Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Robbie Keane: Caught Between a Rafa Sized Rock and a Parry Place

There has been much speculation about Robbie Keane's future at Liverpool since his surprise omission from the squad that faced Everton in the FA Cup on Sunday. More so after Rafael Benitez admitted he had left the Irishman out of the squad for David Ngog, who had impressed in the reserves during the week.

Newspapers went into overdrive with rumours that Keane was about to follow Jermain Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda back to White Hart Lane and Tottenham Hotspur. Since his £20m dream move to Liverpool, I think it would be fair to say that Keane has not set the world alight, and that there seems to be some kind of mistrust on the part of Benitez...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham: United Progress to Fifth Round of FA Cup

Two ex-Tottenham Hotspur players combined to put Manchester United through to the fifth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford tonight. Michael Carrick put Dimitar Berbatov through to score the winner after Roman Pavlyuchenko had given Spurs an early lead.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Profiles of the Great and Good: The Killie Pie, Once Tasted, Never Forgotten

Kilmarnock came from behind to defeat derby rivals Ayr United 3-1, despite being reduced to 10 men in their Scottish Cup match last night. And while almost 12,000 fans packed into Rugby Park, the big winners of the tie were Brownings Bakers.

You see, Brownings make the world famous "Killie Pie." And it's not just any pie, the halftime delicacy is so good that even away fans can't come to Rugby Park without tasting one of its delights. On an average Saturday, Brownings can expect to sell some 7,000 to 8,000 pies. Considering the average crowd hits around 10,000, these sales figure are massive.

But what's so special about the Killie Pie? Well, for a start it tastes incredible, and that's not just my opinion. You see the Killie Pie is a steak pie, and it's actually made of steak, and not the usual offal that you find in pies around the grounds of football stadiums up and down Britain...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Glory of the FA Cup is Dead and Buried as Teams Prioritise What's Important

Over the last number of years, many news columns have been dedicated to the erosion of the FA Cup. As teams of the highest standard play almost 60 games a season, the FA Cup has often taken on a nuisance value.

As teams challenge for league titles and European titles, the added games that an FA Cup run can bring are being looked at as more and more of a hindrance. But is this right? What motivates teams to turn their back on the oldest knock out competition in the world?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tottenham Put In a Disgraceful Performance To Scrape Past an Unlucky Burnley

An amazing night at Turfmoor saw Burnley overturn a three-goal deficit to take the game into extra time as Spurs floundered. But just when lady luck was needed most, she turned her back on the Championship side and helped Spurs book an undeserved date against Manchester United in the Carling Cup Final.

An Explanation Why Manchester City Will Not Attract the Very Best...Yet

Manchester City signalled their intentions of becoming a footballing super power by trying to sign Kaka from AC Milan for an amazing £100m. In many respects it made sense for City to earmark Kaka as potentially their first major signing this year...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Man City Roller Coaster: Kaka Says No; De Jong, Bellamy Say Yes; Robinho Says...

Sky Sports and the Premier League must truly love the transfer window and Manchester City. In an era where every match is hyped out of all proportion and the back pages are splashed with football stories every day, Sky and the EPL must be thanking their lucky stars for UEFA's idea of the Transfer Window, and now for Manchester City.

Not a moment goes past where either BBC or Sky are talking about the latest stories. Creating soap opera's on top of soap opera's in an attempt is garner more attention upon the EPL.

When Sheik Monsour bought Manchester City, they must have wet themselves. And rightfully so...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Did the Stone Roses Predict the Rise and Fall of Manchester City 20 Years Ago?

The Stone Roses were probably the best band that Britain has produced since the '70s. From Manchester, England they pioneered the "Madchester" movement that inspired such bands as The Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, Oasis, and even the Arctic Monkeys...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spurs Fans Arrested, Charged as Pompey Issue a Warning Ahead of Sunday's Match

In the run up to Sunday's crunch tie with Spurs, Portsmouth have issued a statement to their supporters asking them not to return the abuse and vitriol that was aimed at Sol Campbell when the clubs last met...

Monday, January 12, 2009

FIFA Out To Ban The Slide Tackle

Since the start of this season's English Premier League, referees have been under the spotlight. As the FA launched their pitiful "Respect" campaign, FIFA also made it known that they wanted certain types of tackling eliminated from the game...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ireland's Michael Collins, Conor McCormack Sign with Italian Club Triestina

After leaving Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, the next move for Michael Collins and Conor McCormack was always going to be a deciding one. After receiving a number of offers from clubs in England, Scotland, Sweden, Ireland, and scholarships to America, the two lads have surprisingly decided to turn them all down and opt for a move to Serie B with Triestina...

Prodigal Son Returns as Celtic Beat Dundee To Advance in Scottish Cup

Aiden McGeady returned from club suspension to score the winning goal as Celtic progressed in the Scottish Cup at the expense of Dundee yesterday.

In a miserable day where football was restricted because of the weather, McGeady came up with a moment of brilliance to ease Celtic's hearts and keep them in the hunt for the double of league and cup...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mark Hughes: Come on In, Your Time at Manchester City Is Up...

I think we can all agree that Mark Hughes' time at Manchester City will end sooner rather than later...

The ex-Blackburn manager has been operating under a cloud since Manchester City was bought by Sheikh Mansour, effectively making City the richest club in the world.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur: A Rivalry Explained

As the Community Leader for Tottenham Hotspur on Bleacher Report I tend to write about all things Spurs quite a bit. And with the rivalry between Tottenham and Arsenal I do occasionally get some idiotic comments from idiotic Arsenal fans, as well as few from disgruntled Spurs fans...

Redknapp Signs Defoe for Tottenham and Chases Appiah, Finnan, Given, and Downing

Harry Redknapp made his first signing as Tottenham manager today by bringing Jermain Defoe back to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth for a fee of around £15M.

Spurs won't have to meet Portsmouth's asking price as Pompey still owe Tottenham £10m resulting from them signing Sean Davis, Pedro Mendes, Younes Kaboul, and Defoe from the White Hart Lane outfit.

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Disappointing EPL Season So Far, Cowboy Films, and Spurs v. Wigan...

As someone who writes quite a bit about Spurs, an unenviable task I tell you. I sat down tonight to watch the FA Cup match between Tottenham and Wigan in the hope of writing a match report.

I saw this Friday night match as a good opportunity to write a recap and publish it. I had a monopoly—it was the only match being played...