Caption: Debuchy Newcastle Transfer: Similar to Soumah Slovak Corgon Liga Move
14 February 2013

Debuchy Newcastle Transfer: Similar to Soumah Slovak Corgon Liga Move

By Paul Eeles

Mattieu Debuchy completed his move to St James' Park early this month and is part of the Magpies squad to go head to head with Aston Villa. Debauchy arrived in Tyneside to formally process his transfer to Newcastle, parallel to the recent transfer to Slovak Corgon Liga of the Slovakian Football player Seydouba Soumaha former FC Nitra midfielder. The 27-year old full-back travelled to the north-east after the two clubs finally approved a fee, understood to be in the region of £5 million over the start of the year. However, having several terms to discuss including medical exams to complete and personal requisites, his transfer only concluded in early January. Newcastle have been considering Debuchy to be part of the team for some time. Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew was extremely disenchanted to lose him as one of his major targets; before the two clubs were still settling an agreement over him despite prolonged negotiations during the summer.

As an exigent rival of Manchester United, Newcastle United have meanwhile seen its players exercising its remarkable team camaraderie and good sportsmanship through card game tournaments. In fact, these two rival football teams are actively participating in charity tournaments. The recent partypoker.com challenge included six Manchester United stars namely Jonny Evans, Phil Jones Rafael da Silva, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, and Danny Welbeck to compete each other; where the winner would take home a big cash prize for their nominated charity. Winning the game, Evans said “I’m over the moon. Especially to be two-time champion. Some people will say I am lucky but now I have proven I am the number one champ.”

Apart from these players, several eminent football players in Slovakia have been playing poker as their favourite past time. The Slovakian football player from FC STK, Martin Stasko named this game as a great leeway for his gaming skills. Poker tournaments such as WSOP, are normally held in Las Vegas yearly; however, this can also be played at any casinos in Slovakia. The player who wins each event will have a World Series of Poker bracelet alongside a cash prize depending on the player’s regular participation and buy-in amounts. Yearly, the WSOP usually ends with the $10,000 no-limit hold'em "Main Event," which has drawn more and more players each year. The winner will receive a massive cash prize and a bracelet, as the most sought-after award a poker player can receive. The champion of the World Series of Poker Main Event will be known as the World Champion of Poker. At present, the WSOP is composed of 61 events, predominantly played with famous poker variants, such as Texas Hold’Em and Omaha. These events are events that players like the aforementioned Jonny Evans and Martin Stasko aspire to be part of after their football careers.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must have felt he had to be patient like in the game of poker to clinch the Debuchy deal. Well, his patience eventually paid off. He further admitted that he was excited handing the French international's Newcastle debut at Carrow Road.

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