Happy new year again, unless you're Cristiano Ronaldo (if you are CR7, thanks for reading, we really do like you a lot). It was a particularly happy new year for GFC favourite, Lionel Messi. The diminutive Argentinian won his fourth consecutive Ballon D'Or a couple of days ago, doing it in dazzling style in a polka-dot tuxedo. We have been told he did some goals as well... As is customary when Messi achieves something, the people at Hotspur & Argyle commission Richard Swarbrick to do one of his fascinating and emotive animations for Adidas. His latest creation documents some of Messi's recent highlights in his unique style. I'm sure you'll agree, its a belter.
2012 was a good year for Gastown F.C. They got their first season of VMSL soccer under their belts before going on to win a third straight summer title in the illustrious Ultra Soccer League. The year will be best remembered though for their merger with Yaletown F.C. which has doubled the size of the club and seen them play some great football and have many good times. We hope that you're looking forward to 2013 as much as we are and what better way to ring in the new year than to kick back (zing) and watch all 91 goals Lionel Messi scored this year. Here's to hoping that any of us can score an eleventh as many!
It will cost this many pounds to prise El Tigre from high-flyers, Atlético Madrid.
Well, we've made it. With the help of Connor Keller, we've put out twelve transfer stories on an (almost) daily basis - they really should start paying us for this. We have saved the biggest transfer story of the year for last, the £60m man from Columbia. El tigre has been setting La Liga on fire for a couple of years now, his goals this season have lifted Atlético to second place, behind Barcelona. They are seven points clear of their city rivals, Real. Despite the lofty league position, there is little chance that they will be able to hold onto their prized asset. By next summer, the Columbian will almost certainly gone, but with big teams on the prowl for a goalscorer, Atlético fans should probably print out the league table now.
Strootman clearly displeased with the excess of leftover turkey
As mentioned a couple of days ago we looked in on a Dane rumored to be leaving Ajax, and now today we look into another player likely to be on a flight out of Schipol before January ends, this time PSV Eindhoven's Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman. It's a bit of a sad state of affairs for the Eredivise that they're no longer able to hold onto such promising youngsters, but their loss will ultimately be the Premier League's gain. Still just a young man at 22, Strootman has emerged as one of the best creative holding midfielders in Holland and has impressed on his recent appearances with the Oranje.
Another mother mistakenly thinks that FIFA 12 is the same as FIFA 13, "and half the price!"
First of all, I feel I must extend my most sincere apologies for the delay in these posts. I ran away to Switzerland in search of a white Christmas and to discuss personal terms with Xamax Neuchâtel, and have, as a result, been quite lazy with my transfer rumouring. Not to worry, my noble understudy, Connor Keller has done a brilliant job making me appear less lazy. Secondly, this website has a cunning tool that makes it appear as though I posted this on the 24th. The internet, isn't it grand?! Today we head back to Serie A to discuss El Matador, one of the most lethal finishers on the planet, not to mention one of the most desirable.
Eriksen celebrates the opening of many major club's transfer kitties
Reporters who showed up to watch yesterday's transfer target as well as current fellow Arsenal lad Jack Wilshire play against Denmark in Copenhagen will remember today's transfer target well, as the Danish playmaker stole the show in a losing cause. Christian Eriksen, who plys his trade with Ajax in the Netherlands, has been rapidly emerging onto the footballing scene through one of its best development academies. Now at just 20 years of age, links are being drawn up to some of England's biggest clubs, all of whom would be lucky to have him.
This may be the last time Arshavin loses out on the novelty Rubix Cube...
Imagine a player that has already been to a World Cup when no one thought he should have, and has been left out of a World Cup squad when everyone thought he shouldn't have. Then imagine that such a player is still only 23 years old and possesses comical pace. Why would any club want to lose a talent like this on a free transfer come the end of the season? As it stands, Arsenal look quite likely to lose their English Road Runner either in January or in the summer. Potential suitors are emerging almost every day - strengthening the forward's negotiating position.