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Football Transfer Twaddle: Defoe, Arteta, Toure and Pennant

After accepting a sordid envelope with £20m for “Lass” Diarra, Portsmouth rejected shrewd dealer Harry Redknapp’s £30m overture for Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch.  Pompey then lessened Defoe’s value markedly, by announcing they would sell him for a fair price. “It looks like Jermain wants to go,” Portsmouth […]

The Beginning Of The End For Debt Ridden Clubs?

With the prediction by Lord Triesman, head of the Football Association, that the current global economic crisis could spell a ‘terrible danger’ to clubs with spiralling debt, meaning could we actually see a Premier League club go to the wall? According to Triesman the Premier League is currently in £3bn […]

Premier League August Report And September Forecast -2

Here I go again with August’s report card and September prediction/expectation for another 6 clubs from England’s finest football league.     Aston Villa Aston Villa had a flying start to the season when they outplayed a somewhat disorganized Manchester City side by 4 goals to 2 but then their […]

FA Cup Ratings for Premier League Clubs

The FA Cup Third Round relieved us from the dreariness of our normal robust Premier League schedule to enthrall us with live riveting matches like Pompey-Ipswich and grant us the opportunity to pay top dollar to watch Villa-Utd.  All 20 Premier League clubs participated at the weekend and here are […]

Odds and Sods 3 Jan 2008

“There’s only one Titus Bramble” chanted the Wigan faithful, and he made the difference, earning a point in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.  Torres scored the initial goal, which salvaged Liverpool a point, but they have to be extremely disappointed with yet another poor result at “fortress” Anfield, winning only […]

Premier League 2007 Awards (Traditional)

Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United It’s difficult to argue with this one.  Even if he does score a number of goals on penalties, he still produces a striker’s tally from midfield and, unlike Frank Lampard, he manages to look skillful while doing it.  The scariest thing is that he […]

New Years Eve Odds and Sods

Berbatov pads stats Against weaker opponents Bad news for Reading West Ham shocked Manchester United 2-1 at Upton Park.  It was West Ham’s third consecutive victory over United in the League.  The result was a bit unfair to Man U, who controlled much of the match.  They had a chance […]

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New 08/09 West Brom Home and Away Shirts Leaked

Photographs of West Bromwich Albion’s home and away shirts for the 08/09 season have been leaked. The shirts are manufactured by Umbro. The away shirt is a yellowish gold color, which may upset some Baggies supporters because their cross-town rival wears a similar color. That team is Wolverhampton Wanderers. The […]

Will AS Bari Stay Up?

Introducing the Fearsome Chickens of AS Bari. Promoted side Associazione Sportivo Bari are not too attractive. But you could have said that about Hull, or Stoke, for that matter. In each case, the Premiership club became more attractive with exposure. Despite the horror fashion-mistake of the kit, Bari took two […]

Aquilani: Will He Live Up To The Hype?

As a child, I could never sleep on Christmas Eve. There was a greedy little materialist in me who sneaked into the living room in the dark to count, shake and feel up all the presents under the tree with my name on them and then stayed up all night […]

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Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

“Das Reebot,” a new book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never […]

CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

There’s a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line: “Oh no. We can’t stop them.” Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders? El Tri hasn’t […]