According to reports from Portugal, Manchester United is setting its eyes on Gelson Martins, Sporting Lisbon winger.

Gelson who hails from Portugal, broke through the ranks of Sporting and at the age of 19, and made his debut for the team just like Luis Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo had done.

Ever since then, he has remained a regular for the team. In the last two seasons, he has made a total of 87 appearances as well as scoring 14 goals. Gelson who plays on both flanks, features as a winger.

O Jogo, a Portuguese media outlet believes that Manchester United coach will be rivaling Liverpool as they both push on to get the young man sign for them this summer.

Apart from his position on the flanks, the 22-year old can also feature as a full back. This thus would be a very good option for Mourinho, as he has continued to place emphasis on the need to secure a winger. Continue reading

Luis Nani Might Make Valencia Return against Sevilla This Weekend

Valencia winger Luis Nani claims that he is only thinking about a return to first-team football, with the game against Sevilla just around the corner.

The player has been on the sidelines for the last few weeks. A muscular problem has kept him out of action, but it appears that Nani is back in training and is on the verge of a return to first-team action. It is likely that Nani may be returning to the squad for the game against Sevilla this weekend. However, manager Voro is likely to give some more time in order to start the game.

Voro will also feel that the team does not need any changes right now, especially after having managed three consecutive wins. They have lifted Valencia closer to the top half of the table. Since the arrival of Voro, there has been a concentrated effort in order to get more results at the Mestalla. The club have managed five win in the last six league matches at home, while also staying undefeated in the process. Continue reading

Nani on life under Moyes

Luis Nani said that he is disappointed with the way things turned out under David Moyes.

He was hoping to have a great career with Manchester United and instead find himself spending more time on the bench than on the pitch.

Nani said that he could not understand the manager at that time. Indeed with the appointment of David Moyes at the head of Manchester United he was given a five-year contract with the club, but things changed just after. He could not get into the team and only managed to start seven games during the season.

He said that he was discouraged at this time as he feels he was playing well and that he was fit enough to be in the first team. He added that things did not change against Louis Van Gaal either. He said that when the Dutch manager took control of the club, he told him that he will have to fight for his place and that he will not be his first-choice winger. Continue reading


Chris Kamara is known as one of the most charismatic characters on Soccer Saturday. From his popular ‘Unbelievable Jeff!’ quote to his match reports, the former Portsmouth midfielder has earned a reputation for saying some of the most funny and bizarre updates from games.

Here’s a look at our five favourite moments from Chris Kamara on Soccer Saturday over the years:

“It’s pretty even… Sunderland are on top”
In the Tyne-Wear derby on 1 February 2014, Chris Kamara gave an early report from St James’ Park.

It was 0-0 at the time but Sunderland were on top, although Kammy had initially claimed it was an even game:

“It’s pretty even… well it’s not pretty even because Sunderland are slightly on top.”

Shortly afterwards the visitors took the lead through a Fabio Borini penalty before goals from Adam Johnson and Jack Colback saw Sunderland route their rivals 3-0.

“I must have missed that. Is it a red card?”
Everyone’s favourite Chris Kamara moment came from Fratton Park on 3 April 2010. The game was 0-0 at the hour mark which must have sent Sky Sports’ reporter asleep as Chris Kamara managed to miss the dismissal of Portsmouth defender Anthony vanden Borre for a second yellow card.

The conversation between he and Jeff Stelling was hilarious:

Jeff: Off to Fratton Park where there’s been a red card but for who Chris Kamara?”

Chris: “I don’t know Jeff, has there? I must have missed that. Is it a red card?

Jeff: “Chris, have you not been watching? I haven’t. I don’t know where that’s come from Chris. I have no idea what has happened there, what’s happened Chris?

Chris: “I don’t know Jeff. I don’t know; the rain must have got in my eyes Jeff.”

Jeff: “Chris, Chris, let me tell you. According to our sources, Anthony vanden Borre has been sent off for a second bookable offence. Get your fingers out and count up the number of Portsmouth players that are on the field.”

Chris: “No you’re right I saw him go off but I thought they were bringing a sub on Jeff. Still nil nil ha ha ha”


“Don’t really know what’s happening”
Trying to talk to the studio on 18 August 2007 from Craven Cottage whilst visitors Middlesbrough lead 2-1 at Fulham, the Cottagers appear to have equalised before Chris then thinks the goal has been disallowed, and ultimately doesn’t know what is going on:

“Papa Bouba Diop the man mountain himself is playing as a striker and he’s got Healy one side of him and Diamante’s coming out the other side of him, it’s Papa Bouba Diop with the header! It’s a goal. It’s a goal Jeff….is it David Healy; he’s running away? Andrew D’Urso playing on, sorry my monitor’s down again I’m looking over my shoulder, I don’t really know the assistant, has he give it? Oh the assistant has he give it, I don’t think so Jeff. No the referee hasn’t give it either…don’t really know what’s happening Jeff ha ha.

