Pogba, a new selection of fans Fantasy premier league

For you fans of fantasy premier league, certainly not wait to start playing the game. This season, a player is considering present on British soil, he is Paul Pogba. Well, surely he is one of the midfielders selection FPL fans. Including you?

Manchester United signing Paul Pogba is among a pack of new additions to the Fantasy Premier League.

The all-action midfielder has been priced at £8.5million after his move from Juventus, just in time for managers to draft him in ahead of Gameweek 1’s fixture at AFC Bournemouth.

Arriving back at Old Trafford after his departure in 2012, much is expected of the 23-year-old.

Pogba enjoyed four hugely successful seasons in Serie A since his departure from United.

Eight goals and 12 assists for Juventus over 35 league outings last term offers indication of his potential FPL output.

After netting five times in his debut campaign in Italy back in 2012/13, Pogba established himself as a regular in Turin and bagged 15 goals and 10 assists over the next two seasons, despite the 2014/15 campaign being disrupted by a hamstring injury.

An imposing physical presence, Pogba seems destined to be part of a midfield “double pivot” under Jose Mourinho, positioned in front of the back four in a 4-2-3-1 setup.

He will surely be charged with utilising his pace and power to raid forward and punish opponents.

Having largely ignored United as an attacking force last season, FPL managers are now faced with an exciting range of options from Mourinho’s re-shaped squad.

Pogba joins fellow new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.5m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£9.5m) as key components in United’s rebuilding programme – all three are poised to be major FPL assets.

Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan are found in 37% and 12% of FPL squads respectively. With Antony Martial (£9.5m) classified as a midfield option, there are three viable candidates in this position alone.

Intriguingly, Pogba registered an effort on goal every 24.3 minutes for Juventus in 2015/16, surpassing both Mkhitaryan (31.8 minutes) and Martial (48.6 minutes). He will clearly affect the popularity of both as FPL targets from this point on.

With United’s defence also considered a strong source of points, the use of the three permitted slots for Mourinho’s men in 15-man squads looks vital.

Inevitably there will be shifts throughout the season, with FPL managers switching emphasis and targets.

Pogba and Mkhitaryan could be eased into action by Mourinho. Similarly, Martial may be preserved early on following his UEFA Euro 2016 campaign with France.

That may give FPL managers a period to assess the influence of United’s shape and tactics on their attacking assets and, in particular, what Pogba will offer on his return to Old Trafford.

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Surprise at the 2016 Olympic Tennis Women sector

Lots going on in shock at the Olympic Tennis  Rio De Janeiro 2016, one of them in women’s single.

Olympic champion and world number one Serena Williams was bundled out of the Rio de Janeiro tennis tournament in the third round of the singles on Tuesday after a shock 6-4 6-3 defeat to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

The defeat by the 20th-ranked Svitolina ends Williams’ Olympic tournament, having also suffered a surprise loss in the doubles with older sister Venus on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Williams, who is not entered in the mixed doubles, cut short her media commitments after the loss, speaking only to the official broadcasters before she returned to the changing rooms.

Svitolina, who will face Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals, was over the moon with her first victory in five meetings over the 22-times grand slam singles winner.

“It’s an unreal feeling for me. This is just a perfect moment,” said Svitolina.

Williams grew increasingly frustrated during the match as she struggled to find her range, making 37 unforced errors compared to 17 by the 21-year-old Ukrainian.

Late in the second set, Williams served five double faults in a single game, which drew gasps from a shocked audience.

She took out her frustrations on her racquet, slamming it into the court surface on at least two occasions.

Williams’ defeat came hours after third seed and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was upset by Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig.

Germany’s world number two Angelique Kerber, who beat Williams in the final of the Australian Open in January but lost the Wimbledon final to the American, is now the favorite for gold.

Williams had won three doubles Olympic titles with Venus. Their first round loss to Czech duo Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova was their first Olympic loss in the doubles.

They won the title in Sydney, did not pair up for Athens due to an injury to Serena but reclaimed the title in Beijing then defended it in London.

They have also won 14 women’s doubles grand slam titles.


Shi Zhiyong dashed hopes representatives of Indonesia

Hopes Indonesia to add medals from Triyatno and I Ketut Ariana in the sport of weightlifting 69 kg class eventually foundered. For this class certainly won by athletes from China, Shi Zhiyong.

