Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hodgson making shrewd signings

Roy Hodgson couldn’t of done anything more for West Brom, as he set about putting his reputation back together since he was removed from his position at Anfield last season.

Despite calls of despair, the West Brom board made a decision which has been only positive for them, as Hodgson was able to keep them in the Premier League.

Hodsgon’s time at Liverpool has many similarities with Allardyce, both suffered from attempting to shore up the defence first and make their sides hard working first and foremost.

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Bob Bradley given the Boot!

It seems losing in the Gold Cup Final was the last straw in the US Men’s National Team’s situation.  Bob Bradley was sacked as manager for the national team, after five years as head coach.  Leading them to a Gold Cup in 2007, the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2009 Gold Cup, and to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup, these things were the pride of US Soccer, bringing better results than usual for the squad.  However, over the five years as manager, the team wasn’t advancing as so many planned, and began to doubt Bradley’s abilities. 

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Take a chance on me : Craig Bellamy

The Welshman has returned to Manchester after a spell with his beloved Cardiff City. It has been reported that he is content to stay at Manchester City and give his all for them this season.

However it doesn’t seem to fit with how the Welshman comes across. To me he seems someone who is only content with being the heartbeat of the team, who his team mates look up to and are inspired by.

Obviously the stumbling block is Bellamy’s basic wage. That has to be taken in account.

Despite that, I wonder why a host of fellow Premier League clubs are not interested in the Welshman.

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Roberto Mancini

First trophy in 35 years at a club a manger joined 18months ago does not guarantee him a job next season, unfortunately this is how football is run nowadays. So will Roberto Mancini be given a proper chance to challenge for the Premier league title with the team he is built by the mega rich Man City owners?

It’s difficult to answer this question, Mancini has done well in the little time he has been at City but the fear is, now the owners and fans have tasted success they might jump the gun in wanting Mancini out if more silverware is not seen in the trophy cabinet in the upcoming Read On..

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Uruguay: A Whole New League Above

Uruguay have defeated Paraguay 3-0, and are the winners of the 2011 Copa America.  Goals from their two main stars, Luis Suarez with one and Diego Forlan with two, secured the victory for the La Celeste.  With their excellent performance in the 2010 World Cup, and winning the Copa America, Uruguay is out to prove they are rising in the ranks.  The infamous winners of the first World Cup are letting everyone know that winning trophies is still in their blood.

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Stats of the week from @OptaJoe

304 – Charles N’Zogbia was tackled 304 times in the Premier League last season, 91 times more than any other player. Dispossessed.

“This shows the beauty of stats, if you see a player like N’Zogbia on BBC’s Match of the Day, then what your seeing is heavily edited highlights. You could for example just see highlights of him beating player after player, week in week out. This stat suggests he is a chancer but when he gets it right he is effective.”

0.74 – Man Utd have let in an avg of 0.74 gls/game with @rioferdy5 in the side, compared to 0.87 w/out him (2002-2011). Edge. @ConorPMcBride

“This shows the impact of having Read On..

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How do you solve a problem like Hernandez?

United have completed the signing of a goal scoring midfielder in Ashley Young. He is well rehearsed in a 4-3-3 formation for Villa.

Where does that leave Javi?

It could be argued United were at their most free scoring when they played 4-3-3 using Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney.

If Fergie gets his midfield man whoever that may be. Then surely that means Nani, Rooney and Young.

That gives United goals and the ability to play a free flowing front three that will be hard to mark.

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Argentina and Brazil go home early in 2011 Copa America

Carlos Tevez’s penalty miss in the shootout of their quarter-final against Uruguay proved to be decisive.  He missed the only penalty in his team’s five shots, and Uruguay made sure they didn’t miss any of them.  Brazil also lost in a penalty shootout, having all four of their penalty takers miss their shots.  Paraguay only had to knock in two to secure their victory.  So, the two South American powerhouses were sent home after the quarter-finals against none other than the two teams in the final.  Paraguay and Uruguay seem on the way up, and Argentina and Brazil seem on the way down.  Brazil played many younger players such as Read On..

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Why aren’t QPR splashing the cash?

It seems like Rangers dreams will be dashed even before they have a chance to live them.

The club have the backing of some of the worlds most wealthy men in their locker.

Yet the club have done the typical thing of poaching players from the league they’ve just been promoted from.

There is even talk of Taarabt leaving.

Warnock will have only dreamt of being able to splash the cash at a club with big ambitions. This time he thought he had arrived but it doesn’t look like that.

If Warnock applies logic to his rebuilding, he will strengthen the defence. As for example, when they travel away from home their ability to hold Read On..

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City cannot afford to lose their best player

If their honest every club in the world would probably pay around 35m for Tevez, if he took a major wage cut.

He has without doubt lots of ability. If we judge footballers just on individual skill only, it would paint a totally different landscape.

Tevez is unique because he can galvanise a team. He can get the best out of his team mates by showing them the way. He can grab a last minute goal out of nothing in the form of ‘right place right time man’

That is something City cannot afford to lose. It’s fair to say its arguably something money can’t buy.

It is something that I would say separates Read On..

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