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Jamie Vardy Set To Sign New Deal With Leicester

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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is set to extend his current deal with the club by three-and-a-half years, BBC Sport has reported.

The England forward, who has been in fine form this season, is set to be rewarded with a much improved deal on his current £40,000-a-week contract.

In November he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League games, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record previously set at 10.

Vardy’s form has pushed the Foxes to the top of the league, and put them in genuine contention for the title this season. A far cry from where they were12 months ago, as they held up the everyone else sitting rock bottom.

In February last year the bookies had Leicester at 10000/1 to claim the title, now they’re 8/1 joint third favourites.

Worth a tenner?

The 29-year-old’s form has earned him his first England caps, as
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10 World-Class Players You Didn’t Know Man Utd Nearly Signed

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There are few clubs that polarise opinion like Manchester United. Love them or loathe them, you can never ignore them. United have been one of the biggest clubs in the world for decades and are one of the best supported clubs in the world.

Naturally, a club of United’s stature are nearly always linked with players from all over the world.

For a club that has always looked to its youth ranks for talent, United have never been shy of bringing in star players. Even back in the 1960’s George Best and Bobby Charlton, graduates from the youth team were joined by Denis Law, whose transfer from Torino was a British record.

Fast-forward to the Alex Ferguson era, and the like of Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, the Nevilles and Nicky Butt found themselves rubbing shoulders with Eric Cantona, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

However,
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10 Strangest Ever Manchester United Signings

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was a serial winner – the Scot won 38 trophies including 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League crowns throughout his 26 years at the club, and there aren’t too many instances of the venerable coach putting a foot wrong.

A big reason for his successes were the players he signed, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy helping him win virtually every trophy worth winning in England and abroad. But while the United team sheet has boasted high quality, marquee names, it has also featured a few surprise faces over the years.

Did you know for example that George Best wasn’t the only Red Devil to suffer from alcoholism? Or that a certain Chelsea midfielder was once a United player in all but name, only for him to
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11 Footballers Who Might Be Universal Monsters

After Liverpool striker Luis Suarez disgraced himself yet again and confirmed his status as a vampire, by biting centre back Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday – the third fellow professional footballer he has bitten in his career, after Psv’s Otman Bakkal and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic – we started thinking…

If Suarez is a vampire, which other classic horror monsters could have been hiding in full sight amongst football’s ranks over the years?

The world of football boasts a wide variety of characters whose looks, traits and performances resemble some of the classic antagonists in movie history – namely the Universal Monsters. The classic Universal Monsters date back to 1923 and the classic era went on (with the likes of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr and Bela Lugosi) until 1960, but there have been more additions to the monster roster since then.
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5 Man Utd Players Who Have Won The World Cup

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be hoping to join an elite group of players to have represented the Red Devils and won the World Cup when the tournament gets underway in Brazil.

As many as six current United stars could represent England at this summer’s tournament with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and Rooney named in Roy Hodgson’s provisional 23-man squad, with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley on standby.

Meanwhile, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie and Luis Nani will each represent Japan, Spain, Mexico, Holland and Portugal, respectively, at the finals.

And they too will be hoping to join Rooney in lifting the World Cup having also represented United, for in the 81 years since the first final, only five players in the history of the club have achieved this feat.

That is an incredible statistic when
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Newcastle Transfers: 5 Championship Players To Target This Summer

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An increasing number of Premier League clubs are turning to the Championship as part of their recruitment strategy with England’s second tier proving itself the host to a deep pool of talent evidenced by the smooth transition made by Southampton trio Jay Rodriquez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana in the last two seasons, to name just a few.

Newcastle’s reported interest in Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell seemingly indicates that we are going to follow in the footsteps of our top-flight rivals and dip our hands into same pool after three frugal years spent ploughing the fields of France in search of Gallic bargains. A change of approach that would be well-received at St James’.

Alan Pardew’s longing to see Mike Ashley invest in British players this summer should lead to our scouts training an eye on the Championship as we plan for major
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Espn's 2014 World Cup broadcast team adds Gilberto Silva, Ruud van Nistelrooy

Espn is preparing once again to carry the matches of the FIFA World Cup and has now added two new faces to its team of analysts in the form of Brazilian World Cup champion Gilberto Silva (left) and Dutch soccer legend Ruud van Nistelrooy (right).

At the 2014 TCA press tour, Espn's senior vice president of event production Jed Drake says that all told, the broadcasting team will include analysts from 12 different countries, not including Greece, the home country of his fellow panelist Alexi Lalas, an Espn soccer analyst and one of the stars of the 1994 U.S. World Cup team.