Aug 9 – China’s Shi Zhiyong won the men’s 69kg gold medal and became an Olympic champion just the like the man whose name he was given when he was a teenager.

The older Shi, 36, won the 62kg title at the 2004 Athens Games to become a national hero and is now a government official.

The new Shi won with a 352kg total on Tuesday, edging Turkey’s Daniyar Ismayilov, who made six good lifts, by just one kilo.

Izzat Artykov took bronze with a 339kg total, winning a first Olympic weightlifting medal for Kyrgyzstan.

The new Shi, a 22-year-old reigning world champion, was born Shi Lei but his coach had another suggestion.

“I was still young when I left my family to train and my coach gave me the new name. I did not know about the 2004 Olympics at that time,” he said.

“As I grew up I learned all about Shi Zhiyong and I am proud to say we met a few years ago.

“The name means wisdom and courage, and Shi told me that as I had his name I must never give up, and I should become a champion like him.

“I also owe so much to my coach, another great Olympic champion.”

That man is Zhan Xugang, who won gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996 and Sydney four years later.

Shi held off the challenge of Ismayilov, who had finished 13th at the London Games four years ago when competing for his native Turkmenistan.

Bronze medalist Artykov, whose strength has improved enormously over the years, wore a kalpak hat, part of Kyrgyz national costume, to the post-event news conference.

“Do you like it?” he said. “I am proud to wear it, and this medal is great news for everyone in Kyrgyzstan.”

When Artykov first competed at a major international event as a 17-year-old in 2010, the IWF World Championships, he was in the lightest category, 56kg, and finished 23rd with a total of 225kg.

At Riocentro, competing two weight categories higher, he lifted 114kg more.

North Korea’s Kim Myong Hyok, who had finished a close fourth in the world championships, failed with all his clean and jerk attempts.

(Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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Carolina Marin warns rivals

You know shuttlers mainstay of Spain, is one of the true queen of badminton today is Carolina Marin.

Carolina Marin has sent a daunting message to her rivals for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games badminton singles gold medal, saying she is a better player to the one who has romped to two world and two European titles in the past two years.

“I am a new Carolina,” Marin said at a press conference in Rio. “I am mentally and physically better [and] in the best shape of my life.”

Confidence is something the shuttler from Huelva in southwest Spain has never been lacking. At the age of 14, Marin went to the high performance centre in Madrid and had a one-way conversation with her coach, Fernando Rivas.

“I told him that I want to be Olympic, world and European champion and number one in the world,” Marin said after training at Riocentro Pavilion 4. Nine years later, she is already three quarters of the way towards achieving those goals.

“I think it’s really important to have clear what you want in the future and then just work,” Marin, the No.1 seed, said. “I am an only child and when I was 14 my parents decided to let me go to Madrid to play in the national centre. For them it was very, very hard to take that decision but I’m very grateful (they did)”.

Marin crashed out in the group stage on her Olympic Games debut as a 19-year-old at London 2012, losing comprehensively to eventual champion LI Xuerui before a consolation win against Claudia Rivero.

She responded to the setback by having the Olympic rings tattooed on the bottom of her left wrist and has barely looked back since, winning the world championship in 2014 and 2015, and the European title in 2014 and 2016.

The world No.1 has now arrived in Rio de Janeiro as the favourite to complete her collection by winning the first Olympic Games badminton gold medal for a non-Asian country since 1996.

“I have my objective clear,” Marin said. “Every day I have woken up thinking about a medal and I lie in bed unable to sleep.”

Marin will play her first match of the Rio 2016 badminton competition against Nanna Vainio of Finland on 11 August.

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Profile the new striker Swansea

Last week was a good one for Swansea City. Despite speculation linking Gylfi Sigurdsson with a move away from the Liberty Stadium, the Iceland international penned a new four-year deal with the Swans. Everton and Premier League champions Leicester had both shown an interest in the Icelandic international, so his decision to extend his stay in Wales came as a boost to the club.

On Friday evening, meanwhile, the club confirmed the signing of Fernando Llorente from Sevilla. The World Cup winning frontman was deemed surplus to requirements by new Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli, with Swansea understandably acting quickly to bring him to England. The 31-year-old ‘s form has dipped worryingly in recent seasons, but Swansea are now hoping they can bring out the best in the experienced Spaniard following his capture.

