

How non-member audiences can get the ticket:

There is the least possibility for non-member audiences to get the Arsenal tickets as the tickets are always in high demand. It is subject to the availability if there is any ticket available after selling to the members.

So why wait! Simply get the membership and ensure your presence in the stadium to cheer up every single moment with thousands of Arsenal fans.

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