Cyclists Raise Charity Cash for Eamon Dolan

During the fixture against Leeds on Sunday 16th, the Royals fans decided to show their support for Academy Manager Eamon Dolan, who recently began a course of chemotherapy, following the removal of a tumour from his bladder. Both sets of fans took part in a minutes applause in the 21st minute of the game. The 21st minute was chosen to highlight Eamon's fantastic work with the Under 21's at the club, and it was delivered impeccably by both the Reading and Leeds fans.

Fellow Reading fans Will Davis and Ben Strickland drew inspiration from such fantastic support and have decided to do a 120km charity cycle ride to Bristol City on the 19th September from Reading to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Will and Ben are keen cyclists and they aim to raise £750 for the cause. Donations have been coming in over the last few days, one notable donation coming from former Royals captain Jem Karacan, who donated £300 and wrote "Anything for Eamo! Good luck guys! All the best from Turkey!".

We at the Football Family wish Eamon a very speedy recovery, and we wish the boys every success in their cycle ride to Bristol

If you can spare a few pounds, please donate by going to Will and Ben's JustGiving page.

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Walcott Injury a Huge Blow

Arsenal's Theo Walcott will miss the next 6 months of action, ruling him out of the World Cup this summer, and causing Arsene Wenger a real headache. Walcott went down injured in the 2-0 win over Spurs in the FA Cup last weekend.

A statement from the club read, "Theo has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. He will have surgery in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, thus missing the rest of the season and the World Cup."

Walcott was out for 2 months and has scored 5 goals since his return to action in November. With a current shortage of strikers, Giroud and Bendtner also currently sidelined, Arsene might be forced to take action in the January transfer window. Arsenal have been linked to a whole host of names including Dimitar Berbatov, Mario Mandzukic, Alvaro Morata, Loic Remy, Deigo Costa and many more.

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League, a point ahead of Manchester City. Next month they have a last 16 tie against German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The Gunners have an important run of fixtures coming up in the next couple of months with games against Southampton, Liverpool and United, which might make Arsene think that strengthening in this window is a wise choice.

Who's Going To Win The Champions League This Year?

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This season's Champions League looks very wide open, given the range of teams that can expect to challenge for Europe's greatest football prize. The usual suspects of Real Madrid and Barcelona will be among the contenders, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have lost none of last season's swagger. Meanwhile, the likes of PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Atletico Madrid can all claim to be within a decent shout of a semi final spot. That is ten teams, all of whom can beat each other on a given day. This promises to make for a mouth-watering round of 16 and quarter-final line up. With so many great teams and great clashes, who is likely to come out on top?

A Real Problem:

Despite firing Jose Mourinho and spending 80 million on Gareth Bale, Real Madrid look no closer to being a top team than they did last season. They struggled in El Clasico against Barcelona, with Bale being substituted after 60 minutes. Coach Ancelotti has not found his best system yet, and it could be a few weeks before he does so. While Real have a huge margin for improvement, is it going to be enough to lift the giant trophy in May? That is unlikely. Real are still a world-class center forward, and a world-class center back short of a truly top team. The likes of Bayern and Dortmund will rip them apart at the back, while the profligate Karim Benzema squanders more chances than he scores. The departure of Mesut Ozil was not a wise move either, with Isco looking a slightly lesser version so far. That being said, there is always potential when you have Cristiano Ronaldo in your side.

Atleti the Dark Horses:

Diego Simone has done a masterful job at Atletico Madrid since taking over the club less than three years ago. The former Argentine footballer has revolutionized the standard of a club that had been underachieving for decades. Despite losing big name players such as Radamel Falcao, Simone has compensated and continued to create a winning team. They currently sit in second place in La Liga, deserving of their sport between the country's two giant teams.
Diego Costa and David Villa have been a revelation up front, while the likes of Arda Turan and Koke make for a very accomplished midfield. Despite playing a standard 4-4-2 formation, Atleti match up well against any opponent. Expect them to cause particular damage against the English teams, who will struggle to deal with their quick passing and intense pressing style. If you are an Atleti fan, you might want to buy the tickets available on ticketbis for the Champions League final. Who knows, your team could be one of the finalists, especially given their recent form.

Bayern Again?

It is tough to look beyond Bayern Munich for this year's title. They look an even better team under Pep Guardiola, especially in Europe. There are two worries with Bayern, with the first being complacency. Winning can become a habit, but it can also lead to a drop in standards. In addition, the "striker-less" formation that Guardiola prefers can cause problems when teams effectively defend, such as the Super Cup final against Chelsea. If you want to catch Bayern's next home game in the Champions League, you can get match tickets. With qualification all but secured, Bayern may give their fringe players a run out in the remaining fixtures of the group stage.

Miracle for Moyes?

David Moyes has been struggling in the Premier League with Manchester United, but their European performances have been assured and accomplished. Stranger things have happened than a Champions League rookie going all the way to lift the trophy (Jose Mourinho, Roberto di Matteo), but it would take something special for United to overcome the likes of Barca and Bayern. However, a magic run to the final would certainly make up for any disappointments Manchester United endure domestically, and it would buy Moyes time to rebuild the squad.

Splashing the cash! Footballers Cars (Autoweb - Infographic)

Carlos Tevez might have just driven his Porsche Panamera out of Manchester for the last time, but did you ever wonder how long it took him to pay for it?

The answer is one week, with the Argentinian pocketing £10,000 change from his seven day salary. In fact had he stayed at City, Tevez could have parked 56 Panameras in his garage each year. Over at the other side of Manchester there are similarly ostentatious cars sitting outside the training guide, with United striker Wayne Rooney’s 201 mph Lamborghini Gallardo costing him only a single week’s wages…after tax of course. Criminal.

