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‘Assepoester’ Leyton Orient wil stadion delen met West Ham

Leyton Orient wil na de Olympische Spelen in Londen gebruik maken van het Olympisch stadion. De club wil de thuisbasis delen met West Ham United, dat ook geïnteresseerd is.
Volgens voorzitter Barry Hearn betekent het het einde voor Leyton Orient als alleen West Ham het stadion, dat dicht bij het huidige pittoreske stadion van de League One-club ligt, krijgt.
‘We hebben de aanhang om het stadion vol te laten stromen’, vertelt Hearn aan Voetbal International. ‘Het wordt dan een soort San Siro-constructie zoals AC Milan en Internazionale het doen. West Ham en Leyton zitten alleen niet in hetzelfde schuitje. Zij hebben een begroting van 65 miljoen pond, wij 750.000 pond.’
West Ham is echter minder enthousiast over het delen, maar volgens Hearn heeft het cruciale gevolgen als alleen The Hammers recht krijgen op het stadion. ‘Het is een enorme gok en een groot risico’, vervolgt de voorzitter. ‘Maar als alleen West Ham het stadion krijgt hebben we nauwelijks kans om in deze buurt te groeien.’
‘Onze club is als Assepoester; nu zijn we klaar om naar het bal te gaan. Onze ambitie overstijgt de League One. We geloven in het Championship en moeten zorgen dat het nu snel gaat. Meer geld uitgeven aan spelers, het team beter maken.’
‘Het blijft wel een community club en het is onze prioriteit om die status te behouden. Maar dit gaat niet alleen om het geld. Sterker, we willen de mensen een droom geven. Het zou mooi zijn om West Ham en Leyton te laten bloeien in het Olympisch stadion.

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Revealed: The Truth about West Ham United new boy Modibo Maiga!

Revealed: The Truth about West Ham United new boy Modibo Maiga!

It is not often West Ham sign a player that leave fans scratching their heads thinking ‘who?’ or ‘never eard of him’…my mistake, it is pretty common practice at Upton Park. The arrival of Sam Allardyce will do little to help this, there are generally only three types of players that ‘Big Sam’ signs: Veteran’s, former players or complete unknowns and for many Hammers fans the clubs new gun, Modibo Maiga, fits in to the latter category. But the big man from Bamako may have more in common with West Ham than you would think.

Modibo Maiga arrives at Upton Park to become the second Mali international to grace the hallowed turf, that’s if you count Freddie Kanoute as he hadn’t defected from France whilst he was still at West Ham. It is no surprise that the Hammers new boy is being compared to his Malian predecessor for obvious reasons, but these two have more than their nationality in common. Maiga is a forward that has some similar characteristics to Kanoute; they are both skillful and strong with the ball at their feet, they hold the ball up well, win headers and are both composed in front of goal, but the majority of Maiga’s attributes are more reminiscent of another former West Ham striker…

Demba Ba was supposed to be joined at Newcastle by Modibo Maiga during last summer’s transfer window and Maiga even went on strike to force a move. The striker was then supposed to be joining Newcastle again last January before Papiss Cisse arrived. The reason Maiga didn’t sign wasn’t down to his bad attitude, no no no, it was down to the fact his knee failed a medical in a very Demba Ba/Stoke-esq kind of way. The other theory I have is that they made up an excuse because Maiga was too similar to Ba.


Modibo Maïga // All 24 Ligue 1 Goals // Welcome To West Ham United from kiralolxya90 on Vimeo.

Both Ba and Maiga often find themselves in wide area’s which would leave no one through the middle, so technically it would have been difficult for them to play them together. It is not just positionally where they are similar, they score the same kind of goals; powerful headers, good finishes, whilst neither one particularly likes defending. So far we have established that Modibo Maiga is a cross between Freddie Kanoute and Demba Ba – doesn’t sound too bad? Well not all stories have a happy ending because there is another current West Ham player that Maiga has something in common with…

The bad news is it is Carlton Cole. Firstly the good news, they are different types of player and the bottom line is that Maiga doesn’t look too bad and is a far cry from Carlton Cole in terms of style and talent. But if we compare the two’s headline career stats, things are a little too similar:

Carlton Cole – total games: 298 – total goals 73 – goal to game ratio: 0.24

Modibo Maiga – total games: 149 – total goals 39 – goal to game ratio: 0.26

We also need to bare in mind that Maiga was playing in a league which is of a lower standard, but over his career he has only produced a record similar to that of Carlton Cole when it comes to goal return. His best season was in 2010/11 with Sochaux where he managed 15 goals in a very creative side where he was supported by some classy midfielders and a good partner in attack, if he is to get a similar return he will need similar service at West Ham.

It is not just all about goals, it is about what he contributes to the team, so lets look at assists and we will use Carlton Cole again as the benchmark. Carlton Cole has played 298 games and has 28 career assists – that a ratio of 0.09 or one assist every 10 games. Maiga has played 149 games and has 14 assists, which also gives him an assist ratio 0f 0.09. The good news is Maiga does have other actual playing stats that do go in his favour such as his shooting accuracy which was the second best in France’s Ligue 1 last season and he was the third best striker in Ligue 1 at converting his chances.

