Watch outrageous last-minute Rabona winner by Eran Zahavi in Chinese Super League

14 Sep

There have been many great goals scored in the Premier League this weekend.

Stunning strikes from Jetro Willems and Sadio Mane during Liverpool’s win over Newcastle while Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori scored a brilliant 35-yard curling effort at Wolves.

Arguably the best goal of the weekend in world football came from China
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However, all these have arguably been eclipsed by a stunning strike in the Chinese Super League.

Step up Eran Zahavi who produced an outrageous 90th-minute Rabona winner to give Guangzhou R&F a last gasp win against Tianjin Quanjin.

Tianjin took the lead in the first-half but Israeli striker Zahavi equalised just before half-time.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw but Zahavi had other ideas.

He received the ball inside the box and appeared to have all avenues to get his shot away blocked.

Zahavi came up with his magic though and found the net with his brilliant winner. Below you can see a video of the goal.


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When do the European transfer windows close? Paul Pogba, Neymar and many more could move this month

21 Aug

The Premier League transfer window may well be shut but that doesn’t mean some major deals won’t be done before the end of August.

The top-flight clubs agreed for the domestic market to end before the 2019/20 campaign got under way, meaning it was a short summer of spending in England.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United this month
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But a number of transfers could go through before September begins with European windows open until later.

The market in China has already closed so no players will be completing mega-money moves to the Far East but clubs across the continent can still buy.

The Scottish transfer window remains open as well.

PSG superstar Neymar is being heavily linked with a move back to Spain
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Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are being heavily linked with leaving Manchester United, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta could depart Chelsea and there are question marks over the likes of Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Elneny and Mario Lemina among others.

There are also set to be some huge deals within Europe, the headline being Neymar’s much-discussed exit from Paris Saint-Germain.

So when do the major transfer windows close around the world and when can the Premier League sides finally rest easy?

China: July 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

France: June 16, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Germany: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Italy: July 2, 2019 – August 23, 2019

Scotland: June 11, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Spain: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019

The winter transfer window in the Premier League will open on 1 January, 2020 and run until 31 January, 2020.

Gareth Bale’s agent says Real Madrid player has no relationship with Zidane, as journalist explains why China transfer collapsed

29 Jul

Gareth Bale looks set to continue his non-existent relationship with Zinedine Zidane after Real Madrid cancelled his lucrative move to China.

The player appeared to be on the verge of ending his six-year stay in Madrid by joining Jiangsu Suning, but the club pulled the plug on the deal.

Gareth Bale still has three years left on his current deal at Real Madrid after his move to China collapsed
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Real boss Zinedine Zidane had claimed the player was working on an exit strategy in an attempt to force him out, with Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, labelling Zidane ‘a disgrace’ for his actions.

Barnett has taken another swipe at Zidane in a recent interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

“It’s simple, Zidane doesn’t like Gareth,” Barnett said.

“There’s no relationship between them. There never has been.”

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has claimed Zinedine Zidane has ‘never liked’ his client
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And Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter explained to talkSPORT the reasons why the £1m-a-week move to China fell through.

“The whole thing came as a shock to both Bale and Jonathan Barnett,” he revealed.

“Zidane started acting a bit oddly during the week – as far as the player and the agent were concerned.

“They thought the rupture was total. Jonathan Barnett has been talking to a French newspaper where he expressed the opinion that the whole thing literally boils down to the fact Zidane doesn’t like Bale.

“They had agreed the personal terms for this move to the Chinese Super League.

“It appeared only a matter of time before the transfer would be confirmed.”

However, Hunter believes that Real’s ego was one of a number of factors why they pulled the plug on the transfer.

The club were battered 7-3 by rivals Atletico Madrid and Hunter added: “The combination of Real Madrid looking very rusty in pre-season, with Marcos Asensio also getting injured, had a big impact.

“It became absolutely clear that Jiangsu Suning believed they had Madrid over a barrel – and the truth is they did.”

Meanwhile, Barnett has rejected claims that Bale’s family stopped the deal from being completed.

“Any stories suggesting that Gareth or his family were the reason the deal did not take place are completely false,” Barnett told Sky Sports News.

Gareth Bale set to end Real Madrid nightmare after agreeing move to Jiangsu Suning worth more than £1m a WEEK

26 Jul

Gareth Bale will end his Real Madrid nightmare after agreeing a lucrative move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning worth more than £1million-a-week.

According to reports, the Wales international is in the final stages of negotiations ahead of his move to the Far East which will see him double his current £600,000-a-week wages in Spain.