The goal wasn’t given and Middlesbrough held on for a 2-1 win.


“I can’t tell you the teams but Wigan are unchanged”
Speaking prior to their third game of the 2007-08 Premier League season, Chris Kamara had team news from the West Ham and Wigan camps before they were set to clash at Upton Park later that day.

The reporter was not meant to give the team news but did anyway…

“I had a chat with both managers and obviously I can’t tell you the teams but Wigan are unchanged and Lucas Neill plays for West Ham.”

Whilst Wigan Athletic are currently plying their football in the Championship, West Ham are in the top flight. However, Slavan Bilic’s side have made a very slow start to the 2016-17 season and their Premier League odds for relegation have come crashing down since the start of the season as they head into the Christmas period narrowly above the drop zone.

“Spurs are fighting like beavers”
Tottenham were defending for their lives in September 2007 when they had a 1-0 lead in the North London derby at White Hart Lane. However, Chris Kamara described their defensive work as something else:

Chris: “Their football Arsenal is on another level but Spurs are fighting like beavers defending for their lives, It’s a terrific game, still one-nil”

Jeff Stelling: “Did I hear that correctly? Fighting like beavers? Not tigers or lions but beavers, those ferocious little devils”

Chris: “The game as a spectacle is magnificent. Spurs working like beavers but the football from Arsenal Jeff, well it’s out of this world it’s sensational, their carving them up as easy as…..well, as easy as anything Jeff”

Those little beavers proved to be no much for Arsenal who went on to win the derby 3-1…

Written by Barrie Smith, sports betting at Paddy Power

After 1 season with Fenerbahçe, Luis Nani makes a move to Valencia

For a transfer fee which is believed to be in the region of £7.2 million, the Spanish outfit Valencia secured the services of former Manchester United player Luis Nani as he penned a 3 year-long contract.

“Valencia has reached an agreement with Portugal international Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha ‘Nani’ that ties the player to our club for the next three seasons. Nani, has played for Sporting CP (2005-2007, 2014-15), Manchester United (2007-2014) and Fenerbahce (2015-16).” This was the statement released by Valencia as the Spanish club confirmed the signing of Luis Nani.

Luis Nani is the 6th Portuguese player that has joined Valencia from the past 5 seasons as the club has already signed: Joao Pereira, Ruben Vezo, Joao CanceloAndre Gomes and HelderPostiga are all of the previous Portuguese performers that have joined Valencia in the previous 5 years before Luis Nani’s recent arrival to the Mestalla Stadium.

The head chiefs of Valencia are hoping that Luis Nani can help push the Spanish club into a higher position of La Liga. They are currently located at the 15th spot of the top tier football league in Spain with 10 points secured from their 11 league matches that they have played so far.

Throughout the 11 year-long senior career of Luis Nani, he has been able to secure top European titles including: Premier League, UEFA Champions League FA Community Shield and the FIFA Club World Cup, just to name a few of the more renowned pieces of silverware that Nani has lifted.

The majority of these titles were snatched during his time spent performing in Old Trafford as a player of Manchester United and the supporters of Valencia are hoping that he can do the same with the Spanish outfit but taking into consideration how much his career has dipped, it might be difficult to accomplish.


Barcelona are billed to make a trip to Valencia on Saturday.

The game is sure to be a tough one even for the La Liga champions, and Nani wants Valencia to cause an upset. Barcelona are in great form and even ruined the return of Pep Guardiola to the Nou Camp in the Champions League. Barcelona defeated City 4-0 with Messi putting up a brilliant display.

However, in the domestic scene, Barcelona has not been as impressive. They sit in fourth place after eight games, and face a tough task defending their La Liga title as other teams are willing to cause an upset this term. They remain favourites to win the Valencia game, but the former Manchester United winger said:

“We have good players and if we are united then anything can happen. If we do things right on the pitch and work hard, then we can do something very nice. We are going to try,” Nani said at a press conference ahead of the game.

“The key to the game is being able to hold on and when we get an opportunity, finish it off well. It was a special game for us and our fans, who will be excited that we can win. We always have the hope of having a good game when we play at home. There is the desire to secure a good victory,” he added.

It would be a difficult affair for the hosts, particularly as they have lost five out of eight games this term. The poor form led to the sacking of Coach Pako Ayestaran. Cesare Prandelli is the replacement and ehe would be hoping to force a surprise win. Nani put in good words for the new manager, hoping for a quick change in the fortunes of the club.

Nani speaking of football

Luis Nani has stated that football has prevented him from going stray and falling into trouble.

He said that he had some negative peer pressure in the area where he was living as a child, and it is only through football that he managed to escape these problems.

He admitted that he did some wrong things as a kid as he did not know what he was doing but said that he left everything when it was time to play football. He believes that without football he will have had a difficult life, and he may have ended with all kinds of troubles.