Indeed, four goals and three assists was hardly the best return from Llorente in 23 La Liga appearances last season, but he remains an astute signing for Swansea. All in all, Llorente’s arrival will have seen a number of supporters breathe a huge sigh of relief. Already this summer, Alberto Paloschi and Bafetimbi Gomis have been shown the Liberty Stadium exit, moving to Atalanta and Marseille respectively.

Andre Ayew’s move to West Ham on Monday significantly weakens Swansea’s attack further. The Ghana star earned rave reviews for an impressive start to life in England and netted more goals (12) than any other Swansea teammate. However, a £20.5m offer from the Hammers was one Swansea found too hard to refuse, especially as they could use the money gained to pump back into the squad.

Llorente is the first striker to move to the Liberty Stadium this summer, with a deal for compatriot Borja Baston expected to be concluded in the coming days. The 23-year-old looks set to sign for the Swans for a club-record £15m after an impressive season-long loan spell with Eibar. Indeed, Borja directly contributed to 21 of Eibar’s 49 goals (42.9%) in La Liga last season, with his 18 league strikes the 10th best return in Spain’s top tier last term.

While Llorente and Borja’s styles of play differ to that of Ayew, they both offer a different dimension to exploit, which explains the club’s pursuit of the pair. Llorente would largely be maximised as the target man for Swansea in the coming campaign. Standing at 6’5”, he boasts the necessary physical attributes to succeed in England’s top tier. With a statistically calculated WhoScored style of play of ‘likes to do layoffs’, a player of his size can hold off opponents to bring teammates into play with relative ease.

This is a boost to the club’s widemen and those operating behind Llorente to create goalscoring opportunities to help hurt the opposition. Meanwhile, with a player of Borja’s efficiency in front of goal playing alongside him, the Spanish pair have the potential to form a destructive partnership for Swansea. Guidolin during the second half of the season experimented with a two-man strike partnership and could explore a 4-3-1-2 formation once more this coming campaign, with Sigurdsson deployed behind Llorente and Borja.

While the duo don’t offer the same ability to pull to the wings as Ayew does, Borja maximises his physical traits to make run in behind the defence, which could prove to be an effective route to goal. The young frontman was often in the right place at the right time for Eibar last season to put the opposition defence to the sword. While he’s not one to provide for others having averaged just 0.5 key passes per game in La Liga last season, his duty in a potential two-man strike partnership would be to get his shots away. With that in mind, an average of 2.6 shots per league game last term was better than any Swansea player.

Provided the chances are created for him, then Borja has the ability to find the back of the net regularly, noted that ‘finishing’ is the player’s only statistically calculated WhoScored strength. With Llorente holding up the ball adequately and spreading the play wide, dropping the ball into one of the midfielders or turning creator for Borja, the pair have the potential to forge an efficient partnership. Even if Guidolin opts for a sole striker, both players have the ability to lead the line with aplomb.

Eibar mostly played with a system that adopted a lone frontman in La Liga last season, with Borja accustomed to the demands that come with spearheading the attack. Llorente, meanwhile, boasts the attributes to flourish in a 4-2-3-1, should Guidolin adopt the system, particularly if Swansea implement a more direct approach. Despite playing in Serie A for two seasons, only Cristiano Ronaldo (41) and Aduriz (34) have scored more headed goals than Llorente (29) in the last seven La Liga seasons. If crosses are put into the box for Llorente, he has the heading ability to wreak havoc in the opposition box, be it through creating for others or going for goal himself.

While Swansea can cover the losses of Paloschi and Gomis, Ayew’s departure is a blow. The arrivals of Llorente and Borja, though, ease the latter’s exit from the club and despite being different players altogether, the Spanish pair will boost Guidolin’s attacking options significantly.



The new Bomber Champion Leicester

In the past week, Nigerian football feels as though it’s approached some sort of apotheosis. It’s been chaotic, it’s been shambolic, it’s been embarrassing, and yet amid the clouds there has been, on the pitch, much that is positive and offers hope for the future.

Three days ago, half the Nigeria Under-17 team tested before an African Cup of Nations qualifier turned out to be over-age. The Olympic side, held up in the US by bewildering transport problems, arrived in Brazil only hours before kick-off of their opening game, but beat Japan 5-4. It seems likely that rather appointing a domestic coach, the full Nigeria national side will again turn to an ageing European journeyman in Gernot Rohr. They’re the same old stories rehashed and reheated, the reasons Nigerian football hasn’t developed in 20 years.

And yet, on Sunday, Nigeria beat Sweden. They’re one of only two sides to have won their opening two matches. And, perhaps more consequentially, Ahmed Musa came off the bench at half-time for Leicester City in the Community Shield.

Musa first came to global prominence at the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia in 2011, when he was the best of a crop of Nigerian forwards. It was a time before the present dearth, when the big concern in Nigerian football was producing creators, rather than a general dearth of high-class talent. Musa, with his quick feet, dancing in from the left flank, seemed atypical. He did not conform to the pre-existing templates of Nigerian football: he was not a big centre-back, he was
not a dominant holding midfielder, he was not a languid playmaker and he was not a powerful centre-forward – he was a winger playing, in the modern vogue, on the “wrong” flank.

Musa scored in each of Nigeria’s three group games, but it was the link up of the 4-2-3-1 that gave them their potency. This seemed a bright new era for Nigerian football. But then, as so often happens with promising youth squads, came stagnation. The centre-forward Olarenwaju Kayode is now at Austria Vienna. The playmaker Abdul Jeleel Ajagun is on loan at Roda JC in the Netherlands from Panathinaikos. The right-winger Edafe Egbedi is without a club having been released by the Danish side AGF last year. Only Musa is really delivering on that potential.

He was at the Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2011 and moved the following year to CSKA Moscow. There he often played as a central striker, scoring 42 goals in his 125 games. His move to Leicester, for a club record £16.6m, is another step up. Claudio Ranieri has used him four times so far, on each occasion coming off the bench at half-time. He scored twice in the 4-2 friendly defeat to Barcelona, emphasising what a danger he could pose with his pace and directness.


Musa is a clear boost to Leicester’s creative options. He scored 13 goals and set up five at CSKA last season, and averaged 2.6 shots and 1.3 key passes per game. Even with the caveat that some of those performances were at centre-forward that suggests his liveliness and intelligence. He also completed 1.2 dribbles per game, more than all but four Leicester players last season.

There is one warning, though, which is his lack of defensive work. Only once has he averaged more than a tackle per game over a season while last year’s average of 0.7 interceptions per game was his best. Those are respectable figures, particularly for somebody who played as a central striker, but last season Marc Albrighton averaged 1.7 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game.

What that means is that if Musa is to operate on the left, he perhaps cannot do so with Riyad Mahrez on the right. Albrighton offered balance for Mahrez’s attacking instincts, tucking in, doing the dirty work. It may be that Mahrez this season, assuming he stays at the club, operates behind Jamie Vardy in a central role at times, with Albrighton perhaps switching to the right. Or it may be that Ranieri is thinking of possible rotation, when the demands of the Champions League mean Mahrez needs to sit out some Premier League games.

And Musa, of course, can play centrally if required. He is a highly promising addition to the squad. And his development is a promising sign for Nigerian football as a whole: perhaps the 2011 Under-20 squad isn’t a dead end after all.

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Riau Ega Agatha Shocking Rio Olympics

Indonesia has fallen in the group Brazilian Olympic archery men’s team in 2016, but instead one of the representatives of red and white Riau Ega Agatha staggering 2016 Olympics.

Rio de Janeiro. South Korea’s world number one Kim Woo-jin crashed out of the second round of the men’s individual archery competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Monday (08/08) after his defeat by unheralded Indonesian Riau Ega Agatha.

Kim, who won gold in the team event on Saturday and set a 72-arrow world record in the ranking round the day before, was tipped to vie with his compatriots for the individual title but succumbed to a 6-2 loss on a breezy afternoon at the Sambodromo.

“I’m in shock,” the downcast 24-year-old, nicknamed “Bear” in his home country, told reporters.

“I don’t blame anything or anyone, I just regret not doing well today.

“The past four years I prepared a lot. I feel really great about getting the gold medal for the team event, but for the individual one I regret much about myself, because I prepared a lot and it’s all gone now.”

Kim’s exit leaves Brady Ellison, a member of the United States team that lost the title-decider to the Koreans, as the highest seed in the tournament.

Ega Agatha, a 24-year-old from Surabaya, East Java, lost the opening set but stunned Kim in the next three, slamming the door shut with two brilliant shots that landed flush in the gold target for two perfect scores.

As a modest crowd in the terraces roared, Kim slumped with his head down while his team mates looked on in dismay.

Ega Agatha flashed a huge grin and high-fived his coach after setting up a third-round match with Italy’s Mauro Nespoli.

Big Surprise

The Indonesian, ranked 29th in the world, had never beaten Kim in several previous attempts, but has had some success against the top Koreans at World Cup events.

“It’s a very big surprise for me but I have to stay focused to face another [competitor],” he told reporters. “I expected that I would win [a match] today but just not too many because Woo-jin is the number one [archery] athlete in the world. But I did it today.”

The Indonesian team’s chef de mission Raja Oktohari was a thrilled spectator in the terraces and said the win would create waves in the steamy Southeast Asian nation.

“All of Indonesia will be shocked,” he said. “It will be euphoria for us but, of course, we still have another game to prepare. And [he] has to focus, so the euphoria only lasts half an hour.”



The true story of a man who took 20,000 steps each day

Her name is April, one that led to 10,000 steps each day. In this article he described the experience that he experienced and the benefits she got.

I hit 10K every day because I don’t have much of a choice. I live 2.5 miles from my office, which is a 20-minute drive, a 30-minute subway ride, or a 45-minute walk away. I don’t have a car, and taxis would bankrupt me in a week. The New York City subway is crowded, often unpredictable, and costs $116.50 a month. Unless the temperature is in the single digits or it’s raining sideways, walking to work is usually my best option. It’s also a guaranteed way to get 9,000 steps per day, making my goal of 10K not much of a challenge.

So after 5 months of logging the majority of my steps simply by commuting, I began to feel like I was taking the easy route. Some of my friends with Fitbits work from home, are in a car for hours each day, or are retired, and they were getting the same, if not more, steps than I was. So after months of hitting my goal without much effort, I decided to force myself out of my comfort zone. Here’s what happened when I tried to double my daily steps for a week.

I got more done in less time.
Have you ever rolled your eyes at the idea of exercising as a cure for fatigue? I have, even though I’ve seen lots of evidence that exercising can actually increase your energy levels. There’s just something counterintuitive about doing a tiring activity to help you feel less tired.

Well, after this challenge, I’m no longer a skeptic. I quickly discovered that the more I pushed my body physically, the easier it was to focus. Even though I had to spend more time walking and working out during this challenge, I was able to accomplish more than usual. I crossed work assignments off my to-do list like it was nothing. I ran errands that I’d been putting off for weeks. I even read an entire book in one day! And unintentionally, I significantly cut back on my daily caffeine intake. I simply didn’t need the extra boost that a cup of coffee or, my current preference, a can of HiBall sparkling energy water can provide.

I slept like a baby.
While this challenge made me more productive, it was also incredibly physically tiring—and I’m counting that as a positive. Getting 20,000 steps per day is exhausting, but it’s the good kind of exhausting. The kind of exhaustion that brings with it a sense of satisfaction. Every night during this week-long challenge, I crawled into bed earlier than usual with sore and tired muscles—and I loved it. I had pushed my body and it had kept up. I didn’t have trouble falling asleep, something I’ve struggled with in the past, because my mind and body were both ready to recharge.

I saw the sun rise.

I’m not a morning person. I’ve never not had to rush out the door to make it to work on time. It’s always sounded appealing, though, to welcome the sound of my alarm in the morning.

But I didn’t have to deal with my alarm at all during this challenge. For the first time in my life, I consistently woke up before I had to. Pushing myself physically during the day meant I was tired at a reasonable hour (not well past midnight, which is typical for me), so I fell asleep quickly, and I slept soundly. Without a doubt, increasing my steps vastly improved my sleep quality. I would open my eyes in the morning, look at the time, and think, “That can’t be right.” One day, I jumped out of bed ready to go at 5 a.m.! I didn’t even know what to do with myself at that hour since it was still dark outside. I ended up going for a run and witnessing my first sunrise in a long time. Maybe there’s still hope for me to become a morning person after all.

