Friday, August 14, 2009

EPL : The Big Kick Off



Pengurus United, Alex Ferguson yang akan berdepan dengan bekas pemainnya di Aberdeen, Alex McLeish, tahu ia bukan tugas mudah.

Dia pasti akan mengarahkan pemainnya agar tidak mengambil mudah apatah lagi dengan kecederaan yang membelenggi Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Wes Brown dan Gary Neville yang belum tentu dapat diturunkan, esok.

''Menang empat gelaran berturut-turut ialah perkara yang kami mahu dan ia sesuatu yang hebat. Ia merupakan cabaran besar bagi kami,'' kata Ferguson.

Dia juga menjangkakan cabaran sengit daripada tiga musuh tradisi tetapi tidak tahu yang mana satu antara Liverpool, Chelsea dan Arsenal bakal menjadi pencabar paling kuat.

Ferguson juga percaya jirannya yang banyak melabur duit membeli pemain baru, Manchester City juga mungkin boleh menjadi ancaman. - Agensi

ARSENAL
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Position last season: 4th
Nickname: The Gunners
Ground: Emirates Stadium
Capacity: 60,355

Players in: Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax, undisclosed)
Players out: Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City, undisclosed), Kolo Toure (Man City, undisclosed), Fran Merida (Levante, loan), Havard Nordtveit (Nurnberg), James Dunne (released), Abu Ogogo (released), Paul Rodgers (released), Rene Steer (released), Vincent van den Berg (released), Anton Blackwood (released), Amaury Bischoff (released), Rui Fonte (released).
Key man: Andrei Arshavin
Young star: Jack Wilshere


LIVERPOOL

Manager: Rafael Benitez
Position last season: 2nd
Nickname: The Reds
Ground: Anfield
Capacity: 45,276

Players in: Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma, undisclosed), Chris Mavinga (Paris St Germain, undisclosed), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth, £17m), Aaron King (Rushden & Diamonds, nominal), Jesus Fernandez Saez (Cadiz, nominal)
Players out: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid, undisclosed), Sebastian Leto (Panathinaikos, undisclosed), Adam Hammill (Barnsley, undisclosed), Astrit Ajdarevic (Leicester, free), Jack Hobbs (Leicester, £400,000), Sami Hyypia (Bayer Leverkusen, free), Ryan Flynn (Falkirk, loan), Jermaine Pennant (Real Zaragoza, free), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid, £3.5m), Dean Bouzanis (Wrexham, loan), Paul Anderson (Nottm Forest, £250,000), Ronald Huth (released), Godwin Antwi (released), Miki Roque (released), Gary MacKay-Steven (released)
Key man: Steven Gerrard
Young star: Stephen Darby


MANCHESTER CITY
Manager: Mark Hughes
Position last season: 10th
Nickname: The Blues
Ground: City of Manchester Stadium
Capacity: 47,715

Players in: Carlos Tevez (unattached, £25m), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa, £12m), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn, £17m), Nils Zander (Schalke, undisclosed), Stuart Taylor (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, undisclosed), Kolo Toure (Arsenal, undisclosed)
Players out: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea, tribunal), Gelson Fernandes (St Etienne, undisclosed), Michael Ball (released), Dietmar Hamann (released), Danny Mills (released), Darius Vassell (released), Glauber Berti (released), Richard Martin (released) , Joe Hart (Birmingham, loan), Jo (Everton, loan), Ben Morris (released), Curtis Obeng (released), Chris Ramsey (released), Ched Evans (Sheffield Utd, £3m), Shaleum Logan (Tranmere, loan), Donald McDermott (Chesterfield, loan), Felipe Caicedo (Sporting Lisbon, loan), Elano (Galatasaray, undisclosed), Valeri Bojinov (Parma, loan)
Key man: Gareth Barry
Young star: Micah Richards


MANCHESTER UNITED
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Position last season: 1st
Nickname: The Red Devils
Ground: Old Trafford
Capacity: 76,180

Players in: Michael Owen (Newcastle, free), Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux, undisclosed), Antonio Valencia (Wigan, undisclosed), Sean McGinty (Charlton, undisclosed), Paul Pogba (Le Havre, nominal)
Players out: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, £80m), Rodrigo Possebon (Braga, loan), Lee Martin (Ipswich, undisclosed), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland, £3.5m), Richard Eckersley (Burnley, undisclosed), Manucho (Real Valladolid, undisclosed)
Key man: Wayne Rooney
Young star: Federico Macheda


CHELSEA
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Position last season: 3rd
Nickname: The Blues
Ground: Stamford Bridge
Capacity: 42,055

Players in: Ross Turnbull (Middlesbrough, free), Daniel Sturridge (Man City, tribunal), Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow, undisclosed)
Players out: Lee Sawyer (Southend, loan), Ben Sahar (Espanyol, undisclosed), Jimmy Smith (Leyton Orient, free), Slobodan Rajkovic (FC Twente, loan), Scott Sinclair (Wigan, loan), Patrick van Aanholt (Coventry, loan), Miroslav Stoch (FC Twente, loan), Morten Nielsen (AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed), Sergio Tejera (Real Mallorca, undisclosed), Frank Nouble (West Ham, undisclosed), Franco di Santo (Blackburn, loan), Michael Mancienne (Wolves, loan)
Key man: Frank Lampard
Young star: Daniel Sturridge


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