Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
If reports in Spain are to be believed the Spanish FA are pressuring Fernando Torres to undergo surgery on his hernia as soon as possible so that the striker will be fit heading into the World Cup come June.
With Liverpool's season evaporating into a cloud of empty dreams, the liklyhood of Torres electing to move the surgery forward is becoming a very real possibility.
While Lionel Messi deservedly won FIFA's Player of the Year Award for 2009, the real story from the star-studded Gala in Zurich was the FAI's refusal to accept a highly patronizing Fair Play Award."I think the way the president of FIFA behaved was an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to FIFA. There is an awards ceremony and they have offered us a Fair Play award. We've respectfully declined." said a dignified John Delaney, President of the FAI.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Some of the Premier League's best known manager's have turned turned on Arsenal's Arsene Wenger in the wake of his comments about Wolves losing to Manchester United midweek. Stoke's Tony Pulis even went as far as to say he "moans like a drain."
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Le Prof can be a great man for a quote. All too often he is a concise mind when it comes to football as we know and love it. Yet sometimes he can come out with some real clangers. Yesterday he claimed that "eight teams could win the league." A case of too much Christmas sherry?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Liverpool are as far from winning the Premier League as at any time during their last 20 barren years. But as ever, there is an optimism in the air. After all, Manchester United went 26 years without a trophy, and we all know how the last two decades have gone.
So anything is possible where a big club is involved...
There is no shame in losing to Arsenal, but the manner in which the Gunners beat Liverpool will give Rafael Benitez nightmares as he faces up to their umpteenth false dawn this year and what to do next.
Despite his promises this week that this game was the real start to the Reds' season, it has turned out to be another week in which the Reds were pushed aside by a team with a superior work ethic and a better grasp on what is needed to win a match.
This current incarnation of the once great club are a shadow of the ideals and beliefs that Bill Shankley brought to the club 50 years ago.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Harry Redknapp's January shopping list is beginning to take shape. Spurs are looking to take advantage of Lazio's current strife with Goran Pandev, then move for Micah Richards with David Bentley as bait, while talks with Sandro and Sissoko continue.
With the news that cash-strapped Rafael Benitez may move for Roman Pavlyuchenko in a player plus cash deal. Harry Redknapp has begun to trawl through Europe for a cheap replacement.
The term "summer footballer" can mean many things, for Spurs defeat to Mick McCarthy's Wolves, read "a team who weren't prepared to match the spirit of their opponent." All too often there's a damning indictment of Tottenham throughout the ages...
Friday, December 11, 2009
On the 26th of May, 1989, Liverpool and Arsenal played in the final game of the most nail-biting league finish of all time. On Sunday, they meet in a match that is sadly just another in the calender year...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This year's Champions League was hailed as the most predictable of all time. But as we stand, before the year turns, some of the game's biggest names have crashed and burned and exited the competition in embarrassing fashion. Liverpool and Juventus are easily the two most prominent clubs to bite the dust...
Monday, December 7, 2009
Alberto Aquilani is expected to make his first start of the season against Fiorentina on Wednesday. Pale with the dark features of a Carpathian prince, the Italian has yet to play a match for Liverpool during the day...
Sunday, December 6, 2009
With only a few weeks until the January Transfer Window opens, the rumours are beginning to surface. But the most surprising of which sees 33 year old Patrick Vieira at the centre of a five-way tug of war between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Spurs travel to an injury ravaged Everton for a match that will go very in determining each teams season. For Tottenham, it will be a game they are expected to win, while Everton need the points to avoid being sucked into the relegation zone...
Friday, December 4, 2009
The World Cup draw has produced not one but two "Groups of Death", as well as handing England and Italy the best possible routes to the knockout phases.
Over 190 countries tuned in to watch the World Cup draw as Charlize Theron and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke drew the eight groups for next year's finals. The duo barely got through the process without throwing the balls at each other, with Valcke in particular making some very strange insulting comments towards the Hollywood star.
