Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A victory for football? Without a doubt.
Barcelona, inspired by the sublime Lionel Messi beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Champions League Final in Rome tonight. But in truth they gave the English Premier League Champions a real lesson in football.
Despite Aston Villa finishing sixth, and going for almost two months without a win. This season was a massively successful one for Midland team and their manager, Martin O'Neill.
Launching an assault on fourth place with one of the smallest squads in the EPL is not an easy thing to do, and for almost three quarters of the season, Aston Villa made that position their own.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Liverpool FC have just had their best ever finish to a Premiership season. Coming in a close second to Manchester United, the team from Anfield have finally made that small step that seems a mile, to challenge for the title. Now, comes the hard part, winning the title...
From time to time with certain articles, you're bound to find the odd troll or two. Sometimes they'll uncloak on one of your own pieces, sometimes you're able to sit back and watch the fireworks. Whatever the case, here's a method for dealing with them.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As Arsenal and Arsene Wenger celebrate 13 years together as a happily married couple, it finally appears as if Le Prof is ready to enter divorce proceedings and leave for Real Madrid.
Meanwhile in Ireland, the National Assets Management Agency, could be heading for a showdown with the Arsenal board...
Apparently Manchester City have released pictures of what next season's jersey is going to look like. It's the usual sky blue. A nice jersey. Nothing really stands out as being spectacular, until you get to the sponsor.
With ADUG at the helm, and millions if not billions of oil money being readily available for Mark Hughes (if he's there long enough) to launch a title bid. Manchester City's owners have decided to advertise one of their local airlines.
Etihad is one of the world's best airlines, anyone that has been lucky enough to have flown with them will testify to their friendliness and professionalism. For City, it's a match made in heaven.
Associated with one of the world's leading brands. What could go wrong?
Well, nobody really checked to see what Etihad means.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
As Manchester United wrapped up their 18th league title and their 11th under Alex Ferguson, a fore-lorn Carlos Tevez waved to the crowd, as if saying goodbye, after he was once again singled out by the Scot and substituted.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Arsenal have suffered another humiliating loss at home.
After Tuesday's debacle against Manchester United, Chelsea inflicted further damage to the fragile minds of Arsene Wenger's Gunners with a comprehensive 4-1 defeat.
The question now on most Gooner's minds now is, where do we go from here?
Bill Shankly once said “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.”It's something he eventually became quite ashamed with, and after the recent death of Wilson Palacios' brother, football can be seen for what it really is for many, a simple distraction.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Rafael Benitez has indicated that Liverpool are now poised to challenge Manchester United's dominance for the Premier League over the coming seasons...
With the season winding down and West Ham on the verge of making the new Europa League, the Hammers have received the devastating news from UEFA that they will not be allowed to compete in Europe unless they acquire a UEFA Licence.
Friday, May 8, 2009
There have been many debates surrounding who has the best transfer record, Rafa or Fergie?
It's not an easy question to answer, there are many elements to consider. Trophies, time spent at the club, progress of the player, and the club. With that in mind I went back to 1986 to review Fergies track record in the transfer market.
Then after completing that, we'll compare his record over the last five years with Rafa's. And then just for good measure we'll throw in Wenger's record for good measure too...
Thursday, May 7, 2009
UEFA and football fans everywhere were the real winners of Barcelona's clash with Chelsea last night. And we now have a potential match of the ages to look forward to, United vs Barca, Ronaldo vs Messi, Puyol vs Rooney, Eto'o vs Vidic.
The Catalan side delivered a knockout blow to the Pensioners when little Andreas Iniesta popped up in injury time to score from the edge of the box to break Chelsea's heart, after they had taken the lead through a sensational 25 yard strike from Michael Essien.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Just like a sudden sharp pain down your left arm on a cold Tuesday night, Liverpool's supporters were blindsided by financial auditors KPMG's latest findings into their club.
Unable to repay their loan debts in January, Liverpool's owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, made arrangements with RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) and Wachovia to repay their financial arrangements on July 24, a sum of £350m.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Two goals in the opening 11 minutes ended Arsenal's slim hopes of going to the Champions League Final in Rome this year. Ji-Sung Park and a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick effectively handed the tie to Manchester United, who had come into the game with a slender 1-0 lead, after their near total domination over the Gunners in the first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo then added a second goal to leave an unassailable 3-0 lead on the night after a superb United counter attack from an Arsenal corner. (0-4 agg)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Newcastle's Joey Barton feigning innocence after his vicious assault on Xabi Alonso yesterday, the 3-0 loss effectively makes next week's match against Middlesbrough a cup tie. Elsewhere United put Liverpool under pressure for the first time in a while and the race for the Europa League heated up.
Ricky Hatton suffered a devastating second-round knockout in his world title fight against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last night. The title fight for the IBO light welterweight belt was ended after Hatton was brutally dispatched by the champions lightning strikes.