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Doping Tests Posted: 2003-11-15 00:01:01 By: DrunkenGoon
UEFA is introducing out-of-competition doping tests for all teams taking part in next summer EURO 2004 tournament in Portugal.

Testing will also take place at all ten play-off matches, this weekend and the return legs next Wednesday.

UEFA has added the test for tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) to its anti-doping testing routine. THG falls into the category of prohibited substances in UEFA's current doping control regulations.

"The message is clear – we will not tolerate those who cheat using banned substances and will act decisively if anyone is found doing so," said UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner.

Thailand: Legal football betting? Posted: 2003-11-05 20:26:52 By: DrunkenGoon
The Thai government's Lottery Office is examining a proposal to run legal football betting in Thailand, aiming to eliminate illegal bookmakers. Illegal football betting is worth almost 100 billion baht ($2.5 billion) per year in Thailand.

However it will take about a year to get a system operational. A special comitee has been setup to conduct a feasibility study while analysing simmilar betting models from England, China and Hong Kong.

Royal Rescue Posted: 2003-11-05 11:47:07 By: DrunkenGoon
The Royal Sports Group based in Curacao takes over now defunct Costa Rican sportsbook, Gamblers Avenue.

All existing account balances will be subject to a five (5) times rollover requirement before any new withdrawal request will be processed.

Good news for the players that their money is not lost but they now have to deal with a rollover requirement to get THEIR money.

Quotes of the week Posted: 2003-10-20 22:56:00 By: DrunkenGoon
'My hands are tied behind me, I'm wearing a blindfold and people are trying to kick my feet from under me. There is always someone worse off than you, but I'd be interested to meet that person!'
Wimbledon boss Stuart Murdoch after the 6-0 thrashing by Nottingham Forest.

'The only good thing I can say about it is I can go home now and have my Sunday roast'
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce gives his verdict on the drab 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

'My brother is really popular with the Canadians, he is their David Beckham. He was the only one singing the National Anthem - I think he learnt it off South Park'
Lee Bircham on brother Marc, of QPR, playing for Canada.

'I am crippled by the taxman and my missus - they share 50% of my earnings!'
Dwyer on money.

How do you say Roberto Carlo$ in Ru$$ian Posted: 2003-10-20 22:45:47 By: DrunkenGoon
Chelsea appear to have opened talks with Roberto Carlos about a potential £50m move from the Bernabeu to Stanford Bridge next summer when he becomes a free agent.

Welcome to Fantasy Football Mr. Abramovich. I believe they failed to explain you the rules. You pick the players on paper, you don't really have to buy them when you play this game.

Coaching Carousel... Posted: 2003-10-20 22:41:25 By: DrunkenGoon
The Daily Star reports that Leedslook set to give manager Peter Reid the boot. Sensationally, they could turn to sacked Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle to get them out of the relegation zone.

What makes them think he could turn around this bunch of underachievers when he could not turn around that other bunch of underachievers?

Malcom in the middle of Old Trafford? Posted: 2003-10-20 22:39:13 By: DrunkenGoon
The Daily Express reports that the Manchester United front office people are seeking talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer to try to find out whether he intends to launch a full-scale takeover bid for the club.

The SuperBowl Champions' owner has been quietly building up his stack of ManU shares over the last couple of years and apparently seeks to continue increasing his stake.

No Longer a Villa Vilain? Posted: 2003-10-15 17:45:23 By: DrunkenGoon
Aston Villa's Turkish defender Alpay appears to be secretly negotiating a move to Galatasaray, according to The Daily Telegraph.

No wonder, after the way he treated Becks in Istambul, he seemed a little tired of tea, fish and chips, warm beer, etc...

Quotes of the week Posted: 2003-10-06 09:50:54 By: DrunkenGoon
They really did say these things, I'm not making it up... Or at least the BBC is not, as far as I can tell.

'I think we were a little bit intoxicated during the last three minutes of that game and we've been hammered ever since'
Martin Keown reveals how Arsenal dealt with the fall-out of the Manchester United game.

'I had a bet that the first question I would be asked is about being under pressure. Am I? Only from the wife. I haven't taken her out this week!'
Crystal Palace manager Steve Kember who walked into the post-match press conference following the 3-0 defeat at West Ham singing Queen's Under Pressure.

'I only regret I didn't lose some weight to be able to enter the pitch and score the goals these players didn't score'
Alexandre Frota, president of Brazilian Serie B club Ceara, who is planning to sack the whole team for their poor performances.

