Monday, December 31, 2007
While it is a comment that applies to entire teams, the half-term report card for certain players contains the unwanted words 'could do better'. The only consolation is that the second half of the season presents an immediate opportunity for improvement. But if not, it won't represent a year to remember for the following:
West Ham 2 - 1 Manchester United
Everton 1 - 4 Arsenal
Gunners finding new ways to win
Tottenham 6 - 4 Reading
Berbatov nets four in schoolyard contest
Manchester City 0 - 0 Liverpool
Title chances fading fast for Rafa
Birmingham 1 - 1 Fulham
Bocanegra heads in a point for Hodgson
Wigan 1 - 2 Aston Villa
Villians drive toward Europe
Chelsea 2 - 1 Newcastle
When cheers turn to jeers
We may have come with the intention of issuing the last rights to Sam Allardyce's troubled reign as Newcastle manager, but a more accurate assessment of the day's happenings may be that this was the beginning of the end of Avram Grant's controversial reign as Chelsea manager.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Look for normal service to resume on Monday. Cheers, Sanford.
p.s. - Here's what Lawro thinks will happen this weekend in the EPL.
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Inter underline their superiority
Friday, December 21, 2007
Two things in today’s news really piss me off. First: Fulham sack Sanchez. Now, it’s not so much the action of sacking Lawrie that gets me, it’s the fact that they sacked Chris Coleman to begin with. He had them competing and staying in the Premiership year in and year out. How can you expect Fulham to be a top-10 side? You cannot, it’s that simple. They’ll have good years and bad, but Coleman was an expert at getting the most out of very limited resources. And they sacked him. Now they’re screwed and it’s a shame, especially since they’ve got three Yanks in the team. Second: Peter Crouch. What is he thinking? I can’t say anything more – just read the bloody article below. Alec sums up my opinion well so no need for me to repeat here.Oh, and Everton travel to Old Trafford. That's not bad either.
The rivalry between supporters and players at local derby matches often has its roots in the respective histories of the clubs and their communities. The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is no exception.
Here's the draw for the first knock-out stage of the Champions League:
Celtic v Barcelona
Lyon v Manchester United
Schalke v Porto
Liverpool v Inter Milan
AS Roma v Real Madrid
Arsenal v AC Milan
Olympiakos v Chelsea
Fenerbahce v Sevilla
Champions League: Arsenal draw AC Milan
Last 16 guide
This really is a heap of shite. According to Crouchy it's only those dirty conniving foreigners who dive and cheat. Perhaps he should check out his club team mate Steven Gerrard or England team Michael Owen. Of course when they go down too easily and feign injury it's considered being clever. Wanker.
Crouch lays into Mikel and blames 'foreign' fakers
Rise of the two-footed lunge
Thursday, December 20, 2007
5) Last-day relegation battle. Carlos Tevez scores at Old Trafford to complete an escape that was as improbable as it was controversial; meanwhile at Bramall Lane, Emile Heskey delivers an immense defensive performance and David Unsworth converts a penalty to relegate the team with whom he began the season. As drama goes, this beats the pants off Hollyoaks.
Arsène Wenger's policy of selecting Carling Cup youth teams buoys his players and points to a bright future.
Bottom of the league at Christmas? Many a manager would be more likely to reach for the Prozac than ProZone, but Paul Jewell is intent on using the second half of this season to get Derby County up to speed and ready to fulfill their potential.
Chelsea v Everton
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
First legs to be played week commencing Jan 7
Second legs week commencing Jan 21
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Manchester City have got their man. Nery Castillo will join on a 12-month loan deal in January, leaving Shakhtar Donetsk behind.
The Ukrainian outfit paid over 20 million euros to Olympiakos this summer for the 23-year-old, who apparently helped wealthy City - bankrolled by Thai magnate Thaksin Shinawatra - pay for his signature.
(What's up with that body ink? Are those his parents? - Ed.)
With a young generation of Argentines coming through the ranks - and fast conquering Europe - Nick Dorrington looks at the most promising youngsters (under 20) still in the country.
Glebe Park, Brechin City
One of the most beautiful grounds I’ve seen; go there on a spring morning when the air is as fresh and crisp as only Scottish air can be and marvel at the only football ground in Europe with a hedge surrounding its perimeter. When I went there, a bloke was trimming it with a pair of clippers and I wept with joy. Groundtastic!
The multi-millionaire players had booked out the entire four-star hotel on Monday night for the squad Christmas party. They told their WAGs - wives and girlfriends - to stay at home and invited 100 models and dancers, for what one observer described as a "drinking, lap dancing and gambling marathon". (Ummm...classy!!) -Ed.
But the party came to an abrupt halt at 4.15am yesterday morning when the police received a 999 call alleging that there had been a rape in the building.
And Tony Cascarino on Christmas Parties: Scrap Them
Ashley Cole is likely to find out today if he faces a Football Association charge for aiming a two-finger salute at Arsenal fans.The FA have confirmed they are examining all available evidence before deciding whether to take disciplinary action over Sunday's alleged incident.
Blackburn 2 - 3 Arsenal
Eduardo strike wins it in extra-time thriller
Richard Jolly at Ewood Park
Manchester City 0 - 2 Tottenham
100% home record shattered by Spurs
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This guy is quality, but I can't see Bayern selling him.
Record profits may fund Manchester United move for Philipp Lahm
Its amazing how many people hate Arsenal, and I am not just talking about Spurs fans. When you ask them why, more often than not the answer will be something along the lines of 'I like the way they play, but they're just so many dickheads in the team'. Well there seems to be another with Emmanuel Eboué. He goes down at the brush of a feather and moans like a spoilt child when things don't go his way. But above all he has a mean, vicious streak that should have seen him sent off against Boro and Chelsea. His snide, over the top tackle has put John Terry, who committed a similar tackle during the game, out for 6 to 12 weeks.
Terry faces up to three months out with broken bones in foot
Goal.com USA's Matthew Braine runs down the happenings of the Americans in England this past weekend.
Updated: With time running out before the transfer window opens, clubs are already busy planning their shopping lists for the New Year. Speculation has been rife for the past month over who will end up where after Christmas, so here's a breakdown of some of the major transfer talk.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Jolley breaks down the chances of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool as we head into the congested winter schedule.
And then there were three...
Ottmar Hitzfeld's tactical shortcomings with Bayern Munich are in danger of making him a lame duck manager. Herr Honigstein reports:
General struggles to inspire troops as Bayern flounder again
The first 45 minutes at the Emirates suggested we were going to see more of the crap served up by ManU and Liverpool, but not so. The 2nd 45 may have lacked a touch of quality - at one stage it seemed the teams were competing in a private miss of the season competition - but was not short on excitement. At the beginning on the season I said I thought the Gunners would rely a great deal on Gallas, but I never thought it would be through his goal scoring ability.
William Gallas delivers killer blow for Arsenal
Ghost of Jose Mourinho comes back to haunt Chelsea
Terry injury changes game and may sway Capello
Cole Could Face Disciplinary Action