Introduction Welcome to the very first issue of PENALTY! Every month we will have a picture of a penalty from the football world on our front cover. This week is Leicester's Anthony Knockaert who missed a spot kick in the Play-off Semi-Final against Watford who dramatically went straight up the other end and scored themselves! I would also like to introduce you to our mascot 'Penaltinho' who will be showing up throughout the pages. This month we are previewing the all German Champions League Final which will take place on May 25th at Wembley Stadium. Also in this months issue we countdown the surprise stars of the Premier League this season but who will be number 1? We will also preview a different nation every month leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Rio, Brazil. We also have posters, comic strips and all the latest transfer gossip as well as a sneak preview of next seasons kits! Remember PENALTY! Is out every month so grab your copy while you can, You would be mad to miss it! Adam Tompkins
Top Ten Suprise Stars of 2012-13
The young Spaniard was heavily criticised in his first season with United but he has cut out the errors this season and was a major part of Man United's Premier League Title win, He was even named in the PFA Team of the year.
David De Gea
The 22 year old was highly criticised for his horror tackle against Newcastle earlier this season but he has bounced back He was Man of the Match against Man City in the FA Cup Final helping Wigan win the first major trophy in their history.
Philippe Coutinho Having only arrived at Anfield in January the samba star has settled in to English football immediately. His link up play with fellow new arrival Daniel Sturridge has been dynamite and at only 20 years old Liverpool fans can look forward to many more good performances to come.
8 Loic Remy
Remy shocked many by turning down Newcastle for QPR. The Frenchman scored 6 goals in 13 games for a struggling team and will almost certainly be snapped up in the summer. He also scored one of the goals of the season against Wigan.
The young England star has had the season of his life. He has played centreback, right-back and even in midfield. Having won his first Premier League title Jones will be hungry for more and has already been touted as a future Captain.
Daniel Sturridge Sturridge has had a difficult start to his career having been used mostly as a sub for Man City and Chelsea. He has finally got a chance to start games and boy, has he taken his chance. He has scored 10 goals in first 13 Liverpool games, a club record and has broken into the England squad. Still only 23 Sturridge is well on his way to becoming a cult hero on Merseyside.
Romelu Lukaku The Belgian has shown why Chelsea paid so much for him as a teenager. With first team opportunities at Chelsea limited he spent this season on loan at WBA and has helped them achieve their highest ever Premier League finish of 8th with an impressive 17 goals including a hat-trick against Man Utd.
Vertonghen has been a class act for Spurs this season. Having moved from Ajax just last summer Jan looks like he's been playing in England all his life. Superb performances including goals at Old Trafford and Anfield saw him voted into the PFA Team of the Season. His fellow professionals already want him as their captain as he is a born leader.
Michu The bargain of the season. Laudrup picked up the Spaniard for just 2 million pounds. He helped Swansea to win the Capital One Cup and scored 18 goals in an incredible first Premier League campaign. Swansea will do well to keep hold of him this summer.
Christian Benteke Making it 3 Belgians in our top 4 Benteke has almost single handedly kept Villa in the Premier League this season. He scored an impressive hat-trick in a crucial relegation decider at home to Sunderland and went on to score 18 premier league goals, a club record, eclipsing club legend Dwight Yorke. mi
This season's Champions League Final will be an all German affair. This will be Bayern's 3rd final in 4 years and they will be desperate for a win after defeat to Inter in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012. For Dortmund they have been the dark horses this year appearing in their first final since 1997.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp Klopp has built this Dortmund team from nothing. With the majority of the team coming through the youth such as Gundogan and Gotze and some clever signings like Lewandowski for 4.5 million Euros Klopp really deserves the plaudits.
Previous Success: Dortmund have previously won the Champions League on one occasion in 1997. The team included club legend Matthias Sammer, Liverpool favourite Karl-Heinz Riedle and even Villa boss Paul Lambert!