Drake also spoke of his enthusiasm for the way Espn covers soccer in general for the U.S., particularly the World Cup.

"The [World Cup] coverage in 2010 was as good as any NFL playoff coverage and it certainly will be again," says Drake. "In terms of where soccer is in the U.
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Man Utd Transfers: The Patrice Evra Conundrum

Well, here we go again. Silly season is almost upon us. The new television deal struck by the Premier League with BskyB and British Telecom is worth a barely believable £3.018 Billion over the next three seasons. An incredible 70% increase on the current deal.

Added into the mix, Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho are newly installed head coaches at perennial heavy spenders – Man City and Chelsea respectively. Both bosses will want to put a personal stamp on their respective squads but perhaps the most intriguing events will unfold at Old Trafford where the post Sir Alex Ferguson era begins.

Much has been speculated regarding who the current Premier League champions are going to sign, with a plethora of midfielders and a select few defenders linked in recent months. Since the announcement of David Moyes, it has been widely assumed that Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines would follow suit from the Toffees.

Man Utd: 5 Reasons They’re Better Than 1999 Champions

As we approach the business end of the season Sir Alex Ferguson and his team are once again hunting for a historical treble season. With United’s closest rivals seemingly too distracted by in-house bickering it looks in all likelihood that come May the premier league crown will reside in the already cramped trophy cabinet of Old Trafford. And with a slender away goal advantage against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champion’s League, this United team could go all the way to righting the wrongs of the previous Wembley Champion’s League final against Barcelona in 2011.

With this in mind, it’s only fair that we decide whether the current squad is better than the triumphant ’99 squad of Schmeichel, Keane and Beckham et al. Ferguson himself said as much recently, so here are five reasons why WhatCulture! thinks he’s right.

5. The Van Persie Factor

They say one man doesn’t make a team,

Man Utd News: Sir Alex Ferguson Statue Unveiled

A 9ft bronze statue of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been unveiled outside Old Trafford, to celebrate his 26 years at the club.

The honour is the second of its kind bestowed upon the club’s most successful manager, a year after the North Stand of the stadium was renamed “The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand”.

Former United players who have contributed to Ferguson’s phenomenal haul of silverware down the years were present, with Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Edwin van der Sar, Peter Schmeichel and Gary and Phill Neville all in attendance, whilst David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and FIFA President Sepp Blatter sent pre-recorded messages.

Beckham, part of the famous 1999 Treble Winning United side, said:

“What an amazing day for you, your family and for the club.

“I just want to say thank you for everything you have done for me.

Premier League: 5 Eredivisie Imports Set To Shine

The Dutch Eredivisie has often served as one of Europe’s primary feeder leagues so it comes as no surprise that a number of Premier League clubs have chosen to do their 2012 Summer shopping in Holland. Brendan Rodgers, Andre Villas Boas and Alex Ferguson among others will be hoping that their most recent imports are a lot more Ruud van Nistelrooy than Afonso Alves.

Here are the five standouts that you should be looking out for this season:-

1. Oussama Assaidi – Heerenveen to Liverpool

If Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea tenure is anything to go by he can’t get enough of skilful wingers capable of ghosting past defenders, creating and scoring goals in the process. It shouldn’t come as any surprise then that he signed 24-year-old Moroccan international Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen. Ten goals in 27 Eredivisie appearances last season contributed to him being one of the league’s most
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Man Utd’s Title Race: Don’t Panic and Stay Red

If opening weekend fixtures meant anything in the long term, the landscape of English football would make for dramatically different viewing. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur would be fighting for survival, whilst Roberto Mancini engages in season-end mind games with grizzled managerial veteran Michael Laudrup. Of the top five teams in the Premier League, only Manchester City and Chelsea came out with any shred of respectability.

Given last year’s performances and subsequent transfer market tomfoolery, it was expected of Liverpool and Arsenal to fall at the first hurdle. Even the Avb-era Spurs are rebuilding with gaping holes still to fill. But whilst shrugs of mild amusement were Mexican waving around the country, an inferno was erupting at Goodison Park. Last year’s challengers, Manchester United – mere seconds from an unprecedented 20th league title – were not just being roasted on an open fire, but pouring themselves with additional lighter fluid.
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Arsenal Transfer News: Nicklas Bendtner Joining “Top Club”

According to a report from Ekstra Bladet Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will leave the Premier League club and join a “top club” this summer. That’s the word offered by his agent Tom Brookes, who claims that Malaga and Galatasaray have both made offers for the 24-year-old Dane, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

“Nicklas is a top striker, who just proved himself at the Euros. I’m certain that he is going to end up at a top club, but I’m not going to be drawn into speculation.”

