Thursday, October 07, 2010
The furor over Nigel de Jong's X-rated tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa over the weekend continues to rage, with De Jong dropped by the Netherlands for the upcoming slate of international matches. Fortunately for Nigel, Ryan "Not That Kind of Player" Shawcross, whose firm-but-fair testing of players like Francis Jeffers, Emmanual Adebayor and most famously Aaron Ramsey has resulted in a cumulative 2 seasons lost to injury by the aforementioned players, has leaped to his defense:
"You have just got to accept in these times, with the ball moving so fast and the player moving so fast, sometimes you are going to mis-time tackles and that is when injuries can happen."
Yes, that's right, fault is to be found with fast players moving the ball too quickly. Skill players of the world take heed; the onus is on you to make yourselves and the ball available for tackling at moderate speeds or it's your own fault when injuries happen and you find yourself with a double fracture which will shorten your career and hurt for the rest of your life.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Roy Hodgson always was likely to face two problems at Liverpool: that his football was too boring for the fans, and that his training was too boring for the players. A certain stodginess leading to long-term grumbling was perhaps to be expected, but what nobody predicted was that Liverpool would be as bad as it has been so far this season, and that there would be immediate outrage.
A year after celebrating their first U.S. Open Cup title nearly 3,000 miles away from home, the Seattle Sounders FC thoroughly enjoyed a second straight title before their home fans.
Tuesday night, nearly all of the U.S. Open Cup record 31,311 stuck around as Keller raised the trophy for the second straight year, then paraded around the field with his family and teammates in tow.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has warned of "civil unrest" and "riots" if Tottenham win ownership of the Olympic Stadium in east London.
You do not want to make him angry...
The board of Liverpool has agreed to sell the club to the US owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team following an extraordinary boardroom wrangle that seems to signal the end of Tom Hicks and George Gillett's turbulent three-year ownership.
Liverpool FC chairman expects £300m sale to go through next week.
Liverpool FC: Life under the control of Tom Hicks and George Gillett
When baseball meets football: Boston and Liverpool
Dale Johnson: John W. Henry profile
A profile of Liverpool's prospective new owner
John Brewin: Out of the frying pan?
Gregg Roughley: A case of here we go again?
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
A week ago, all was doom and gloom; now, there is optimism. Sevilla are a changed club under new coach Gregorio Manzano.
Sevilla get their season going ... all it took was to ditch the mother-in-law.
The Sounders host the Columbus Crew in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup final Tuesday night.
A year ago, the Sounders felt slighted when D.C. United was awarded the final, leaving Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer to engage in a media war of words with United president Kevin Payne. Seattle walked away with the satisfaction of a 2-1 victory and its first championship in its inaugural season.
Nigel de Jong's tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa raises questions of exactly what constitutes an acceptable challenge.
Another big game, another defeat for Arsenal, another Didier Drogba goal and another demonstration of the gulf that currently exists between Chelsea and their London rivals. Some things seemingly never change at the top of the Premier League, no matter what the Sky hype machine would have you believe. The most exciting league in the world? Well, who didn’t see this result coming?
In a rare lull in play during a frantic first half, the baiting of Ashley Cole from the Arsenal supporters reached a fierce crescendo. As he waited to take a throw-in, the Chelsea left-back made a subtle response. He pointed to the Premier League champions badge on his left sleeve. No more needed to be said.
It only requires ten minutes on Twitter to gauge the strength of feeling for and against Nigel de Jong in the wake of his challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa on Sunday which left the Newcastle winger with a double break of his left leg.
I'm flying to back to Rio and feeling a bit jealous of people who live in the Midlands - not a sentence you're likely to come across every day.
Next Monday, Brazil come to Derby to face Ukraine, giving fans at Pride Park the chance to have a close look at a fascinating moment in the development of the five-times world champions.
There will be no beers and lederhosen for the Bundesliga champions after another defeat left them 13 points behind Mainz.
Oktoberfest cancelled for Bayern as Dortmund inflict fresh humiliation.
Off the pitch the relationship between Inter and Juve remains as fractious as ever, but last night's match was a sedate affair.
Peace breaks out in the Derby D'Italia as Inter and Juve draw a blank.
Why do some teams improve when they lose their best players? Because football isn't very logical?
Or perhaps in order to do well this season in Spain your team's name must start with a 'V'?
Valencia and Villarreal, in that order, are making this a fun season so far, and although the Auld Firm are very close behind, there are reasons for several teams in La Liga to be both cheerful and aspirational, perhaps until the winter winds begin to truly blow.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Not this year...
Mario lets the Inter fans know what he thinks of their taunts...
Inter Milan 0 - 0 Juventus: Report
Designated Player Infusion Could Beckon For MLS -- Rule change opens door for DP additions throughout the league.
Liverpool miss their snarling Argentinian, and other thoughts from the weekend's Premier League action.
Roy Hodgson's reign as Liverpool manager has declined at such speed that even owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were spared Anfield's wrath for a few brief moments on Sunday.
It currently requires events of previously uncharted mediocrity to divert The Kop's attention away from the despised owners, but Hodgson's Liverpool achieved it as Blackpool joined Northampton Town in leaving Anfield triumphant this season.
Liverpool supporters, with no serious form for ever demanding managerial change despite thousands gathering in the streets in protest against the American duo, chanted the name of Anfield icon Kenny Dalglish as Hodgson's tenure moved ominously from transition to crisis.
Elsewhere, Everton climbed off the foot of the table with their first win of the season, Rafael van der Vaart stole the show at White Hart Lane, while Manchester City rose to second place. Wigan Athletic's first league win of the term at the DW Stadium was marred by a horrible tackle by Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Karl Henry that rightly resulted in a red card, with the victim Jordi Gomez fortunate to escape serious injury. Draw specialists Fulham played out a 1-1 result against West Ham United at Upton Park.
Chelsea 2 - 0 Arsenal
Kevin McCarra at Stamford Bridge
Liverpool 1 - 2 Blackpool
Andy Hunter at Anfield
Manchester City 2 - 1 Newcastle
Richard Jolly at Eastlands
Ian Whittell at Eastlands
West Ham 1 - 1 Fulham
James Callow at Upton Park