Gary Neville coming to India this January!

An out-and-out Red, a Manchester United legend, winner of eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, and one FIFA Club World Cup, Gary Alexander Neville will soon be in India to paint the town Red.

The ex-United and England right-back will arrive in Mumbai on January 12th at the Manchester United Cafe at Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel for a book signing event of his own autobiography titled RED: My Autobiography.

The former Red Devils’ captain, who spent 19 years at the club making 400 appearances and finding the net 5 times, seemed pretty excited on his maiden trip to India, claiming he is looking forward to meet his fans from the sub-continent.

Neville will first finish a book signing at the Sunway Pyramid, Malaysia on 8th January before heading to the land of customs on Jan 12.

Neville and his club Manchester United are no strangers to India, with the Reds boasting around 20 million fans from India alone. In fact, such is United’s craze in India that the reigning English champions have opened as many as three (3) Manchester United Merchandise stores across the country last month. The stores were opened in Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkatta thanks to Manchester United Merchandising (MUML)’s partnership with Indus-League Clothing Ltd., a part of the Future Group.

This is really exciting for football fans in India, who know that slowly but surely their country seems to be heading in the right direction in the sport.

Previously, English (Barclays) Premier League side Blackburn Rovers — who incidentally beat United on the last day of 2011 — were acquired by Indian firm Venky’s, who managed to bring the lads over to Pune in India for a friendly match against local I-League team Pune FC.

Next week, on January 10, German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich will visit India to play the Indian National Team in a farewell match for India’s best player, captain, and certainly the face of Indian football, Bhaichung Bhutia.

Ferrari FF hits the roads, is ready to be purchased

Ferrari FF, the company’s most powerful, versatile four-seater ever, as well as its first ever four-wheel drive car has started rolling its wheels in some areas on earth already and is expected to be available for purchase very soon.

The FF – an acronym for Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) – ushers in an entirely new GT sports car concept and melds the new V12 to an unprecedented level an extremely sporty, high-performance character with incredible versatility, superb comfort and sophisticated elegance, guaranteeing both driver and passengers an absolutely unique driving experience.

Apart from that, this AWD Super Sedan generates 651HP and 504 lb-ft of torque, and zips through to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
Type 65-degree V12
Overall displacement 6,262 cc
Maximum power 660 CV @ 8,000 rpm
Maximum torque 683 Nm @ 6,000 rpm

Dimensions and weight
Length 4907 mm
Width 1953 mm
Height 1379 mm
Dry weight* 1790 kg
Weight distribution 47% front, 53% rear
Weight/power ratio 2.7 kg/CV

Performance
Maximum speed 335 km/h
0-100 km/h 3.7 sec

Fuel consumption and emissions (ECE+EUDC)
Fuel consumption** 15,4 l/100 km
Emissions** 360 g/km

* European market version
** With HELE system

General Specs

—-  Specifications  —-

Price 

Production 

Engine 

6.3 liter V8

Weight 

3946 lbs

Aspiration 

natural

Torque 

504 lb-ft

HP 

651 hp @ 8000 rpm

HP/Weight 

HP/Liter 

103.3 hp per liter

1/4 mile 

0-62 mph 

3.7 seconds

Top Speed 

208 mph

The Ferrari FF is expected to retail at a whopping $300,000 when it releases.

Ferguson beats Mourinho: What a Bebe! (UPDATED)

Manchester United have signed Vitoria Guimaraes striker Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, better known as Bebe.

Personal terms have been agreed with the 20-year-old and he will move to Old Trafford for an undisclosed fee.

The Portuguese forward had also been closely linked with Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid but he will join fellow new signing Javier Hernandez as Sir Alex Ferguson bolsters the Red Devils’ forward line.

Bebe made a name for himself at Vitoria after joining from Estrela da Amadora and, despite his tender years, has a strong physical presence as well as technical aptitude, vision and good passing skills.

The 20-year-old will certainly also add value to Ferguson with the Premier League’s new regulations, as he does not need to be registered in the Red Devil’s squad of 25 due to his U-21 classification.

Credits: EspnStar

UPDATE: The Guardian reports that the club spent £7.4m to sign Cacém-born (Portugal) forward Bebe. The deal was finalised today, with the player becoming the eighth senior striker on the club’s books.

