Danny Maiorca

Soon-to-graduate Sports Journalism student and freelance journalist - currently at Southampton Solent University.

Andriy Yarmolenko - where next for Dynamo's wanted man?

The January transfer window is now in full-swing across the globe, and so are the endless rumours – one player in the spotlight once again is Dynamo Kiev attacker, Andriy Yarmolenko. The forward has scored 13 times having played 22 times for his club in all competitions this season, and recently signed a new five-year deal with the Ukrainian champions. His previous contract was due to expire this summer; the 26-year-old was not shy to express his desires, stating that he wanted Dynamo to be fu

Sholing out for revenge - if the pitch allows

SHOLING welcome Lymington Town to the Silverlake Arena on Saturday for their first Sydenhams Premier outing of 2016 – dependent on the condition of the pitch. The Boatmen’s Russell Cotes Cup clash against Gosport Borough last night saw treacherous conditions turn the playing surface into a mud bath as the visitors ran out 6-3 winners, writes Danny Maiorca Sholing, currently fifth, have not played a league match since December 19 due to postponements. And if Saturday's game gets the go-ahead,

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Preview & Prediction | Shoot

Crystal Palace host Chelsea at Selhurst Park in a London derby knowing that a win against the champions will see them regain fifth spot. Wins for West Ham and Manchester United on Saturday saw the Eagles slip to seventh, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham who face Everton on Sunday. Alan Pardew’s men, who are unbeaten in six, recorded two goalless draws over the course of the festive period – away at Bournemouth on Boxing Day and at home against Swansea City two days later. And if t

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace: Preview & Prediction | Shoot

Resurgent Bournemouth host in-form Crystal Palace at Dean Court in their first game after Christmas, having hauled themselves out of the relegation zone in recent weeks, despite an injury crisis. Eddie Howe’s men have won their last three games, includes victories against Chelsea and Manchester United, and are unbeaten in five. Last weekend’s late 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion moved them up to 14th, four points clear of the drop zone. However, the Cherries will be looking to improve their h

Andrew Surman - profile of a prodigal Saints son returning to St Mary's for the first time

HE is a familiar face among Saints fans, and today will see Andrew Surman return to St. Mary’s for the first time since he departed in 2009. After starting his career at Southampton’s centre of excellence, he left six years ago in order for the funds for his transfer to keep his cash-strapped employers afloat, writes DANNY MAIORCA. Having left as a boy, he is coming back as a man and has since been a part of two promotion-winning teams and been given to play international football at senior le

Team Solent Suns guard Phillip Tripodakis: "cohesion will see us survive"

New Team Solent Suns basketball signing Phillip Tripodakis believes their cohesive abilities will see them survive in this season’s BUCS Premier South. Solent won promotion to the top-flight of university basketball in Southern England after a memorable 2014/15 campaign, which saw them win the BUCs 1A and Premier Playoffs. This season will be the Suns’ first in Southern England’s top flight, and the postgraduate student is one of six additions made over the summer. The Greek-born MSc Internat

Skipper Drew so proud of Sholing's under-18s

SHOLING captain Joel Drew was left encouraged by his side’s resilient display against Newport County in the first round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday. The Boatmen took the Welsh side to penalties after holding firm at 0-0 for 120 minutes, but were defeated 4-2 on spot kicks after missing twice, writes Danny Maiorca. Sholing’s senior side are in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier, five divisions below The Exiles who are a League Two outfit. Newport will face Southend United in the second round and,

La Liga round-up: Atleti and Real rampant, Barcelona labour and Athletic despondant

Atletico Madrid sent out a serious signal of intent to their rivals with an eye-opening 3-0 victory at Europa League holders Sevilla on Sunday night. Midfielder Koke gave his side the lead in the first half, poking home Antoine Griezmann’s pass after Daniel Carrico had bundled the Frenchman to the floor. Captain Gabi doubled Los Coloncheros’ lead with 12 minutes to go via a deflection from range, before summer signing Jackson Martinez got his first goal since his transfer from Porto. The impr

Grealish warned by Villa boss

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been warned about his off-field conduct by manager Tim Sherwood, reports BBC Sport. The 19-year-old was photographed taking nitrous oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – last year, and images were published in a newspaper on Thursday. He is the third footballer to have been photographed taking the legal high, with West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling also caught inhaling the substance. Laughing gas is the

United fear goalkeeper exit

Manchester United’s star players are fearing that goalkeeper David de Gea will leave the club at the end of the season, according to the Mirror. The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract, having joined the club from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in 2011. The United star reportedly opened contract talks earlier this year, but a conclusion has yet to be reached. Real Madrid have been linked with the goalkeeper for a while, and despite the signing of River Plate goalkeeper Augusto B

Lallana ruled out of England squad

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is set to miss England’s upcoming matches against Lithuania and Italy after picking up a groin injury against Manchester United, reports the Mirror. The former Southampton man is likely to miss at least two weeks after he was forced off during his side’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield, and is due to have an assessment later today. Lallana also needed treatment during the first half, after a heavy challenge by United defender Phil Jones. Steven Gerrard replaced the 26-

Tottenham star to make England debut

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is set to win his first cap for England next week, reports the Daily Star. The 21-year-old is enjoying a sensational breakthrough season, having scored 26 goals in all competitions. Kane has become the star figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, reportedly attracting interest from current European champions Real Madrid. Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has watched the 21-year-old closely on numerous occasions this season, and has decided that he has done enough

United and Arsenal eye Torino star

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in landing Torino full-back Matteo Darmian at the end of the season, according to the Daily Star The Italian international has been a pivotal member of the Turin club’s squad this season, and scored twice to knock Athletic Bilbao out of the Europa League earlier this year. He also scored against bitter rivals Juventus last weekend, and along with playing for his country during their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign, the 25-year-old’s performanc