Jose Campana has ended his short stay in SE25 after signing for Italian side Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old joined Palace last summer from Sevilla for £1.3m on a four-year deal to much excitement in South London.
The midfielder was captain of the Spain U20 side and was highly rated - but failed to settle in England.
He found first team games under Ian Holloway hard to come by and struggled to adapt to life in London.
When Holloway was replaced by Tony Pulis the opportunities all but stopped and in January he joined German side Nurnberg on a season-long loan after making just six appearances in the Premier League.
Campana travelled to Italy at the weekend to undergo a medical and has been unveiled a Samp player on Tuesday.
Crystal Palace's U21 manager Gary Issott was pleased with his side's beginning to pre-season after a comfortable 4-1 victory at Beckenham Town.
"We got what we wanted, which was a good local game. It was a great turnout and hopefully it's raised some money for Beckenham; we've had a positive result and come through with no injuries and four goals.
"The idea was to give players 45 minutes each, then in the next 2 games 60s and 30s, and after that the majority of starting squad that will start the campaign 90 mins, but the idea was to give everyone an opportunity."
Midfielder Ghassimu Sow spent most of the summer playing for FC Honka in Finland under the tutelage of former Eagles' striker Shefki Kuqi, and Issott revealed that he only played 90 minutes due to an injury picked up by Owen Garvan.
"We needed Ghass because Owen was due to start but he pulled up 10 mins before, so he was only one we felt could play for 90 minutes.
"He did OK in Finland, he's missed a lot of football in the last two years, so we felt he would benefit from working through the summer. Shefki Kuqi was positive about him in his feedback. For Ghass now its a big year, he's an U20, and he has been one of our best schoolboys and youth players so its a big year, and he needs to step up."
The Palace boss also expressed his pleasure in Sullay KaiKai's opening goal, as the wide man thumped in a diving header at the back post, before explaining why Owen Garvan did not play any part in the match.
"I liked KaiKai's goal cos he was in a great position as the furthest wide player and it was a good cross from Mandela Egbo. Then with the second goal, Reise Allassani cut inside well, and it's good for the lad from Dartford, Femi [Akinwande], we'll have a good look at him now.
"Owen has an injury to his patella, he gets tendonitis which is inflammation of the patella.
"Garvs has been a good player for the club and he's stil got a year remaining on his contract. He'll be gutted that hes not been able to get 45 minutes under his belt. He was due to get 45 but it didn't materialise.
"He'll be back whenever it settles down but we've had such a hot, dry summer the grounds are hard, a bit of rain and it might improve.
"Pre-season is majorly tough for us. Havant and Waterlooville you could see in the 3rd round of FA Cup, Dulwich will be tough again, then we go to Forest Green. It will be a real test. With the first team being away, if the fans want to catch a game it will be fantastic.
Youngsters Jake Gray, Jerome Williams and Hiram Boateng all travelled to Austria with the first team, with Gray getting his name on the scoresheet, and Issott challenged his charges to remain in the first team enivronment, recalling the first time Wilfried Zaha was brought into the first team squad.
"The big test now is if they can stay in that group and maybe go to America, then it's down to them in the games to impress the manager. It's great that the manager has included them.
"I always tell the story about Wilf, George Burley took him and he never came back so hopefully that will happen with these guys.
Issott also discussed the reasons for brining former QPR centre-back Sam Magri on trial, and explained that the 20-year-old will be with Palace for 10 days.
"Sam was a youth player at Portsmouth who played for England. He became a free agent during their administration and went to QPR. An agent phoned me about him and I knew he was a good player in the past. I only saw him once really last season but it was one of those where I'd kick myself if we didn't have a look and he went somewhere else. We've got him in for ten days to see if he is gonna be better than the lads we've got. Sam's just someone we will have a little look at because Inniss is still to come back."
Oh say can you seeee! Palace ave landed in the USA for a 10-day tour and three friendlies against American teams. We've got Stateside Eagles supporter Matthew Webb to give us the lowdown in the first f his diary entries.
Ever since my mum shipped my brothers and I off to a Crystal Palace Football in the Community camp at Langley Park Girls' school in the late 80's, I have endured the many highs and lows that come with being a Palace fan. So when I moved to the US in 2007, I hoped to find at least one channel (of the many thousands available in my Directv programming package) that broadcast live Championship football.
