7 of the Most Expensive Transfers in Premier League History

The Premiership has seen some huge signings in the last few years and money has been no object for some of the clubs, who are more than willing to splash the big bucks on world class stars. Here are seven of the most expensive with a little information from Footballtransfers.uk.

  1. ManchesterUnitedsnewsi012Angel di Maria – From Real Madrid to Manchester United (£59.7M)

Manchester United signs Angel di Maria to break the transfer record in British history.

Things looked very promising when Manchester United decided to sign Angel di Maria for a record-setting £59.7M, receiving one of the biggest stars from Real Madrid. Di Maria had a fantastic start to his campaign in Manchester, being able to score 3 times in a span of 4 games to start the 2014-2015 season. However, he quickly lost his form, which ultimately led Manchester to sell him to PSG last summer for £44.3M.

  1. Kevin de Bruyne — From Wolfsburg to Manchester City (£54.5M)

After an excellent 2014-2015 season, Kevin de Bruyne transfers to a new city.

Nobody would have expected that the return of de Bruyne to the Premier league would become the second most expensive British transfer record, leaving Chelsea for Wolfsburg back in January 2014. But after a superb 2014-2015 season, the Belgian superstar registered more assists than anybody else in the top 5 European leagues, sparking interest from Manchester City.

  1. Fernando Torres — From Liverpool to Chelsea (£50M)

Fernando Torres performed poorly after his transfer to Chelsea.

Chelsea had high hopes after acquiring the star striker of Liverpool in January 2011. However, Fernando Torres struggled immensely, failing to reach the expectations of both the management and fans. Torres was able to amass 65 league goals during his three and a half season stint in Liverpool, but only netted 20 in the following three and a half seasons with Chelsea. His goal against Barcelona during the semi-finals of the Champions League was one of his rare highlights as a Chelsea player.

  1. Raheem Sterling — From Liverpool to Manchester City (£49M)

After numerous rumors this summer regarding Sterling’s transfer to Manchester City, the move ultimately materialized. Moving away from Anfield placed the English superstar in the center of controversy, but Sterling was able to rise above adversity, scoring a goal and an assist in each of his first 4 games to propel his new team to first place of the Premier League.

  1. Mesut Ozil — From Real Madrid to Arsenal (£42.5M)

Since joining Arsenal in 2013, Mesut Ozil has played a critical role in his club’s success.

Arsene Wenger was keen on splurging money to sign Ozil to Arsenal back in September 2013, making the ex-playmaker of Real Madrid the most expensive footballer of German descent in history. After helping his team to a couple of FA Cup wins, Ozil has solidified his role for the Gunners, but he still finds himself at the receiving end of criticism for not being able to play at a consistently high level especially in crucial games.

  1. Sergio Aguero — From Atletico Madrid to Manchester City (£38M)

Sergio Aguero is one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

Manchester City brought in Aguero from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2011. Since then, the Argentinian striker has made himself one of the top strikers in the Premier league. Despite dealing with several injuries, Aguero has managed to amass 79 goals in just 124 games in the Premier League while also helping his club win 2 league titles.

  1. Juan Mata — From Chelsea to Manchester United (£37.1M)

Juan Mata leaves Chelsea for Manchester United.

In January 2013, Spanish superstar Juan Mata was sold to Manchester United following his stint in Chelsea and winning player of the year twice. While Mata initially struggled to find his form that turned him into a fan favourite in his former club, he still had a superb 2014-2015 campaign, including a remarkable goal with a scissor kick against Liverpool.

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The Best Five of The Premier League

The premier league has spawned some of the best players the world has ever seen and there can potentially be so many contenders for the best player of all time. We’ve compiled a list of five of the very best.

Arsenal’s Thierry Henry
After collecting a winner’s medal at the World Cup in 1998, the 21 year old winger Henry arrived at Arsenal a year later, after being with the Italian giants Juventus for a disappointing six months. Instead of earning adulation for his early English flank appearances, he earned derision. Then, something clicked spectacularly after he was moved through the middle by Arsene Wenger. Henry’s brilliant technique, physicality, and searing pace have made him the porotype of what is desired in a player in the Premier League. He left Arsenal eight years after his arrival as possibly the greatest Premier League player ever with his 175 scores leaving him with the all-time goal scorer on record for the team.

