Keep calm let the Doctor handle it!!!

Grandma was nearly ninety years of age when she won 1,000,000 pounds on the football pools. Her family were extremely worried about her heart and feared that news of her large win would come as too much of a shock for her.

“Think we had better call in the doctor to tell her the news,” suggested the eldest son.

The doctor soon arrived and the situation was explained to him. “Now, you don’t have to worry about anything,” said the doctor. “I am fully trained in such delicate matters and I feel sure I can break this news to her gently. I assure you, there is absolutely no need for you to fear for her health. Everything will be quite safe if left to me.”

The doctor went in to see the old lady and gradually brought the conversation around to football pools.

“Tell me,” said the doctor, “what would you do if you had a large win on the pools – say one million pounds?”

“Why,” replied the old lady, “I’d give half of it to you, of course.”

The doctor fell down dead with shock.
– SantaBanta

10 Ex-Gunners Who Found That the Grass Wasn’t Always Greener on the Other Side!!!

10 Ex-Gunners Who Found That the Grass Wasn’t Always Greener on the Other Side

Posted by Damian

Real Madrid top Forbes’ most valuable football teams list as English Premier League teams dominate top 20 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)!!!

Real Madrid is the world’s most valuable football club for a third straight year, according to a new Forbes poll that showed the average value of the top 20 teams has risen 11 per cent over last year.

Top 10 most valuable: (in $US billions)
1. Real Madrid $3.26
2. Barcelona $3.16
3. Manchester United $3.10
4. Bayern Munich $2.35
5. Manchester City $1.38
6. Chelsea $1.37
7. Arsenal $1.31
8. Liverpool $982
9. Juventus $837
10. AC Milan $775

The Spanish club’s value fell five per cent to $4 billion but their $936.5 million in revenue, the highest of any sports team in the world, was enough to keep them top of the list, Forbes said in a statement.

Barcelona ($3.97 billion), Manchester United ($3.89 billion), German champions Bayern Munich ($2.95 billion) and Manchester City ($1.7 billion) rounded out the top five.

Rising television and shirt sponsorship revenue helped drive the average value of the top 20 clubs to $1.46 billion, a staggering 84 per cent jump from five years ago.

Eight of the top 20 teams are from the English Premier League, which Forbes credited to both a rise in the British pound relative to the euro and US dollar and a lucrative new domestic TV deal starting from the 2016-17 season.

Serie A champions Juventus ($1.05 billion), AC Milan ($793 million), Inter Milan ($551 million) and Napoli ($443 million) are the only Italian teams to crack the top 20 but none were higher than ninth place.

Forbes said the once-great Serie A brand has been undermined over the past decade by match-fixing scandals, antiquated stadiums, rising debts and a decline in talent on the pitch.


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The Economist proves that Lionel Messi’s goals are more valuable than Cristiano Ronaldo’s!!!

Even though we know that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world (and of all time), for some reason there is still a daily debate held on the internet as to whether Cristiano Ronaldo actually deserves this title.
The Economist may well have provided definitive statistical evidence to support the claim that Messi is the greater player goalscorer, by devising a points system that proves that Messi’s goals are of more worth than Ronaldo’s. Not financially, just… more…
By applying weight/worth to more important matches like World Cup games and Champions League knockout stages, and the context in which a goal is scored, a relative value can be deduced.

The Economist says:
The statistic that weights goals according to their context is called Expected Points Added(EPA), an application of the Win Probability Added framework originally developed for baseball. By extrapolating from over 4,000 English Premier League matches played from 2001-13, the analytical website offers an applet that lists the odds of a team’s win, draw or loss at any point in a match given the venue, time remaining and goal margin. Comparing these probabilities immediately before and after a goal shows how much each score changes the expected outcome.

What this means, in essence, is that a last minute winner against Iran in the World Cup is more valuable to a team than the sixth goal in a 6-1 victory over Levante.

