Talent Watch : Tim Matavz

PSV Eindhoven’s 22-year-old Slovenian starlet Tim Matavz already has 15 goals between 24 appearances across all competitions with FC Groningen, the Slovenian National team and his newest club, PSV.

His experience even at the age of 22 is deep and already at his age he has amassed 164 career appearances with 72 total goals between the Slovenian Prvaliga and the Dutch Eredivisie.


Should Kaka stay?

Since his move to Real in 2009 Kaka has struggled to reproduce the form which made him a world star at AC Milan in Serie A. Injuries and lack of form have meant that he has struggled to cement his place in Real Madrid starting 11. Last season he was a bit-part player where he made 26 appearances where a lot of those appearances were from the substitutes bench, as he competed with German midfielder Mesut Ozil for the role of midfield playmaker.

The former-World Player of the Year has been linked with numerous moves this summer, including a move back to Milan, where he made his name. However, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims that a move for the midfield playmaker would be out of the Rossoneri’s financial reach. Kaka has also been linked with a move to ambitious Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. The Chinese club has distanced themselves from a move for the former-Brazilian international though. It seems that Kaka is now in limbo.

Kaka’s stock has fallen so badly in recent years that he is not even considered a regular for his national side anymore.He did receive a recall for games in late 2011. However, with the emergence of the likes of Oscar, Lucas Moura and Paulo Henrique ‘Ganso’ Kaka is unlikely ever to regain his starting place in the Brazilian national side.

Kaka still has the quality, but he needs to be given regular first team football to find his best form. His football brain is probably as still as sharp as ever. It doesn’t matter that he is now 30, his game has never really relied on pace.  Should Real Madrid drop his asking price he would be a good signing for any team. Kaka has had interest from Premier League clubs in the past, but his price and wages have always put them off.

He is too old to be sitting on the bench and not getting regular first team football. It would best for everybody if Kaka moved on this summer. Kaka’s career is ebbing away and he can’t afford to spend anymore time on the sidelines. He has to move on from the Spanish champions, before it’s too late.

When Kaka was playing at AC Milan he was considered one of the biggest players in the world and lauded for his ability. Its just a shame that his move to Real hasn’t really worked out the way he would have likedImage

Joao Pereira

João Pedro da Silva Pereira is an offensive wingback where he is known for his fiery temperament that leads to altercations with adversary players and referees numerous times. He represented Braga, Benfica and Sporting, amassing top division totals of 199 games and scoring nine goals. The Portugal international, who is part of the Seleccao’s 23-man squad for Euro 2012, will add some much-needed depth to Valencia’s back line.

La Liga transfers….Confirmed


Often regarded as one of the most interesting football leagues in Europe, Spanish La Liga attracts huge crowds, not only in Spain but in other parts of the world as well.With Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating the competition, the title race may not have been too interesting of late but seeing that clubs like  Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and now Athletic Bilbao also have high ambitions maybe this year will be different.

Athletic Bilbao sign attacker Aritz Aduriz from Valencia on a 2.5 mil deal.

Atletico Madrid bought in 3 players so far two midfielders Emre Belezoglu and Cristian Rodriguez both on free transfers also a defender name Daniel Diaz from Getafe for 1 mil.

Barcelona signs Jordi Alba from Valencia in a deal worth 14mil, Joan Angel Roman from Manchester City on an undisclosed fee and Alex Song from Arsenal for 19 mil.

Celta Vigo brought in 2 players Javi Varas on loan from Sevilla and Michael Krohn-Dehli from Brondby for 1 mil.

Deportivo La Coruna brought in 4 players so far, where 3 of them are on loan Alberto Rodriguez, Roderick Miranda and Nelson Oliveira, while Carlos Marchena came on a free transfer.

Espanyol brought in so far Wakaso Mubarak from Villareal on an undisclosed fee, Joan Capdevila from Benfica for 350.000 ,Diego Colotto and Simao Sabrosa on a free transfer.

Getafe only signing so far is Angel Lafita on a free transfer.

Granada made only a loan signing Antonio Floro Flores from Udinese.

Levante signed Christian Lell, Theofanis Gekas and Dariusz Dudka on free transfers.

Rayo Vallecano sign Alejandro Dominguez on a free transfer.

Real Betis only signing so far is Joel Campbell on loan from Arsenal.

Real Sociedad made 2 signings so far Carlos Vela from Arsenal on an undisclosed fee and Jose Angel on loan from Roma.

Real Zaragoza signs Romaric on a free transfer.

Sevilla which is the most active team in LaLiga have signed 7 players so far, Bryan Rabello and Hedwiges Maduro on free transfers, Geoffrey Kondogbia from Lens, Alban Bunjaku from Arsenal and Javi Hervas from Cordoba all on undisclosed fees, Diego Lopez from Villareal for 3.5 mil and Alberto Botia from Sporting Gijon for 3 mil.

Valencia have also been active in the transfer market signing 6 players so far Andres Guardado on a free transfer, Nelson Valdez on loan from Rubin Kazan. Jonathan Viera from Las Palmas for 2.5 mil, Sergio Canales and Fernando Gago from Real Madrid for 7.5 and 3.5 mil respectively and Joao Pereira from Sporting Lisbon for 3.6 mil.

Vallodolid signs Patrick Ebert on a free transfer.

Malaga Dreams Shattered

Not just Santi Cazorla anymore – He’s probably on his way to Arsenal anyway, but with Malaga’s owners unable or unwilling to pay wages, it seems that entire roster is up for grabs, possibly at a good price, and especially the players of high caliber that made quite a splash when arriving to the rising club last season like Mathijsen, Toulalan and also Isco.

But Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani has either run out of money or patience with the club. The word is that he’s struggling to pay off his own debts, so the club is suffering, desperately trying to cut on the enormous wage bill and get ready for the FIFA Fair play regulations coming in.

Well as you know already Santi Cazorla and Solomon Rondon have left clubs and gone to Arsenal and Rubin Kazan respectively.

So who’s leaving? Jeremy Toulalan, who arrived one year ago for £10 million from Lyon is also someone very likely to leave and already he is link to Barcelona but  Toulalan’s camp have denied the Barca link, but agreed that the French player is on his way out. Also there is  Joris Mathijsen, who has already begun contacting clubs in the Netherlands, with Feyenoord looking like a good destination to return to. Joaquin, who had a disappointing first season with the club might also be among the leavers, and so will Nacho Monreal and Isco, the latter returning for a disappointing Olympic campaign. Head coach Manuel Pellegrini might also be on his way out

Which leaves the question what will they do this year in Champions League…. will they be another Celta Vigo or Deportivo let’s wait and find out Image