Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How Do YOU Rate Players?

How do you rate players? I mean, how do you do it exactly?

Ever since the dawn of time, players have been compared to each other. Teams have been compared to each other. Players have been described as great, brilliant, poor, and average. But when it boils right down to it, what do you look for in a player?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What Just Happened? Liverpool, United and Chelsea Draw Blanks While Arsenal Are Hammered

In the strangest day yet in this seasons EPL, Chelsea and Liverpool were held scoreless at home, Aston Villa kept Manchester United at bay in Villa Park and Arsenal were well and truly mullered by Manchester City at the Eastlands...

The FAI Cup Final Preview: Bohemians v. Derry City

Sunday's FAI Cup Final between Bohemians and Derry City promises to be an intriguing affair. With both managers having managed the opposition in recent seasons, one could be forgiven for thinking that this match was all about the men in the technical area.

In the build-up to the match, Derry City boss Stephen Kenny has done everything in his power to deflect attention away from the rival managers. But with their recent histories so intertwined, it is hard to look at this match and not refer to either Kenny or Pat Fenlon.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Winning Ugly, As Good As It Gets In The MLS?

On Sunday, the MLS season draws to a close rather than reaching an exciting climax.

The Columbus Crew take on Red Bull New York in what threatens to be a travesty of justice.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Profiles Of the Great and Good: Roy Race: It's Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff Here

Roy of the Rovers was by far the most popular football comic ever.

Running from 1954 to 2001, stories covered various issues—Roy as a teen trying to break into the famed "Melchester Rovers" team, winning every trophy imaginable, representing his country in the World Cup, playing with pop stars and even relegation.

He even had an unstoppable shot called the "Racy Rocket"....ah, those were the days.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

EPL Game 13: Fulham 2-1 Tottenham: Spurs Unbeaten Run Comes to an End

Tottenham Hotspur's recent revival under Harry Redknapp was halted at Craven Cottage today as Fulham won a pulsating match by a score of 2-1.

Ex-Spurs player Simon Davies came back to haunt his old club with an innocuous shot that the error-prone Heurlelho Gomes fumbled into the back of the net. Andy Johnson added a close range second before Fraizer Campbell scored a late goal to give Spurs some hope.

Friday, November 14, 2008

EPL Week 13 Preview: A Definitive Guide to the Weekend's Fixtures

Bolton v. Liverpool

Bolton will have a full squad to choose with Kevin Nolan returning from suspension. And this should see Megson revert to his favourite 4-5-1 formation, with the irrepressible Kevin Davies at the pinnacle...

After 21 Years, Its the Dawn of a New Era as Shamrock Rovers Finally Move Home

For those outside Emerald Isle, Shamrock Rovers are synonymous with football in Ireland.

One of the oldest clubs in the country—they were founded in 1901—Rovers have also proved to be the country's most successful club.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Carling Cup: Tottenham 4-2 Liverpool, Lightning Strikes Twice for Harry

Lightning struck twice at White Hart Lane tonight as Spurs beat Liverpool for the second time in ten days thanks to a brace from Roman Pavyluchenko, and another two from Frasier Campbell, who scored his first goals in a Tottenham jersey since his loan move from Champions Manchester United.

Glenn Hoddle, Giving a Little Back Through His Football Academy in Spain

Glenn Hoddle was the most gifted footballer of his generation. Blessed with sublime technique and a phenomenal range of passing, he was revered at all the clubs he played for in his 20 year career as a player but is most famed for his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

As a manager he has led teams at all levels of the game. From guiding Swindon Town into the Premier League to becoming player-manager at Chelsea and then on to his spiritual home at Spurs, Hoddle accumulated vast management experience during his career as a manager.

Even becoming England manager in 1996 and steering them to the World Cup '98 before an ill-thought-out interview would cause him to resign.

So it's fair to say that when it comes to professional football Glenn Hoddle has seen it all. Still a young man at 51, Hoddle has so much to offer the game we love. But instead of managing a team in the Premier League he has chosen to walk away from the professional set-up he knows so well and move to Spain.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Rafa Benitez Anxious To Sign a New Deal As the Sale of the Club Stalls

In a move that all Liverpool fans have been longing to hear, Rafael Benitez has signalled his intentions to see out the job he has started at Liverpool by saying he is ready and willing to sign a new contract whenever the club gets around to begin negotiations with his advisers.

EPL Game 12: Man City 1-2 Tottenham: 3 Goals, 3 Sendings Off and 3pts For 'Arry

A sensational game at the Eastland's saw a resurgent Spurs come back from a goal down to win the game through two goals from an on-form Darren Bent, who has now scored seven goals in five games since Harry Redknapp took over as Tottenham manager.

The match also saw Manchester City players Gelson Fernandes and Richard Dunne both sent off to reduce City to nine men and just to get in on the act Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent off with a minute to go as Spurs clung on for the much needed points, and to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mounting Pressure from Fans and Media Forces Wenger to Come out Fighting

In the build up to the crucial clash with Manchester United, Arsene Wenger was forced to come out fighting against mounting pressure from Arsenal fans and media organisations.

And in one of the biggest surprises of this or any other season, Arsenal fans seem to have lost confidence in their mercurial managers philosophies and methods, as their team has slumped to three defeats in their first 11 games of the season...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

EPL Game 12 Preview: Arsenal v. Manchester United—Crunch Time for Someone

After being booed off the pitch against Fenerbahce on Wednesday and with fan morale at an all-time low, Arsenal take on Manchester United on Saturday in what is already a massive fixture for both sides.

West Ham Extend an Invitation to Barack Obama

Despite their owner being in financial peril and results not exactly going their way recently, West Ham have moved swiftly to invite the most powerful man on the planet to see them play at Upton Park.

In a shrewd move, perhaps to gain publicity, perhaps to seek a new American owner, West Ham today joined leaders from around the world in extending an open invitation to President-elect Barack Obama in the hope that he will come and visit the famed club from East London.

Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur: Right Man at the Right Time

A little over one week ago Juande Ramos was sacked after presiding over Spurs' worst ever start to a season.

The sacking came as a surprise as it was announced on the eve of a league game against Bolton at White Hart Lane. What came as a bigger shock was news of who his replacement would be, and after Daniel Levy had a bid accepted by Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp became Spurs' 28th manager.

That Ramos was sacked in itself came as no surprise.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gianfranco Zola Faces a Bleak Future at West Ham

Gianfranco Zola was mesmeric as a player. The little man from Sardinia is loved by those who were lucky enough to see him play. The skill, professionalism and good nature he provided during his seven years with Chelsea mean he is regarded by most as the best foreign player ever to play in England.

In 2006, when he announced he was getting into management with the Italian U-21s, he was given an unbelievable amount of goodwill as he began on his new career path. And most fans of the EPL hoped we would see him in charge of a team in England someday. Most suspected it would be a return to Chelsea, few would have predicted West Ham...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

EPL Week 11: Spurs 2-1 Liverpool - Redknapp Inspires Another Tottenham Comeback

For the second game in a week Tottenham Hotspur have left it late to comeback into a game when they looked dead and buried. On Wednesday Spurs shocked Arsenal to come from two down and draw 4-4. Today, against Liverpool they went one better. Scoring two late goals to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat...

EPL Week 11: Stoke City 2 Arsenal 1 — And Then There Were Three...

After drawing with Spurs midweek, Arsenal fans called for Arsene Wenger's head. They blamed their side's late capitulation on their much heralded manager. And after today's loss away to Stoke City, it will be interesting to see how the Gooner's respond as the slow realisation of another season as also rans dawn on them.