Tue, May 13th 2008

My mates who are City fans are right browned off about Sven’s sacking; in fact it’s taken this for them to register even a smithereen of disdain for Thaksin Shinawatra. “He may be an abuser of human rights you know,” I’d say. “Who cares? We’ve got Elano,” came the reply. “Here, he’s sacked Sven…” “What?!?!?!?! Someone call Geneva - you can’t treat people like that.”

Russell Brand - Enthralled by a giddy mist of climactic hysteria - The Guardian



Mon, August 20th 2007

Referees’ chief Keith Hackett says Rob Styles will not take charge of a match next weekend following his performance during the game between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

You can have sympathy for officials who fail to see a offence, but when they see the incident and get it wrong it is probably time for them to have a rest. Maybe we need substitutions for referees…

From: The Telegraph


Wed, August 8th 2007

The best close-season transfers

5 to watch for the new season

Some large transfer fees were paid out over the summer. Which new signings will make the biggest difference…

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Fri, August 3rd 2007

Tevez set to join Manchester Utd

Sorry saga close to an end

The inevitable has finally happened, leaving Tevez free to leave West Ham. The Hammers seem happy with the deal, hoping that the Premier League will now draw a line under the whole shady situation.

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Thu, August 2nd 2007

When asked if he [Van Persie] would be prepared to revert from attractive football to play for a side who won 1-0 every week and earned more trophies, Van Persie replied: “Small chance. The way I see it, I would never give that up. There are only a few teams in Europe who play the way Arsenal play. I will always play for a team where I earn less money but play fantastic football rather than a team where you can earn lots of money and win every week…

“I don’t like to run after people all game long; I like that they run after me.”


Without meaning to slander a whole nation, there’s something very Dutch about that statement. Style counting more than substance.

It’s one thing to say he is prepared to be paid less money to play in the style he wants, but when the amount of money he is earning is so much greater than the fans that are paying his wages who are wanting to win trophies, it sticks in the throat a bit.

From: The Guardian



Tue, October 24th 2006

You can only wonder what the reaction to this would have been if the foreigner had done this to the England international, and not vice-versa.

West Ham’s Javier Mascherano believes Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe should have been sent off for appearing to bite the midfielder in Sunday’s match.

From: BBC


Any chance of action by the FA is slight because the referee dealt with the incident at the time, deeming it a bookable offence. FIFA does not permit further action unless the referee has not seen it.



Fri, September 15th 2006

Big four meet to kick-start season

Last season’s top 4 teams meet each other this Sunday, as Chelsea face Liverpool and Man Utd play Arsenal.

After a summer of World Cup football, and the football season’s first month being broken up by international games, the English Premiership has so far failed to fire…

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Fri, August 25th 2006

France coach Raymond Domenech has warned Chelsea’s Claude Makelele he risks a two-game club ban if he fails to report for the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

The 33-year-old is in France’s squad for games against Georgia and Italy, despite announcing his retirement after the World Cup final loss to Italy.

From: BBC



Tue, August 15th 2006

The Sun newspaper is reporting that Newcastle will tell Inter Milan to drop the £10m asking price for Obafemi Martins because the Magpies are looking into rumours from Nigeria that the striker is possibly six years older than his reported age of 21.

Via: BBC



Mon, July 17th 2006

With Juve effectively relegated for 2 seasons due to their 30 point deduction in Serie B it seems inconceivable that they will be able to hang on to all their players or even loan them out for a year.

Not too many leagues will be able to match the Italian clubs’ salaries, so England will be a likely destination for many who leave.

Here’s a list of transfer speculation of England’s top clubs and who they are targetting.


Alessandro Nesta (Milan), Fabio Cannavaro, Pavel Nedved, Gianluca Zambrotta (Juve);

Manchester United

Patrick Vieira, Pavel Nedved (Juve), Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), Luca Toni (Fiorentina)


Mauro Camoranesi, David Trezeguet (Juve)


Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram, Patrick Vieira, David Trezeguet (Juve), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan)


Lilian Thuram (Juve), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan)

Source: BBC


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