Manchester United’s Roy Keane
The Premier League has never seen a fiercer competitor. Throughout the first decade of the Premier League, he was the beating heart of the Manchester United team. On the pitch, he was the physical embodiment of manager Alex Ferguson who was able to secure an advantage for United before the game ever started due to his ability to intimidate opponents and maintain high team standards. However, simply focusing on the physical and mental toughness of this Irishman does a great disservice. Keane was able to break down attacks from the opposition on the edge of his box in one instant and be able to score in the next. He was a world class box-to-box midfielder.

Newcastle United’s and the Blackburn Rovers’ Alan Shearer
When the era of the Premier League was just beginning, Blackburn was the Manchester or Chelsea of the time, with their success bankrolled by a wealthy benefactor. However, in 1992, that money was spent amazingly well when the paid to bring Shearer to Ewood Park with a record British transfer fee. In the three seasons between 93 and 96, Shearer scored 30 league goals and helped to win the 1994-1995 Premier League title for Blackburn. In 1996, he lost some of his pace but remained a fearsome presence in the penalty box when he suffered a serious injury one year following a transfer that was another British record to Newcastle United, his boyhood club. The 260 Premier League goal record he holds is still standing and he’s definitely one that you could rely on when football betting to score when needs be.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo’s had a huge impact, even though his stay in England was short. He seemed to less in love with goals than tricks as a raw winger when Manchester United snapped him up in 2003. However, he was performing at an outstanding level of play and was the most devastating force in the Premier League when he left six years later. In his final three seasons, this star from Portugal scored 66 goals and landed three successive titles to end the longest title drought in United’s history. Since he has left Old Trafford, it is fair to say that he has done well, too.

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs
For its 20th anniversary, Gigg was voted the best player in the Premier League. His longevity and consistency remains unmatched. In his final campaign he failed to score. However, for the 23 seasons before that, he scored in each season of the Premier League. This astonishing Welshman retired as the most decorated player in the English game’s history at the ripe old age of 40 after winning 34 trophies, including 13 winners’ medals from the Premier League. It was amazing to watch him intelligently adapt how he played the game during his career and his professional dedication was unmatched. As a flying winger, he first burst onto the scene. Later on, he became a decisive and incredibly astute central midfielder.

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How Awesome of a Season is Stephen Curry Having?

Stephen Curry and his Golden States Warriors are having a phenomenal season. At the moment, with 20 games remaining in the season, they’re on pace to have the greatest season in NBA history. That is they’re on pace to break the Michael Jordan’s 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls team, for the greatest regular-season record in the history of the NBA.

At the heart of this success is the sensational, Curry, who’s leading the NBA league with an average 30.7 points per game moving up from last season’s 23.8 points per game. Consequently, the fantastic player has gone on to break his record of most made 3-pointers in a season with 293 at a 51% shooting accuracy. Utterly insane!! This otherworldly performance in Curry’s game has led the Golden State Warriors team to a 54-5 record this season.

Stephen curry is one of the most praticed players in the game. He is a phenomenal shooter and player. Learning how to shoot and learning how to jump higher were essential to his success. He isn’t the tallest and if anything looks average on paper. He has proven that good things come in smaller-ish packages.

Stephen Curry

The last five games of the season have Curry pull out some incredible numbers. 33-42-51-46-33 points respectively. That’s an average of 41.6 points per game. This span has also seen him spin seven 3-pointers made per game. To put it into proper historical perspective, only seven players in the history of the NBA have averaged three 3-pointers a game for a whole season. Against Thunder, Curry went on to tie Donyell Marshall and Kobe Bryant for the most three-pointers in a single NBA game: 12 three-pointers. And he’ll probably break the record before the end of the season. He’s made the most 30-footers a season and is tied with Zach Randolph for 40-footers at three a season.

The basketball game NBA 2K16 has jumped onto the Curry hype-wagon to accolade his sort-of-ridiculous season. At the start of the season, Steph trailed Lebron’s 94 rating with a 93 rating. Shortly into the season, Curry’s score rose past Lebron’s, and he’s currently at a 98 rating just behind one player: Michael Jordan, 95-96 season. His 3-pointer rating is at a staggering, but not-so-surprising, 99. Since there are still some games left in the season Steph Curry might just end it as the greatest of all time in the video-game category.