The Denmark international is surplus to requirements at The Emirates, after Arsene Wenger brought in both Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud plans and has been hotly tipped for a move away, despite having two years left to run on his current deal.

Both Malaga and Galatasary might appeal to Bendtner, thanks to the promise of Champions League football
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Former Man Utd Striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy Retires At 35

Malaga and former Holland international striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy, has decided to retire at the age of 35.

Ruud van Nistelrooy began his career at Den Bosch, a team in Holland, where he scored 17 goals in 69 appearances for the club. Four years later he moved to Heerenveen where he managed 13 goals in 31 games. Spending only one season at Heerenveen, he then moved to Psv Eindhoven for a fee of 6.3 million euros. He spent three years at the Dutch club scoring 62 goals in 67 appearances, breaking a record as well as winning the Dutch League twice.

His impressive performances made him a 2000 summer target for all clubs, but after paying £19 million Manchester United secured his services. Van Nistelrooy broke a record in his first season by scoring in eight consecutive league games. He accrued 23 goals in 32 games and was voted the Pfa Players’ Player of the Year. Van Nistelrooy played for Manchester United
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Manchester United’s Greatest Ever Premier League Team XI

Unless you have been living under the sea, or more likely, unless you haven’t an interest in football, you couldn’t have failed to notice the celebrations of ’20 seasons in the Premier League’, a festival of voting for goals, managers, teams, celebrations, socks, grass, weather…

Manchester United have, without question, been the greatest team in Premier League history. Twelve titles (perhaps thirteen if you have stumbled across this from the future) amongst others go some way to proving that.

So in homage to the greatest ever Premier League Team, I have sought to try and pick their best ever Premier League XI, a debate that will rage on and on and on, to the point someone ends up in tears.

If you think I’ve got it wrong, prove it.

Gk: Peter Schmeichel

If there has been a better keeper in Premier League history, I’ll tell you that you are totally incorrect.
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Celebrity Big Brother UK 2011: Launch Night

As tonight sees the launch of the brand new Big Brother, with a Celebrity version to kick off proceedings in its new position on Channel Five, I’ll be updating this post and blogging through the launch night events.

Late to the table (thanks to my house move somewhat annoyingly overlapping with the launch date), and already there are five sets of feet under the table.

So who’s in so far?

Tara Reid, Kerry Katona, Amy Childs, Paddy Docherty, and Darren Lyons Aka Mr Paparazzi. So that’s one actual celebrity then. Two at a push if you include the former face of Iceland Katona. Pretty sure she did something else before that, just not entirely sure what…

So loads of highly intellectual talk on the agenda then…

Crueller commenters than myself might suggest this new-up would be more suitably focused on celebrity transgressions, given how notorious most of
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Top 10 gaming characters you would love to kick up the arse

Batman was every child’s hero, but when the world was introduced to Robin we couldn’t help resent Mr Wayne for befriending this weak, skinny Noddy lookalike; it was okay though because we hadn’t just spent £40 on it. Thus when characters pop up in a game that make you want to physically grab your chosen console and hurl it into the street, in the hope that a passing lorry will be gratitious enough to run it over, we know the creators have made a mistake.

So, after much deliberation, Shadowlocked is delighted - but positively enraged - to bring you the top ten characters we would love to "kick up the arse", as Father Ted would say:

10. Princess Peach (Super Mario)

Okay, so maybe on Mario's first outing all we had to do was jump over a couple of waddling mushrooms, but by the end he was taking
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Usain Bolt: I Can Improve My Time in the 100 Meters

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Jamaican sprint phenom Usain Bolt says he can improve on his world record times in the 100 meters and 200m sprints. Bolt, 23, is the reigning world record holder in the 100m and 200m sprints (with a time of 9.58 seconds and 19.19, respectively). He set both records two weeks ago at the Iaaf World Championships in Berlin. But Bolt is confident he can still get better. On Aug. 29, Bolt attended Real Madrid's season opener as a special guest of the club's president. Madrid won the game 3-2 against Spanish football rival Deportivo La Coruña. Usain became a Real Madrid fan after Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, 31, transferred there in 2006 from British club Manchester United. Interestingly, Bolt met Real Madrid's new star Cristiano Ronaldo (another United export), two years ago when Man Utd invited him to advise its footballers on running techniques.
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