Monthly Archives: May 2011

Transfer round up: Who’s on the move

Johan Elmander has joined Turkish side Galatasary from Bolton Wanderers. Elmander’s appearances were limited upon the arrival of Daniel Sturridge.

Michael Owen has stated that he wants to stay at Manchester United, after his contract ran out. This comes as a shock considering Owen rarely appeared under Ferguson and is not really even considered to be a first team player.

While Paul Scholes of Manchester United has called time on his career and will take up a coaching role at United next season.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has started his rebuilding plans for next season with the capture of Yohan Cabaye from French side Lille.

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The Promised Land

So Swansea are promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history following a 4-2 victory over Reading at Wembley, rounding off a weekend of thrilling finals. Given the fact that just seven seasons ago the Swans were languishing in the bottom tier of the Football League, this is a remarkable achievement. More of a bonus than facing the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea next season, however, may be the lucrative sums of money up for grabs, and already secured by the club.

Dubbed “the £90m match” by the media due to the money given to Premier League clubs through sponsorship, TV rights and – should Read On..

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Football Rivalries: South Coast derby

Southampton v Portsmouth – FA Cup 5th Round – Pictures – Zimbio

Portsmouth vs Southampton is known as the South Coast Derby or the Hampshire derby.

The rivalry exists because of the rise in wealth of one of the cities – Portsmouth, whilst Southampton did not enjoy the same economic rise.

Before this there was no rivalry and if Southampton were playing away for example, their fans would go and watch Portsmouth.

Portsmouth have more honours than Southampton, yet the Saints have a better head-to-head record. Harry Redknapp famously left Portsmouth to join Southampton only to return to Pompey months later.

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Leeds United Manager Simon Grayson, Under Pressure?

Simon Grayson led Leeds United to promotion from League One to the Championship in the 2009/10 season, and narrowly missed out on the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League this season. Whilst fans may be frustrated, it seems that Grayson has done enough to continue managing the club which has gone through 10 managers in the time Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have been at Arsenal and Manchester United.

Reports suggest that Grayson’s only objective for this season was to stay in the Championship.  Surely though, after spending much of the time in the top five of the table, Grayson must be under pressure to deliver a promotion Read On..

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Barton to leave Newcastle

Reports suggest that Joey Barton has turned down a new deal and could be looking for a new club.

Does this bring Joey to a new low? or should we not forget his comments on BBC Radio Four which he said
most footballers are ‘knobs’.

Does it mean that he is after more money? He is believed to be very well paid at Newcastle, for what they can afford to pay.

I think he has settled down at Newcastle and lowered the regularity and impact of his wrongdoing.
After all he will always get silly red cards at least once or twice a season. That’s Joey Barton.

Barton is 28, so the maximum he could ask Read On..

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Football Rivalries : Old Firm

The old firm is one of the feistiest rivalries in the United Kingdom without doubt.

The Scottish league which is often criticised for the fact that only Celtic and Rangers win it year on year has not been won by another side since 1984.

What’s unique about the SPL is that there is only ten teams, which means Celtic and Rangers get to play against each other in the league alone four times a year.

There is also a religious tension between the clubs. The teams are split between between roman catholic and protestant followings and Northern Ireland politics usually either Loyalist or Republican.

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Football Rivalries : El Classico

This is one of the most high profile derbies worldwide. It is often watched by hundreds of millions of people and it makes sense given the amount of professional players who dream of ending up at Barca or Real.

The rivalry is fairly unique in that it is not built on geography but is based on bitterness between the two biggest cities, richest and most successful clubs.

The two teams have been fighting each other for decades at the top with Madrid leading the head-to-head with 86 wins to Barcelona’s 83.

However Barca have 75 trophies and Madrid have one less with 74.

Many of the best players to have ever played the game Read On..

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Football Rivalries : The Merseyside derby

This rivalry stems from the working class streets of Merseyside. You can see the working class connections if you take a short walk round the housing estates that surround Anfield.

The best rivalries are born from down right jealously of each other.

The origins of the derby began however in the fact that a large number of families had both Everton and Liverpool fans in them.

Liverpool dominated English football in the 70s and 80s, whilst Everton fans had to sit back and grit their teeth.

Everton did however come on strong in the mid eighties and for a few seasons both teams were battling directly with each other for the league title.

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Football Rivalries : Manchester derby

To begin a short series of articles about the rivalries between football clubs, I start with one that has been somewhat tame over recent years.

“United & City, joined by Geography, separated by success” is the call from the United fans who take devilish pride in draping there banners of torment at the Stretford end.

One of which though, has had to be reconsidered as of the 14th May 2011. The one I am referring to of course is the one which has a ticker going from 34 to 35 years.  A clever punch line to the joke that had, until recently been that many years since Manchester City last won a Read On..

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Roy can’t be blamed for everything – Liverpool need to strengthen

The appointment of Kenny Dalglish has been met with delight by the majority of Liverpool fans.

However he largely inherited the squad that Hodgson inherited, that he inherited from Rafa.

Suffice to say the team needs to be strengthened in every area of the pitch. If Liverpool only
choose to bring in a small number of players, then their lack of depth will surely be exposed.

Take for example the acquisitions of Carroll and Suarez. Two players who have made promising starts to their Anfield careers.

However behind them Liverpool are only left with David N’gog, someone who despite being young has not established himself as someone capable of playing in the Premier League.

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