'When I talk to the players I speak first of all in English, then I say sorry, now I will speak in Spanish, or Italian. Then on the touchline I speak another language so the other manager doesn't understand what I am saying!'
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri on the language barrier problems at Stamford Bridge.

'At half-time I didn't know whether to smash up the dressing room or throw bottles around'
Whatever Charlton boss Alan Curbishley did, it worked - as they came form one down to beat Portsmouth.

'I have never seen such a stonewall kick in all my life. Even my wife in St Albans could see that it was a penalty!'
QPR boss Ian Holloway after his side were denied a spot kick against Grimsby.

'We had two close calls for a penalty near the end but I would have felt like Robin Hood if we had got a win'
David Pleat after Tottenham escaped from Manchester City with a point.

'In the summer I was in bliss and I was perfectly happy. At this minute I am really happy and I hope I carry it into winter bliss and into January 2004. What else can I say? How many times can I say it? How many times do you want to ask the same thing? How many times do you want to be wrong? '
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill stresses his loyalty to the club after being linked with the vacant Tottenham job.

Sportodds buy Centrebet Posted: 2003-10-01 10:42:30 By: Hitman
After being up for sale for some time, is buying

Affaire FedComInvest no more... Posted: 2003-09-26 09:02:58 By: DrunkenGoon
The Monaco justice department has decided to no longer pursuit the financial investigation behind AS Monaco's partner and primary sponsor FedComInvest.

The investigation was opened last January, but on Thursday it was determined that they don't have enough proof to continue any further.

What a shocking surprise, eh?

WUSA no more... Posted: 2003-09-16 09:43:22 By: DrunkenGoon
With less than 5 days remaining until the start of the Women's World Cup, a big blow hit women's soccer. The WUSA league is folding due to limited support in the stands and even less support from corporate America.

No more kicks for chicks!

Tottenham change winds are blowing... Posted: 2003-09-13 00:37:55 By: DrunkenGoon
It appears that Glenn Hoddle's job is on the line. The Daily Mirrow alleges that he will be gone by the end of the month if he does not produce in the next 3 games at Chelsea, home to Southampton and away to Man City.

Place your bets on the man to succeed him now :)

Bet&Win buying Playit! Posted: 2003-08-25 16:51:15 By: Hitman
Austrian Bet&Win is buying Scandinavian playit. Bet&Win have been the laughing stock of the industry for a long time now so this one was a shocker. Playit is a very serious bookmaker with skilled persons on board. Unless your stake is hard we can recommend you to sign up with Playit. Hopefully a statement to come……


Atletico Madrid - The Real Bad Boys? Posted: 2003-08-21 14:22:31 By: DrunkenGoon
Spanish primeira side Atletico Madrid have signed a shirt sponsor deal with the movie studio Columbia Tristar Films de Espana. According to insiders, Atletico's leaky defense will now be known as the static billboard. The team will feature various movie banners on their shirt with the first promoted movie being "Bad Boys 2". The spanish translation you ask? 'Dos policías rebeldes'

Oh yeah Weah!! Posted: 2003-08-21 14:15:55 By: DrunkenGoon
Ac Milan is turning back to pedigree. They announced today that they have signed George Weah Jr, the son of former rossoneri star George Weah. George Jr who is 16 years old was signed to a 4 years contract at his father's recomandation.

Like father like son? AC Milan sure hope so!

Nonda-Elber Partnership? Posted: 2003-08-20 13:48:04 By: DrunkenGoon
According to the World Soccer News, French giants Monaco have tested Bayern Munich's resolve to hang on to striker Giovane Elber with a serious bid for the Brazilian marksman. Monaco are keen to secure the 31-year-old Samba star before the August 31 Champions League deadline and according to German reports are willing to offer Elber a four-year contract in the Principality with an annual salary of 2.5 million euros. "There are concrete offers, but Elber has a contract until 2004," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge confirmed to German daily Bild. AS Monaco needs to balance their scoring. Despite Nonda's prolific scoring, they appear to be relying on him too much. With Champions League action just around the corner, they would like to move away from this "all your eggs in one basket" situation.

Digging their own graves? Posted: 2003-08-13 12:09:03 By: DrunkenGoon
Not quite, but given their lousy results Hajduk Split players might want to pay attention to what's happening at their home pitch.

Fans expressed their anger at the team's recent form by digging graves for the players in the club's pitch, state radio reported on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for the wake, pending the return leg of their UEFA Cup tie against Haka...

Offshore industry shaking? Posted: 2003-08-09 17:18:03 By: Hitman
Offshore industry shaking?

