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The English premier league clubs haven’t been too afraid to spend money in recent transfer windows andthissummer was most certainly no exception. Premier league new boys Reading, Southampton, and West Ham all strengthened their squads by signing a number of key players, with West Ham taking Liverpool forward Andy Carroll on a season long loan, and replacing departing Rob Green (who joined QPR) with former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Arsenal saw some key players move in and out of the club with Alex Song leaving England for the much sunnier Spanish climate to play for Catalan giants Barcelona in a…

Barcelona FC players are no strangers to winning awards on not only the Global stage but on the European stage as well,Andrés Inies ta picked up the 2012 European player award but has definitely not been the man stealing the headlines about the award. The media focussed themselves on a semi-professional forward from Welsh Premier League club Bangor City FC. It is believed that a single nomination was enough to get crowd favourite Les Davies on the short list for Europe’s most prestigious award. Davies who has been one of Bangor’s most prolific scorers in recent seasons was a shock…

After just two seasons at Tottenham, Rafael Van Der Vaart returns to Hamburg for a fee of €13 million. Van Der Vaart’s transfer to Hamburg sees his return to the club after his departure in 2008 where he made over 90 appearances and scored 39 goals. “Its official! Welcome home, Rafael Van Der Vaart” tweeted the club from its official Twitter when the deal was confirmed yesterday.  The tweet was also sent with a picture of the 29 year old with his new number 23 Hamburg shirt. The Dutchman has signed a three-year deal with the struggling German club to…

A Bangor University graduate will be attempting to cycle from Cardiff to Paris in aid of Shelter Cymru next month. Diana Miller will be leaving the Welsh capital on 23rd September for her journey. The trip will take her four days if she cycles around 90 miles per day. Diana will be meeting up with other cyclists attempting the trip in aid of the charity also. Her trip will raise money for Shelter Cymru who help people in Wales to find a home and keep it. Diana has been volunteering for the charity since 2009, taking part in a number…

Following exhaustive negotiations Dutch forward, Robin van Persie, is set to leave Arsenal behind and travel up North as he joins rivals Manchester United. Arsenal boss, Wenger, finally relented and agreed the departure of last season’s top player for a staggering £22 million this Wednesday. The Dutchman made his way to Manchester today for a medical but is expected to agree to £200,000 a week contract with the club, completing the transfer. Despite being the Premier League’s top goal scorer last season, with thirty goals for Arsenal, Van Persie saw no future with the team. The much sought-after striker had…

A week of close matches, surprise winners and shock defeats has made the opening rounds of this year’s Wimbledon some of the most memorable in recent memory. The big story of the week is the astonishing exit of second favourite Rafael Nadal on the fourth day of the tournament. The 26 year old lost to little known Czech player Lukas Rosol in 5 sets on Centre Court, who is only placed 100th in the world. Rosol played the game of his life and outclassed Nadal to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, causing one of the biggest upsets in the…

Spain make it a competition hat trick at Euros Record breaking Spain, on Sunday retained their Euro crown by defeating former world champions Italy by a record breaking margin that saw Fernando Torres secure his own personal record for scoring in successive championship finals. Torres, who has been heavily criticised this season not only adds a Euro winner’s medal to the FA Cup and Champions League winner’s medals but his 88th minute assist for Chelsea team mate Juan Mata saw him collect the golden boot ahead of German Mario Gomez and £80 million Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The final itself…

As the most prestigious tennis tournament on Earth kicked off on Monday, the world’s top ranked players have to bring their best game in order to be crowned champion. When predicting the men’s Wimbledon winner, it’s hard to think of any player that isn’t one of the Big Four. Number one seed Novak Djokovic is a dangerous opponent; despite losing the French Open to Nadal, he’s had a great season. With victories at the Australian Open, US open and Wimbledon last year, the 25-year-old is in great form. Rafael Nadal comes to Wimbledon after winning his seventh French Open title,…

Euro 2012 kicked off this evening however the football has once again been put on the back burner as the officiating in the Poland vs Greece match dominated half time conversations as Greece were unfairly reduced to 10 men after Sokratis’ soft red card. By this point the Greek team were already working with a one goal deficit and later had a strong appeal penalty denied. Greece however fought hard to fight back and half time substitute Salpingidis poached a 51st minute strike following a mistake from Wojciech Szczesny. The goal saw yet another ‘keeper error following Chalkias’ 17th Minute…

The 5th of May was a blue day at Wembley Stadium as Chelsea left the F.A Cup final with the trophy in their hands. The game began with 85million pounds worth of goal scoring talent on the bench as both Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres failed to make the starting line ups. The latter was not missed. With just 11 minutes on the clock, Jay Spearing’s inability to control the ball led to Juan Mata seizing possession. With Liverpool on the back-foot he swept a ball through to the galloping Ramires who outpaced Jose Enrique to fire the ball past…

The Spanish Grand Prix marked a bittersweet day for the Williams team, with the end of the race looming #ABV – anything but Vettel was trending on Twitter. The Williams driver Pastor Maldonado picked up his first Grand Prix win and William’s first win in eight years. However the joyous occasion was overseen by tragic events inside the William’s pit crew. A pit fire broke out injuring a total of 7 people; 4 of which were from William’s own team. The other injured persons were made up of four Caterham mechanics and a Force India crewmember that suffered from smoke…

The Allianz Arena is set to host the Champions League final on Saturday in what is sure to be another magnificent European night. For both Chelsea and Bayern difficult domestic seasons have added extra significance to the game that is always the pinnacle of the football calendar. Bayern Munich head into the game on the back of a 5-2 defeat to Borrusia Dortmund in the German Cup final, hardly the kind of preparation manager Jupp Heynckes would have been hoping for. Bayern’s league campaign brought equally as little joy as they were forced to settle for a runners-up spot again…

With the whole country in an olympic uproar its easy to forget that they aren’t the only major sporting events taking place this year. Two years after 2010’s World Cup championships in South Africa, its time for the UEFA European Championships. This year’s European Championships will be the fourteenth organised for international teams by UEFA and will take place between 8th June and 1st July with the championships hosted by both Poland and Ukraine, the first time either nation has hosted the tournament. The two host nations automatically qualified for the finals championships in which they will be joined by…

When Alan Pardew was announced as Newcastle United’s new manager, just three days after the sacking of Chris Hughton, in December 2010 it was to mixed reactions from the fans. The Newcastle fans have long been known for their sheer dedication and love for their team, despite the fact that their team has little to offer in terms of silverware, and so it was an important decision on who should manage the historic Magpies. A poll, by Sky Sports, revealed that only 5.5% of the 40,000 voters backed Alan Pardew to become the Magpies’ new manager, a figure that would…

Andy Murray struggled his way into the third round of the Rome masters following a fairly one sided first set that eventually turned into a colossal struggle against David Nalbandian. In the end a lucky break in a decisive third set was what finally saw Murray through on his 25th birthday. Murray looked stronger initially capitalizing on a series of errors from his opponent and sailed his way into a convincing 4-0 lead. Nalbandian pulled back but following a massive 15-minute game Andy Murray paved the way to seal the four game cushion. Nalbandian however looked a lot stronger in…

The Bangor University rugby teams welcomed back some old faces last week as the Old Boys and Old Girls from previous years returned to Bangor to prepare for their annual rugby match, though this year it was held in memory of Old Girl Sam Hurst who died earlier this year of leukemic cancer. The two matches, held on the Treborth pitches on Sunday 6th May, saw the Old Girls and Boys face the current Bangor University rugby teams while the crowd standing on the sidelines stood watching and cheering. The women’s match kicked off at 12.30pm, where the Bangor Women’s…

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