Articles Archive for January 2011
GettyImages, Ronaldo can’t hide his frustration as Real Madrid toil against Osasuna
I don’t normally write about Spanish football, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. As I sat on my sofa watching Cristiano Ronaldo‘s face of frustration I couldn’t help but smirk. Osasuna completely played Madrid off the park, with a beautiful finish from Camuñas. Now seven points behind Barcelona, and with the Spainsh head to head system, Madrid would need Barcelona to lose twice and beat them six-nil. Nothing is impossible, but I wouldn’t put a bet on it.
Who doesn’t …
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Tottenham‘s travelling fans will have been looking forward to their FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Fulham in what promised to be a very exciting and closely contested battle. What happened however showed the changing fortunes of two teams enduring a period of transition, with Fulham coming out 4-0 winners on the day. Could Spurs’ exit from the FA Cup be a blessing in disguise? Will Fulham see this as an excellent opportunity to get to get to Wembley, given the Fifth Round Draw?
Before focusing on Spurs’ frailties in this …
I thought I would share my thoughts with you about a few things.
1) Please, Liverpool, sell Fernando Torres for £50 million. He clearly doesn’t want to play for the club anymore and they need players who can lift them back to the better days by putting in the passion and grit. Fernando will be no loss if this season is anything to go by, and if he doesn’t want to play for Liverpool, then his performances are unlikely to improve. Which was the only game this season that he played well in? Chelsea. Where might …
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A look at the ways in which Javier Hernandez is reminiscent of a young Michael Owen, and the differing futures that lie ahead of the two strikers who shot Manchester United in to the Fifth Round of the FA cup on Saturday.
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Today I took a survey here in Italy asking non Premier League followers what they thought about the Red Devils Striker. A good 95% of them answered “Well I haven’t heard about him lately.” and asked me how he was doing when I told them he had scored only two goals so far in the Premier League they all had an incredulous face.
And that is the most adequate face to describe his horrendous season. Many things have changed negatively for him this season such as his fans turning haters, going from key player …
August 2004, Napoli was declared bankrupt, with debts of up to 70 million. It looked as if this historical Italian football giant had completely disappeared. Only for the well renowned Italian film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis to come to the rescue. As they were not allowed to use their old name, they became Napoli Soccer. The Italian FA placed them in Serie C1, the third division, and they narrowly missed out on promotion that season. The fans remained faithful throughout, with average attendances of 40,000, higher then most Seria A teams. The following season they secured promotion and De Laurentiis acquired …
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When a 28 year old English footballer is playing out his skin, often carrying his team’s offensive attributes in the absence of three of their key players (Carroll, Tiote and Ben Arfa) and delivering crosses David Beckham would be proud of, all while playing OUT OF POSITION, then it would seem a no-brainer to include him in the next England squad. But when that player’s name is Joey Barton, it seems somewhat unlikely.
Colin Young asked the same question in the Daily Mail yesterday, and also quite rightly suggested how his …
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Moratti’s company Saras (an oil industry located in Spain and Cagliari) received an incredible boost in stocks following the marriage with fuel company Gasprom. How does this fit in with football you ask?
Well it is quite simple Inter Milan now has more money to spend on new players. Chairman Massimo Moratti also has gone back to his old ways of being the king of the transfer window. A good example of this transformation would be comparing how he barely did anything during this summer’s transfer window with two months only …
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I was one of the few people who were surprised to find out that football presenter Andy Gray had his contract terminated by Sky Sports on the 26/01/2011. Many were expecting him to be kicked out due to the aptly named ‘masseygate scandal’ but I can’t see how Sky can justify terminating his contract.
All Andy Gray did was speak his mind, his own freedom of speech, off air. I’m not agreeing with his comments but I believe that everyone has the right to think for themselves. If he had made …
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Despite a season filled with what would be seen as disappointing results, and an away record which reads a worrying 3 wins from 11 games. I feel that because of United’s pure resilience and mental strength and most importantly the ability to win without playing well.
United current 11 are the most deserving champions since Arsenal‘s team of invincibles during the 2003-2004 season. If we look back on history, we will see that in the 2004-2005 season Chelsea had a team of world class players that were completed by a tactical …