Monthly Archives: August 2011

Settle down, it’s only August

When Sheik Mansour completed his purchase of Manchester City on September 23rd 2009, nobody could have envisaged the impact his money would have had since then. Three games into the new campaign, and Mancini and his stars have swept aside everyone in their path. Bookies are slashing the odds on the EPL landing on the blue side of Manchester, and even Sir Alex, who previously dismissed his rivals as “noisy neighbours”, has now acknowledged them as genuine contenders. All this hype and only 3 games into the season, surely a little bit premature, or is it? Being a football fanatic, I have wasted no time on jumping upon the City Read On..

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Axe the Carling Cup or remove the Premiership teams from the competition

I think the time has come to make changes to the Carling Cup competition. It has regularly been treated as a fourth-rate competition. It lingers behind the Premier League and the Champions League.

I would liken it to winning the lottery but winning 100 when your next door neighbor has just scooped a million. The achievement itself is only considered worthy if you support a club outside the top six.

However clubs outside the top six do not bust a gut to try and win the competition because of the strains of a European campaign, on their small squads with little financial muscle to reinforce.

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Jeff Cunningham Sets MLS Record

Jeff Cunningham of the Columbus Crew recently set an outstanding MLS record.  After scoring on a penalty kick against the Seattle Sounders, Cunningham now has the most goals scored of any MLS player in history.  Tallying at 134 goals, this most recent one broke the tie with Jaime Moreno and put Cunningham at the top of the list.  The 35-year-old has been playing in the MLS since 1998, and thoroughly deserves this milestone.

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Stats of the week with @optajoe – Walcott finds his calling!

10 – In Fulham’s 10 games in all competitions this season, the away side on the day has now failed to score nine times. Blank.

“Jol is clearly focused on making Fulham hard to break down which was a feature of Roy Hodgson’s time at Fulham”

6 – Theo Walcott has now scored or assisted a goal in all six of his Champions League Qualifying appearances. Reliable.

” Perhaps the Champions League suits the style of Walcott, as consistency has blighted his career so far”

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Wenger faces his toughest year at Arsenal

It is clear for even the most positive of football or Arsenal fans that the club is facing something close to a crisis. We cannot say at the moment that Arsenal will finish fifth but it certainly looks more possible than seasons gone by.

It is nothing new for fans to predict that Arsenal won’t reach the top four but in the past Arsenal have with relative ease steered themselves clear of fifth place, to secure Champions League football.

The difference this season is that Arsenal need a almost half a team or a full backbone of new players to bolster there first eleven. The new players they bring into these positions Read On..

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Who’s had the best Transfer Window in the Premier League?

This has been a summer transfer window full of many great signings, and with only a little over a week remaining, I expect the shocks and cheers are not over for teams in the English Premier League.  The money spent by each team varies greatly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the talent they’ve brought in equates to the money spent.  So, even with time still left, and more transfers imminent, who’s had the best transfer session this summer?

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Should draws away from home be more respected?

The opening weekend has produced for the first time not one single home win for anyone in the Premier League. Only Manchester United were able to produce a win compared to rivals Arsenal who drew at Newcastle, whilst Chelsea managed an away point at Stoke. Liverpool also drew, at home to Sunderland.

I think it suggests that teams are in fact getting closer to the higher teams in the division. Manchester United had what were perceived was a terrible away record last season. However perhaps it just suggested how hard it is to play away from home as a big team.

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Does Twitter have a place for footballers?

Earlier this week Samir Nasri allowed himself to be drawn into using the social networking site to transmit his disgust of the abusive chants he was hearing about himself on Saturday afternoon.

Now the biggest problem with Twitter in the lives of these celebrities is that they tweet in a split second without giving any consideration to what they are telling their fans and what the repercussions may be. This is of course what the footballer wants as it gives their followers the chance to have a glimpse through the window of what that footballer is like as a person so that you can see how down to earth they are.

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Stats of the week with @OptaJoe – Villas-Boas amazing away record!

61% – Cesc Fabregas has only started 61% of Arsenal’s Premier League games over the last three seasons. Hamstrung.
” A negative stat for Cesc and one that shows perhaps why Arsenal falter regularly just before the trophies are handed out”

6 – Andy Carroll had six shots off target today, more than any player managed in a single PL match last season. Awry.
“Carroll seems to have blown hot and cold for Liverpool since he returned to training, one good game one lesser game”

5 – Didier Drogba has netted five goals on the opening day of the last two Premier League seasons combined. Introduction?

” Despite Torres looking fresh, surely the powerhouse striker Read On..

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Torres is back isn’t he?

‘AVB’ has to be pleased with the Torres he is seeing now compared to the Torres of last season. The Spanish forward highly regarded as one of the best in the world looks like he has found his sharpness.

The striker has been given the summer off and with a full pre season under his belt should feel fitter and sharper. That looked the case against Stoke.

The ability that Torres has to get away from a defender with his pace is his most valuable threat.

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