A number of Ronaldo‘s goals have come during Madrid routs over opposition teams whereas Messi scored the tie breaking goal in the last 20 minutes of a match five times between 2013 and 14.
Messi’s goals have also been heavily weighted against competition rivals as opposed to cannon fodder. This is not to say that Ronaldo’s astounding goalscoring accomplishments aren’t exactly that, just that the goals aren’t as valuable in the greater context:
The pride of Portugal’s 105 goals contributed 41.6 EP to Real Madrid and his national squad, an average of 0.40 EPA per goal. Although he assured himself a second straight Ballon d’Or with three goals in the semi-final and final of last year’s Champions League, all of them were mere pile-ons. In contrast, the supposedly slumping Mr Messi squeezed 40.3 EPA from his 86 goals, an average of 0.47 each.

While goalscoring isn’t the only statistic on which a footballer’s talent should be measured, Messi’s record appears to suggest that he is a step above his arch nemesis. These conclusive statistics also appear to suggest that someone at The Economist was really, really, really bored and probably wants to go outside at some point soon.
by JJ Bull
@jj_bull Published in The Economist Magazine

Are Arsenal simply too strong for their own good?

For a team dying out for a certain type of player, held back by the supposed-stubbornness of their French manager, it may seem contradictory to argue that Arsenal have too good a squad, especially when they continue to flounder away from domestic and continental success.

But Lukas Podolski’s loan exit to Inter this week re-highlighted a predicament that is covertly simmering out of sight at Arsenal.

“He said nothing to me. He did not call me or say goodbye,” Podolski complained to the Sun. “I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him but it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me respect is important. I did everything for the club I possibly could have. I don’t believe I did anything wrong. I did not get drunk in a club.”

While that outburst is perhaps more indicative of unusually poor man-management from Wenger, the root of that problem lies in Arsenal having too much quality in certain positions, which subsequently creates a squad imbalance.

It’s good, of course, to have a big squad. Decent depth in the midst of April and May is essential in competing in more than one competition and weathering heavy injury crisis’. Moreover, having a good bench and quality all around keeps every first player on their toes – any step out of line and you’ll sure be dropped for an adequate replacement.

But there comes a point where there’s too much competition. Ask an Arsenal fan this:

If Arsenal have their entire squad fit and set out in a 4-2-3-1, who do you start with?

You’ll likely get very different answers from everybody, especially in that no.10 role, where confidence is dwindling in Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla is in a rich vein of form, and Jack Wilshere is injured.

But what about elsewhere? If, say, you start with Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud going forward, then you omit Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell, Jack Wilshere, Cazorla and Danny Welbeck – all worthy candidates.

And that’s the key, these players are all worthy contenders, all of a similar skill level and right in thinking that they should start. It’s a remarkably different scenario to a Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo front three at Madrid or a Messi, Neymar, Suarez at Barcelona, where they’re distinctively the best players in the team and there’s little to argue about. Peripheral players there, and at Chelsea (where Mourinho has a very clear first XI) know their squad status. There’s no debate and no point of contention, which creates a balance and harmony.

At Arsenal, the competition between that group of players for a limited amount of spaces is excessive. And when players of an incredible capacity, lets say Chamberlain and Wilshere, are continuously left out, it will lead to dissent and divisions in the dressing room.

Podolski’s rant upon leaving summarises that perfectly. On his day he’s an exceptionally good player, yet in the midst of this Arsenal squad, he’s been shelved to the periphery – a status which he can clearly fail to comprehend given his ability and international status.

It will also stall the progress of any hot youth talents in getting a chance (look no further than Carlos Vela’s rising status at Real Sociedad), which could effect Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ramsey and Welbeck from maturing. Something that threatens the underlying principles of Wenger’s management.

The issue is yet to really become prominent because Walcott, Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere and Giroud have all been injured for large periods of this season. But there will come a time when all are fit and, when it does, Wenger will have to make some tough decisions with some risky predicaments.

Sell and ostracise the wrong player (like Podolski) and the vociferous, divided fan base disagree, and there’ll be some heavy questions to answer, especially if the team fail to live up to expectations.

Wenger’s actions are already analysed microscopically every day. Having a squad of players that ask testing questions of his preferences only makes that situation worse.

It’s good to have depth in a football squad but there’s also a line. Arsenal and Wenger have well and truly crossed it.

Published by FOOTBALL FANCAST @News Republic

13 JANUARY 2015 06:22 PM GMT