After The Dust Has Settled, Bargain Hunters Survey Their Haul

September 3, 2009

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Domenico Zampieri, Landscape with Figures
“Thankfully no one has had to endure watching Tim Wonnacott during this transfer window, but teams have ended their bargain hunting, with varying success. Manchester City will draw interested if sceptical gazes from Wonnacott as he surveys their expensive trolley full, but will they be successful when it all goes to auction though?” (Three Match Ban)


The Best Football Tournaments, Ever…

September 3, 2009

“Since the dawn of time man has wrestled with this impossible conundrum. And following the glorious football that has generally been on display in Euro 2008 a lot of people are wondering where it stands in the pantheon of great tournaments. Coupled with this excellent Guardian blog and some terrific contributions from posters, it’s got us here at MD Towers thinking. Is it possible to assess which are the best and worst major tournaments? The simple answer is no. So here goes.” (midfielddynamo)


The Injury Curse – Lose them at your peril

September 3, 2009

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“Every club has one. That vital cog that keeps the team wheels turning. With the season in its infancy, supporters up and down the land are still harbouring dreams of glory (or at the very least over achievement, given that short of a billionaire Sheikh turning up on your doorstep, thoughts of the title are confined to a privileged few these days).” (SoccerLens)


A Revolving Door at Reading

September 3, 2009

“Yesterday’s transfer extravaganza has been likened in some quarters to rooting around in a dustbin, and the flurry of deals makes you wonder what the assorted gaffers have been doing all summer. Of course the bloated, inelegant Premier League was the focus of the more tawdry barterings, but several clubs a notch down were also in desperate mood. Nowhere has this been more the case than at the Madejski Stadium, with the door set in a permanent swing. How do the incomers and outcomers promise to shape up in their new homes?” (thetwounfortunates)


Who should partner Wayne Rooney for England?

September 3, 2009

“Fabio Capello has got his England squad together and in training for the upcoming international matches, a friendly against Slovenia and what could be a decisive World Cup Qualifier against Croatia. Injuries to Rio Ferdinand and knocks to John Terry and Wes Brown will cause him some concern, but centre back is a position in which England are currently very strong, with Lescott and Upson able deputies while Bolton’s Gary Cahill has been called up as very capable cover.” (They think its all over)


As the new season gets underway, the future looks bright for Spanish football

September 3, 2009

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“Even the proudest of Spaniards had to accept defeat; even the most enthusiastic La Liga cheerleaders were forced to pack away their pompoms. The warm glow of the European Championship success still endured – but the national team was one thing, the nation’s teams quite another. The line-up for the 2008-09 Champions League semi-finals brought Spain crashing back down to earth.” (World Soccer)


What’s Bad For Accrington May Be Good For Oxford

September 3, 2009

“The tangled paths that various football clubs weave across each other don’t come much stranger than the ongoing saga of Accrington Stanley and Oxford United. When Accrington resigned their place in the Football League in controversial circumstances in 1962, Oxford were elected in their place. When Oxford surprisingly fell through the trap door and into the Blue Square Premier in 2006, Accrington were promoted in their place. Now, three years later, Oxford United are top of the Blue Square Premier after an outstanding start to the season and Accrington are staring the financial abyss square in the eye again.” (twohundredpercent)


Livingston are the latest casualties of the financial crisis that has hit Scottish football

September 3, 2009

“This has been a summer of discontent in Scotland as, for the second time in a decade, mayhem hit the Scottish Premier League’s TV sponsorship deal, while the spectre of a financial crisis loomed and the national team’s hopes of World Cup qualification suffered a major blow.” (World Soccer)


Anyone’s Eredivisie

September 3, 2009

“It’s set to be an open season in the Netherlands. Lack of significant investment in new players means Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV could once again struggle to fend off the challenge from the so-called “smaller” clubs. Of course, the big success story last season was AZ Alkmaar. Winning their first title since 1981 came at a price, however, because Louis van Gaal decided his work had been completed and went off to Munich.” (WSC)


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