A new bookmaker is on the rise offshore! The company is out of the new Betting-haven; Panama. The company named is supposed to shake the whole offshore industry. Sources has been in contact with tells us about awesome software and some of the most skilled individuals in offshore betting on board already. They will attack the American market but there is already whispering about soccer as well. To be continued………


Unstoppable Spiro Posted: 2003-08-09 07:36:01 By: DrunkenGoon
He is taking over now just over the island of Jamaica, but also the web :)

After a failed takeover at Royal due to missing cohesion by the principals in Curacao, Spiro and some former Royal people are getting ready to launch a new book at Bet Jamaica!

Anderlecht up to their old tricks? Posted: 2003-08-08 12:44:08 By: DrunkenGoon
Remember how Anderlecht won their UEFA cup semifinal in 1984? Well, according to the rumour mill, they are back to their "winning" ways.

Constant Van Der Stock had the referee in his pocket in the semifinal game against Nottingham Forest. That match had the stench of corruption. The English team led 2-0 after the first leg in Nottingham, but 'lost' by 3-0 in Bruxelles where Guruceta Muro, the bought spanish referee, awarded Anderlecht a blatantly contrived penalty and disallowed a perfect headed Nottingham goal in the final minutes.

This time around it could be the entire opposing team. Speculation is running rampant that the 0-2 to 3-2 miracle comeback on Wednesday against Rapid Bucharest was fueled by more than just a coach's half time speach. Alegations that romanian coach Mircea Rednic who played in Belgium for most of his career was on the take are fueled by the shocking technical decissions taken by the Rapid bench boss throughout the two games against Anderlecht. Stay tuned for more on this unconfirmed rumour.

Turnaround for the bookmakers? Posted: 2003-08-07 15:53:52 By: Hitman
The soccer results in general have been bad for the bookmakers so far in 2003. Buckets of favourites winning and many of the popular/steam games goes in the favour of the players (this sure as hell isn’t true about this fucking midweek!!!).

Our source inside Ladbrokes said: “We have had more then 10 of the small bookmakers contacting us about being bought up”

But don’t fear, we here at Footballstart are pretty sure that the tables will turn once the unpredictable English leagues starts. And not forget Euro2004 next summer, an event expected to set new records.

Sexy Football Posted: 2003-08-07 07:39:31 By: DrunkenGoon
Airdrie United are set to agree a deal that will see them sponsored by a strip club.

The idea for a partnership came when chairman Jim Ballantyne visited Glasgow's Seventh Heaven club with some friends. He said: "I rank it as one of my greatest achievements since I took over at Airdrie United. It will cause a bit of a stir, but business is business after all.

"Sexy football is coming to Airdrie United one way or another. I will be the only chairman in Scottish football who'll still be in seventh heaven, even if we get gubbed 4-0 on a Saturday." If the deal goes through, players will be greeted by scantily-clad strippers from the club as they run out on to the pitch.

SecureBuxx Alert Posted: 2003-08-06 17:23:41 By: DrunkenGoon
Is it widely rumored that Securebuxx are having cash flow problems. Use at your own risk!

Varder Skopje – CSKA Moscow Posted: 2003-08-05 10:40:53 By: Hitman
Varder Skopje – CSKA Moscow Many bookmakers have taken the CLQ game of the board after dodgy money and rumours about fixing spreading fast online. Some bookmakers still keep it open but with much lower prices then the 2.00 that opened the market.

Carib under federal heat Posted: 2003-08-02 12:29:23 By: DrunkenGoon
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have moved to seize gold coins, a silver block and more than $1.6 million in cash from three men accused of running an illegal offshore gambling business in Antigua, Belize and the United States.

According to forfeiture documents filed in U.S. District Court here yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service is investigating Carib Sportsbook & Casino, Carib International and other corporate entities controlled by Jon R. Rogers of Toronto, Ohio; John A. Thorne of Tampa, Fla. and another man identified as Peter T. Mowad.

Entire article available in the Pittsburg Post Gazette.

Ladbrokes limits wiseguys Posted: 2003-08-02 09:59:54 By: Hitman
(02.08.2003) Self proclaimed “Biggest Bookie in The World”, Ladbrokes out of UK, starts to limit wiseguys/smart gamblers online. Several individuals have reported limits down to 200/100Euros on major events! Check for update on this!

HK Jockeyclub Posted: 2003-08-02 09:40:56 By: Hitman
(02.08.2003) Hong Kong Joceyclub started to accept LEGAL betting in Asia the 1st of August. Rumours have it this will be a major force on the Asian market in a short time despite their slow and bad designed webpage.

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