Manager: Jupp Heynckes The old master has announced he will retire at the end of the season and wants to go out on top. Bayern are on the verge of an amazing treble having ran away with the Bundesliga. Also having watched his side lose in the final in their own stadium last season Heynckes will have his players fired up for this one. Previous Success: Bayern have won the Champions League an impressive four times including 3 in a row in 1974,75,76. The last time the Bavarians had their hands on the trophy was 2001 where Oliver Kahn was the hero in a dramatic penalty shoot-out with Valencia.
Possible Line Ups Neuer
Reus Gotze Bender Schmelzer
The Belgium National Team have been in hiding for the last 10 years. Having not appeared in a major tournament since 2002 a new breed of stars have qualified for next years World Cup! We take a look at why Belgium are now the dark horses for next summer.
Defence Thibaut Courtois – The young keeper has had a magnificent season. He has been a major part of Atletico's season finishing 3rd and winning the Copa Del Rey. On loan from Chelsea, Courtois is on his way to one day becoming the best keeper in the world. Thomas Vermaelen – The Arsenal man hasn't had a vintage season but on his day he is up there with the best. He is a fantastic leader and organiser and can mark top strikers out of the game.
Jan Verthonghen – The Spurs star has made an immediate impact in the Premier League. He is an asset to any team and is lethal in the air scoring from corners. Vincent Kompany – The Man City and Belgium Captain is the ultimate defender. Linked with a move to Barca, Kompany is one of the best players in the world and will not give up his clean sheet without a fight.
Midfield Moussa Dembele – After his big move from Fulham, Dembele has adjusted to a slightly deeper role at Spurs. He has strength, pace and a powerful shot. He can win back the ball, assist and score goals himself. Axel Witsel – Witsel left Benfica for Zenit in a huge £32.5 million pound move. He has shone in Russia and is now regarded as one of the best young central midfielders in Europe.
Marouane Fellaini – Everton's main man is hot property this summer. He is a beast on the pitch and can play holding midfield or just behind the striker. Fellaini has been linked to United where he would join up with ex boss David Moyes. Eden Hazard – One of the stars of the season Hazard has already shown why Chelsea paid £32 million for him. He was a major player for the blues in their mammoth season but has a lot of experience to gain after the ball boy controversy.
Forwards Kevin Mirallas – The Everton winger has had a strong season. He chipped in with six goals but will be looking to show the sort of form he did at Olympiakos next season.
Romelu Lukaku – Still only 20 he has already made a name for himself. 17 goals for WBA this season have given him a real chance of breaking into the Chelsea team next season, Kevin de Bruyne – The Chelsea youngster has impressed on loan at Bremen this season with 10 goals. He is slowly coming of age and you can expect to see him playing in the Premier League soon. Christian Benteke – The Villa front man has lit up the Premier League this season. His 19 goals have kept Villa up and they will struggle to keep hold of him this summer with Spurs reportedly interested in the 22 year old.
TRANSFER TARGETS We look at the ins and outs of all 20 Premier League clubs in a busy summer transfer window!
Gonzao Higuain This has been one of this summers biggest transfer rumours. The Real star has fallen out of favour in Madrid and fancies a move to the Emirates. He would become the Gunners record signing costing around ÂŁ22 million.
Thomas Vermaelen Vermaelen has had a difficult season for the Gunners losing his place to Laurent Koscielny. He is too good for the bench and he might have to move on this summer as he looks to cement his place in the Belgian back line for next summers World Cup.
Aston Villa IN Nicklas Helenius The big Dane is a bit of a gamble by Lambert but nobody had heard of Benteke either! He has scored 40 goals in 102 games for previous club Aalborg and will want to continue his goalscoring form in England.
OUT Christian Benteke Benteke is one of Europe's most wanted strikers this summer after his prolific season. Arsenal and Spurs have been linked but Paul Lambert will be desperate to hold onto his key man.
