Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Mega Insanity Super Post

Wow! How do we get our head around all the madness? And that's just the madness off the pitch. We're going to have to begin, of course, with the TRANSFER WINDOW! Let's all slowly inhale, arms up, hold...and slowly exhale. Good. That's better. The window is shut and we can all move on.
Thumbs up for Gareth!
You know what? There's a podcast today. Let's begin there and see what the guys think of everything. Jimbo and Co. are into all of this: On today's controversial Tuesday edition of Football Weekly, James Richardson is joined by Gregg Bakowski, Paul MacInnes and Jacob Steinberg to look back on all the last minute madness as the transfer window slammed shut. We discuss the winners and losers - and breathe a big sigh of relief that it's all over (yes, we're looking at you, Gareth Bale). Plus, we look back on some actual football, including Arsenal's pre-Ozil north London derby win, Liverpool's victory over the distinctly un-champion champions, and loads and loads of goals in Serie A. Rafa Honigstein joins us to analyse Chelsea's Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich, and Sid Lowe is so hot on the scent of the imposters involved in the failed attempts to take Ander Herrera from Bilbao to Manchester United that, er, we don't speak to him.

So, the hacks consider Arsenal's capture of Ozil to be the biggest move of the day (considering Bale's move wasn't really "of the day." The always astute Amy Lawrence has a level-headed look at the new addition to North London.

Elsewhere, Manchester United finally got Fellaini, Everton brought in Gareth Barry and Lukaku, and Liverpool landed centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori. Here's a closer look. And here are 10 things we're betting you didn't know about the BPL new boys. For instance, Craig Noone, the winger Cardiff bought from Brighton, has made it to the Premier League barely five years after tiling Steven Gerrard's roof as he combined the day job with part-time football at Southport. Gerrard's wife, Alex Curran, would provide him with a soft drink and a sausage roll to help fuel his labours. Yummmmm...sausage roll...

The Dirty Tackle has chosen to focus on United's summer transfer window bumblings.

Meanwhile, Sky gives us their Top Ten Summer Deals.

Back on the continent, after dropping £56 million for Kaka four year ago, Real Madrid let him go back to Milan. For free. And you wonder why we're banging heads on walls at SSN Headquarters.

OK, enough transfer crapola. We're done with it for now, thank God. There were actual matches over the weekend. Played on fields of green. We'll break it down quickly:

Spain: Phil Ball is there, and he's talking Atletico Madrid's attempts to break the Barca/Real monopoly. Duopoly? Sid Lowe is also over there. He's talking about the steak fighting back, whatever that means. Whatever it does mean, there was some incredible football played in La Liga, we're told.

Italy: Paolo Bandini is there and he's talking about Jersey boy Giuseppe Rossi's resurgence.

Germany: Raphael Honigstein was not there so we'll have to settle for this review.

Right! On to the big matches in England over the weekend. Liverpool beat Manchester United. David Moyes still cannot seem to get one over on his former neighbors. Richard Jolly was at Anfield.

Meanwhile, in the North London Derby, Arsenal prevailed thanks to an Olivier Giroud goal. David Hytner was at the Emirates. And here are some player ratings.

Let's hit the numbers from the weekend in the Premier League, shall we? Five Thoughts. Ten Talking Points. Good. Here's your bloody Team of the Week. And a wee review.

OK, that's about all we can handle today. Sit down, take a load off, relax...

Just because.

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