At the moment, Steph Curry is the front runner for a second-successive MVP, and he just might get a unanimous vote. Last season Steph lost the players’ MVP award to James Harden. However, this season he might have done just enough to convince his fellow players that he’s that good.

The numbers Curry is drawing are mind-blowing. As far as pure shooting goes he’s the undisputed best. His season can only get so much better. Curry is taking on history. And, at the moment, there’s only one thing we can do. Watch him. Enjoy him. Go with the flow.

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Glentoran FC – MŠK Žilina 1:4

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Website Update

Due to circumstances beyond our control, a few sections of the website have been left without updates including the development teams, colts, Halfers draw and match photographs.

Most updates are now available and there will be a complete update of recent match photographs coming soon.

We would like to extend apologies to all who have missed out on these updates, but rest assured all of these features will be available shortly.

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Statement From The Board of Directors

It was brought to the attention of the Board that references within the strategic document recently circulated were construed as a criticism of individuals or groups. The Board are unanimous and have no hesitation in stating that no such criticism is intended, expressed or implied in any way whatsoever.

The Board are happy to meet with any individual or group within the Glentoran body and clarify any matter that they may wish to raise.

Indeed in the past week the Board have met with the 1923 Committee to discuss the impact of the documents proposals with regard to their production of the Gazette.

The Board are happy to place on record their appreciation of the sterling work of the 1923 Committee in this regard.

In addition the Board would reiterate their appreciation to these individuals and groups that give of their time and energy to promote the best interests of Glentoran.

It is the intention of the Board to meet soon with the various representative groups at Glentoran for the purpose of advancing initiatives relative to the document circulated.

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Statement From The Board of Directors

Glentoran Recreation Company Co Limited wish to clarify that Kerr Consulting was employed in March 2005 to undertake a business review of the entire operations at that time.

The business review was completed and presented to the Board of Glentoran Recreation Co Limited in July 2005 by Kerr Consulting of which present Glentoran Director Ian Kerr is principle. The review was performed at no cost to Glentoran Recreation Co Limited.

The “Strategic Summary Paper” recently circulated has been undertaken by Ian Kerr and the work associated was neither expensed nor remunerated.

The above is issued for the purposes of clarity and to counter the speculation on various website forums.

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Statement From The Chairman & Board of Directors

The Chairman and Board of Directors utterly condemn without reservation the actions of a number of misguided individuals, masquerading as Glentoran Supporters, at Tuesdays night’s Co Antrim Shield semi-final against Cliftonville Football Club at Windsor Park.

The actions of these people resulted in a baseball being thrown onto the pitch which could have caused serious injury, and the malicious damage of 29 seats in the South Stand, which will undoubtedly result in a further financial penalty on the club.

The Board want to make it clear that the Club have been investigating all aspects of the matter and have now been provided with information indicating the individuals involved.

While our own internal investigations continue we have been in contact with the Police Service and have passed on all information at our disposal to them with a view to the formal identity and apprehension of the individuals concerned.

We wish to clearly indicate that irrespective of whatever action the PSNI may deem necessary, that further action will be taken by the club to apply sanctions on all those identified as having participated in these activities. We are determined that such criminal behaviour will not be tolerated wherever and however it may manifest itself, and remain fully committed to the principles of sporting behaviour enshrined in UEFA’s 10 point-plan and Football for All.

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A Message of Thanks From The Board

The Glentoran Board of Directors would like to extend it’s sincere thanks to the Glentoran Foundation for the support it has given to the club since it’s inception in 2004.

The Glentoran Foundation is an organisation created by fans in order to raise funds for Glentoran FC.  While it is independent from the club, it’s main objective is to donate funds to help cover the club’s utility bills.

Many fans are already involved and it has proven to be extremely successful.  Since June 2007, the Foundation has raised £14,567 for Glentoran to pay utility bills, which in turn allow finances to be invested in playing staff and other playing expenditures.

Since the foundation began in June 2004 it has raised a total of £57,468 for Glentoran FC, which ultimately secures the financial stability of the club for years to come.

Te foundation was created by fans, and is still run by Glentoran fans on a voluntary basis.  No member of the Foundation receives any of the funds raised, every penny is donated directly to Glentoran FC.  The main source of funds is a regular monthly direct debit of £10 from each Foundation member, while the foundation also organizes special events such as pre-game meals and entertainment.

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