Luis Nani said that his life is an example of how football can take you out of your problem and that he does not lose a single opportunity to talk with others about the benefit of football. He says that he always talk to his son about his life, and he wants him to know that life is not easy and that you should always work hard to achieve something.

For Nani, it is easy to forget that we are living in a difficult world and that you always need to remember where you came from. He said that for his son it might not mean anything as he has been used to get everything he wants.

Luis Nani said that the best moment of his career has been with Portugal when they won the Euro 2016 in France. He stated that it was an unexpected victory and that the players had to fight hard in order to win the tournament. He said that it was always his dream to win a title with his country and that he was proud that he could manage to win the Euros in France.

Nani said that is a pleasure for him to be playing with Valencia and believes that the team can achieve great things this season.

Nani wants success with Valencia

Former Manchester United midfielder has stated that he wants to taste success with Valencia.

The player who has signed for the Spanish team in the summer said that he is happy to be playing for Valencia and that he is looking forward to having a great season with the Spanish side.

Luis Nani is one of four players that have been recruited by Valencia this season as they attempt to build a team to help them compete in La Liga. They had experienced a disappointing season last term where they only managed to finish 12th in the league. They will be hoping that with the addition of players such as Nani they can compete with the better sides in Spain and ensure that they qualify for Europe.

Nani said that he is happy with the club facilities and believe that he can have a great season in Spain. He stated that he remembered playing against Valencia in the Champions League for Manchester United and admitted that they have always been a good side. He stated that there are currently some good players at the team and that together they can end up having a good season.

He said that the objective of the team is to qualify for the Champions League once again and that they will be working hard to reach this aim. He admitted that it would not be easy as there are some good sides in Spain at the moment and that they will need to fight in order to win games.

Luis Nani has admitted that it is Cristiano Ronaldo who has convinced him to make the move to Valencia. Both players are in the Portugal team and share a strong friendship. He said that he is looking forward to facing his team-mate in the matches against Real Madrid.


Portugal breezed into the quarter finals of the men’s event at the Olympics despite playing a 1-1 draw with Algeria.

The entertaining game was played at Belo Horizonte with the Portuguese finishing the group games as leaders. Goncalo Paciencia scored his third in three games, with the third from the penalty spot. Portugal were set to leave the Algerians pointless after three group matches until Mohammed Benkablia intervened with his fine solo effort.

The opener went in halfway in the first half of the encounter. After Algeria, runner up in the African championship, were sure to go home, anyone would have thought the Portuguese would have had little hindrance but the game turned out to be very entertaining. Carlos Mane made a penetrative run into the Algerian box, forcing an rough tackle from Oussama Methazem as he sprinted from his line to stop the run. The referee called it a foul and pointed to the spot. Portugal star player and goal scorer Paciencia took up the mantle of converting the opportunity. The player wearing the No 17 shirt stepped up to the occasion as he sent the ball past the goal keeper, replaced by Farid Chaal in the starting eleven.

Benkablia also took his opportunity to shine as he dribbled past several Portuguese players, before sending a right-footed effort beyond the reach of Bruno Varela, the Portuguese shot stopper. The goal sent the Algerian supporters wild. One of the best players for Algeria at the Olympics so far, Baghdad Bounedjah created chances for himself after the goal but he couldn’t get a winner. He got a free kick from distance but it couldn’t reach its target.

After the break, Portugal relaxed as they were happy with their efforts which had guaranteed them a spot at the top of Group D. They will face Germany in the quarter finals.


Portuguese star player Luiz Nani has made the move to Spanish side Valencia after the club met his buyout clause from Fenerbahce.

The club is reported to have made the transfer fee payment of £7.2 million. The Portugal international has been in fine form at the ongoing Euro 2016 and is set to appear as Portugal fight host France for the chance to lift the trophy on Sunday 10 July.

Despite the impressive display from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo at the semi final as Portugal saw off Wales, Luiz Nani has been the major player for the Portuguese team at the tournament. The player narrowly missed the first game against Iceland as Quaresma couldn’t impress Coach Fernando Santos enough. He made a huge impact in the game and grabbed a point for the team with his goal. In game against Croatia in the Round of 16, he scored also extending the game beyond 120 minutes before they won the shootout that followed.

The player who joined from Sporting Lisbon was decent for Manchester United but was inconsistent sometimes. Stoke city were about to bid for the player before the announcement that of his Valencia deal. He would now be plying his trade for Valencia in the coming season. The deal would tie the player to Valencia for the next three years. The 29-year old scored 12 goals in the last campaign playing for Fenerbahce.

A statement from the club reads: “Valencia have reached an agreement with Portugal international Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha ‘Nani’ that ties the player to our club for the next three seasons.” The statement mentioned the achievements which include winning the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United, four EPL titles and several other titles. So far Nani has played over 100 games for Portugal and would likely start when Portugal take on France.