Charles N'Zogbia

Aston Villa

Reports: Adama Traore, 19, Set To Become Aston Villa’s Highest Earner Due To Ludicrous Contract Stipulation

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Despite having only made one start in hisfive appearances for Aston Villa so far, there are whispers on the wind that Adama Traore is soon to be bumped right up to the top of the club's top-earners list due to a frankly ridiculous stipulation inserted into the 19-year-old winger's contract.

Traore arrived from Barcelona in a £7million, five-year deal over the summer and it would appear that Villa threw the proverbial kitchen sink at the youngsterto coax him into swapping Catalonia for Brum.

Newcastle United Vs Aston Villa Match Preview

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Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle. Date: Sunday 2nd September,2012. Kick-Off: 4:00pm. Referee: Lee Probert. UK TV: None. Sunday brings Premier League football back to St James' Park as Aston Villa provide the opponents for a 4pm kick-off. There will be no UK TV broadcast of the fixture so it will be time to scour the [.

Funny Feeling Friday: Charles N’Zogbia

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Charles N'Zogbia has had one of the worst seasons in memory for a big money summer transfer signing scoring just 2 goals, after hitting for 9 last year. He hasn't started a game in about 2 months, and featured ... Continue reading →

Charles N’Zogbia prefers to play on the right and is targeting Europe with Villa

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Charles N'Zogbia has revealed that he prefers to play on the right, aims to qualify for Europe with Aston Villa and harbours ambitions of being on the French team plane to Brazil in 2014.

N'Zogbia spoke with The New York Times during a recent international break and showed his appreciation for the size of the boots he had to fill following the exits of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.

Funny Feeling Friday: Gabriel Agbonlahor

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Our Funny Feeling Friday this weekend is Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor. Last week, we went with another cheaply priced forward Andy Johnson at Fulham and the 5.5M rated forward did not disappoint. Though he was only owned by ... Continue reading →

Aston Villa's change of strategy

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By Paul Wilkes, editor of LaLigaUK

The philosophy of a football club will determine the immediate goals and long-term vision of the club. Within England, this has often been dictated at most sides by the manager. However in recent times as a more continental approach has been inserted by some; others have remained old-fashioned.

Season Preview - Aston Villa

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Quick Reminder, Real Life Last season started out with an odd choice for manager (Houlier) who didn't make it through the year due to health reasons. The team that had been excellent the year before regressed terribly despite a lot of the same talent and they hovered just above the relegation zone for a good part of the first half.

Villa Finalise N’Zogbia Deal

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Aston Villa have finalised a £9.5m deal for Wigan's French International midfielder Charles N'Zogbia, in what looks like a great piece of business from manager Alex McLeish who has seen both Ashley Young and Stuart Downing exit Villa Park for Old Trafford and Anfield respectively already this Summer.

Liverpool told to pay £20m

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has told interested clubs that they'll have to pay upwards of £20 million if they want Charles N'Zogbia. Liverpool and Aston Villa are the front-runners in the race for the Frenchman, but so far have failed to meet Wigan's valuation of the player.

"I see some of the players being sold for £20m-£30m and Zoggy is better than them," Whelan said.

Newcastle United

I Had Four And A Half Fabulous Years At Newcastle

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It's good to see young players in football go through the years and mature in front of our very eyes. Charles N'Zogbia playing on Saturday It happened most to David Beckham, and who will ever forget him being sent off in the quarter finals against Argentina during the World Cup in France back in 1998, [.

Newcastle United Vs Aston Villa Match Preview

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Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle. Date: Sunday 2nd September,2012. Kick-Off: 4:00pm. Referee: Lee Probert. UK TV: None. Sunday brings Premier League football back to St James' Park as Aston Villa provide the opponents for a 4pm kick-off. There will be no UK TV broadcast of the fixture so it will be time to scour the [.

Taking Papiss! Newcastle United 2, Aston Villa 1.

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Venue: St James'Park, NE1. Date: 5th February 2012 Kick Off: 1.30pm Referee: Mark Halsey. Well, it was another three points in the bag for the Magpies as they passed the supposedly "magical" 40 point mark, with no less than 14 games of the Premiership season to go. Apart from this though, the most obvious salient [.

Pardew Refuses To Talk About European Champions League

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It's games like today's fixture against Aston Villa at home,  that Newcastle will have to win if they are to finish high up in the league table come mid-May. Charles N'Zogbia when he was at Newcastle If Newcastle do win today and Chelsea lose to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the later game,  Newcastle will be in joint 4th place on points, but 5th because of an [.