Cardiff IN Andreas Cornelius The big Dane has averaged more than a goal every 2 games for Copenhagen and was a bit of a shock signing for the Bluebirds at ÂŁ7.5m. He will need to deliver if Cardiff have any hopes of staying up.
Etien Velikonja The Slovenian only joined Cardiff last summer but has struggled to break into the team. With new signings likely Velikonja is likely to move on.
Chelsea IN Andre Schurrle The German has had a fantastic season at Leverkusen helping them finish 3rd behind Bayern and Dortmund. Still only 22 Schurrle has a bright future and trophies are guaranteed at Chelsea.
OUT Romelu Lukaku Lukaku has been on fire for WBA this season. He wants to fight for his place at Chelsea but his best chance to play may be out on loan again. The list of interested parties is endless with half the Premier League after his signature.
Crystal Palace IN Wilfried Zaha Strangely the man going out could be the man coming in. Zaha has been linked with a loan move back to Palace. Losing Zaha is a huge blow so Palace will need to bolster their squad or face a long hard season.
Kevin Phillips The Play-Off Final hero could retire after guiding Palace to the top flight. He still has something to offer and Eagles fans will hope he gives it one last go in the Premier League.
Everton IN Christian Atsu The Porto man has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after refusing to sign a new contract at the Dragao. Everton are likely to lose a couple in this window so Atsu would be the perfect signing to keep the Toffees fighting for Europe.
OUT Marouane Fellaini The big Belgian has been linked with a move away for a while now. With Davy Moyes joining United many expect him to raid his old club with Fellaini top of his list. The price tag will be high though so it might be good for Everton to cash in.
Fulham IN Maarten Stekelenburg The giant keeper has been linked with his fellow Dutchman Martin Jol at the Cottage. With Mark Schwarzer in his forties Fulham are in need of a long term replacement.
OUT Dimitar Berbatov After a very successful season, Berbatov has been linked with a move this summer. Fulham will be desperate to keep him though and having only been at the South-West London club for one year they are confident he will be staying.
Kasper Schmeichel The Leicester City keeper was outstanding last season and is easily good enough for the Premier League. Hull are keen on signing him and Schmeichel may find a move to the top flight too good to turn down.
Andy Dawson The Hull veteran and older brother of Spurs favourite Michael has chosen to return to his former club Scunthorpe after 10 fantastic years at the KC. Hull will struggle to fill his boots and will need to invest if they want to stay up next season.
Christian Eriksen The Danish wonderkind is one of Europe's most wanted this summer. Eriksen would fit perfectly with the youth project at Liverpool but Dortmund are also keen on the 21 year old.
Luis Suarez The controversial Uruguayan has been heavily criticised for his antics in England and fancies a move away. Real Madrid are his likely destination but the Reds will demand a large fee after he only recently signed a long term deal.
Manchester City IN
Jesus Navas The Spaniard has played for Sevilla for his entire career and is ready for a new challenge. New Manager Pellegrini is also keen on Navas's ex team mate Negredo.
Edin Dzeko The Bosnian was actually City's top goalscorer in the Premier League last season but is being linked with a move to Dortmund to replace the outgoing Robert Lewandowski. Having lost his place in the first 11, Dzeko is likely to move on this summer.
Manchester United IN
Cristiano Ronaldo The Portuguese superstar hasn't had the happiest season at Madrid and has been linked with a move back to Manchester. Ronaldo has scored 201 goals in 199 games for the Spanish side and would form a lethal partnership with Robin Van Persie.
Wayne Rooney Rooney has been disappointed with his new role in Midfield for United and feels his time in Manchester is up. Bayern, Real Madrid and PSG have all been linked with the England star.
Newcastle United IN
Mathieu Valbuena Of course its a Frenchman who is linked with the Toon army. The Marseille talisman would join fellow countrymen Cabaye, Debuchy, Gouffran and Ben Arfa. Valbuena is a midfield maestro and has that something special. At 28 this could be his big chance to show his skills on the big stage and he will be desperate to play his way into the French squad for next summers World Cup.
