The word ‘classy' appears in football prattle with increasing regularity, now considered the acme of all behaviour; gestures, non-gestures, tweets, messages of support, banners, all of that. Truth is, one of the things that's so compelling about football is the opportunity to ignore a goodly chunk of these precise mores and pressures, because, after all, it's only football.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has played speculations linking him with a move to Old Trafford this summer and insisted he's happy to fight for his place at the Emirates, despite losing his place in the starting XI to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Earlier this week, the Telegraph reported that the 28-year-old had agreed a deal in principle with United to move to Old Trafford in the summer, as United and Arsenal were expected to sit down in an attempt to reach an agreement for the transfer of the Belgium international, whose contract at the Emirates runs out in 12 months.
Ed Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.
Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.
Manchester United legend praises €40m rated Mexican sensation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Mnachester United legend Rio Ferdinand who is poised to join QPR in the summer took to Twitter to praise Mexico's Hector Herrera after the El Tri triumphed over Croatia by 3-1 to book their place in the last sixteen of the World Cup.
Numerous reports indicate Rio Ferdinand is considering a reunion with his first professional manager Harry Redknapp. The former West Ham duo could be reunited with Queens Park Rangers whom Redknapp managed to promotion with a 1-0 victory over Derby County at Wembley last month.
Ferdinand played his last match of a twelve season Manchester United career in a 1-1 draw at Southampton last month.
QPR dismiss Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand speculation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
QPR, who on the weekend secured an immediate return to the English top flight, have rejected claims that they arepoised to swoop for former England duo Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.
Lampard, who was officially released by Chelsea last week, is currently a free agent, and while it is still a possibility that the England vice-captain could sign a new contract with the club he has spent the last thirteenyears with, the Sunhadclaimed that his uncle Redknapp, who gave him his first break in football with West Ham, waslooking to entice him with regular first team football with the newly promoted Hoops.
Rio Ferdinand has been a titan of English football and of Manchester United for the last twelve seasons. Yesterday it was announced that he will be leaving the club this summer at the same time as his long-time central defense partner Nemanja Vidic.
His move to Old Trafford from Leeds United for, then a British record fee of, £29 million was controversial as he was moving from one rival to another.
Rio Ferdinand's glittering Man United career ends with a whimper - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
12 monthsago, 87 minutes into Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge, Rio Ferdinandhammered a shot into the Old Trafford net which lifted the stanchion from the turf, and just a few minutes later celebrated winning his sixth Premier League title.
On beating Liverpool at Anfield (December 2007) "Our fans come here and make themselves heard for the whole 90 minutes, and the satisfaction you get from winning the game is unbelievable. It's one of the best places to come and win. Games like this, you don't care who scores, who gets man of the match.
Following reports in the press that Rio Ferdinand has not been offered a new deal, the defender has confirmed that he will be leaving the club this summer.
"I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future and, after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on," he said.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted his future remains unsure and has expressed his concern at United's decision to allow Nemanja Vidic to join Inter Milan on a free transfer this summer. Vidic, who alongside Rio formed arguably the best centre-back pairing in the Premier League over the last decade, played his final game at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Arsenal and Manchester United to EACH lose a long-serving star? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United and Arsenal may be sworn enemies, but they both have common ground as we approach the summer transfer window, with the pair both facing the prospect of losing a stalwart defender come the end of the season.
In which Rio Ferdinand is officially unveiled as a QPR player by manager Harry Redknapp, unveiling his new squad number (no.5, of course) while looking like a six-year-old pretending to be a train driver...
PHOTO: #QPR defender @rioferdy5 and manager Harry Redknapp poses with his new @NikeUK shirt and squad number pic.
World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the wake of the fantastically entertaining World Cup finals in Brazil, the BBC have released a team picked by their pundits as the Team of the Tournament. Former England trio; Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Rio Ferdinand put their heads together with on-location Brazil correspondent, Tim Vickery, to select the best XI from the stunning competition.
BBC Match of the Day pundit Rio Ferdinand said that USA would have beaten Belgium if the game had gone to penalties.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was speaking post-match on the popular BBC program. He and his colleagues Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer praised Tim Howard for his exceptional performance against Belgium.
The World Cup will be Alan Hansen's last as a BBC pundit after 22 great years. You can't win anything with kids... pic.twitter.com/pLPPgGEc5V
— BBC One (@BBCOne) May 7, 2014
And those be the hands that the BBC have chosen to accompany us through their 160+ hours of 2014 World Cup coverage this summer though apparently that isn't the complete roster, with Gabby Logan teasing several other "treats"being added before the tournament begins.
Premier League returnee's QPR wrapped up the signings of experienced centre halves Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker for the up coming season this month however despite their wealth of experience the pair still had to go through a rigorous initiation "Singing" during the clubs tour of Germany!
Let's hope their football is alot better than their singing or it could be another brief stay in the top flight for the R's!
Michael Carrick, like most players at the club, had a pretty awful season for United in 2013-2014. Rio Ferdinand has today claimed that it was a mistake for Roy Hodgson to leave Carrick out of the squad for Brazil though, despite such a poor year.
"As someone involved in that extraordinary campaign, it's safe to say it was a rollercoaster ride, and draining emotionally," Rio said.
"Wibble wobble wibble young English talent wobble wibble"
As you may well be aware, the FA Commission presented their plan to save English football yesterday with one of their ideas being the inclusion of a newtier within the Football League, between League Two and the Conference, to accommodate Premier League B teams.