Friday Transfer Rumor Mill (6/27/08)
Friday Transfer Rumor Mill (6/27/08)

Mee-lan look set to make Emmanuel Adebayor their newest signing, sending Arsene Wenger scouring for replacements. The Boss may like the cut of Peter Crouch’s under-rated jib, but not for £15m. Expect Tottenham to outbid themselves by £3m on him, just to be safe. (Football 365) Arsene may actually have […]

Raymond Domenech Should Be Fired
Raymond Domenech Should Be Fired

The French participated in Euro 2008, but only in name. Their performance was a still, lifeless damp squib. The blame lies with one man, Raymond Domenech.France missed their renowned number 10, but, more pressing was the lack of any number 10 in Domenech’s formation. The French used a depressed 4-4-2, […]

Phil Scolari Set to Sign…Everyone
Phil Scolari Set to Sign…Everyone

Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari stirred the footballing pot when Chelsea announced an agreement with him to become their next manager, at the termination of his Portugal contract after Euro 2008. Throwing even more chum into the water, are the ever truthful transfer magicians, who now have just about everyone […]

The 6+5 Rule Would Radically Alter Football, But Not in a Good Way
The 6+5 Rule Would Radically Alter Football, But Not in a Good Way

FIFA recently approved the “6+5 rule” in a 155-5 vote among member nations.  The rule would mandate that clubs field at least six players from the nation in which they play.  By targeting wealthy clubs, particularly English ones, buying foreign players, FIFA feels they would revive national teams and achieve […]

Samir Nasri to Arsenal?
Samir Nasri to Arsenal?

If the papers were to believed, Arsene Wenger would have a Solomonesque Harem of young studs at his disposal.  However, the rumors of OM star Samir Nasri moving on up to the Emirates seem to have some juice. Nasri, 20, recently signed a four-year deal with Marseilles.  But, the deal […]

Hats Off to Manchester United
Hats Off to Manchester United

Manchester United defeated Wigan 2-0 to win their second consecutive Premier League title.  The brace flowed fittingly for this season.  The young generation won it, with Cristiano Ronaldo deftly slotting in a penalty.  The older generation sealed it with Ryan Giggs, in his record-tying 750th appearance for United, touching in […]

Gattuso Coming to England?
Gattuso Coming to England?

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro “the snarling dog” Gattuso has admitted his desire to play in the English Premier League, potentially next season. Gattuso, 30, previously played in Britain for Scottish side Rangers and has an English speaking wife. He has been rumored in the past to be a target of […]

Relegation Rumble
Relegation Rumble

It’s squeaky bum time in the Premier League, with two matches left to play.  There is the ever exciting battle between underwhelming uberclubs for the title.  Yawn.  The second tier battle to see which club can send itself careening down next year’s table for the right to lose to a […]

Flamini Signs With AC Milan
Flamini Signs With AC Milan

According to The Independent, Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is Milan bound as of July 1. Flamini will reportedly sign a five-year 20 million Euro contract with A.C. Milan. The Rossoneri see him as the eventual replacement to Gennaro “The Snarling Dog” Gattuso. The contract was worth a million more per […]

Are Hleb and Flamini Really Necessary?
Are Hleb and Flamini Really Necessary?

With Alexander Hleb’s agent orchestrating ice cream flirtations with Inter and Mathieu Flamini stalling over signing a new Arsenal contract, Arsene Wenger has urged his young stars not to leave the club for more money. Both players were key components of Arsenal’s success early in the season, but tailed off–along […]

A Rough Night for John Arne Riise
A Rough Night for John Arne Riise

Liverpool and Chelsea are often blamed for sucking the essence and style out of football, and no player embodies that more than Dirk Kuyt.  His work-rate is tremendous., his vitamins are in order, and he covers great ground.  At the same time, he has the finesse of a demented walrus […]

Scouser Supporters the Next Sub-prime Loan Victims?
Scouser Supporters the Next Sub-prime Loan Victims?

Fernando Torres has titillated the Anfield crowd with thirty goals this season, but–due to recent revelations about the club’s finances–banks may cut his Merseyside career short. Liverpool borrowed £31.5m last summer to purchase Torres and winger Ryan Babel, unusual since most Premier League clubs use TV revenue cash to cover […]

The Song Remains the Same
The Song Remains the Same

The scene after the match at Old Trafford looked quite familiar for Arsenal.  Their legs spent.  Their effort admirable.  The run of play theirs’.  The scoreline favoring the opposition. The Gunners have won just two of their last thirteen matches in all competitions.  The only wins coming from a late […]

Where's Rooney?
Where's Rooney?

The PFA Player of the Year nominees are a formality. Ronaldo will win it. No contest. But one has to ask. Where is Wayne Rooney? Rooney has 11 goals and 11 assists in just 23 league appearances. Despite Ronaldo’s grandiose stats, one can still make the argument that Rooney was […]

When Does Arsene Become Accountable?
When Does Arsene Become Accountable?

The Kids, they’re alright. But alright does not win you a title. Yes, Arsenal got hosed. Theo Walcott’s coming out party was spoiled by a pathetic penalty decision, a putrid product of the Kop End. Stevie G got to grin and smile like he had won the match, though he […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 7 April 2008
Premier League Odds and Sods 7 April 2008

Arsenal Reserves drew Liverpool Reserves 1-1 in a Saturday thriller. Rafa went with Jermaine Pennant and frisky Peter Crouch. Arsene started two English lads. Liverpool should have put the match away earlier. Crouch had a brilliant effort saved. Riise missed a sitter with his footballingly handicapped foot. Benayoun missed another. […]

Champions League Odds and Sods 2 April 2008
Champions League Odds and Sods 2 April 2008

Liverpool and Arsenal had an Oscar and Felix feel.  Both clubs are each other’s bogey teams.  Arsenal’s Frenchified fancy dans cannot break down disciplined defenses and remain prone to adept counterattack.  Lump and pray Liverpool struggle when forced to play chess on the ground rather than checkers in the air.  […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 31 March 2008
Premier League Odds and Sods 31 March 2008

Arsenal beat Bolton 3-2 at the Reebok, keeping mathematical title hopes alive.  The Gunners, with 10 men on the pitch, scored three goals to reverse a 2-0 deficit.  Diaby deserved his red card for raised studs.  Poor fortune averaged itself through an unmarked corner, a penalty and a deflection. Cristiano […]