But who really cares, let's look at the draw...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Arsene Wenger must be wondering what he has to do after Chelsea and Didier Drogba produced a masterclass in efficiency, intelligence, and ruthlessness at the Emirates as they ripped Arsenal to shreds and in effect, ended the Gunners slim chances of becoming Premier League Champions.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Never heard of Ars Bandeet? How about Einar Aas? No? Well everyone's heard of Segar Bastard, haven't they? For every Diego and Pele, there has been an Ars or an Aas. Here are a couple of the greatest names ever to grace a football pitch...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Carlo Cudicini's career hangs in the balance this weekend after a horrific motorcycle crash that saw him fracture both his wrists and badly injure his pelvis. The 36-year-old Tottenham Hotspur 'keeper was pulled from the mangled remains of his BMW motorbike after a collision with a Ford Fiesta.
Paramedics who attended to the Italian at the scene described his injuries as "life-changing" rather than life-threatening, which could only leave interested parties to believe that Cudicini's career as a professional footballer is possibly over.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The best slant that can be put on another poor Liverpool performance is that they managed to come from behind to draw against Birmingham But that tells it's own tale, as the equalizing goal came from a penalty after David Ngog dived to win the spot kick...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
A last minute equalizer by Lisandro Lopez has left Liverpool's Champions League qualification hanging in the balance as they wait on results in other matches to see if they will progress. A Ryan Babel screamer sent the travelling Reds fans delirious as they snatched a late lead before succumbing to the late knock out blow that sees Lyon through to the next phase.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Liverpool travels to Lyonnais to play what is simply the clubs biggest game in decades and certainly the most important in the clubs recent history. Bigger than Istanbul, bigger than Rome, and possibly even bigger than that fateful night in 1892 when a few long-sighted men decided to split from Everton to set up their own team.
Yes, the game is that massive...
Sunday, November 1, 2009
It was a red letter day in Week 11 of the Premiership in more ways than one.
For a start, there were more red cards dished out in one weekend than ever before, Rafa and Liverpool were well beaten at Fulham, while Spurs learned what life is really like at the top.
There were a couple of big stories this weekend, the most notable being the Reds succumbing to defeat at Craven Cottage which, in turn, rendered their only victory in October, against Manchester United, almost meaningless.
Their tilt at the title is all over...
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Ten man Liverpool beat "nine" man Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield in a pulsating clash where both sides went at each other as if it was a cup final.
Both Nemanja Vidic and Javier Mascherano saw red as Fernando Torres scored the opening goal and the unlikely David Ngog coolly slotted the second past the returning Edwin Van der Sar.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This week, Sepp Blatter met with the European Parliament Vice-President, Pál Schmitt, to discuss the imminent ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and how it will impact on the footballing world as FIFA begin to implement their 6+5 rule.
Stoke came to White Hart Lane and denied Tottenham Hotspur a chance of going top of the table with a superb defensive display. A solitary goal from Glen Whelan was enough to give the Potters all three points, and deny Spurs a win on Harry Redknapp's one year anniversary as manager.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Following their loss at Anfield to Lyon in the Champions League, most Liverpool fans meandered away scratching their heads wondering where it has all gone wrong. A fourth defeat in four games leaves the club on their worst run for years, and manager Rafael Benitez's job is now in severe doubt...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It would be fair to say that since Dimitar Berbatov's £30.75 million pound move to Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur, that he has not set the world alight.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Just because there were no Premiership matches doesn't mean the league just stops.
So much for the Respect campaign, as Fergie waited a full week before issuing a strange apology to referee Alan Wiley, while England put in the type of performance that only apologies can cover and Rafa got blamed by George Gillett, who reckons Liverpool's finances are rosy...
Luka Modric has a growing set of admirers, his performances for Tottenham Hotspur since signing from Dynamo Zagreb for £16.5 million, have set him apart at White Hart Lane as perhaps their only potential world class player. And just as Harry Redknapp has the team humming, it seems that the little maestro from Zaton could be a transfer target for Manchester United.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Sulley Muntari could be set to end his time in Italy and leave Jose Mourinho's Serie A champions Inter Milan for Tottenham Hotspur in January after the player's agent admitted the two clubs are in talks.
Spurs could also be adding ex-Arsenal veteran Patrick Vieira to their ranks as they look to make a concerted effort to break the top four.
Ten man England lost their 100 percent record in Group Six of the World Cup Qualifiers going down 1-0 to Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk, after Robert Green became the first-ever English goalkeeper to be sent off in an international fixture.