United have paid the buyout clause to release Bebe – who was raised in an orphanage after spending part of his childhood on the streets and has represented Portugal in the homeless World Cup – from his five-year contract at Guimarães only five weeks after he joined the club from Estrala da Amadora in the Portuguese third division.

He has been recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson by his former assistant, Carlos Queiroz, the Portugal national coach, and a deal has been rushed through for Bebe to become the third signing of the summer at Old Trafford. It takes the club’s spending to around £25m following the arrival of Chris Smalling from Fulham and Javier Hernández from Chivas de Guadalajara, with Ferguson still retaining a strong interest in Mesut Ozil, the Germany international.

The United manager was at Craven Cottage to see Ozil play in a pre-season friendly for Werder Bremen on Saturday and, although he tried to pass it off as watching a Premier League opponent in action, the Guardian has established he stayed back at the end of the match to talk to officials of the Bundesliga club in the boardroom. There remain a number of obstacles to clear, not least the fact that Chelsea are interested, along with Real Madrid and, potentially, Barcelona.

Bebe is described as a fast, technically gifted striker, right-footed and strong in the air, measuring 6ft 2ins. He has shown his potential with several goals in pre-season but his signing still represents a major surprise given Ferguson’s recent insistence that he did not want to add to his squad and the player’s low profile in Portuguese football.

Queiroz has convinced Ferguson that he may have unearthed a future gem and Bebe will provide competition for Wayne Rooney, Hernández, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Federico Macheda, with Mame Biram Diouf having joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan and Daniel Welbeck on his way to Sunderland.

Credits: RedManc


Flawless Manchester United too good for Arsenal

Arsenal just had no answer to Manchester United as the Red Devils swept past the Londoners with immense ease.

The game started off very brightly as both teams got good early chances with Arshavin squandering the best of the lot. But as soon as the first goal went in, the game was played by only one team – Manchester United and Arsene Wenger’s young guns could only admire their rivals. United kept on attacking and were rewarded with a second goal inside the first half – a typical counter attack with Rooney ending the move in style.

This win takes United to within a point of leaders Chelsea, who’s game in hand will be played against Hull City on tuesday.

Ronaldo Sees RED

Ace winger smashes Mtiliga’s nose to see red after scoring a couple against Malaga

Ouch!!!

Real winger Cristiano Ronaldo dominated Madrid’s 2-0 home win against Malaga in the LaLiga on Sunday, before being sent off in the second half. The world’s most expensive player scored twice in the game to put Madrid in a commanding position moving Real to within 5 points of leaders Barcelona.

All was well until the 70th minute, when he picked up a red card after swinging his arm & catching Mtiliga in the face as he tried to spin away from the defender’s cluthes.

Angry Manager!

The Andalusian club’s president Fernando Sanz was critical of Ronaldo’s attitude when he was interviewed immediately after the game.

“I don’t suppose Ronaldo meant to do it but he swung his arm back once and the second time he did it he broke the player’s nose,” Sanz said.

“It was a brutal impact and a clear sending-off offence. What he should have done is to leave the field apologising to his opponent rather than throwing his arms in the air and protesting.”

Media Slams Ronaldo

  • “Cristiano Ronaldo, hero & villain” (El Paris)
  • “Cristiano Ronaldo, again angel & demon” (La Razon)
  • “Doctor “Cristiano, & Mister Ronaldo” (Marca)

These were some of the headlines in Monday’s Spanish press.

Ronaldo speaks up!

After the match, Ronaldo visited Malaga’s locker room to apologise to Mtiliga.

“I’ve spoken with Mtiliga and he told me that I didn’t need to apologise because he doesn’t believe I hurt him intentionally and he’s right about that,” Ronaldo added.

“Those who understand football know that my intention is always to play the ball.

“I wouldn’t want to injure anybody. I’m not that type of person. I’m not a bad person. I only want to shine by playing football.

“Now I’m going to be angry when I get home because I won’t be able to play through suspension.”

Ronaldo, as a minimum, will now sit at next week’s trip to fifth-placed Deportivo La Coruna and might be banned for a longer period.

There you go!