I was disappointed. Soccer is growing here, but for some reason there just wasn’t the appetite for 2nd tier English football I’d naively hoped for. The go-to question when an American hears you have an accent (and realizes you aren’t Australian) is to ask “who is your team?” My answer to this question always led to my explaining that Crystal Palace is not some drug den found in Breaking Bad but are in fact the pride of South London!
Keeping up to date with the latest goings on at SE25 was not as simple as picking up a free newspaper left on the train; I had to search the internet, listen to podcasts and the blogs and forums were crucial. But then Kevin Phillips majestically smashed home that PK at Wembley and everything changed…
The huge American network NBC picked up the rights to broadcast EVERY SINGLE Premier League match, and ironically last season the only match I missed was while I was visiting family in England and Selhurst was sold out. Anyway, we all know about last season’s glory, but this season brings something different.
Palace are coming to America!
By simply reading the websites of the teams we are playing on this tour, you can quickly see how big a deal it is worldwide that we are now an established Premier League club. The Richmond Kickers correctly calls Palace “one of the EPL’s hottest teams”, Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union show equal levels of discernment.
While living in the USA I have seen other Premier League clubs come here for their pre-season tour; I saw Liverpool play Tottenham at the M&T Stadium of 2012 Superbowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens. The match was dull, lethargic and massively underwhelming and the traveling fans reflected this mood. My hope for the US tour is that America gets to see why we are every other fan’s second team; I hope that we can continue that intensity on the pitch and in the bleachers. I’m looking forward to seeing us in the new kit, back in stripes.
I expect to see at least 13 goals per game, I want to see Murray and Gayle link up like they did against Liverpool, I was hoping to see some new signings make their debut, but most of all I cannot wait to introduce some of my American friends to Palace, to witness their conversion first hand.
Following the US success in the World Cup, the hearts of American soccer fans are there for the taking, let’s show America what it means to be loud, to be proud and to be PALACE!
Palace start their USA tour with a friendly against Columbus Crew on Wednesday night at 7.30pm local time (12.30am BST) before taking on Philadelphia Union on Friday night and Richmond Kickers on Monday.
Our top 50 Palace internationals continues, this time Jack Pierce looks at the career of Hermann Hreidarsson.
Hermann Hreiðarsson is the joint holder* of a rather unfortunate record. He has been relegated from the Premier League the most times, five to be exact. The first of which, as some might remember, was with Palace at the end of the disastrous 1997/98 season.
Since leaving Palace, the Icelander was also relegated from the top flight with our then tenants, Wimbledon, as well as Ipswich, Charlton and Portsmouth.
*Nathan Blake is the other man with five Premier League relegations to his name though none with Palace so who cares about him?
Five relegations with five different clubs is quite the feat but given that he was picked up by a Premier League side each time he was relegated, good old Hermann must have had something about him.
Either as a centre back or deployed as a left full back, Hreiðarsson was a defender’s defender and jaunts into the opposition’s half were few and far between. His glory came from leaving the pitch with a clean sheet after 90 minutes.
Upon leaving Palace in 1998, Hreiðarsson followed Ron Noades to West London where he played for Brentford. Having spent just over a season there, he returned to Selhurst Park to play for Wimbledon where, duly, they were relegated from the Premier League in 2000 and Hermann was on the move once again; this time to East Anglia where he would sign for Ipswich Town.
During his first season there, George Burley’s side surprised all by qualifying for the UEFA Cup in their first season in the top flight for seven years. Unfortunately for Ipswich, it was not too much longer before the Icelander’s relegation curse struck again and The Tractor Boys headed back into the second tier.
Having stuck with Ipswich during the 2002/03 season, Hreiðarsson was once again bought back into the Premier League fold before the start of the following season when Charlton signed the defender. He managed to stave off the curse for three whole seasons before the arrival of Iain Dowie (who moved up north especially for the job at The Valley) marked the beginning of the end for Charlton as a Premier League club.
His final Premier League club was Portsmouth and during his time there, the club saw both the heights and depths that English football has to offer. Part of the Pompey team that won the 2008 FA Cup, Hreiðarsson was loved by fans for his obvious passion as well as his dedication to defending. He was not the most distinguished name in a team that contained David James, Sol Campbell, Lassana Diarra and Sulley Muntari, but the Icelander was first choice left back and very highly rated by his then boss, Harry Redknapp. However, his time on the South Coast ended with the club heading into the third tier after the financial mismanagement of all financial mismanagements.