Newcastle United Vs Wigan Athletic match preview

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Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 Kick-off: 3:00pm Referee: Neil Swarbrick Roberto Martinez brings his Wigan squad up to Tyneside this Saturday, as Newcastle United will look to continue their undefeated record in all competitions so far this season. There is no live UK broadcast of the match, but due to [.

Surprise, surprise! No striker for Newcastle United

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Seven months after the sale of Andy Carroll, Newcastle United have, to the surprise of no one, failed to sign a suitable replacement to fill the void up front. A day of deadline drama, in which saw United lodge a "bid" for FC Twente's Bryan Ruiz, has ended up falling flat on it's face as [...]

Swansea Fail In Their Bid To Sign Newcastle Winger

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It seems that Swansea City have failed in their bid to sign Newcastle right winger Wayne Routledge. Wayne Routledge couldn't agree terms with Swansea Swansea had agreed a £1.7M fee  with Newcastle  for Wayne, but it seems they could not agree terms with the player himself, and they have now turned their attentions to [.

Are Newcastle Back In For Charles N’Zogbia?

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Wigan owner Dave Whelan has said that Charles N'Zogbia is available to the first club that comes up with the required  £10M to buy him. Charles N'Zogbia other clubs interested There was news late last week that Wigan were looking to bid £2.5M for Newcastle's Wayne Routledge, and if that's the case, it would [.

Are Newcastle Back In For Charles N’Zogbia?

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Wigan owner Dave Whelan has said that Charles N'Zogbia is available to the first club that comes up with the required  £10M to buy him. Charles N'Zogbia other clubs interested There was news late last week that Wigan were looking to bid £2.5M for Newcastle's Wayne Routledge, and if that's the case, it would [.

Wigan interest in Routledge. How about N’Zogbia the other way?

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Rumours abound that Wigan may be interested in Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge. Could some sort of swap involving N'Zogbia be in the offing? The Sun is rumouring that Wigan might be preparing a £2.5m bid for Wayne Routledge to replace Charles' N'Zogbia if he leaves the club as expected. N'Zogbia has in fact not [.

Newcastle Could Be Offering Routledge As Bait For N’Zogbia

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Surprising news today that Wigan Athletic are considering a £2.5M bid for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge, if they lose Charles N'Zogbia. Wayne Routledge plus £7M could get N'Zogbia Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is trying to get the French winger for the second summer in a row. And of course last summer a deal [.

Why Did Newcastle Miss Out On Charles N’Zogbia?

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The Evening Chronicle  is reporting that Aston Villa have won the race to sign Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia. Charles N'Zogbia Aston Villa have won the race to sign this Frenchman? And we think it's been excellent business by Aston Villa too that they sold Stewart Downing for £20M to who else Liverpool, [.

Whelan Wants £20M For N’Zogbia – What’s He Smoking?

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Wigan and former Newcastle left winger Charles N'Zogbia has one year left on his contract, and could leave next summer for nothing. as a free agent. Charles N'Zogbia £20 or £30M for this player? So would you think Wigan Chairman and owner, Dave Whelan, who initially slapped a fee of £9M on the player, [.

Dave Whelan Now Ready To Sell N’Zogbia

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It seems to have been a slow weekend as far as any interesting news on Newcastle is concerned. Dave Whelan ready to sell Charles N'Zogbia But there is some news on Charles N'Zogbia today from his Chairman at Wigan, Dave Whelan, and Wigan seem ready to let Charles go, but whether Newcastle will now [.

Newcastle Play The Waiting Game For Charles N’Zogbia

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We'd love for Charles N'Zogbia to return to Newcastle. Charles N'Zogbia £9M fee is the problem for Newcastle Since Charles left, under difficult circumstances two years last January, he has not only appeared to mature as a person, but he also seems to have added more goals to his game. In 90 appearances for [.

Aston Villa Could Beat Magpies To French Winger

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There is news today that Aston Villa are set to make a bid of around £9M for Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia. Charles N'Zogbia - Aston Villa now favorites? Newcastle had been favorites to land their former winger, but the deal hasn't gone though yet, and it seems that Charles is delaying any decision, until he sees [.

Shay Given

The Boys Are Back In Toon! Newcastle United vs Aston Villa Preview.

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Venue: St James'Park, NE1 Date: 5th February 2012 Kick Off: 1.30pm Referee: Mark Halsey I never used to bother much about Aston Villa. They were just one of those "middle of the road" clubs who chug along season after season with reasonable-sized crowds but nothing particular to shout about. I got a bit annoyed at [.

