Football Players & Managers Moving Home Again

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One of the less-celebrated effects of football transfers is the need for the player to find new housing. Even if a player is moving across town, it still can often be uncomfortable or impracticable for the player to live in his old home. Despite boss Jose Mourinho’s insistence that Michael Ballack  will not have to move home, rumors are rampant that he will have to get packing. Ballacks recent exclusion from the team’s European side, may have him wondering if he will be house hunting come the January transfer window.
David Beckham and his family have recently undergone this process in a big way as they moved to Los Angeles. While they moved about as far away as possible, going from Madrid to LA, most other players don’t have to go quite so far.
Some high-profile in-country moves over the summer include James Beattie going from Everton to Sheffield United, Darren Carter from West Brom to Preston, Chris Brunt moving from Sheffield Wednesday to West Brom, Danny Higginbotham to Sunderland from Stoke and Yakubu’s high-priced move from Middlesbrough to Everton. These are but a few of the hundreds of moves that took place over the summer, and for many of these players they will be looking for new places to call home.
While some of the clubs have personnel and services to help new transfers get situated, most of the footballers are just like any other home buyer as they look for housing that will suit them. Some of the players who aren’t nearly as lucky are those who go on loan, as they aren’t certain where they will eventually end up.
Foreign transfers probably have it toughest, as they often have to learn a new language in addition to settling in with the new team. Zheng Zhi might have it the hardest, coming all the way from China in his move to Charlton. Craig Gordon is moving from the north to the south, going from Hearts to Sunderland. Jose Enrique, the ex-Villareal left back, is joining former La Liga player Michael Owen in Liverpool. Another Spaniard, Javier Garrido from Real Sociedad, is coming north to play at Manchester City. He joins former England manager Sven-Goren Erickson as he sets to remake the club. The manager’s recent move northward makes him, just like the players, another home finder.
It will be interesting to see which Football Manager this season will be calling in the removal men.
Martin Jol faces an increasingly uncertain future at Tottenham after Arsenal inflicted a hugely damaging 3-1 defeat on their north London rivals on Saturday.
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