Throughout his club career in England, Hreiðarsson made himself available for Iceland and proudly wore his country’s armband on a regular basis before retiring from international football in 2011. Despite never reaching a major tournament, the likes of Hreiðarsson and Eiður Guðjohnsen playing in the Premier League increased football’s popularity in Iceland and last year, for the first time, Iceland qualified for tournament play offs and only defeat to Croatia over two legs stopped them qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Icelandic football has never been in such a healthy shape.
40 earlier this month, Hreiðarsson is still plying his trade, in Iceland’s top division having just signed for Fylkir after leaving his management position at hometown club, IBV.
With strikers like Fraizer Campbell, Conor Wickham and Nicklas Bendtner linked with Palace, where does Glenn Murray fit into Tony Pulis' plans? Here's Norman Quarrinton...
For Glenn Murray, the 2013/14 season was a fairly uneventful one. At least from a personal perspective. While his teammates were brazenly flirting with relegation early on in the campaign, Murray was recovering from the nasty knee injury he had sustained in the previous season’s play-off semi-final. How powerless he must have felt as his friends and colleagues struggled again and again to find the back of the net. He had managed it 30 times the season before, so why were they constantly drawing blanks? The question had answered itself: Crystal Palace FC were always going to have a hard time scoring goals without their goal machine, Glenn Murray. And all he could do was wait.
The plan for Murray’s reintegration into the team changed somewhat with the arrival of Tony Pulis. Whereas Ian Holloway appeared to be heavily relying on a fit-again Murray to bag the goals that could potentially keep the club in the Premier League, Pulis had managed to get the team firing on all cylinders while Murray was still warming up with the reserves. As a result, Murray’s comeback may have seen ever-so-slightly anti-climatic -- his point-snatching penalty against Swansea being the one truly memorable highlight.
It’s not uncommon for star players to have a hard time re-adjusting to the first team after a lengthy injury, and it would appear that poor old Glenn now has a question mark hanging over his head, with certain bloggers and journalists suggesting that his days at Selhurst Park are numbered. All of this seems not only premature, but also unfair. That’s not to say Murray is infallible, he isn’t, no player is. But a player of his calibre deserves another opportunity to prove himself at the highest level. Every Palace fan knows exactly what Glenn Murray is capable of. We watched in awe as he bagged goal after goal in the 2012/13 season. And these were not consolation goals, these were game winning goals. Goals that eventually saw us promoted to the Premier League.
It seems inevitable that Pulis will bring a new striker to Selhurst Park at some point before the closing of the transfer window, and as necessary as this acquisition is, some may see it as another challenge for Murray, but to the optimists, it could also be seen as a new opportunity. One thing that Murray has never really had in his time with Palace is a solid and consistent strike partner. Of course, he’s never needed one, but things are different now. Glenn Murray is no longer the goal machine he once was. But if he can find the Mark Bright to his Ian Wright, he may be able to recapture the goal scoring form for which he is known. As tantalizing as this prospect is, Mr. Pulis can’t afford to experiment with strikers in competitive matches when his primary objective is to win games and keep Palace up for another season.
Palace will kick off their second consecutive season in the top flight with a tough away fixture against a newly reinforced Arsenal side. Alexis Sanchez will be eager to impress the home fans on his Premier League debut, and the Palace back four will have their hands full. It wouldn’t be crazy to assume that Pulis will choose to play it safe and have the team focus on preventing Wenger’s boys from scoring. It’s hard to see Murray starting that game, especially since, with any luck, we’ll have a shiny new striker to show off. But in the (let’s face it) likely event that Palace find themselves in desperate need of a goal late on, then there’s really only one man Tony can turn to. And that could be the role that saves Glenn Murray’s Palace career: super sub.
Glenn Murray is an out-and-out striker who poaches goals easier than most people can poach an egg, but it’s unlikely that he still has the ability to do it for 90 minutes week in, week out. That doesn’t mean that he belongs on the scrap heap though, and talk of him being shown the door at Palace is as rash as it is disrespectful. Adjusting to life in the Premier League is no easy task, especially in the wake of a lengthy injury, but if Murray can accept his role as a squad player, there’s no reason why he can’t continue his journey into the Palace Hall of Fame.
What do we think of the new Palace kits for the coming season? Here's Patrick Stevens...
So it's finally here, it's in the club shop and it's already flying off the racks. The new kit is here and people seem to be loving it; even our beloved owner Steve Parish was tweeting pictures of himself, looking like someone who'd just won the latest stage of the Tour De France in our bright yellow away kit.