Gareth Bale is set to sign a deal worth more than £1million a week
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Salomon Rondon: West Brom forward reunites with former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez as Dalian Yifang transfer is confirmed

19 Jul

Salomon Rondon has left West Brom to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, the Championship club have confirmed.

Rondon, the Venezuela forward, reunites with former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez in the Far East, having worked under the Spaniard during a loan spell at St James’ Park last season.

A West Brom statement read: “Salomon Rondon has today joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang for an undisclosed fee.

“The Venezuela international will be teaming up with Rafa Benitez, who led Newcastle United during his loan spell at St James’ Park last season.

“Rondon arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer of 2015 and made 120 appearances for the Baggies, scoring 28 goals.

“The Club wishes Salomon and his family all the very best in the future.”

Rondon played 33 times for Newcastle last season and ended the season as their second leading goalscorer, behind Ayoze Perez, with 12 strikes in all competitions.

The 29-year-old was also named the club’s player of the season

Rondon first moved to English football in 2015, when West Brom bought him from Zenit Saint Petersburg for a club-record £12million.

He spent just a year with Zenit after a spell with their Russian rivals Rubin Kazan, after four years in Spain with Las Palmas then Malaga.

Salomon Rondon: West Brom forward reunites with former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez as Dalian Yifang transfer is confirmed

19 Jul

Salomon Rondon has left West Brom to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, the Championship club have confirmed.

Rondon, the Venezuela forward, reunites with former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez in the Far East, having worked under the Spaniard during a loan spell at St James’ Park last season.

A West Brom statement read: “Salomon Rondon has today joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang for an undisclosed fee.

“The Venezuela international will be teaming up with Rafa Benitez, who led Newcastle United during his loan spell at St James’ Park last season.

“Rondon arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer of 2015 and made 120 appearances for the Baggies, scoring 28 goals.

“The Club wishes Salomon and his family all the very best in the future.”

Rondon played 33 times for Newcastle last season and ended the season as their second leading goalscorer, behind Ayoze Perez, with 12 strikes in all competitions.

The 29-year-old was also named the club’s player of the season

Rondon first moved to English football in 2015, when West Brom bought him from Zenit Saint Petersburg for a club-record £12million.

He spent just a year with Zenit after a spell with their Russian rivals Rubin Kazan, after four years in Spain with Las Palmas then Malaga.

West Brom ‘reach agreement’ with Dalian Yifang for Salomon Rondon as striker set to reunite with former Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

16 Jul

Dalian Yifang have reportedly agreed a deal with West Brom to sign Salomon Rondon.

The striker scored 12 goals in all competitions while on loan at Newcastle last season to become a fan favourite at St James’ Park.

Salomon Rondon looks likely to move to China this summer
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The 29-year-old was even named the club’s player of the season following his superb campaign.

Rafa Benitez was keen to sign him on a permanent basis but Mike Ashley was said to be reluctant to spend the money on a player who was approaching 30.

Benitez has since left Newcastle to join Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang – and he is still trying to secure a deal for Rondon.

Sky Sports News claim a deal has been reached between Dalian and the Baggies for the Venezuela forward’s transfer.

Rondon has a release clause of £16.5million and West Brom are keen on getting him off their books this summer.

The former Malaga and Zenit forward is said to want to reunite with Benitez after playing under him at Newcastle.

Benitez departed St James’ Park when his contract expired at the end of June.

He was unveiled as the manager of the Chinese club soon after.

Marko Arnautovic was ‘disrespectful’ towards West Ham Women and disrupted their training sessions, reveals retired Hammer Claire Rafferty

9 Jul

Marko Arnautovic was ‘disrespectful’ towards the West Ham Women’s team and often disrupted their training sessions, Claire Rafferty has told talkSPORT.

The retired two-time Women’s Super League winner says the Austria forward had a ‘clear’ attitude problem and claims West Ham probably let him move to China having grown ‘fed up’ of him.

Arnautovic completed a £23million transfer to Shanghai SIPG on Monday.

Arnautovic’s long-awaited move to China was announced earlier this week

The Hammers ran out of patience with the 30-year-old after he was the subject of fresh bids from the CSL, having been refused a move to China in January.

It is also understood the east Londoners accepted a low offer this time around – compared to the £35m they turned down seven months ago – in order to get the nuisance player out the door.

And former England defender Rafferty, who hung up her boots this summer after representing West Ham, has revealed how Arnautovic often disrupted the Women’s team at the club’s Rush Green training ground.

