Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Window Is Closed & Goals of the Week

Hump Day, yo! The Transfer Window is officially closed. Thank the Lord Maradona! Things can finally calm down a bit. So, how did each Premier League club fare? What about clubs in Spain, Germany, France and Italy? Winners? Losers? Sure. Grades? Fine.

We're going to do one final The Mill. Plus One. Plus Plus One. to tide you over until the window opens again in January.

Chelsea keep buying and loaning. And why not? Smart.

And that's it. No, really. That's all there is. The window is closed and now we're on an international break. Ugh.



Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Transfer Madness & Scribes

Oh, boy. Everyone is freaking out. The window is almost closed. Major awkwardness at Manchester United where David De Gea will not be moving to Real Madrid.


Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern Munich end Leverkusen’s good start without defenders

Where? Italy. Who? Richard Hall. What? Inter Milan's pragmatism a new element under Roberto Mancini

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? The Bolivian soap opera of Julio Baldivieso's coaching appointment

You want an interview? How about one with German Yank Abroad Danny Williams? You want MLS Power Rankings? Bird's on the case. Number One? New York Energy Drink. Number 20? Philadelphia Union.

Besides Scribes, we've got Marcotti's Musings today. Gab is gabbing...Chelsea's issues shared around by Jose Mourinho, Juve's woes, Real still shaky. Ben Lyttleton has a new column. It's called, "Around Europe." We'll give it a go.

And finally...even Heathrow is getting in on the transfer fun.



Monday, August 31, 2015

Transfer Deadline Day, Palace Beat Chelsea, Roma Beat Juventus, Swansea Defeat Manchester United, West Ham Win At Anfield, De Gea to Real Madrid

What is up, party people?! We've got loads of stuff to address today, including several shocking results and the end (finally) of the silly season. De Gea, Draxler, Pogba, Lamela, Chicharito, Martial, Borini, Stones, Austin, Januzaj. As noted in the subject line above, Chelsea's season continues to sputter, Liverpool lost at home to West Ham for the first time since the Oliver Cromwell administration, defending champs Juventus have lost consecutive matches to open a campaign for the first time since, well, the Cromwell Administration, and Swansea made LVG and Giggsy look awkward yet again. Let's roll, beginning in England and Wales...

Peter Berlin: Premier League Notes
Chelsea 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Three Thoughts
Manchester City 2 - 0 Watford: Jamie Jackson at Etihad Stadium
Swansea City 2 - 1 Manchester United: Stuart James at the Liberty Stadium
Liverpool 0 - 3 West Ham: Andy Hunter at Anfield
Liverpool 0 - 3 West Ham: Three Thoughts

Down in Spain, Real Madrid rocked Real Betis, Eibar beat neighbors Bilbao, and Barcelona edged Malaga thanks to a goal from Messi Suarez Neymar Thomas Vermaelen (?!). Here's a Weekend Review. More on La Liga mañana con El Sid. In Serie A, besides the Roma/Juve clash, Inter beat new-boys Carpi, Sampdoria and Napoli drew, Chievo crushed Lazio, and Milan beat Empoli. Here's a Weekend Review. More on the Italian scene domani con Paolo.

They're playing footie Stateside, don't you know? Here are Five Things We Learned in Major League Soccer this weekend, along with a Recap. Highlights? Here.

That big USA/Mexico match is coming up in October. It'll be at the Rose Bowl. Grant Wahl has an interesting article about it here.

Russia 2018. Shitshow. SPECTRE FIFA. Alec Luhn reports from St. Petersburg.

And about a Gareth Bale goal?