So what do we all make of it?
Personally, I was really warming to the half red half blue idea of last season's kit; not least because we had just about the best season ever in it and were all over the TV, but because it was kit that saw us become everyone's favourite second team, the kit that destroyed Chelsea AND Liverpool's title hopes and the kit that saw Tony Pulis win manager of the year without even finishing in the top half!! And who can forget the 'evil sash'? Was there ever a better away kit? We could have gone down at Xmas and still been the coolest team in the league.
But time, and mass marketing, waits for no man so it's onwards to new battles in new armour.
Let's start with the basics: what's not to love about getting our stripes back? Even the Millwall fans are happy. Authentic Palace through and through, memories of past glories and dreams of glories new; and all I had to do was see Jedi in it, arms folded looking like the colossus he is to be totally sold.
And what about the beautiful yellow away kit? It will be just like watching Brazil....wait, hold on a minute.....not with Damo and Ward in defence: we are way better then that lot. And how good did Yannick look in it!? I can see it now, Gerard slipping as Yala dances away from him for the second season running, Muzza fist in the air as he drives home the late winner at Stamford bridge and Johnny Williams floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee in the heart of the midfield.
What's not to love?
Well. If I'm being picky.... Maybe the new sponsors. Neteller. I mean, it doesn't scream out class and sophistication at first viewing. And once you've worked out that it's NOT the chocolate spread you then see on Wikipedia that it's an 'e-money values service'. Frankly I understand the chocolate spread a bit more, and did wonder if it wasn't a classically Palace move, at a time where everyone loves us, we align ourselves with bankers! I mean, bankers! Even politicians try and avoid associations with bankers these days. But don't worry , it also does online gambling....so that's better. Some people say they don't like it, some say the logo is too high up, but let's be honest, who would have worn a shirt with GAC on it a few years back and, frankly, get 3 points at home to west ham in August and you will all want Nutella on your shirts
And is it just me, but Macron!? An Italian based apparel company apparently, so no doubt it is me... But I didn't have a clue. In truth I wasn't sure if it which one was the sponsor and which one the clothing company. But then I saw some of their other gear in the online shop and I can't wait to get get my macron on (did you see what I did there?)
So, personally I'm a fan of it all. And, come on, so are you...... You know it's true (Because) it's red and blue
Right, so that’s the World Cup done. Pre-season starts in earnest tomorrow for Palace, with a game against Austrian side GAK Graz, and the club will likely begin their recruitment drive in the coming weeks. One player who IS going to be there is Marouane Chamkh, who signed a two-year deal last week. Who else could be joining him in the latest chapter of the Palace revolution?! Well, let’s have a look…
Steven Caulker – Cardiff City – £8m
Palace are supposedly making a late bid for centre-back Steven Caulker, with the alternatively option seemingly being Harry Redknapp’s QPR. A recent update from national newspapers suggests Caulker is close to a move to Palace, while Sky Sports News reckon he’s edging towards a move to QPR. I bet he ends up at Burnley, just to piss us all off.
Liam Ridgewell – West Brom – Free
A decent defender who can play across the back four, Ridgewell has knowledge of relegation battles with West Brom and Birmingham City, but it’s not his playing ability that he’s most famous for. Nope, that honour goes to the image of him wiping his bottom with £50 notes. He has also been linked to the MLS’s Portland Timbers. There haven’t been any further reports however.
Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City - £3m
27-year-old American centre-back Matt Besler was briefly linked with Palace by the Daily Mail. Besler had an impressive World Cup alongside Omar Gonzalez (a player I liked the look of…) and, despite his lack of height, he looked more than capable against some of the World’s better wingers.
Craig Dawson – West Brom – £5m
There’s a fair bit of focus on improving Palace’s defensive strength, this summer. And rightly so. With no recognised left-back to call upon and one less centre-back for back-up, Palace need some defenders. Dawson would be an ideal signing for Palace, but it’s unlikely that West Brom would entertain a bid.
Brede Hangeland – Fulham – Free
He fits the bill for what Palace should be looking for – experienced, strong, well-regarded and a leader – and Palace have supposedly already made contact with the Norwegian. Hangeland was unceremoniously released by Fulham, who informed him of their decision not to renew his contract by email. Stay classy.
Charlie Mulgrew – Celtic - £5m
Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew would provide Palace with exactly the kind of flexibility that the club needs, with an ability to play in defence or midfield. With Pulis looking for a left-back, Mulgrew is a player he’s supposedly interested in recruiting – and he’s the kind that would definitely improve Palace’s back line. We’ve not heard any more about a potential bid.