Like any foreign import that comes in to the Premier League, you don’t know what you are going to get. Maiga is only 24 and there is no doubt the man has potential and his pace and power should suit the Premier League. If West Ham surround him with the right type of creative players, and if he fits in to a system that allows him the freedom to roam across the front line, he should do well at Upton Park – besides he is hardly a gamble in today’s market considering he reportedly cost under £5m. The jury is out on Maiga, but a couple of pre-season goals and a few will be putting him in their Dream Team…he has everything going for him and the potential, it is up to him if he realises it.

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‘He could be the next Kanoute’ – Introducing West Ham’s new signing Modibo Maiga

Europa League : Modibo Maiga (FC Sochaux vs Metallsit Kharkiv)
In the end, Modibo Maiga got what he wanted – a dream Premier League move. Though not the switch to Newcastle the Malian had initially hoped for, Wednesday’s announcement that the 24-year-old had sealed a £5 million transfer to West Ham brought to a close the player’s limp end to his career in France.

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In January, all seemed set for Maiga to complete a switch from Sochaux to the north east, but pressing concerns over a recurring knee problem sadly put paid to a move. The striker himself was determined to see it through amid reports of a strike, which subsequently angered Les Lionceaux and then coach Mehmed Bazdarevic after the Magpies pulled the plug.
Maiga will start the 2012-13 campaign in England, representing the Hammers, providing a stark contrast to the controversy that marred last year’s season opening with the Montbeliard club, after announcing he would not turn out in the side’s colours again, amid the reported interest from Newcastle.
Nevertheless, Maiga did take to the field after the transfer window closed, and even managed to score four goals in three games in September 2011. Following the match against Toulouse, Maiga insulted the fervent crowd at Stade Auguste-Bonal following accusations that he was only playing well in response to the admiring glances he was receiving from Premier League scouts.
The Mali international would subsequently fade away after yet another failed attempt to force a move to the Sports Direct Arena. Apart from a brief surge in form in March, which saw the forward score in five consecutive games to move Les Lionceauxaway from the relegation zone, Maiga endured a below-par campaign.

West Ham
Season Games Goals Assists Booked Sent off
2007-2008 19 0 0 2 0
2008-2009 37 8 3 5 0
2009-2010 32 7 3 3 1
2010-2011 35 15 6 6 1
2011-2012 23 9 2 2 1
Total 146 39 14 18 3

Depicting Maiga’s storied rise to the Premier League,’s West African correspondent Kingsley Kobo said: “Born in Mali’s capital Bamako and brought up at Djikoroni Para, one of the poorest districts of the city, Maiga discovered street football early enough as a pastime, when his impoverished parents couldn’t afford his education and that of his 14 siblings.
“He enrolled with the Stade Malien youth team at age 13 and commenced his football training there before signing for Raja Casablanca in Morocco where he played three seasons, winning the Moroccan Coupe du Trone and the Arab Champions League.
“His big break came after being discovered in 2007 by French scout Philippe Romieu, who linked him to French Ligue 2 side Le Mans, where Maiga would spend another three seasons before moving on to Ligue 1 to play for Sochaux. Maiga featured in all but one league game in 2008-09, as well as scoring just under 10 league goals on average every season.
“Although Maiga is yet to achieve the fame of compatriots former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita and former Sevilla forward Frederic Kanoute (ironically, the only Malian to play for West Ham), the 24-year-old striker is already a source of inspiration to many youngsters back home in Mali, where football is widely seen as a means for a child to eternally escape poverty.”

“I am really happy and excited about joining West Ham. They have huge tradition and it is like joining part of a family and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here”
– Maiga on Upton Park switch

It was the 2010-11 season that underlined Maiga’s potential to European clubs. Sochaux benefited from the innovative measures deployed by Francis Gillot, with Maiga aided by the fluid support of Marvin Martin, Ryad Boudebouz and front-line partner Ideye Brown. The pair would be liable for much of the club’s success, scoring 15 goals apiece before clinching a convincing fifth place finish.
Brown would leave France for Dynamo Kiev, as Sochaux struggled. Maiga’s impact in the second half of the season, where the club were mired in relegation woes saw the side eventually clawing back a 14th place finish – a testament to his ability.
What quality would he bring to east London? For starters, the sheer powerful nature of the 24-year-old, in the mould of Mamadou Niang would typically see the striker thrive in the fast-paced nature of the English game. Maiga is a player who is generally more efficient being paired with another forward but is also capable on the flanks, bringing pace to the forward line, a trait Sam Allardyce could well utilise in the club’s first season back in the top flight.
Temperament aside, Maiga is an individual who is determined not to see his Premier League career descend into mediocrity, instead voicing his underlying happiness at completing a long-awaited move.
“I am really happy and excited about joining West Ham United. I know West Ham are a big club in England and I’m really looking forward to representing them.” he told the club’s official website.
“They have huge tradition and it is like joining part of a family and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here.”
West Ham have fond memories of another Malian’s striking exploits at the Boleyn Ground which will serve as a reminder to what Maiga himself will be hoping to achieve in the coming season and possibly give a flavour as to what Alan Pardew’s Newcastle missed out on. No pressure.



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