Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Ryder Cup vs. the English Premier League

This weekend, two of the year's greatest sporting fixtures will go head-to-head, as the Ryder Cup begins in earnest at Celtic Manor in Wales while Arsenal travel across London to take on title rivals Chelsea in a match that is already shaping up as a defining moment in this year's Premier League title race.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Roy Hodgson's Liverpool career is so fresh that the ink has barely dried on his contract. The popular manager has had to endure a trial by fire in his first weeks on the job. But just as he is getting his feet under the table there is a very real chance that he could be sacked.
Make no mistake about; six points from six games for a club with the stature of Liverpool is just not good enough. However, the most discouraging part of the Reds start to the season has been the manner of their performances; ranging from passable to abject.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sobering Weekend for EPL Teams With Champions League Aspirations

Week Six of the EPL season provided huge insight into the main contenders and pretenders for the Premier League title.

Manchester City beat Chelsea in the first heavyweight bout of the season, while Arsenal amazingly slipped up against West Brom at the Emirates.

Liverpool's poor start to the season continued as Spurs lurched to defeat at West Ham in what is already looking like an incredibly inconsistent year ahead for Harry Redknapp's team.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Neymar Needs To Follow Lionel Messi's Example To Avoid Ending Up Like Gazza

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is without doubt the most famous 18-year-old footballer on the planet. The prodigious striker has many suitors. However, following a bust-up of biblical proportions with his manager last week, it would appear as if Chelsea dodged a bullet when their £25 million offer was turned down.
The famous incident with Dorival Jr. came about after the youngster was taken down for a penalty against Atletico Goianiense. With Neymar having missed Santos' last three penalties, Dorival decided to chose another player for the vital spot-kick.
As the penalty was scored Neymar berated Dorival and his team mates on the bench from a height in a tantrum that a two-year-old would have been proud of. Everyone was shocked, from team mates to opponents, especially his manager.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Where To Next for Shay Given, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United or Spurs?

Roberto Mancini has confirmed that Shay Given will be free to leave Manchester City. There is no doubting that the Irishman is one of the best 'keepers in the league, but who will he go to? ArsenalLiverpoolManchester UnitedTottenham Hotspur?Fulham? Or maybe even Newcastle?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard...Rafael van der Vaart?

When one looks to the Premier League to pick out the very best midfielders, a few names always come to the fore. Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes are all phenomenal players with each and every one playing for one of the established powers of English football.
However, with their latest signing, Rafael van der Vaart, Spurs now undoubtedly have a player who can match the very best, which begs the question: Can Spurs progress further with van der Vaart pulling the strings?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Champions League vs. The World Cup: Attacking Football or Negativity? You Decide

The king is dead, long live the king.
The World Cup may be long gone, but this season's UEFA Champions League has kicked off in spectacular fashion with some of the most exciting football seen in decades. You could tell straight from the start that almost every team has learned a valuable lesson from this years World Cup; negativity will only get you so far.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Werder Bremen 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Pretenders Better Than Champions Inter Milan?

Tottenham Hotspur's debut in the Champions League was tinged with bittersweet what ifs as Harry Redknapp's team claimed a deserved point with a 2-2 draw at the Weserstadion against Werder Bremen.
Spurs raced into an early two-goal lead after Finnish international Petri Pasenan diverted Gareth Bale's driven cross into his own net as Peter Crouch was poised to pounce. The England striker then added the second following a sublime cross from Rafael van der Vaart.

Asamoah Gyan: From Black Stars To Black Cats Via Rap Star

Asamoah Gyan helped Sunderland to a share of the points with Wigan at the weekend as he scored on his "perfect debut."
The goal made him an instant hit on Wearside with the Black Cats' vocal support. It did not do him any harm with his teammates either.
However, he had already made his way into their hearts after Darren Bent asked him to sing for the team on the eve of the match. A little known fact about the powerful Ghanaian striker is that he has also produced a number of rap songs under the pseudonym of Baby Jet.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Arsene Wenger: Was He Bitten By A Goalkeeper As A Child?

At the end of last season, the one position that everyone agreed that Arsenal needed to strengthen was goalkeeper.
Simply put, Manuel Almunia is not of title winning calibre. So why hasn't Arsene Wenger moved to replace his much maligned net-minder? Does he have a phobia against goalkeepers!?