Sunday, October 24, 2010

The English Premier League's Fittest Fans

The NHS has just completed a survey of English Premier League fans. The online analysis was completed by over 25,000 fans from across the country, and its findings are not kind...

With many EPL teams based in areas where men die prematurely, the National Health Service decided to try and educate these fans by setting up an online questionnaire for them to fill out.

In a gentle way the questionnaire probed for fitness, eating and alcohol consumption type trends. When the survey was finished all the data was compiled into a football league of fitness, or obese levels as you'll see.

For the vast majority of the London based teams, the news was good. Unless you frequent Craven Cottage of a regular Saturday afternoon, that is, 49 percent of Fulham's fans are overweight and they finished in the lowest position for London and are the un-healthiest team of fans in the EPL...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rafael Benitez Goes Eric Cantona Crazy As Inter Beat Gareth Bale and Spurs 4-3

On the eve of Liverpool’s, sorry Inter Milan’s, 4-3 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, Rafael Benitez delivered one of the most bizarre press conferences of all time. It will be a moment that will go down in football folklore and leaves Rafa looking like a very bitter man indeed.

Think back to the mid-90s and Eric Cantona’s famous press conference  "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." Or maybe even Sam Allardyce saying that he was more suited to managing the likes of Inter Milan or Real Madrid—you get the picture.

Well, Rafa outdid them all.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson, Manchester Dis-United and Contract Ploys?

The news that Wayne Rooney has told Manchester United that he wants to leave seems to have hit the club like a bolt out of the blue.

However, this has been coming for a long time, as his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson has somewhat soured over the last seven months or so.

Amidst growing rumours over the weekend, United Chief Executive David Gill spoke tersely to the press stating that the very idea of Rooney leaving the club was nothing short of "nonsense."

But just 24 hours later, it would appear that the striker’s advisors have firstly halted contract talks and followed that up by saying Rooney also wants to leave the club.

The news that the club's best player, by a million miles, wants to leave will be a bitter blow for Alex Ferguson to take.

Having brought Rooney to the club as a prodigious 18-year-old from Everton in 2004, many felt that the wily Scot was putting the pieces together for his last great side before retirement...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Everton vs. Liverpool Preview: The 214th Merseyside Derby Is Strangest Ever

After the most traumatic week in Merseyside history, Liverpool (18th) take the small trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton (17th) in what could be a defining moment in both teams seasons. Neither side has started the season well and a defeat to the fierce rivals could see the losing team mired in the relegation battle for the rest of the year.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

EPL Tactical Preview: Everton vs Liverpool / Blackpool vs. Man City / Wolves vs. West Ham

We're only in Week 8 of the 2010/11 EPL season and there have already been a multitude of defining moments.
This weekend will be just as important, if not more. Here we look at what many feel will be the three most important fixtures of this match day: Everton vs. Liverpool, Blackpool vs. Manchester City, and Wolves vs. West Ham.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Liverpool Sale Hit By Hicks and Gillett's Texan Court Order

The saga at Liverpool took a massive twist tonight as a Texan court has granted a temporary restraining order on the sale of Liverpool FC to New England Sports Venture for £300 million.
Just as the board at Liverpool (Broughton, Purslow, and Ayre) was meeting John Henry at Anfield to discuss the finer points of the sale, Tom Hicks and George Gillett seem to have flung one last throw of the dice by claiming damages up to $1.6 billion.
Earlier, Mr. Justice Floyd had ruled in favour of Martin Broughton and the board of LFC after finding that Tom Hicks and George Gillett breached their contract with RBS when they tried to dissolve the board following Broughton’s acceptance of John Henry’s £300 million bid for the club.
The American owners openly admitted through a statement read by their representative in court that they had indeed breached their contract with RBS but argued that the duo had little option after being frozen out by “the home team.”

Matty Burrows: His Two Wonder Goals and Steven Davis' Crappy Corner!

Within the space of three days, Northern Irish football produced three of the best “What Happened Next” moments in the history of football.
His audacious back-heeled volley from the edge of the box has catapulted the hitherto unknown Glentoran striker into being mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Diego Maradona, Pele, Lionel Messi and Archie Gemmill for when it comes to talking about the greatest goals ever scored.
Then on Friday, Oct. 8, Steven Davis saw himself inserted in football blooper reels for years to come before Burrows contributed with yet another wonder goal on the Saturday!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Harry Redknapp On Liverpool and Danny Murphy On Tackling: Misguided Defence of Hodgson?

Within the space of a couple of days, both Harry Redknapp and Danny Murphy issued extensive comments about two of the hottest topics concerning the English footballing world at the moment, the financial situation at Liverpool and dangerous tackling, respectively.
But were those comments genuine attempts at voicing their opinions or just misguided attempts at something else completely?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LFC Saved from Administration by Boston Red Sox Bid But Face Battle For Club

Liverpool FC has been saved from the ignominy of administration and a potential nine point reduction by the £300 million bid from John Henry and the New England Sporting Venture.
After years of uncertainty under American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, fans of the club were given the news they were all dying to hear today. Chairman Martin Broughton has received a formal bid for the club from Boston Red Sox owner John Henry and if a legal dispute can be resolved by October 8 the world famous club could find itself moving towards a new era.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool: Black and Orange Leaves Anfield Red All Over

Ian Holloway's Blackpool produced the result of this or any other season today by beating Premiership giants Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield. It was all the newly promoted team deserved as their adventurous approach caused many problems for Roy Hodgson's struggling side.
If anyone thought that Liverpool was in a false position before today, they will have to reassess their thinking. Blackpool's victory was earned well. The Seasiders played without fear and took the game to their much vaunted hosts.
Blackpool raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Charlie Adam and Luke Varney before the much maligned Sotirios Krygiakos headed the Reds back into the game.

Rafael Van Der Vaart-Man Smokes Twente Before Dispatching Villains

Tottenham Hotspur fans could be forgiven for thinking that Harry Redknapp has signed a super-hero for them as Rafael van der Vaart put in another man-of-the-match performance to inspire his team to come from behind against Aston Villa today.
In little over just one month, van der Vaart has almost become the most important player in the Tottenham Hotspur dressing room. An obvious bargain at just £8 million, the Dutch playmaker has been in incredible form for Spurs since joining from Real Madrid.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Plans Are Designed Towards Club Becoming Challengers

Tottenham Hotspur, fresh from the exertions of a thrilling 4-1 victory over FC Twente at White Hart Lane, have signalled their intentions of moving towards the elite of English football by announcing not one but two potential stadium moves.