Fabricio Coloccini Coloccini has stuck through thick and thin at Newcastle so it will be very difficult to not let him leave. The Argentine is homesick and has been linked with San Lorenzo. He would be a huge miss and without him Newcastle could have been playing in the Championship next season.
Norwich City IN
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel Chris Hughton went under the radar to sign the Sporting striker. He will be a great addition at Carrow Road and is seen as a long term replacement for Grant Holt.
OUT John Ruddy The Canaries goalkeeper is a target for Chelsea but with Petr Cech and Courtois already at the club he may find his opportunities limited.
Leandro Damiao The Brazilian has been linked to the Premier League for ages and it looks like the Saints have finally landed the Samba star. After a very successful 2012/13 Southampton will be looking to survive once again and Damiao can help them achieve that.
Gaston Ramirez The Uruguayan has been linked with Dortmund and Atletico this summer. It will be hard to resist Champions League football so the Saints may have to plan for life without their star player.
Stoke City IN
Luke Moore The Swansea forward is certain to leave the Swans this summer. Stoke are interested and a deal could be close with Swansea already looking at potential replacements.
Steven Nzonzi The Potters star has made noises that he is after a move to a bigger club. Mark Hughes says he won't stand in the way of a move so Nzonzi could get his wish.
Jozy Altidore The American has something to prove in England after a dreadful stint at Hull in 2009/10. He has shone for AZ in the Eredivisie and will hope he can carry that form into next season for the Black Cats. Still only 23, Altidore could become a fan favourite at the Stadium of Light.
Ahmed Elmohamady The Egyptian had a stormer of a season on the Championship last season. He was a big part of the Tigers promotion and looks set to make his loan move permanent this summer.
Swansea City IN
Wilfried Bony Bony is world class and would be lethal linking up with Michu. The Ivorian scored more goals than games he played in last season for Vitesse. Fans at the Liberty will love him.
Ashley Williams The Welshman has been linked with a ÂŁ10m move to Arsenal and Liverpool this summer. The Swans will be desperate to hold onto their Captain as they look to improve on the greatest season in the clubs history last time out.
Tottenham Hotspur IN
Paulinho The samba star was hot property this summer and Spurs wasted no time in signing him up. He will team up with fellow Brazilian Sandro and together they will form a solid midfield. If Spurs can also sign a world class striker they will be title contenders.
Gareth Bale The question on everybody's lips is Bale staying at Spurs? He is irreplaceable and would cost in excess of ÂŁ50 million pounds. Real Madrid and Man Utd have been linked but for the moment Bale looks set to stay.
West Brom IN
Nicolas Anelka The well travelled Frenchman has made WBA his sixth English club. He has scored goals everywhere he's been and will probably replace Romelu Lukaku. At 34 this could be his last career move and he will want to go out with a bang!
Marc-Antoine Fortune The big Frenchman was available on a free transfer this summer after leaving WBA. Wigan have snapped him up and will look to bounce straight back up with Grant Holt also joining from Norwich.
West Ham IN
Andy Carroll Carroll had an up and down year last season. He struggled with injury but did score a few goals too. He never quite lived up to his ÂŁ35m Liverpool move but will be less in the spotlight at Upton Park and will hope to recapture his form for the long term.
Carlton Cole Cole has struggled for starts since Carroll arrived last summer and has been released on a free transfer. West Brom have been linked for a move for the England forward and on a free, Cole could be a real bargain buy,
We have a sneak preview of some of next seasons kits. We are fans of the Chelsea and Celtic strips but the Liverpool Away and Third are a bit too snazzy for our liking!
July Issue We hope you enjoyed the first ever issue of PENALTY! Don't miss July's issue which will feature more transfer news, our brand new fantasy league, the manager merry-go-round, the Confederations Cup and much much more.