VIDEO: Champagne title celebration goes awry in Wales

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In the words of Rob Riggle… “In the face!”

Here’s one for the blooper reels, though it comes in a moment of glory.

Estelle Randall plays for Cardiff Metropolitan University, a student team but also the six-time champions of the Women’s Welsh Premier League.

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Randall was the woman at the wheel to pop the cork when Cardiff Met won the league this weekend, and… well… it went awry.’

Luckily she wasn’t hurt, and had a good laugh over it immediately afterwards, and after her video went viral (see below).

Also on Cardiff Met is an American trio: Olivia Thompson, Jessica Westhoff, and former Bowling Green star Madison Schupbach.

David Brooks signs new Bournemouth contract

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He has been the breakout star of the 2018-19 Premier League season and now David Brooks has a new contract.

The Bournemouth and Wales winger has been a revelation in his first-ever PL season, as the Cherries paid Sheffield United $15.1 million for him in the summer.

Brooks, 21, has scored six goals and added four assists in 22 appearances in the Premier League and his ability to combine with Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh King has ripped open opposition defenses.

Speaking about his new deal at the Vitality Stadium, Brooks was delighted to commit his long-term future to Eddie Howe‘s side.

“When talks started about a new deal it was something I wanted and it didn’t take long to sort out. When I arrived at the club, not many people would have anticipated the start I have made – myself included,” Brooks said. “I’m happy with the amount of games I’ve played and the performances I’ve put in for the team. I’ve loved every minute of my time here so far and I’m really happy to extend my contract.”

Brooks is a proper Bournemouth player.

Manager Eddie Howe has a great reputation for developing young talent and picking out gems from the lower leagues of English soccer. He has done it again with Brooks, who has become a regular for the Welsh national team and has scored some great goals for the Cherries this season as his rapid development is clear for all to see.

With big clubs sniffing around Brooks, locking him into a new long-term deal is a smart move by Bournemouth. The slight winger is most comfortable drifting off the flank to join attacks and his deceptive pace on the break is one of his major threats.

Bournemouth fans will get to enjoy that for many more years to come.

Confusion over Ramsey’s reported wages at Juve

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Aaron Ramsey signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian giants Juventus on Monday and it was reported by the BBC that the Welsh midfielder had become the highest-paid British player in history, earning over $515,000 per week.

It is now being reported that Ramsey will not be earning close to that amount, as Italian outlets say that his salary is close to $8.4 million per season gross, which works out at about $161,000 per week after tax.

Still, not a bad deal at all for Ramsey but it does suggest that Arsenal could have stretched themselves a little further to keep him around at the Emirates Stadium.

The fact that Juve have briefed several media outlets as to the actual wages they will be paying shows they felt the need to correct the astronomical numbers being chucked around when it come to Ramsey, but it is unknown if he is also receiving a hefty signing-on fee as a free agent.

Juventus have got themselves a talented central midfielder in the prime of his career at the age of 28, and if they’re paying him $8.4 million a season with no transfer or signing-on fee, that is a bit of a bargain in the modern game.

Report: Juventus working to sign Arsenal’s Ramsey

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In what would be a very Juventus move, The Old Lady is said to be working toward signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer.

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Ramsey, 27, has made 352 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Cardiff City in 2008, making loan stints with Nottingham Forest and Cardiff as well. The Welshman scored 61 goals with 63 assists for the Gunners, winning three FA Cups.

Able to sign anywhere on a Bosman transfer after Jan. 1, Arsenal reportedly stopped efforts to sign him to a new deal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this year. His contract status has been the subject of many a Unai Emery press conference question.

Although I think some of my colleague Kyle Bonn’s inclusions here don’t quite fit his bill, here’s a very decent Tweet:


AC Milan reportedly ready to court Aaron Ramsey

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If Aaron Ramsey joins Adrien Rabiot and Hector Herrera as top talents available on a free transfer next summer, AC Milan may be waiting to snap up the Welsh midfielder.


Ramsey, 27, has not agreed to a new contract with Arsenal and could leave the club for free in the summer.

And while AC Milan is going to have to sell some players under Financial Fair Play, Tuttosport is saying the club feels its decent relationship with Arsenal executive Ivan Gazidis could help the move along.

Ramsey has 55 caps with 14 goals for Wales, and has played 335 matches with 59 goals and 57 assists for the Gunners since arriving from Cardiff City (He’s had short-term loans to Nottingham Forest and back to Cardiff).

The Welsh star seems in some ways synonymous with Arsenal’s recent seasons, but may get a chance to be an in-focus star on another side. He’s a very good player who has been dwarfed by names like Ozil and others during his time at the Emirates Stadium.