Gilfy Sigurdsson – Tottenham Hotspur - £8m
What a signing this guy would be. As we mentioned earlier this week, Palace have had a bid for the attacking midfielder accepted. It doesn’t mean much however as reports suggest he’s waiting to see whether any other potential moves materialise. In a World where the player is king, we don’t blame him – although obviously a move to Selhurst Park is what we all want to see.
Steven N’Zonzi – Stoke City – £6m
As Stoke City’s best midfielder, the chances of Palace securing the Frenchman are greatly reduced. However, having previously worked with Tony Pulis, and with Stoke signing Steve Sidwell earlier this month, Palace would be foolish not to at least tempt Stoke with a bid. N’Zonzi also submitted a transfer request last summer, indicating that he’s not entirely happy at the Staffordshire club.
Jonjo Shelvey – Swansea – £5m
The Daily Mail are reporting that TP is keen on the former Liverpool man to bolster the midfield. Palace were linked with Shelvey last summer so the reports make sense and he would be a very good addition, but Swansea could well want a high fee for him.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov – Spartak Moscow – £1.5m
Left-mid Bilyaletdinov has had a bit of a tough time since his big move to Everton a few season’s ago petered out into a disappointing spell – and his return to Russia hasn’t helped matters much. The winger, fast, direct and with a penchant for cutting inside, would add depth to Palace’s variety of attacking options. The two parties are said to be in discussions.
Will Buckley – Brighton & Hove Albion - £3m
Linked with Palace during the January transfer window, a return move for the attacking midfielder shouldn’t be completely dismissed.
Emyr Huws – Manchester City – Loan
Who needs vowels when you can have Huws? City’s 20-year-old Welsh midfielder is another player who fits the description of what Pulis is reportedly looking for – a strong defensive midfielder capable of breaking up play and picking a pass. He has also been linked with Swansea City (the team Manchester City signed him from) and Stoke City.
Joel Campbell – Arsenal – Loan
Given his performance in Costa Rica’s amazing World Cup run, which saw them reach the Quarter Finals, Campbell might not be as likely to make a move to Palace he would have prior to the competition. A place in Arsenal’s team next season wouldn’t be undeserved.
Islam Slimani – Sporting Lisbon – Enquired
Palace are said to have made an enquiry to Sporting Lisbon about signing one of Algeria’s better World Cup performers. Slimani, 25, is a pacey striker capable of playing on the wing. West Ham are also said to be interested.
Nicklas Bendtner – Arsenal – Free
The slightly crazy striker was on Palace’s radar during last summer’s window, and one year later there’s still a chance he might attract some interest from Palace. With the right guidance he might just sort his act out – but his behaviour over the last year or two suggests it could be quite a project.
Tommy Oar – FC Utrecht - £3m
Australian national Tommy Oar didn’t have an amazing World Cup but put in a decent shift, and the 22-year-old would be another player capable of adding some quality to Palace’s wing options.
Fraizer Campbell – Cardiff City - £600,000
Fraizer Campbell would be an interesting signing. He didn’t exactly score a vast number of goals last season but, in a poor Cardiff City side, that’s hardly surprising. Capable of playing on the wing or as a striker, Campbell would add some depth to Palace’s attacking options. As we revealed, the club have had a bid accepted for him – now it’s just a matter of working out the contractual details.
Peter Crouch – Stoke City – £4m
Lazy journalism? Probably. Crouch was always likely to be linked with a reunion with Pulis. He’d provide something a little different up front for Palace, but he’s not exactly a signing to get excited about. Mark Hughes has however denied that Crouch could be leaving the Staffordshire club.
Connor Wickham – Sunderland - £5m
With some performances that were crucial to Sunderland’s Premier League safety bid, it seems crazy that Sunderland might sell him. Leicester City are reported to have made a bid and Tony Pulis was desperate to sign him in January – which means a Palace bid wouldn’t be unlikely.
Wilfried Zaha – Manchester United – Loan/Permanent
We couldn’t, surely? He wouldn’t, surely?
Joleon Lescott – Manchester City – Free (signed for West Brom)
Kyle Lafferty – Palermo – £3m (signed for Norwich City)
Jake Livermore – Tottenham Hotspur - £8m (signed for Hull City)
Michu – Swansea – Likely to confirm a move to Napoli shortly.