I viewed the glass as half full.
I believe a positive outlook is a key part of having a happy, healthy life; unfortunately, seeing the bright side of things doesn’t always come easily. All too often, the littlest thing can send me down a spiral of negativity.

On the Sunday during this challenge I did my usual routine of chores and errands. I had just gotten home when I remembered I had forgotten to pick up my dry cleaning. While my immediate reaction was to groan and beat myself up for the mistake, my attitude quickly improved when I realized I could turn the situation into an excuse to get more steps. I put my shoes back on and happily headed out the door. Obviously getting more steps is a very specific way to spin negative situations, but it was a nice reminder that it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort to be more positive.

The whole thing was way easier than I expected.

Admittedly, I was never concerned that I’d be able to hit 20K each day. I’m incredibly stubborn and determined, so I knew I’d hit my goal; however, I was worried about what I would have to sacrifice to make it happen. I envisioned hours spent stuck on the treadmill or running laps in my tiny studio apartment while all my friends were having fun without me.

But, shockingly, I didn’t have to sacrifice anything. I still had time to attend social functions, stay at work late if necessary, and do a ton of reading while still getting in my 20K. It was the little things I did each day that helped me hit my goal: standing up and walking around for a few minutes every hour, taking the long way to the bathroom at work, going for an extra lap around the block while running errands. Surprisingly, the hardest part about getting more steps isn’t walking or running more; it’s having to explain to your coworkers why you’re awkwardly walking in circles in the office kitchen while your lunch heats up; or getting caught marching in place as you work at your standing desk. But my health will always come before my pride.

I’m not a fitness superstar. Even if I had wanted to just go for one long run and get all 20,000 steps at once, I couldn’t have (OK, fine, I did attempt it one day and it was a disaster). But this challenge really solidified for me that exercising doesn’t have to be a defined event. After a week of logging approximately 70 miles, as opposed to my standard 35, and no additional gym time, I felt fitter than I had in months. Starting each day with a goal to be more active, and fitting in steps whenever possible, can quite literally really add up.

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Important players Juventus at a price not expensive

The following list of player’s earned Juventus but has an outstanding quality to bring many titles to them.

It goes without saying that a club must be doing something right if they are able to claim five domestic league titles on the spin.

That is exactly what Juventus in Serie A have managed – mostly with minimum fuss – as initially Antonio Conte and then Massimiliano Allegri ensured that the Old Lady remained the team to beat in Italy.

Despite their status as one of Europe’s most prestigious institutions, though, Juve have found it difficult at times to hold onto their brightest talents which has meant they have had to be astute when it comes to regenerating their first-team squad.

It is a good job, therefore, that those in charge of acquiring new players have done a pretty good job at doing so over the last few years – so much so that it would not be ridiculous to label Juventus the ‘kings of the transfer market’.

To emphasise the point, Squawka have assembled a list of ten top-class players – past and present – Here are ten players – who moved to Juventus for less than £10m.

Dani Alves
Signed from: Barcelona (2016)
Fee: Free transfer

The latest world-class acquisition for Juventus is the Brazilian full-back Dani Alves, who this week signed from Barcelona on a free transfer, bringing to an end a 14-year stay in Spain.

Alves, who represented Sevilla for six seasons before becoming part of the furniture at Barcelona in 2008, has been undoubtedly the best right back in the world during his peak years and despite his advancing years he remains an outstanding player.

Sami Khedira
Signed from: Real Madrid (2015)
Fee: Free transfer

Another to swap one of La Liga’s big two for Serie A’s numero uno is Sami Khedira, who departed Madrid for Turin on a free transfer last summer following five injury-hit years at the Bernabeu.

Handed the unenviable task of filling the sizeable hole left by Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal last summer, Khedira did an excellent job of doing just that providing bite as well as goals to the side.

Patrice Evra
Signed from: Manchester United (2014)
Fee: £1.5m

Patrice Evra enjoyed a trophy-laden eight-year spell at Manchester United, but following a disastrous final season under the stewardship of David Moyes, the Frenchman decided to leave for pastures new, joining Juventus for just £1.5m.

While the 35-year-old perhaps can’t bomb up and down the left flank as regularly as he used to, he has become a key player in his two years at Juventus, nonetheless, with his vast experience helping the club win two Serie A’s and two Coppa Italia’s.

Kingsley Coman
Signed from: PSG (2014)
Fee: Free transfer

Evra wasn’t the only Frenchman to move to Juventus Stadium in 2014, as he was joined by the then teenage winger Kingsley Coman, who like his veteran international teammate didn’t cost the club a single penny.

It was with Juve that Coman was given regular opportunities to develop his skills on the big stage as he made 20 appearances in his first full season with the club before joining Bayern Munich on a two-year loan last summer.

Incredibly, the 20-year-old has already won Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga. Not bad going…

Carlos Tevez
Signed from: Manchester City (2013)
Fee: £6.75m

After a turbulent four-year spell at Manchester City, Carlos Tevez embarked on a fresh challenge in Italy, joining Juventus for a cut-price fee in 2013 due to his contract having one year left to run.

Although Tevez’s spell in Italy was short, it was most certainly sweet too, as he netted 50 goals in 95 games for the club and won three major honours with the club before returning to his spiritual home, Boca Juniors, last summer.

Paul Pogba
Signed from: Manchester United (2012)
Fee: Free transfer

With first-team opportunities proving difficult to come by at Old Trafford, Paul Pogba rejected numerous offers from Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at Manchester United to instead move to Juventus in 2012.

For Pogba, the moved proved to be an inspired decision as he quickly established himself as a key part of Antonio Conte’s midfield and during his four-years at Juve he has blossomed into one of the best midfielders in the world.

Andrea Pirlo
Signed from: AC Milan
Fee: Free transfer

The signing that in hindsight proved to be the catalyst for the shift in power in Italian football. After helping Milan win the league title in 2010-11, Andrea Pirlo was inexplicably allowed to depart the San Siro on a free transfer, ending up in the arms of their rivals Juventus instead.

Deemed too old to continue marshalling Milan’s midfield, Pirlo showed his former employers they made a grave error in letting him go, inspiring his new club to four successive Scudettos before moving to New York to see out the twilight years of his career.

Arturo Vidal
Signed from: Bayer Leverkusen (2011)
Fee: £9.38m

It shows just how far Juventus have come over the past few years that their capture of Arturo Vidal in 2011 was regarded as something of a coup, given they had just finished a disappointing 7th in Serie A the previous season.

Like Pirlo, Vidal instantly became a key cog in Juve’s engine room, with his all-action displays helping to propel the club back to the summit of Italian football, as well as to the Champions League final in 2015.

His departure for Bayern Munich last summer also netted the club a tidy profit of just over £18m.

Andrea Barzagli
Signed from: Wolfsburg (2011)
Fee: £225,000

While Juventus’ options in midfield and attack have been altered and changed over the past few season’s, whoever has been in charge has been able to rely upon a constant back four of Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, and Chiellini.

Andrea Barzagli was the latest to join the club, moving for a frankly ridiculous fee of £225,000 in January 2011 owing to his contract with Wolfsburg expiring a few months later. Now 35, Barzagli remains a fixture in defence for club and country.

Giorgio Chiellini
Signed from: Fiorentina (2005)
Fee: £5.48m

It is difficult to imagine Giorgio Chiellini turning out in anything other than the famous black and white stripes as he has become synonymous with Juventus during his 11-years in Turin.

Chiellini has been with the club through thick and thin, during the dark Calciopoli days and their subsequent campaign in Serie B to the five successive Serie A title wins. A genuine club legend who has proven to be exceptional value for money down the years.

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Want to Know the cost of making the Euro 2016 Panini sticker book?

You know about Euro 2016 Panini sticker book? , Approximately wondered not how much it costs ?.

Football fans up and down the country will be bringing all of their shiny stickers and swaps into the office in a bid to complete the album.

It’s the sound of most people’s childhoods… got, got, need.

But with Euro 2016 fast approaching, it is set to become the sound of the offices up and down the country as budding Panini sticker collectors look to relive their youths, report Wales Online.