Here are the some of the more jealously inducing automobiles driven by Association Football’s top stars, thanks to the people at Autoweb – the home of free car ads.

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Back to reality then... now where are my keys to the Corsa?

Enter Confederations Cup Betting Tips Competition To Win A Share Of £5000 Cash

This weekend sees the beginning of yet another major international tournament, this time it’s the 2013 Confederations Cup. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it should provide some interesting clues for anyone wanting a bet on the 2014 World Cup which is also in Brazil. There also seems to be plenty of reasons to decide upon the best Confederations Cup tips as not only can you earn a share of £5,000 in the OLBG.com Tipping Competition, there is also an extra £200 up for grabs for your tips in the Confederations Cup Tipping Competition.

There has been plenty of debate on OLBG.com about the best bets in this event and OLBG member ‘nors’ was quick to oppose the European teams here, which include second favourites Spain and third favourites Italy. He points out that no European team has ever won a World Cup in South America so they could struggle here and if he is right we could see the European teams drift in the betting for next year’s World Cup. As far as backing goes for ‘nors’ he’s picked out Uruguay and Mexico who should feel at home in conditions and he’s hoping they trade shorter later on in the tournament so that he can trade out for a profit.

Brazil have won the past two renewals of this tournament and are the favourites at 6/4, that price appeals to OLBG member ‘gilb501’ who has two major reasons for backing the Brazilians. First of all they host this tournament so have home advantage and secondly he points out that Brazil have no other competitive games until the start of the World Cup, unlike the other sides who have important qualifiers, so he thinks Brazil will take this more seriously than the other nationals involved.

The outright betting won’t be attractive to everyone with Brazil at 6/4 and Spain at just 7/4 so it should pay to also take a look at the top goalscorer betting. Brazil and Italy may be well fancied in the outright but Spain and Uruguay have the easier group with both Tahiti and Nigeria in there so most tips in the OLBG Tipping Competition have been for Spaniards and Uruguayans. Nobody seems to know who will play the central striking role for Spain, if anyone as they played a false nine in many games at the most recent European champions. That could be why Barcelona’s Pedro is considered each way value at 25/1. He should play a forward role in most games and ‘KanKeano’ thinks he’s a strong bet having scored 10 goals for Spain in the past year.

Uruguay have a very strong forward line and Luis Suarez is the most popular of their star trio at 9/1. ‘The Prophet’ thinks as he comes here fresher than most players having missed the end of the season through suspension he could be in a better physical state than many others. Edinson Cavani is being touted for a big move this summer and could add a few million on to his price tag with some big performances here, ‘Welshie1’ makes Cavani the best bet at 12/1 due to his brilliant scoring record that has seen him score 39 goals in 46 games over the past season. Meanwhile ‘thmkrr’ thinks Diego Forlan shouldn’t be forgotten about at 25/1, simply because he might score enough goals against Tahiti to reward each way punters.

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A round-up of the 2012/2013 Premier League season (Infographic)

Infographic courtesy of Ladbrokes: Link Here

The Premier League season is finished, although the round-up of all the key stats are below to cast your eyes over:

The information below ranges from Top Goalscorers, Best Attack, Worst Referee, Social media mentions, you name it, its mentioned below!

A few notable points:

Stoke City were the most goal shy in the Premier League scoring 34 goals in a season which nearly ended in relegation. Can Mark Hughes turn the club around? or will he venture back to his old club Queens Park Rangers and bring more overpaid journeymen to the Britannia? Hoooof!

Manchester City's 1-0 win against Swansea City in October lasted 103 minutes, a Premier League record, following delays caused by injuries to goalkeeper Michel Vorm and defender Micah Richards. Fergie Time!

55% of the players in the Premier League are English, of which 54% were rubbish.

Stoke City midfielder Dean Whitehead received 11 yellow cards last season, which was more than anyone else. Shame he doesn't have a long throw!

On the 9th May, Wayne Rooney's potential transfer away from Old Trafford was mentioned every 31 seconds, which equated to 34, 737 mentions in a day! Sky Sources suggest....

To read more of these impressive stats, view the infographic below:

A round-up of the 2012-13 Premier League season [Infographic]Infographic was created by Ladbrokes

The cost of being a football fan 2012/2013

Source: Net Voucher Codes, Link: Click Here

Ever wondered what the cost was of your season ticket in comparison to other teams in the same league? or how much a matchday pie would set you back at your own ground? Or even what your replica shirt would cost you? well here is your answer in the info graphic below!

A few notable points which show you the variance across Europe and the Premier League:

The most expensive Arsenal season ticket will set you back a cool £1,955 against the current European Champions Bayern Munich at £561! Get that cheque book out Arsene!

How Much??? the most expensive pie in the Premier League is at Craven Cottage where it will set you back a massive £3.90, against the cheapest which is at the DW Stadium at £2.30! Not that they have any fans to eat them! Sorry Dave.

Who wants a Man United shirt for their kid? Well you better get saving as its a massive £55 for one this season! I suggest you make them a Hammer instead, with West Ham's replica shirt only £29.58, nearly half the price! You could have twins!

Finally, you wouldn't want to be a Queens Park Rangers fan would you? Looking at the cost per goal for home matches it would set you back £38.38 per goal at Loftus Road compared to £6.70 at the Etihad, or if you want a relegation side in comparison its £9.80 at Wigan! 'Arry was the best man for the job!

Details below by club for all the main aspects of football. How does your team compare?

The Cost Of Football – An infographic by the team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk