Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Say Yes to Racism, Only Jews and Pussies, Scribes, MLS Reviews, Di Matteo in at Schalke, Roy Keane is Talking, The Zlatan is Talking

Fun times in Turin...

Hey Hey Hey! Loads to get through today! Some good stuff, too. Some not so good stuff, too. Paolo looks back at the referee-dominated Juve/Roma clash, Roy Keane is always suffering, The Zlatan is laughing, Sid Lowe is talking about the Valencia revival, more racist idiots, and Major League Soccer is providing some decent entertainment. Let's roll...

Gotta love The Zlatan, folks. Here's a great interview with the Swedish Sensation with the Big Nose.

Scribe Time!

Where? Spain. Who? Sid Lowe. What? Nuno hails Valencia's attacking style

Where? Spain. Again? Yes. OK. Who? Andy Brassell. What? Mathieu has gone from underwhelming to essential at Barca

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Kaka has stolen the spotlight, but Romulo's Brazil call-up is salient

Where? Germany. Who? Uli Hesse. What? Bayern's unique history with Oktoberfest

Where? Germany. Again? Yes. OK. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Dortmund threatened by new money

Where? Italy. Who? Paolo Bandini. What? Referee overshadows Juve/Roma

Roy Keane. We're scared shitless of the man. Always have been. Dude claims to live with a “self-destruct button.” No kidding, pal. Hang in there, though. One day at a time. Here are some of the best quotes from his book. The Schmeichel story is quite good.

Well, would you look at this? Former West Brom and Chelsea gaffer Roberto Di Matteo is the new man in charge at Schalke. Best of luck to you, Roberto.

It is Tuesday, and that means it's time for Marcotti's Musings. Today, Gab is gabbing about Juve-Roma flawed but brilliant, Arsenal and Chelsea battle, Dortmund's woe. Go and gab.

He's got a new manager!!

The Diving German has picked his squad for the Landon Donovan Tribute Match this Friday against Ecuador. Here it is:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Nick Rimando

Defenders: John Anthony Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Greg Garza, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Tim Ream, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Corona, Mikkel Diskerud, Luis Gil, Julian Green, Alfredo Morales

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Joe Gyau, Miguel Ibarra, Bobby Wood

More crap with racist assholes today, sadly. Currently making headlines are Levski Sophia fans thanks to their "Say Yes To Racism" banner, and Partizan Belgrade fans thanks to the, "Only Jews and Pussies" banner they produced last week during the match with Spurs. UEFA has fined Partizan £30,000 and they'll have a section of their stadium closed for their next European match. Fuck off, Neanderthals.

Can you believe after all of the fabulous action on the pitches in Europe that there is also some pretty solid soccer happening Stateside? We're sorry, but it's true. Apparently Robbie Keane is lighting things up and D.C. United are going to the playoffs. Playoffs?! Playoffs?! Indeed. Take a look. Interested in Power Rankings? Bird's got them.

Podcast! On today's Football Weekly, AC Jimbo has Jacob Steinberg, Paolo Bandini and Ian McCourt in the pod to give their two-penneth on all the big talking points from the weekend in the Premier League. We start at Stamford Bridge, where José Mourinho once again out-witted poor Arsène Wenger to consign the Gunners to another defeat against Chelsea. The Blues stay five points clear of Manchester City, who beat Aston Villa – and look who's crept up to fourth: it's plucky Manchester United and their wonder-keeper David de Gea! Next, we hear from Sid Lowe as we begin our European round-up, which today takes in stops in Iceland and Scotland.

OK, we out.



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