The first Panini album was published in 1961 and since then, plenty of people have suffered the joy of picking up shiny stickers and desperation of having loads of swaps.

This year’s Euro 2016 album contains a whopping 680 spaces. Stickers, come in a pack of five and are priced at 50p.

Professor Paul Harper from Cardiff University’s School of Mathematics has compared the best case and – considerably higher – most likely cost to complete this year’s album. It varies between the best case scenario of £68, right up to the average £374.

How does it work?

If you’re really lucky you would need to buy 136 packets (680 divided by 5) for a total cost of £68.

Prof Harper says: “However if you really are this lucky, then I might suggest that you regularly play the National Lottery.

“The 136 packets also assumes no duplicate stickers within the same packet, something Panini state is the case. In reality however, the more you collect the higher the chance of duplicates…In fact the mathematics tells us that on average you might expect to have to buy some 747 packets at cost of £374 to complete the album.”

Does swapping help?

“If collectors could always swap any unwanted sticker with a wanted one at no cost, then it is pretty straightforward to see that the number of packets required for each collector is the initial lower bound calculation of 136 (£68).

“Whilst there are some helpful sticker swapping websites available (although these usually involve a handling charge plus postal costs), many collectors simply swap with school buddies in the playground or amongst friends drawn from a much smaller group of people.

“My estimates show that playing alone means 747 packets (as above); two people playing reduces the number of packets by 30%, three players by 46%, five players 57% and 10 players 68%.

“So clearly there is a great advantage to swap, as one would expect, but even with 10 friends swapping it might still cost them each £120 on average to complete their albums.

How the maths works

“The first sticker you buy is absolutely guaranteed not to be a sticker you have already got.

“The second sticker you get has a 679 in 680 chance (a 99.85% chance) of being a new sticker. Once you have this second unique sticker then the probability of the next sticker being different to the first two is 678 in 680, or 99.7%. And so on.

“However we don’t want to calculate the probability of each sticker being unique but what we actually want to know is how many stickers we should expect to buy each time to get a new sticker.

If you know the probability p of an event happening, then the expected number of times you should have to do something to get the outcome you want is 1/p.

So in our case we compute the sum 680/680 + 680/679 + 680/678 + . . . . . . . + 680/2 + 680/1. This is called a harmonic series and it can be shown that the sum is of the order:

n (ln( n ) + γ) (where γ = Euler’s constant = 0.557), where n is the number of stickers required to collect. Since there are 680 stickers in the album ( n = 680), one would therefore expect on average to need to purchase 4,828 stickers = 966 packets = £483 (i.e. more than 7 times as many packets as the no duplicate case.)

The packet problem

The problem is slightly more complicated in that stickers come in packets of five, with each packet not containing duplicates (assuming Panini aren’t so mean and true to their word).

Our sum now becomes [(680/680) + (680/680) + (680/680) + (680/680) + (680/680) + (680/675) + (680/675) +(680/675) +(680/675) +(680/675) + (680/670) + . . . . . . . + (680/5) + (680/5) + (680/5) + (680/5) + (680/5)]

= 680 [5/680 + 5/675 + 5/670 + . . . . . . . 5/5]

= 680 [1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + . . . . .1/136]

= 680 [ln(136) + γ]

= 3,733 stickers = 747 packets = £374


“I have assumed that each sticker appears with the same chance in each packet (i.e. Panini produce the same amount of each and distribute them all at the same time). Maybe they hold back some special ones such as the star players?

“Also I believe you can buy boxes at cheaper prices (per packet) and I know for sure you can purchase missing stickers after the event but at inflated prices (and a limited number).

“Half the fun though is collecting them in the run up to the event.”

Is it worth it?

“I can still recall the joy of finally completing my first Panini album as a young boy for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. I must have used an awful lot of pocket money to do this, as well as having generous grandparents handing over bundles of packets of stickers, coupled with tense negotiations of swapping duplicates with friends in the school playground.

“However filling an album has become progressively more expensive over the years since then; not just because there are typically more teams competing now, but because Panini have become more creative about allocating spaces. Indeed there are a whopping 680 to collect in this year’s Euro album.

“Calculating how many packets of stickers are on average required to complete a Panini album can be considered, from probability theory, as an example of the ‘coupon collector’s problem’.”

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