Belgians in the Premier League

Press Association In recent years top-flight clubs have developed a liking for players from the country currently ranked third in the world. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the high-profile Belgians involved in joining Premier League teams and the reported fees they were said to have commanded. DIVOCK ORIGI – Lille to Liverpool (£10million) SIMON MIGNOLET – Sint Truidense to Sunderland (£2million); Sunderland to Liverpool (£9million) THIBAUT COURTOIS – Genk to Chelsea (£7.9million) NACER CHADLI – Twente to Tottenham (£7million) KEVIN DE BRUYNE – Genk to Chelsea (£7million) VINCENT KOMPANY – Hamburg to Manchester City (£6million) KEVIN MIRALLAS – Olympiacos to Everton (£6million) Christian Benteke is the latest Belgian to be the subject of a big-money transfer in the Barclays Premier League after he finalised his £32.5million move from Aston Villa to Liverpool. CHRISTIAN BENTEKE – Genk to Aston Villa (£7million); Aston Villa to Liverpool (£32.5million) EDEN HAZARD – Lille to Chelsea (£32million) ROMELU LUKAKU – Anderlecht to Chelsea (£18million); Chelsea to Everton (£28million) MAROUANE FELLAINI – Standard Liege to Everton (£15million); Everton to Manchester United (£27.5million) MOUSA DEMBELE – AZ to Fulham (£5million); Fulham to Tottenham (£15million) TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – Atletico Madrid to Tottenham (£11.5million) THOMAS VERMAELEN – Ajax to Arsenal (£10million) JAN VERTONGHEN – Ajax to Tottenham (£10million) read more

League of Legends NA LCS team names revealed ahead of first franchised season

first_imgEsports Insider says: Every naming decision in esports tends to come under scrutiny now, but the stories behind the Clutch City gives it our seal of approval – given that clutches in video games are fairly prevalent. We’re not too sold on the other two, though – although they’re not on Excelsior level by any means. Gold Coin United22$571,429 TeamSplitsSharesPayout eUnited22$571,429 Big Gods Jackals22$571,429 Team Dignitas26$1,714,255 Immortals410$2,857,143 Three NBA teams were accepted into the newly-franchised North American League of Legends Championship Series league back in October. This week, the names for the incumbent NBA organisations have been revealed. The three teams to have entered the NA LCS, and what they’re set to be called (per ESPN reports) are:Golden State Warriors — Golden GuardiansHouston Rockets — Clutch City GamingCleveland Cavaliers — 100 Thieves100 Thieves, the name adopted by the Cavaliers is an extension of the clothing brand that belongs to former Call of Duty and now famous YouTube star Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag who is heading up the Cavaliers’ esports. Meanwhile, Houston Rockets brand Clutch City Gaming is based off the city’s nickname as Clutch City. The roots to the name are interesting and entrenched in Houston’s rich traditional sports history. Back in 1994 the city was dubbed “Choke City” after the Rockets threw away fourth-quarter leads in the Western Conference semifinals and, a year prior, the NFL team had managed to lose a 32-point lead in the playoffs. The team later mounted a huge comeback in the series to win in seven games and go on to win their first championship. The headline changed from “Choke City” to “Clutch City” and the nickname has stuck from there.One would assume Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors’ name is fairly straight forward to explain. Given the name of the NBA franchise, it’s simply an alliterative title using the existing Golden brand. Additionally, as revealed by Jacob Wolf at ESPN, the organisations that missed out on the franchising are entitled to a payout. The payout is based on a $12 million exit payment pool, comprised of the $3 million buy-ins paid by new teams entering the league. The payouts are calculated based on 3 shares per split for former Championship Series teams, and a 1 share per split for Challenger Series teams, capped at 10. The table below illustrates the payouts for each team:  Phoenix139$2,571,429 Tempo Storm22$571,429 EnVyUs39$2,571,429last_img read more

Joachim Löw speaks about Edin Džeko

first_imgCoach of Germany Joachim Löw watched match between Roma and Real Madrid (0: 2) from the stands of Olimpico.After the match, he spoke to Roma TV and one of the questions to coach of the current world champion was related to Edin Dzeko, about whom Löw has a very good opinion.“I know him very well from the time when he was playing in the Bundesliga. Edin has great technique, has the instinct for scoring goals and I think that he can be very useful for Roma,” said Löw.These Löw’s words are certainly another proof that the saying “the form is temporary but class is forever,” is true.(Source: E. B./ read more