A change in the rules for the World Cup may help your World Cup Spread Betting options after a rule banning penalty takers from stopping at the end of their run ups before striking the ball. FIFA says its unsporting behaviour and will be giving a yellow card if players continue to do it. They can feint in the middle of the run up but not at the end. If the player stops at the end of his run up and then scores, the kick will have to be taken again. The issuing of the yellow card is where the spread betting comes in. If you had a 10 quid bet on the number of yellows in a match it could well bump up your winnings by a tenner a card.
Other World Cup news this morning. Marcello Lippi has left Fabio Grosso out of his squad after he trimmed it to 28 players from 30. He said he had no room for sentiment in his selections. There are now only 8 players from the winning squad in Germany 4 years ago and that could fall further when the squad is cut to the final 23. England’s players are at a high altitude training camp in Austria for 2 weeks in preparation for their first game in Rustenburg which is 1,500 metres above sea level. Capello had brought some of his Madrid squads to the same venue for pre season and likes the peaceful surroundings. Michael Ballack insists his Germany career is not over after he was ruled out of the World Cup with injury. Watch out Mr Boetang as Ballack has said he will start court proceedings over the tackle that ended his chances. Michel Platini has said that England’s 2018 bid can still survive despite the embarrassment caused by the Triesman allegations. And in a follow on to that Gary Lineker has left his post with the Mail on Sunday over their attempts to sell copies by scuppering the 2018 bid. Good lad Gary leads by example.
Transfer news sees a lot of the usual suspects in the news this morning, Man City are said to have entered the chase for Franck Ribery. Barcelona and Madrid are rumoured to have pulled out over his personal problems. Ajax wants 35m from Man Utd for striker Luis Suarez. Man Utd are set to bid 20m for Everton’s Jack Rodwell. Arsenal are looking for 50m for Fabergas in an attempt to stave off Barcelona’s advances. Barcelona are ready to bid 70m for Torres to stop Chelsea getting him, and Liverpool want to bring in Joe Cole and Stephen Ireland and insist they have the funds to do it. With Real Mallorca set to go into voluntary administration in Spain with debts of 85m euro some of these figures seem a little OTT. The total debt in La Liga now stands at over 3.5 billion euro. As Ali G would say “keep it real”.