June 29th, 2011 by admin
He may look and sound a little like the Special One but André Villas-Boas is no Jose Mourinho. Yes, he led Porto to the Primeira Liga title and then success in the Europa League but this competition is no Champions League. There, they had to play the likes of Besiktas, Rapid Vienna, CSKA Sofia and Seville – good teams but nowhere near the calibre of the teams Chelsea will have to face next season, teams such as Lyon, Bayern Munich, Milan and reigning champions Barcelona.
Villas-Boas is still a relative novice to management, with the Chelsea chapter marking only his third year in such a position. Mourinho was similar in this regard when he came to Chelsea but he was 10 years older and the said 10 years gave him a lot of extra experience. How will Villas-Boas handle dealing with players who are only a few months younger than him and how will the players respond to his personality and methods?
Mourinho loved locking horns with his closest rivals in Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. How will young Villas-Boas fare on that front? Add Mancini, Dalglish and Redknapp into the equation and Villas-Boas probably knows better than most that there’ll be no honeymoon, rather he will be expected to deliver from the outset. He is managing one of the highest-profile clubs in the world – one of the few clubs which not only compete in the Champions League, but have a realistic chance of winning it and for the fans and chairman Abramovich, failure is not an option.
June 23rd, 2011 by admin
For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Dallas Mavericks claimed the 2011 NBA Championship. They began their run slowly with a win over the Trail Blazers, but it wasn’t until they swept the Lakers that people began to really take notice. Once the Thunder were disposed of, they set up another Finals appointment with the Heat. Basketball betting backed the Heat but that was more due to the Heat’s superiority on paper.
It was the classic team of champions against a champion team and many on the Mavericks roster would give anything to fill the void on their resume. In the form of veterans Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion , Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic there were a collective 59 seasons in the NBA without a title.
What the Mavericks had over the Heat in the final was that they played like a team and were all on the same page. With Le Bron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all playing more like individuals than a team, friction was never far away.
The Heat hosted the first two games and won the first easily but blew a 15 point lead in the fourth quarter of game 2 making it 1-1 in the series. The Heat then resumed the overall lead thanks to a 2 point win in game three, after which The Mavericks won a closely fought Game 4 by three points to level the series yet again – causing basketball odds to swing back and forth.
With the final two games to be played in Miami, Nowitzki labeled Game 5 as the biggest game in franchise history and he came through with 29 points. They then went to Miami to claim Game 6 and finally win the title that had eluded them and some of their stars for so long.
June 14th, 2011 by Titan Bet
Sepp Blatter won an uncontested election for the FIFA Presidency, but this was a lot more stressful for him than may seem. He was the best bet to win which was no surprise as his was the only name on the ballot!
The fallout from Qatar winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup is still ongoing and as a result, people are convinced that there is corruption deep within FIFA.
When Mohammed Bin Hammam of Qatar announced he was going to challenge Blatter for the Presidency, rumours, accusations and allegations began to fly. Bin Hammam was called before FIFA’s ethics committee, following which he promptly withdrew his name from the running.
Senior FIFA member, Jack Warner was also called before the ethics committee and was found guilty of impropriety.
When there is so much money involved, as well as a power struggle, issues such as this are bound to arise. The moment FIFA announced the votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be done together; allegations of vote swapping began. Before the announcement of the results there, many bets had already been placed on a Russia-Qatar win.
The whole debacle was embarrassing for FIFA who in turn have ignored the more pressing issues in world football such as introducing live video replays to assist officials in making tough calls.
The important thing now is that the game’s honour is not brought into disrepute for the personal gains of however many or few individuals at HQ.