Magpies and Villans: Aston Villa vs Newcastle United match preview

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Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham Kick off: Saturday, 17th Sept, 3pm Referee: Neil Swarbrick Well if stats are anything to go by, our forthcoming away clash with the Villans, the result could well be another 0-0 like the QPR match. Of course though, there's been many a time in the past when people like myself written [.

It’s the final countdown: Summer transfer roundup

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It's a little over 10 hours to go before the rumour mongers and speculation, erm, spasmos take themselves a much needed break. At least for a fortnight or so, then they'll be back with a vengeance, leading all the way up to the perennially underwhelming January window.

Until then, I thought I'd summarise this summer's movements to date, borrowing from the transfers page, and throw in anything that happens during the course of this afternoon and evening.

One out, one in, one on the fence, one in the wings

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So, Liverpool upped their offer to £20m, Stewart Downing handed in a formal transfer request and there's not much more that needs saying. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Stewie. Textbook no-brainer.

That's £8m more than we paid Middlesbrough two years ago, but represents a £14m profit in terms of "disposal of player's registration".

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Video: Bent, N’Zogbia, Clark and Gardner battle it out on FIFA 12

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The players are Darren Bent, Charles N'Zogbia, Ciaran Clark and Gary Gardner. The fella with the hair and the mic is Lukey Moore from the Football Ramble (no relation to the lazy former Villa striker). The competition is IGN FIFA 12 pro player tournament. The venue is Bodymoor Heath.

The winner is.

Braga 1 Aston Villa 1: N’Zogbia scores on his debut

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Charles N'Zogbia matched Darren Bent's achievement of scoring on his debut in tonight's final pre-season game in Braga; a 1-1 draw that would probably be given to the home side on points by the judges. If we did such a thing.

Vagner Love's stunt double, Alan, opened the scoring for the home side with a wicked effort from 25 yards that nestled the top corner and left Shay Given no chance.

English Premier League

Premier League Gameweek 2 Fantasy Preview

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Bolton and Manchester City sit at the top of the Premier League table and are set to face-off in Gameweek 2, but we're here not just to talk Aguero or Gary Cahill but more importantly to preview I) the best match ... Continue reading →

SEASON PREVIEWS: Wigan and Wolves

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We've now completed all 20 Premier League team previews one by one, club by club. Rounding it out are Wolves and Wigan, enjoy: 2011-2012 Wigan Season Preview http://bit.ly/nujrUf 2011-2012 Wolves Season Preview http://bit.ly/oyr5I2 Share this on Facebook Promote this on Orkut ... Continue reading →

Season Preview - Wigan Athletic

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Quick Reminder, Real Life Wigan avoided relegation last season, just barely, finishing in 16th thanks to some late season heroics by Charles N'Zogbia (now an Aston Villa player) in a dramatic come from behind victory against relegated West Ham. Aside from N'Zogbia and goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who had a breakout season and has proven to be a very reliable Premier League goalkeeper with a nice


Tale of the tape: N’Zogbia vs Downing vs Young vs Albrighton

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It's a pretty rare event that we'll receive official confirmation of an agreement being reached to purchase a player before the actual transfer itself is announced, but that's apparently the situation with Charles N'Zogbia. It's all over bar the shouting.

I'm sure such steps wouldn't have been taken if it wasn't a formality, it's just a shame that the player won't have the chance to hook up with his new team mates in Hong Kong due to a lack of work visa.

The Rest

Pies’ 2015/16 Alternative Premier League Team Of The Season

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Now that the PFA have had their turn, Pies thought we'd have a stab at cobbling together an alternative Premier League Team of the Year for 2016/17, comprised of players who have impressed us for a variety of reasons over the course of this topsy-turvy campaign.

Let's delve in, starting with ourgoalie of choice.

Who Will Save Wigan Athletic From Relegation This Season?

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Since Roberto Martinez took over the reins at Wigan Athletic in 2009, there has always been one stand-out performer who leads from the front, keeps the team up and consequently leaves for a bigger club.

Before Roberto Martinez's new side kicked a ball, he had to find a man to replace the hugely influential Antonio Valencia who joined Manchester United for around £16 million, after rejecting the chance to join Real Madrid in January.

N’Zogbia grabs the 10 shirt and a five year deal

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It's official then, Charles N'Zogbia is a Villan. I'd assumed that it wouldn't be completed, or at least officially announced, until after the weekend since just about everyone is in Hong Kong at the moment, but I guess it really was just a formality in the end.

It looks like N'Zogbia is going to have the number 10 shirt, the same number he had at Wigan, left behind by John Carew.