Speaking on Monday’s Kick Off, Rafferty explained: “I think in the end West Ham got fed up of him – he’s got a bit of an attitude, clearly.

“In and around the training ground he’d always be quite disruptive of our training sessions when he’d walk over.

Arnautovic has left the Hammers for China in disgrace in many fans’ eyes
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“We train in the same place [as the men’s team], but obviously on separate pitches, separated by one of the stadiums.

“On multiple occasions he was just quite disruptive and disrespectful of our training sessions.

“He’d be walking back from finishing his training and would shout over the wall and just be disrespectful.

Rafferty has opened up on Arnautovic’s disruptive behaviour at West Ham
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“Bearing in mind we were doing tactical work, it’s a total disregard for what we’re doing; there’s no way in hell any of us would do that during one of their training sessions.

“I think that’s just him, he’s clearly quite a boisterous character and is quite outspoken.”

West Ham aim dig at Marko Arnautovic with ‘True Hammer’ social media post of captain Mark Noble

9 Jul

West Ham appear to have taken aim at the recently departed Marko Arnautovic with a subtle dig on social media.

The Austrian left West Ham to join Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG for a reported £23million.

Marko Arnautovic has completed his move to Shanghai SIPG
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Arnautovic told the club he wanted to leave, a decision that comes just six months after he signed a new five-year contract.

During the messy transfer saga, the forward’s brother Danijel, who is also his agent, criticised West Ham for their treatment of him.

Arnautovic’s brother said: “He’s not a cow or a horse which you bring to market.

“He’s a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them.”

It is unlikely too many West Ham fans will be disappointed to see the want-away striker leave, after having his request to head to the Far East accepted at the second time of asking this year.

And the Hammers’ social media team decided to celebrate players who were still there by posting a picture of club captain Mark Noble, along with the caption; ‘True Hammer’.

Noble, 32, began his career with the club as an academy player and has remained loyal since making his first team debut in August 2004.

He is West Ham’s longest-serving player and has made 467 appearances for them.

Marko Arnautovic: West Ham legend Tony Cottee slams forward as he completes summer transfer to Chinese Super League

8 Jul

Tony Cottee has hit out at Marko Arnautovic for becoming a ‘real problem’ at West Ham after the Austria forward completed a move to the Chinese Super League.

Arnautovic left the London Stadium on Monday morning to join Shanghai SIPG, with a deal agreed last week and a medical passed over the weekend.

He departs the Hammers two years after joining from Stoke, and only six months after putting pen to paper on a new contract which appeared to tie him down to West Ham when they refused to sell him to an unnamed CSL team in January.

Arnautovic was a strong performer for the east Londoners before his failed move to the Far East earlier this year, but his form quickly faded across the second half of the campaign.

He netted just three goals after signing his new deal, compared to the seven beforehand, and West Ham legend Cottee says Arnautovic became a hindrance rather than a help when his proposed January move to China collapsed.

“I’ll remember Marko, on his day, as a fantastic player,” Cottee told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“When he arrived he took a little while to settle in, but he was given his opportunity up front and when he started playing there he certainly hit form and started banging a few goals in.

“So he was an exciting player for the Hammers, but he certainly let himself down towards the end. From the start of the year onwards, when the January window opened, there have been non-stop problems.

“It’s been a real problem for the club.”

During the January window, Arnautovic’s brother, Danijel, who also acts as his agent, claimed the forward wanted to move to China to challenge for titles.

Cottee blasted this statement, however, claiming England is where the glamour is and saying that if a player wants to leave for the money it would be better to simply be honest about it.

“It’s not the first time we’ve seen this in football,” Cottee continued. “Over the years we’ve seen it with many players who’ve decided for whatever reason that they don’t want to play for the club.

“I’m a West Ham fan and as far as I’m concerned if a player doesn’t want to play for the club, for whatever reason, then you have to move them on.

“I’ve got every sympathy for the club because I think they’ve been put in a very difficult position.

West Ham are understood to have received around £23million for Arnautovic
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“Be honest about it! If you are going to leave West Ham and go to China, be honest about it. Say you are going for the money. He’s not going to further his career or win medals, because the glamour is here in England.

“I read in January that he wants to go and win medals and you’re thinking, ‘do me a favour… that’s absolutely ridiculous’.

“The first thing they [West Ham fans] want to see is 100 per cent commitment to the football club, and I don’t think Marko’s given that since January.

“Marko, as I’ve already said, on his day, was a fantastic footballer. But if you don’t want to play for the club, as far as I’m concerned, sod off and go and play somewhere else.”