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Articles Archive for February 2010

Almost two years ago to the day, Arsenal’s title dream was shattered on a day remembered for all the wrong reasons at St Andrew’s.
The Gunners’ slipped to a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City after holding a commanding two-goal advantage, and the image of William Gallas’ sulking in the centre circle was forever etched into the memory of every English football fanatic.
But it was the shocking injury to Eduardo da Silva, the Croatian striker, which triggered this landslide of events, as the horrific sight of their talisman’s stricken body with his foot …

Swansea cemented their position in the play-offs after a 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium which meant Posh’s poor away record continued.
Jim Gannon had to deal with Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Aaron Mclean, three players generally regarded as the catalysts behind Posh’s last two promotion pushes, all out with a timely ‘illness’, whether the official reason they were left out is actually to be believed is up for debate. Gannon still persisted with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation however with Tommy Rowe being pushed forward to left winger and Scott …

Sensational.

No Surrender Banner Pre-Match at Ibrox
As I took my seat at Ibrox nearly 40 minutes before kick-off, you could already smell the tension and passion in the cold air. Even with 20 minutes to go, the gestures were flying back and forth and the obscenities were being passed across the stadium. An Old Firm derby is quite special, if you haven’t experienced it, I’d encourage you to do so. The one-minute silence before kick-off for former Rangers goalkeeper Gerry Neef was disgracefully interrupted by Celtic supporters, just like on Rememberance …

Asian qualifiers Australia have officially revealed their new away shirt that they will wear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The team qualified comfortably for the 2010 tournament after finishing top of their five team qualification group. Progressing to the World Cup has become a much easier obstable for the Australian national team ever since they moved to the Asian confederation. When they finished top of the Oceanic region, they then had to face the team who finished 5th in the South American section in a two legged play off …

Asian nation South Korea have officially revealed their new away shirt that they will wear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The 2002 co-hosts qualified relatively comfortably from the Asian qualification section after winning four and drawing four matches to top their group ahead of rivals North Korea. The team have been drawn in a tricky qualification group alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Greece. They will hope to take advantage of Nigeria’s managerial problems and Greece’s inexperience at this level to sneak 2nd place in the group.

The new South Korea 2010 …

Leicester claimed their first back to back victories since Boxing day, and they also made it eight games unbeaten after they defeated Nottingham Forest 3-0 at the Walkers Stadium.
That vital win means Leicester stay in 5th position; however for local rivals Nottingham Forest they slip out of the top two at the expense of West Brom.
Leicester scored their first thanks to a lovely strike from Bruno Berner, and around ten minutes later Paul Gallagher’s fantastic free-kick found the left-hand corner of the net.
The “Foxes” secured all three points after Andy King latched onto a well driven …

Fabio Cappelo has announced his squad for England’s last game at Wembley before this summer’s World Cup. Everton’s Leighton Baines and Aston Villa’s Steven Warnock are the left backs in the squad, taking the place of injured Ashley Cole and unavailable for selection Wayne Bridge.
Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross gets his first international call-up just hours afer being sent off for a tackle that broke Aaron Ramsey’s leg.
March 3rd Squad:
Goalkeepers: Green (West Ham), Hart (Birmingham), James (Portsmouth)
Defenders: Brown (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham), Lescott (Man City), Shawcross (Stoke), Baines (Everton), …

This week has seen Roberto Mancini come under increasing pressure about his future as manger of Manchester City Football Club…… after just months in charge!
Will we ever learn that sacking a manager is just a brief moment of joy which brings the same sort of frustrations that were feeling now in the long run? We haven’t won a trophy in 34 years, that’s a fact. But, we haven’t given a manager a sustained period of time in charge of the club to try and end this baron spell. We have …

The tabloids in recent weeks have been awash with stories circling John Terry’s affair and Ashley Cole’s separation and there now seems to be a thinner line between celebrity and footballer. Once a footballer progresses in the world of football, he expects to be treated as a celebrity and this shouldn’t be the case. After the recent Bridge/Terry scandal huge disruption has been caused in the England squad resulting in Wayne Bridge effectively retiring from the national squad and no doubt rifts in the team will rear their ugly heads …

With the World Cup approaching, I have decided to name my England squad and starting eleven for the World Cup. There will be many shock inclusions and will include players doubtful for the finals.
Goalkeepers
Possibly the weakest area in the team with in my view little options and what I consider weak compared to some of the other teams.
JOE HART is my first choice at the minute as I think he is currently the best goalkeeper in the Premier League due to his outstanding form for Birmingham City.
BEN FOSTER would be my …